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Words of the year in France, Spain, and Germany

Mark Knowles - Wednesday February 4th

Just a short note on 2014's words of the year in France, Spain, and Germany. The Guardian reports that some Spaniards are upset that the very non-Iberian selfi made it to the top of the list in Spain (as did Photobomb in the US), but one Spanish word, Nomophobia (the fear of being disconnected, as from your mobile phone), not only was introduced there but has spread elsewhere. France also promoted selfie to the status of most popular neologism … (read full blog)


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Technologies that Reshape our Understanding of Lan

Mark Knowles - Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Online fan fiction, high speed travel, DJing, and texting all have one thing in common: They are changing the way some of us think about language. The consequences can have important impacts on those people who teach languages. In this workshop, we'll explore these technologies and their consequences and come up with ways we might explore these technologies with language learners.

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ALTEC Renovations!

Courtney Malone

Haven't had a chance to see our new addition to media library, the "Cube"? Come check it out today! The cube is available for anyone to use and can be reserved up to two weeks in advance.

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Portfolio Intensive (Part One)

Edwige Simon - Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The first portion of the portfolio intensive will include: an Introduction to Portfolio Design in which we will look at examples, discuss content & purpose of the teaching portfolio; a workshop on WordPress in which participants will create their own site; a photoshoot to provide participants with the a professional photograph of themselves for their portfolio; and a teaching philosophy workshop lead by Anne Becher from the Spanish department

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Using Technology to Energize Task-Based Teaching

Mark Knowles - Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Task-based language learning (TBLT) hit the textbook stands for the first time in the 1980s. The advantages of this language learning approach are that tasks involve a primary of focus on meaning, tasks contain some kind of gap that pressures students to fill in, TBLT gives participants a variety of choices as far to the linguistic resources needed to complete the task, and tasks have clearly defined, non-linguistic outcomes. While the approach offers much promise, it does take some effort to come up curricula and materials for D2L-delivery, or hybrid and/or online learning. We'll look at some ways technology might help address the needs of teachers who want to do more with TBLT.

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Portfolio Intensive (Part Two)

Edwige Simon - Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The second day of the portfolio intensive will include: a resume workshop lead by Career Services; a discussion about how to present content in your portfolio, such as lesson plans or technology activities, using video and annotated screenshots; time for participants to build the content and design their portfolio; a critique/recommendations portion in which participants will exchange constructive criticism of each other's portfolio

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Staff Film Picks!

Courtney Malone

Want to watch a foreign film but don't know where to start? Check out the foreign film of the month, hand-picked out by your own ALTEC staff! Visit our media library (Hellems 159) for more information and to checkout the film.

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Mon-Thur: 8:30am - 8:00pm
Fri: 8:30am - 4:00pm


The ALTEC Multimedia Library has a large selection of foreign films for faculty, staff, and student use. Search the Catalog to find a film. (view all)
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