Language PACT 2013

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PACT 2014  |  SUNY-MLA Workshop 2012

On April 5, 2013, SUNY Global hosted an all day workshop entitled "SUNY Language PACT: Building Community to Strengthen Language Learning".

This event continued a dialogue about modern language education that was initiated by last year’s workshop, SUNY-MLA Collaboration for Language and Culture Education: Exploring New Structures for a Changing World. Four issues were identified that are central considerations as we work to enrich teaching and learning of languages at SUNY. The SUNY Language PACT (Pipeline-Access-Culture-Technology) initiative seeks to address each of the four concepts. The workshop provided an opportunity to continue our dialogue on fostering collaboration among and across language programs, increasing student access to language study, and making the most effective use of SUNY’s vast language offerings, faculty expertise, and technology to enhance opportunities for students. This workshop was open to all and included presentations and facilitated discussions with expert practitioners from SUNY as well as colleagues from universities throughout the U.S. and beyond.


Conference sessions are listed below in chronological order, with links to papers, slide presentations, and audio and video files, as available, accessible from the corresponding session.

Workshop Planning Committee Members

10:00 am - 10:10 am Welcome (VIDEO)
  Mitch Leventhal, SUNY Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs
  Opening Remarks
  David Lavallee, SUNY Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost
  Sally Crimmins Villela, SUNY Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs
   
10:10 am - 11:10 am
Panel “Uses of Technology to Mediate Teaching and Learning of Languages” (VIDEO)
  - Mirjam Hauck, Associate Head of the Department of Languages, Senior Lecturer of German, The Open University, UK (PRESENTATION)
  - Carolin Fuchs, Lecturer in Linguistics and Language Education, Columbia University (PRESENTATION)
  - Carla Meskill, Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, University at Albany (PRESENTATION)
  Moderator: Sarah Guth, Program Coordinator, COIL, SUNY Global
   
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Breakout Sessions on the topic of “How Are We Using Technology to Enhance the Teaching and Learning of Languages?”
  1. Recording, Indexing and Broadcasting Audio Files for Language Learning: Free, Easy and Cool Software and Apps to Enhance a Language Course (F2F and E-learning) (PRESENTATION)
  - Florence Lojacono, Vice Dean for International Relations at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, Spain; Online Adjunct faculty in French and Italian at SUNY Empire State College
  - Richard Clouet, Dean of the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
   
  2. To Digitalize or Not to Digitalize: That is the Question (PRESENTATION)
  - Chesla Ann Bohinski, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Coordinator of Romance Languages Lower-Level Program, and Program Coordinator of MAT in French or Spanish Adolescence Education, Binghamton University
  - Vladimir Konovaliouk, Chairperson and Language Laboratory Director, Foreign Languages, Nassau Community College 
  - Ronna Feit, Professor and the Beginning Spanish Course Coordinator, Foreign Languages, Nassau Community College 
   
  3. Border-crossing online: Collaborative Adventures in Language Instruction (PRESENTATION)
  - Nataly Tcherepashenets, Associate Professor and Area Coordinator, World Languages, SUNY Empire State College 
  - Hui-Ya Chuang, Curriculum Instructional Designer, SUNY Empire State College 
   
  4. Synchronous Online Language Study of Less Commonly Taught Languages: Challenges and Opportunities (PRESENTATION) 
  -  Rebecca Smolar, Project Manager, Levin Institute, SUNY Global
   
  5. Learning with Skype: a Dual-focused Globally Networked Project  (PRESENTATION)
  - Giovanna Carloni, University of Urbino, Italy (participating via Skype) 
  - Federica Franze, Columbia University 
   
  6. Building National and Global Networks through Online Language and Culture Classes 
  - Merete Leonhardt-Lupa, Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, FLL/ Scandinavian Studies Program
  - Veronica Lundback, Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, FLL/ Scandinavian Studies Program  
   
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Breakout Sessions: 
  1. Ignite the Language Fire in Students K-12 (PRESENTATION)
  Facilitators: 
  - Chesla Ann Bohinski, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Coordinator of Romance Languages Lower-Level Program, and Program Coordinator of MAT in French or Spanish Adolescence Education, Binghamton University 
  - Ronna Feit, Professor, Foreign Languages, Nassau Community College 
   
  2. Fostering Interdisciplinary Connections for Language Learning: How are We Connecting Language Learning to Other Areas of the Curriculum? 
  Facilitator: Suronda Gonzalez, Director of Languages Across the Curriculum, Binghamton University 
   
  3. How Can We Integrate Study Abroad and Language and Culture Learning Objectives? 
  Facilitators: 
  - Susan Jagendorf, Executive Director, International Education, SUNY Cobleskill 
  - Bruce Sillner, Dean, the Center for International Programs, SUNY New Paltz 
  - Mary Christensen, Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, SUNY New Paltz 
   
  4. NCATE Challenges: How Are Institutions Ensuring that Students Attain Advanced Low Level Proficiency Required for Teacher Certification? 
  Facilitator: John Lalande, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, SUNY Oswego
   
  5. Confronting Change and Preserving the Past: Strategies for Professional Development in the Internet Age 
  Presenter: Jan Martson, Professor Emerita, Drake University Virtual Language Studies  (participating via Skype) 
  Facilitator: Rebecca Smolar, Project Manager, Levin Institute, SUNY Global 
   
  6. Ideas from the TESOL Classroom: Trendy Technology - Free Engaging Websites and Apps that Enhance Learning 
  Presenter: Sarah Elia, Lecturer and Event Coordinator of the Haggerty English Language Program, SUNY New Paltz 
  Facilitator: Lori Thompson, Director, Office of International Programs, SUNY Global 
   
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Plenary SessionConsortia Presentations (VIDEO)  
 

 LIST OF LINKS: EXISTING CONSORTIA 

   1. The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning (Brown University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Yale University) (HANDOUT, PRESENTATION)
  - Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl, Director, Yale Language Center and Executive Director of the  Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning 
  - Stephane Charitos, Director of the Language Resource Center, Columbia University 
   
  2. Five College Center for the Study of World Languages: (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, UMass) 
  - Rosemary G. Feal, Executive Director, Modern Language Association of America; Professor of Spanish (on leave), University at Buffalo 
   
  3. U.S. Arabic Distance Learning Network 
  - Yvonne Rudman, Director for Academic and Technical Programs in the Office of International Programs, Montana State University 
   
  4. SUNY Study Abroad Consortium 
  - Bruce Sillner, Dean, the Center for International Programs, SUNY New Paltz 
   
  5. Hudson Valley Educational Consortium (SUNY) 
  - Susan Deer, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Rockland Community College; Chair of the Hudson Valley Educational Consortium Executive Committee 
   
  6. Open SUNY 
  - Carey Hatch, Associate Provost for Academic Technologies and Information Services 
   
  Round Table – Discussions 
  Facilitators: 
  - Carol Long, Provost, SUNY Geneseo 
  -Sally Crimmins Villela, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs 
   
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm SUNY Language Consortium Working Meeting/ Planning Session (VIDEO)
   Facilitators:
   - Carol Long, Provost, SUNY Geneseo
   - Sally Crimmins Villela, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs
Office of Global Affairs