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Presented by Elaine Tarone
Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Commons Hotel, Pinnacle Ballroom, 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 by Thursday, September 25 and email elsie@umn.edu with questions.

OIT: ATSS Workshops Fall 2014

Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS) will offer a series of workshops for faculty, staff, and teaching assistants at the University of Minnesota this semester. There are no prerequisites, and the workshops are offered free of charge. All levels of technical skill and experience are welcome. Registration is limited to 10 participants per workshop session, and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Topics include:


  • Multimedia Presentations: Design For Engagement

  • Tools to Create Multimedia Presentations

  • Digital Storytelling Assignments

  • YouTube Your Course

You can see course details and register at the ATSS website.

New Focus for CLA Language Outreach in 2015

The University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts is reshaping its language outreach programming and will not be hosting World Language Day (WLD) in 2015. We are thankful for the thousands of high school students and hundreds of teachers who attended WLD between 2004 and 2014. The WLD planning and instructional team, and the units that support the event, have valued this partnership with Minnesota high schools.

As part of the changes in our language outreach, we want to update you on three new major language-related projects and programs underway that will enhance language education at the university and in the state.

  • Chinese Flagship: The University of Minnesota is now one of twelve United States universities offering a Chinese Language Flagship Program. The Flagship grant provides resources to expand language learning opportunities and intensive experiences to undergraduate students.
  • PACE Project: The Proficiency Assessment for Curricular Enhancement (PACE) project will provide an integrated program of language assessment and continual curricular improvement for students of French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish with a goal of helping move all students to higher stages of language proficiency.
  • Spanish Certificate: The Certificate of Advanced-Level Proficiency in Spanish is a new option for students who are interested in achieving advanced-level proficiency in Spanish, and having their skills formally recognized.

With the increased focus on connecting K-12 outreach on new programs and integration into CLA Showcases, we believe we can provide more enriched and ongoing experiences. We also invite teachers of all languages to consider a group campus tour for their students.

The University of Minnesota remains committed to K-12 outreach and language promotion. Please email elsie@umn.edu if you have questions about languages at the University of Minnesota.

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.


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