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Monday, June 30, 2014

Fall 2014 Classroom Reservation Requests Entered Beginning July 15, 2014

The Language Center will begin entering general Fall semester reservations on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. You may submit reservation requests before that date, and they will be held until July 15. To have the best possibility of receiving the rooms and equipment you need, please submit by 9:00 a.m. on July 15.

  • These reservations always require a reservation form.
  • Please submit a form for each class section.
  • Each class is allowed to reserve up to 15 hours in Jones Hall classrooms.
  • Teachers of intensive courses may negotiate their needs.
  • Reservations of other equipment and media are unlimited in terms of amount and frequency (within reason).
  • Instructors must intend to use the technology they are reserving.

See our website for details on policy, and to make an online reservation request.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

¡FĂștbol! Come to the Language Center and watch the FIFA World Cup

During the FIFA World Cup (June 12 - July 13, 2014) we are streaming the games live at the Multimedia Lab in 135 Jones Hall for all who wish to watch. Currently the games are streaming in Spanish, and we're looking for more languages with live broadcasts.


Multimedia Lab Hours
Monday: 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 - 2:00 p.m.

TandemPlus Summer Registration Now Open

Summer registration opened on June 16, 2014 for TandemPlus, the Language Center's free, voluntary cultural and conversation exchange program. Anyone who wants a second-language conversation partner is encouraged to join. Matching of participants will begin soon, and we'll announce our summer events soon as well.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Tandem Plus for Summer: Small but Vibrant!

Language instructors: The TandemPlus will open registration for Summer Semester on Monday, June 16, 2014. The summer program is small but incredibly diverse, so please encourage your language students to register, even if they have tried and have not been paired before.

Registration will open online at the TandemPlus registration site.

Also, we welcome Jonathan Prestrud as the summer TandemPlus assistant. Jonathan has worked in Classroom Support at the Language Center since Fall 2013 and is currently helping with TandemPlus is addition to his Classroom Support duties.

DASH Graduate Student Summer Camp August 18-22 - Application Deadline June 15

DASH (Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities) is offering a 5-day Summer Camp to University of Minnesota graduate students to introduce digital technologies and perspectives on how they relate to research and teaching. Topics will include GIS and mapping, crowdsourcing, data management, media production, digital preservation, data visualization, and more.

Each session will blend exploration, instruction, and discussion. Specifically, the session will introduce a featured platform or topic then move into hands-on work, example projects, ways to get started on projects, and philosophical and critical issues related to these topics and/or technologies. The emphasis will be on horizontal learning - getting exposed to many of these topics rather than diving deep into one or two. Previous experience is welcome, but not necessary.

The goal of the Camp is to help graduate students develop a basic competency in digital tools that can serve as a foundation for further exploration, including ways of incorporating new methods and dimensions to individual projects (including the conception, research, and publication of theses and dissertations), as well as how these skills can expand potential employment opportunities within and beyond academia.

Upon completion of the Camp, attendees will be invited to monthly meetings where they can share their work and ideas as well as ask for help and feedback from fellow Camp participants. In building a network of graduate students from across the University using these tools, participants will continue to support each other as they shape their identities as scholars and teachers.

Please note that space is limited. Please direct any interested graduate students to apply online. If you have questions, please contact Justin Schell, schel115@umn.edu, at the University of Minnesota Libraries. The application deadline is June 15.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Language Center Summer Session Hours June 16 - August 8, 2014

Main Office Hours
Monday: 7:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Multimedia Lab Hours
Monday: 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Computer Classroom Reservation Hours
Monday: 8:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 - 4:30 p.m.

We ask that instructors of evening courses please submit their classroom reservation requests as soon as possible. Although we plan to be open later than 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, we may adjust our schedule on days that we have no rooms scheduled in the evening. We may not be able to accommodate classroom requests that are not made in advance.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

World Languages Day Returns to Northrop

WLD 2014 poster
World Languages Day (WLD) at the University of Minnesota continued its tradition of success with the eleventh annual event, held on May 20, 2014. This year more than 1000 enthusiastic students came to campus from 23 schools from near and far. One teacher commented:

"This is a great opportunity for students to have. Many of my students are never in the cities and it is good for them to get out of their comfort zone... My rural students need this experience so much!"

Students voiced their appreciation for meeting new people at the event as well, stating that the event was "very fun and I enjoyed the campus and attending these classes with other schools."

This year's event brought some exciting new changes. The beautifully remodeled Northrop Auditorium was well received as the location for Welcoming Remarks. Having an auditorium large enough to seat all attendees at the same presentation created a sense of community for the event. One teacher commented, "I like that the entire group of participants were seated together rather than split into smaller groups." Additional spaces in Northrop were used for informational college-readiness and Admissions sessions, and a few language and culture classes. Guests at the event were very impressed by the beauty of this newly-reopened space.

This year's World Languages Day also featured an expanded emphasis on heritage and immersion language learning. The event featured a greater number of classes taught in the target language for learners studying Chinese, German, and Spanish. Additionally, some new classes were added this year that focused on students' conversational and self-assessment skills. The TandemPlus class was a highlight of many students' WLD experience, with one student of Chinese commenting, "I feel adventurous!" after participating in conversations with native speakers. The self-assessment classes were likewise well received, with comments such as "It helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses in speaking French," and "[It is] very interesting to be able to hear your own voice and to assess yourself."

Students expressed enthusiasm for all of the classes offered this year and the instructors who volunteered to teach them with comments such as "I actually want to learn Portuguese in the future because of this class", "I really enjoyed this, the instructor was super nice and now I really want to learn Japanese and go to Japan!" and "The teacher was really fun and lit up the room!"

World Languages Day 2014 was summed up best by a student who simply wrote, "It was great!! Go Gophers!!"