Professor Richard Kern Speaks on Videoconferencing

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04/05/2009 - 12:00pm
04/05/2009 - 1:00pm

Hello Lyon? This is Berkeley… Can you see us?

 

On Monday, April 5, Dr. Richard Kern—Associate Professor of French, Director of the Berkeley Language Center—will give a research presentation 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.

Presentation Title: "Hello Lyon? This is Berkeley… Can you see us?": The promise and perils of desktop videoconferencing in the French classroom

Location: 212 Ross Hall

Abstract: This presentation describes ongoing research related to a computer-mediated collaboration between Masters degree students in teaching French as a foreign language at the University of Lyon II and intermediate-level French students at the University of California, Berkeley over a three year period. Based on direct observation of interactions, analysis of screen and room video recordings, interviews, questionnaires, text and artifact analysis, the presentation will explore students’ and apprentice teachers’ uses of spoken, written, and visual communication, their socio-affective responses to the exchanges, and their various adaptations to the affordances and constraints of the medium.