Events Archive

Event Date: 
09/18/2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Dr. Karen Evans-Romaine from the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures will be coming to speak. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event Date: 
09/23/2014 (All day)

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked. "What's happened to me?" he thought. It wasn't a dream.

Event Date: 
09/25/2014 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

IWL will be hosting an open forum for all faculty and staff in the language departments to discuss ways to incorporate language teaching into our classrooms. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event Date: 
10/02/2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Lásky jedné plavovlásky
Czech, 1965; 90 min.
Directed by Miloš Forman
[Loves of a Blonde]
A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send 
men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers, deprived 
of male company since the local boys have been conscripted. The army 
sends reservists, mostly married middle-aged men - and the local beauty 
Andula, spurns those bold enough to try to win her heart.

Event Date: 
10/16/2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Dr. Heidi Byrnes from Georgetown University’s German department will be speaking. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event Date: 
10/16/2014 - 6:00pm to 8:15pm

Счастье моё
Ukraine, 2010: 127 min.
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
[My Joy]
A few days in the life of truck driver Georgi demonstrate a never-ending nightmare, a spiral of violence, and abuses of power. On his way to work, he is sucked into the everyday madness of his country, losing his health and memory in the process. The film offers a dark parable foretelling the current crisis in Ukraine.

Event Date: 
10/30/2014 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm

Serbia, 1998; 94 min.
Directed by Srđan Dragojević
This film follows two Belgrade youths on their rise to gangster legends in 
a decaying society.

Event Date: 
11/06/2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Dr. Chantal Thompson from Brigham Young University’s French department will be hosting a workshop. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event Date: 
11/13/2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Short films by Roman Polanski
Poland, 1950s: 43 min.
Directed by Roman Polanski
A selection of shorts from Roman Polanski's days in film school.

Event Date: 
01/21/2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Panelists: Aynne Kokas (Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies);
Eli Carter (Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese);
Hector Amaya (Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Media Studies)

Title: When Film Travels: Three Principles for Understanding the Globe

Event Date: 
01/29/2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku
Professor, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California at San Diego

Title: Paths to 21st Century Competencies Through Foreign Language Learning

Event Date: 
01/30/2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Rethinking the curriculum of the 3rd year language course

Tomoko Marshall, Japanese, DEALLC

Event Date: 
02/04/2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Choking Man Movie Poster

English as a Second Language

Discussion Leader: Janay Crabtree (Lead Instructor for CAELC and the Director
for English for Academic Purposes Program)

Event Date: 
02/11/2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Soldiers of Salamina Movie Poster


Discussion Leader: David Gies (Commonwealth Professor of Spanish, Department of
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese)

Movie Title: Soldados de Salamina [Soldiers of Salamina] (2003)

Event Date: 
02/18/2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Amator Movie Poster

Discussion Leader: Dariusz Tołczyk (Associate Professor, Department of Slavic
Languages and Literatures)

Movie Title: Amator [Camera Buff] (1979)

Event Date: 
02/20/2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

How to Support and Strengthen Student Motivation in Russian Language Classes?
A Round Table Presentation by Instructors of the Slavic Department.

Lilia Travisano, Russian

Event Date: 
02/25/2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm


Discussion Leader: Alireza Korangy (Assistant Professor & Persian Language
Program Coordinator, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages
and Cultures)

Movie Title: Bashu, gharibeh kouchak ـ ی ب اا [Bashu, the little Stranger]

Event Date: 
03/20/2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The Role of Grammatical Metaphor in the Development of Advanced Literacy in First and Second Languages 

Omar Velázquez-Mendoza, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese 

Event Date: 
03/25/2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Homeland Movie Poster


Discussion Leader: Ari Blatt (Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of

Movie Title: Né quelque part [Homeland] (2013)

Event Date: 
03/27/2015 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Dolcissimo Event Flyer

Food is one of the staples of Italian culture and all over the world and Italian words are used on a daily basis for many different foodstuffs. America is no exception, with its own take on the spelling and meaning of Italian culinary buzz-words. Social cooking is now frequently and successfully used to promote cross-cultural encounters and exchanges, creating alternative settings and goals for second language acquisition and performance.

Event Date: 
04/01/2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
English Vinglish Movie Poster


Discussion Leader: Shilpa Dave (Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies)

Movie Title: English Vinglish (2012)

Event Date: 
04/03/2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Electronic Portfolios for Learning and Assessment in Language Courses

Karen James, Cecile Rey, Spyros Simotas, French; Emily Scida, Esther Poveda-Moreno, Spanish

Event Date: 
04/08/2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Architecture 101 Movie Poster
Discussion Leader: Yoon Hwa Choi (Lecturer, Department of East Asian 
Languages, Literatures and Cultures) 
Movie Title: Geonchukhak gaeron [Architecture 101] (2012) 
Description: Seung-Min Lee, a 35 year old architect, is visited at his company by Seo-Yeon Yang, his college crush. Seo-Yeon asks Seung-Min to design a new house for her 
Event Date: 
04/09/2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Rupert Snell
Professor & Director of Hindi Urdu Flagship Program, Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Title: What is proficiency in Hindi?

Event Date: 
04/11/2015 - 7:00pm
Timbuktu Movie Poster

Sissako will return to the University of Virginia from April 9 through 12, through the support of U.Va.’s Department of French, Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts, in partnership with the Paramount Theater and the Virginia Film Festival.

Event Date: 
04/16/2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Joseph Hoff
Interim Dean of International Education, University of Richmond

Title: Using Culture and Language Learning Strategies/programs to ensure a successful sojourn abroad

Event Date: 
05/05/2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm


Dr. Jennifer Eddy
World Languages for Performance, LLC

Directions to Boar's Head Inn

Map of Boar's Head Inn Grounds


Event Date: 
09/10/2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Chinese-English Literary Translation and Advanced Language Acquisition: Reports from the Bilinguial Classroom

Charles Laughlin, Chinese, DEALLC

Event Date: 
09/11/2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Bill VanPatten, Michigan State University

Title: What Everyone Should Know About Second Language Acquisition

Event Date: 
10/08/2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Michael E. Everson, University of Iowa

The Importance of Reading in the World Language Curriculum

Event Date: 
10/09/2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Theme Songs: Taking Advantage of How Music Works in Our Brains

Ruth Ferree, Curry School of Education

Just as all cultures seem to have developed language, so too have they developed music. Exploring language and culture through music engages listeners on intellectual, emotional and physical levels.  In this session, I’ll describe some research about music in our brains and share songs and strategies across multiple languages.

Event Date: 
10/30/2015 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

Registration is open!

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"Technology and Language Teaching and Learning"

Organized by: The Institute of World Languages in conjunction with the International Education Week


9:30-9:50AM Continental Breakfast – Main Lounge

9:50-10AM Opening remarks by Dean Ian Baucom, Ballroom

Event Date: 
11/06/2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The "Siena Blog Project": A Transatlantic Learning Activity Uniting Students On-Grounds with their Cohorts in Italy

Adrienne Ward and Francesca Calamita, Italian

The “Siena Blog Project” engages Italian language students in two places -- here in Charlottesville and at UVa in Siena — in a common learning experience.  Participation in the virtual space sharpens foreign language writing skills, reading comprehension, and cross-cultural awareness, as it also lets students “back home” vicariously access the study abroad experience.

Event Date: 
11/12/2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Mary Curran, Rutgers University

Inspire Your Students to Become Global Citizens through United Nations Resources

Event Date: 
11/20/2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Action Research in the Foreign Language Classroom

Graduate Students in Spanish and Arabic

Graduate student teachers of Spanish and Arabic will present the results of their action research projects in this interactive poster session.  Join us in a celebration of their work and a lively discussion of their experiments and research in the classroom.  

Event Date: 
02/03/2016 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
The Time that Remains


Discussion Leader: Hanadi Al-Samman (Associate Professor, MESALC)

Event Date: 
02/04/2016 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Best Practices for Error Correction in Foreign Language Classrooms

Lourdes Ortega, Georgetown University

Event Date: 
02/05/2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

In Spring, 2015, the IWL offered its initial Faculty Grants for Development and Travel.  This Round Table session will showcase the funded projects for both Spring and Fall, 2015, giving recipients the opportunity to share their work in a conference-like poster session.  We congratulate the 2015 Recipients: Carrie Bramlet, Shu-chen Chen, Yoon Hwa Choi, Janay Crabtree, Junhee Kim, Jill Martiniuk, Paula Sprague, and Ran Zhao. Their projects are varied and cover topics from E- portfolio development to research on pronunciation strategies.

Event Date: 
02/10/2016 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm


Discussion Leader: Maria Ivanova (Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures)

Movie Title:  Елена, Elena (2011)

Description: When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she hatches a desperate plan …

Event Date: 
02/17/2016 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Presenter: Zvi Gilboa (Lecturer, Hebrew)

Film: כלת הים (Jaffa)

Description: In the heart of Jaffa, Reuven's garage is a family business. His daughter Mali and his son Meir, as well as Toufik, a young Palestinian, work there. No one suspects that Mali and Toufik have been in love for years. As the two lovers are secretly making their wedding arrangements, tension builds between Meir and Toufik.

Event Date: 
02/19/2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Presenters: Cara Goman, Emily Scida, Ran Zhao

Title: The effect of contemplative practices on second language learning

Jan Chozen Bays, author of How to Train a Wild Elephant And Other Adventures in Mindfulness,quotes Buddha, who says that an untrained mind can be like a wild elephant: without proper training, it runs amok, trampling crops and causing all kinds of damage in its wake. It might flee from the present moment or even attack when frightened. 

Event Date: 
02/24/2016 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Nairobi Half Life


Discussion Leader: Anne Rotich (Lecturer, The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies)

Movie Title: Nairobi Half Life

Description: A young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming a success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi:the city of opportunity.

Event Date: 
02/25/2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The IWL Language Dinner Table aims to meet the needs of students who are passionate about learning world languages and cultures on grounds.  During this event, students from across the UVa community who are studying will enjoy a free catered dinner while seated at one of many different language tables. When you sign up, you will indicate which language you are studying, and we will seat you at a table with other students who are studying the same foreign language. All table conversations will be conducted in that language, providing you with an opportunity for full immersion!

Event Date: 
03/17/2016 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm


Dr. David Birdsong, University of Texas at Austin

Looking Inside and Beyond the Critical Period Hypothesis. 

Event Date: 
03/23/2016 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Lezioni di Cioccolato


Discussion Leader: Sarah Annunziato (Lecturer of Italian, SIP) and Francesca Calamita (Lecturer in Italian, SIP)

Movie Title: Lezioni di cioccolato, Chocolate Lessons 

Event Date: 
03/25/2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Miao-fen Tseng, Associate Professor of Chinese and Director of IWL

Title: A flipped classroom model at UVa STARTALK: research and practice

Event Date: 
03/30/2016 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Aguirre, the Wrath of God


Discussion Leader: Jeffrey Grossman (Associate Professor and Chair, Department of German)

Movie Title: Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes, Aguirre, The Wrath of God

Event Date: 
03/31/2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Mohammad Al-Masri, University of Oklahoma

Innovation and Best Practices in Second Language Education