LLU Live #9: International Television Programming and Language Centers

Television circa 1958

Television circa 1958

This week on LLU Live #9  we are going to talk about international television programming and the Language Center.

A bit of context:  Every six months or so, I receive a request from one of the language departments asking if my center could provide a way for their language students to watch “international television channels.”  As I look around my center and the 24 computers that reside there, my reply is of course, I would be happy to share with them ways for their students to watch TV broadcasts being live-streamed over the internet.  But that doesn’t always fill the bill.

Unpacking the request a bit further, there seem to be two requests rolled into one: the first is a request is to create a way for  students to come to our center and watch a wide variety of authentic television programming in the languages they are studying on a recreational basis. The second request is a way for faculty  to capture those broadcasts so they can be repurposed for language teaching (exercises in class, review, etc).

Thursday, December 5th at 4 p.m. EST we will be talking about international television programming and learning centers.  Do you have a set-up in your facility? If so, what did you choose and why? How are students using it? How are faculty using it? Are there (reliable? economical?) alternatives to plunking parabolas on the roof?

Interested in joining in? Here’s how!  These get togethers are informal, conversational and usually are over in about 30 minutes. Everyone is welcome!

In the interim,  you might want to read this article (and the source of the picture for this post) on The Evolving Definition of Television.  It does a great job of summarizing the two strands of conversations I find myself having about TV here: for some of my constituents, television is an appliance that provides content, for others it is a type of content that is not at all appliance-dependent.

Hope to see you Thursday!

UPDATE: Here is the video!  Complete with Maximus the Bulldog! Please add your comments or questions in the comment section!

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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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