Previous Symposia

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2014 Language Symposium:

Bridges to Everywhere: Language Learning Collaborations”
Keynote: Fernando Rubio (University of Utah)
Where: University of Chicago
When: April 25-26

For the promotional code for Northwestern faculty attendees or any other relevant questions, please contact:
Elena Lanza: [email protected] or 
Daniela Pozzi Pavan: [email protected] Please see here for details. 

Please join us for this year’s Language Symposium (Friday, April 12 – Saturday, April 13, 2013), held on the Northwestern University campus in Harris Hall! Please send in a proposal for a session by February 14, 2013! Consult the link for details, including the registration form and accommodations:

Language Symposium 2012
Dates: April 13-14, 2012
Place: University of Illinois-Chicago
Topic: Tasks and Projects in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
Keynote: Maximizing Task Effects in Language Teaching and Learning
Keynote Speaker: Klaus Brandl, University of Washington

For questions regarding the Language Symposium 2012, please contact this email address:
[email protected]

Elizabeth Dolly Weber: [email protected]
Chiara Fabbian: [email protected]
Cathy Baumann: [email protected]
Steven Clancy: [email protected]
Julia Moore: [email protected]
Elena Lanza: [email protected]

Language Symposium 2011
Topic: Foreign Languages as a Global Skill
Dates: Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, 2011
Place: Northwestern University
Keynote: The Interconnection between Language Education and Internationalization: Current Trends and New Directions
Keynote Speaker: Nelleke van Deusen Scholl
Director of the Center of Language Study, Yale College

Language Symposium 2010
Topic: Best Practices in Language Instruction
Dates:  Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 2010
Place: University of Chicago
Center for the Study of Languages
Cobb Hall, 2nd Floor, 5811 South Ellis Avenue
Keynote: Motivated Students = Skilled Communicators
Keynote Speaker: Donna L. Clementi, Director of Education & Research
Concordia Language Villages, Moorhead, Minnesota

Language Symposium 2009
Topic: From The Quill to the Wiki: Writing Toward Fluency
Dates: April 24-25, 2009
Place: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Multimedia Learning Center, Kresge Hall
Annenberg Hall
McCormick Tribune Center
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Charlene Polio, Michigan State University

Language Symposium 2008
Topic: Reconciling Language Learning and Assessment
Dates: April 25-26, 2008
Place: Sandi Port Errant Language and Cultural Learning Center, the University of Illinois at Chicago
Keynote: TBA
Keynote Speaker: Carol Chapelle, Iowa State University

Language Symposium 2007
Topic: The Place of Multimedia in the Language Curriculum
Dates: April 27-28, 2007
Place: The Center for the Study of Languages, University of Chicago
Cobb Hall, 2nd Floor, 5811 South Ellis
Opening Panel Discussion
Junko Mori (University of Wisconsin/Madison), Associate Professor of Japanese
Jenise Rowekamp (University of Minnesota), Continuing Education and CARLA
John de Szendeffy (Boston University), Center for English Language and Orienation Programs & Multimedia Language Lab Coordinator

Language Symposium 2006
Topic: Stories and Strategies: Narratives in Second Language Acquisition
Dates: April 28-29, 2006
Place: Northwestern University, Chicago Campus
Kellogg Conference Center
Northwestern University, Chicago Campus
340 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL
Keynote: Lost in America and other L2 Narratives
Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig, Professor, Program in TESOL and Applied Linguistics and Department of Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Language Symposium 2005
Topic: Bridging Receptive and Productive Skills in the Development of Language Proficiencies
Dates: May 13 – 14, 2005
Place: University of Chicago’s Hyde Park Campus
Keynote: Mental Representation vs. Performance in Adult SLA
Keynote Speaker: Bill VanPatten, Professor of Spanish and Interim Head, Department of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese, University of Illinois at Chicago

Language Symposium 2004
Topic: The Place of Reading in the Foreign Language Curriculum
Keynote: TBA
Keynote Speaker: Jamie Rankin, Princeton University
This symposium provided a forum to discuss topics related to reading in the foreign language classroom. The goal was to highlight theoretical issues in second language acquisition and practical classroom applications and their results.

Language Symposium 2002
Topic: Measuring Up: Assessing Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Keynote Speaker:
This symposium presented a forum to discuss assessment of our curriculum, of our teaching methods and of our students and their learning. The goal was to explore how we integrate new teaching methods and techniques and what the impact is on our learners. There were a variety of topics that were addressed in the presentations:

Language Symposium 2001
Topic: Culture and Curriculum: Broadening the Perspective on Foreign Language Instruction
Keynote Speaker:
This symposium presented a forum in which language instructors could share innovative methods they have been employing in their language classrooms. The goal of the 2001 symposium was to explore methods of incorporating culture into the foreign language classroom through various media such as textual sources, pictures, and audio and video files. The focus of the presentations was on how these cultural materials were adapted to the language curriculum and how they enhanced students’ understanding and appreciation of both the target language and culture. The teaching methodologies ranged from using the newest and most cutting edge technologies such as CD-ROMS and the internet to more traditional approaches.

Language Symposium 2000
Topic: Innovations in Foreign Language Instruction
Keynote Speaker: Judith Frommer, Harvard University
This symposium presented a forum for sharing innovative teaching methods in foreign languages ranging from the use of more traditional teaching tools to the use of the newest and most cutting edge technology. The focus was on how innovative and creative ideas and materials can be incorporated into the language classroom in order to provide students an opportunity to interact with the target language and culture. Presenters from various languages shared syllabi, class descriptions, written materials, software, or web sites with participants from other universities or schools . Teaching assistants and language instructors from all languages and all instructional levels were invited to attend.