Each semester the Language Learning Center offers several presentations, workshops, or trainings geared primarily toward faculty, TAs, and researchers involved in language learning - although anyone is welcome. You are welcome to bring a lunch or snack. All events are free and take place in the Language Learning Center, Ortega Hall, in room 124.


Sessions are videotaped and available for viewing on the LLC YouTube Channel and are linked to the individual talks below (if available).

Upcoming Events

1/26/2018, 12:00 - 1:00, Lab 1

Creating Quizzes in Learn & Google Forms

Karol I. Zetter, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese

This will be a hands-on training to learn how to use these quiz creation tools.


1/24/2018, 3:30-4:30,  Lab 1

1/29/2018, 1:00 - 2:00,  Lab 1

2/1/2018, 3:30-4:30,  Lab 2

Using Apple TV in the Classroom

Leslie Marley, LLC

What makes an Apple TV so appealing to educators is its ability to mirror your screen like an interactive whiteboard can. Apple’s technology is called “Airplay,” which is the ability to stream a live view of whatever is on your IOS devise to a larger screen. It can mirror the teacher’s iPad, the students’ iPads, and even a MacBook. Come join us for our Apple TV Pilot Session training!  Learn how to use the LLC’s Apple TV and get ideas for potential practical uses.  There are three sessions for you to choose from and each will last approximately 45 minutes.


2/2/2018, 1:00 - 2:00, Lab 1

There is no poetry after the coup! Brazilian literature in the aftermath of 2016

Leila Lehnen, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese

This presentation will examine how Brazilian literature interprets recent political events in Brazil. The presentation will ask how literature imagines Brazil's political horizon in the aftermath of President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment in 2016.


02/14/2018, 2:00 - 3:00, Lab 2

Discovering Brazil - A Project-Based on Discovery Learning Methodology

Andressa Macena Maia, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese

Students of Port 276 were invited to "travel" throughout Brazil and its regions to explore the country and its culture. Instructor orientated them to research about the different regions of Brazil, based on the topics we cover at the book Ponto de Encontro (2013). In this way, students were able to go deeper on their learning process. Based on the educational goals of discovery learning, they were able to develop meta-cognitive skills and were encouraged to engage more in class, building their knowledge with their previous learning experiences.


2/22/2018, 4:00 - 6:00, Lab 2

Virtual Reality and Cultural Education: The Case for Digital Excursions in the FLL Classroom

Jared Bash, Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Authentic cultural competency is often difficult to introduce into the language learning classroom. Through existing and emerging technologies in immersive virtual reality, students can gain intimate insight into foreign cultures without the need for financially unattainable study abroad trips. In addition to a brief overview of the development of virtual reality, we will explore current applications and future possibilities in the field of cultural exploration through this technology. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the streets of foreign countries with the Oculus Rift VR system and Google Earth VR, as well as witness a demonstration of other available software that can enrich students’ global competencies and language learning journeys.


3/28/2018, 12:00 - 1:00, Lab 6

Social Justice Pedagogy in the Literature Classroom

Natalie Kubasek, CELAC


3/30/2018, 1:00 - 2:00, Lab 1

Strategies to Create a Meaningful and Dynamic Classroom Discussion

Juliana Todescan-Clark & André Nascimento, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese

In this presentation, we will share strategies that we have used in the classroom to motivate students to be more engaged and comfortable to speak up in their targeted language about meaningful (e.g. political, socio-historical, and cultural) subjects in the classroom.


4/9/2018, 1:00 - 2:00, Lab 1

Interactive Assessment in Advanced Russian Language Classes

Tanya Ivanova-Sullivan, Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures

In this presentation I will discuss LinguaFolio, an online assessment tool designed to measure language progress in a more interactive way. I will focus on the Self-Reflection feature of LinguaFolio by presenting data on the type of materials students upload for evaluation and the review process. I will also make some suggestions about facilitating student learning and engagement in formative and summative e-assessment based on their individual needs and interests.


Friday, 4/13/2018, 12:00 - 1:00, Lab 6

Gramática española: Variación social. A sociolinguistic approach to teaching Spanish grammar

Naomi Shin, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese

In this talk I will present a new textbook called Gramática española: Variación social by Kim Potowski & Naomi L. Shin (forthcoming, 2018). I will discuss the sociolinguistic approach to teaching grammar that is at the heart of this book, and I will describe the book's content.1/24/2018, 3:30-4:30,  Lab 1


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