LRC News: October 18, 2012

Language Resource Center News

October 18, 2012

In this edition:

  • Upcoming Events:
    • What's New with Moodle? - Friday, 10/19, 12-1:30 PM
    • LRC Language Break/Open House for Family & Friends Weekend - Friday, 10/19, 2-4 PM
    • Digital Narratives for Second Language Acquisition - Tuesday, 10/23, 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Upcoming Regional Conferences in Language Teaching

Upcoming Event:

What's New with Moodle? - Friday, 10/19, 12-1:30 pm, Williston Library 431

Are you interested in learning more about Moodle, the new course management system that we'll be transitioning to as ella enters retirement in Fall
2013? You're invited to attend an informal faculty brown bag lunch at LITS (bring your lunch; we'll provide dessert and coffee) to take an initial look at Moodle and to hear from 4 fellow faculty members who have been teaching in Moodle on a pilot basis this semester. Our panelists are teaching the following courses in Moodle this fall:
  • Morena Svaldi, Italian 101 and 201
  • Mara Breen, Psychology 100 and 349
  • Jessica Sidman, Mathematics 100 and 232
  • Michelle Markley, Geology 210 and 234
Each of the panelists will briefly share their course Moodle sites, discussing what the transition to Moodle has been like, how they've begun to integrate Moodle with their teaching, and what they plan to do next. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions about teaching with Moodle and the upcoming transition from ella to Moodle.

We will meet in Williston Library 431 from noon to 1:30 PM on Friday, October 19.  Feel free to bring your lunch; drinks and refreshments will be provided. If possible, we would appreciate an RSVP to your LITS Liaison by Wednesday, October 17, but please don't hesitate to join us even if you're unable to RSVP.

Upcoming Event:

LRC Open House/Language Break for Family and Friends Weekend - Friday, 10/19, 2-4 pm, LRC

Take a Language Break - stop by the LRC for a hot drink and some home-baked treats. This Language Break will introduce the range of resources available in the LRC: check out our language software, peruse books and magazines in a variety of languages, learn about student workshops and other events such as the annual Language Theatre Contest, and pick up a free foreign language newspaper. Complete our fun language challenge and earn a small prize!

For Faculty - are you interested in learning more about the teaching facilities/resources available in the LRC and LRC Lab? If so, I would be happy to give teaching-focused tours during the Open House. Please let me know what time would work for you: 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 or 3:30 pm.

Upcoming Events:

Digital Narratives for Second Language Acquisition - Tuesday, 10/23, 4:30-5:30 pm, Ciruti Center 202

Join colleagues to share and discuss how digital narrative projects (for example, photo stories, student-written and directed short films or documentaries, community narratives, etc.) can be used to promote second language acquisition, at a variety of levels and with a range of goals and learning objectives. This forum will start with a "lightning-round" in which each presenting faculty will have an opportunity to speak briefly about project(s) from their class(es) and to share a short clips from student narratives, including:
  • Rogelio Minana (Spanish)
  • Karen Remmler (German)
  • Keiko Konoeda (Japanese)
  • Nieves Romero-Diaz (Spanish)
  • Carolyn Shread (French)
After the presentations, we'll open the floor for questions and discussion.

Upcoming Regional Conferences in Language Teaching

Interested in attending one of these regional conferences? We've sent up a shared Google document to facilitate carpooling - contact the LRC for access.
  • Symposium on "Advancing Language Education Beyond the Classroom"
    •  University of Pennsylvania, Philadephia, PA
    • December 8, 2012 (optional workshop on December 7)
    • If interested, contact Maria Toyofuku at Five Colleges - with sufficient interest, Five Colleges may arrange a van

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