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Monday, July 25, 2016

PACE Workshop: Disabilities and Inclusive Design - Sign Up Now

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Beacon room, RecWell Center
Register online (required)

Please register by Thursday, July 28 to help us estimate lunch orders!

The PACE Project in collaboration with the Committee on Second Language Education (ComSLE), the Disability Resource Center, the College of Liberal Arts office of Undergraduate Education, and the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) are pleased to invite you to a workshop on Disabilities and Inclusive Design. The workshop is intended to provide meaningful strategies for integrating inclusive design into course curriculum that are closely aligned with current teaching practices of language instructors.

This workshop will take place Wednesday, August 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Recreational and Wellness Center, Beacon room. Lunch will be provided for all attendees. Light breakfast items will be available at 8:00 a.m.

We would like to thank all instructors who have taken the time to complete a survey to gather information about their teaching experiences and practices in connection with with working with students with disabilities, core course assignments, and teaching practices. If you have not completed the survey, we welcome your input.

Click here to complete the survey. You will be able to save your entries and return to complete the survey if necessary.

This event is free and open to the university community. Please register in advance, since lunch is 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.

Adolfo Carrillo Cabello, Professional Development, CLA Language Center
Cynthia Fuller, Associate Director, Disabilities Resource Center and Student Access
Angela Bowlus, Assistant Director of Advising, CLA Undergraduate Education

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fall Semester Reservation Requests

The Language Center is now entering general Fall semester reservations.

  • 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.
  • Instructors of intensive courses may negotiate their needs.
  • Reservations of equipment and media are unlimited in terms of amount and frequency (within reason).
  • Instructors must intend to use the technology they are reserving.

TandemPlus Goes Wild at the Como Zoo and Conservatory

On Friday, July 22, 2016, MELP and TandemPlus will co-host a trip to the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Interested participants should gather in front of Nicholson Hall at 2:30 p.m. to catch the bus to the Zoo. With a wonderful variety of animals, as well as a gorgeous botanical garden in the Conservatory, the Como Zoo aims to inspire its visitors with a closer connection to nature. The event is open to all TandemPlus participants, and it's free (though donations to the Zoo are suggested). It's a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the Twin Cities' top attractions and use and improve second-language skills. Those interested in attending should contact Tandem at tandem@umn.edu.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Falafel, Fellowship and Fun at Eid Lunch with TandemPlus and the Arabic Program

On Thursday, June 7, TandemPlus and the Arabic Program co-sponsored our second annual Eid lunch. This was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Eid Al Fitr, the Muslim holiday at the end of the month of fasting, Ramadan. More than 30 native Arabic speaking students and learners, as well as other TandemPlus participants and friends, gathered in Nicholson Hall, where Wally’s Falafel and Hummus in Dinkytown provided delicious authentic Arabic food such as tabouli, hummus, and baba ganouj, and the Arabic Program provided Arabic music and drinks. While enjoying the food and music, participants conversed and exchanged information in different languages about their countries. Eid mubarak!

If you have any questions or inquiries about TandemPlus, please contact tandem@umn.edu.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fall Semester Reservation Requests Entered Beginning July 15, 2016

The Language Center will begin entering general Fall semester reservations on Friday, July 15, 2016. You may submit reservation requests before that date, and they will be held until then. To have the best possibility of receiving the rooms, media 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.
  • Instructors 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.

TandemPlus is Experiencing a Sizzling Summer

Summer registration for TandemPlus is currently open. We are currently experiencing our biggest summer yet, with more than 125 language learners registered; however, we are always looking for more participants, especially learners of Chinese, Korean, and Arabic; or native speakers of French, Spanish or Portuguese. Anyone looking for a second-language conversation partner should register soon at tandem.umn.edu.

Join TandemPlus and the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) on Friday, July 22, 2016 for a trip to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. We will leave the MELP office at Nicholson Hall at 2:30 p.m. This new event is open to all TandemPlus participants.

Please send questions or inquiries about TandemPlus to tandem@umn.edu.