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Monday, May 22, 2017

LANG Courseshare for Fall 2017 - List Complete

All LANG Courseshare courses planned for Fall 2017 are now open for registration:
  • LANG 2011 Accelerated Catalan I
  • LANG 3012 Adv Catalan Lang, Soc, Culture
  • LANG 1161 Beginning Hungarian I
  • LANG 1061 Beginning Persian I
  • LANG 2061 Intermediate Persian I
  • LANG 1071 Beginning Polish I (partially online)
  • LANG 1111 Beginning Turkish I
  • LANG 1121 Beginning Vietnamese I - currently full, but the waitlist is open
  • LANG 2121 Intermediate Vietnamese I (fully online)
  • LANG 3503 Traditional Korean Poetry Sijo
Students and advisors who do not see the language or level they are looking for should email Pablo Viedma at elsie@umn.edu as soon as possible to convey their interest.

Special Thank You to the TandemPlus Student Association Officers of 2016-2017

The TandemPlus Student Association jumped into its second year this last Fall, and it brought with it new student officers: President Ali Megarry, Treasurer Sarah Brown, Secretary Maggie Stone, and Event Coordinator Mark Liu. Their efforts throughout the year were instrumental in assisting the the program, helping it run smoothly during a period of transition. Together the officers took up the tasks of brainstorming, planning, and hosting creatively themed monthly events. Included in these themed events were a TandemPlus Halloween haunted house, cohosted with the International Buddy Program and MISA, a Korean Thanksgiving event, which delivered traditional American Thanksgiving meals as well as traditional foods of Korean Harvest festivals, a buffet-style study event during finals, and a movie night featuring a comedic rendition of the classic Chinese story, A Journey to the West.

In addition to organizing events, the group was responsible for representing TandemPlus as an Affiliate to the Minnesota International Student Association (MISA) at Affiliate meetings and at events. They also applied for and received several grants, which made the monthly events possible.

Beginning Fall semester 2017, TPSA returning members will be joined by new officers: Secretary Minh Tran, Treasurer Chaonan Lin, and Anas Al Badi in the newly developed Social Media Coordinator position. Sarah Brown will return in the position of Vice President, with Maggie Stone as Event Coordinator, and Ali Megarry will retain her position as President.

Monday, May 15, 2017

LANG Courseshare for Fall 2017

There are now nine LANG Courseshare courses open for Fall 2017 registration:
  • LANG 2011 Accelerated Catalan I
  • LANG 3012 Adv Catalan Lang, Soc, Culture
  • LANG 1061 Beginning Persian I
  • LANG 2061 Intermediate Persian I
  • LANG 1071 Beginning Polish I (partially online)
  • LANG 1111 Beginning Turkish I
  • LANG 1121 Beginning Vietnamese I - currently full, but the waitlist is open
  • LANG 2121 Intermediate Vietnamese I (fully online)
  • LANG 3503 Traditional Korean Poetry Sijo
The scheduling of several other classes is in progress. Because of the complexities of working between multiple institutions, registration for Courseshare courses usually opens later than traditional courses. Students and advisors who do not see the language or level they are looking for should email Pablo Viedma at elsie@umn.edu to convey their interest.

Language Center Graduate Staff Graduations May 2017

The Language Center has been fortunate to work with two outstanding graduate assistants who are both completing their degrees within days of each other. They brought a collaborative spirit, and a willingness take on new challenges, and unique skills to our department. Please offer your congratulations to the two graduates!
  • Shannon Roach, Graduate Assistant Coordinator is graduating with a Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) for Higher Education. She will be teaching in Wuhan, China again this summer, and is very excited to move to Morocco at the beginning of September to teach at the American Language Center in Fez.
  • Carter Griffith, PACE Assistant Coordinator, is graduating with a Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) for Higher Education. Carter will continue to to work at the Language Center through the summer analyzing the Spring 2017 PACE data.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Summer at the Language Center: We’re Open for You!

The Language Center is open for business over May and Summer Session. Our hours are more limited to reflect the decreased number of classes in session, but our professional and student staff will be here and ready to help!

Computer classrooms: Jones 10, 15, 30 and 35
Bringing your intensive summer class to a technology classroom breaks up and adds diversity to a long day for students (and instructors). It’s not necessary to create new instructional material to use in the classroom; existing lessons can easily be adapted to use technology, and we can help with this.
  • Pair/Group work: The DiLL makes it easy to ensure that all students are communicating, and that pairs/groups are not always the same. You can reform pairs and groups as often as you’d like. The software can also help you to easily deploy and manage conversational tasks to promote interpersonal communication skills.
  • Authentic media integration: Through the DiLL system, instructors can easily send text, audio, and video materials from files or online.
  • Licensed software: The extensive list of software installed in our classrooms offers endless options for students to practice all modes of communication. For example, iMovie could be used to develop projects to practice the presentational mode.
  • Assessment: Whether oral or written, our classrooms offer software that facilitate the evaluation of language production in a secure environment. For example, you can manage individual oral responses with the DiLL system, or conduct oral exchanges. 
Contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at carri093@umn.edu for ideas on adapting an existing lesson to include classroom technology.

Multimedia Lab: Jones 135
Over the summer the lab is open for general student use, and it’s a great location for students to work or meet up before or after class. We will also host special events or viewings upon request, including international TV programming, films, student cultural events and more.

Contact elsie@umn.edu to request an event at the Multimedia Lab.

TandemPlus
The summer Tandem program is smaller than in fall and spring, but remains vibrant. Students can register at tandem.umn.edu beginning June 12, 2017, to find a language and conversation exchange partner. In addition to a face-to-face matching program, Tandem often co-hosts cultural events for students.

Contact tandem@umn.edu to propose a student event or activity.

Canvas Recommended to Provost as the new Learning Management System

On April 25, 2017, the University Learning Technology Advisors (ULTA), which has been reviewing Learning Management Systems (LMS), recommended to Provost Karen Hanson and Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer (VPCIO) Bernard Gulachek that the University of Minnesota adopt Canvas as its next LMS. ULTA's recommendation has been shared publicly, but the university's LMS has not yet officially changed.

University of Minnesota Language Programs: Awards, Honors and Kudos

  • Dr. Luis A. Ramos-Garcia, Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is a 2007 winner of the President's Award for Outstanding Service. This award recognizes faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments and service units. Such service must have gone well beyond the regular duties of a faculty or staff member, and demonstrate unusual commitment to the University community. Dr. Ramos-Garcia was recognized for his collaboration with theater and arts groups in Colombia, Cuba, Peru and Spain, his work to raise awareness of political and gender injustice, and his tireless community outreach activities.
  • Chinese Language Students win! On April 14, 2017, five finalists competed in the 2017 Midwest "Chinese Bridge" Speech Contest at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Competition was fierce, but all five University of Minnesota students came away with prizes at their own level! 
    • Andy Columbus - First Prize - Accelerated Level 
    • Maddie Haas - Second Prize - Level 1 
    • Adam Myhand - Third Prize - Level 1
    • Helena Mueller - Third Prize - Level 2
    • Martin Miller - First Prize - Level 4. Martin was selected to represent the US Midwest in the worldwide Chinese Proficiency Contest in China

Language Center Undergraduate Staff Graduations

This week six long-term Language Center undergraduate employees will complete their undergraduate programs. All of them held unique positions in our department and made valuable contributions to language education at the University of Minnesota. Please join us in congratulating the following graduates, and wishing them the best in their future endeavors!
  • Sorelle Chekam, Multimedia Lab Attendant, will graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Systems Management with an emphasis in Building Sciences and Technology. She was also involved in a project on Zero Energy Homes with classmates and faculty of the department of Biosystems and Bioproducts Engineering at the school. She is currently looking for a job in the same discipline. She will be returning to school after gaining some real life experiences for a Master's program in Sustainable Design. Her long-term goal is to bring the design of durable homes to Africa.
  • Maya Christensen, Lead Main Office Assistant, will graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Urban Studies, Youth Studies, and Sustainability. Directly after graduation she will work as part of the University of Minnesota Youth Programs staff. Her long-term goal is outdoor education-based community and nonprofit work.
  • Rachael Falade, Main Office Assistant, will graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Biology, Society and Environment with a double minor in Public Health and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. She is currently interested in biology research and public health work. She will be continuing her education in 2018 when she begins a Master's program in Public Health. Her long-term goal is to work in the health field impacting as many people as possible everyday. She wants to love her job and look back on her career with a smile on her face.
  • Chris Michaels, Lead Main Office Assistant, will graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Asian Languages & Literatures with a minor in Mass Communications. After graduation, he will work in expense management at Plus Relocation in St. Louis Park.
  • Nick Ott, Tandem Assistant, will graduate with both a Bachelors of Science in Business and a Bachelor of the Arts, majoring in Marketing, and German, Scandinavian, and Dutch Studies along with a Spanish minor. He has recently accepted a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant for the coming academic year, and will move to Hessen, Germany in early September. After assistant teaching English in Europe, he hopes to teach English full-time through the Peace Corps, attend graduate school (abroad or in the US), and ultimately become a foreign language professor at the university level. 
  • Anna Sisombat, Classroom Support Student Lead, Testing Assistant, PACE Assistant, and BOSSA Scheduling Assistant, will graduate with both a Bachelors of Arts in French and a Bachelors of Arts in Art with an emphasis on drawing and painting. Anna has recently accepted a full-time position in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy here at the university where she will be working as an Executive Accounts Specialist.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Call for help from the PACE Professional Development (PD) Peer Team

The PACE PD Peer Team will present at the International Association of Language Learning and Technology (IALLT) conference on June 20-23, 2017. The presentation focuses on the successes and challenges of developing and implementing a systematic professional development program that appeals to a diverse group of language instructors.

The PD Peer Team invites language instructors to be part of this project by providing video testimonials describing their experiences with PACE PD events. Specifically, we are interested in collecting stories of successes and challenges.

If you are willing to share your story, please submit a testimonial via Flipgrid by May 31, 2017. You will be asked to provide information about your experiences. We have included four prompts to help you guide your thinking. We ask that you choose one prompt per submission, but you may submit more than one. You may provide your name and language taught, but this is not required.

Your story will help inform future PD events at this university, and help guide PD development for other institutions.

If you have questions about the testimonials or Flipgrid, please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at carri093@umn.edu.

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

Jones Hall Elevator Out of Service May 10, 2017

The elevator in Jones Hall will be out of service on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a critical repair. If you intend to visit the Language Center on that day, and this could present an obstacle, please email elsie@umn.edu.

Language Center Finals Week Hours

During Spring Finals Week, May 8-12, 2017, the Language Center will be open the following hours:

Main Office & Multimedia Lab
Monday, May 8: 7:45 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9: 7:45 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 10: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 11: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 12: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The computer classrooms will be open for all prearranged classes.

LANG Courseshare for Fall 2017

So far, seven LANG Courseshare courses have opened for Fall 2017 registration:
  • LANG 2011 Accelerated Catalan I
  • LANG 1061 Beginning Persian I
  • LANG 2061 Intermediate Persian I
  • LANG 1071 Beginning Polish I (partially online)
  • LANG 1121 Beginning Vietnamese I - currently full, but the waitlist is open
  • LANG 3503 Traditional Korean Poetry Sijo
The scheduling of many other classes is in progress. Because of the complexities of working between multiple institutions, registration for Courseshare courses usually opens later than traditional courses. Students and advisors who do not see the language or level they are looking for should email Pablo Viedma at elsie@umn.edu to convey their interest.

Minnesota eLearning Summit: Gentle Project Management - Shepherding Pedagogical Change

Thursday, May 4, 2017
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Access via WebEx
Session # = 803 978 258
Password = MNLC@2017

Does it ever feel like your project management experience gets thrown out the door when working in higher education? As instructional designers, project managers, and/or academic technologists we have to be flexible in keeping projects on track; we also have to be sensitive and realize that asking instructors to consider changing how they traditionally teach can present them an overwhelming prospect. On paper, project management, change management, and instructional design may look like fairly straightforward processes: Project management manages the tasks necessary to complete a project. Change management guides the people as they prepare for change, manage change, and reinforce change. Instructional design manages the design and development of an educational experience. In real life, these processes are never quite so straightforward. Additionally, we work in the higher ed environment, which offers us unique challenges and opportunities for managing the tasks and people in our projects. By integrating traditional change management, project management, and instructional design models, we can adapt strategies to our academic environment. We will focus on concrete strategies to support both the tasks AND the people.

Presenters:
Sara Schoen is an Instructional Designer at the University of Minnesota. She works with faculty and staff to develop, design, and transfer course content to online environments in ways that will be most effective for student learning. She is also interested in supporting the professional development of online instructors so that they can support their online students. Sara holds a master's degree in Multicultural College Teaching and Learning with a focus on supporting online learning. She also likes tea, playing sports, and reading.
Annette McNamara is an Instructional Designer for the University of Minnesota's Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS). As an instructional designer, she enjoys collaborating on the integration of academic technology into the design and development of effective, efficient teaching and learning experiences. Her professional interests include learning that is authentic and related to real life, making connections to create lifelong learning networks, the narrative arc of learning design, and using technology for increased efficiency in teaching and learning. She holds a master's degree in education: her research focused on the benefits and challenges of parental involvement in a secondary charter school.

Digital Liberal Arts Workshop For Instructors

May 17-18, 2017
Macalester College
Registration Required

The Spring 2017 DIGITAL LIBERAL ARTS (DLA) Professional Activities Workshop, which will feature significant DLA programming, will be held on Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Macalester College. As a cooperative initiative between Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Libraries, with support from the Mellon Foundation, this workshop is open to instructors from both Macalester and the University of Minnesota.

Language Center Undergraduate Position Open for Summer

Students: If you love languages and are registered for Summer 2017, consider working in the Language Center. We are now hiring undergraduate Administrative and Student Support Assistants to work in the main office and multimedia lab. We are looking for students with summer work study funding and daytime availability. Please visit the university’s employment site and search for Job ID 317056 to learn more and apply online.

Language instructors: The Language Center is a great employment option for language students. Please pass the word on to your students taking language courses this summer. We are now hiring undergraduate Administrative and Student Support Assistants to work in the main office and multimedia lab. We are looking for students with summer work study funding and daytime availability. Please visit the university’s employment site and search for Job ID 317056 to learn more and apply online.

Class-to-Class Tandem Exchanges: Instructor Support and Celebration

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Jones 117

You are invited to meet with instructors who have paired their students with language learners around the world for one-on-one Skype conversations through the TandemPlus program! We will share our success stories and discuss how to improve these class-to-class exchanges in the future. If you are curious about how these exchanges work, this is a great opportunity to find out! Cheese, crackers, and fruit will be served. Contact Beth Kautz at tandem@umn.edu with questions.

Monday, April 24, 2017

LANG Courseshare for Fall 2017

So far, the following LANG Courseshare courses have opened for Fall 2017 registration:
  • LANG 2011 Accelerated Catalan I
  • LANG 1061 Beginning Persian I
  • LANG 2061 Intermediate Persian I
  • LANG 1121 Beginning Vietnamese I - currently full, but the waitlist is open
  • LANG 3503 Traditional Korean Poetry Sijo
The scheduling of many other classes is in progress. Because of the complexities of working between multiple institutions, registration for Courseshare courses usually opens later than traditional courses. Students and advisors who do not see the language or level they are looking for should email Pablo Viedma at elsie@umn.edu to convey their interest.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Summer Session Reservation Requests Now Entered

The Language Center is now entering general Summer Session 2017 reservations.

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.

May Session (May 22 - June 9)
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Summer Session (June 12 - August 4)
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 – 4:00 p.m.

Late Summer Session (August 7 - September 1)
Monday – Friday: 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.

There is a new checkbox on the reservation request form to be put on a waitlist if the room or resource you request is not available. This waitlist will go into effect with these summer reservation requests. The checkbox is selected by default, but you can deselect it if you prefer not to be placed on a waitlist. If you are on the waitlist, and the room or other resource becomes available, it will be reserved to you automatically and you will receive an email notification.

LANG Courseshare for Fall 2017

To date, two LANG Courseshare courses have opened for Fall 2017 registration:
  • LANG 1121 Beginning Vietnamese I (fully online)
  • LANG 3503 Traditional Korean Poetry Sijo 
The scheduling of many other classes is in progress. Because of the complexities of working between multiple institutions, registration for Courseshare courses usually opens later than traditional courses. Students and advisors who do not see the language or level they are looking for should email Pablo Viedma at elsie@umn.edu to convey their interest.

PACE Roundtable: Ideas for infusing technology into the language classroom

Friday, April 28, 2017
12:20 - 2:00 p.m.
Bruininks Hall 420B
Register Online (required)

Lunch Provided by AfroDeli

Looking for ways to integrate technology into your teaching to enhance students’ learning experience? Please join us for an afternoon full of ideas and great conversation. This roundtable will showcase five projects in a roundtable format. Participants will have a chance to engage in informal, small group conversation with the presenters and learn new ways to incorporate technology into their teaching.


Featured Technologies and Projects: VideoAnt, Radio Ambulante, Flipgrid, Apple Numbers and PlayPosit


Interactive listening with VideoAnt
VideoAnt is a University of Minnesota-created web-based video annotation tool. Its simple interface makes it easy to create discussion board activities directly linked to authentic web-based videos. It has the potential to turn the often solitary experience of at-home listening homework into an interactive, social experience - one in which students can collaboratively work to understand, analyze, and assess second language audiovisual texts. This roundtable presentation will cover the basics of setting up VideoAnt, student reactions to using VideoAnt as outside of class listening practice, and a discussion of pros and cons of the tool from the instructor perspective.

Radio Ambulante in the Spanish classroom
Radio Ambulante is a weekly Spanish language podcast from NPR that "tells Latin American stories from anywhere Spanish is spoken, including the United States.” The unique content, combined with the fact that each episode has an accompanying transcript make this podcast a great tool for the Spanish classroom, from beginning through advanced levels of instruction. This roundtable presentation will show how an instructor used an episode of Radio Ambulante on Peruvian cuisine in her intermediate Spanish class to create a four-day multiliteracy lesson to accompany the textbook chapter on food.

Using Apple’s Numbers app on the iPad to speed up grading with rubrics
With a little investment in setup time, Apple’s iPad spreadsheet application can help speed an instructor through scoring multi-criteria rubrics like those used for oral exams. The Numbers app has a little-used feature called Forms that can make entering and adding all the numbers from a rubric faster and less frustrating than using a calculator (and trying to remember if you just added the score for fluency or task completion, or do you need to start over adding from the beginning again!). This presentation will include a brief reflection on evaluating this technology use via the SAMR model. Interested participants will receive a copy of the Numbers spreadsheet file used by the presenter as well.

Using Flipgrid as a tool to create video discussions
Instructors register for a Flipgrid account and then create a grid for the classroom and can add unlimited discussion topics. Instructors can pose questions or prompts – students can create video responses, watch each others’ videos, and respond to each other. Video responses can be up to three minutes long, so this is a good way to promote sustained speaking. This roundtable presentation will cover the basics of setting up Flipgrid, and discuss practical applications for its use in the beginning and intermediate language classroom both to promote discussion among students and conversations between students and instructors.

Improving the interactivity of listening materials with PlayPosit
Working on listening activities can be a monotonous or tedious exercise for students. Through tools such as PlayPosit, what is traditionally considered passive content can be transformed into an interactive experience for students, with time-embedded activities. In this roundtable, participants will work on their choice of audiovisual materials and use various tools available on PlayPosit to create an interactive exercise with questions targeting specific segments of their material. Examples of time-embedded questions include: Multiple Choice, Free Response, Fill in the Blank, Polling, and several others. Finally, participants will also explore ways to closely monitor the progress their students are making.

Presenters: Stephanie Hernandez and Sara Mack, from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Beth Kautz and Ginny Steinhagen from the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch; Sean Killackey from the Department of French and Italian; and Hossam Elsherbiny from the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures

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

TandemPlus Film Evening

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union, MISA Room

TandemPlus and the TandemPlus Student Association are hosting an evening of socializing, food and entertainment in the MISA room of Coffman Memorial Union for the participants of Tandem. This is an opportunity to hang out with your partner, meet other participants of Tandem, and relax from your studies. During the evening we will be showing the 2013 film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, a loosely-based comedic rendition of the classic Chinese epic that tells the tale of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, detailing his journey and many shenanigans. Enjoy the movie with Coca-Cola floats, delectable Mesa pizza, and an assortment of Jimmy John's sandwiches! All participants of Tandem are welcome to attend.

If you have any questions, please email tandem@umn.edu.

Monday, April 10, 2017

PACE Roundtable: Ideas for infusing technology into the language classroom

Friday, April 28, 2017
12:20 - 2:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Bruininks Hall, 420B
Register Online (required)

Looking for ways to integrate technology into your teaching to enhance students’ learning experience? Please join us for an afternoon full of ideas and great conversation. This roundtable will showcase five projects in a roundtable format. Participants will have a chance to engage in informal, small group conversation with the presenters and learn new ways to incorporate technology into their teaching.

The projects and technologies showcased are VideoAnt, Radio Ambulante, Flipgrid, Apple Numbers and PlayPosit. A description of the five presentations will be available next week.

Presenters: Stephanie Hernandez and Sara Mack, from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Beth Kautz and Ginny Steinhagen from the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch; Sean Killackey from the Department of French and Italian; and Hossam Elsherbiny from the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures

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

Spring 2017 PACE Testing: Free Coffee Dates

Between March 31 and May 12, 2017, the Language Testing Program will administer over 2300 ACTFL tests as part of the PACE Project. All of these tests are scheduled in the four Jones computer classrooms, concurrent with other tests and regular class sessions. Peak testing season can result in approximately 100 students waiting in the hallway for their rooms to open. The hallway noise can become very distracting to test takers in the classrooms, particularly those that are taking a listening test.

In an effort to reduce the hallway noise on the ground floor, we are asking for instructors’ help in encouraging their students to remain quiet while waiting in the hallway for their room to open and limiting the time they wait outside their room. To serve those who arrive early for class, we are inviting students to come to Multimedia Lab Jones 135 for free coffee. We hope that this offer will incentivize students who arrive early for their class or test to wait in the relaxing and inviting lab, as opposed to the crowded hallway.

Here are the testing / coffee times for this week:
  • Monday, May 8: 1:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 9: 8:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 10: 10:15-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 11: 10:15-12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 12: 10:15-12:30 p.m.
The PACE Project is funded by a grant from The Language Flagship.

Multimedia Lab Jones 135 Closed Briefly on Friday

The walk-in Multimedia Lab Jones 135 will be closed on Friday, April 14, 2017 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for a staff training event.

Graduate Student Development Opportunity from COERLL

The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) is offering $500 stipends and professional guidance to graduate students who create lessons that lead language students through a deep reading of an everyday text, such as a blog, a poem or slogan, graffiti or a song.

Students can apply by submitting a project proposal form to info@coerll.utexas.edu by May 31, 2017. The graduate students whose proposals are selected are required to attend a summer workshop at the University of Texas at Austin, lodging and transportation paid, to develop their lessons.

Contact Sarah Sweeney at ssweeney@austin.utexas.edu with questions.

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 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 24 or Thursday, May 25, 2017. Volunteers will receive a $20 Target gift card. Please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at carri093@umn.edu or 612-626-6046 for more information.

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

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Panel Presentation

The World Comes to Your Classroom: UMD Faculty Share Insights for Collaborative Online International Learning

Monday, April 10, 2017
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Bruininks 123 or via WebEx - Meeting # 746 762 115

Panelists Include:
  • Helen Mongan-Rallis, who regularly connects her education students with students in South Korea, South Africa and elsewhere
  • Carol Wallace, who tried using digital technology on a small scale in a Spanish class for the first time this semester
  • Andrew Snustad, who has connected his language students with students in Mexico for the past two semesters
  • Dan Nolan, who has connected UMD students with German and Russian students, and who has been UMD's champion for collaborative on-line international learning for several years

Whether you are someone seeking to start a COIL experiment in your teaching or an experienced COIL advocate, you will hear something of interest from the panel.

Facilitator: David Syring, Spring 2017 COIL Faculty Fellow, and supported by the UMD Center for Excellence in Teaching (CETL)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring 2017 PACE Testing: Free Coffee Dates

Between March 31 and May 12, 2017, the Language Testing Program will administer over 2300 ACTFL tests as part of the PACE Project. All of these tests are scheduled in the four Jones computer classrooms, concurrent with other tests and regular class sessions. Peak testing season can result in approximately 100 students waiting in the hallway for their rooms to open. The hallway noise can become very distracting to test takers in the classrooms, particularly those that are taking a listening test.

In an effort to reduce the hallway noise on the ground floor, we are asking for instructors’ help in encouraging their students to remain quiet while waiting in the hallway for their room to open and limiting the time they wait outside their room. To serve those who arrive early for class, we are inviting students to come to Multimedia Lab Jones 135 for free coffee. We hope that this offer will incentivize students who arrive early for their class or test to wait in the relaxing and inviting lab, as opposed to the crowded hallway.

Here are the testing / coffee times for this week:
  • Monday, April 3: 2:15-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 4: 10:00-1:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 5: 12:15 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 6: 12:15 - 4:45 p.m.
  • Friday, April 7: 1:15-4:30 p.m.

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

LC Reservation Request Form: New Waitlist Option

If the Language Center can’t fulfill your reservation request now, maybe we can later!

There is a new checkbox on the reservation request form to be put on a waitlist if the room or resource you request is not available. This waitlist will go into effect with Summer 2017 reservations, which we begin entering April 17, 2017. The checkbox is selected by default, but you can deselect it if you prefer not to be placed on a waitlist. If you are on the waitlist, and the room or other resource becomes available, it will be reserved to you automatically and you will receive an email notification.

Summer Session Reservation Requests Entered April 17, 2017

The Language Center will begin entering general Summer Session reservations on Monday, April 17, 2017. 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 April 17 at 9:00 a.m..

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 2017 Classroom Hours
Please refer to these hours when requesting Jones classrooms:

May Session (May 22 - June 9)
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Summer Session (June 12 - August 4)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 – 4:00 p.m.

Late Summer Session (August 7 - September 1)Monday – Friday: 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Multimedia Lab Jones 135 Closed Briefly on Thursday

The walk-in Multimedia Lab Jones 135 will be closed on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for a staff training event.

Monday, March 20, 2017

University of Minnesota Language Programs: Awards, Honors and Kudos

Dr. Hangtae Cho, Director of the Korean language program in the department of Asian Languages and Literatures, is a 2017 winner of the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Dr. Cho is a program-builder whose teaching appeals to students from all backgrounds. His motivational teaching encourages students to pursue cultural learning at the highest level inside and outside the classroom.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Minnesota eLearning Summit: 2017 Excellence Award Nominations

The Minnesota eLearning Summit committee is pleased to announce the second MN eLearning Excellence Awards Call for Nominations. The Excellence Awards will recognize teachers, faculty, administrators, and staff engaged with exceptional elearning experiences, practices, or projects. The awards are open to individuals or teams who are affiliated with Minnesota-based E−12 or higher education institutions. Self-nominations are welcome.

Minnesota eLearning Summit: Blended and Online Learning

August 2-3, 2017
Normandale Community College
Bloomington, MN

Register for the Summit
Register as an Exhibitor
Submit a Presentation Proposal (March 10, 2017 deadline)

Calling all innovators in the field of online and blended learning! Share your research and unique perspective with your peers. Come to the 2017 MN eLearning Summit, the premier gathering place for K-12, college, and university educators and innovators in the Midwest that are committed to effective online and blended learning. The Summit planning committee welcomes first-time presenters!

Select institutions and organizations will be offering financial support for presenters and attendees.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Multimedia Lab Film Schedule

Over Spring 2017, the Language Center’s Multimedia Lab will be showing foreign-language films from the Language Center's collection on a weekly basis. Each film is packed with cultural significance and variety of genres are included. All together, the films show eventful times in their represented cultures, differing artistic styles, documentation on historical events, portrayals of times of strife and triumph, and also comedic relief!

Each week, a different film will be featured. Films are played throughout the day on repeat, and can be reset for any patron desiring to watch from start to finish. Here is a list of the films and the dates they will be played:

2/20 - 2/24 Amélie (French)
2/27 - 3/3 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Hindi)
3/6 - 3/10 Good Bye Lenin! (German)
3/20 - 3/24 Bab'Aziz (Arabic)
3/27 - 3/31 Kitchen Stories (Swedish)
4/3 - 4/7 Entre les Murs (French)
4/10 - 4/14 The Elephant on the Bike (Korean)
4/17 - 4/21 The Green Butchers (Danish)
4/24 - 4/28 Frauenschicksale (German)
5/1 - 5/5 Life of Oharu (Japanese)
5/8 - 5/12 The Elephant on the Bike (Korean)

Other films can be added to the schedule by request. Email Jonathan Prestrud at prest211@umn.edu to request a film.

University Libraries: Partnership for Affordable Content Grants

Twin Cities faculty and instructors are invited to apply for Partnership for Affordable Content grants. Sponsored by the University Libraries, the initiative aims to reduce student costs by implementing alternative, affordable, and high-quality content for university courses. The application deadline is February 27, 2017.

Using free digital resources in lieu of textbooks can be an option for reducing costs and refreshing content in language and culture classes.

Monday, February 13, 2017

PACE Conversation: Navigating the road to language testing and proficiency

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
12:20 - 1:15 p.m. (lunch provided)
Jones 15
Register Online (required)

For the past two years, the PACE Project has made available the four-day ACTFL Tester Training Workshop, which assists instructors to better understand the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and Scale. Providing the workshop in the PACE project is meant to help instructors place a greater focus on proficiency and to provide greater opportunities for student success in developing their proficiency.
Past participants of the OPI Tester Training workshop will share their experience with the workshop and afterward, discuss how this experience has shaped their teaching and student learning. Presenters will present challenges and successes of the training and will share ideas for addressing the ACTFL Guidelines and Scale in their teaching. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and provide insights on their own experiences and interests with the ACTFL Guidelines and Scale. A light lunch will be provided.

Presenters: Angela Carlson Lombardi, Anne Hoffman-Gonzalez and Tripp Strawbridge, from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Jacqueline Listemaa and Jennifer Peterson from the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch; and Bryce Johnson and Hai Liu from the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures

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

Courseshare: Planning for Fall 2017

Instructors: are you interested in potentially sharing your course beyond the University of Minnesota?
Students: are you looking for a language course that you can’t find on MyU?

Courseshare may be the answer, and now is the best time to start preparing for Fall 2017!

The university is an active participant in the Big Ten Academic Alliance Courseshare program, which uses technology to send and receive less commonly taught language and culture courses with partner institutions. Sending courses expands the profile of our language and culture programs, and increases and diversifies their audience. Receiving courses provides students with access to courses they need for their academic and career goals, and connects them with students and scholars across the country.

Courseshare is administered by the Language Center, through collaboration with academic departments. Our staff provides support both for instructors teaching in the program and for students enrolling in a shared language course. Instructors can contact Pablo Viedma at viedma@umn.edu to see if their course might be a good fit to share with another institution. Students can register for courses received from other institutions through the LANG course subject and request a new course by contacting Pablo or emailing elsie@umn.edu.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Summary of Language Center February 2017 Events

TandemPlus Face-to-Face Spring 2017 Kickoff and Orientation

Thursday, February 9, 2017
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Bruininks 412

It’s time for TandemPlus’ first event of a new calendar year! Join TandemPlus for the spring semester Kickoff and Orientation for an opportunity to meet other language learners interested in the face-to-face program, as well as long-time participants. There will be an information session on the program and time to ask questions, sign-up, look for a partner, and play games for a chance to win a Starbucks giftcard! We entice with food at our events, and we mean to deliver: feed yourself on cookies, creative pizzas from MESA, and freaky-fast sandwiches from Jimmy John’s!

The TandemPlus Student Association will continue to host monthly events this semester. Participants will be informed of upcoming events through email notifications and weekly updates. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information! A complete list of spring activities for TandemPlus participants will be available soon.

Registration is now open and takes no more than 5 minutes at tandem.umn.edu.

For more information about TandemPlus, visit the Language Center’s Website, or send us an email at tandem@umn.edu.

TandemPlus Class-to-Class Exchanges Spring 2017

This semester, we once again have many U of M students conversing online with students in Mexico, Spain, France, and Germany as part of their coursework.

The TandemPlus program is especially happy to welcome two new French 1003 instructors to class-to-class exchanges: Agnes Schaffauser and Ben Obernolte. They join Marina Calas, a French 3014 instructor who participated last semester, in an exchange with the Université Lyon in France.

In Spanish, we have four instructors teaching ten sections of Spanish 1003. Edward Eiffler and Angela Carlson-Lombardi, who were new to the program last semester, are currently partnered with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. Long-time enthusiast, Andy Wiesinger, is working with teachers and students at Universidad Tecnológica El Retoño in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and Pablo Viedma keeps our long-standing partnership with Universidad de Sevilla in Spain alive.

Our partnership with the Leuphana Universität in Lüneburg, Germany in 2011. Over the years, students in German 1003, 3011, and 3501 have discussed travel, educational systems, politics, sustainability and more with their counterparts in Germany. Classes participating this semester include Beth Kautz’s German 1003 class and Charlotte Melin’s advanced-level course on contemporary Germany.

Are you curious about how these exchanges work? If so, reach out to one of the participating instructors or contact Beth Kautz at kautz001@umn.edu or TandemPlus at tandem@umn.edu.

It’s never too early to begin planning a class-to-class exchange for Fall 2017!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Scholarships for CARLA Saturday Workshops for Language Teachers

Through a partnership between the Language Center PACE Project and CARLA, scholarships are available for up to five CLA language instructors to attend one of three of the upcoming CARLA Saturday workshops free of charge:

Scholarships will be awarded to the first five CLA language instructors who apply online for funding for each workshop. Please limit one workshop per instructor.

Questions about this special funding can be directed to Stephanie Treat at treat002@umn.edu. Questions about the workshops can be directed to carla@umn.edu.

Here is the full list of upcoming CARLA Saturday Workshops:

Using Flipped Lessons to Differentiate and Engage Learners
Saturday, February 25, 2017
9:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Jones 35 or Online
Register online
CLA Language Instructors: Get on a waiting list for a scholarship

Using Authentic Materials to Develop Students’ Interpretive Communication Abilities
Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:00 - 12:00 p.m.
University International Center Room 101
Register Online
CLA Language Instructors: Apply for a scholarship

Supercharge Your Teaching with H5P: Creating Rich and Interactive Web Experiences for Language Learner
Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Jones 35 or Online
Register Online
CLA Language Instructors: Get on a waiting list for a scholarship

Enriching the World Languages Curriculum: Incorporating Language Varieties and Registers
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:00 - 12:00 p.m.
University International Center Room 101
Register Online

PACE Presentation: BOSSA at the University of Minnesota: Looking back, looking forward

Thursday, March 2, 2017
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Peik Gym G65

Spring 2017 marks the beginning of the fourth year of BOSSA. During these years, the PACE team has worked closely with students, instructors, and programs to learn about the benefits of using self assessment to support language learning.

In this two-part presentation, aggregated results of the three years of operation will be shown. Instructors will provide insights on approaching the inclusion of BOSSA at the course and class levels.

In the first part, Gabriela Sweet and Anna Olivero-Agney will explain how students’ perceptions of their abilities align with program’s expectations. Furthermore, they will show data that summarize learner strategies: what students choose to do in response to the specific challenges they identify through using the BOSSA protocol. In addition, they will look briefly at accuracy, comparing ACTFL performance data from the PACE Project with student self-assessment data from BOSSA, looking at both the individual and aggregate levels, by semester level of instruction.

In the second part, Helena Ruf and Ginny Steinhagen will provide an overview of a longitudinal study they have conducted using the BOSSA speaking and writing self-assessment protocols. They will discuss practical applications of the BOSSA, including concrete tips for revisiting students’ “strengths / challenges and goals“ throughout the semester, as well as implications of the BOSSA for course design.

Presenters: Anna Olivero-Agney and Gabriela Sweet from the Language Center, and Helena Ruf and Ginny Steinhagen from German, Scandinavian and Dutch

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

PACE Project: ACTFL OPI Tester Training Workshop, May 2017

The PACE Project in collaboration with the PACE PD Peer Team is sponsoring a four-day ACTFL OPI Tester Training Workshop for up to ten language instructors on May 22-25, 2017. The workshop will be facilitated by an expert ACTFL OPI Tester trainer.

This four-day workshop introduces the ACTFL rating scale, the structure of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), and techniques of administering and rating the OPI. Participants observe and conduct live practice interviews across all proficiency levels (Novice through Superior). Participants will critique and discuss interview elicitation, structure, and rating. Participation in this workshop can be the first step towards certification as an ACTFL OPI Tester for those who choose to do so. We hope that participation in this workshop will lead to a greater focus on proficiency and to greater opportunities for student success in developing their proficiency.

The workshop is funded by the PACE Project, which covers the cost of the training plus breakfast and lunch during the four days of participation.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please register your interest by February 20, 2017.

Priority will be given to instructors who teach languages funded by the PACE grant, those interested in pursuing full tester certification, and those who are able to attend all four days of the workshop in their entirety.

Participants seeking to become ACTFL Certified Testers will be reimbursed for the ACTFL certification application fee upon obtaining certification.

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

Monday, January 23, 2017

Winner of the $20 Target Gift Card

Thank you to all the language instructors who completed the Professional Development survey. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the $20 Target Gift Card is Keiko Kawakam.

Congratulations Keiko!

The survey provided instructors with an opportunity to assess professional developments efforts during Fall 2016, and express their interests and needs to help the Professional Development (PD) Peer Team plan events for Spring 2017.

A diverse group of sixty instructors completed the survey. Results from the survey show that over 97% of instructors were satisfied with the events offered during the previous semester. Instructors value large events in which they learn about new pedagogical trends, and also smaller events such as open hours in which they interact one-on-one with staff and get the help they need. Instructors proposed the inclusion of topics that deal with everyday classroom experiences. Spring events will aim at showcasing collective experiences and co-mentoring.

If you are interested in sharing your projects and ideas with our instructors, please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at carri093@umn.edu.

CARLA Presentation: Tech Tools for Teaching Language - What Really Works?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
1:25 - 2:15 p.m.
Nolte 140

This CARLA presentation will highlight the results of a literature review of research into effectiveness of online tools for Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Though the measures used by researchers to determine “effectiveness” varied, there was some consensus about which tools were most helpful based on the research evidence. The presenter will share her synthesis of which tools work best for language acquisition, and will provide an overview of the effective, centrally-supported tools available to UMN language learners and instructors.

Presenter: Catherine Clements teaches English as a Second Language in the Minnesota English Language Program at the University of Minnesota and Computer Assisted Language Learning at Hamline University.
Cosponsored by the Minnesota English Language Program.

PACE Project Featured in CLA Article

Student journalist Tiffany Trawick has provided an overview of the PACE Project in the CLA News and Events article Keeping PACE currently on CLA main page.

TandemPlus Spring 2017 Registration and Orientation

The first week of the semester has come and gone. TandemPlus Spring 2017 Registration is open and off to a great start, with 70 newly registered participants and counting. The free, voluntary TandemPlus Program provides language learners the opportunity to improve second language skills while gaining cultural insight by engaging in conversation exchange with native speakers of the language they are learning. Any and all language and culture learners are encouraged to sign up or re-register. Registration at tandem.umn.edu takes no more than five minutes.

Don’t forget! The TandemPlus Student Association will continue to host monthly events this semester, beginning with the Spring Kick-off and Orientation event on February 9, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in Bruininks 412. More information on this event, and a complete list of spring activities for TandemPlus participants will be available soon.

For more information about TandemPlus, visit the Language Center’s Website, or send us an email at tandem@umn.edu.

Record Number of Courseshare Options Spring 2017

There are more opportunities than ever for University of Minnesota students to explore new languages and culture, thanks to a record number of LANG Courseshare offerings Spring 2017. Courseshare uses technology to send and receive less commonly taught language and culture courses with partner institutions in the Big Ten.

The classes we are receiving from other institutions this semester are:
  • LANG 3502 Introduction to Korean History (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • LANG 4171 Beginning Aramaic I Grad Research (Penn State University)
  • LANG 2012 Accelerated Catalan II (University of Chicago)
  • LANG 3011 Catalan Culture and Society: Art, Music, and Cinema (University of Chicago)
  • LANG 2022 Intermediate Czech II (Indiana University)
  • LANG 1182 Beginning Filipino II (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • LANG 1162 Beginning Hungarian II (Indiana University)
  • LANG 1062 Beginning Persian II (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • LANG 1072 Beginning Polish II (Ohio State University)
  • LANG 5112 Advanced Turkish and Azeri IV (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • LANG 1122 Beginning Vietnamese II (Michigan State University)
Although some classes have up to four UMN students enrolled, many were initiated by a single student who requested the course to achieve his or her academic or professional goals.

In addition to receiving courses, we are sending the following courses to other institutions:
  • ALL 3586 Cold War Cultures in Korea (University of Maryland)
  • CNES 5713 Intro: Ugaritic (Penn State University)
It’s not too early to start planning for Fall 2017. If you have an idea of a course to receive or send, please contact Pablo Viedma, the Language Center Courseshare Specialist, at viedma@umn.edu or email elsie@umn.edu.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Funded Workshop Opportunity for Graduate Students and Junior Faculty

Carnegie Mellon University is offering several A.W. Mellon Fellowships in Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL). Ph.D. students in the Humanities will receive preference, but junior faculty in the Humanities (within 5 years of receiving their Ph.D.), and Masters-level students are also encouraged to apply.

Fellows will receive free tuition and up to $1,000 to cover travel and lodging expenses for a unique summer workshop. Participants can expect to learn about cutting edge learning technologies, how they are changing humanities education, and how they can use these technologies to achieve better learning outcomes.

You can apply online and applications must be received by February 24, 2017 to receive full consideration. Applicants will be notified by March 24. Inquiries can be directed to anorman@cmu.edu.

Welcome Nick Ott to TandemPlus

TandemPlus is happy to welcome Nick Ott as the new TandemPlus Assistant. He takes over from outgoing TandemPlus Assistant Sanaz Jabbari, who has graduated and is working a full-time job until she attends dental school next fall.

Having worked in the Language Center’s Main Office for the past four years, Nick is not a new face to the department. He will be graduating this May with a BSB in Marketing and BA in German, after which he hopes to teach English abroad. Already in the selection process for the Peace Corps and Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship programs, he will know soon to where in the world he is going. Upon his return, he hopes to become a foreign language teacher like many of the professionals he has come to know through his work in the Language Center.

Nick says, “I am excited to work more directly with a program that had such an impact on my college career. I still talk to my 2013 Tandem partner almost every week!”

This semester, Tandem plans to continue building these kind of meaningful relationships centered on language learning! You can reach us at tandem@umn.edu.

2017 CARLA Summer Institute Funding Opportunities

Registration is now open for the 2017 CARLA Summer Institutes!

The one-week institutes run July 10-28, 2017 and cover a variety of topics including second language acquisition basics for teachers, classroom assessment development, content-based instruction, and implementing technology in the second language classroom. In addition, an online five-week session on Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning runs from July 10 to August 13, 2017.

For instructors of French, Spanish and German

The PACE Project will provide funding for up to ten instructors of French and Spanish at the University of Minnesota to attend one of the 2017 CARLA summer institutes. Funding will be awarded to the first ten French and Spanish instructors who apply online before April 1, 2017. Pending availability, funding will be opened up for German instructors who apply online before April 1. Each instructor may apply for funding to only one institute. Please note that some institutes fill up quickly. Please indicate your interest as soon as possible.

Questions about this special funding can be directed to Stephanie Treat at treat002@umn.edu.

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

For LCTL instructors

CARLA offers instructors of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) at the University of Minnesota a special scholarship to attend one of the 2017 CARLA summer institutes. Instructors are required to pay a non-refundable $25 commitment fee, but the balance of the institute cost will be paid by CARLA –a value up to $325! A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to current University of Minnesota LCTL instructors on a first-come, first-served basis until April 1, 2017. Each instructor may apply for funding to only one institute. Please note that some institutes fill up quickly. Please indicate your interest as soon as possible.

Questions about this special funding can be directed to Karin Larson at larso205@umn.edu.

TandemPlus Spring 2017 Registration and Orientation

Welcome back to a snowy campus! Classes are underway again, and that means Tandem registration is open for Spring 2017. The free, voluntary TandemPlus Program provides language learners the opportunity to improve second language skills while gaining cultural insight by engaging in conversation exchange with native speakers of the language they are learning. Any and all language and culture learners are encouraged to sign up or re-register. Registration at tandem.umn.edu takes no more than five minutes.

Don’t forget! The TandemPlus Student Association will continue to host monthly events this semester, beginning with the Spring Kick-off and Orientation event on February 9, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in Bruininks 412. More information on this event, and a complete list of spring activities for TandemPlus participants will be available soon.

For more information about TandemPlus, visit the Language Center’s Website, or send us an email at tandem@umn.edu.

Monday, January 9, 2017

PACE Workshop: Applying adult learning principles in the language classroom

Friday, February 10, 2017
9:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Morning session: Bruininks 312
Afternoon session: Folwell 108
Registration required

This workshop will present and explore what is known about adult learning as applied to language acquisition. Stacey Johnson will present frameworks such as experiential learning, transformative learning, and problem-based learning to serve as models for lesson planning in language courses as ways of engaging students and fostering intellectual development. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and adapt models for instruction that address adult language learners and promote deep learning and critical thinking. In hands-on application of the principles and models, they will create and present a lesson that both meets course expectations and allows for instructional flexibility.

This workshop is for CLA language instructors. It is geared towards multi-section instructors who teach from standard syllabi. Hands-on activities will allow participants to distinguish class-level and unit-level instruction, as well as linking content and experience. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, syllabus, and textbook.

Join us for a day full of experiential and transformative learning. The morning session will provide opportunities for theory-driven hands-on activities, and the afternoon session will allow for micro teaching demonstrations and reflection. Lunch will be provided for registered participants.

Facilitator: Stacey Margarita Johnson is the Assistant Director for Educational Technology at the Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Adult learning in the language classroom, and Hybrid language teaching in practice: Perceptions, reactions, and results.

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Get involved! Join the Professional Development Peer Team

What are your goals for the new year? Looking for ways to get involved in professional development opportunities? Please consider joining the Professional Development (PD) Peer Team. The group is charged with advising the Language Center on professional development opportunities. As a group, we inform the center on topics of interest to language instructors, current challenges, and ideas to help instructors succeed in their courses, as well as grow and advance as professionals. Our group meets once monthly for an hour session. Please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at carri093@umn.edu to get connected.