May 7, 2019
The second annual Share Fair will be held at the CLS. Details and sign up to be provided soon.
May 13, 2019 to May 17, 2019
|8:00am||Instructional Innovation Workshop 2019||
We will hold our annual Instructional Innovation Workshop (IIW) from May 13-17 on the theme of Multiliteracies. The opening public presentation will be given by Kate Paesani (CARLA/University of Minnesota). Details can be found on the IIW page. Call for proposals deadline is April 1, 2019.
Please contact Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl or Mary Jo Lubrano if you have any questions. We’re happy to schedule an appointment to discuss your project plans and to assist with the proposal development.
May 13, 2019
|3:00pm||Transforming Teaching through Multiliteracies Pedagogy: From Comprehension to Interpretation - by Guest Speaker Kate Paesani (IIW Opening Lecture)||
Over the past two decades, postsecondary language programs have experienced a shift away from an emphasis on oral communication toward more text-based curricula and the development of students’ multiple literacies. This “literacy turn” prioritizes overlapping language modalities, interpretation and creation of multimodal texts of various genres, and linguistic, cognitive, and sociocultural dimensions of learning. Numerous curricular and course-level models of multiliteracies curricula exist and empirical research documents the feasibility, linguistic outcomes, and perceptions of multiliteracies approaches (e.g., Byrnes, Maxim, & Norris, 2010; Maxim, 2002, 2006; Paesani, 2016, 2017; Warner & Michelson, 2018). After overviewing this research, I discuss what multiliteracies pedagogy entails and how it can be applied to simultaneously develop students’ language proficiency and engagement with textual content. In particular, I illustrate how to move beyond the kind of experiencing (i.e., surface-level comprehension) activities typical of communicative language teaching by incorporating a range of activity types that encourage textual interpretation and other higher-order thinking skills. Examples provided during the presentation can serve as models for projects developed during the remainder of the Instructional Innovation Workshop.
Kate Paesani (Ph.D., Indiana University) is Director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on literacy-based curriculum and instruction and foreign language teacher development, couched within the frameworks of multiliteracies pedagogy and sociocultural theory. Her work has appeared in journals such as Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Annals, L2 Journal, Language, Culture, and Curriculum, Modern Language Journal, and Reading in a Foreign Language. She is co-author of the book A Multiliteracies Framework for Collegiate Foreign Language Teaching (Pearson, 2016), and is co-editor of Issues in Language Program Direction, the annual book series of the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC).
IIW 2019 Opening Lecture will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.
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May 14, 2019
|10:00am||Foreign Languages, Multiliteracies and the Literary - Workshop by Guest Speaker Chantelle Warner (IIW 2019)||
How do we teach our students to make sense in and out of a new language? This workshop will consider the pedagogical potential of the literary within a multiliteracies approach. A particular emphasis will be on instances of the literary in the everyday – that is the playful, creative moments that arise in everything from advertisements to graffiti, from songs to speeches. The first part of the workshop will introduce participants to language play as a concept for promoting language awareness and will focus on identifying pedagogical opportunities in literary language. Participants will then be introduced to lessons developed as part of the Foreign Languages and the Literary in the Everyday (FLLITE) project (a collaboration between two national language resource centers, CERCLL at the University of Arizona and COERLL at the University of Texas, Austin) and will be encouraged to reflect on how similar materials and activities might be integrated into their own teaching.
Chantelle Warner is Associate Professor of German and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona, where she also co-directs the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), a Title VI National Language Resource Center. Since 2014, she directs the German Studies Language Program, which encompasses the first three years of language study. Her research crosses the fields of literary and applied linguistic inquiry and focuses on how language is involved in struggles for social and symbolic power and the educational potential of playful, literary language use and creative multilingualism. Dr. Warner has published on a variety of topics including the role of language study in higher education, play and gaming in foreign language teaching, aesthetic and experiential dimensions of language learning, and literary pragmatics and stylistics. She is a founding co-editor of the journal Critical Multilingualism Studies, which is published out of the University of Arizona.
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