Date: December 5, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: online

Webinar presented by Heather Willis Allen (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Writing is a critical skill in personal, educational, and professional domains, yet its role in L2 (second language) education in the United States is unclear and several recent studies have identified presentational writing as the most difficult modality to teach and the one that students struggle with the most. In this 90-minute webinar, participants explored the principles of Design writing instruction and discussed pedagogical examples of how this approach can be used to integrate L2 reading and writing, to facilitate learners’ familiarity with and use of appropriate L2 writing conventions, and to foster dialogue around the process and products of L2 writing.

This event is one in a three-part webinar series exploring literacy-based lesson planning in the language classroom. The others were presented by Cherice Montgomery and José Aldemar Álvarez Valencia

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Heather Willis Allen is Associate Professor of French in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a core faculty member of her university’s second language acquisition doctoral program. She teaches undergraduate French courses and graduate courses in applied linguistics and serves as Course Chair for Elementary French One and Two and Intermediate French One in her department. Her research has appeared in the ADFL Bulletin, Foreign Language Annals, the French Review, L2 Journal, and the Modern Language Journal. Her collaborative projects have included co-authoring A Multiliteracies Framework for Collegiate Foreign Language Teaching (2016 with Kate Paesani and Beatrice Dupuy) and Alliages Culturels: La Société Française en Transformation (2013 with Sebastien Dubreil) and co-editing the 2011 AAUSC volume Educating the Future Foreign Language Professoriate for the 21st Century with Hiram Maxim. Her current project is a book-length monograph on the use of Design pedagogy for teaching second language writing.

Registration closed at 5PM (Arizona) on December 4, 2020.

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