Presented by Gillian Lord, (University of Florida, Professor and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies).
Following the Modern Language Association’s (2007) recommendations, and in the face of declining enrollments nationwide, language programs are beginning to undertake some serious self-reflection with respect to our curricula and our pedagogical approaches. This process is all too often revealing an uncomfortable truth: that we cannot continue on the path we have been on, and that our survival may depend on our willingness and our ability to re-envision our approach to teaching languages, literatures and cultures. More specifically, I argue – again, following guidelines offered by the MLA, ACTFL, and others – that we must explore how we can maximize cross-disciplinary collaborations in order to increase enrollments and to better foster “translingual and transcultural competence.” In this presentation, I highlight a selection of successful innovations and collaborations we have undertaken in my department, ranging from individual class development to campus-wide alliances.
See Dr. Lord’s biographical information here.
Further details forthcoming.