Conference program – FLANC 2016

Berkeley City College – October 29, 2016



9-9:50 | Teaching Beginning Language Online: Questions and Possibilities – (Room 212)
by Carol Copenhagen
Fact of life or wishful thinking? Can students learn a beginning foreign language online? Are there innovations that we can use to teach conversational competence? Please bring your concerns, experience and ideas and join the discussion.
Level of Education: Community College, perhaps high school or other higher education
Main Language of Presentation: English ─ Examples in Spanish

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9-9:50 | Teaching Writing through Translation and Teaching Translation through Writing – (Room 33)
by Frances Sweeney
Abstract: This presentation explores the popular topic of translation, and how it can be used to help students get excited about translating and writing.  First, we will have a brief overview of the field of translation and its theories, and then consider how they relate to main practices in writing development. The majority of time is spent on interactive practice and exercises that can be used and modified by teachers to help their students understand translation, and improve their writing at the same time. A side benefit is exploring cultural variations in language use, across genres such as songs, commercials, poetry, and essays.
Level of Education: Secondary and post-secondary
Main Language of Presentation: English ─ Examples in Spanish

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9-9:50 | Teaching Culture in a Foreign Language Classroom: The Example of Free Speech Movement – (Room 32)
by Vesna Rodic
Abstract: This presentation includes a review of current theories on teaching culture as well as a series of practical exercises intended to build students’ cultural competence in L2.  Using the example of the Free Speech Movement, this session shows how instructors can rely on local resources and a comparative approach in order to incorporate the teaching of culture in language courses. The example serves to examine ways of including questions of social change in a language classroom as a way of building students’ trans-cultural and trans-lingual skills.
Level of Education: secondary, post-secondary
Main Language of Presentation: English ─ Examples in French

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9-9:50 |  OMG … Oh My Game! An integrative Method to bring Motivation to Foreign Language Classroom – (Room 31)
by Haitham S. Mohamed
Abstract: This paper explores the types of games that can be used and what can be considered a game. Moreover, it is necessary to know when and how to use a game. With hands-on games, focusing on vocabulary and grammar, this paper will also discuss how to design an in-class game and what is the recipe that can be used to create a pedagogically successful game.  The games suggested in this paper are an application on Arabic language in Arabic as a foreign language classroom.
Level of Education: secondary, post-secondary
Main Language of Presentation: English ─ Examples in English and Arabic

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9-9:50 | How can neuroscience inform the use of technology in language education?  – (Room 54)
by Ali Bolgün and Tatiana McCaw
Abstract: Given the speed with which technology is evolving and the large number of applications that are available, there has been a sentiment and a common intuition that technology must be helping to increase students’ language proficiency levels. This presentation reviews various technologies that have been used in the language classroom, and offers a neurolinguistic perspective on the distinction between learning and acquisition for building a mindset that leads to more beneficial use of technology.
Level of Education: All levels
Main Language of Presentation: English


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President’s messages – Fall 2016

Dear FLANC Members,

Happy school year to everyone in the language teaching community!

On behalf of the Executive Council, I welcome our returning and new members and invite them to join me in thanking Dr. Fabián Banga, our 2014-2016 FLANC president, for his splendid job at guiding our association through two very productive and exciting years.  It is certainly an honor and a privilege for me to follow on someone who has been an outstanding leader and colleague.  I am especially grateful to know that I will be able to rely on his support and advice along my term.

Reflective of his dynamism as a professional, not only did Dr. Banga diligently fulfilled his duties as president but he has been also our association Webmaster for many years now.  As such, this summer, he took on the responsibility to update our site and turn it into a sophisticated, yet very user friendly and resourceful tool for our members.  Please, take a few minutes to visit our revamp website <> and you will learn of the range of opportunities offered to the diverse language teaching communities in the region.  While in our site, explore the various grants and awards available to instructors as well as their students, such as the Gisèle Hart Membership Award, for new teachers, and the Alexandra C. Wallace Essay Contest, for students interested in conveying their experience in learning a second language.  Embracing our fall conference motto “GoGlobal@FLANC”, we are starting a “Digital Art Contest” and inviting students to create a clip related to the advantages of becoming proficient in another language and culture.  The video clip awarded the first place will be featured in our FLANC website! Continue reading “President’s messages – Fall 2016”