- Joseph Borkowski was honored with the Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) 2020 Infinite Mile Award recognizing his contribution to the Canvas & Teach Remote project. MORE.
- Takako Aikawa published 学習者の非用・誤用文から考える日本語らしさ (“An analysis of Japanese language learners’ errors and misuses”) in The Proceedings of the 26th Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum in December.
- Tong Chen co-authored a new textbook for intermediate-high and advanced-low non-heritage students China from Different Perspectives.
- A.C. Kemp published a feature article on teaching slang to English learners, “Slang Lessons That Slay. No Cap,” in TESOL Connections in November. She was invited by TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages) to be a regular blogger. Check out her blog posts. A.C. Kemp also relaunched and updated her website Slang City.
- Haohsiang Liao launched MITx: Chinese Language in Culture, Level 1, a novice-level MOOC course offered on edX. in August. As of today, the course has over 5000 learners enrolled from 133 countries across the globe.
- Leanna Rezvani published an “Introduction to the First Day of the Heptameron” for the 72 Days of Heptameron project.
- Larysa Smirnova‘s article, “Emma Bovary Re-Imagined,” has been accepted for publication in Romanic Review.
- Emma Teng‘s review of Chien-Hsin Tsai, A Passage to China: Literature, Loyalism, and Colonial Taiwan, (Harvard 2017) was published this summer in the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Volume 79, Nos. 1 & 2.
Conferences, Presentations, Lectures
- Takako Aikawa gave a virtual presentation in December, “リモート時代の日本語教授法作りに向けて:テクノロジーと教師の役割” (Toward the development of Japanese language pedagogy at the age of remote instruction: the role of technology and language teachers) at The 11th International Conference on Practical Linguistics of Japanese for The National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics in Tokyo. In November, she gave a virtual presentation, “リモート・インストラクション環境下における言語教育の課題” (Challenges for Language Education at the Age of Remote Instruction) at the Cyber Symposium to Share the Situations of Remote Instruction since April for the National Institute of Informatics, in Tokyo. In June she gave a webinar, “The role of language teacher in the age of remote instruction,” at the Middlebury Language Schools Alumni Event. And also in June she gave a virtual workshop, “Use of multimedia applications for teaching Japanese,” for the Middlebury Japanese Language School.
- Tong Chen chaired a panel at The 9th NECLTA Annual Conference and gave a presentation entitled “Issues in the Compilation of Chinese Textbooks for Intermediate-high and Advanced-low Students.” Tong Chen was also invited to give a talk on “Teaching and Learning Chinese Through Cultural Activities” to the graduate students majoring in teaching Chinese as foreign language at Monterey Institute of International Studies September 12.
- Nilma Dominique participated in a virtual panel, “Pretuguês: Teaching Portuguese in the USA while Black” as part of the annual conference of the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese (AOTP/EMEP). The discussion was live streamed and is still viewable on YouTube.
- Hee-Jeong Jeong co-presented “Blended-Learning Modules for Business Korean” with S. Lee and J. Song at the 25th American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK) Conference held remotely by Columbia University in June.
- Maria Khotimsky participated in the panel sequence “Anxiety of Translation” during the annual convention of the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, serving as the panel chair and discussant for “Soviet School of Translation between Accuracy and Ideology” panel, as well as the panel chair for “Poet as Translator” panel in November.
- Min-Min Liang presented “Community Building: Thinking Routines and Differentiated Instruction,” as an invited speaker to the Chinese Language Teachers Association – SIG online Conference, October 17. She also presented a paper, “Community Building: Thinking Routines and Differentiated Instruction,” at the 9th New England Chinese Language Teachers Association Annual Conference, Tufts University, October 4.
- Haohsiang Liao presented “MITx: Chinese Language in Culture – Its Pedagogy and Beyond” as a panelist at the Sixth International Conference on Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Second Language, for the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language in September. In addition, he co-chaired the academic committee for The 6th International Conference for Chinese Heritage Education by the National Council of Associations of Chinese Language Schools in August.
- Emma Teng’s talk “Learning from the Hidden Histories of Transpacific Mixed Families between China & the U.S.” was presented to a Gender and Sexuality Studies webinar in October for the East Asia Center and Women of the University of Virginia in October. Her talk, “Boston’s King Incident of 1905: Chinese Students and the Intersectionality of Race and Class” was given online for the Modern China Seminar of Columbia University in September. In August she presented “Asian American Citizenship: Historical Overview” for New England Chinese Youth Summer Camp (NECYSC). And in June she was a commentator for the online Graduate Student Research Workshop for SOAS University of London.
Building Community / MIT Events
- 10/21/20 Global Languages Trivia Party
- 10/28/20 Global Languages Colloquium: Maximizing Communication and Creativity in the Global Language Classroom. Speakers: Panpan Gao, “Enhancing sense of communication with asynchronous lecture video”; Min-Min Liang, “Book Creator: What is your name?”; and Takako Aikawa, Wakana Maekawa, Masami Ikeda-Lamm, “Designing a Japanese Language Course for Professional Communication.” The Japanese group’s presentation was the product of a project the CLTL Language Teaching Innovation Grant funded by Global Languages.
- 9/29/20 First of monthly series Korean Virtual Lunch Table
- 9/28/20 First of monthly series Korean Virtual Pronunciation Clinic
- 925/20 First of four-part series Intro to Samba workshop
- 9/24/20 Global Languages Panel at the 2020 MIT Virtual Fall Career Fair
- 9/18/20 Open House: Portuguese at MIT & MISTI MIT-Brazil. Nilma Dominique gave an overview of the Portuguese program.
- 9/3/20 Global Languages booth at Virtual Tour de SHASS
- 8/26/20 Global Languages Information Session
- 8/17/20 A.C. Kemp presented “Academic Integrity at MIT” at the International Students Orientation.
- Fall 2020 Tong Chen held virtual “Chinese Table” for Chinese V students on Fridays during the term, and invited eight graduate students from Mainland China and Taiwan to join. Students exchanged views on various topics and shared stories from their lives. Last summer, in order to build and maintain connection during this very difficult time, Tong held online “Chinese Café” once every weekend for Chinese VI students.
- Fall 2020 Nilma Dominique co-organized with MISTI MIT-Brazil the “Brasilidades Series” – weekly events and lectures, including intro on Afro-Brazilian dances, “Building the Brazilian fiddle (rabeca): a discussion with musical instrument maker Adam Bahrami,” and the “The Amazon on your plate: an interactive food experience with Susan Gerber-Barata.”
- Fall 2020 Maria Khotimsky – Creating connections in times of isolation: MIT-SkolTech Conversation Exchanges
- Summer 2020 Virtual International Film Festival held
- Summer / Fall 2020 Nilma Dominique participated in two events sponsored by Hermanas Unidas. In September she helped organize a fireside chat, reading, and Q&A by the author Cristina Henríquez. In July she gave a presentation about Brazilian black writer Carolina Maria de Jesusat. Also in July she presented a brief talk about Brazilian hidden places and its natural parks in partnership with the Language Conversational Exchange (LCE);
Adventures in Remote Teaching
- 11/30/20 Kang Zhou How to build an “embracing learning community” in the remote classroom
- 11/3020 Takako Aikawa MIT students meet counterparts at UTokyo for online discussion
- 11/19/20 Emma Teng Puzzle expert visits with MIT students
- 11/15/20 Leanna Rezvani arranged a virtual concert and Q & A on Zoom with Franco-Togolese musician Brice Kapel for students in her French I and II classes. He sang many wonderful songs in French and also a few in his native language, Mina. Here’s an example of his music from a YouTube video. Photo from concert below.
- 11/9/20 Cathy Culot arranged a virtual visit to her writing class by Patrick Autréaux, a French writer. Students read one of his texts and prepared questions for Autréaux. During his visit, Autréaux answered these questions, did a reading of a shorter piece and engaged in a lively conversation with students when he described his career path from physician to writer.
- 11/6/20 Japanese group MIT lecturers collaborate with OpenCourseWare to refresh online Japanese offerings
- 11/02/20 Min-Min Liang “What’s your name?” – Students of Chinese learn about language and culture with book project
- 10/30/20 Emma Teng MIT students participate in World Food Day Onigiri Action
- 10/27/20 Hee-Jeong Jeong Students of Korean show creative flair in calligraphy challenge at Hangeul Day celebration
- 10/20/20 Nilma Dominique – Former student of Portuguese and jazz vocalist, Talia Khan´20 visited Nilma’s class “The Beat of Brazil” to sing Bossa-nova songs to students.
- Summer / Fall 2020 Takako Aikawa organized the MIT-Tokyo Tech Language Conversation Exchange last summer, in collaboration with Christine Pilcavage, Managing Director, MISTI / MIT-Japan Program and Prof. Eri Ota from Tokyo Institute of Technology. See the article on the MIT News. In the fall she organized the MIT-UTokyo Language Exchange Program, in collaboration with Christine Pilcavage, Managing Director, MISTI / MIT-Japan Program and Prof. Asako Uchibori at Tokyo University. See the GL news.
In the Media
- Joseph Borkowski was chosen as the President-Elect of NERALLT – the New England Regional Association for Language Learning Technology – in June.
- Tong Chen was elected to the board of directors of Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), and serves as CLTA Chair of Honors Society Committee, 2020 – 2023.
- Kurt Fendt served again on the jury of the Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival (Documentary and Short Film Competition) in November-December.
- Hee-Jeong Jeong served as a journal reviewer of The Korean Language in America for 2021 and served as a Selection panelist for Critical Language Scholarship Program for 2021.
Food for Thought
- Dagmar Jaeger hosted a Feiner Apfelkuchen virtual bake-along for students in the Tutmonda. You may have missed the event, but you can still try out her recipe!
- Emma Teng put together a presentation about gingerbread — with scholarly tidbits from humanities faculty about its place in history, literature, and more.
Brice Kapel performed for and talked with Leanna Rezvani’s French students during virtual concert Nov. 19.