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CLA Speaker Series: Richard Kern

When Mar 12, 2018
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Foster Auditorium
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The Center for Language Acquisition is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Gil Watz Memorial Lecture

Richard Kern (University of California, Berkeley) 

"Five Principles of a Relational Pedagogy: Building on the Social, Individual, and Materials Foundations of Language Use"

This talk outlines an approach to language teaching that brings attention to relationships among material, social, and individual dimensions of language use, with particular emphasis on literacy practices. This approach involves reflection on how technologies and mediums influence the design of communication and embody values and fundamental ideas about what communication is. A critical semiotic awareness of how meanings are made, framed, and transformed in particular contexts of language use is essential to twenty-first century learners because they face a singularly pervasive mediascape that is potentially as exploitative as it is emancipatory.

Rick Kern is Professor of French and Director of the Berkeley Language Center at the University of California at Berkeley. He teaches courses in French linguistics, language, and foreign language pedagogy, and supervises graduate teaching assistants. His research interests include language acquisition, literacy, and relationships between language and technology. He is Associate Editor for Language Learning & Technology and Editor of the Teacher’s Forum section of L2 Journal. Professor Kern has most recently completed Screens and Scenes: Multimodal Communication in Online Intercultural Encounters (Routledge, 2018), co-edited with Christine Develotte, and in 2015 published Language, Literacy, and Technology (Cambridge UP).