This FIG aims to increase students' awareness about how languages are learned in general and how they learn them as individuals. During the course we will discuss what language and communication mean, learn how to apply specific language learning strategies for different modes of communication including intercultural communication and develop metacognitive skills that will apply not only to language learning but learning and life in general (both personal and professional).
Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to learn from expert colleagues in 2nd Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Linguistics and International Studies. They will create e-Portfolios to track and show evidence of their proficiency growth in the languages they study and as learners in general. They will share the highlights of this teaching/learning experience with their peers as part of their final project.
Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:
UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit
LING 144 How to Learn Language - CoreEd satisfying course, 4-credits
In this course we will discover how to be more successful language learners (in particular), but also better learners in general. The skills taught in this class will be transferable to any learning endeavor you might take on. We will explore how to establish personal learning goals, how to learn collaboratively as a community how to discover individual weaknesses and strengths as learners, and how to think critically and creatively about how we draw upon strengths and address weaknesses when faced with any new learning challenge. We will set individual language-learning goals and explore empirically validated learning strategies that will help reach those goals.
Choose your language path - 5-credits:
Any first or second year language course, see below for examples:
SPAN 101, GER 101, PORT 101, KRN 101, SPAN 111, FR 111, FR 112, GER 201, JPN 201, SPAN 201 etc.