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July 28, 2020

Online, BC V6T 1Z4


Join us for our second online Language Sciences flash talks: three five minute talks using only one slide by three of our members from different research themes. Then, introduce yourself in seven words or less, ask the speakers any questions you might have and discuss your work with other participants in randomly assigned breakout rooms.

Our speakers are:

  1. Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies Assistant Professor of Teaching and director of the Learning Centre Brianne Orr-Álvarez (Language, Sustainability, and Transnationalism). Dr. Orr-Álvarez will explore the emotional-social aspects of language learning by evaluating how extra-curricular support creates peer-driven language learning communities outside of the classroom that foster student motivation, promote autonomous teaching and learning strategies, and provide opportunities to explore crucial aspects of foreign languages without the pressure of precision
  2. MITACS Globalink Graduate Fellow and Graduate Research Assistant in the Human Communication Technology Lab Pramit Saha (The Communicating Mind and Body). Pramit will talk about his research into making hands talk. Playing a musical instrument like a piano or a guitar is known to be something that the hand is quite capable of doing, but is it possible to use our hand as an artificial vocal tract for making continuous speech sounds?
  3. Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies Associate Professor of Teaching and Language Chatsim member Jason Lieblang (Evolving Language in an Information Economy). Dr. Jason Lieblang will introduce UBC Chatsim, software that offers a virtual 3D world in which to practice foreign languages with a native speaker artificial intelligence. 

Department of Linguistics Assistant Professor of Teaching Strang Burton (Language, Sustainability, and Transnationalism) will introduce the speakers and MC the event.

Everyone is welcome at these online flash talks. Maybe you’ll find a partner to apply for a grant (or LangSci funding). Or maybe you’ll just hear about the very different fields and perspectives of the Language Sciences membership.

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