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Monday, June 27, 2016

CLA Language Center Film Library Now on Elevator

Information about the Language Center collection of over 3000 foreign language feature films and documentaries, along with instructional audio/video materials can now be found on Elevator! Developed at the University of Minnesota, Elevator, is a flexible platform for storing, organizing and displaying digital content.

To get started, use the Search Box at the top of the page to find media in the Language Center collection.

Many films have been digitized by the Digital Content Library (DCL) for instructional purposes and are available for online streaming. To find these films, look for search results that have a field named DCL link. Clicking on the media title will send you to a detailed view where you can watch the video online.

Most items may be reserved by University of Minnesota instructors and students. Restrictions may apply.

Monday, June 13, 2016

New Community of Practice: Basic Linguistics for all Language Learners

Do you ever wish your students were more prepared to learn a foreign language? Are there linguistic concepts that would be helpful for all language learners to review? If you are interested in discussing how to help your students better understand how language works so that they can be more successful in our courses, then this new Community of Practice (CoP) is for you! We anticipate meeting regularly beginning in Fall 2016. If you might be interested in being part of this group, let the Language Center staff know! We will be in touch with you before our first meeting next fall.

What is a CoP? It is a group of people who share a passion for something that they know how to do and interact regularly to learn how to do it better. By exchanging stories, problems and solutions, the CoP can bring its collective knowledge to bear on individuals' problems.  As a community, we will explore concepts we believe are most important for beginning language learners and how these concepts could be demonstrated or "unpacked" for students in an engaging way. All languages welcome!

How interested are you? Let us know!

Congratulations Diane Rackowski!

This week, the University of Minnesota will honor Civil Service and Labor Represented employees from all campuses celebrating milestone work anniversaries, between 20 and 50 years. Honorees include Technical Coordinator, Diane Rackowski, who is celebrating 20+ years at the Language Center!

Much has changed since 1995, when Diane – who had already installed the department’s two Sony Language Labs and an extension to the intercom system while working for what was then known as University Media Resources - was hired as a Senior Electronics Technician. The Language Center was located in Folwell Hall, and the department’s technology consisted mostly of monitors and VCRs on carts, VHS camcorders and cassette tape recorders. Today, Diane is responsible for a wide range of technology at the Language Center, from computer classrooms, classroom video recording systems, digital audio recorders, and the Language Center website. One thing has not changed: Diane remains an excellent technology resource and the go-to person for instructors and staff looking to realize their innovative technology ideas.

Diane will be honored on Thursday, June 16, 2016  with a reception at Eastcliff. Please join the Language Center in congratulating Diane and thanking her for all she has accomplished on behalf of language instructors and students. 

TandemPlus Registration for Summer Opens This Week

Welcome back to all those on campus! Summer Session classes are starting and that also means that Tandem registration will be opening our Summer semester session again. Any and all language and culture learners are encouraged and welcome to sign up or re-register starting June 13, 2016. The free, voluntary TandemPlus Program gives language learners the opportunity to improve second language skills while gaining a cultural insight by collaborating with native speakers of the language they are learning. You can register at tandem.umn.edu.

A complete list of summer activities for TandemPlus participants will be available soon.