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NEALLT 2019 @ University of Pennsylvania

“Transformative Practices: Teaching and Learning Language and Culture with Technology”



Claudia Consolati

Claudia Consolati is Visiting Assistant Professor and Acting Director of Film and Media Studies in the Liberal Arts Division, where she teaches the core curriculum courses in Film History and Film Theory as well as electives on Feminism and Film. She is also the Senior Thesis advisor for the majors in Film and Media Studies.

Her research centers on gender and film, with particular attention to representations of the body and spirituality in cinema and new media. She has worked extensively on gender in Italian cinema with a focus on Federico Fellini and Lina Wertmuller. She is currently working on two book projects. The first, Sacred Madness: Women, Religion, and Folly in Postwar Italian Cinema is an extension of her dissertation on female holy folly in Italian film. The second, tentatively titled The Witch and the Body: Fourth-Wave Feminism in Contemporary Media examines current feminist trends across a variety of media platforms from film to social media.

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Conference Scope

Understanding “how to negotiate and act upon our own purposes, values, feelings and meanings rather than those we have uncritically assimilated from others” (Mezirow, 2000) becomes central to the educational mission as learners and educators seek to develop a more critical worldview. Indeed, transformative learning theory explains this process of constructing and appropriating new and revised interpretations of the meaning of an experience in the world (Taylor, 2017). Thus, the foreign language learning and teaching environment as a place of meaning and sense-making - as well as of reflection upon language and cultural products, practices and perspectives - offers a prime space to incorporate opportunities for transformative learning.  Technology, too, transforms FL education, fundamentally changing the ways students learn languages and connect with diverse cultures and peoples from around the globe. The NEALLT 2019 Conference, Transformative Practices: Teaching and Learning Language and Culture with Technology, focuses on pedagogical approaches and best practices that language educators combine with technology to create new opportunities for learners to explore language more collaboratively in  face-to-face, blended and online environments, and to acquire a deeper appreciation of culture.

Nine Strands

1. Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching and Learning Language in Online Environments

This strand addresses best practices and student performance based on lessons learned from designing and teaching online foreign language courses and language MOOCs (LMOOCS). Presenters will discuss the effectiveness and limitations of some common pedagogical approaches in online learning environments and explore approaches for improving participant collaboration and merging online instruction with the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages.

2. Using Technology Purposefully in Language and Culture Blended Learning Environments

In this strand, presenters will focus on strategies and offer examples that purposefully support learning goals and meet course objectives.  This strand highlights best practices through the implementation of technology within the online and the face-to-face classroom in synchronous or asynchronous spaces   

3. Innovative Uses of Course Management Systems

Course Management Systems such as Canvas and Blackboard have primarily been used to organize course content. In this strand, however, presenters will showcase course examples in a CMS that create and foster active and collaborative learning experiences  for students.

4. Interdisciplinary Instruction in Teaching Language and Culture with Technology

This strand examines the inclusion of analytical frameworks and methodologies from a variety of academic disciplines. Content from the target language and culture examines questions, themes, and issues that enhance comprehension and promote meaningful application of ideas within an integrated framework that draws from and supports students’ experiences across their studies.  The disciplines can include but are not limited to: Digital Humanities, Environmental Humanities, STEM, Business, Visual Arts, Media and Cinema Studies, History, Art History, Environmental Science, Literature.

5. Digitally-Enhanced Differentiated Instruction and Learning

This strand explores how technology can be used to enhance student learning experiences via a variety of avenues that are goal-oriented but flexible in terms of student grouping, learning environment, assessments, content and products.  Examples may include customizable Open Educational Resources (OER), dynamic pedagogical materials, and creative student projects that meet objectives in personalized ways.

6. Effective Uses of Technology in Promoting and Supporting Study Abroad

This strand  highlights how the meaningful application of technology in language and culture classes can inspire students to take part in and prepare them for study abroad experiences.  Community-building technologically enhanced environments, such as social media and content management systems, combined with best practices, can make the advantages of study abroad more visible to university administrators, therefore building financial and logistical support for our students and teachers.

7. Technology-Enhanced Professional Development for Language and Culture Instructors

This strand invites examples of how innovative use of digital tools can build and strengthen teaching profiles and networks, via webinars, e-portfolios, annotated recordings, interactive lesson plans, collaborative materials, etc.  It also seeks models of innovative ways in which language and culture educators frame and enhance their teaching portfolios to reach a wider audience that spans beyond specific disciplines and fields.

8. Digital Pedagogies for Teaching Intercultural Communication

Inline with the recently published NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-do Statements for Intercultural Communication (ICC) this strand seeks proposals that address curricular design and scaffolded activities to foster intercultural communication in the foreign language classroom and beyond.

9. Telecollaboration for Intercultural Learning

Based on for example Gilberte Furstenburg’s Cultura model, this session will focus on the process known as telecollaboration that “allows groups of students to co-construct complex views of each other’s cultures.”