Teaching and Technology Talks: Call For Proposals

By Shawn ProvencalNovember 15th, 2022

The Geddes Teaching and Technology Talks (GT3) Program is pleased to share this Call for Proposals for Spring 2023: the Current State of Language Instruction.

A short list of topic areas for proposals is given in the form description. However, this is only a guide; we hope to cover a wide array of presentations on language teaching and/or technology use.

This initiative is co-sponsored by the Geddes Center staff and the Geddes Advisory Board, a committee comprised of faculty across language departments.

The deadline for proposals is Monday, January 9, 2023.

Jungsoo Kim
Mark Lewis
Borja Ruiz de Arbulo

Treeless Mountain: Korean Language of the Month Film Discussion

By Shawn ProvencalOctober 18th, 2022

Celebrate Korean language and culture with the Educational Resource Center and BU Libraries! Join the Korean Language of the Month film discussion on Friday, October 28 at 2:30pm ET for a discussion of Treeless Mountain—a 2008 Korean drama about two sisters who must look after one another when their mother leaves. Be sure to watch the film in advance of the discussion. Click the link in our bio to sign up and view the film today.



Geddes Center co-sponsors BAPC 2022 on March 18

By S Mark LewisMarch 16th, 2022

Over 100 language teachers will participate in the Boston Area Pedagogy Conference on March 18, 2022. This annual event is organized by the Department of World Languages & Literatures and co-sponsored by the Geddes Language Center and brings together expertise in language teaching and learning among dozens of area institutions. The event will be held via Zoom and is free to attend. Here is the link for Registration and the Conference Program.

Video Studio updated over Spring Break

By Shawn ProvencalMarch 14th, 2022

This past week, CAS533B, also known as the Video Studio, was updated with new paint and carpet, as well as new glass whiteboard replacing the chalkboard.  These upgrades compliment the technology upgrades installed during the Spring of 2021.  Over the next few weeks, minor updates will continue, including adding sound absorbing panels to the walls.


New Film Acquisitions Fall 2021

By Shawn ProvencalJanuary 18th, 2022

Here is a list of newly acquired films from July 1, 2021 through January 18th, 2022.

CH  8.656 King of the Children Hai zi wang
CH  8.657 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons Xi you: Xiang mo pian
EN  8.667 Mulan Muln (2020 Disney)
EN  8.670 Sacco and Vanzetti
FR  8.823 Varda by Agnès
FR  8.824 Dix Pour Cent Call My Agent!
GE  8.167 Willkommen bei den Hartmanns Welcome to Germany
GE  8.168 Jacob the Liar Jakob, der Lügner
GE  8.169 The Big Lift The Quartered City
GE  8.170 Born in Absurdistan Geboren in Absurdistan
GE  8.171 Ausreisser; Die rote Jacke Himmelfahrt; Benny X; Pustefix; Pas de Deux
GE  8.172 Berlin Alexanderplatz
HA  8.004 Hausar baka
IT  8.412 Scipione l'africano Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of Hannibal
IT  8.414 Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man Un eroe italiano
IT  8.418 La Macchina Ammazzacattivi The Machine That Kills Bad People
JA  8.194 The X From Outer Space When Horror Came to Shochiku
JA  8.194 The Living Skeleton When Horror Came to Shochiku
JA  8.237 Woman in the Dunes (Director's Cut) Hokusai, Ikebana, Tokyo 1958, Ako, Teshigahara and Abe
JA  8.238 Casting Blossoms to the Sky Kono sora no hana: Nagaoka hanabi monogatari
JA  8.239 Seven Weeks No no nanananoka
JA  8.240 Hanagatami
KO  8.173 Kim Ji-young: Born 1982 82 nyeonsaeng Kim Ji-yeong
SP  8.335 Vivir dos veces Live Twice, Love Once
SP  8.336 Salto al vacio
SP  8.337 La casa del fin de los tiempos The House at the End of Time

News for Fall 2021

By Shawn ProvencalSeptember 2nd, 2021

Dear Colleagues:

We welcome back all language faculty and graduate students and extend a special welcome to newcomers to BU!

This message contains useful information regarding our services and support at the Geddes Language Center as everyone returns for on-campus learning. Please read it carefully and direct any questions to or to an individual staff member.


  1. Software support:
  • Our staff are prepared to support the following widely used software tools: DiLL (The Digital Language Lab), Blackboard Learn, Extempore, Confluence Wiki, iSpraak, Perusall, Zoom, Google Assignments, Kaltura MyMedia, and many more.
  • Our recently rewritten Software Tools and Resources page is a great place to discover these tools and access videos about how they enhance learning.
  • If you are interested in exploring other software tools, please let us know so we can be of help.
  1. Services:
  • Reopening the language center - our hours are listed on the Directions and Hours portion of our website. We ask everyone to abide by recently updated campus-wide protocols when using the lab, lounge, classrooms, and other facilities. Many of our student employees are new this fall; please help us help them to make a smooth and easy transition to on-campus learning.
  • Film acquisitions, screenings, and policies - a limited number of films for use in teaching can be considered for permanent inclusion in our collection by filling out the Film Acquisition Request form. Other requests for room reservations, film screening requests, etc. can be found under Faculty Requests. NOTE: we are returning to pre-pandemic policies regarding film use and streaming--please review our Films and Streaming Policy (sixth heading under About --> Policies)
  • Podcasting station and video support - please fill out a Faculty Request if you would like to request video recording services. To learn more about podcasting projects now possible in the curriculum, email Frank Antonelli directly at
  1. Programming:
  • Workshops - this year each Geddes workshop will have a pre-workshop handout or video about the presentation, allowing the live sessions on Mondays to devote more time to discussion and application in our various programs. In addition to the current list of Upcoming Workshops, Brown Bags and Events, please let us know if you have a specific idea or request for a workshop--we left some dates open for you!
  • Geddes Mini-Grants - the deadline for 2021-2022 mini-grants has been moved to Friday, September 24th. Details and information can be found here.

Thank you and we look forward to working with you again this year!

--the Geddes Center staff



Film Showings in the Fall

By Shawn ProvencalJuly 15th, 2021

We ask everyone to plan for Geddes to resume in-person film showings beginning in September.  While we were granted an exception to BU’s policy on streaming during LfA to allow for films to be digitized and posted on Blackboard, this will no longer be an option once we resume face to face teaching.  As such, students will need to come to the lab to view Geddes films either individually or as part of a class group showing.

We encourage you to begin planning for this in your syllabi and to begin to make room reservations via our website as needed.  We will continue to allow instructors to have digital access for a period of time for preparation of materials or to make clips using MyMedia channels.

Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services host a large number of foreign films for a fee.  For students who do not have or wish to subscribe to these services, Geddes will continue to acquire films to allow students to watch films in our lab.

Regarding streaming films at the Mugar Library, most selected titles will be available through the Library’s main streaming services: Kanopy, Swank and Alexander Street, with other services being used as required. Instructors are welcome to request any titles needed for course support via either the online Reserve Request Form or the Krasker Film/Video Form.  Additional information about both services are available at Course Reserves and Krasker Film and Video.