February 6, 2020
|12:45pm||Brown Bag Series - Music Library Visit||
For the visit at the Music Library, we are planning:
We plan to have examples from each area of the collections:
As music is so central to culture, any piece of music could form the starting point for a discussion, conversation, or written exercise.
Limited space for this event and RSVP is required to attend.
February 10, 2020
|1:00pm||Tech Hour Workshop with David Ortega||
David Ortega, CLS Technology specialist will be conducting the workshop. Details to follow.
To RSVP for this event, please email Maria Ideliu
February 13, 2020
|12:30pm||Brown Bag Series - Peer Networking||
Please join us for an informal lunch at TD for a Peer Network Brown Bag. We look forward to seeing you there!
February 20, 2020
|12:45pm||Brown Bag Series - Guest Speaker: Tom Garza||
“Vision 2020: Generation Z, student engagement, and creating global language professionals,”
A 2018 Chronicle of Higher Education special report on educating the new generation of students revealed several striking features of Gen Z’s expectations and preferences as students. This talk will examine the profile of the Gen Z learner (born 1996-2015) against the backdrop of the proficiency-oriented classroom and suggest ways that university world language instructors can make their programs more relevant, attractive, and meaningful to our newest cohorts of learners. Based on the findings of the Chronicle report, the talk will also discuss the place of international education and study abroad programs in the next decade of the 2020s.
Thomas J. Garza (Ed.D., Harvard University) Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and UT Regents’ and University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor and Director of the Texas Language Center, He is also past director of the UT Arabic Flagship Program. He teaches, conducts research, and publishes on Russian language and literature, foreign language pedagogy, and comparative cultures. He research has been published in journals including Foreign Language Annals, Russian Language Journal, Modern Language Journal, and Slavic and East European Journal, and has authored several Russian and ESL textbooks, and contributed chapters to numerous volumes language and culture. He has led, and continues to lead, study abroad programs to Russia since 1981 under the auspices of the American Council of Teachers of Russian, of which he is currently president. During his twenty-nine-year tenure at the University of Texas, he served as department chair for six years, director of a Title VI NRC for eight, and the TLC for ten. His current research is on intensive language teaching methods, and cultural portraits of masculinity in contemporary Russian and Latino cultures.
February 27, 2020
|1:00pm||Brown Bag Series - Setting Realistic Expectations||
Please join Theresa Schenker (German) and Mary Jo Lubrano (CLS) to discuss outcome expectations for students at the different levels of language instruction. We’ll look at research on proficiency outcomes of different languages and levels and discuss how to overcome challenges in moving from one level to the next. We’ll also hear about proficiency outcomes from the German Department (L2-L4 plus summer study abroad). There will be time for Q&A.