Co-Author(s)

Roshaé Lowe, Elisabeth Bunch, Gloria García, Charles Tookey, Crystal Morales, Heather Aguirre, Sabrina Morrell, Stephanie Arroyo, Francisco Contreras, Shannon Ouzts

Research Mentor(s)

Kirsten Drickey

Description

Western’s Employee Language Program (ELP) offers free professional development language workshops on campus for university faculty and staff. This poster outlines the various ways that ELP workshops diverge from the traditional language classroom in order to prioritize confidence and accessibility for both program participants and classroom facilitators. Western’s ELP creates atypical classroom dynamics by placing student facilitators--undergraduate students with expertise in the target language, who are often younger and have less professional experience than participants--at the front of the classroom. This model inherently rejects associations of age and knowledge often found in academia. ELP facilitators create casual environments free of tests and graded homework and promote a theme-based model that encourages participants to navigate the world around them from the perspective of their target language. Our analysis will focus on facilitator comparisons of ELP workshops to accredited classes in the Modern and Classical Languages Department and other adult and community education models. To conclude, we present the observed outcomes of our program which demonstrate the importance of the ELP on WWU's campus.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

16-5-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

16-5-2018 12:00 PM

Location

Modern and Classical Languages

Keywords

Language Pedagogy, Language Learning

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English

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May 16th, 9:00 AM May 16th, 12:00 PM

Flipping student-teacher paradigms in Western’s Employee Language Program

Modern and Classical Languages

Western’s Employee Language Program (ELP) offers free professional development language workshops on campus for university faculty and staff. This poster outlines the various ways that ELP workshops diverge from the traditional language classroom in order to prioritize confidence and accessibility for both program participants and classroom facilitators. Western’s ELP creates atypical classroom dynamics by placing student facilitators--undergraduate students with expertise in the target language, who are often younger and have less professional experience than participants--at the front of the classroom. This model inherently rejects associations of age and knowledge often found in academia. ELP facilitators create casual environments free of tests and graded homework and promote a theme-based model that encourages participants to navigate the world around them from the perspective of their target language. Our analysis will focus on facilitator comparisons of ELP workshops to accredited classes in the Modern and Classical Languages Department and other adult and community education models. To conclude, we present the observed outcomes of our program which demonstrate the importance of the ELP on WWU's campus.

 

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