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    Subject: Re: Service-Learning Abroad (Summer 2014)

    ”Dear Spanish faculty,

    I write to ask for your help spreading the word among the your colleagues about the chance for their undergraduate students to participate in a new service-learning program in Seville (Spain) I am directing during the second 4-week summer session (June 26-July 22).

    The total cost is $4,100, which includes tuition, orientations, full room and board with host family, study trips (Gibraltar, the old Roman town Baelo Claudia, Tarifa, Córdoba y Granada), academic investigation and service work in the community (placements in the Education, Healthcare, Immigration, Aging, Social Services, Translation, etc. fields), cultural visits (Torre del Oro, Catedral de Sevilla, Museo del Baile Flamenco, Museo de Bellas Artes, Archivo de Indias, Real Alcázar de Sevilla, Parque de María Luisa), cultural activities, health insurance. Kindly check the flyer for further information: http://www.csi.cuny.edu/international/study_abroad/booklets/SevilleServiceLearningSummer2014.pdf

    The application form can be found at http://www.csi.cuny.edu/international/forms/StudyAbroadApplicationPacket.pdf#page=2 The deadline is April, 1, 2014.

    Faculty or students with any questions are encouraged to contact me (francisco.salgado@csi.cuny.edu).

    Thanks for your attention,

    Francisco

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    42nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest

    Call for Papers: General Call

    September 26-28, 2013
    New Brunswick, New Jersey
    Hosted by The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)
    Co-sponsored by West Chester University (WCU)

    Keynote speaker: Robert Blake, University of California – Davis.

    Submission of Abstracts and Proposals
    Conference Theme: Spanish in the Age of Technology

    We welcome abstracts for papers in all areas of linguistics. Abstracts for papers or panels on Spanish in the Age of Technology, and more specifically on Online/Distance Learning (DL) in Second Language Higher Education are especially welcome. Proposals for complete panels with 2-4 speakers are also welcome.

    Submissions by graduate students are welcome, and students are eligible for the Helmut Esau Prize, which includes a $400 cash award.

    Deadline for abstract/proposal submission is May 15, 2013. Early submission of panel proposals is desirable.

    Presentation format:
    Presentation time for papers will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts may be in English or Spanish. Presentations should be given in the same language as the abstract. Only one abstract as single author and a second as co-author will be accepted from any one individual.

    Abstract format:
    Abstracts should be 250-500 words, single-spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font. Abstracts should summarize the main points and indicate key aspects of the data and methodology. Use of special font items should be kept to a minimum. In general, omit the bibliography. Abstracts will be distributed via the Internet as received.

    At the beginning of the abstract, write the title of the paper. At the end of the abstract, repeat the title and also list the author’s name (if more than one author, list names in the order they should appear in the program), academic affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail. If the author will not be available at his/her usual address or e-mail during the summer, provide summer contact information in the cover e-mail.

    Abstract submission:
    Abstracts should be submitted via EasyAbs: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/lasso2013 as a .pdf, .txt, .doc or .odt file. Special font items travel best in a .pdf file. For questions, e-mail lassonewjersey2013@gmail.com. Do not submit abstracts to this e-mail address.

    Authors will receive a reply notifying them that their abstracts are under consideration. If such notification has not been received within one week, the abstract did not reach its destination and should be resent. Authors will be notified by late July as to whether their papers have been accepted.

    LASSO membership:
    Participation in LASSO is a privilege of membership; this means that an individual must be a current member in order to present a paper and be listed in the conference program. You may fill out a membership form at the same time you register for the conference online. Membership includes a subscription to the Southwest Journal of Linguistics. http://clas.ucdenver.edu/lasso/index.html

  • New announcement by Ping Xu in Group logo of CUNY Council on World Language Study CUNY Council on World Language Study 1 year, 4 months ago

    42nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest: Special Interest Group (SIG)

    Call for Papers: Special Interest Group (SIG)

    September 26-28, 2013
    New Brunswick, New Jersey
    Hosted by The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)
    Co-sponsored by West Chester University (WCU)

    Keynote speaker: Robert Blake, University of California – Davis.

    Submission of Abstracts and Proposals
    Special Interest Group: Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and Online/Distance Learning (DL) in Second Language Higher Education

    Abstracts for papers investigating any aspect of the interface between second language acquisition and learning and distance-based instruction are welcome. Possible areas of interest include:
    • The benefits of Distance Learning within an SLA framework
    • Evidence of how technologically supported activities should fit into the L2 (foreign language) curriculum
    • Finding an effective balance of face-to-face and online instructional components
    • Methods for making sure L2 learners notice units of comprehensible input and develop metalinguistic awareness
    • Methods that force output, allowing students to make use of their linguistic resources, test hypotheses, and convey precise and appropriate meaning
    • Putting focus on form at the center of web based L2 teaching and learning.

    Abstracts for papers or panels on issues of language learning assessment in distance-based instruction contexts are particularly welcome. Papers should have a clear theoretical background and empirical focus – i.e., purely descriptive papers on specific pedagogical experiences are discouraged. Proposals for complete panels with 2-4 speakers are also welcome.

    Deadline for abstract/proposal submission is May 15, 2013. Early submission of panel proposals is desirable.

    Presentation format:
    Presentation time for papers will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts may be in English or Spanish. Presentations should be given in the same language as the abstract. Only one abstract as single author and a second as co-author will be accepted from any one individual.

    Abstract format:
    Abstracts should be 250-500 words, single-spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font. Abstracts should summarize the main points and indicate key aspects of the data and methodology. Use of special font items should be kept to a minimum. In general, omit the bibliography. Abstracts will be distributed via the Internet as received.

    At the beginning of the abstract, write the title of the paper. At the end of the abstract, repeat the title and also list the author’s name (if more than one author, list names in the order they should appear in the program), academic affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail. If the author will not be available at his/her usual address or e-mail during the summer, provide summer contact information in the cover e-mail.

    Abstract submission:
    Abstracts should be submitted via EasyAbs: http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/lasso2013sla as a .pdf, .txt, .doc or .odt file. Special font items travel best in a .pdf file. For questions, e-mail lassonewjersey2013@gmail.com. Do not submit abstracts to this e-mail address.

    Authors will receive a reply notifying them that their abstracts are under consideration. If such notification has not been received within one week, the abstract did not reach its destination and should be resent. Authors will be notified by late July as to whether their papers have been accepted.

    LASSO membership:
    Participation in LASSO is a privilege of membership; this means that an individual must be a current member in order to present a paper and be listed in the conference program. You may fill out a membership form at the same time you register for the conference online. Membership includes a subscription to the Southwest Journal of Linguistics. http://clas.ucdenver.edu/lasso/index.html

  • Ping Xu posted an update in the group Group logo of CUNY Council on World Language Study CUNY Council on World Language Study 1 year, 11 months ago

    The QUEENS CONSORTIUM ON LOTE
    invites you to the on Campus
    FIRST CONFERENCE ON FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING
    on Friday, May 4th, 2012
     
    Please join us for a full-day conference on the craft of teaching modern languages
     
     No registration needed
     
    Lunch and snacks will be provided
     
     
     
    Some Roads Less Traveled:
    Addressing Heritage Learners and Incorporating Culture in Language Teaching

     
     
     
     
     
     
    Keynote Address: Our Often-Forgotten Resorce: Heritage Language Speakers
     
    Sandra Sandra B. Schreffler, Professor of Spanish and Linguistics,
    Department of Modern Languages, Roger Williams University
    9:15-10:15, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Room 230
    Heritage Language Placement Exams: A Case of Polish HL Learners
    Presenter: Agnieszka Rakowicz, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
    10:30-11:20, Location: Powdermaker Hall, Room 110
     
    Teaching Italian with the ePortfolio: Integrating Technology with Purpose
    Presenter: Giulia Guarnieri, Bronx Community College, CUNY
    10:30-11:20, Location: Powdermaker Hall, Room 112
     
    Harnessing Motivation in a Spanish for Native Speakers class: An Experience with a Community-Based Curriculum
    Presenter: Diana P. Romero, Columbia University
    10:30-11:20, Location: Powdermaker Hall, Room 121
     
    “Beyond Grammar Textbooks”: A Conversation about Experiential Teaching and Learning with Bilingual Faculty
    Panel Chair and Moderator: Anahí Viladrich , Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
    Participants: Antonietta D’Amelio, Baruch College, CUNY, Eva Fernández, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, Robert Vago, Professor of Linguistics, Queens College and The Graduate Center, Chair, Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders, Queens College, CUNY, Sandra M. Wozniak, Queens College, CUNY, and Columbia University
    11:30-12:45, Location: Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, President’s Conference Room 2, Fifth Floor
    Implementing Chinese Heritage Language Courses at a Community College,
    Presenters:Wei Lan and Maan Lin, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
    1:00-1:50, Location: : Powdermaker Hall, Room 110
     
     
    Media and/or Technology in the LOTE Classroom –Ipads anyone?
    Presenter: Lisa Mars, Townsend Harris High School
    1:00-1:50, Location: Powdermaker Hall, Room 112
     
    Energizing the Spanish Language Classrooms through Music, Literature and Movies
    Presenter: Sonia Tejada, Hewlett High School
    2:00-2:50, Location: Powdermaker Hall, Room 110
    Teaching and Learning a Foreign Language through the New Media: How Facebook, Wiki, Podcast, ePortfolio, Enhance the Learning Experience and the Teaching Performance
    Presenter: Elda Buonanno, Iona College
    2:00-2:50, Location: Powdermaker Hall, Room 112
     
    Integrating Culture and Technology in the Elementary Italian Language Class
    Presenter: Antonella Ansani, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
    3:00-3:50, Location: : Powdermaker Hall, Room 110
     
    Manifestaciones de ”La mancha indeleble”: del cuento al corto
    Presenter: Margherita Tortora, Yale University
    3:00-3:50, Location: : Powdermaker Hall, Room 112
     
    Teaching Foreign Languages to First Time Learners: A Definitive Methodology?
    Presenter: Hamid Bahri, York College, CUNY
    4:00-4:50, Location: : Powdermaker Hall, Room 110
     
     
    For more information, contact Beatriz Carolina Peña at beatriz.pena@qc.cuny,edu
     
      
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Some Roads Less Traveled:
    Addressing Heritage Learners and Incorporating Culture in Language Teaching
     
    Queens College, CUNY 
    Friday, May 4th, 2012, from 8:30 AM to 500 PM

  • Ping Xu posted an update in the group Group logo of CUNY Council on World Language Study CUNY Council on World Language Study 2 years, 2 months ago

    CUNY Council on World Language Study
    Statement on 4 hour/3 Credit Courses in Foreign Languages
     
    ​CUNY Council on World Language Study supports the preservation of 4 contact hour/3 credit courses in foreign language classes that are currently offered on several CUNY college campuses and supports the inclusion of such courses in the Flexible Common Core on campuses where this practice has been the rule. Such a policy respects both the spirit of the Pathways initiative and the tradition of faculty stewardship over curricular matters.
    ​Pathways’ intended increase in academic rigor across CUNY goes hand in hand with our profession’s increasing expectations in foreign language learning. Linguistic proficiency is only one of the goals established by our professional organization; substantial cultural and interdisciplinary content and critical thinking are integrated into language courses at all levels. CUNY FL faculty has been on the cutting edge of these developments and is aware of the amount of student engagement necessary to meet these complex, interrelated goals; furthermore, CUNY FL faculty is keenly aware of the constraints on students -–both personal and institutional— that cause a critical amount of learning to take place in the classroom. It is, therefore, essential that each college’s faculty determine how best to meet the goals of foreign language study in the Pathways structure given the specific circumstances on individual campuses.

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    Position Statement

  • Ping Xu replied to the forum topic Pathways – Guidelines + FL Discussions in the group Group logo of CUNY Council on World Language Study CUNY Council on World Language Study 2 years, 2 months ago

    The forum would be a great place for discussions here. The only problem is that many members have not signed up yet. Perhaps I should send out another round of invitation?

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    Evolving Pedagogies in the Modern Language Classroom

    Dear Fellow CUNY Foreign Language Teachers,

    Please join us for a half-day workshop on language teaching at CUNY’s Calandra Institute on

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 from 10:00-2:30. (25 W. 43rd Street, 17th Floor, Manhattan.)

    Several professors from various CUNY schools have

    put together the following program in the hopes that it will help us improve our teaching as we reflect on and share our

    language-teaching practices. Lunch will be served and a Certificate of Attendance will be given to all attendees.

    As you can see in the brief program below, it is a relatively casual affair but we do need to know if you intend to come.

    Please RSVP to giulia.guarnieri@bcc.cuny.edu if you plan on coming. We are inviting all foreign language teachers

    in the CUNY system. Even though some of the examples will be in Italian, the presentations will be in English. Please

    spread the word and please RSVP by January 18th if you intend on coming.

    10:00-10:30 Coffee

    10:30-11:00 Teaching Foreign Languages at CUNY

    An open discussion of what we all find to be our strengths and areas for improvement while teaching in the CUNY system

    (led by Tom Means, BMCC, and Morena Corradi, Queens College).

    11:00-11:30, Lesson Planning, Mary Refling, BCC

    Planning a Lesson in Four Easy Steps. We will review how to write more effective, performance-based objectives, plan

    your classroom activities for varying time segments, and avoid over-reliance on textbook exercises and worksheets. The

    last ten minutes will be devoted to games and props that make learning vocabulary and doing verb drills much more fun.

    11:30-12:00 Traditional and Task-based Instruction, Tom Means, BMCC

    This talk will present what is commonly referred to as Traditional Instruction (TI) or PPP (Presentation, Practice,

    Production) of foreign languages, and why it is still the dominant method of teaching languages in the US. We will then

    discuss one emerging methodology that has some empirical support for its efficacy: Task-based instruction (TBI). The

    presenter will walk through one ”cycle” of TBI, illustrating its most promising features to foster fluency and accuracy in

    our students.

    12:00-12:30 Lunch break (pizza offered by Calandra Institute)

    12:30-1:00 Culture through Language and Language through Culture, Samuel Ghelli, York College

    A discussion of how a study of the bones of the (Italian) language–lexicon, morphology, syntax–can represent/teach the

    culture of the (Italian) people. Such a grammatical analysis can help students learn culture through the lens of language.

    1:00-1:30 Harnessing technology to help deliver pedagogically sound lessons, Antonietta D’Amelio, Baruch College

    Technology plays a crucial role in exposing learners to authentic language and culture but it can also be used to deliver

    highly effective lessons. The presenter will demonstrate and discuss some proven strategies that will help you create

    highly interactive learning modules that boost learning and promote target language fluency.

    • Learning the present indicative tense using PowerPoint

    • Expanding vocabulary through music and YouTube

    • Speaking meaningfully by incorporating short films

    The presenter will discuss and demonstrate effective ways to achieve your objective and how to effectively utilize

    available media resources in order to support and expand in-class instruction.

    1:30-2:00 Introduction to Blackboard and Web. 2.0 tools, Giulia Guarnieri, BCC

    This session will provide a pedagogical framework on how to meaningfully integrate technology into your courses. We

    will begin by exploring some of the basics of Blackboard and then present several Web 2.0 tools that will stimulate

    interest in the subject matter and generate a passion for learning foreign languages.

    2:00-2:30 Q&A session with all presenters

    J. Thomas Means
    Assistant Professor of Italian
    BMCC/CUNY, Modern Languages Dept
    212-220-8000 x5275

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