Upcoming LLU webcasts!

It may be summer, it may be relatively quiet (!) in your Language Learning Center, but we here at LLU are planning our late summer, early fall line-up of webcasts. Please let us know if you would like to join in on any of these conversations. We would be delighted to include you. Taking a last minute vacation before the fall semester onslaught begins? Not a problem…all conversations will be recorded and archived as podcasts.

August 16: Elaine Horwitz, University of Texas-Austin, on anxiety and second language learning as well as her recent book “Becoming a Language Teacher:A Practical Guide to Second Language Learning and Teaching” Dr Horwitz’ work was recently highlighted in Inside Higher Ed as well as on the UT-Austin website. Also joining us for this show will be Dr Dolly J Young from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Dolly authored the article “Creating a Low Anxiety Classroom Environment: What Does Language Anxiety Research Suggest?” (The Modern Language Journal, Vol 75, Number 4, Winter 1991)

August 23: Languages Across the Curriculum: case studies from different schools. The recent MLA recommendations outline the importance of teaching language and culture in our post 9/11 world. To quote one of the conclusions of the report: “The time is right for this transforming approach to language and culture study in higher education.” Please join us as we discuss different LAC programs, how they work, and what schools are seeing as an outcome of these initiatives. Participants from Drake University, Skidmore, and other schools will be joining us.

October 4: Our guest will be Dr. Andrea Lunsford, the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University, author of “Writing Technologies and the Fifth Canon,” (Computers and Composition, 23, 169-177 (2006) Here is an abstract of her article:

Andrea Lunsford’s keynote address to the 2005 Computers and Writing Conference at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, expands the definition of writing to include epistemic, multivocal, multimodal, and multimediated practices in the computers and writing classroom. The article describes the development and piloting of a new undergraduate course in Stanford’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric that applies these concepts to the undergraduate composition process. The address closes with a challenge to create classroom experiences that allow students to compose in “the most compelling discursive modalities of their generation”.

Please join us as (once again) we engage in a conversation with our Creative Writing colleagues and learn from them how as language teachers/technologists we can help language students find their second language voice using new approaches to writing.

Mid October: (to be confirmed) Talking about what we can and cannot do in our language classrooms and Language Resource Centers: Judy Shoaf, IALLT copyright coordinator, and members of the NITLE Digital Media and Copyright Workshop (being held at Lafayette College in Lancaster PA in October) The experts take your calls!

More shows are being planned!

Have a suggestion for a show topic? Want to host your own show on our site? Please email us at languagelabunleashed@gmail.com

Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for almost 20 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and making stuff out of clay. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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  1. itsalljustaride · July 4, 2007 Reply

    The copyright podcast is sure to be a hit. What other literature besides the TEACH Act and the Fair Use guidelines would be good reading material prior to the show?

  2. Barbara · July 4, 2007 Reply


    We may need to move the show to October in order to take advantage of a session that NITLE (http://www.nitle.org) will be offering on Digital Media and Copyright in early 10/07….and to entice those folks to come on the show too! Stay tuned!

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