Full Calendar of Experiences

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

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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 ...
Oct
14

Second Language Acquisition (SLA) Reading Group @ALTEC

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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. This fall semester the SLA Reading Group has scheduled three meetings via Zoom, on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 pm on Thursdays, September 23, October 14, and November 11. RSVP to get a reminder email: https://forms.gle/pk91rdeAHVjDheJ78 On September 23 we will discuss two chapters ...
Oct
4

Acquisition vs. Learning in 2021

webinar by Karen Lichtman
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Stephen Krashen put forward a model of language learning distinguishing between language acquisition (acquiring a language by listening or reading and understanding) and language learning (conscious, effortful study and practice of language). Today, many people look at Krashen’s monitor model as just a “method from the past.” However, most of these ideas are still very much present in contemporary research — just under different names, such as implicit vs. explicit language teaching and learning. This talk will share three of my studies using the acquisition/learning, or implicit/explicit, framework: one on elementary students learning Spanish, ...
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Sep
21

What Do You Meme? Using Multimodal Technologies in the Language Classroom

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Presented by: Kelly Drumright, PhD in Spanish, and Maggie Rosenau, PhD in German at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Anderson Language Technology Center (ALTEC) Memes are a multimodal format that can be used as an effective pedagogical tool to bring humor and critical thinking together in the language classroom. Relying on a tension between text and image, memes enhance visual literacy while often encapsulating complicated subjects. This workshop will consider the meme’s history and developments, and demonstrate ways it can serve as a fun and useful tool for emergent to advanced language learners. Teaching students how to analyze a meme’s meaning-making techniques and produce their own ...
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Sep
13

"How Can I Learn All These Words?" Research-Based Strategies for Teaching and Learning L2 Vocabulary

webinar by Jamie Rankin
Second language (L2) classrooms have undergone radical changes during the past 50 years, moving away from formal linguistic structures to drills and habit formation, then to comprehensible input, focus on form, cultural integration, sociocultural perspectives, and social networking. Throughout all of these shifts there has been surprisingly little emphasis on one aspect of L2 learning that all teachers and all students acknowledge as a critical factor in L2 communicative proficiency and literacy: Vocabulary. As someone once quipped: “If you don’t know any grammar, you can’t say much; if you don’t know any vocabulary, you can’t say anything.” This applies to ...
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Sep
1

Designing (Indigenous) Language Classes Rooted in ACTFL Standards to Promote Spoken Proficiency

webinar by Elvia Andía Grágeda
Unlike commonly taught languages, most Indigenous ones share a particular characteristic: The lack of material for language instruction and the challenge of identifying abundant sources of input for their classes. In many cases, it is necessary to adapt existing materials from other languages to achieve language learning goals, but in doing so, we usually find materials lacking the cultural knowledge of Indigenous people. In addition, many major languages have established proficiency standards (e.g., CEFR and ACTFL). Are these standards applicable to Indigenous languages? While Indigenous language courses may be similarly designed to those of major languages in their application of ...
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Aug
17

Designing VR Scenarios for Language Learning

demo by Carla Consolini
Virtual reality offers promising affordances for language learning in the classroom. With virtual reality we can design and create meaningful immersive environments that focus on unique characteristics of the target language practice and culture. VR has the potential to facilitate higher performance in terms of memory and, in turn, language learning. In this online presentation, Carla Consolini will introduce a virtual reality prototype that immerses language learners in a given situation in their target language. Users of this virtual reality prototype can observe and passively interact with their environment to better understand the target language culture. The presentation will give ...
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Jul
21

VOT-CP: A Python program for automatic data codification and calculation of voice onset time

demo by Ernesto Gutiérrez Topete
Voice onset time (VOT) is an acoustic property of speech that is able to reveal a lot of information about a speaker’s linguistic experience(s). Analyzing VOT helps us in (a) developing linguistic theories of language representation and (b) assessing a language learner’s approximation to phonetic norms in the target language. In this online presentation, Ernesto Gutiérrez Topete will present a computational tool (a Python program) that can be used to analyze a speaker’s VOT productions for the purposes of linguistic research or instructional student support. This presentation will cover installation and usage instructions and will provide a live demonstration of ...
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May
13

Developing an Open and Inclusionary Language Textbook for Portuguese

webinar by Eduardo Viana da Silva
This presentation describes the development of an e-textbook for first-year Portuguese classes. This pedagogical initiative strives to provide an inclusionary and open textbook for Portuguese, including the collaboration and feedback from Portuguese speakers of several economic and cultural backgrounds. In this context, “openness” means listening to the language of a given community and the commitment to reproduce it in a textbook format. Inclusion of minority groups in the textbook is perceived not as “curiosities,” but as an integral part of the cultures being represented so that a wider range of communities and language registers (from formal to informal) is portrayed. ...
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Apr
22

Supporting Students in Online Language Learning: Voices of Experience

webinar by Stephen Tschudi, Sarah Boutin & Naiyi Xie Fincham
The NFLRC is launching its 2021 Online Language Pedagogy (OLP) Series with Supporting Students in Online Language Learning: Voices of Experience. We interviewed 14 online language teachers, who shared their strategies for successfully engaging and supporting students, and created 10 episodes/TED-Ed lessons on a wide variety of topics from onboarding to assessment to personalized learning. Register by April 21!
Apr
13

Barriers to Innovation in Language Teaching

webinar by Bill VanPatten
We have all heard about revolutions in language teaching – big leaps in thinking that offer insights and new methods for the classroom (e.g., The Direct Method, ALM, Communicative Language Teaching). Yet, such revolutions wither quickly and never really take root. It seems that innovation in language teaching is difficult if not impossible. Why is this? In this talk, I will first differentiate between what I call “real innovation” and “pseudo-innovation,” suggesting that the vast majority of what people call innovation in language teaching is actually pseudo-innovation. I will then outline five interrelated barriers to real innovation: knowledge, personnel, institutionalized education, power, ...
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