Previous Symposia

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Language Symposium 2015
April 17-18, 2015 | 
DePaul University
Topic: Contexts & Language Learning: Situated Learning in the 21st Century

Keynote Speaker: Elaine Tarone, Director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, Professor in the Second Language Studies Program at the University of Minnesota.

Language Symposium 2014
April 25-26, 2014 | University of Chicago
Topic: Bridges to Everywhere: Language Learning Collaborations

Keynote Speaker: Fernando Rubio, Associate Professor of Languages and Literature, Co-Director, Second Language Teaching and Research Center at the University of Utah.
Keynote:”MOOCs and Hybrid Language Courses: Does It Hurt to Be on the Cutting Edge? Advantages and Challenges.”

Language Symposium 2013
April 12-13, 2013 | Northwestern University (Harris Hall)
Topic: World Languages and the Role They Play in Academia

Keynote Speaker: Rosemarie Feal, Director of the Modern Language Association
Keynote: “World Languages on an American Campus? Get Outta Here!

Language Symposium 2012
April 13-14, 2012 | University of Illinois-Chicago
Topic:Tasks and Projects in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning

Keynote Speaker: Klaus Brandl, University of Washington
Keynote: “Maximizing Task Effects in Language Teaching and Learning.”

Language Symposium 2011
April 15-16, 2011 | Northwestern University
Topic: Foreign Languages as a Global Skill

Keynote Speaker: Nelleke van Deusen Scholl, Director of the Center of Language Study at Yale College
Keynote: “The Interconnection between Language Education and Internationalization: Current Trends and New Directions.”

Language Symposium 2010
April 16-17, 2010 | 
University of Chicago
Topic: Best Practices in Language Instruction

Keynote Speaker: Donna L. Clementi, Director of Education & Research
Concordia Language Villages at Moorhead, Minnesota
Keynote: Motivated Students = Skilled Communicators

Language Symposium 2009
April 24-25, 2009 | Northwestern University
Topic: From The Quill to the Wiki: Writing Toward Fluency

Keynote Speaker: Charlene Polio, Michigan State University

Language Symposium 2008
April 25-26, 2008 | University of Illinois-Chicago
Topic: Reconciling Language Learning and Assessment

Keynote Speaker: Carol Chapelle, Iowa State University
Keynote: TBA

Language Symposium 2007
April 27-28, 2007 | 
University of Chicago
Topic:The Place of Multimedia in the Language Curriculum

Opening Panel Discussion
Junko Mori, Associate Professor of Japanese at the University of Wisconsin/Madison.
Jenise Rowekamp, Continuing Education and CARLA at the University of Minnesota.
John de Szendeffy, Center for English Language and Orientation
Programs & Multimedia Language Lab Coordinator at Boston University. 

Language Symposium 2006
April 28-29, 2006 | Northwestern University
Topic: Stories and Strategies: Narratives in Second Language Acquisition

Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig, Professor, Program in TESOL and Applied Linguistics and Department of Linguistics at Indiana University.
Keynote: “Lost in America and other L2 Narratives.”

Language Symposium 2005
May 13-14, 2005 | University of Chicago
Topic: Bridging Receptive and Productive Skills in the Development of Language Proficiencies

Keynote Speaker: Bill VanPatten, Professor of Spanish and Interim Head, Department of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Keynote: “Mental Representation vs. Performance in Adult SLA.”

Language Symposium 2004
Topic: The Place of Reading in the Foreign Language Curriculum

Keynote Speaker: Jamie Rankin, Princeton University

This symposium provided a forum to discuss topics related to reading in the foreign language classroom. The goal was to highlight theoretical issues in second language acquisition and practical classroom applications and their results.

Language Symposium 2002
Topic: Measuring Up: Assessing Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Keynote Speaker:

This symposium presented a forum to discuss assessment of our curriculum, of our teaching methods and of our students and their learning. The goal was to explore how we integrate new teaching methods and techniques and what the impact is on our learners. There were a variety of topics that were addressed in the presentations.

Language Symposium 2001
Topic: Culture and Curriculum: Broadening the Perspective on Foreign Language Instruction

Keynote Speaker:

This symposium presented a forum in which language instructors could share innovative methods they have been employing in their language classrooms. The goal of the 2001 symposium was to explore methods of incorporating culture into the foreign language classroom through various media such as textual sources, pictures, and audio and video files. The focus of the presentations was on how these cultural materials were adapted to the language curriculum and how they enhanced students’ understanding and appreciation of both the target language and culture. The teaching methodologies ranged from using the newest and most cutting edge technologies such as CD-ROMS and the internet to more traditional approaches.

Language Symposium 2000
Topic: Innovations in Foreign Language Instruction

Keynote Speaker: Judith Frommer, Harvard University

This symposium presented a forum for sharing innovative teaching methods in foreign languages ranging from the use of more traditional teaching tools to the use of the newest and most cutting edge technology. The focus was on how innovative and creative ideas and materials can be incorporated into the language classroom in order to provide students an opportunity to interact with the target language and culture. Presenters from various languages shared syllabi, class descriptions, written materials, software, or web sites with participants from other universities or schools . Teaching assistants and language instructors from all languages and all instructional levels were invited to attend.