Balancing Academic Rigor with Flexibility in Language Courses

Sabine Gabaron, Lecturer, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan


3:30 pm central time, Thursday, February 11

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In this session we will explore some of the challenges we are facing as instructors, in our remote instruction, around flexibility and academic rigor.  We will discuss possible ways of creating an engaging, welcoming, understanding teaching environment while encouraging quality performance and setting reasonable expectations, both for the instructor and the students. Please consider sharing examples of challenges you have encountered and how you were able to address them.

About the discussant:

Sabine Gabaron is a French native speaker, Lecturer IV at the University of Michigan. She coordinated elementary French for a few years and has been teaching across the curriculum. Since her first year as an instructor, she has been interested in developing new teaching techniques involving technology, encouraging meaningful communication in the classroom, and motivating students to express their passions and interests in the foreign language, to feel empowered and individually successful.

Delivery format: Zoom meeting

Contact: Jana Martin, Associate Director, Language Institute. Email Jana for access to a recording of the session.

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at least three business days prior to the event.

Sponsors: University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Language Media Center; University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) Language Resource Center; University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Language Center; Michigan State University, Center for Language Teaching Advancement; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Language Institute