Speak to the World

Speak to the World

Are you planning to take a language class this year? This Speak to the World FIG is about how to enjoy and get the most out of learning another language. During the term we will explore both general principles and individual differences in language learning, and how these apply to your own experiences as you learn a language. We’ll discuss what language, communication, and culture-in-interaction mean, experiment with using specific language learning strategies, 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 you will have the opportunity to learn from each other and from experts in 2nd Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Linguistics and International Studies. You will create e-Portfolios to track and show evidence of your proficiency growth in the language(s) you are studying and as learners in general. You will be able to share the highlights of this teaching/learning experience with your peers as your 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.