Updates from the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center

Dr. Julio C Rodríguez & Dr. Madeline K. Spring 

Friday, September 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM

Moore Hall 258


The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center (Tech Center) at the University of Hawai‘i was established within the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature through a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. An initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP), The Language Flagship strives to change the way Americans learn languages through a groundbreaking approach to language education for students from kindergarten through college. It boasts a network of 25 Flagship Programs at 21 institutions of higher education across the U.S.


We are proud to be one of four Language Flagship programs at the UH. The Korean Language Flagship was established in 2002 with one of the initial grants awarded to what was then The Language Flagship pilot. It is the only Korean Language Flagship. The Chinese Language Flagship, established in 2014, participates in a community of 12 Chinese Language Flagships nationwide. The Language Roadmap, launched in 2013 as the 6th Flagship Roadmap, is a statewide endeavor to enhance and expand the multilingual capacity of Hawaii’s workforce through outreach, advocacy, policy and planning, and education.The Tech Center was launched in Fall 2015 to conceive, design, adapt or improve, deliver and test effective means to blend technology into existing all Language Flagship Programs across the U.S. This initiative will develop the means to capture best practices and assess which technologies are most effective to support the development of language skills.


This presentation will highlight the activities in which the Tech Center has been engaged during its first two years of operation. These include strategic planning, developing blended learning initiatives, and growing an active community of innovators. As the Tech Center pursues its primary goal of creating a strategic and comprehensive plan for the integration of technology and effective practices across The Language Flagship, it is developing innovative, technology-based strategies that can serve as prototypes for addressing challenges common throughout the field of language education.



Dr. Julio C Rodríguez is the Co-Director of the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center, Director of the Center for Language and Technology, and Director of the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Technology at Iowa State University. His work is situated at the intersection of language learning and technology. His areas of interest include the integration of technology into teacher and faculty development programs, project-based learning, materials development, online course design, and design-based research.


Dr. Madeline K. Spring is the Co-Director of the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center, Professor of Chinese Language, and Director of the Chinese Language Flagship Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She earned her Ph.D. in Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Washington. Her research interests are divided between medieval Chinese literature (especially Six Dynasties to Tang prose and rhetoric) and current issues in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL). In that area, her focus is on curricular design and implementation, content-based instruction, intercultural communication, and other issues related to developing Superior Level language proficiency.


The talk is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
For more information, please contact Andre Haag (andreh@hawaii.edu)
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Institution
For disability access, please contact the EALL office at 956-8940 or eall@hawaii.edu


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