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Monday, April 25, 2016

ACTFL OPI Training: Volunteers Needed

The PACE Project is looking for volunteers to participate in the ACTFL OPI interviews as part of the OPI Assessment Training. If you know someone who is not a native speaker of English, or who has studied Spanish, and who would like to get a sense of their speaking proficiency level, please get them in touch with us! Volunteers are needed for a thirty-minute interview on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, or Thursday, May 19, 2016. Volunteers will receive a $20 gift card. Please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello (carri093@umn.edu or 612-626-6046) for more information.

Professional Development Events for 2016-2017 - Your Feedback is Needed!

As we wrap up the Spring semester, the PACE Project professional development team would love to hear from you about your experiences with professional development events this year, and your needs and interests for the next academic year. Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey. We greatly appreciate your feedback as we plan for next year. The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete and is compatible with mobile devices.

The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) Twin Cities 2016!

Monday, May 23, 2016
9:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Register Online

THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” It is an unconference: a free gathering where college students, faculty, instructors, and community members of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. It is also a great opportunity to network with fellow humanities enthusiasts.

For more information on THATCamp, check out the THATCamp 101 page.

This event is open to everyone interested in the humanities and technology:
  • College and university faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students
  • K-12 educators
  • Librarians
  • Museum professionals
  • Non-profit professionals
  • Artists, writers
  • Activists
  • Community members

This free event is sponsored by LATIS at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, and Normandale Community College.

DCL: Now on Elevator

The newly updated Digital Content Library (DCL) Elevator is now online at a new address: dcl.elevator.umn.edu and ready to use. The DCL Elevator houses nearly 300,000 objects from many collections for use in teaching and research, including over 1000 foreign language films in the Language Center Collection.

Improvements include:
  • Unlimited storage (at no cost to units or individuals)
  • Capacity to store virtually any file (images, video, audio, 3D files, PDFs, etc.)
  • Better video quality in video streams improves projection experience in classrooms
  • Ability to watch videos, explore images, or manipulate 3D objects whether using a phone, a tablet, or a computer
  • Searchable content in Moodle
  • Customizable media drawers can be shared with individuals, groups, classes, and now people outside the University
The original DCL site will remain available for the transitional period. All existing collections have been transferred to the new site. Please note: Any new materials will be uploaded exclusively to dcl.elevator.umn.edu.

PACE: Curriculum Design through a Principled Approach to Listening: A Hands-On Workshop

Friday, May 20, 2016
9:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Jones 35
Register Online (required)

The PACE Project will facilitate an all-day event on May 20 for language instructors and coordinators to examine the role of listening in the language curriculum, to determine guiding principles for attending to listening, and to begin the process of revising the curriculum to integrate listening systematically, based on these principles.

The workshop will begin with a discussion of principles for the integration of listening in the curriculum. Participants will generate a list of principles meant to develop student listening proficiency. They will apply these principles to their own curriculum. They will locate appropriate materials and develop activities to guide students through them. At the end of the day, participants will demonstrate one activity that serves as an example of the principled approach to listening proficiency and that will represent a start toward a more comprehensive systematic attention to listening in a revised curriculum.

This event is free and open to all CLA foreign language instructors. Please register in advance, since lunch will be provided. If you are unable to register online, please email elsie@umn.edu.

The PACE Project is funded by a grant from The Language Flagship.

Monday, April 18, 2016

TandemPlus Film Festival

This week TandemPlus is hosting its first annual film festival. We are screening three films: Ip Man, and Entre les Murs / The Class and Pan's Labyrinth.


Ip Man (Chinese)
The life story of Yip Man, the first person to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun.
Monday, April 18, 2016, 6:00 p.m. in Nicholson Hall 145


Entre les Murs / The Class (French)
Semi-autobiographical film about a French Language and Literature teacher in inner city Paris.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 6:00 p.m. in Nicholson Hall 345

Pan's Labyrinth (Spanish)
In Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:00 p.m. in Nicholson Hall 345

Monday, April 11, 2016

Summer Session Reservation Requests Entered April 15, 2016

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

See the Language Center Reservation page for details on policy, and to make an online reservation request. Summer classroom hours are listed below to help you plan your requests.

Summer 2016 Classroom Hours
Please refer to these hours when requesting Jones classrooms:

May Session (May 23 - June 10)
Monday – Friday: 8:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Summer Session (June 13 - August 5)
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.

Late Summer Session (August 8 - September 2)
Monday – Friday: 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.