Spring 2020 BLC Fellows
Instructional Development Research Projects
via Zoom (Meeting ID: 937-3656-5945)
Literacy en français and à la française: Socializing Students to Academic Literacy Practices in a Foreign Language
Emily Linares, GSR, French
Despite an emphasis on “multiliteracies” and “intercultural learning” in literacy research, reading and writing in a foreign language continue to be largely understood as the use of foreign language words combined with U.S. academic practices. This talk reports on interventions carried out in both lower-division and upper-division French courses that sensitized students to French academic literacy practices.
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Using the Language Around Us: Teaching Spanish Linguistics with Urban Signage
Jhonni Carr, Lecturer, Spanish & Portuguese
As a BLC Fellow this semester, I worked on the development of a new upper-division course regarding the presence of Spanish in urban signage. After a brief introduction to Linguistic Landscape Studies, I will provide an overview of the four modules of the course and then delve into a more detailed description of the final module on social justice and the linguistic landscape, covering learning objectives, instructional materials, class activities, and excursions. Finally, I will comment on challenges and next steps in the development of the course.
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Towards a Trans-Anatolian Pedagogy: Traversing Invisible Turkish-Kurdish Landscapes Through Film
Jason Vivrette, Lecturer, Near Eastern Studies
This project takes a transnational approach to the teaching of Turkish, with the aim of foregrounding multilingual and multicultural landscapes, soundscapes, and power dynamics otherwise invisible in a purely national paradigm. Through a series of thematic modules built around film clips that highlight Turkish-Kurdish convergences and interactions, I illustrate how such an approach not only enables advanced students to traverse an often overlooked transcultural terrain, but also equips them to engage with a multiplicity of seemingly contradictory experiences and conceptions of Anatolian space and identity.
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Friday, May 1, 2020
3:10 – 5:00 pm
via Zoom: (meeting ID: 937-3656-5945)