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Learning Hindi at Notre Dame

Author: Charlene Dundek

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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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EAP Workshop: How to Work the Conference: Developing a Public Scholarly Identity

Author: Belen Vicens

This workshop, held on January 28th and led by Belen Vicens, introduced students to the concept of developing a public scholarly identity in conferences. Based on Dr. Karen Kelsky's book The Professor Is In (2015), we explored what effective conferencing looks like, the nuts and bolts of networking, self-promotion, and the building of a public scholarly identity both in the conference setting and beyond.…

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: How far will a minor in TESOL take you?

Author: Charlene Dundek

The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC) is excited to offer a new minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). The program offers the opportunity for students to study linguistics education, learn how to teach English, and develop classroom management and lesson planning skills. The benefits from this program are far-reaching and especially relevant for students with an international focus or who wish to teach English one day.…

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Meet French Tutor Stephanie Prince

Author: Selena Ponio

Meet senior and French tutor Stephanie Prince! Stephanie is a biochemistry major and former resident of Ryan Hall. Stephanie is new to the CSLC, and just started helping French students with their homework this year. Find out more about Stephanie in the video below!

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EAP Workshop: Online Tools for Academic Writing

Author: Belen Vicens

This workshop, led by Belen Vicens, is designed to help international graduate students identify and utilize online tools for English academic writing, including online dictionaries, Google applications, and citation management tools. Students had the chance to use some of these tools in class, as well as to share other tools they have found to be useful in their work.…

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Community building and foreign language learning: Language Tables at ND

Author: Charlene Dundek

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If you offered most students the opportunity to spend an extra hour in DeBart on a Wednesday evening after a long day of class, most would probably roll their eyes and walk away. However, if you walk into the multi-purpose room in the CSLC at that time, you would find it hard to hear yourself think over the sound of so many students talking and laughing. …

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EAP Workshop: Academia and Family Life

Author: Ricky Klee

This workshop explored the complicated ways an academic career relates to family life.  Topics included policies relating to childbirth accomodation, childcare, and medical coverage at Notre Dame, as well as new policies developed at other universities to assist doctoral students with children.…

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Spotlight: Maggie McDowell

Author: Selena Ponio and Charlene Dundek

Maggie McDowell, student manager at the CSLC, is a senior Program of Liberal Studies major and is fluent in French.  She got involved in the Center her freshman year because of her interest in promoting language learning and desire to be involved with the language learning community here at ND.  Watch her video to learn more about why she thinks the CSLC is an important space on campus! …

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New Minor in TESOL

Author: Joachim Castellano

On November 11, 2015, the University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters approved a Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

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EAP Workshop: A Little Grammar Goes a Long Way, Part II

Author: Belen Vicens

Originally published in 1959, Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style is one of the most influential English grammar books ever written. Written in a clear and concise manner, its eleven rules of grammar provide a necessary foundation for English writing. Part II of this two-session workshop, led by Belen Vicens, helps international graduate students master the second set of rules (7 to 11).…

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Celebrating 10 years of Fulbright FLTA Orientation at Notre Dame

Author: Charlene Dundek

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Fulbright FLTA Orientation Program at the University of Notre Dame.  Scholars from 29 different countries gathered at ND to celebrate their arrival in America and prepare for the upcoming year of teaching their native languages in universities across the States.…

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EAP Workshop: How to Avoid Plagiarism

Author: Ricky Klee

This workshop focused on ways to present academic sources in an ethical and transparent manner.  Topics included a definition of plagiarism, a description of the harm it causes, and three strategies to use sources appropriately.  The workshop concluded with a discussion of citation forms and how to learn more about them. …

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Student and faculty honored with Spanish awards

Author: Charlene Dundek

Members of the ND community will be honored by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese this upcoming week.  The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 7th during the AATSP Business Meeting, which is part of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association Conference.…

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EAP Workshop: A Little Grammar Goes a Long Way, Part I

Author: Belen Vicens

Originally published in 1959, Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style is one of the most influential English grammar books ever written. Written in a clear and concise manner, its eleven rules of grammar provide a necessary foundation for English writing. Part I of this two-session workshop, led by Belen Vicens, helps international graduate students master the first set of rules (1 to 6), while Part II, on November 12, will focus on the second set (rules 7 to 11).…

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Fall 2016 heats up with special events at the CSLC

Author: Charlene Dundek

This fall the CSLC will be hosting several research and technology related events.  The season kicked off with the CALICO 2016 Submission workshop hosted on September 30th by the CSLC's new educational technologist, Joachim Castellano.  The workshop focused on aiding Notre Dame researchers presenting at CALICO 2016 at Michigan State University.…

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EAP Workshop: CVs for International Students

Author: Lisa Oglesbee

A CV, or Curriculum Vitae, is an academic document with a genre, format, and style all its own.  Distinct from a resume, a CV is a required document in academic job applications and a useful tool to communicate accomplishments, scholarly expertise, and professional service. This EAP workshop, led by Ricky Klee and co-sponsored by Career Services in the Graduate School, explored the purpose and construction of a CV, and shared tips and supports for international students seeking to build and maintain CV in English.…

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EAP Workshop: Women in Academia: The Joys and Challenges of Graduate School

Author: Lisa Oglesbee

As in most other socioeconomic spheres, women in academia tend to face greater challenges than their male counterparts. This workshop, led by Belen Vicens, is designed to introduce international graduate students to the state of academia from the point of view of gender. Tenure rates, wage gaps, sexual harassment, and the so-called “Baby Penalty” will be discussed with an eye towards striking the right the balance between desired outcomes and realistic expectations. …

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EAP Workshop: English Pronunciation Strategies and Techniques

Author: Lisa Oglesbee

To improve your pronunciation, there is a lot more to think about than just isolated vowel and consonant sounds! This workshop, led by Ricky Klee, addressed what other aspects of pronunciation are important for fostering clear communication, and identifies strategies for practicing these skills.

View the presentation slides for this workshop here

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EAP Workshop: US Classroom Culture

Author: Lisa Oglesbee

This workshop, led by Ricky Klee, discussed how the American university classroom is influenced by cultural values that may be new to the international student. There are a number of techniques that teachers or teaching assistants can use to prepare for teaching in the US academy, and to create a classroom environment conducive to learning.…

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Learn Hindi!

Author: Denise Ayo

Hindi is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world after English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, and for Academic Year 2015-2016 the CSLC is bringing to Notre Dame the exciting opportunity to learn about a language and culture that are swiftly growing in importance on the world scale. We have a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant who is coming to Notre Dame all the way from Delhi, India to teach a class in beginning Hindi. She will not only teach the language, but also give students the special opportunity to learn about the culture and traditions of India through lectures and events about India. As more companies grow and expand into India, there will be multiple opportunities for university graduates to live and work in India. Hindi will be a very useful tool for adjusting and adapting to a globalizing world with India as one of its centers. This course is perfect for students interested in studying on the ground in Mumbai, India, during Notre Dame’s India Studies summer program, or for students who want to open their eyes to a unique language and culture that will make them an asset today and in the future.…

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