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CHICAGO LANGUAGE (VIRTUAL) SYMPOSIUM 2021
- April 17, 2021 | Virtual
- Topic: Peer Collaboration and Second Language Learning: Innovations and Reflections
- Keynote Speaker: Amy Snyder Ohta, University of Washington. Link to webpages.
CHICAGO LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2020
This year's symposium has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CHICAGO LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2019
- April 13, 2019 | University of Illinois at Chicago
- Topic: Learning Modules that Integrate ACTFL's 21 Century Skills
- Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Rubin Damari, Director of Research, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland. Link to webpages.
CHICAGO LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2018
- April 21, 2018 | University of Chicago
- Topic: Learning from Less Commonly Taught Languages
- Keynote Speaker: Stéphane Charitos, Director, Language Resource Center, Columbia University. Link to webpages.
CHICAGO LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2017
- April 21-22, 2017 | Northwestern University
- Topic: The Role of Assessment in Foreign Language Teaching
- Keynote Speaker: Erwin Tschirner. Professor of German as a Foreign Language at the Herder Institute of Leipzig University. Link to webpages.
CHICAGO LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2016
- April 15-16, 2016 | University of Illinois at Chicago
- Topic: Blended/Hybrid Learning in the Foreign Language Context
- Keynote Speaker: Lara Lomicka, Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of South Carolina. Link to webpages.
CHICAGO LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2015
- April 17-18, 2015 | DePaul University
- Topic: Contexts & Language Learning: Situated Learning in the 21st Century
- Keynote Speaker: Elaine Tarone, Director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, Professor in the Second Language Studies Program at the University of Minnesota. Link to webpages.
CHICAGO LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2014
- April 25-26, 2014 | University of Chicago
- Topic:Bridges to Everywhere: Language Learning Collaborations
- Keynote Speaker: Fernando Rubio, Associate Professor of Languages and Literature, Co-Director, Second Language Teaching and Research Center at the University of Utah.
- Keynote:”MOOCs and Hybrid Language Courses: Does It Hurt to Be on the Cutting Edge? Advantages and Challenges.”
CHICAGO LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2013
- April 12-13, 2013 | Northwestern University (Harris Hall)
- Topic: World Languages and the Role They Play in Academia
- Keynote Speaker: Rosemarie Feal, Director of the Modern Language Association
- Keynote: “World Languages on an American Campus? Get Outta Here!“
LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2012
- April 13-14, 2012 | University of Illinois-Chicago
- Topic: Tasks and Projects in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
- Keynote Speaker: Klaus Brandl, University of Washington
- Keynote: “Maximizing Task Effects in Language Teaching and Learning.”
LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2011
- April 15-16, 2011 | Northwestern University
- Topic: Foreign Languages as a Global Skill
- Keynote Speaker: Nelleke van Deusen Scholl, Director of the Center of Language Study at Yale College
- Keynote: “The Interconnection between Language Education and Internationalization: Current Trends and New Directions.”
LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2010
- April 16-17, 2010 | University of Chicago
- Topic: Best Practices in Language Instruction
- Keynote Speaker: Donna L. Clementi, Director of Education & Research, Concordia Language Villages at Moorhead, Minnesota
- Keynote: Motivated Students = Skilled Communicators
LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2009
- April 24-25, 2009 | Northwestern University
- Topic: From The Quill to the Wiki: Writing Toward Fluency
- Keynote Speaker: Charlene Polio, Michigan State University
LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2008
- April 25-26, 2008 | University of Illinois-Chicago
- Topic: Reconciling Language Learning and Assessment
- Keynote Speaker: Carol Chapelle, Iowa State University
- Keynote: TBA
LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2007
- April 27-28, 2007 | University of Chicago
- Topic: The Place of Multimedia in the Language Curriculum
- Opening Panel Discussion
- Junko Mori, Associate Professor of Japanese at the University of Wisconsin/Madison.
- Jenise Rowekamp, Continuing Education and CARLA at the University of Minnesota.
- John de Szendeffy, Center for English Language and Orientation, Programs & Multimedia Language Lab Coordinator at Boston University.
LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2006
- April 28-29, 2006 | Northwestern University
- Topic: Stories and Strategies: Narratives in Second Language Acquisition
- Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig, Professor, Program in TESOL and Applied Linguistics and Department of Linguistics at Indiana University.
- Keynote: “Lost in America and other L2 Narratives.”
LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2005
- May 13-14, 2005 | University of Chicago
- Topic: Bridging Receptive and Productive Skills in the Development of Language Proficiencies
- Keynote Speaker: Bill VanPatten, Professor of Spanish and Interim Head, Department of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Illinois at Chicago
- Keynote: “Mental Representation vs. Performance in Adult SLA.”
LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2004
- Topic: The Place of Reading in the Foreign Language Curriculum
- 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
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- 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.