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Connections Beyond the Classroom: Meaningful Projects for Remote Language Courses

Monday, March 8

Description: Student well-being can be fostered in the remote language classroom not only through instructors' flexibility and empathy, but additionally through curricular means.

In this presentation, the speaker will discuss two examples of course projects with real-world application that can be implemented in the remote language classroom. The centering of these projects on the goal of meaningful connection with the world beyond the classroom can increase student motivation, students' sense of purpose, and by extension their well-being as learners.

Discussant: Katrien Vanpee, Ph.D., Director of Arabic Language Program, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota

Short bio: Katrien Vanpee is the Arabic Program Director at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches Arabic language (Modern Standard and Gulf Colloquial), literature, and culture courses. Her interests include foreign language pedagogy, language program direction and curriculum design, the incorporation of social justice pedagogy in the FL classroom, modern Arabic poetry, and the cultural heritage of the Arabian Peninsula.

If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at carri093@umn.edu at least three business days in advance.