Lecture: What it really means to learn a foreign language in an era of globalization by Claire Kramsch, PhD

Date: 04.07.2014

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Pauling Hall 216

Claire KramschClaire Kramsch, PhD, Professor of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, UC Berkeley is originally from Germany and studied at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.  After teaching at MIT and Cornell, she has been teaching German and applied linguistic/second language acquisition at UC Berkeley since 1990.  Dr. Kramsch is a leader of innovation in second language acquisition and pedagogy research.  Her publications include the famous “Language and Culture” (Oxford University Press, 1998) and “Context and Culture in Language Teaching” (Oxford University Press, 2004).  She is a keynote speaker at the annual conference of AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics) in March 2014.

Background:  At the 10th Soka Education Conference in February 2014, a few presentations explored how the philosophy of Soka Education might be applied to the area of second language acquisition and education.  This guest-speaker lecture event was organized partly in response to the call for the ideal Soka second language acquisition and education.  This event aims to help students and faculty understand that learning another language brings about not only target-language proficiency but also more genuine/humanistic outcomes (such as broadened world perspectives, empathy, and refined identity).  More specifically, Dr. Kramsch’s lecture intends to explicate how language is connected to culture and can help us to become genuine global citizens in the 21st century.

Sponsored by:  The Language and Culture Program of Soka University


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