Join us throughout Spring Quarter for an exciting series of workshops led by UChicago’s language instructors and Language Center staff.

 

  • TalkAbroad: Online Speaking Practice with Native Speakers – Diana Palenzuela (Spanish)
    • Wednesday, April 17, 3:30-4:30 in Cobb 201AB: This presentation will provide basic concepts and instructions for usage of the TalkAbroad platform, which allows students to converse and complete speaking activities with native speakers from various countries. The presentation will also discuss and draw conclusions from the data obtained during the Spanish program’s first year using the system. RSVP.

 

  • Lesson Plan of the Day: Engaging Activities and Tasks – Shiva Rahmani (German)
    • Wednesday, April 24, 3:00-4:00 in Cobb 201AB: In this workshop we will look at what good activities (gute Übungen) and what good speaking tasks (gute Aufgaben) are. We will learn how to incorporate them into each lesson plan to tackle the final speaking task and reach the learning goal and create a lively class filled with discussions and interaction among students. It would be very helpful if you can bring your language teaching workbook with you so we can identify these activities and build all a short sequence together. RSVP.

 

  • Digital Student Portfolios: Fostering Curiosity and Encouraging Engagement – Maeve Hooper (German)
    • Tuesday, April 30, 2:30-3:30 in Cobb 218: This presentation illustrates how language instructors can use online portfolios (such as the ePortfolio on Canvas) to help students 1) engage meaningfully with authentic cultural materials, and 2) gain a sense of ownership over their learning process. Participants will see examples of portfolio prompts and student responses, and will workshop ideas about how this type of assignment could be adapted for their own courses. RSVP.

 

  • Structuring Discussions to Maximize Language Use – Cathy Baumann (CLC Director)
    • Wednesday, May 8, 3:00-4:00 in Cobb 201AB: Too often, class discussions dissolve into conversations between the instructor and one or two motivated students.  This presentation will demonstrate how to structure discussions to engage all students, using multiple skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and reinforcing reading, listening, vocabulary and writing skills. RSVP.

 

  • Raising Cultural Awareness through TV Commercials and Other Authentic Materials – Veronica Vegna  (Italian)
    • Tuesday, May 14, 2:00-3:00 in Cobb 218: This presentation will provide ideas on how to raise cultural awareness and foster intercultural reflection in class through the use of authentic video materials, such as TV commercials and movie clips. Particular attention will be given to activities that encourage discussion of cultural values and perspectives, and that help students identify and deconstruct stereotypes. RSVP.

 

  • The Slow Flip – Jason Grunebaum (Hindi)
    • Wednesday, May 22, 3:00-4:00 in Cobb 201AB: Like the idea of flipping your classroom but don’t know where to start? Never want to lecture on the genitive again? This how-to presentation will provide a report of a flipping-in-progress and describe both the painless first steps and the payoff. RSVP.

 

  • Theory, Practice, and Use of Feedback – Ahmet Dursun (Director, Office of Language Assessment)
    • Wednesday, May 29, 3:00-4:00 in Cobb 201AB: Feedback is at the center of second language acquisition and can provide learners great opportunities as they produce the language when presented timely and in correct manner. This workshop will first present different approaches to providing feedback to second language learners. Second, I will show how to align different types of feedback to various purposes, in order to promote a proficiency-oriented communicative curriculum. We will finish with a hands-on group-work activity, in which we will discuss how to provide feedback for some simulated second language learning tasks. RSVP.