The faculty in RLL continuously hone their craft in order to improve our students’ learning outcomes. Since 2016, RLL has hosted an annual event called the Share Fair. It brings faculty from across RLL together to share ideas and resources to improve student learning. Over the years, the themes have ranged from warm up and transition exercises, integrating culture in the curriculum, and whether or not to use technology in the classroom.
Created by Andrea Stiasny Carruthers, the event is now organized by a group of volunteers including Andrea, Julie Harrell, Rashmi Rama, Amaryllis Rodríguez Mojica, and Coquis Galvan-Santibanez.
During the Seventh Annual Share Fair in March 2022, Carolina Bengolea Purdy gave a presentation describing how she was using infographics as a creative way for her Spanish 231 students to practice their language skills. During the presentation, Carolina explained her process and shared the final products her students created.
Inspired by Carolina’s exercise, Sabine Gabaron felt compelled to explore this idea in her French 274 - French and Francophone Societies and Culture - Medical I course that same semester.
“The creation and sharing of Infographics brought a wonderful sense of purpose to the class.” Gabaron wrote. “ It also elevated students’ confidence in their abilities to create meaningful content in the foreign language, regardless of their linguistic levels, and allowed them to share their own appreciation of a current world health issue in a personalized, creative, powerful way.”
This activity engaged students in a real-life problem-solving issue related to an important health crisis while underlining social, economic, and political inequities in the DROM-COMs - the term used to describe all land under French sovereignty outside of mainland France.
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