Beyond Communicative Competence:
Using Authentic Materials to Develop 21st Century Literacies
July 17–21, 2017
Preparing students for participation in the globalized communities of the 21st century entails out-of-the-box thinking on the part of foreign language teachers. How do we move beyond preparing students to order coffee or buy train tickets, and instead encourage them to be reflective, culturally aware language users? To answer this question, this institute focuses on how to develop students' 21st century literacies through engagement with authentic written, audio, audiovisual, visual, and digital materials.
Using conceptual and pedagogical understandings gained during the institute, participants will collaboratively evaluate and analyze existing materials. They will then create learning objectives, select authentic materials, and design lessons and assessments that develop students' communicative abilities, encourage cross-cultural connections, foster critical thinking and problem solving, and facilitate engagement with the world outside of the classroom.
You will learn how to:
- Discuss principles related to communicative competence, 21st century literacies, backward design, and literacy-based pedagogy;
- Identify and evaluate authentic materials appropriate for your instructional context;
- Analyze the effectiveness of your current learning objectives, lessons, and assessments;
- Apply principles related to 21st century literacies, backward design, and literacy-based pedagogy to your own courses; and
- Create learning objectives, lessons, and assessments that effectively engage students with authentic materials through cross-cultural comparisons, critical thinking, problem solving, and engagement.
Kate Paesani is Director of CARLA and affiliate associate professor in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. A former French professor and language program director, she has delivered workshops and lectures on a range of topics related to text-based teaching and learning, foreign language literacy development, and teacher professionalization across the United States.
Target Audience: Middle school to postsecondary foreign language teachers and teacher educators. The institute is not intended for ESL or immersion teachers.