LRC News: November 9, 2011

Language Resource Center News

November 9, 2011

In this edition:

  • Upcoming Student Events in the LRC - Tomorrow (11/10) and 11/16
  • Lecture on Applied Linguistics at Smith (11/11), and Follow-up Discussion w/LRC Faculty Reading Group (11/15) 
  • Opportunity to Observe Videochatting in Action (11/14)

Upcoming Student Events in the LRC - tomorrow (11/10) and 11/16

Please help us remind students about these upcoming events in the LRC. Attached is a small handout that includes both the Language Breaks and student workshops for the semester.

  • Thursday, November 10, 4:30-6 pm
  • Student Workshop: Teaching English Abroad 
  • Description: Get a basic introduction to the pedagogy of teaching English as a foreign language, hear from people who have taught English around the world, and learn about resources for finding a position teaching English abroad. Co-led by Mark Shea, Coordinator of ESOL & Visiting Lecturer in English, and Daryl Beres, Director of the LRC
  • Wednesday, November 16, 3-4 pm
  • Language Break: Vocabulary Study 
  • Description: Take a Language Break! Stop by the LRC for a home-baked treat and learn about a study strategy/resource. Topic: Vocabulary study tools and tips. Having trouble retaining all those new words? Stop by any time between 3-4 pm for some ideas to help you study more effectively.

Lecture on Applied Linguistics at Smith (11/11), and Follow-up Discussion w/LRC Faculty Reading Group (11/15)

This Friday (11/11) is the lecture by Professor Christine Sagnier from Princeton at Smith College on applied linguistics and second language acquisition:

  • "Integrating Reading and Writing in Lower Intermediate Courses: The Literacy Approach"
  • Friday, November 11, 3-4 pm, Seelye 207, Smith College

Whether or not you're able to make Friday's lecture, please join the LRC Faculty Reading Group next week Tuesday (11/15), from 2:30-3:30 pm, for some follow-up discussion and reflection on applications to our language teaching.

Opportunity to Observe Videochatting in Action (11/14)

If you have been interested in exploring videochatting, videoconferencing or other forms of long-distance communication for your language/culture courses, we would like to invite you to observe videochatting in action for a French course. These students meet with partners in France via Skype three times during the semester for discussions in French and English. The next chat sessions will be:

  • Monday, November 14, 12-1 pm, LRC (Ciruti Center Room 6)

Feel free to stop by if you'd like to see how videochatting works in action and/or to talk with the faculty (Catherine Bloom and Carolyn Shread) who have integrated the videochats into their 200-level French courses. The first group of students begins their chats at 12 noon; the second group starts at 12:30, which would be a good time to see students connect with their partners and/or talk with students who have just finished their chats.

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