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EAP Workshop: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing

Author: Belen Vicens

Based on Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein’s “They Say/I Say”: The Moves that Matter in Academia (2006), this workshop, which took place on 2/25/16, offered international graduate students an overview of some of the most important conventions in US English academic writing. We explored, for example, how to introduce your own views after reviewing the relevant literature; how to quote and characterize the views of others; and how to distinguish what you say from what others say.…

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Inaugural Global Café hosted at the CSLC in honor of International Language Day

Author: Charlene Dundek

Sunday afternoons are usually quiet, sleepy times at the CSLC. This past Sunday, however, the CSLC was proud to partner with AcoustiCafé and host the inaugural Global Café, which featured multilingual music performances by Notre Dame students. The Café was in celebration of International Language Day and welcomed students to come study in the spacious CSLC and snack on treats while listening to music from around the world.…

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Learning Hindi at Notre Dame

Author: Charlene Dundek

Namaste!

That’s how you say “Hello!” in Hindi. Hindi is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the globe, but is not commonly taught in American schools and universities. The CSLC is proud to offer classes in this less commonly taught language and is excited to be hosting a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant in Hindi for the 2015-2016 school year.…

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Video games available for language learning

Author: Joachim Castellano

The CSLC now owns a Nintendo Super Famicom video game system for language learning purposes. Super Famicom, the Japanese version of the Super NES, is a 16-bit video game console that was originally released in 1990. Seven game cartridges are available to check out at the Front Desk: Dragon Quest V, Final Fantasy V, The Legend of Zelda, Sim City Jr., Super Mario Collection, Super Mario RPG, and Ultimate Football. Currently, all the titles are the Japanese editions, however, game play can be enjoyed in any language. To maximize learning potential of these titles, students are encouraged to sign up, play with a friend, use vocabulary lists, and reflect on their game play in the target language. More activities will be introduced later this semester to make second language acquisition through game play enjoyable and effective.  Students can reserve a Super Famicom time slot by contacting the CSLC Front Desk.…

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EAP Workshop: Dear Email... Or how to write effective academic emails

Author: Belen Vicens

Due to unforeseen problems with the classroom reservation, this workshop, which was scheduled for 2/11/16 at 6:30pm, had to be canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The workshop's description is as follows: "This workshop is designed to help international graduate students familiarize themselves with the cultural conventions surrounding academic emails. Students will be asked to bring to class either an email they have already written or an idea for an email they need to write. Together, we will workshop effective writing strategies for emails addressed to advisors, journal editors, colleagues, and students."…

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CSLC Educational Technologist Joachim Castellano to offer faculty video workshop

Author: Anne Daly

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Are you a language professor who has been wondering about incorporating video into your classroom? Are you intrigued by video but not sure how to start? If so, join CSLC Educational Technologist Joachim Castellano on Wednesday, February 17th from 4:30-5:30 pm for a workshop on video production and lesson ideas to enhance language learning.…

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