Colloquium - 2011 Edition

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Sample issues presented:

  • Using Wikipedia for academic purposes (http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page)
  • Increasing need for interpreters/translators
  • Effective uses of technology for language and culture instruction
  • How to create closer organic links to the growing study abroad programs (industry?)
  • The need for language theme houses on campus (see for example http://www.middlebury.edu/ls)
  • Better promotion of the Plan B option for LACS majors
  • The role of language and culture instruction in the Humanities as a bridge to build a stronger democracy
  • The challenges new technologies present to language instruction (e.g. online translation tools, chat bots, immersive video games)
  • How much of our curriculum should be English vs. foreign-language based? One of the primary missions of our department is to teach students that knowledge of a language can provide them with crucial insights about a nation's culture and literature. Yet the demand for culture classes taught in English can often exceed enrollments in a course taught in the target language. Should this influence how we construct our curriculum? To what extent should we be driven by student demand versus principled beliefs about language instruction?
  • Language and culture instruction to create global citizens
  • Should we offer online language instruction? See, for example, http://chronicle.com/article/Foreign-Language-Instruction/129604/
  • The need to establish partnerships across language programs
  • Moving towards enhanced student-centered classes (where students run the class and we are guides, especially in seminars) but also in language learning classes (ways to put the onus on students);
  • Along the lines of the above, more "hands on" learning, i.e. debates, presentations, cli, public lectures and demonstration of knowledge acquisition and application. We do this already, but more and qualitatively challenging stuff
  • And now for something completely different?, "distance and online" learning courses, for recruiting purposes. Why not, for example, teach a team-taught course online, for credit, open to our students and to high school seniors thinking about coming to Trinity (almost like AP?).

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