> Actions > Language Center Events

Language Center Events

Spring 2018

PACE Sponsored Events

PACE Presentation:  Looking back at curricular changes
Success and challenges in SPAN 1004

Monday, April 16, 2018
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
Nolte 140
Register Online

In 2016 and 2017, the PACE Project supported curricular revisions for five language programs with the goal of attending to areas that were lagging based on proficiency test results. These areas included speaking and listening. In the case of Spanish, changes to the curriculum focused on the interpretive mode of communication with an emphasis on listening. Now that the changes have been in place since Spring 2017, the presentation will revisit changes made to the course as part of the project, evaluating example activities, reporting student feedback, and sharing the practical challenges of incorporating changes in the multi-section context.

Presenter: Sara Mack, Coordinator of Spanish 1004, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The PACE Project is funded by a grant from The Language Flagship.

PACE Demonstration:  Options for enhancing online test security in LC classrooms

Monday, April 23, 2018
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
Jones 35
Online Registration

This presentation will provide participants with a recommendation for ensuring that students complete tests and quizzes fairly. The session will demonstrate Proctorio, an online security and monitoring service that is integrated into the U's implementation of Canvas, to enhance test security measures for use in the Language Center computer classrooms and online. The session will walk instructors through the process of deploying Proctorio within course assignments, and will provide them with general guidelines on practical uses and logistics. Participants will learn about the process for deploying Proctorio, and how to prepare students for taking tests in the computer classrooms.

Join us for a productive afternoon to learn about test security in the LC classrooms. Come and experience Proctorio first-hand! Space is limited, so be sure to register in advance.

Presenter: Adolfo Carrillo Cabello, CLA Language Center

The PACE Project is funded by a grant from The Language Flagship.

PACE Presentation and FRIT Lab:  Speaking of Love in French

The Enhancement of a Bilingual French Course in Medieval Literature

Friday, April 27, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Folwell 108
Register online (optional)

As the PACE Project comes to a close, the French program in the Department of French and Italian is beginning to discuss the data it has generated. This presentation will begin with an overview of the way the program is interpreting the data concerning French majors and their success in reaching advanced proficiency in all four modalities of language use, including writing, a component assessed with supplementary funding from the Department.

Most of the hour will be devoted to the enhancement of one of the advanced courses for majors and minors, French 3611/3711, Speaking of Love in Medieval France, which is made possible by PACE funding for a TA in Spring 2018.

The challenge this semester is to adapt a large-enrollment, bilingual literature class format so that the French students continue developing as speakers of the target language. This experiment speaks to the following larger issues:

  • Teaching medieval/pre-modern topics in foreign languages effectively
  • Enhancing language proficiency and cultural/literary content in advanced courses
  • Responding to enrollment and staffing pressures, while still enhancing students' oral skills in the target language

The presentation is cosponsored by the Department of French and Italian and the PACE Project, and is designed to be accessible to professionals of language teaching, specialists of French language and literature, and medievalists and early modernists in other fields. All are welcome! A light lunch will be served.

Presenters:  Mary Franklin-Brown and Ray Balstad, Department of French and Italian Studies

The PACE Project is funded by a grant from The Language Flagship.

PACE Presentation:  What is the Antidote for improving writing?

Friday, May 4, 2018
12:20 - 1:10 p.m.
Folwell 112
Online Registration

During 2017, the Department of French and Italian received a LATIS Academic Innovation Grant to pilot the correction software Antidote in FR 3015 and FR 3016, the first advanced courses required for the major and minor in French. Antidote has been a boon to students and instructors alike, allowing self-assessment outside of class to be paired with writing workshops in class. Panelists consist of instructors who have piloted the correction software and students who have used it in both courses. Join us for a lively discussion which includes the elements of French style, the differences between a human corrector versus a computerized one, and our plans to expand the use of Antidote through a second grant application in 2018.

A light lunch will be provided.

Presenters: Lydia Belat├Ęche (Senior Lecturer), Betsy Kerr (Associate Professor), Christopher Ice (Ph.D. Candidate), Miriam Jepsen-Despiegelaere (FREN 3015/16 undergraduate student), Kimberly Bonner (FREN 3015/16 graduate student), Department of French and Italian

The PACE Project is funded by a grant from The Language Flagship.