LRC News: September 24, 2013

Language Resource Center News

September 24, 2013

In this edition:

  • Fall 2013 Events at the LRC
  • Classrooms and Computers
  • Five College Digital Humanities Call for Proposals
  • Conferences and Regional Events


Fall 2013 Events at the LRC

Language Breaks:

Language learners are invited to take a Language Break, and faculty are welcome to join us as well. Give yourself a short break in your busy schedule, and stop by the LRC for a few minutes to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee, a home-baked goodie and try out some language-learning strategies or resources.

  • Wed Sep 25, 4:15-5:15 pm - Using Newspapers for Language Study
  • Sat Oct 19, 2-4 pm - Open House for Family & Friends Weekend
  • Thu Oct 31, 12-1 pm - Using Smartphones or Mp3 Players for Language Study
  • Tue Nov 12, 4:30-6:30 pm - Malaysian Culture

Teaching Tours of the LRC:

  • Friday, 10/4/13, 9 am or 11 am

Would you like to become more familiar with some of the newer resources for teaching and learning in the LRC, such as the computer classroom, digital language lab software, voice recognition and text to speech, extensive reading materials, and more? Join us in the LRC for a tour and demonstration of the teaching facilities and resources. If you're interested, please sign up for a tour.

Learner Workshops:

Please encourage any students you know who might benefit from the support of speech recognition in their language study to consider the workshops coming up next week. If you are interested in learning about the speech recognition technology available in the LRC, faculty are welcome to sign up as well.

  • Becoming a More Successful Language Learner Mon Oct 28, 4:15-5:15 pm


Classroom Computers

Now that the semester is underway, we'd like to encourage you to send any feedback (positive or negative) about the new computers in our Ciruti classrooms. If you experience difficulty during class, call the LRC (x3513 or use the Online Help chat) for immediate assistance. If an LRC staff member isn't immediately available, then contact LITS Help Desk (x2600 or Don't forget that an external optical drive is available for check out in the LRC in case you have any materials on DVD or CD that cannot be played in the DVD player or otherwise transferred to the computer.

As a courtesy to your colleagues, please restart the classroom computer when you finish, so that it will be ready for them to select the operating system they prefer. (Restarting will also avoid many possible problems that may crop up.)

There are also 2 missing chairs (the "caper"-style chair in dark blue with black legs). The Classroom Committee ordered 9 of these chairs for Ciruti classrooms, but unfortunately 2 went missing after they were delivered. If you know of the whereabouts of one of the missing chairs, they should go into Rooms 9 and 113.


Five College Digital Humanities Call for Proposals

The Five College Digital Humanities Project has issued a new call for proposals for interdisciplinary humanities projects that advance use of digital technologies while promoting curriculum development and enhanced student learning through student-faculty scholarship for 2013-14. Projects will be funded in 2 categories, curriculum development and student-faculty research.

Submission deadlines: October 30, 2013, January 30, 2014 and April 11, 2014 Guidelines for application can be found here. All grants will normally be in the range of $5000-$35,000. Applicants are strongly urged to attend one of the grant-workshops sponsored by the Five Colleges Digital Humanities Steering Committee before applying. For the dates and locations of these workshops, click here.


Conferences and Regional Events

Call for Proposals: CALICO 2014 (Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium)

  • Open, Online, Massive: The Future of Language Learning?
  • Hosted by Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • May 6-10, 2014

MaFLA Fall Conference (Massachusetts Foreign Language Association)

  • Collaborate to Promote Languages With a Collective Voice
  •  Pre-conference workshops and thematic strands for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Technology and Pedagogy
  • Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA
  • October 17-19
  • Regular registration rates end September 28

ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)

  • New Spaces, New Realities: Learning Any Time, Any Place
  • Orlando, Florida
  • November 22-24
  • OPI Assessment Workshops will be held before the convention for Arabic, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish
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