Events Archive

Event Date: 
04/27/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Participants and project titles for Spring 2018 IWL poster session

April 27, 3-4:30pm, Language Commons


Course Enhancement & Development

Francesca Calamita and Sarah Annunziato, “Hybridize it! Redesigning & Reshaping Elementary Italian 1010 and 1020”


Marshall, Tomoko, “Exploring the Project-based Language Learning (PBLL) Approach to Promote Students’ Autonomy”


Stella Mattioli, “Creation and Development of an Italian Learning Library”


Event Date: 
05/04/2018 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

                                                IWL Faculty Retreat 2018

Date: Friday, May 4th  8am-3pm

Place: Graduate Charlottesville Hotel (1309 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903)

Topic / theme:     ‘Building Intercultural Competence in language classrooms’


8:15am - 9am                         Breakfast

9am – 9:05am                       Associate Dean, Francesca Fiorani

Event Date: 
10/26/2018 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

Registration Link:

Registration Deadline: 12PM, Oct. 19, 2018

Theme:  Local and Global Diversity: Classroom and Community Collaborations

9:30-9:50AM      Breakfast (Open to Public, Nau Hall First Floor Lobby)


9:50-10:00AM    Opening Remarks by Dr. Christian McMillen, Associate Dean for the Social Sciences


Event Date: 
11/30/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Presenter: Emily Scida

Title: Research on Teaching and Learning in the Foreign Language Classroom

Graduate student instructors of Spanish will present the results of their research on teaching and learning in this interactive poster session.  Join us in a celebration of their work and a lively discussion of their experiments and research in the language classroom.

Event Date: 
02/08/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Title: Synchronous Virtual Classrooms: Why Zoom?
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

Presenters: Miao-Fen Tseng (Chinese), Franziska Oertle (Tibetan) and Yujia Sun (Chinese)

Event Date: 
02/22/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Title: Languages in the Real World: A Showcase of Learning Projects in Language for
Specific Purposes courses at UVA.

Presenters: Alicia Lopez-Operé (Spanish Italian &Portuguese), Caroline Melton (Center for
American English Language and Culture), Hsin Hsin Liang (Chinese), Lova Rajaonarisoa
(French), and Mieko Kawai (Japanese).

Event Date: 
02/27/2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Title: The Classroom Outside of Reality: Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Higher Education


Elizabeth Losh, Ph.D. Associate Professor of English and American Studies

Director, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Associate Professor, American Studies and English

College of William & Mary


Event Date: 
03/06/2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Title: Languages for Specific Purposes: Curriculum Development and Program Design in the 21st Century

Presenter: Lourdes Sánchez-López, PhD, Professor of Spanish

Director, Spanish for Specific Purposes Certificate program

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Event Date: 
03/22/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Title: IWL Grantees’ Poster Session

Presenters: TBA

Summary: 2018-2019 IWL Grantees will share the results of their IWL-funded projects for
course and program development and enhancement.

Event Date: 
04/05/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Title: Updates on Preparation and Licensure for K-12 World Language Teachers

Presenter: Ruth Ferree (Second Language Education Program Advisor, Curry School)

Summary: This session will explain what it takes to get a license to teach in K-12 public
schools in Virginia and what independent schools look for in teacher candidates, too. 


Event Date: 
04/10/2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Title: Vienna Stories: Cultural awareness, film-making and digital storytelling
Presenter: Professor Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj, Barnard College

Event Date: 
05/03/2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

8:30AM Breakfast

9AM Opening Remarks by Brie Gertler (Interim Associate Dean of Humanities & Arts)

9:10AM Overview of Day & Contemplative Pedagogy in World Languages: Definitions & Context by Juliet Trail (Director of Education, UVA Contemplative Sciences Center)

9:30AM Co-Creating Dialogue Prompts by Mieko Kawai (Senior Lecturer of Japanese)


10:15AM Break

10:30AM Contemplative Check-In Activity: Weather Report by Zaida Villanueva García (Lecturer of Spanish)

Event Date: 
09/18/2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Presenter: Deb Reisinger, Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Romance Studies and affiliate faculty in the Global Health Institute, Duke University.

Title: Community-based Language Learning as Social Justice Pedagogy


Event Date: 
10/11/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Presenter: Billal Maanaki

Title: The use of Wisdom in language teaching


There is a strong movement in higher education institutions as of late to focus on the teaching of wisdom and the utmost importance of including it in all our subjects and classes. I will give a general review of the importance of  "teaching for wisdom" in our academia and then focus on the best ways and the many benefits of including wisdom  in language teaching.

Event Date: 
10/25/2019 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

Registration Link:     

Registration Deadline: 12 PM, Oct. 18, 2019

Cyberspace, the Final Frontier: Reshaping Language Education through Online and Hybrid Learning

Event Date: 
10/25/2019 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

Registration Link: is external)     

Registration Deadline: 12 PM, Oct. 18, 2019

Cyberspace, the Final Frontier: Reshaping Language Education through Online and Hybrid Learning

9:30-9:50 AM Breakfast open to public

9:50-10 AM Opening Remarks by Associate Dean Alison Levine

Event Date: 
11/06/2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Speaker: Naoko Taguchi, Professor in the Modern Languages Department at Carnegie Mellon University

Title: Learning How to Learn Pragmatics: Cultivating Self-Directed Learning Strategies for Pragmatics

Event Date: 
11/15/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Presenter:  Zaida Villanueva, Alicia López-Operé, Sarah Annunziato, Rachel Geer

Title:  New writing assignments for language, film, and composition courses

Event Date: 
01/31/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Presenter: Anna Borovskaya-Ellis (Russian) and Stella Mattioli (Italian)

Title: Developing Interactive Videos for Listening Proficiency and Cultural Competence

Event Date: 
02/12/2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Presenter: Florencia Henshaw

Title: Designing and Teaching Online Language Courses: Practical and Pedagogical Considerations

Event Date: 
02/21/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Presenter: Mieko Kawai, Ziyi Geng, Lizeng Huang, Esperanza Gorriz Jarqu

Title: Implementing Virtual Reality in Language Classrooms

Event Date: 
02/27/2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Presenter: Yu-Ju Lan

Title: Online synchronous training for empowering CFL teachers with ICT capacity: Theoretical Foundations and Practice  

Event Date: 
03/20/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Presenter: Mahmoud Abdi Tabari

Title: Researching the effects of task sequencing and strategic planning on second language (L2) written production

Event Date: 
03/25/2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Presenter: Jennifer Li-Chia Liu

Title: Languages Across the Curriculum: Models for Bridging Language and Content

Event Date: 
03/26/2020 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Presenter: Ziyi Geng, Yan Gao

Title: Three communication modes in online synchronous language teaching

Zoom Link:

We are planning to offer a series of online teaching workshops or sharing sessions in such a critical time.


Event Date: 
04/02/2020 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Presenters: Mieko Kawai (Japanese), Anna Borovskaya-Ellis (Slavic), David Florez-Murillo (Spanish), Esther Poveda (Spanish)

Title: How We Are Teaching Languages Online: Tips and Strategies for Effective Course (Re)Design.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 551 114 605

Event Date: 
04/08/2020 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Presenters: Elizabeth Hall (French), Ran Zhao (Chinese), and Zaida Villanueva (Spanish)

Title: How to do group and pair work in the online classroom?

Zoom Link: 

Meeting ID: 975 539 753