Connections Beyond the Classroom: Meaningful Projects for Remote Language Courses


Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota

  • 3:30 pm central time, Monday, March 8

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Student well-being can be fostered in the remote language classroom not only through instructors’ flexibility and empathy, but additionally through curricular means. In this presentation, the speaker will discuss two examples of course projects with real-world application that can be implemented in the remote language classroom. The centering of these projects on the goal of meaningful connection with the world beyond the classroom can increase student motivation, students’ sense of purpose, and by extension their well-being as learners. 

About the discussant:

Katrien Vanpee is the Arabic Program Director at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches Arabic language (Modern Standard and Gulf Colloquial), literature, and culture courses. Her interests include foreign language pedagogy, language program direction and curriculum design, the incorporation of social justice pedagogy in the FL classroom, modern Arabic poetry, and the cultural heritage of the Arabian Peninsula.

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