LRC News: April 25, 2013

Language Resource Center News

April 25, 2013

In this edition:

  • Discussion: Online Placement Testing (4/26, 2:30-3:30 pm)
  • Google Drive: A New Tool for Responding to Student Writing (5/1, 1-2:30 pm)
  • Moodle Hands-on Workshops (5/6-5/15)
  • Language Break: Language Games (5/1, 1-2:30 pm)
  • Arabic Cultural Festival (4/27, 12-5 pm)

Upcoming Campus Events:

Faculty Discussion: Online Placement Testing

  • TIME CHANGED: Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 2:30-3:30pm, Ciruti 206

The goal of this discussion is to bring together faculty who share an interest in exploring online language placement testing options. Some departments are currently in the process of researching for a potential change in a placement test; at this meeting, we'll be sharing information found so far. Join us if you have a personal interest in online language testing, or if your department is interested in sharing experiences and learning about new options. If you have any particular questions you'd like to see addressed, please send them today to


Google Drive: A New Tool for Responding to Student Writing

Join us from 1-2:30 pm on Wednesday, May 1 to learn about how Google Drive and Google Docs are being used in MHC classes to support student writing development. The session will begin with round-robin presentations from faculty, including Amy Martin and Suparna Roychoudhury, who are currently using Google Drive for peer review of writing assignments, grading and giving feedback on papers.  Additional ideas, like using Google Drive for analyzing arguments, and resources for teaching with Google Drive will be shared. After time for questions and answers, we’ll move to computers where you can try some of these activities in a hands-on format.

RSVPs by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 30 appreciated, but drop-ins also welcome.

Co-sponsored by LITS and the Language Resource Center

Moodle Hands-on Workshops

The LITS liaisons (with collaboration from the LRC) are pleased to announce four hands-on workshops to prepare you to use Moodle in your fall courses. We’ll show you the layout, how to manage your files, and activities you can do with your students. The second hour of these workshops will be unstructured time to work on your sites, ask questions, etc.
  • Monday May 6, 9 AM to 11 AM, Media Lab, Art Building
  • Friday May 10, 2 PM to 4 PM, Language Resource Center, Ciruti
  • Tuesday May 14, 3 PM to 5 PM, Language Resource Center, Ciruti (focus on language teaching, but all are welcome!)
  • Wednesday May 15, 3 PM to 5 PM, Media Lab, Art Building
All of the workshop spaces have computers, but you’re welcome to bring your own laptop.  Please RSVP here if you can at , but drop-ins are also welcome.

If you can’t make it to any of these workshops or you’d like a one-on-one support session, please feel free to contact me and we’ll find a time to get you started. All are welcome, and if you have any questions, please just ask!

Final Learner Event at the LRC this Semester

Language Break: Language Games

  • Tuesday, 5/1, 1-2:30, LRC Lounge

De-stress while still preparing for your language exams - stop by the LRC to join us in playing games in any of the languages taught at MHC. (Faculty also welcome!)

Upcoming Regional Events

Arabic Cultural Festival

  • Saturday, 4/27, 12-5 pm, Smith College Davis Lawn
"An outdoor celebration of Arab culture, held at Davis Lawn (rain location: Davis Ballroom).  Featuring: free henna and calligraphy, live Arabic music, art from the Iraqi Children's Art Exchange, poetry readings, a bouncy castle, information on study abroad in the Middle East and Arabic classes in the 5 Colleges. There will also be traditional handicrafts, books from Interlink Publisher, and food from Amanouz and Mosaic for sale. The event is free and open to the public."

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