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

Past Speakers


Care for the Mind & Body 


Richard File-Muriel, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Like many other professions, academics, staff and students are often faced with pressures that lead to extensive time working at a desk. This workshop addresses some practical tools to expand our working posture beyond the seated chair, and touches on the importance of the relationship between the breath, mind and body.


Film Clips in the Foreign Language Curriculum


Mark Kaiser, UC Berkeley

A special presentation of this previously recorded IALLT webinar is being made available to us by the International Association of Language Learning Technology (IALLT).


Using Classroom Technology at the LLC 


Leslie Sandoval, Supervisor, LLC

An introduction to the technology available in the LLC and how to use it in your class.


Tips for Effective Classroom Management 


Sarah Schulman and Marián Giráldez Elizo, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

The purpose of this workshop is to provide general tips on classroom management and to create space for teaching assistants to raise questions and collaborate on ways to improve best teaching practices.


Developing an Eye Tracking Experiment: An Intensive Workshop
4/1/2016 and 4/8/2016

Lauren Perrotti, Department of Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese, Penn State University

Lauren Perrotti, visiting PhD Candidate from Penn State, will present a two-part workshop to discuss the ways eye tracking methodology could be used in language science research by taking a hands-on approach. In two sessions, we will use an Eyelink 1000 Plus eye tracker from SR Research to demonstrate how to develop an eye tracking study. In Session 1, Experiment Builder will be used to explore techniques for programming an experiment, focusing on sentence reading and Visual World techniques. In Session 2, we will learn to calibrate the eye tracker and run an experiment. Finally, we will use DataViewer to extract the fixations and discuss the best ways to analyze eye movement data.


Berkeley Foreign Language Film Clip Library


Presented by Chris Johnson, MLIS, of the College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences

This presentation will explain how instructors can use the BLC Library of Foreign Language Film Clips (LFLFC), a tagged, structured collection of clips from foreign language films, in their classrooms. Instructors will be guided through the free registration process.


Grammar & Society: A sociolinguistically informed approach to teaching grammatical structures


Naomi Shin, Assistant Professor of Spanish & Linguistics

This talk presents a curriculum for teaching grammatical structures in a way that highlights how sociopolitical factors determine how linguistic varieties are judged. For example, why are Caribbean varieties of Spanish more stigmatized than other varieties? Why is 'voseo' stigmatized in Guatemala but not in Argentina? Why is leísmo accepted by the Real Academia Española, but direct object pronoun omission is not? I will present the overall curriculum for the course, as well as specific lesson plans and activities.


Mapping Rights in the Work of Sacolinha


Leila Lehnen, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

This presentation looked into how the paulista author and cultural activist Ademiro Alves (Sacolinha) represents the right to the city in his novel Estação Terminal (Terminal Station).


Copyright & Fair Use in Higher Ed


Presented by Richard Mertz, Associate University Counsel

Who doesn’t have copyright questions? Richard Mertz is UNM’s authority on copyright and will be at the Language Learning Center to talk about copyright, specifically as it applies to film and digital media use in higher education. Got copyright questions? This is a great opportunity to get some answers!


Team + Task-Based Activities + Huddleboards = Language Acquisition


Presented by Celina Cavalcanti, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Celina Cavalcanti will discuss her instructional strategies for language acquisition: Students look forward to the tasks they will accomplish together. The tasks have to be challenging, and at the same time manageable, for them to engage fully. The interaction around the huddleboards, with writing tasks, keeps the attention of the students and they also enjoy presenting their written production. The task-based activities where every student gets a chance to write sentences formed with the assistance of the team builds confidence while creating a collaborative learning environment. A series of task-based activities will be presented.


Using Teams, Laptops & Huddle-Boards in a Colonial Latin American Literature Class


Dr. Kathryn McKnight

Kathy McKnight discussed her use of Team-Based Learning in her Survey of Spanish American Literature I class (SPAN 431) in the Cooperative Learning Lab. Students build a cooperative team relationship, are held accountable both as a team and individually for their active application of knowledge in cultural analysis. Kathy gave an introduction to the TBL approach; she provided examples from her class assignments, and showed the ways in which the cooperative learning environment of the lab promotes active engagement and facilitates in-depth discussions.


Innovative Uses of Simple Technology in UNM’s L2 Classrooms


Mary Hudgens Henderson, Ruben Salido, Michael Woods


Getting Students Talking in an Online FL Course: Voxopop® as a tool to promote conversation, peer interaction and community building


Michael Woods

Online language courses are now present at numerous universities across the nation. The main concern expressed by language departments is how do we get our students to use language in an online learning environment? Using Voxopop®, a voice-based elearning tool, language instructors of all levels can create digital spaces and activities to enable meaningful interactions and community building. In this presentation, attendees will not only get hands-on experience in creating their own Voxopop talkgroups for their courses, but will also develop a pedagogical understanding of the benefits of using Web 2.0 technologies to promote meaningful interactions in online courses. Additional Web 2.0 technologies will also be recommended.


Using Screen Capture Programs to Respond to Student Writing


Evan Ashworth

Over the last few years, technological advances have allowed writing instructors to reimagine how they respond to student writing. Through the use of screen capture programs, instructors can avoid problems associated with using writing to respond to writing and can easily disseminate class resources while catering to students of multiple learning styles. In this presentation, attendees will learn not only how to use one such screen capture program – Jing™ – but will gain a deeper understanding of the pedagogical advantages to using such technology.


International Virtual Collaborations Workshop


Lani Gunawardena

This follow-up session (see 10/21/2011) is a hands-on, problem-solving session in which participants come with their ideas or plans for an international virtual collaboration. Together, we will discuss how to make these collaborations a reality.


Making Language Acquisition Happen


Marina Peters-Newell

How do you acquire language? How is that different from learning about a language? And what is the relationship between the two? This talk will address the essential dissonances between teaching and learning, achievement and proficiency, in an effort to identify the ideal space of language acquisition.


Web 2.0, Multilingualism & Language Learning


Olga Basharina

This topic will covered:

1. The shift from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 within the context of telecollaboration, drawing on Dr. Basharina's experience of managing and implementing telecollaboration 1.0 and how it is different from telecollaboration 2.0

2. Dr. Basharina's current study on the language choice by Russian-Sakha bilinguals which found Web 2.0 tools, and the social networks – Facebook and Vkontakte in particular – as the most optimal places for practicing multilingualism and indigenous Sakha language use/revitalization.

3. Characteristics of Web 2.0 conducive for language learning

4. Discussion on how to transfer Web 2.0 tools from social and leisure lives of students to academic contexts


Teaching Online: Thoughts on Constructing & Teaching Online Courses


Jason Wilby

Have you ever considered creating and teaching a course in an online format but were not sure how to begin? My presentation is geared toward you then! In my presentation I will draw on my experiences teaching online at UNM and working with New Media and Extended Learning in order to provide an introduction to teaching online and an opportunity to dialog with others who have online teaching experience. My presentation will cover three areas: 1) Construction of online course content with two example courses, 2) Pedagogical considerations for online teaching, and 3) Special technologies for creating synchronous and non-synchronous interaction in the online environment.


Writing Tutoring & Language Rights: Spanish & Navajo Writing Tutoring at UNM


Daniel Sanford

In the Fall of 2009, the UNM Writing Center began a partnership with El Centro de la Raza and American Indian Student Services to offer writing support for Spanish and Navajo, two of the state’s heritage languages for which writing & literacy have been an essential component of grass-roots movements towards language revitalization. These programs grow naturally out of the language background of UNM, New Mexico being a state with a profound ethnic and linguistic diversity which is reflected in the demographics of our student population. At the same time, however, it is highly unique, on a national level, in the application of writing center theory and practice to non-English languages. A history and overview of this program are presented, as an example of how university learning and writing centers can support the role of non-English and heritage languages in the academy.


International Virtual Collaborations


Lani Gunawardena

Cross-cultural learning and distance education expert Lani Gunawardena talks to educators about how to create rich cultural collaborative learning experiences for students.


L2 Teaching, Learning & Technology


Julie Sykes

The emergence of new tools and platforms occurs on a daily basis. This presentation will help educators navigate the seemingly endless list of possibilities by highlighting new technologies that are useful for transforming learning in the L2 classroom. Special emphasis will be placed on tools that are easily adopted for next-day use.

Regensburg, Germany. By Karsten Dörre, CC BY-SA 3.0

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, November 15 from 1:00 – 2:00pm, Lab 1

El feliz ingenio neomexicano: Felipe M. Chacón, Early 20th-century Bilingual New Mexican Writer

Dr. Anna Nogar, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese and and Debra Nieto, Masters student, Southwest Studies

This presentation treats the production of a critical anthology of the writing of late 19th-century/early 20th century bilingual New Mexican writer and editor Felipe M. Chacón. The book will be comprised of a biographical, scholarly introduction to Chacón’s life and writing; the original Spanish language text of his writing; English translations of the Spanish; and a partial bibliography of Chacón’s work, and is among the literary recovery projects of early Hispanic writers of the borderlands undertaken by the University of New Mexico Press through its rewnowned Pasó por aquí series. Department of Spanish and Portuguese graduate student Debra Nieto is research assistant on the project and will present her intensive field work and learning process on the project.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Lab 4

Games and Language Learning

Anna Olegovna Shkirev, Instructor of Russian, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

This presentation covers how online games can contribute to language learning and how they can built the supportive environment for language learning. The presenter will demonstrate two useful resources to establish the games and how the facilities of LLC can contribute to this practice.


Thursday, Nov. 30, 3:30 - 4:30, Lab 2

Cartographies of Terror: Trabalhar Cansa and the Questioning of Male Privilege

Jeremy Lehnen, Associate Professor,  Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese



Date TBD

Respondus Training

Karol Ibarra Zetter, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

This will be a hands-on training to learn how to use this quiz creation tool for Learn. Please bring your PC with you.




Past Speakers

2017 | 2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011




Attracting Students to Hispanic Literature through a Curriculum Focused on Health and Healing

Dr. Kathy McKnight, Associate Professor of Spanish, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese

Health and Healing in Hispanic Literature” is a new course that seeks to engage pre-health students more extensively in the study of literature. As enrollments in the Humanities drop, there is a growing convergence between Humanities scholars and medical educators on literature’s power to promote empathy and moral imagination. This talk explores the curricular possibilities of this convergence.



Linguistic Diversity in the Amazon

Dr. Rosa Vallejos, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese

The Amazon Basin is characterized as linguistically diverse, with about 300 languages belonging to twenty or so language families. Amazonia extends through nine countries of South America, where Spanish or Portuguese are the dominant languages. Most Amazonian languages are both poorly documented and highly endangered. Since the eighteenth century, many groups have been threatened by colonization, rubber extraction, illegal logging, oil spills, and subsequent pollution, among others. This talk will offer an overview of the languages of the Amazon, and discuss ongoing efforts advanced by two Amazonian groups to preserve their heritage languages.



Tips for Best Practices in your Language Online Courses

Dr. Eva Rodríguez-González, Department of Spanish and Portuguese




"Discovery Learning" as a Framework for Activities in an Intermediate Introduction to Medical Spanish Course

Sarah Peceny, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The workshop provides a basic introduction to the concept of "discovery learning" as a pedagogical tool to promote deeper levels of experiential learning, critical thinking, and problem-solving with introduction to vocabulary and cultural connections in a target language. Examples of activities from an Intermediate Introduction to Medical Spanish Course are used.



Everybody Can Be Tech Savvy

Peng Yu, Lecturer II of Chinese, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

This workshop will explore the tech challenges that a 21st century language teacher is facing and provide possible solutions. It encourages discussion on how to seamlessly integrate technology into language teaching. The presenter will also share some benefits of using Google Slides and Prezi as alternatives for Powerpoint.



Intro to PRAAT

David Páez, TA, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese

This workshop will be focused on the basic functions of PRAAT. You will learn how to navigate through the program, to set it up for your specific needs, and to make basic acoustic analyses.


#democraticculture in Brazil


Leila Lehnen, Associate Professor Department of Spanish and Portuguese

In 1985, Brazilian society transitioned to democracy after having endured a lengthy period of authoritarian rule (1964-85). As political institutions democratized, the discourse of democracy seeped into other spheres, including that of sociability, culture, and subjectivity. The idea of the “right to have rights,” which emerged from and became part of the democratic narrative, underpinned various factets of Brazilian society. More recently, as Brazil undergoes a political and economic crisis, the lexicon oft democracy has become more contested. If previously the discourse of democracy was used to make claims, nowadays, this symbolic economy has been traversed by a vocabulary of crisis. This presentation looks at how visual culture (graffiti, posters, stencils, pixo-tagging) and literary works (poetry) hosted on social media represent the interface between crises and democracy in Brazilian society.


Bilingual New Mexican Children's Literature


Anna M Nogar, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Have you ever wondered if there were children's stories about the place you grew up?  How about youth books written in both English and Spanish? In this presentation, Dr. Anna M. Nogar discusses books for young readers that draw on and develop local cultural and linguistic knowledge, as they entertain and teach.


Using Film Clips in the Classroom


Mark Kaiser, UC Berkeley

This is your chance to talk to one the leading experts on using film in the classroom! Discover: The value of feature film Why clips (as opposed to the whole film) have certain advantages Things instructors can do with a film clips Using the Library of Foreign Language Film Clips (LFLFC).


Using Classroom Technology at the LLC


Leslie Markley, Supervisor, LLC

An introduction to the technology available in the LLC and how to use it in your class.

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