Language Teaching Workshop

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04/05/2009 - 3:10pm
04/05/2009 - 5:00pm

Richard Kern's Workshop on Language Teaching

 

On Monday, April 5, Dr. Richard Kern—Associate Professor of French, Director of the Berkeley Language Center—will give a mini-workshop on literacy, technology, and language teaching, funded by a CELT TEACH grant.

Prof. Kern teaches courses in French linguistics, applied linguistics, and foreign language pedagogy. His research interests include second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, reading, writing, and technology. He has served as Associate Editor of the journal Language Learning & Technology since 2001. He is currently writing a book on relationships among language, technology, and literacy.

Workshop Title: Towards a literacy-based approach to language teaching: A pedagogical workshop

Location: Pearson Hall, Room TBA

Abstract: Writing and the visual media are our main resources for learning about and relating to all the past and present worlds outside our own community. When we examine the particular ways that other people use language to express ideas and experiences, we not only learn a lot about the conventions of the language--we also have a chance to begin to understand the beliefs and values that underlie other people's uses of language. This workshop will focus on practical ways of integrating reading and writing in motivating classroom activities, with the aim of improving not only students' literacy skills but also their overall ability to communicate. We will examine ways of linking reading, writing, and thinking activities to encourage students to deepen their reflections on the texts they read and to make them more aware of their own role as integral participants in the meaning-making process.