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Halloween treats

October 31st, 2014 in Uncategorized

Thanks to Services Coordinator Julianne McCobin, Production Coordinator Frank Antonelli, and our student workers for the assortment of Halloween goodies brought in today!


Digital Language Lab (DiLL) for Mac

October 21st, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you haven’t heard about DiLL, it is a lab-based software allowing students to practice pronunciation and speaking in context.

Last Wednesday a dozen or so people were on hand for our Kick-off demonstration, and now DiLL is being piloted by faculty in all language programs for a period of several months. Read here for more. Also, anyone can sign up here for a DiLL Practice Session with Geddes staff.

After the pilot we will decide whether or not to license this software in the Geddes Lab for use with up to 16 students at a time.

Special Visit!

September 12th, 2014 in Uncategorized

On Monday, August 25th, two former Directors of the Geddes Language Center, Gail King and Bruce Parkhurst both stopped in for a visit to the GLC.  If that wasn’t special enough neither Bruce or Gail had planned to visit the lab that day.  Did I mention that Gail and Bruce were here at the same time and hadn’t seen each other in 20 years?  Or that it was the new GLC Director, Mark Lewis’ fifth day on the job, and that part of his introduction to the GLC that week were stories of the wonderful community that Geddes had created and maintained over the years, a community that engendered frequent visits from faculty, employees and students of Geddes past and that that very culture was instilled into the very fabric of the GLC by both Gail and Bruce.  It left us wondering if the stars had aligned, and really what better way to introduce our two new staff members, Director, Mark Lewis and Services Coordinator, Julianne McCobin to it?


Flipping the classroom

September 10th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Many of the technology tools we support in the Geddes Language Center help faculty to put interactive learning resources online for their students, so that more classroom time can be spent on critical thinking and application. We call this pedagogical approach “flipping the classroom.” In a “flipped” classroom, students are given the opportunity to acquire content knowledge online by watching mini-lectures and completing focused learning activities, and then come to face-to-face sessions to apply what they have learned in class (Bergmann and Sams, 2012).

A great resource for faculty on this subject is the Flipped Learning Network. In order to avoid confusion and misconceptions about what flipped is, this group also recently authored a rather useful Definition, Pillars, and Indicators document.

NEW! Teaching with Technology Series

September 2nd, 2014 in Uncategorized

Sign up now to attend training and other Geddes events this fall. Click on the training menu and choose Workshops for a full listing and to register.

New Faculty Space

August 28th, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Geddes Language Center presents its updated renovated relocated Faculty Workspace for 2013. You can find the new workspace at the far left-hand end of the main language lab. The space is equipped with three computing stations, a new scanner and printer, assorted office supplies, comfortable chairs, more room, robust vegetation and a hospitable ambience. There is also a video viewing option and a small area for quiet meetings. Reservations are not required. Come check it out at your convenience.

Office 2013 Spell and Grammar Check

March 29th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Anyone who has installed Office 2013 (available at for faculty and staff) can download spell and grammar check for many different languages here. By default, Office only ships with English, French and Spanish.  Unless you know otherwise, you’ll want to download the x86 versions.


BU Asia Film Week

October 18th, 2012 in Uncategorized

Boston University Asia Film Week 2012
“Young Asia: Conversation between Generations”
October 22-26, 2012

Oct. 22 Monday Opening Event
4 – 6 pm: Student Symposium: “Young Asia: The Past and the Future”
6 – 7:30 pm: Reception
Location: Pardee House | 67 Bay State Road

Oct. 23 Tuesday
12:30 – 2 pm Sushi lunch Talk “From MOGA to Gyaru: Rebellious Girls in Japan”
Speaker: Sarah Frederick (Boston University)
Location: Japanese Language House, Boston University | 206 Bay State Road

3 – 5:00 pm Japanese film viewing: “Hula Girls” (2006), Director: Sang-il Lee
Introduction: Mariko Itoh Henstock (Boston University)
Location: Geddes Language Center | 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 533B

6:30 – 9:30 pm Japanese film viewing: “Akira” (1988), Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
Guest Speaker: SusanNapier (Tufts University)
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101

Oct. 24 Wednesday
12:30 – 2 pm Live Korean Music Performance and Korean Lunch
Introduction: Yoon Sun Yang (Boston University)
Location: BU Central | 775 Commonwealth Avenue (George Sherman Union, Lower Level)

3 – 5 pm Korean Film viewing: “Bandhobi” (2009), Director: Shin Dong-Il
Introduction: Jaemin Roh (Boston University)
Location: Geddes Language Center | 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 533B

6:30 – 9:30 pm Korean Film viewing: “Bleak Night” (2011), Director: Yoon Sung-Hyun
Guest Speaker: Michelle Cho (Brown University)
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101

Oct 25 Thursday
12:30 – 2 pm Dim Sum Lunch Talk “The young thinkers and social change in late Qing China”
Speaker: Hsiao-Chih Chang (Boston University)
Location: Chinese Language House | 172 Bay State Road

3 – 5 pm Chinese Film viewing: “Platform” (2000) Director: Jia Zhangke
Introduction: J. Keith Vincent (Boston University)
Location: Geddes Language Center | 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 533B

6:30 – 9:30 pm Taiwan Film viewing: “A Brighter Summer Day” (1991) Director: Edward Yang.
Guest Speaker: Eileen Chaw (Duke University)
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101

Oct. 26 Friday
3 – 5 pm Bangladesh Film Viewing: Ontorjatra (“Inner Journey”) (2006), Directors: Tareque & Catherine Masud
Introduction: Nazli Kibria (Boston University)
Location: Geddes Language Center | 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 533B

5:30 – 7 pm South Asian Dance and Reception
Introduction: Sunil Sharma (Boston University)
Location: The Alley | 775 Commonwealth Avenue (George Sherman Union, Lower Level)

7:30 – 10:30 pm Hindi Film Viewing: Iqbal (2005), Director: Nagesh Kuknoor
Guest Speaker: Lakshmi Srinivas (UMass Boston)
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101

Sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Humanities, the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia, the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, the Geddes Language Center, and Asian student organizations at Boston University

Free and open to the public
More information:

Persian Film Website

September 26th, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute has made it possible (through a grant to NETPAC/USA-Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema/USA – and AsiaPacific Films) for Boston University to  stream the films in the “Understanding Persian Culture Through Film” project.

This grant made it possible to add films that examine the theme “Love and Devotion in Persian Culture as Seen through Film.”  You can see the new films, with introductions by Persian film scholars and experts her:

You can read about the project, including an important message from Dr. Elahe Mir-Djalali Omidyar, by exploring the links found on the home page of the project.  Your faculty and students can stream the free films by clicking on your portal here using the password ‘bostonu':

This will allow faculty and students to access all 32  movies for free.

The streaming of 32 films for all students and faculty at Boston University remains a gift, thanks to a grant from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute until June 30, 2013.

L’Apéro – French Cultural Center – Sept 27

September 20th, 2012 in Uncategorized

Boston University students (with BU student ID), $8
Members and other students, $10
Non-members, $15
21+ only (government-issued photo ID required)

RSVP Recommended: 617.912.0400

The French Cultural Center invites Boston University students to join in the fun of our September Apéro at a special, reduced price. L’Apéro is a great way for Francophiles and Francophones to come together and socialize en français while enjoying some wine, a bit of fromage, French music and the latest art exhibit. Practice your French in a low-key, fun setting with fellow French language enthusiasts.

About L’Apéro (short for l’apéritif)
(n) désigne le moment de convivialité où des personnes se retrouvent pour discuter.
(noun) a friendly get-together where people enjoy libations and conversations.

All levels of French are welcome.