Down the Hall – Episode 39 – Digital Balance

Learning a language can be a difficult thing, whether it’s children learning their native language for the first time, or somebody learning their second (or even more) language. Learning technologies can greatly aid this process and there are many new methods available to do this. In addition, university exchange programs allow students who are learning English as a second language, or who want to teach it, wonderful opportunities to broaden both linguistic and cultural awareness.

In this week’s episode, Dave talks to Dr. Ken Reeder from the Language & Literacy Education (LLED) department in the Faculty of Education. Ken talks about language learning technologies as well as the academic exchange agreement between UBC and Ritsumeikan University in Japan, that allows students from that country to come to UBC to study. It’s a wide-ranging interview that we’re sure you’ll love.

In addition, your hosts (Jenny & Dave this week) talk about exploration, quiet space, and solar phenomena, as well as the massive amounts of construction going on right now.

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More details, including the link to the episode itself and the time stamps, after the jump.

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Episode 39 (36:06)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction

Solar Flare article and video – The Guardian

At Libraries, Quiet Makes a Comeback” – The Chronicle

11:01 | Interview – English as a Second Language Education and International Outreach

Dr. Ken Reeder discusses technology and language education, as well as the Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange program between UBC and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.

32:14 | What’s Happening in EPLT?

Indigeneity institute symposium (pdf) –  August 2, from 4-7 pm

speakers: Dr. Candace Galla, Dr. Marie Battiste, Dr. Jan Hare & Dr. Jo-ann Archibald

EPLT Summer Institutes that are currently going on – watch our Twitter stream!

Welcome to those taking the Orientation & Mobility program, taking place this week.

Getting around on campus with all of the construction going on right now? Here’s some help.

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Our theme  music |  ”Digital Stop” by The Sediment Club and “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, both through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

Selection 1 | “Fooled by Love” by Tymphony

Selection 2 | “Unicorn” by Johannes Hopfner

All selections thanks to Creative Commons licensing.

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