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CFP: Symposium on Language Pedagogy in Higher Education

Friday, October 2, 2020

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

This symposium was created to serve as a professional development forum tailored to the needs of post-secondary language educators, with the broader goals of enhancing the quality of language programs and providing opportunities for inter-institutional collaboration.

Invited speakers:

  • Dr. Bill VanPatten will give a plenary address on “Barriers to Innovation in Language Program Direction”
  • Dr. Claudia Fernández (University of Illinois at Chicago) will facilitate a workshop on “Re-designing the Basic Language Curriculum for the 21st Century”
  • Dr. Cori Crane (Duke University) will do a workshop on “Working Towards Perspective Transformation: Fostering Critical Reflection in the Language Classroom”

The symposium will also feature a special workshop for language program directors and coordinators on “Conflict Resolution: A Guide to Crucial Conversations,” as well as round-table discussion sessions on topics such as TA training, experiential learning, online courses, etc.  For information, please visit our website: