“But how many architects today are able to follow the advice of pioneering collaborations of educators and architects from the past and actually spend time in schools, carefully observing how they function in order to understand how best to support good practice?” (Grosvenor & Burke, 2008, p. 157-58)
Are you considering building or redesigning a language center? Do you wish rethink your teaching and learning spaces and would like somebody from outside of your institution conduct a needs assessment? Do you need help getting started with a building project but have never taken on such a project?
Please consider contacting me and talking to me. I am not primarily a consultant, but a full-time tenure-track faculty member with teaching experience in all levels of German, language pedagogy courses, and media studies. In addition to my position as a professor, I am also currently the Director of the Language Learning Center at Rhodes College. I have developed, designed, or redesigned (either directly or as a consultant) several spaces, most recently Illinois Wesleyan University, the New College of Florida, Pine Crest School, a language center/school for the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) – through the International University of Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast), Wheaton College, Grinnell College, Oberlin College and several others. I have also designed the two new language centers at the institutions I work/worked at at (Pomona College and Rhodes College).
I am the editor of the Book Language Center Design by the International Association for Language Learning and Technology (IALLT) and am currently working on a book project called “Language Learning Spaces.” Conducted the Language Center Design Workshop at IALLT 2009, 2011, and 2013 and plan on giving the new pre-conference workshop at the 50th anniversay IALLT/FLEAT conference in 2015 at Harvard University.
Most recently I published the article “Language Center Design and Management in the Post-Language Laboratory Era” (Kronenberg, 2014). You can access the article here (HTML version / PDF version). Currently I am
– Past-President of the SouthWest Association for Language Learning and Technology
– Former Fellow for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education
– I was awarded the Marie Sheppard Award by the International Association for Language Learning and Technology in 2009
– Professional and academic interests: Language learning spaces; digital Storytelling; language center design; blended learning; active learning; content production; communicative language tools; web 2.0; computer games and language learning, assessment.
Link to my CV and more info at felixkronenberg.com