Category: Conference Reports

Heritage Conference (cont’d)

First International Conference on Heritage/Community/Languages Sybil Alexandrov Thanks to a CLS Travel Grant, I was able to attend and participate in the First International Conference on Heritage/Community/Languages. The conference, hosted by the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA from…

Heritage Conference (cont’d)

Heritage Learners’ Motivations, Expectations, and Language Needs: The Case of Post-secondary Chinese and Korean Language Learners Seungja Choi (Presented at the First International Heritage Language Conference, Feb. 19-21, 2010 at NHLRC) Chinese and Korean are two of the critical languages…

Heritage Conference (cont’d)

First International Heritage Language Conference Report from Julia Titus Thanks to the generous support of the CLS, I had a wonderful professional opportunity to participate at the First International Heritage Language Conference held on February 19-21, 2010 in UCLA. This…

Heritage Conference (cont’d)

Report of the NHRC First International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages, February 19-21, 2010 at UCLA Peisong Xu This was indeed a very successful and well organized conference in the field of heritage language teaching. There were many interesting panels and…

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…

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.