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October 5, 2021

Oct 5, 2021: Language Resource Center Speaker Series - Karen Lichtman at Stimson Hall

"Acquisition vs. Learning in 2021"
Karen Lichtman
Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Director of Educator Licensure in the Department of World Languages & Cultures, Northern Illinois University

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Stephen Krashen put forward a model of language learning distinguishing between language acquisition (acquiring a language by listening or reading and understanding) and language learning (conscious, effortful study and practice of language). Today, many people look at Krashen’s monitor model as just a "method from the past." However, most of these ideas are still very much present in contemporary research — just under different names, such as implicit vs. explicit language teaching and learning.

This talk will share three of my studies using the acquisition/learning, or implicit/explicit, framework: one on elementary students learning Spanish, another with children and adults who were taught an artificial mini-language in the laboratory, and finally, a study currently in progress comparing two different teaching methods in beginning classes. Each study has different implications for teaching: (1) grammar instruction can be delayed to the end of years of input-based language study, (2) grammar instruction may have a negative effect on learners' speaking fluency, and (3) a "narrow and deep" curriculum using high-frequency structures in context could be more effective than a traditional grammar-based curriculum... but since this last study is still in progress, attend the talk to find out if this is really the case!

Bio: Dr. Lichtman is Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Director of Educator Licensure in the Department of World Languages & Cultures at Northern Illinois University. Her research focuses on instructed second language acquisition. Specifically, she studies implicit and explicit language learning in children and adults, questioning the conventional wisdom that children learn languages implicitly whereas adults need explicit grammar instruction. She recently wrote Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS): An Input-Based Approach to Second Language Instruction. Dr. Lichtman teaches methods courses for pre-service teachers and upper-level Spanish Linguistics courses.

This event will be held in person in G25 Stimson and will also be streamed live over Zoom. Join us at the LRC or on Zoom.

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September 13, 2021

Sep 13, 2021: Language Resource Center Speaker Series - Jamie Rankin at Stimson Hall

"How Can I Learn All These Words?"
Research-Based Strategies for Teaching and Learning L2 Vocabulary
Jamie Rankin
Senior Lecturer, Princeton University

Second language (L2) classrooms have undergone radical changes during the past 50 years, moving away from formal linguistic structures to drills and habit formation, then to comprehensible input, focus on form, cultural integration, sociocultural perspectives, and social networking.
Throughout all of these shifts there has been surprisingly little emphasis on one aspect of L2 learning that all teachers and all students acknowledge as a critical factor in L2 communicative proficiency and literacy: Vocabulary.
As someone once quipped: “If you don’t know any grammar, you can’t say much; if you don’t know any vocabulary, you can’t say anything.” This applies to more than rudimentary spoken communication. A knowledge of vocabulary is as critical to interpreting texts as it is to interaction and presentation – that is to say, it lies at the heart of L2 proficiency as currently conceptualized.
This talk addresses three issues in L2 vocabulary acquisition:

What is the relationship between vocabulary, text coverage, and reading comprehension?What role does vocabulary currently play in L2 textbooks?How can research into L2 vocabulary inform classroom praxis?While the talk is grounded in current research, its goal is to provide instructors and students with strategies for classroom teaching, learning, and assessment.

Bio: Jamie Rankin (Ph.D., Harvard University) is co-director of the language program in the German Department of Princeton University. With published articles in Unterrichtspraxis and The Modern Language Journal, his work focuses on the intersection of research and curriculum development; the dynamics of corrective feedback in the classroom; training and mentoring graduate student TAs; and assessing classroom materials for beginning and intermediate language learners. After completing a Ph.D. in German literature at Harvard University, he went on to specialize in second language acquisition and pedagogy in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii, under Michael Long, Gabi Kasper, and Graham Crookes. A co-author of the Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (Cengage, now in its 6th edition), he has recently developed a first-year curriculum for Beginning German that integrates culture, grammar, and high-frequency vocabulary on an interactive online platform. In 2014 he was appointed as inaugural director of the Princeton Center for Language Study.

This event will be held in person in G25 Stimson and will also be streamed live over Zoom. Join us at the LRC or on Zoom.

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September 1, 2021

Sep 1, 2021: Language Resource Center Speaker Series - Elvia Andía Grágeda at Stimson Hall

"Designing (Indigenous) Language Classes Rooted in ACTFL Standards to Promote Spoken Proficiency"
Elvia Andía Grágeda
Lecturer, The Ohio State University

Unlike commonly taught languages, most Indigenous ones share a particular characteristic: The lack of material for language instruction and the challenge of identifying abundant sources of input for their classes. In many cases, it is necessary to adapt existing materials from other languages to achieve language learning goals, but in doing so, we usually find materials lacking the cultural knowledge of Indigenous people. In addition, many major languages have established proficiency standards (e.g., CEFR and ACTFL). Are these standards applicable to Indigenous languages?

While Indigenous language courses may be similarly designed to those of major languages in their application of real-world language use and content organization, differences arise when defining levels of proficiency which must be culturally appropriate. As such, the active participation of a culturally competent language instructor in the course design process is imperative for the development of effective and relevant proficiency standards unique to the language.

This talk will discuss best practices in designing Indigenous language classes rooted in ACTFL standards to promote oral proficiency. While examples will be drawn from Quechua, the topic is applicable to all languages.

Bio: Elvia Andía is a linguist specializing in the study and instruction of Bolivian Quechua and Spanish. She holds a Master's degree in Linguistic Policy of Indigenous Languages in Higher Education. Her research investigates the role of Quechua in such policies, particularly in the Quechua Public Indigenous University in Bolivia. She has worked as the Departmental Coordinator in the Ministry of Education for the country of Bolivia in Intra- and Intercultural Multilingual Education. Andía joined Ohio State in 2016 and coordinates the Quechua program for both undergraduate and graduate students across six institutions.
She is the world's first certified OPI tester for Quechua and has published on teaching methods and Indigenous stories. In 2019, she won the Premio Guamán Poma de Ayala in Indigenous Language, a national literature prize in Bolivia, for her novel written in Quechua.

Co-sponsored by the Language Resource Center and Latin American Studies Program.

This event will be held in person in G25 Stimson and will also be streamed live over Zoom. The speaker will be remote. Join us at the LRC or on Zoom.

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January 13, 2015

Investing in China will Always be a Struggle: Andrew Karolyi Explains

Professor Andrew Karolyi is quoted by CFO Magazine on hurdles to investing in China. Click here to read the article.

February 10, 2015

Global Information Technology Report: China

Dean Soumitra Dutta talks to New Tang Dynasty Television about China’s position among nations in information technology infrastructure and development.

February 23, 2015

Chinese internet giants head for Latin America

Emerging Markets Institute Director gives her view. Read the article here.

April 28, 2015

Cornell’s Emerging Markets Institute Team Wins mai Bangkok Business Challenge Sasin 2015

See the mai Bangkok Business Challenge Sasin 2015 site for details.

February 18, 2014

Cornell University Emerging Markets Institute Selects Research Solutions Subsidiary to Power Academic Research Portal

Available to Corporate Partners of the Institute, the academic research portal provides access to 50 academic journals with articles covering 43 emerging economies across the past five years


Los Angeles, Calif., and Ithaca, NY, February 11, 2014 Research Solutions, Inc. (RSSS), a pioneer in facilitating the flow of information from the publishers of scientific, technical, and medical content to enterprise customers in Life Sciences and other research intensive organizations around the world, today announced that wholly-owned subsidiary Reprints Desk has been selected to provide document delivery retrieval services for a newly launched research portal from Emerging Markets Institute at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.  Research Solutions’ services will be delivered through its award-winning Article Galaxy platform and will enable the institute’s corporate partners to order articles from a database of emerging markets research, powered by Thomson Reuters Web of Science.

“We have not seen this tool offered by any other peer institution to the private sector.  We believe this is a unique benefit not matched anywhere else,” stated Richard J. Coyle, Executive Director of the Emerging Markets Institute, in regards to the academic research portal.

“Research Solutions is honored to be one of the select information services suppliers chosen to collaborate on this ground-breaking initiative from the prestigious Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University,” said Research Solutions President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Derycz. “This collaboration is yet another accomplishment for Research Solutions and our Article Galaxy solution, which is growing in both market adoption and preference.”

Established in 2010, the Emerging Markets Institute was founded at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management to promote the research and study of emerging economies. The Institute provides a private forum for lively exchange among corporate leaders from emerging and developed markets and leading researchers.

Corporations, academic institutions, and government organizations around the world rely on Research Solutions and its Article Galaxy online platform for single article document delivery research retrieval as method for obtaining copyrighted journal content that complies with applicable copyright laws when subscriptions do not exist. Reprints Desk has held lone honors as the top-rated document supplier in every document delivery market research survey conducted by information analyst and advisory firm Outsell, Inc., since 2008

June 2, 2014

Brazil can’t lose World Cup, even if it doesn’t win

“This should be Brazil’s moment of glory,” says Lourdes Casanova, a senior lecturer of management at Cornell University’s Johnson School and co-author of the recently published The Political Economy of an Emerging Global Power: In Search of the Brazil Dream.

October 3, 2013

Interpreting the Emerging Markets

Johnson’s Andrew Karolyi discusses emerging markets in an article in the October/November issue of Alternative Emerging Investor magazine.

January 25, 2012

Johnson Faculty Shine in New Report

The Johnson Scholar illustrates the depth and breadth of research produced at Johnson.

April 23, 2012

Dean Designate’s Global Innovation Index Garners Attention Worldwide

Booz & Co. provides in-depth interview with Soumitra Dutta to its consulting clients, via its Strategy+Business magazine. In July 2012, Dutta joins the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management as dean.

June 8, 2011

Take time to take in Enterprise online!

The spring 2011 issue of Johnson’s award-winning, biannual magazine Enterprise features a fascinating look at global water scarcity, a profile of branding guru Naomi Kelman, MBA ’83, a birdseye view of Johnson’s new Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute, the life and times of a CQEMBA team & much, much more!

November 1, 2011

EMI hosts expert panel on emerging markets

The new institute connects its mission with the formidable experience of Johnson’s most prestigious alumni and members of its Advisory Council in a presentation for current students


Johnson’s Advisory Council hosted an alumni panel discussion on emerging markets for current students, Sept. 30 in Sage Hall. Moderated by Richard Coyle, executive director of EMI, the panel featured Nell Cady-Kruse, BS ’84, MBA ’85, chief risk officer of Singapore-based Standard Chartered Bank, Hernan Saenz, MBA ’98, MIL ’98, managing partner of Bain Dallas, Bain Houston and Bain Mexico and Bob Staley, BS ’57, BME ’58, MBA ’59, senior advisor and retired vice chairman of Emerson Electric Asia-Pacific. Discussants shared their perspectives on emerging markets as representatives of the banking, consulting and energy industries.

Panelists’ opening remarks revealed a shared understanding that emerging markets, including and beyond the BRIC nations, are becoming a dominant force in international business. Speakers touched upon the challenges and opportunities that must be addressed by international firms seeking to successfully enter these countries.

Although previous thinking has understood these nations primarily as sources of production, the speakers emphasized that the rising consumption potential of these nations, which are home to the next billion middle-income consumers, is a major opportunity for international firms. This opportunity has gained momentum as local production firms have begun shifting toward serving their own populations.

Saenz however, emphasized that international firms seeking to successfully enter these markets must completely redefine their value proposition and production methodologies if they hope to compete against growing local firms. Similarly, Cady-Kruse also emphasized spoke of the need to fully understand the diversity of a market’s governance, size, production capacity and market potential and how this diversity may create a range of international business opportunities depending on local conditions.

In addition to discussing the need for strategic market entry, the speakers also emphasized some of the key challenges faced by these countries as they shift to global prominence and how these challenges will impact market entry by foreign firms. Staley discussed the importance of due diligence and anti-corrupt practices as companies enter countries with weak copyright and contract enforcement infrastructures. Firms must be keenly aware of changes in local political and economic sentiment toward foreign business which can lead to backlash in the forms of (for example) higher taxation and expropriation.

In China, these challenges are compounded by the nation’s need to transition from an export-led, to a consumption economy without the major debt and workforce disruptions faced by previous nations forced to undergo such a transition. Panelists agreed that local circumstances, and how they impact foreign investment, is key to addressing these challenges.