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Language Collaboratory

 

We are very pleased to announce the creation of The Language Collaboratory, a partnership for the advancement of intercollegiate dialogue on the teaching of languages and cultures, driven by language centers and institutes at the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The purpose of this initiative is to provide collaborative professional development opportunities for educators of language, culture, and literature at the five institutions.

Please join us for the Fall 2021 Series "Fostering Student Engagement in Online, Face-to-Face, and Hybrid Language Learning Environments: Research and Praxis"

Building on a strong foundation from the 2020-2021 academic year, the Language Collaboratory continues in 2021-22 to offer a series of online sessions that will provide space for a stimulating dialogue between a discussant from one of the participating institutions and session attendees. This academic year, we will focus our discussions on the theme of student engagement. New in this series, three invited discussants who are leading work in the area of student engagement will share their expertise with our audience.

In the series, we hope to provide insights on student engagement from two lenses/perspectives: 1) research-based, and 2) pedagogical and practical. Furthermore, the sessions will examine the implications and manifestations of student engagement praxis in and out of the classroom.

Sessions will be guided by the following questions:

  • What is engagement and what role does it play in language learning and teaching? 
  • How do language teaching professionals promote and support meaningful engagement of their students? How do these interactions vary based on the course delivery mode and/or format?
  • What are some of the challenges that practitioners encounter when promoting and supporting meaningful engagement of their language students?

Individual sessions will address how student engagement relates to and intersects with topics such as corrective feedback, task design, learning achievement, group dynamics, classroom environment, students’ willingness or reticence to speak, and others. Each session will be scheduled for 30 minutes, with optional 15-minute additional discussion time.

All sessions are held synchronously via Zoom. Sessions are scheduled for Mondays or Thursdays, 3:30-4:00 (4:15) pm central, 4:30-5:00 (5:15) pm eastern. Sessions are 30 minutes in length, with additional 15 minutes of optional discussion for those interested in digging deeper into the topic.

Sessions

Accommodations: We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Automated live-captions are available for every session. To request accommodations or discuss access needs please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello (carri093@umn.edu) from the University of Minnesota, at least a week in advance prior to the event. Requests made after that point cannot be guaranteed.

Sponsors

University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Language Media Center; University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) Language Resource Center; University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Language Center; Michigan State University, Center for Language Teaching Advancement; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Language Institute