Bruna Sommer-Farias, Michigan State University.
January 26th, 2023, at 10 am Arizona time.
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This webinar will discuss ways to implement genre pedagogy in world language classes to develop genre awareness across languages. First, I introduce genre pedagogies and the concepts of genre awareness and genre-specific knowledge as tools to scaffold writing instruction. Second, I share examples of pedagogical materials designed for multiple languages, including Portuguese, Japanese and Spanish. These examples will illustrate the use of genre as a concept to select relevant texts for reading and writing, to scaffold language and writing instruction, and to leverage learners’ background knowledge to support writing development in additional languages. These practices challenge the teaching of genres as templates and argue for genre knowledge development across languages as a way to recognize, leverage and expand learners’ multilingual repertoires in the world language classroom.
Bruna Sommer-Farias (Ph.D., University of Arizona) is Assistant Professor in the Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on genre and corpus-informed approaches to curriculum and instruction, language teacher development and multilingualism. Her work has appeared in journals such as Written Communication and Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages.
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