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…

Lecture by David Malinowski, September 14, 2012

Where is the language classroom today?: Reconsidering the place/s of language learning with technology by David Malinowski, Berkeley Language Center, University of California, Berkeley Labeled increasingly as “traditional” or “brick-and-mortar”, the physical university classroom has been criticized for fostering a teacher-centered, top-down, and formulaic model of education, whose resistance to innovation is symbolized by the…

Lecture by H. Douglas Brown, April 6, 2012

Teaching as a Subversive Activity—Revisited by H. Douglas Brown, Professor Emeritus of English, San Francisco State University For virtually every language teacher, some of the primary driving motives for teaching language are rooted in our desire to be “agents for change” in this world, our desire to help people to communicate across national, political, and…

A Conversation with Claire Kramsch and Sirpa Tuomainen

Featuring Mark Kaiser (MK), Claire Kramsch (CK), and Sirpa Tuomainen (ST) MK: Both of you are back from sojourns in Europe. Can you tell us about what you were engaged in there? CK: I had a semester sabbatical and I spent it in Paris, where I grew up. It gave me the opportunity to go…

Lecture by Peter Patrikis, September 26, 2008

A Brief History of the Universe of Foreign Language Education:  or, Dirty Little Secrets by Dr. Peter Patrikis, Executive Director, The Winston Churchill Foundation Change in the field of foreign languages is often imposed from the outside (national reports, grant-making agencies, area studies programs, etc.), leaving the foreign language teachers subjected to the whim of…

Results in L2 Journal Articles

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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