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Thomas J. Garza, Director 2505 University Ave, B7800 • BUR 572 78712-1053 • 512-471-6574

Sponsored jointly by the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning
and the Texas Language Center

High Voltage Teaching

McCombs Graduate School of Business, GSB 2.124
The University of Texas at Austin
August 13, 2011


10:00 - 10:15

Introductions and Welcome

Dr. Thomas Garza

Director of the Texas Language Center and Associate Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

10:15 - 11:15

Session I:

“Teaching Different Learners in the Intensive Classroom”

Dr. Adi Raz

Clinical Assistant Professor in the Texas Language Center and Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin

This talk will discuss how to teach different learners in the language classroom while implementing the Intensive model. This requires the teacher to understand the different needs of the learners while completing the curriculum and achieving the goals set out by the program.

11:15 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30

Session II:

“Intensive Curriculum + Intensive Methods=Intensive Results: Data from Russian”

Dr. Thomas Garza

Director of the Texas Language Center and Associate Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Results from the first year of Intensive instruction in Russian language and culture demonstrate significant gains not only in grammar and lexicon acquisition, but also of functional proficiency in listening, speaking and reading. This talk will summarize the methodology used in this initial experience, show the results from the first Intensive Russian course, and discuss modifications implemented in the current syllabus and curriculum.

12:30 - 1:15

Lunch for Registered Participants

1:15 - 2:15

Session III:

“Generating Classroom Power: Elements of Successful Intensive Language Teaching”

Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal

Director of the Arabic Flagship Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin

In this talk we will start by defining the meaning of “Intensive teaching and learning” as they apply to the UT Arabic program and discuss the various components required for successful implementation of Intensive language teaching and learning. We will also look at sample videos representing classroom activities and students’ production.

2:15 - 3:15

Session IV:

“Sempre Plù Avanti! The New Curriculum of Intensive First and Second Year Italian”

Dr. Antonella Olson

Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian

From the 5-5-3-3 to the 6-6 sequences: comprehensible input, meaningful interaction, and production in the learning process play an important role in the methodology of Avanti! Prof. Olson will present an overview on how this textbook and the supplementary material will fit into the 6-6 sequence starting next year.

3:15 - 3:30

Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:30

Session V:

“Inspiring with Effectiveness: Intermediate Learners in an Intensified Language/Cultural Curriculum ”

Dr. Per Urlaub

Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Responding to institutional incentives to intensify and accelerate language programs, the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin decided to replace the two three-credit-hour course sequence with a single Intensive, accelerated six-credit-hour course. The workshop presentation provides detailed documentation of the planning stages, describes the implementation of the new curriculum, and introduces a teaching approach
that connects the intensified, accelerated second year of language instruction with the development of critical literacy skills.

Texas Language Center


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