The Department of French and Italian

Italian Placement Testing on 08/28 in HRH 2.106B @ 1:30 pm

FIGSO Speaker Series - Dr. Richard Kern

Fri, February 7, 2014 | HRH 2.118

5:00 PM

FIGSO Speaker Series - Dr. Richard Kern

Dr. Richard Kern - Univerisity of California, Berkley


"Medium and Addressivity in French Online Exchange"

Participants in online telecollaborative exchanges often have the illusion of sharing a common communicative space, even though in reality they are responding to one another’s utterances from quite different contexts. This qualitative study uses Bakhtin's notion of addressivity as a lens through which to investigate the hypothesis that different mediums of communication (forum, email, chat, videoconferencing), by virtue of their different affordances, lead to different kinds of gaps in interlocutors’ understanding and consequently give rise to different compensatory responses. Based on analysis of recorded online exchanges, participant journals, and questionnaire responses collected from French and American students, findings suggest that the medium does matter in how communication is enacted and how participants form impressions of one other.

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Tavola Italiana

Informal Italian conversation practice Fridays 3-4pm at the Texas Union's Cactus Café. Open to all students of Italian. Contact Antonella Olson for more information.

Le Cercle français

Informal French conversation practice Fridays in the Texas Union's Cactus Café from 3-4pm. Open to all students of French. Contact Nancy Guilloteau for more information.


Italian Placement Testing 

Professor Antonella will be administering placement exams on Monday, August 28th in HRH 2.106B at 1:30 pm. If you are seeking to take an Italian Language Placement Test, please attend this session. Due to time constraints makeups are not guranteed.

Cineforum Italiano

Hosting Italian films with English subtitles every Thursdays at 8:00 pm in Mezes B0.306. 

  • Department of French and Italian

    University of Texas at Austin
    201 W 21st Street STOP B7600
    HRH 2.114A
    Austin, TX 78712-1800