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Along with the Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics and the Department of French Studies, the Multimedia Language Centre runs programs and activities to supports students in efforts to build and refine their skills in several languages, and learn about their corresponding cultures. Stay tuned to our calendar for important details and registration information on these virtual and in-person events.

MLC Language Learning Workshop Series

Want to learn a language more efficiently and have more fun? Wonder what professors advise about language learning? Want to know tips and tricks from your peers? Want to meet other language students?

Language Learning Workshop Series will feature the following topics about language learning:

  • tips, tricks, strategies and methods;
  • tools and apps;
  • academic studies;
  • technological innovations;
  • experiences, reflections, thoughts and philosophy.

Workshops usually last for one hour and are hosted by 3-4 people. Some workshops will be led by professors who teach language or linguistics; some by students; some by both professors and students collaboratively.

Each workshop will provide worksheets for you to take home and start practicing on your own. The workshops are also open forums for all attendees to share their thoughts and ideas about language learning. 

Workshop #3: Teaching from Interactional and Intercultural Approaches with TELETANDEM: from Proactive Planning to Action and Reflection

Friday, November 25, 2022, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, via Zoom

This workshop will provide a framework for educators to plan, establish and deepen their understanding of what it means to engage students in real practices of interacting with interactants proficient in the target language. Dynamically and in real-time, TELETANDEM aims to promote interaction in a multicultural and multilingual environment in different areas of knowledge, guided by linguistic practices of language teaching and learning. Thus, the Talk to us workshop will begin with an overview of language pedagogies from interactional perspectives, followed by a guide to working with TELETANDEM in language courses. Furthermore, the workshop will count on involved students' participation in the project and will conclude with reflections on its development. Participants can leverage this knowledge and previous experiences to start/continue to plan a TELETANDEM Project in their specific language teaching and learning courses.


Cátia Martins is a Visiting Professor in the Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies Program at York University (DLLL/YorkU), Canada. Her publications and research interests focus on Portuguese Language Teaching and Teacher Training, Teaching Methodology and Practices and LPNM (L2, LH and LA). She works as a consultant for public and educational institutions, and a producer of Linguistics content for @profformacao, on Instagram and YouTube.

Daniel Augusto de Oliveira  is a full-time Professor of English and Portuguese at the Federal Institute of Southeast Minas Gerais, Cataguases Branch Campus, in Cataguases-MG, Brazil. His research interests rely on the intersection amongst Human Rights, Applied Linguistics, Language Education, Translanguaging, and Portuguese as a Welcoming Language for immigrants and refugees in Brazil. 

Past Events

Workshop #2: Unlocking the Power of Unfocused Learning and Implicit Learning in Language Learning

April 1, 2022

The Multimedia Language Centre hosted a workshop on Friday, April 1 by Prof. Gang Pan (Assistant Prof. DLLL) Jessica Draper (Marketing and International Business student at Schulich), Hunjay Ha (International Business student at Schulich), and Linda Wang (Law and Society major student).

On April 1, the professor and the students will collaborate to offer a workshop "Unlocking the Power of Unfocused Learning and Implicit Learning with YouTube, Netflix, Audio Books and Other Media". This interactive session, featuring the unfocused mind and implicit learning with audio and video materials, is the second workshop of the MLC Language Learning Workshop Series that aims to help students make their language learning easier, faster, and with more fun, and bring students closer to York University’s language learning community.

Workshop #1: Tips and Tricks to Become a Successful Language Learner

February 11, 2022

This was an interactive workshop consisting of discussions on the language learning cycle and strategies for effectively leveraging textbooks, technology & co-curricular activities to enhance language learning.

Guest Speakers included Christiane Dumont, Associate Professor, French Studies and Khadeja Elsibai, student in the Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law program.