Second Annual LRC Day
POSTPONED UNTIL: Thursday, OCTOBER 11th 2012
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Open to all students studying a language at any level, and to native/heritage speakers of languages
Join us for a day of fun games, team challenges, and socializing opportunities with fellow language students and language speakers!
The theme of our Fall 2012 LRC Day is Products, Practices, Perspectives and Proficiency: Hints for Language Learning Success.
Why do we host an LRC Day?
True, we want to meet you and we want to give you an incentive to come in and meet us and to see our center. But why should you? I mean, apart from the fact that you will have fun, will meet other students studying languages, could win prizes, could earn some extra credit for your language class, and oh, did I mention fun?
But why do we design the activities as we do?
Hardest parts of learning a language: learning how to learn a language and putting in the time.
Contrary to commonly held myths: Anyone can learn a language. What separates a successful language learner from an unsuccessful language learner is not innate ability, but rather an understanding of how to learn a language and the motivation and dedication to learn a language. It is true that some students may appear to learn a language faster or with more ease, but in actuality, what distinguishes them from others is not their neurocognitive abilities but their learning behaviours, for example: memorization techniques, daily exposure in context, regular revision, critical thinking, experimentation and usage. These do not need to be time-consuming and do not need to be done in a library or at a desk. Our goal is to give you the tools to be studying and learning anytime and anywhere.
So what does this have to do with our LRC Day?
The purpose of our LRC Day is to bring to the attention of language students, in a fun and social manner, the types of learning behaviours that contribute to success in language learning. At the beginning of each event, we will introduce the activity in terms of the learning behaviour or tool or trick that we are hoping to showcase through the activity. And we hope that the activity will not only give you an opportunity to put that behaviour into practice, but that it will encourage you to keep applying the same techniques (although in different contexts) to your language courses and learning pursuits. Our goal is to get students thinking beyond the limitations of time, space and curriculum that courses are beholden to, to re-assessing their own personal studying and learning practices. Come explore what new techniques you can apply to your language learning challenge (and in the mean time, have some fun and meet some other language students.
What level of language study should a student be in to participate?
It doesn't matter if you are in French 011, Chinese 103, German 212 or Spanish 425! All are welcome and there will be something for everyone.