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Monday, February 24, 2014

ACTFL Webinar Series: Guiding Language Performance through Intermediate into Advanced

The Language Center and CARLA co-sponsored ACTFL Winter 2014 Webinar Series: Guiding Language Performance to the Next Level on Thursdays at 12:20-1:20 p.m. in Jones 117. You may bring a bagged lunch.

February 27, 2014: Guiding Language Performance through Intermediate into Advanced

What are the key characteristics of Advanced level proficiency? What should I be working on with my language learners to help them move out of the Intermediate level and into the Advanced level? Learn how to expand and extend language learners' interpersonal and presentational performance while also considering the importance of developing advanced interpretive skills. This webinar examines strategies to develop, practice, and assess communication to guide learners into the Advanced range of performance.

Presenter: Stephanie Dhonau
  • March 6, 2014: Guiding Language Performance through Advanced into Superior


TandemPlus Pre-Spring Pizza Party

It's the week before Spring Break. Your language students hungry and their second-language skills are depleted after midterms; what can they do? Tell them to refresh themselves at the TandemPlus Spring Pizza Party on Wednesday, March 12 from 3:30 - 5:00 at Punch Pizza in Stadium Village! Like all Tandem events, the pizza party is open to all TandemPlus registrants as well as interested students and community members. There will be many great opportunities to practice one's language of study and maybe even dabble in learning a new one! We'll provide the pizza -- you provide the conversation!

Multilingual TV in the Multimedia Lab

The Multimedia Lab in Jones 135 streams multilingual international TV Monday through Friday in the following languages:

  • Arabic: Al-Jazeera (news), BBC (news)
  • Chinese: CCTV-4 (news)
  • Dutch: RTV N-H (variety)
  • Finnish: Stadi TV (variety)
  • French: TV5 (news)
  • German: NDR (variety)
  • Hebrew: Reshet TV (news)
  • Italian: TVA Vicenza (variety), RAI (news)
  • Japanese: NHK (news)
  • Korean: KTV - Korean National Visual Media and Publishing Center
  • Norwegian: TV Haugaland (news)
  • Portuguese: Programa do Jô
  • Russian: Vesti (News)
  • Spanish: Telesur (news), RTVE (news), Telemadrid (news)
  • Swedish: Aktuellt (News)

Students can watch TV on the wall-mounted large-screen monitor and listen through wireless headphones while relaxing on the Lab's spacious and comfortable couch or lounge chairs. The viewing schedule is available online.

Please inform your students of this fun, authentic, and relaxing language learning opportunity. Instructors can even incorporate the viewing of particular programs into the curriculum.

Attention: Mac DiLL Users Connecting from Off-Campus

Instructors who wish to access student recordings made in the Mac DiLL classrooms from an off-campus computer need to first connect to the University network through a Virtual Private Network (VPN). We've recently learned that connecting to the DiLL will only work if you choose UofMvpn or Full Tunnel options when connecting. Do not choose the Split Tunnel option. Please contact the Language Center Technical Coordinator, Diane Rackowski, at dianer@umn.edu if you need more information about connecting to the Mac DiLL server from off-campus.

Game Night at the Language Center: Seeking Suggestions!

The Language Center hopes 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're 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.

Both international games and U.S. games that can be modified to encourage speaking would be appropriate. Please share your ideas by filling out this short form. 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.


Monday, February 17, 2014

ACTFL Webinar Series: Guiding Language Performance through Novice into Intermediate

The Language Center and CARLA co-sponsored ACTFL Winter 2014 Webinar Series: Guiding Language Performance to the Next Level on Thursdays at 12:20-1:20 p.m. in Jones 117. You may bring a bagged lunch.

February 20, 2014: Guiding Language Performance through Novice into Intermediate
What are the key characteristics of Intermediate level proficiency? What should I be working on with my language learners to help them move out of the Novice level and into the Intermediate level? Learn specific strategies for developing, practicing, and assessing communication to guide learners from Novice into the Intermediate range of performance. Focusing on what a student "can do", this webinar will include practical applications to help you guide students into the Intermediate range.

Presenter: Arnold Bleicher

  • February 27, 2014: Guiding Language Performance through Intermediate into Advanced

  • March 6, 2014: Guiding Language Performance through Advanced into Superior



Flipgrid and Nearpod: Increasing Engagement, Accommodating Diverse Learning Styles, and Having Fun in the Language Classroom

Tuesday, February 18
12:20-1:10 p.m.
Nolte 140
Presenter: Stephanie Hernández
This presentation is sponsored by SPISH (Spanish & Portuguese Instructor Sharing Hour) and cosponsored by CARLA.

OIT Workshop Series: Integrating Media into Your Courses

This workshop series is scheduled on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Walter Library 405. Please register in advance for the sessions you can attend.

  • Digital Storytelling in Higher Education: Learn about uses of digital storytelling in courses, student and professional development, and outreach. Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Making Things Easier: Digital Storytelling Assignments: Learn strategies for making the digital storytelling process easier for both students and instructors. Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • YouTube Your Course: It's not just a place to see lolcats. Learn some tips and tricks on how to deliver your course content via YouTube, and track how they are viewed by your students. Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Choose the Right Tool for the Job: Video Sharing and Hosting Resources: YouTube, Vimeo, MediaMill, MediaHub. Which of these video-sharing tools is right for your course? We'll discuss the pro's and con's of each. Thursday, March 13, 2014

World Languages Day: Share your knowledge with Minnesota high school students!

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at teaching high schoolers? If so, World Languages Day (WLD) is the perfect fit for you! WLD is an event that welcomes about 1000 high school students from around the state to campus for short sessions like "The Korean Alphabet in 40 Minutes," "Sagas of the Vikings," and "Caribbean/Cuban Music," plus fun new ideas that instructors like YOU contribute!

This year's event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, 2014 on the East Bank and we are still recruiting instructors of every language and cultural area to offer language, history, art, or culture sessions. We would love to have every language at the U represented at WLD 2014!

Please visit worldlang.cla.umn.edu to learn more about about the event and email wld@umn.edu as soon as possible to volunteer to share your expertise.

Breakfast and lunch are provided. Most instructors report that they enjoy the opportunity to work directly with high school students.


TandemPlus Kicked Off With Style

On Tuesday, February 11, TandemPlus held its Spring Kickoff Event in Nolte Hall. More than 40 attendees came to check out the new Tandem registration system, enjoy refreshments, and most importantly meet other Tandem participants to engage in multilingual conversation circles. The biggest groups were Korean-English and Arabic-English, reflecting the growing numbers of learners and native speakers of those languages on campus. Also, an enthusiastic, multi-national French-English group conversed, along with a large Chinese-English group.

Spring registration for TandemPlus will close on Friday, February 28, so tell your students who are interested to sign up soon at tandem.umn.edu.

Monday, February 10, 2014

ACTFL Webinar Series Begins: Guiding Language Performance to the Next Level

The Language Center and CARLA co-sponsored ACTFL Winter 2014 Webinar Series: Guiding Language Performance to the Next Level begins this Thursday: February 13, 2014 at 12:20-1:20 p.m. in Jones 117. You may bring a bagged lunch.

How does Performance point toward Proficiency? Instruction is always looking ahead to the targeted proficiency level, while supporting and developing learners' performance through a controlled context. Presenters will provide an overview to the proficiency levels of Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Superior and will explore the implied instructional emphases that will help language learners move from one level to the next.

Presenters: Arnold Bleicher, Stephanie Donau, Fernando Rubio
  • February 13, 3014: Overview: Guiding Language Performance to the Next Level

  • February 20, 2014: Guiding Language Performance through Novice into Intermediate

  • February 27, 2014: Guiding Language Performance through Intermediate into Advanced

  • March 6, 2014: Guiding Language Performance through Advanced into Superior

Spanish Advanced-Level Certificate: March 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. There will also be an opportunity to take the self-assessment instrument. Testing and Advising staff will be on hand to help students interpret their results.
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.

TandemPlus Spring Kick-Off and Registration Reminder

On Tuesday, February 11, TandemPlus will host the Spring Kick-off and Orientation Event from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Nolte 140. The event is open to all TandemPlus registrants as well as interested students and community members. At the event, participants will be able to meet other Tandem folk, try out some Tandem Speed chats (such as Spanish-English, Arabic-English, Chinese-English, and just English), learn about Tandem Plus and the self-matching feature, and enjoy free snacks and refreshments.

TandemPlus is still in need of students of Arabic and Chinese so don't forget to register and make it to the event if you can! See you Tuesday!

"Yes They Can!" Workshop: Registration Deadline This Friday

Attention CLA language instructors: Registration for the February 28, 2014 "Yes They Can!" - Creating learning objectives for our language learners workshop ends Friday, February 14. Please contact Caroline Vang at cevang@umn.edu if you have problems registering or have questions. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Summary of February Events



VoiceThread Workshop

Are you curious what VoiceThread is? Or how it can be applied in your language classroom? The Language Center will host a 2-hour workshop introducing the basics of VoiceThread and showcasing different examples of VoiceThread activities that you can use with your own classes.

Easily create interactive presentations, generate threaded student comments, get students to describe images orally and to record videos of themselves talking in your language. Come find out about what this voice-recording and presentational tool can do!

The workshop will be held on February 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Jones 35.

Please register at http://z.umn.edu/j92 by February 5th, 2014.

TandemPlus Spring Kickoff & Orientation

We are excited to announce that on Tuesday, February 11, TandemPlus will host the Spring Kick-off and Orientation Event from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Nolte 140. The event is open to all TandemPlus registrants as well as interested students and community members. At the event, participants will be able to meet other Tandem folk, try out some Tandem Speed chats (such as Spanish-English, Arabic-English, Chinese-English, and just English), learn about Tandem Plus and the self-matching feature, and enjoy free snacks and refreshments. Everyone is invited!