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Monday, August 11, 2014

CLA-OIT Moodle Open Clinic August 27-28, 2014

Drop in for one-to-one, hands-on support on your Moodle site from the CLA OIT Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Team, along with staff from Information Technology (IT), the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the University Libraries. Please bring your syllabus and course materials if you have specific questions, or just stop by to get the conversation started.

You can request help with:
  • General Moodle site design
  • Moodle activities
  • How to teach with Moodle
  • Lynda.com
  • Course reserves
  • Gradebook
  • And more!

Clinic Locations
Wednesday, August 27, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m., STSS 114
Thursday, August 28, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m., Coffman Union 324, 325, 326

Registration is not required, but you can submit a reminder form if you would like to receive an email reminder on Monday, August 25.

If you are not able to attend, but require technical help with a Moodle site, central IT now has a Moodle Request Help form.

August Teaching Enrichment Series Hosted by CTL - August 27-28, 2014

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will host the August Teaching Enrichment Series (ATES) on Wednesday, August 27, and Thursday, August 28, 2014. Concurrent workshops will be held each day from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and there are many topics of interest to language instructors, including course design, Moodle, the flipped classroom, and assessment.

Please see the full schedule and register online.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Welcome Week Workshop: Registration Deadline This Friday

"What is 'Proficiency'? What is 'Acquisition'?"
August 29, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Presented by Elaine Tarone

All CLA language instructors are invited to a workshop on the topic of interpersonal communication within second language acquisition. Participants will consider samples of learner language and gauge linguistic development in terms of dimensions used by second language acquisition researchers. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please register online by this Friday, August 8, 2014.

Elaine Tarone is the Director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and a Professor in the Second Language Studies Program at the University of Minnesota. Her research publications focus on the impact of social context on learner language and second language acquisition. She has published research on oral second-language processing by low-literacy learners, interlanguage variation, interaction in immersion classrooms, language play, and genre analysis. A member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, she is a recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education.

TandemPlus Punch Pizza Event

The party at Punch Pizza in Stadium Village on July 22, 2014 was a great success. Thank you to everyone who showed up and dug in on the food and conversation. More than 35 people came to partake and share in their first and second languages. Eight languages could be heard spoken at any given time: Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, German, English, Korean, Arabic and Chinese. The gathering made for a wonderful mix of people and cultures! Below are a few insights from Tandem participants who made it to the event.

"I really enjoyed that it was a group event. We got to meet more people than just our partner."
"Here I can meet a lot of people, and since my partner is not yet in the U.S. I can enjoy spending time with them."

Tandem would also like to thank Punch Pizza for once again hosting our large group and providing delicious wood-fired pizzas, salads, and drinks. Stay posted for upcoming Tandem events!