Working Groups

in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures Language Research Centre

Language Teaching and Learning (LTL) Working Group

The main goals of the Language Teaching and Learning Working Group are to share teaching practices, learn from one another, and to build a closer SLLLC language- and-culture teaching community.  The meeting content will vary (for example, topic-based discussions, classroom-activity demonstrations and workshops led by our members). Some of the topics that we are planning to discuss in this Working Group are strategies in a large-enrollment classroom setting, language assessments, evaluations, interactive activities, academic misconduct, student retention and teaching materials using IT.  

Note - The Teaching and Learning Working Group in the Language Research Centre (LRC) is hosting a series of summer workshops related to teaching second languages online/remotely. These workshops will be held via Zoom. 

Participation and assessment  |  Tuesday, June 30  |  1:00 p.m. 
Our guest presenter is Dr. Noah McLaughlin, who is an Assistant Professor of French and Director of the Foreign Language Resource Collection at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA (USA). Dr. McLaughlin will address issues related to both assessment and participation in online/remote language learning including the use of online translators. Register in advance for this meeting

Designing online language-learning activities that work  |  Tuesday, July 7  |  1:00 p.m.
Our guest presenter this session is Dr. Daisy Bow, who teaches French and courses on online language teaching at the New School for Public Engagement in New York. Dr. Bow will address ways of designing and modifying language-learning activities for use in the online environment. Register in advance for this meeting

Online resources for collaboration and formative assessment  |  Wednesday, July 15  |  10:00 a.m.
Our guest presenter this session is Dr. Umit Boz, a Senior Instructor in the Werklund School of Education. Dr. Boz will address ways of designing opportunities for collaboration among students as well as ideas for formative assessment in online teaching contexts. Register in advance for this meeting

Time management and mode (synchronous vs. asynchronous)  |  Tuesday July 21  |  1:00 p.m.
Our guest presenter this session is Dr. Joe Terantino, an Associate Professor School of the School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Terantino, who is an expert on Instructional Technology with several years of experience teaching online and training teachers, will address issues of time management, and deciding when to go synchronous vs. asynchronous. Register in advance for this meeting

All SLLLC members who are interested in discussing topics related to teaching and learning are welcome to participate.

Literary and Cultural Studies Working Group

The goals of the Literary and Cultural Studies Working Group are to foster academic debates around new developments in the field and to support original research by both professors and graduate students of SLLLC and the wider academic community in Alberta. To this end, the meetings will focus on recent publications of broad disciplinary or interdisciplinary interest and the presentation of work-in-progress papers. The group will meet monthly from September through April. 


The group is open to all scholars in the fields of literary and cultural studies in Calgary. If you are interested, please contact Devika Vijayan ( and Miao Li (

Cercle Benveniste

Les rencontres du Cercle Benveniste sont un forum de discussion ouvert à toute personne s’intéressant à la linguistique où l’on échange et débat des questions relatives aux sciences du langage. Il s’agit, en quelque sorte, d’une école péripatéticienne où les participants peuvent – justement et à l’instar d’Émile Benveniste – se promener dans les différents recoins de la discipline et en interroger les zones d’ombre, les aprioris, les impasses ; bref, explorer différents aspects du langage, à la recherche de Problèmes de linguistique générale.