LRC News: April 4, 2011

Language Resource Center News

April 4, 2011

In this edition:

  • Upcoming Events for the 5C Faculty Colloquium on Second Language Acquisition: April 14 and May 20
  • LRC Faculty Reading Group: April 13 and/or April 19
  • LRC to be featured in Experience MHC Admissions Tours
  • Brown Bag: LRC Resources for Staff/Faculty: April 12

Upcoming Events for the 5C Faculty Colloquium on Second Language Acquisition: April 14 and May 20

  • Date: Thursday, April 14th
  • Title: "Tilting at Windmills: Advanced-level Proficiency and the Upper-level Literature Course, 'Can don Quijote take me there?'"
  • Presenter: Frank Brooks
  • Time: 4:30 - 6 pm
  • Location: Seelye Hall 207, Smith College
  • RSVP (affirmative replies only) to Molly Falsetti-Yu ( by Monday, April 11th.

Our point of departure will be Prof. Brooks' and Prof. Richard Donato's 2004 article: "Literary Discussions and Advanced Speaking Functions: Researching the (Dis)Connection," Foreign Language Annals 37(2): 183-199. The article's abstract states, in part: "The findings suggest that simply having a literary discussion does not ensure that students will be pushed to use the language in advanced ways even when faced with tasks requiring critical thinking and advanced language use. One issue that this study reveals is that, for students to experience speaking in the advanced ranges of proficiency, discussions must enable complex thinking in complex language. Other findings suggest that literature instructors should be aware of the discourse opportunities that arise in literary discussions, should make speaking expectations and advanced functions clear to students, and should monitor student language use during discussions."

  • Hold the Date: Friday, May 20th

The final event in the SLA Colloquium for the year will be a one-day workshop on Friday, May 20th, to be held at UMass Amherst. Watch for details to be forthcoming!

LRC Faculty Reading Group: April 13 and/or April 19

In conjunction with the 5C Faculty Colloquium workshops, let's get together for further reading and discussion. Please come to one or both sessions as you're available:

  • Date/Time: Wed. April 13 - 4:15-5:15 pm
  • Topic: Brooks & Donato's 2004 "Literary Discussions and Advanced Speaking Functions: Researching the (Dis)Connection" (discussion in preparation for Brooks's workshop on 4/14)
  • Date/Time: Tue. April 19 - 4:15-5:15 pm
  • Topic: Reflection and discussion on Bernhardt's (Fall 2010) and Brooks's workshops, re: supporting students in developing advanced proficiency in reading and speaking

(All LRC Faculty Reading Group meetings held in the LRC Lounge, Room 6, Ciruti. All faculty are welcome to attend any session. If you're not able to make the full session, please feel free to come late or leave early as needed. The LRC will provide coffee, tea and home-made treats to fuel our discussion.)

LRC to be Featured in Experience MHC Admissions Tours

For the first time this year, the LRC will be a stop on Experience MHC tours. We hope that showcasing our unique approach to language learning support and resources will help in convincing these students that MHC is the right place for them. We are also working with Admissions to update the information about languages, Ciruti and the LRC on the general admissions tours.

Brown Bag: LRC Resources for Staff/Faculty

The LRC is not just for students. Are you interested in learning more about what the LRC offers to staff and faculty for your own language studies? Join us next week Tuesday (4/12) for a Staff Brown Bag event in the LRC:

  • Date: Tues. April 12
  • Time: Noon - 1 pm
  • Description: Interested in languages? Learn about the free resources available to college employees in the Language Resource Center, from books and newspapers, software, opportunities for conversation and more!
  • Location: LRC Lab


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