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Summer 2010 Workshops Series

June 1st - 2nd

Developing Intercultural Competence in the Foreign Language Class: Why and How?

Presenter's Short Biography

This two-day interactive and “hands-on” workshop will focus on the National Endowment of the Humanities funded Cultura project, a web-based online exchange that was created to develop students’ in-depth understanding of another culture within an intermediate level language class. Gilberte Furstenberg, one of the authors of this telecollaborative project, will share her twelve-year experience in designing and teaching an intermediate French language course in which her students interact with students at a French University via online discussion forums. The workshop will include many discussions and some hands-on sessions in which participants will start “imagining” and then designing their own project, adapting Cultura to their own language and culture courses, and for the level of their choice. At the beginning of this two-day workshop, Gilberte Furstenberg will (1) describe the context for the project, (2) detail its goals, approach and content, (3) illustrate the many ways in which students work with all the materials - including the online discussion forums, (4) focus along the way on the key aspects that allow students to develop intercultural competence and (5) showcase how language is learnt within such an environment. She will then focus more specifically on the role of the teacher (simulating a class with the participants) as well as the new challenges he/she faces, in terms of implementation, methodology, class management and assessment. She will also reflect upon the implications of such a project in terms of what it means to “teach” culture. This will open the way to more discussions - after which participants, working in groups, will start thinking about the Cultura-like projects they would want to develop. They will define how they might want to use the project and adapt it to their own environment (as a whole course? as part of a course? for what level? etc.) and then start generating appropriate content and activities.

June 3rd - 4th

Reconceptualizing Technology in Language Education: Emerging Tools and Practices

These four workshops can be taken separately or as a group, or in any combination. Workshops will be 9am to Noon and 1pm to 4pm both days.

Technology Workshop 1 - Introduction to Teaching Online - June 3, 2010, 9:00am-12:00pm, Wayne Brent

This workshop will be an overview of the concepts and strategies for teaching online. This workshop will be generic to online teaching and as such is applicable to language instruction, but is not restricted to language instructors.

Technology Workshop 2 - New Media Technologies in the L2 Classroom - June 3, 2010, 1:00-4:00pm, Jon Reinhardt

This workshop will look at new media technologies and how they have been, and can be used in the L2 classroom. We will discuss theory of new media and L2 learning and pedagogy, look at examples of how L2 learning in new media-enhanced environments has been studied, and how it can be integrated into L2 curricula. Participants will explore various technologies, including social networking (e.g. Ning & Facebook), blogging & microblogging (e.g. Twitter), and collaborative documents (e.g. Google Wave), and discuss how these might be used in the L2 classroom.

Technology Workshop 3 - Using Chat Tools in the L2 Classroom - June 4, 2010, 9:00am-12:00pm, Garry Forger and Justin LeBreck

This workshop provides demonstrations and hands-on practice with technology tools for language teaching. We discuss choosing the right tool for each task, integrating curriculum requirements with technology use, and provide strategies for using technology to supplement the language learning experience. Two University of Arizona projects will be emphasized (COHChat and OLÉ). The workshop concentrates mostly on systems freely available over the internet. Sometimes referred to as Web 2.0 tools, there are many free online applications instructors can use. In these times of tight budgets it becomes even more valuable that we can use free web-based tools to enhance the language learning experience.

Technology Workshop 4 - Digital Gaming in the L2 Classroom - June 4, 2010, 1:00-4:00pm, Jon Reinhardt

This workshop will look at digital gaming technologies and how they have been, and can be used in the L2 classroom. We will discuss theory of digital gaming and L2 learning and pedagogy, look at examples of how L2 learning in digital game-mediated environments has been researched, and how it can be integrated into L2 curricula. Participants will explore various technologies, including MMOGs (e.g. WoW), stand alone computer games (e.g. The Sims), browser-based social networking games, and mobile games.

June 7th - 8th

Teaching Texts: Pedagogical Stylistics in the Language Classroom

Presentation materials and handouts from this workshop are available for download (.zip file).

Presenters' Short Biography

This workshop focuses on how concepts and methods from stylistics can enrich the teaching of texts in the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of foreign language study. Stylistic analysis concerns how various linguistic choices affect interpretation and thus, as a pedagogical approach, can help students to move from working with language on the sentence level to dealing with longer, more complex stretches of discourse and to encourage their awareness of the intersections between language and culture. In addition to learning some basic concepts about stylistics, participants will also be introduced to sample classroom activities and have an opportunity to create and receive feedback on their own lessons. The materials presented will feature a variety of text-types including literary, journalistic, conversational, academic and autobiographical genres.