Foreign language education Archive

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Colloquium on the Multilingual Native Language Teacher, February 28, 2014

The Legitimacy Gap: Multilingual native language teachers in monolingual foreign language departments Foreign-born language instructors who teach their native language in the U.S. face the difficult task of mediating between two worlds that often seem historically, socially and culturally incompatible. While they are expected to represent the stereotypical native speaker and to make their students…

Lecture by Alessia Blad, February 14, 2014

Blended learning: a new (and better) approach to beginning Italian Alessia Blad, University of Notre Dame The study of foreign languages faces numerous opportunities and challenges in today’s increasingly globalized world. In the United States, many foreign language programs are disappearing or in decline. Meanwhile developments in technology and the creation of new media challenge…

Lecture by Russell Berman, February, 1, 2013

Beyond Citizenship and the Liberal Arts: Reforming the Humanities PhD by Russell Berman, German Studies and Comparative Literature, Stanford University Instead of defending the humanities with the dubious claim that they make for better citizens, we need to consider the real experience of college education, the character of learning processes and vocational prospects. Doctoral education…

Lecture by Lourdes Ortega, November 16, 2012: Lourdes Ortega

Language Teaching and SLA: Understanding the Limits and Possibilities of the Research-teaching Interface by Lourdes Ortega, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University Language teachers often feel unsure of the value of second language acquisition (SLA) research, wondering if studies about language teaching are relevant and realistic enough to give them insights that can inform and improve…

Results in L2 Journal Articles

The Importance of Bridging

In this article, I will discuss the importance of the fundamental aspect of “bridging” in the wider context of language teaching. I will use “bridging” particularly in terms of cultural differences and underline the pivotal role of specific techniques, in a language class as well as in a pedagogy class or seminar, to help finding common ground between groups of people with different backgrounds...

Subjectivity and Spirituality during Study Abroad: A Case Study

In this paper, we examine the case of Veronica, an American undergraduate studying abroad in Paris, whose struggles to negotiate linguistic and cultural differences highlight a deeply personal and emotional attempt to reconcile the symbolic values she assigns to her national, ethnic and imagined identities...

Studying Fictional Representations of History in the L2 Classroom

The article addresses the didactic questions of what, why and how aspects of culture and history can be—and should be, it is argued—an integral part of all foreign and second language teaching and learning. In particular, it is argued that the study of literary fiction within tertiary foreign language education can function as a gateway ...

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