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ACTFL Meeting (cont’d)

Conference Report by Haiwen Wang, Lector, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures  I attended the ACTFL-CLTA 2009 Annual Conference which was held in San Diegol, California on November 20-22, 2009. On November 21,~I presented my project, “Advanced Colloquial Mandarin…

ACTFL Meeting (cont’d)

“Best Practices and New Horizons for Teacher Training in Italian,” ACTFL 2009                                                                                                                                                                                              By Risa Sodi I applied my CLS Travel Grant towards travel to San Diego for a panel on “Best Practices and New Horizons for Teacher Training in…

ACTFL Meeting (cont’d)

Report of Presentation by Jianhua Shen On November 20-21, 2009, I attended and presented at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) 2009 conference that was held in San Diego, CA. There were more than 49 panels…

ACTFL Meeting (cont’d)

2009 ACTFL Annual Conference Report by Fan Liu, EALL I went to the ACTFL 2009 annual conference from November 19, 2009 to November 22, 2009. I gave a presentation regarding making movie clips and its multi-function in Chinese teaching, and went…

Program: 2009 NEALLT/NERALLT Conference

Keynote Address by Richard Kern, University of California, Berkeley “Neither Here Nor There: What Happens to Space, Time, and Culture in CMC Videoconferencing Exchanges” This talk explores how space, time, and culture get represented and negotiated in computer-mediated videoconferences between…

CLS Panel Discussion Re MLA Language Recommendations (Arthur Mitchell)

Report on CLS Panel Discussion Re the MLA Language Recommendations

By Arthur Mitchell

The true effectiveness of language study in cultivating cultural understanding and self-awareness seems to me to be rooted in that thrilling and yet potentially traumatic experience (at least for many Americans) of actually entering into and engaging a community of foreign language speakers. This experience consists, on the one hand, of the struggle of having to use an alternate and unfamiliar system for producing and comprehending meaning and, on the other, the subtle transformations of the self that necessarily occur through the assimilation of this alternate system. To the extent that language education ignores the experience of speaking the foreign language within the foreign society, to the extent that it discounts the transformational impact of engaging a foreign community within its own language – i.e. the way that language is constitutive through its instrumentality – it forfeits the most important cultural lessons that language learning has to offer.

The CLS Fall IIG Expo

The first annual CLS Fall IIG Expo proved to be a successful event. The half-day conference on Saturday, November 10th, 2007 got started early with a casual buffet breakfast. There were 40 attendees, 7 Instructional Innovation Grant presentations by Yale…