Upcoming Event on Community-Based Language Learning

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On Tuesday, November 13 from 12:00-1:30 Pm at the Duke Forum for Scholars & Publics (Old Chem 011), join Deb Reisinger and Joan Clifford, co-authors of Community-Based Language Learning (Georgetown Press), will share observations about community-engaged pedagogy and local partnerships with different language communities in Durham. Lunch will be provided.

Both professors have taught community-based language courses for a number of years. This talk is a result of their experiences bringing Duke students together with local communities of Spanish and French speakers.

Dr. Reisinger is the director of Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) on campus. CLAC courses focus on current issues in global health, public policy and the environment to help students build linguistic and cultural competence; courses are offered in 8 languages. Dr. Reisinger specializes in issues of access and integration for French-speaking refugees communities in Durham. She recently worked on a Bass Connection project focused on reducing healthcare disparities for refugeee youth in Durham.

Dr. Clifford has integrated service learning in a number of levels of Spanish courses and she launched the website Languages in Durham in 2015 to build a bilingual educational resource that highlights role models from the local Spanish-speaking community. In the meantime, students from Haitian Creole, French, Arabic, Chinese, and Persian have contributed to the history and stories of these additional language populations in Durham. Dr. Clifford is currently teaching a course on Health, Culture, and the Latinx Community and is a faculty consultant for service learning instructors.

In the session you will learn about best practices for ethical partnerships, critical reflection skills for students, and world languages in community-based learning.

Co-sponsors: Forum for Scholars and Publics, Learning Innovation, Duke Service-learning, Romance Studies Department

Elise Mueller, Ph.D.

Author: Elise Mueller, Ph.D.

Elise Mueller is the consultant for the language departments at Duke. Her goal is to support their teaching through sound pedagogy and educational technologies. She leads fellowships and workshops on blended teaching, student reflection, portfolios and course design. She is currently grappling with the meaning of a liberal arts education in the 21st century.