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Past Speakers

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2018 Upcoming Events


2/21/2018 2:00 - 3:00, Lab 6

Homo-Parenthood and the Claims of Non-Normative Families in Brazil

Lindomar Darós, State University of Rio de Janeiro

This presentation will examine how homo-parenthood and childhood trans-sexuality is interpreted by the Brazilian legal system. This presentation will focus on the expected heterosexuality from those proposing legal adoptions, as well as how children/teenagers are also expected to be heterosexuals in the process of legal adoption. This talk will address the LGBTTIQA+ resistance in Brazil to this process.


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.


2/26/2018,  1:00 - 2:00, Lab 1

Technology Tools to Engage Students

Leslie Markley, Language Learning Center

Incorporating technology in your classroom can improve student engagement, spark creativity, and help students to acquire skills they can use beyond the classroom setting. Come join us for this hands-on session and learn about technology tools that you can incorporate into your face to face (or online!) classes.


3/21/2018, 12:00 - 1:00, Lab 1

Just What is Regional Research? A Round Table Presentation and Discussion with Three Graduate Researchers in Spanish and Portuguese

Anna Nogar, Angelica Padilla, Julianna Wiggins and Debra Nieto

This presentation/roundtable discussion features three current MA students from the Hispanic Southwest Studies Program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese discussing the amazing, relevant, locally-based research projects in which they are engaged, and explain what it is like to do primary research in the humanities, sometimes for the very first time.  Conversation moderated by Professor Anna M. Nogar. QUESTIONS WELCOME!


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.

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).

Language Learning Center

Mail: MSC03 2100, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131

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