demos & discussions


The Demos & Discussion series, organized by CLT, showcases exciting innovations in language teaching and research and provides a convenient professional development opportunity for LLL faculty and graduate students.

October 16, 2019
10.30a – 11.30a
Moore Hall 258

Kialo Public Discussion Demo

Presented by Jonathan McKinney
Kialo Education Consultant
University of Cincinnati, Departments of Philosophy and Psychology
Center for Cognition, Action & Perception

Kialo Edu is a custom version of Kialo specifically designed for classroom use. Its clear, visually compelling format makes it easy to follow the logical structure of a discussion, and facilitates thoughtful collaboration. Kialo’s mission is to promote well-reasoned discussion online, and to that end, Kialo is free for educators to use.

This event co-organized by the Center for Language & Technology and the Department of Second Language Studies.

August 30, 2019
12.30p – 1.30p
Moore Hall 153 A/B

April 12, 2019
3p – 4p
Moore Hall 155A

Visiting Scholar | Sangmin-Michelle Lee

Presentation title: Digital Games, Creativity and Motivation

Time and Place: Friday, April 12, 3-4 PM, Moore Hall 155A

Space is limited, please RSVP by registering.

Sangmin-Michelle Lee (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) will discuss the use of digital games to promote student creativity and motivation in an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) class. While creativity has been highlighted as a core competency, and garnered interest in many fields, creativity and creative writing are rarely cultivated in EFL writing classrooms.

Dr. Lee will frame her work based on two empirical studies. One study investigates the use of a murder mystery game as a prompt for students to use the target language in a meaningful way.

Another study examines college students’ creation of gamified digital stories in a location-based augmented reality app.

Dr. Lee is a Professor of English Education in the School of Global Communication at Kyung Hee University, South Korea. In Spring 2019, she is a visiting scholar at the Center for Language & Technology.

March 14, 2019
3p – 4p
Moore Hall 155B

March 29, 2019
3p – 4p
Moore Hall 155B

Google Tips for LLL Faculty – How to use Google Apps

This 60-minute workshop designed for LLL faculty will cover the basics of using the four core Google Drive apps: Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Forms. Topics to be covered include managing apps, security and sharing, and pedagogical applications of each app.

The workshop will be offered twice (March 14 and March 29) from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in 155B Moore Hall. Participants will have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with these apps and are encouraged to bring specific questions that will be addressed by the workshop facilitators.

Seating is limited, so please register by completing the form below.

Google Tips for LLL Faculty Registration

The Fall 2016 Demos & Discussion series, co-organized by the NFLRC and CLT, showcases exciting innovations in language teaching and research and provides a convenient professional development opportunity for LLL faculty and graduate students.

September 9, 2016
12.30p – 1.30p
Moore Hall 155A

Singing Our Way to Well Be-Coming

Tim Murphey, Kanda University of International Studies

NOTE: Dr. Murphey’s session will be videorecorded.

Well-being is a state of general “wellness” which can make us lazy in our efforts to improve the world. I have proposed “well-becoming” as a more active, procedural way to conceptualize the quest for well-being. Inspired by a colloquium recently in Finland I wish to explore how we can “well be-love” or do “well be-loving,” in a Barbara Frederickson positive psychology way that enhances our health and happiness as she describes in her book Love 2.0 (2013). I believe that one of the ways that this happens in my classes is through singing short songlets, with call and response routines, which begin as speed dictations that students help each other with and then turn into short conversational routines.

I will be singing with the audience several songlets which basically answer some our most enduring questions in our lives and whose answers give us guidance and hope: How are you? How do you have a good life? How do you succeed? What do you like? What do you love? Who do you love? What should we notice? What is good advice? These can then become call and response short conversation with our students. I will have further documentation about the benefits of singing from a variety of disciplines.

October 10, 2016
12.30p – 1.30p
Moore Hall 258

Getting Published in Journals

Editorial staff of the journals Language Learning & Technology, Reading in a Foreign Language, and Language Documentation & Conservation

Want to get your articles published in academic journals?  Come join the editorial staff of Language Learning & Technology (LLT), Reading in a Foreign Language (RFL), and Language Documentation & Conservation (LDC) at this special presentation. They will discuss their journals and their own submission & review process, while also providing strategies and tips for getting published in refereed journals in general.

November 29, 2016
12p – 1p
Moore Hall 155A

Project-Based Language Learning @ UHM

Rachel Mamiya Hernandez (LLEA) and Yumiko Tateyama (EALL)

This talk will showcase two exciting courses at UH Manoa that incorporated project-based language learning (PBLL) and created exciting public products. The first presentation will highlight the implementation of PBLL in the Portuguese L2 classroom and beyond, in a project that connects learners from different parts of the world in building literacy skills. The second presentation will describe a Japanese campus map and guide project implemented in a new English to Japanese translation course offered at UHM. Project rationale, process of implementation, outcomes, and challenges will be discussed.