Full Calendar of Experiences

May
16

Chinese Blended Learning Online Workshop

workshop by Dongping Zheng
Chinese language teachers, have you ever wondered about “flipping” your classroom? Taking better advantage of technology so you can spend more class time doing communicative activities? This workshop might be right for you! Application deadline: April 15, 2022 Workshop dates: May 16, 18, 19, 23 and 25, 2022, five full days. (Each day’s online sessions will take place from 2:30-4:00pm and 6:00-7:30pm Eastern Daylight Time.)
May
11

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum on the College Campus: Challenges and Opportunities

webinar by H Stephen Straight & Suronda Gonzalez
The Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor Working Group on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) invites you to attend a panel discussion on starting or growing a CLAC program. Dr. Stephen Straight and Dr. Suronda Gonzalez will discuss administrative, logistical, and cultural challenges and opportunities that affect CLAC programs. CLAC is a curricular framework that provides opportunities to develop and apply language and intercultural competence within all academic disciplines through the use of multilingual resources and the inclusion of multiple cultural perspectives. Dr. Stephen Straight is Professor Emeritus at Binghamton University and one of the original promoters and ...
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Apr
13

What Everyone Should Know about ASL and American Deaf Culture

webinar by Corrine Occhino
ASL (American Sign Language) is experiencing a pop-culture moment. In the past few years, ASL has been visible in TV-shows, movies, commercials, and in sports and news broadcasts. ASL programs are popping up in schools and colleges all over the U.S. Despite dips in enrollment for many college programs, student enrollment in ASL classes is at an all-time high, as it has quickly become one of the most popular languages to take on college campuses. But despite its growing popularity, the hearing world knows little about ASL, its role in Deaf culture, its status as a real, human language, or ...
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Mar
15

Bilingual Community-Based Language Pedagogy: An Arab-Jewish Language Café in Jerusalem

webinar by Yarden Kedar
The Good Neighbors – Abu Tor/Al-Thuri project is a grassroots, volunteer-based initiative that started in 2014 in order to promote a shared life approach and to build a joint community between Jews and Palestinians who live side by side in Abu Tor, a binational neighborhood, which is located on the seam between East and West Jerusalem. This unique project, which is extraordinary given the long geopolitical and national conflict and the explosive daily tension between Arabs and Jews, includes initiatives such as language courses in Arabic and in Hebrew; a community organic garden; “Abu-Job” – a job placement project; a bilingual ...
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Mar
14

Collaboration, Transparency, Accessibility: How to Radically Rethink the Classroom and Our Roles within It

workshop by Rosemarie Peña & Emily Frazier-Rath
This event is free and open to language faculty worldwide and those interested in learning more about this topic. In their work together as co-educators, Drs. Peña and Frazier-Rath are rethinking what it means to teach Black German Studies – and perhaps even the humanities more generally – in their undergraduate courses at Davidson College, a primarily white institution (PWI) and liberal arts college in the South. Black German Art and Resistance, taught in English, and Race, Gender, Migration, taught in German, are both community-based learning classes, as students’ work supports the Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA), founded by Dr. Peña to ...
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Feb
23

Foster Engagement with Flipgrid and Nearpod

workshop by Audra McCorkle & Rocío Rubio Moirón
This event is free and open to language faculty worldwide — Take student engagement to the next level with Flipgrid and Nearpod! These free and easy-to-use tools will allow you to include a variety of activities to better serve all learning styles. You can monitor your students’ progress in real-time while teaching a Zoom class or use Flipgrid and Nearpod for self-paced assignments outside of class.
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Feb
17

Understanding the Impact of Course Flexibility: Too Little or Too Much?

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This session is part of the Language Collaboratory series. The Language Collaboratory was established in the Fall 2020 as a partnership that promotes the advancement of intercollegiate dialogue on the teaching of languages and cultures. It represents collaboration between the language centers and institutes at the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The purpose of this initiative is to provide collaborative professional learning opportunities for educators of language, culture, and literature at the five institutions.About This SessionThere are three distinct phases of pandemic teaching that we can ...
Feb
15

Inquiry-Based Language Learning

webinar by Christina Rocha
This talk will focus on inquiry-based learning within the language classroom, more specifically WHY it is important as well as HOW we can successfully engage our students to ask more questions, sparking their curiosity and motivation to learn more about the language, culture, and people we teach about. Inquiry-based learning helps build intercultural communicative awareness and competence while fostering student agency and a sense of connection to our community through conscious global citizenship.
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Jan
27

2022 OLP Series: Engaging Online Language Learners through SEL

webinar by Sarah Boutin
This series will highlight how online language instructors can use the Social Emotional Learning Framework to engage students in the virtual classroom and enhance the experience and satisfaction of learning a language online. The five 90-minute webinar sessions will be held January 27, February 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2:00-3:30 pm (Hawai‘i time).  Registration closes February 24!
Nov
17

Second Language Acquisition (SLA) Reading Group @ALTEC

informal session by Olga Vasile
The SLA Reading Group invites language faculty and graduate students to join us for thought-provoking discussions around key issues in second language teaching. This group offers an opportunity to create an informal community of practice to reflect on our teaching practices, sharpen our skills, and have an impact on learning outcomes. We welcome reading suggestions from all participants, thus creating a variety of topics to reflect on. Access the schedule, readings at: https://calendar.colorado.edu/event/second_leading_acquisition_sla_reading_group_altec RSVP at: https://forms.gle/pk91rdeAHVjDheJ78
Nov
4

Critical Thinking in World Language Teaching

webinar by Mariame Sy
Critical thinking, an essential element across academic fields, has been at the heart of education for decades. While research on language education and critical thinking remains somewhat timid, it continues to gain ground among academic communities.  Available studies strongly suggest that pedagogical practices that wed world language teaching and critical thinking can facilitate language acquisition and enhance general proficiency. Despite this progress in the research field, there is nonetheless a general reluctance to integrate critical thinking in language teaching practices (Li, 2011; Pica, 2000) because, arguably, its integration presents more challenges for language educators than for teachers in other fields ...
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Oct
21

ALTEC Workshop - Gender and Sexuality Training for Language Faculty

workshop by Morgan Seamont
ALTEC invites faculty teaching languages to join us for a Gender and Sexuality training! This interactive 60-minute workshop is facilitated by the Center for Inclusion and Social Change at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In this training, you’ll gain skills to create inclusive learning environments for students of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. We will explore topics such as campus climate, campus resources, heteronormativity, the spectrum of sex, gender, and sexual orientation and relationships, as well as how these identities intersect with other facets of identity such as race, religion, and nationality. At the end, we invite faculty to share how ...