Anticipating Disability: Design Strategies for Inclusive World Language Teaching

A workshop for UW-Madison language educators

Wade Edwards

Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Longwood University

1:00-3:00 pm, Friday, March 31
Van Hise 1418

About the workshop

This workshop for UW-Madison language educators is arranged in two parts. In Part 1, Anticipating Disability, Dr. Edwards will describe the perfect storm on his campus that led to the application of Universal Design for Instruction as a framework to address the diverse needs of students with disabilities and the pedagogy of world language instructors in the college classroom. In Part 2, Design Strategies for Inclusive Teaching, using case studies and materials developed by Project LINC (Learning in Inclusive Classrooms), participants will discuss ways to design a classroom that expects and welcomes a diverse student population, with a particular emphasis on neurodivergent students.


About the speaker

Wade Edwards, PhD has been teaching French to college students at public universities for 30 years, first at Miami University of Ohio, then at the University of Virginia where he completed a PhD in 19th-century French literature, and, since 2002, at Longwood University in Virginia where he currently serves as Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

As a former department chair and program coordinator, he partnered with Sally Scott, PhD, a colleague in Disability Resources, to improve success rates for students in required world language classes. With support from a 4-year grant from the US Department of Education called Project LINC, they focused on students with disabilities and other diverse learners, and developed portable training materials for world language instructors at the college level, some of which he will share today.

Over the last decade Wade and Sally have been researching, presenting, and writing about the intersection between disability and world language learning, which became the title of the book they published in 2019. Wade’s other publications have appeared in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Feminist Teacher, the NECTFL Review, the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, and elsewhere.

Sponsors: Language Institute, with funding from the Anonymous Fund.

Contact: Jana Martin

The UW-Madison Language Institute is committed to inclusive and accessible programming. To request an accommodation for this event, please contact Language Institute associate director Jana Martin three business days in advance.