Literacies for LCTLs

To address the lack of literacies-oriented materials for less commonly taught languages (LCTLs), CARLA is offering a workshop series that address pressing needs for LCTL teachers. Two two-part workshops will be offered between 2023-2025: the 2023-2024 workshops focus on implementing multiliteracies pedagogy in introductory LCTL classrooms; the 2024-3035 workshops focus on developing students’ knowledge of language forms through multiliteracies activities. Following each set of workshops, participants will receive feedback from the workshop leaders on materials they develop, which will then be published on this webpage.

Using Multiliteracies Pedagogy with Novice LCTL Learners

Upcoming workshop:A Kaleidoscopic Look at Texts: Engaging Novice LCTL Learners Through Literacies-Informed Teaching

Saturday, November 11, 2023
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Online via Zoom
FREE! See details below

The term kaleidoscopic implies a wide range of possibilities when it comes to promoting language learning with a variety of multimodal texts. In this workshop, we demonstrate how different textual genres can be used in beginning less commonly taught language (LCTL) classrooms to promote students’ literacies development. Specifically, we focus on the textual types found in linguistic landscapes and social media platforms and we discuss texts in relation to research findings to address some of the challenges LCTL language educators face related to literacies-informed teaching practices. You will leave this workshop with tools to help you select and analyze texts of different genres. With the kaleidoscope now in your hands, new possibilities will come to the surface for effectively using texts with your beginning LCTL learners. After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of texts as an essential component of beginning LCTL courses
  • Apply criteria for selecting texts appropriate for your students
  • Identify textual features of specific genres present in target language texts
  • Formulate, experiment with, and evaluate ideas for engaging beginning LCTL learners with texts.

Facilitators:Yuri Kumagai, Smith College andBorbala Gaspar, University of Arizona

Target audience:This workshop is open to LCTL teachers (i.e., languages other than ESL/EFL, French, German, and Spanish) who work with beginning-level students in secondary and postsecondary contexts in the United States.

This workshop will be offered free of charge to language educators within the target audience on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Fill out thisquick formif you are interested in attending the workshop.

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