Methodologies of Modern Language Teaching

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery” (Mark Van Doren). This was the goal I aimed at when designing a Methodology of Modern Language Teaching course at the Spanish and Portuguese Program here at Yale University. With the guidance of Nellek Van Deusen-Scholl (The Director of The Center for Language Study at Yale University) and the collaboration of Luna Najera (Co-Language Program Director/ Spanish and Portuguese), we were able to create a course that assists future language instructors to go on their journey of discovery as they themselves guide their students through a similar journey.

The course prepares the students for a teaching career through readings, lectures, classroom discussions, and presentations on current issues in foreign/second language acquisition theory and teaching methodology.

Click here for a more detailed look into that course.

 

Curriculum Development/ Intermediate Spanish II

Curriculum development is always an eye-opening learning experience. I was happy to learn and help learn in such a process as I was partaking in the curriculum development of Intermediate Spanish II as part of my role as Interim Co-Language Program Director (2021-2022). In collaboration with the CLS, the Spanish and Portuguese Department has conducted … Continue reading Curriculum Development/ Intermediate Spanish II

Upcoming Conference presentations: Multilingual Approaches in World Language Education: Perspectives from Arabic Learning Contexts

Happy to accept Prof. Emma Trentman’s invitation to be part of the Colloquium in AAAL 2022. This colloquium focuses on multilingual approaches to language learning in the context of U.S. learners of Arabic.  Arabic is a language known for its diglossic nature, extensive variation in regional dialects, and use in multilingual contexts.  While the challenges … Continue reading Upcoming Conference presentations: Multilingual Approaches in World Language Education: Perspectives from Arabic Learning Contexts

Upcoming Conference Presentations: How the COVID 19 Pandemic offers Opportunities for Student Engagement in Language

Happy to accept Ustatha Magda El-Sherbini’s invitation to be part of this panel. The current situation created by the COVID 19 pandemic offers opportunities for universities to develop innovative approaches to language instruction. Libraries can play a vital role in this process by establishing contacts and facilitating communications. Library Area Studies departments are well-positioned to … Continue reading Upcoming Conference Presentations: How the COVID 19 Pandemic offers Opportunities for Student Engagement in Language

Teaching Social Justice in the Language Classroom

Foreign Language Association of Virginia 

Fall 2021 Virtual Conference / Oct 7 – 9

 

Session 26: Technology to Help Incorporate Social Justice in the Language Classroom
Although I do not teach Arabic, there was a plethora of useful content for me to reflect on and consider for my Spanish classroom. Thank you for sharing!
Really liked the puppet show idea and the way she incorporated diversity and justice in to her characters.
I liked seeing the overlapping applications for language learning, social justice, and technology. The lesson on play characters’ names is excellent – it meets the linguistic goals and addresses a social justice issue in an approachable way.

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Facilitating in the ACTFL Summer Learning Series with a focus on Social Justice

Organized by the amazing ACTFL education team Paul Sandrock (Senior Advisor for Language Learning Initiatives) and Lea Graner Kennedy (ACTFL Education Senior Advisor )the ACTFL Summer Learning Series launched on July  13th and continues till July 22nd. Pamela M. Wesely (Professor, Multilingual Education) and Cassandra Glynn (Associate Professor, Education) authors of the book Words and … Continue reading Facilitating in the ACTFL Summer Learning Series with a focus on Social Justice