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Monday, June 13, 2011

Main Office and Classroom Summer Hours

During the General Summer Session (June 13 - August 19) our Classroom Support and Main Office hours are:

Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 - 5:30 pm
Thursday: 8:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 - 4:30 pm

Our walk-in Multimedia Lab remains closed for renovation.

Please email elsie@umn.edu if you have any questions or concerns about our hours.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Rosetta Stone and Mac DiLL Server shutdown, Sunday June 12.

The Language Center will be shutting down the Rosetta Stone and MacDiLL Servers beginning at 2am on Sunday, June 12 through Monday morning, June 13. The servers will be shutdown due to a planned power outage for Jones and Williamson Halls by University Energy Management so they can perform electrical upgrades on Sunday.

Instructors will not be able to access MacDiLL recordings during this shutdown, nor will they be able to access Rosetta Stone. Access to MacDiLL recordings and Rosetta Stone will be available again on Monday morning, June 13.

If you have any questions, please contact the Language Center at elsie@umn.edu

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Walk-in Multimedia Lab Summer Closure

The walk-in multimedia lab, Jones 135, is closed for renovation this summer, but we hope the disruption to students will be minimal.

Several centrally-managed labs remain open this summer, including Walter.
See http://www.oit.umn.edu/computer-labs/locations-hours/index.htm#1 for locations and hours.

In addition, please email elsie@umn.edu if you have concerns about students accessing software or equipment that is not available in central labs this summer, so we can find a different way of meeting their needs.

Renovation of Jones 30 Partially Complete

Two computer classrooms Jones 10 and Jones 30 are being renovated this summer. Jones 10 is closed until late summer, when it will reopen with a new, open layout, and accommodate 30 students. Jones 30 has been partially renovated, and is currently available for use with 26 student computers. Work will continue later this summer to finalize upgrades to accommodate 29 students.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tandem Plus Summer Registration Begins June 6!

Learning a second language this summer? Planning on studying abroad this fall? Want to practice your language skills and learn about another culture right now? Register for the TandemPlus summer session!

Language learners are invited to join Tandem Plus this summer for second-language conversation and cultural exchange. Find out more at the : TandemPlus Website

World Languages Day Welcome Video News

Lindsey Lahr has produced alternate versions of the WLD welcome video at the request of Discover CLA.

A full-length video was re-cut to eliminate references to WLD, so that it could be used to promote language-learning at the U of M in general:

In addition, three short videos were produced that highlight unique language learning opportunities available at the university:

Living and Learning Communities:


Learning Abroad:

You can view the original video here:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

World Languages Day Featured on This Week @Minnesota

World Languages Day (WLD) was featured in the last-week's issue of This Week @Minnesota. The report features great footage of Kenichi Tazawa's class, Origami: The Japanese Art of Paper Folding.

You can view the entire video of This Week @Minnesota video here. The WLD section begins after 40 seconds.

A small correction to the report: there were actually over a thousand students present on the day, but not thousands. However, if you look at the event cumulatively over the years, thousands is correct.

Minnesota Public Radio covered the story as well.