Posting for a colleague:
I'd like to invite world language practitioners and intellectuals whose work is relevant to Community Engaged Learning to submit a proposal for the roundtable Civic Engagement in the World Language Classroom: Community Engaged Learning. [For those with limited experience but a strong interest in starting a CEL course: there will also be a workshop on the same topic, please join us at NeMLA]
Format: Roundtable (3-10 participants give brief, informal presentations (5 minutes) followed by an open conversation)
Language taught: Any language, any level
Where and when: NeMLA 2022 (Baltimore, March 10-13)
What are Community Engaged Learning courses?
Community Engaged Learning courses respond to calls to make the class a space for social justice, in the classroom and beyond, via experiential learning. Whereas traditional service learning models add the elements of reflection, learning, and reciprocity to even more traditional views of community service, more recent reconceptualizations emphasize civic engagement directed toward social justice-oriented change (Welch, 2009).
What's the focus of this round table?
As the field of world languages addresses questions of relevance and social responsibility, this round table explores possibilities, challenges, and questions raised by Community Engaged Learning (CEL) courses. I invite speakers from all language backgrounds and educational contexts to share their experiences with and reflections on teaching CEL courses in a World Language. Envisioned as a generative space, the roundtable will have ample time for exchange.
Which pressing questions prompted this roundtable?
The hope is that presenters will share their experiences, including work in progress, with CEL in world language courses. Presenters are asked to reflect on pressing questions on civic engagement, such as:
How to send a proposal
Submit your proposal here (https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/CFP) by September 30th 2021; acceptance notification by October 15th.
Interested, but have no experience? Consider also attending the NeMLA workshop on CEL language courses.
I also organized a workshop with the same title. The idea is to have the workshop as a generative space where attendees who probably never taught a community engaged learning language course engage with the idea, think about possibilities and areas of challenges (from establishing equitable partnerships to integrating language with critical social engagement), and concretely imagine a CEL course in their teaching context. The session would be a venue to showcase already active CEL courses and I would hope workshop attendees will be an eager audience. I'd be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.
Is this an event of the Cosmopolitan Collective?
This round table and the workshop are part of the initiatives of the Cosmopolitan (Italies) Collective and open to anyone.