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Embedding modern languages across the disciplines - Catriona Cunningham

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Embedding modern languages across the disciplines - Catriona Cunningham

  1. 1. Dr Catriona Cunningham 4 December 2014 Embedding Modern Languages in the curriculum
  2. 2. Relevance of Modern Languages in the curriculum Exploring why IWLP can make a difference to embedding modern foreign languages in the curriculum Transformative power of Modern Languages across the curriculum What this means for learning and the 21st century graduate 2 Workshop dimensions
  3. 3. Institution-wide Language Provision What? Why? Where?
  4. 4. Dr John Morley, University of Manchester • Growing number of institutions offering IWLP differently • In 2013, 54 500 students in 75 institutions studying IWLP • Recruitment on to IWLP good • Top Languages: Spanish, French, German, Chinese • IWLP attracts large numbers of international students • Strong support at institutional level 4 UCML-AULC survey of Institution-Wide Language Provision in universities in the UK (2013-2014)
  5. 5. 5 • Native Language Teacher or Subject Specialist? • Standardisation and accreditation • Differentiation? • How to integrate IWLP into modules/courses?
  6. 6. 6 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  7. 7. 7 With reference to the ‘hot topics’ on the previous slide, consider which position is taken by you (and your institution)? Why?Why?
  8. 8. 8 Why Modern Languages matter
  9. 9. 9 LOST INTRANSLATION ?
  10. 10. • Move towards the image that appeals to you the most • Consider your response – what is about the words and image that you like? • What do the words mean? • What do they evoke? • Can you think of a time in your professional life where you had a similarly (rich) lost in translation moment? 10 Lost in translation
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  12. 12. School in America was easy, assignments sent in by email, classroom air conditioned, professors willing to give make-up tests. But she was uncomfortable with what the professors called ‘participation’, and did not see why it should be part of the final grade; it merely made students talk and talk, class time wasted on obvious words, hollow words, sometimes meaningless words. […] And they overused the word “excited”, a professor excited about a new book, a student excited about a class, a politician on TV excited about a law; it was altogether too much excitement. Some of the expressions she heard every day astonished her, jarred her, and she wondered what X’s mother would make of them. You shouldn’t have done that. There is three things. I had a apple. A couple days. I want to lay down. Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi (2013). Americanah, London: Fourth Estate pp. 133-134 12 We are all international?
  13. 13. 13 What do you think of the narrator’s voice? Where do you think s/he is? What about the comments s/he makes on language? Do you notice the language you and your students use in class? What similarities and differences do you notice?
  14. 14. We have looked at: 1. Value of IWLP – challenges and rewards 2. Mistranslation – linguistic tensions 3. Cultural experience in a global classroom From the pre-workshop reading, look at the quotes and choose one that resonates with you. What are the implications for learning and teaching languages for us and our students? 14 Teaching languages
  15. 15. 15 How could you enhance the intercultural and linguistic skills of your students?
  16. 16. Scenario: At the University of Lentilles, where there is a large number of non-traditional and international students , in your role as programme leader in your discipline, you have been tasked with evaluating and changing in the way your programmes address the employability agenda. With particular focus on internationalisation and interculturalism, outline (in pairs) how you would go about achieving this. Use image, storyboard or simple words to show what you would do! 16 Intercultural and Linguistic Skills
  17. 17. Barnett, R., and R. Di Napoli (eds). 2008. Changing identities in higher education, London: Routledge. Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi, (2013). Americanah, London: Fourth Estate. Hoffman, E. (1998). Lost in Translation – A Life in a New Language. London: Vintage. Huston, N. (1997) Perdre le nord suivi de Douze France. Arles: Actes Sud. Kaplan, A. (1993). French Lessons – A Memoir. Chicago and London: Chicago University Press. UCML-AULC (2013) UCML-AULC survey of Institution-Wide Language Provision in universities in the UK (2013-2014) http://www.ucml.ac.uk/languages-education/he-languages (accessed on 7th January 2014) Even the fall of a dancer is a somersault” http://www.worldofproverbs.com/2012/03/even-fall-of-dancer-is-somersault.html accessed 30 October 2014. Image from Flikr all rights reserved by *bearnaked 17 References
  18. 18. “Un panier de crabes” - a can of worms Huston, N. (1997) Perdre le nord suivi de douze France. Arles: Actes Sud. Image from Flikr all rights reserved by robbierobertson2008 “Encontrarse como un pulpo en un garaje” - to find yourself out of place http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/yoursay/lost_for_words/spanish/adage_spanish.shtml accessed 30 October 2014 Image by Flikr some rights reserved by ohsohappytogether 4. “My hovercraft is full of eels in many languages” http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/hovercraft.htm accessed 30 October 2014 Image from Flikr some rights reserved by Kimb0lene 18

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