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Mark Knowles - Thursday October 1st

Two very nice articles appeared in the a very recent edition of the Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine. First, kudos to Ben Teitelbaum, Mathias Nordvig, and the rest of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures for the tremendous progress they have made with the Nordic Studies program (CU-Boulder becomes a source for all things Norse: I have had the privilege of collaborating especially with Merete … (read full blog)


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EdPuzzles and LingQ

Dr. Mark Knowles Mark.Knowles@Colorado.EDU - Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Edpuzzle is an excellent tool to create flipped lessons as teachers can embed questions and comments directly in their videos (or any video) and monitor whether students watched the videos or not. LingQ is a web-based company that connect learners with "a world of authentic content and an online community of learners and native speaker tutors."

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Digital Stories on the Meaning of Bilingualism (1)

Laura Walter Laura.Walter@Colorado.EDU - Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 3:30 PM

What prompted you to learn a second language? What does being bilingual mean to you? How did being bilingual shape you as a person? A teacher? This first half of the workshop will provide you with prompts to start reflecting on yourself as a bilingual person. You will discuss your answers with others and start writing the script of a digital story unique to you.

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Digital Stories on the Meaning of Bilingualism (2)

Laura Walter Laura.Walter@Colorado.EDU - Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at 3:30 PM

In the second part of this workshop, you will record your story in the recording studio with the help of ALTEC's staff. You will then add images and music. You will receive one-on-one assistance to create a high-quality final product.

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Intro to the Foreign Language Technology Program

Edwige Simon - Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 1:00 PM

This is an introduction to the Foreign Language Technology Program. After a brief overview of the fall workshop schedule, participants will brainstorm possible uses of 3 to 4 small web-based tools such as Google Earth or Tag Galaxy.

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Paris Occup%E9

Dr. Terri Nelson - Friday, November 6th, 2015 at 12:00 PM

An instructor-created role-playing game (RPG) where students take on fictional identities was used to learn about Nazi-occupied Paris. The combination of historical information learned through more traditional course materials (fiction and nonfiction in a variety of media) plus the personal, emotional engagement with their RPG character, is helping students engage in higher level critical thinking skills and express more nuanced emotional, moral and philosophical stances in French while developing a more comprehensive and realistic understanding of this complex time period. This presentation will also discuss the game design features underlying the content delivery and linguistic scaffolding.

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Giorgio Corda Giorgio.Corda@Colorado.EDU - Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 3:30 PM

GoAnimate lets users create short animated videos using characters and prompts of their choosing. The presenter will propose various ways to use Goanimate in the language classroom and participants will then create an account and learn to create animations. Image

Alireza Mohammadrezabeig Alireza.Mohammadrezabeig@color - Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Learning a new language is not about new vocabulary or grammar, it is about breaking the barrier to communicate with others, that's what we believe. We ,at Simor team, provide that opportunity for students at CU Boulder to be able to get in touch with their classmates, teacher and native speakers for practicing writing, listening, reading and speaking. We work closely with faculty members to update some of the best online tools on to provide students with a better learning environment. Meanwhile, we , as students know that existing tools such D2l discussion does not support us at all. Therefore, Simor is separate and very clear for breaking the barriers for communications.

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Film Policy Change for Undergraduat

Courtney Malone - May 1st, 2015

Great news!! Undergraduate students can check out DVD films for up to 48 hours! Search on our Catalog at: and see if we have the language film you are looking for!

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Keep up to date with ALTEC!

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