The weather is cooling, the students have returned, and there are LOTS of changes on campus this year. We welcome a new president, a new advising system, and new learning spaces (StudiOC is up and running!) in addition to the many new faces in our very own hallways.
New Faces in the languages
In mid-August, we welcomed eight new Foreign Langauge Program Assistants to campus. Evelyn and Nicolás (Spanish), Esther and Kevin (French), Sarah (Italian), Maria (Russian), Fatima (Arabic), and Victoria (German) join our language faculty to provide excellent instruction and opportunities for students to immerse themselves in language and culture through exciting programing and special events. Keep your eyes peeled for new events calendars being posted and we will work on a combined calendar on our CILC website as well.
The CILC also bid farewell to Barbara Sawhill, welcoming Jessica Greenfield as the new Director over the summer. Jessica comes to Oberlin from Vanderbilt University where she worked as the Italian Program Coordinator, also serving as a Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow in the Center for Teaching and the Scholar-in-Residence in the Center for Second Language Studies. Jessica recently completed several IRB-approved on the Efficacy of Online Testing, Implementation of the Integrated Performance Assessment, and Intercultural Competency in Short Term Study Abroad Programs. She has an article forthcoming in this year’s special volume from the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators discussing Networked Pedagogy and will present the results of her Intercultural Competency study at this year’s convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in November.
New Year, New Look!!
The CILC is also undergoing some changes. Jessica Greenfield and Bob Peters are working to update the center in a few different ways. Fall Break will bring a new look to the center as we plan to rework how the space is configured and make the CILC a more multi-modal communicative space. We will still have 24 computers available for students and instructor use, and professors will still be able to reserve the CILC computers to bring in classes for workshops or class projects. We will, however, open up some social space in the lab so that conversations can more easily take place and there are more areas for working, socializing, and relaxing. Please note we also have two new private consultation rooms available for private meetings. These rooms are available for use by students and faculty and can be reserved by contacting the labbies, Bob, or Jessica.
We’d like to remind of you of the many resources available through the CILC for faculty and students. The CILC is here to make teaching and studying languages and culture more accessible. Let us know how we can help! If you have ideas, questions, or just want to chat, please stop in!
Faculty and staff – we have a new Blackboard page in which we have pedagogical information, studies, articles, presentations, etc. If you have not yet joined the page, let Jessica or Bob know and we can add you! **Resources from our August 25th Language Pedagogy Symposium have already been posted there.
Students – we have reference materials in addition to technological resources available for you to use in our center and for check out.
Upcoming workshops – a schedule of workshops will be announced soon. If you have specific topics you’d like to explore, let us know!