Teaching in the Disciplines: Teaching Modern Languages - Lunchtime Book Group: While We’re on the Topic by Bill VanPatten

February 10, 2021 - 12:00am to 1:30pm
February 24, 2021 - 12:00am to 1:30pm
March 10, 2021 - 12:00am to 1:30pm
Hosted online via Zoom

"I took four years of French and can’t speak a word.” When language instructors hear people say this, it makes us wonder what is happening in the classroom. In this book group series, we will read Bill VanPatten’s While We’re on the Topic and discuss other views on how to teach language effectively so that we help students become proficient. We will examine questions such as: What are we actually expecting students to learn and how do we know they’ve learned it? What does risk-taking in the language classroom look like and how do we help students embrace it? What is the role of grammar instruction in our courses? Join your colleagues for a lively discussion on learning languages in the 21st century.

This book group will be held in three sessions:

  • Wednesday, February 10, 12:00-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 24, 12:00-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 10, 12:00-1:30pm

Important: Registration for this book group will close on Monday, January 25 to allow time for book distribution. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of this book via mail if registered by the deadline. In the registration form, please enter the address at which you will receive the shipment. 

Registration for the first session will serve as registration for the subsequent sessions. 

The facilitator will send an access link to this webinar via email prior to the session.

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