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 I teach FREN 3014 French Phonetics, which is a course that helps students improve their pronunciation of French and acquire a more native-like accent. In the past, a lot of the in-class time was spent on "coaching" students to improve their accent. Last summer, I was unsure how well I would be able to do that through Zoom – not entirely without foundation, as it turned out.  So early in the summer, I planned a hybrid delivery with five weeks of Face-to-Face (F2F) sessions (in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10) with a third of the class attending Monday, one third on Wednesday and the rest on Friday. Then the University said we all had to wear masks, so I revised for all Zoom delivery until I found out that face shields could count as masks.

Who are University of Minnesota Language Students?

In previous issues of ElsieTalk we examined Russian, Arabic, and Korean students in terms of heritage status and previous experience in studying the target language. In today’s report, we repeat the overview of those three student populations and expand the view to include the students of French, German, and Spanish whose first University of Minnesota course in those languages was the first course in the language sequence.

Far from Remote: Zooming with Advanced Students of French at the U

My first reaction to Zoom for remote learning was quite Proustian, as the name brought back memories of a TV show largely created by kids for kids on American public television during the 1970s. The theme song which the kids sang at the start of every half-hour episode was: We’re gonna Zoom, Zoom, Zoom-a Zoom, come on and Zoom-a, Zoom-a, Zoom-a, Zoom! Come on give it a try, we’re gonna teach you to fly high!

CARLA Leads Social Justice in Language Education Project

CARLA is collaborating with CLA language departments and support units on the federally-funded Social Justice in Language Education: Strengthening Career Competencies, Intercultural Understanding, and Language through Specialized Materials (Social SCILS) project. This three-year project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, will create a suite of open-source materials in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish that address social justice topics and are grounded in multiliteracies pedagogy.

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