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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 1161 Beginning Persian I
  • LANG 2161 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, April 24: 8:50-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: 10:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 28: 10:00-11:00 a.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.