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Monday, March 31, 2014

Encore Session of VoiceThread Workshop: Part 2

By popular demand, the Language Center will offer another opportunity to attend the VoiceThread Workshop: Part 2 on Friday, April 4, 2014. The session will be held from 10:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Jones 15.

The previous session of VoiceThread Part 2 went very smoothly, and the instructors who attended were able to create VoiceThread "Groups" and then a sample activity using the "Group" feature. One instructor was thrilled to be able to have her lessons and exercises made available online with VoiceThread. Another instructor commented how easy it was to incorporate a VoiceThread lesson into Moodle.

If you are interested in attending, please register in advance: http://z.umn.edu/vt3. Email Caroline Vang at cevang@umn.edu with questions about this workshop.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Multimedia Lab Staff - Spring 2014

This Spring semester, the Multimedia Lab in 135 Jones Hall has three new Lab Attendants. They are from different parts of the US and have different backgrounds, but they're all available to help you with your technology needs in the Lab!


Hodan Jama

My name is Hodan Jama and I am a Nutrition major here at the University. I am a transfer student and I have been here at the U for two years now. I enjoy shopping with my friends and watching 1980s ice dancing. I am planning to apply to Public Health program after I graduate. One of my dreams in life is to travel around world and experience different cultures and cuisines.


Alex Fox

My name is Alex Fox. I am a English Major here at the University with a Poli Sci minor. I am a senior at the U of M and transfer from a community college in Connecticut. I speak English and am currently taking Spanish 1004; I have a little experience with the language from my time in California. Otherwise I enjoy playing the drums and illustrating as well as discussing current trends in global politics.


Jamal Abdi

My name is Jamal Abdi. I'm from a small town in southern Minnesota called Owatonna. I am a sophomore majoring in both Political Science and Communications. I'm part of Pre-Law Society and the UMN debate team, and I plan on going to Law school after my undergraduate studies. I am also contemplating studying abroad next year for a semester, probably somewhere in Europe. My first language is English but I also speak Somali. In my free time I like to read and watch weird documentaries.

Meet the Lab Attendants from last semester

Read their story:  Getting to Know the Multimedia Lab Attendants

Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring Copyright Workshops form the University Libraries

Learn about your rights as an author/creator; find out about options for using third-party materials, or dig into issues around classroom and instructional uses. Some workshops offer Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education credits.

Workshops include:

  • Know Your Rights: Copyright Essentials for Authors and Creators
  • Can I Use That? Dealing with Copyright in Everyday Life
  • Copyright in the Classroom (and Online)

You can view the full schedule and register at https://www.lib.umn.edu/copyright/about#workshops

Game Night at the Language Center: Please Suggest Games by Friday

The Language Center plans to host a regular game night where students can gather, use the target language, and enjoy playing board, card, or video games with friends new and old. We hope to schedule our first event after Spring Break.

We are still seeking suggestions from students and instructors as to which games they'd like to see available at these events, and also looking for volunteers to help us plan. If you have a recommendation or would like to help, please fill out this short form by Friday, March 14, 2014.

Both international games and U.S. games that can be modified to encourage speaking would be appropriate. Please note that games must not be rated "M for Mature," and should not be violent.

Interested in learning more? Read this IALLT article about selecting video games for use in language learning.

VoiceThread Workshop: Part 2

Friday, March 14, 2014, 1:25 - 2:45 p.m. in Jones 10

This VoiceThread workshop is a follow-up to the previous workshop held earlier in February. We will focus more on how to use VoiceThread as a collaborative tool, exploring how to create "groups" within VoiceThread and example lessons where students can upload pictures along with their comments. Come and see what more we can do with VoiceThread! Please register by Wednesday, March 12 to secure your spot.

Monday, March 3, 2014

CLA Student Board Language Meet, Greet and Eat March 12

The CLA Student Board is hosting a Meet, Greet, and Eat event on Wednesday March 12, 2014, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in STSS 330. This event will connect second language students with alumni who have a degree or a minor in a language program. This will give our students some ideas about how to put their language skills to good use once they graduate. Students will have the opportunity to talk to alumni either one on one or in small groups so the questions and information can be directed towards personal interests. Treats are provided by Afro Deli.

Integrating Video into Language Courses: Know your options!

The word is out about the wonderful service offered by the Digital Content Library (DCL) and more instructors are using Media Drawers, which makes the service even better! However, did you know about these two other resources available to help you incorporate digital media into your classes?

Take a moment to read about these unique resources that can be underutilized by our language programs.

Spanish Advanced-Level Certificate: Second Orientation and Workshop

Students interested in pursuing the Spanish Certificate of Advanced-Level Proficiency are invited to attend an orientation session on Friday, March 14, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Jones 15 to learn more about this Certificate and and ask questions.

This is the final Certificate event of Spring 2014. Graduating seniors interested in completing the certificate this academic year are strongly encouraged to attend.

The event will begin with general information about the Certificate program from Spanish Advising representatives. They will summarize the six Required Steps for the Certificate, including the ACTFL exam of advanced-level proficiency, which is the capstone of the program.

Next, Language Testing staff will help students take the Self-Assessment and interpret their results. Attendees should be aware that, rather than being a practice session for the ACTFL exam, the Self-Assessment is an opportunity for students to actively reflect on their ability to use Spanish. This can help them determine if they are ready to succeed on all the four sections of the ACTFL exam. It is also one of the six Required Steps necessary to complete the Certificate, and is essential for writing a successful Critical Reflection Essay.

Registration for the event is not required. However, potential candidates for the Certificate are encouraged to fill out this short form to be informed of upcoming events and opportunities.