Speaking of Language
S5E5 - Language Advocacy Day

S5E5 - Language Advocacy Day

February 26, 2020

Angelika interviews some fellow attendees of Language Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

  • Trey Calvin, Managing Director of JNCL-NCLIS
  • Rebecca Blouwolff, ACTFL Teacher of the Year 2020, French, Wellesley Middle School in Wellesley, MA 
  • Jenny Delfini, Spanish, Lenape Elementary in New Paltz, NY
  • Keith Cothrun, Executive Director of AATG 
  • Meredith White, Spanish, Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA

We learn what LAD is all about,  why it is so important to advocate for languages on the Hill, and how these colleagues share what they learned back in their schools and districts. To learn more about Language Advocacy Day, legislative priorities, and what you can do to advocate for languages, visit languagepolicy.org.

S5E4 - Charlie Accurso - Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow

S5E4 - Charlie Accurso - Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow

February 19, 2020

Cornell senior Charlie Accurso describes his experiences as a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellow, and the many opportunities he has been afforded as a speaker of many languages.

FLAS Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and help graduate and undergraduate students acquire high levels of competence in languages that are deemed critical to the national needs of the United States, and also to gain a fuller understanding of the areas, regions, or countries in which those languages are commonly used. At Cornell, FLAS fellowships are offered through the South Asia Program and the Southeast Asia Program.

The following languages are offered:

  • Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Persian, Punjabi, Sinhala, Tamil, Modern Tibetan, Urdu (SAP)
  • Burmese, Khmer, Indonesian/Malay, Filipino (Tagalog), Thai, Vietnamese (SEAP)

Application deadline is Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 4:30 pm. For more information, visit bit.ly/CornellFLAS

S5E3 - John Graves - New LRC Team Member

S5E3 - John Graves - New LRC Team Member

February 12, 2020

Sam and Angelika welcome John Graves, the newest team member at the Cornell University Language Resource Center. John talks about growing up in a bilingual household, considers how to apply his educational philosophies as the new instructional designer and project manager at the LRC, and shares some heart-pounding stories from his past teaching experiences.

S5E2 - Camille Andrews - Makerspaces

S5E2 - Camille Andrews - Makerspaces

February 5, 2020

The Makerspace in Cornell Univesity's Mann Library, the "mannUfactory," is a place of experiential learning, where students, faculty, and staff can exercise their creativity and develop new crafts and skills. Emerging Literacies Librarian Camille Andrews gives us the scoop.

To learn more about the mannUfactory, visit https://makerspace.library.cornell.edu/

S5E1 - Translator-Interpreter Program

S5E1 - Translator-Interpreter Program

January 29, 2020

We dive into Cornell’s Translator-Interpreter Program, a student-run organization that offers its services to the surrounding community. Student executive board members Dana Slayton, Pearl Ngai, and Ruby Li join us to discuss what TIP has to offer.

To learn more about TIP, visit https://cornell.campusgroups.com/tip/home/

S4E13 - Brenda Schertz - American Sign Language at Cornell

S4E13 - Brenda Schertz - American Sign Language at Cornell

December 6, 2019

Since ASL is a visual form of communication, we present this episode as a video, rather than the usual audio-only format. You can view the video here: 

A transcription of this conversation, adapted from the real-time translation occurring in the studio, is available at https://tinyurl.com/brendaschertz.

A second version of the conversation, with a new translation, is forthcoming.

For the final episode of the fourth season of the Speaking of Language podcast, Sam and Angelika speak with Brenda Schertz, the senior lecturer in American Sign Language and coordinator of the ASL Program here at Cornell. Brenda holds a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston, and a Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. Brenda and interpreter Mareike Larsen discuss interpreter training, art, film, and all things American Sign Language. 

Thanksgiving 2019 Mini-Episode

Thanksgiving 2019 Mini-Episode

November 27, 2019

In honor of Thanksgiving, Sam and Angelika ask students, faculty, and staff around the LRC what they're thankful for.

We'll be back next week with our special final episode of the semester!

S4E12 - Amanda Brown - Immersive versus Non-Immersive Language Teaching

S4E12 - Amanda Brown - Immersive versus Non-Immersive Language Teaching

November 20, 2019

Amanda Brown lets us in on the sometimes surprising results of her research into immersive and non-immersive language teaching. Dr. Brown is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Syracuse University. She was on campus as part of our monthly LRC Speaker Series, and gave a talk titled “Immersive versus Non-Immersive Language Teaching: Experimental Studies in English, French, and Arabic Classrooms.”

S4E11 - Uttiyo Raychaudhuri (rebroadcast) – Global Learning at Cornell

S4E11 - Uttiyo Raychaudhuri (rebroadcast) – Global Learning at Cornell

November 13, 2019

We’re taking a breather this week and are re-broadcasting one of our favorite older episodes, our December 2018 season finale featuring Cornell’s Uttiyo Raychaudhuri. Since this conversation took place, Dr. Raychaudhuri has moved from his position as the first Executive Director for the Office of Global Learning at Cornell to serve as a strategy consultant to the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs. Whether you’re listening for the first time, or revisiting the conversation, we hope you enjoy and appreciate Dr. Raychaudhuri’s vision for international engagement and global citizenship.

S4E10 - Cornell World Languages Day

S4E10 - Cornell World Languages Day

November 6, 2019

Sam and Angelika are joined by Cornell's Abby Cohn and Katie Blake to recap the premier Cornell World Languages Day. The pilot event brought high school students from the community to Cornell's campus to celebrate world languages and cultures. The four discuss the impact it had on participating students and Cornell participants.

Learn more about Cornell World Languages Day at http://wld.lrc.cornell.edu/