Lecture by Sally Magnan, February 23, 2007

From National Educational Standards to Language Use

by Sally Sieloff Magnan, Professor of French and Director of the Language Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The National Standards for Foreign Language Learning are having a substantial effect on instruction. However, socially based perspectives of second language acquisition, focusing on language use, lead us to question how we interpret the Standards, especially the relationship between communication and culture. This talk considers the Communication, Culture, and Community Standards from a theoretical perspective of communicative competence, and then how they might guide communicative foreign language teaching.

Friday, February 23, 2007
3:00-5:00 p.m., 370 Dwinelle Hall