Speak to the World

Speak to the World


Academic Team:
Mathilde Begu (mbegu@uoregon.edu
First-Year Experience Seminar Instructor
Nelly Bescond (nellyb@uoregon.edu)
FIG Assistant

10 credits

UGST 109 First Year Experience Seminar – 1 Credit 

CRN: 16280: W: 4:00 – 4:50 PM, MCK 151 

LING 244 How to Learn Language – 4 credits 

CRN: 13115: TR: 10:00 – 11:20 AM, HED 220, +DIS CRN: 13116: F: 10:00 – 10:50 AM, ALL 141 

First or Second Year Language Course – 5 credits 

About the FIG:

Are you planning to take a language class this year? This FIG is about how to enjoy and get the most out of learning another language. During the term, we will explore 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 support and learn from each other in your language-learning journeys. You will explore how languages relate to your own personal or community history, how they play a role in your present experiences at UO, and how they might impact your future goals, desires, and professions. You will be able to share the highlights of these experiences with your peers at the end of the term.  Everyone’s path with language is a little different – let’s explore these paths together! 

LING 144 How to Learn Language - CoreEd satisfying course, 4-credits

This course will help you discover how to be a more successful language learner. You will learn about the cognition that underlies language and communication and you will develop an understanding of how humans learn in general, with a special focus on language learning, including the differences between learning heritage and second languages. You will learn to distinguish declarative knowledge (facts) and procedural knowledge (skills), implicit and explicit learning, and the primary communicative functions of language (listening, speaking, reading and writing). This course will also help you develop intercultural awareness, which in turn feeds awareness of your own cultural values and gives you tools to be a more informed global citizen. The course covers both theoretical and practical applications of research-based learning strategies. The skills you gain in this class will be transferable to any learning endeavor you might take on. You will explore how to establish your own learning goals, to learn collaboratively as a community, and to discover your weaknesses and strengths as learners. You will think critically and creatively about how to draw upon your strengths and address your weaknesses when faced with any new learning situation. With the knowledge from this class, you will be able to take control of your own learning: identify which strategies work best for each kind of knowledge relevant to using a language and which strategies work best for you as a unique individual learner. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the instructor by clicking on the email button above.

Choose your language path:

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. 

Meet your FIG Assistant and Instructor!