Are you interested in promoting and celebrating the linguistic diversity that exists in the language(s) that you teach? Have your students shared that the language “out there” is different from the “standard” being taught in class? If yes, this is the perfect workshop for you.
During this interactive session, teachers will learn about the benefits of integrating language varieties and registers into the curriculum and how this can be accomplished through specific examples across proficiency levels. By creating a more inclusive classroom experience, teachers are validating and making visible often marginalized language varieties and registers; at the same time, they are creating more linguistically and culturally tolerant students who will be better prepared for authentic communication opportunities.
IMPORTANT: Please bring one or two examples of materials that focus on either register (e.g., a German rap song using slang) or linguistic variation (e.g., a poem written in Louisiana French) to work with during the workshop!
Target audience: This workshop is appropriate for foreign language and ESL teachers at all levels.
Presenter: C. Brian Barnett, Lecturer of French and Director of French Language Instruction, University of Minnesota. Brian has degrees in French, Spanish, and Language Education as well as a certification in secondary French. Brian has taught undergraduate-level novice, intermediate, and advanced French courses and graduate-level pedagogy courses. He has interests in the American varieties of French, immersion education, children's literature, materials and curriculum development, and styles- and strategies-based instruction.
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