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Thursday, August 13 • 3:45pm - 4:35pm
Fostering a Language Center Based Research Community

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Research experience can be extremely rewarding for undergraduate and graduate language students. It can broaden a student’s horizons and contribute to obtaining a future job. In this session, the presenter will discuss how a traditional Language Resource Center has been transformed into a modern multifunctional language center by integrating research components into its daily operation. A research community is formed to link undergraduate students, graduate students, language faculty, K-12 community and the Language Resource Center together with a common goal in mind, that is, to improve students’ global competency in an environment that is no longer confined to a physical classroom.

The Language Resource Center is home to six specialized language labs, two of which (the Faculty Development Lab and the Undergraduate Research Lab) are primarily focused on research. It is our priority to offer exceptional learning experiences to our students and teaching resources necessary for our faculty. Research projects are designed and implemented in a highly collaborative fashion which involves not only faculty, undergraduate, graduate students, but also the Center staff, and sometimes K-12 students. The connections are formed via lab time, audio/video production and by use of technology resources, such as online programs, and social networking. Our research topics range from study on dialectical variation in the Arab world to Japanese collocations and E-Learning strategies for vocabulary and grammar acquisition. The Language Resource Center plays a vital role as a hub in this endeavor. In the presentation, we will discuss how we manage research funding and research activities administratively at the Center, and how other Center facilities come into play. Sample activities and materials, students’ reflections and faculty testimonials will also be shared with the audience.


Mingyu Sun

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Thursday August 13, 2015 3:45pm - 4:35pm EDT
CGIS South S010 (Tsai Auditorium) 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA