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Instructors in Computer Classrooms: Please Help with Class Breaks

Language Center computer classrooms are scheduled to ideally provide a 15-minute class break between each class to allow staff to set up technology for the next class. Classroom Support staff have reported that this semester they have often had insufficient time to do this due to students staying after class to meet with their instructor and these conversations occurring at the instructor computer area.

Instructors: the Language Center requests your help in insuring that there is adequate time to prepare for classes. If you need a private location to meet with students after class, please reserve a small room in advance, or come to Jones 110 to request a walk-in reservation.

Multimedia Lab to Close Early Friday, September 19, 2014

The Language Center Multimedia Lab will close at 1:30 p.m. this Friday for a staff training event. The Classroom Support and Main Office teams will remain open, but between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., a sign may direct users of our services to Jones 30.

Presented by Elaine Tarone
Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Commons Hotel, Room TBA, 615 Washington Ave SE (East Bank)
Breakfast will be provided

This event is open to all CLA Language instructors as a PACE professional development opportunity. Please register online and email elsie@umn.edu with questions.

Elaine Tarone is the Director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and a professor in the Second Language Studies Program at the University of Minnesota. Her research publications focus on the impact of social context on learner language and second language acquisition. She has published research on oral second-language processing by low-literacy learners, interlanguage variation, interaction in immersion classrooms, language play, and genre analysis. A member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, she is a recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education.

TandemPlus Fall 2014 Registration & Kick Off

Student registration for TandemPlus is now open! With the beginning of a new school year come new opportunities for language partnerships. This semester there are some exciting developments happening with TandemPlus.

  • There are a large number of Portuguese speakers on campus this year who are seeking native English partners for exchange; Portuguese learners are needed!
  • It is now mandatory for Arabic learners to participate in Tandem -- Arabic speakers are virtually guaranteed a partner.

To register, sign up at tandem.umn.edu.

Also, Tandem will hold its Fall Semester Kick Off on Wednesday, September 24, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Nolte 140. Everyone is invited to come learn about Tandem, play language games, enjoy refreshments, and meet other language learners.

For more information about the Kick Off or registration, contact Tandem at tandem@umn.edu.

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