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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