Fall Conference 

"Connecting through Languages"

Due to the pandemic, this year's conference will be held virtually.


Where: Online via Zoom

When: September 26, 2020

Keynote Speaker: L.J. Randolph Jr., Ed.D.

   L. J. Randolph Jr., Ed.D., is an associate professor of Spanish and Education at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He is also the associate chair   of  the Department of World Languages and Cultures and coordinator of the Foreign Language Teacher Education Program. L.J.’s teaching career has   spanned 17 years, including a decade as a Spanish and ESOL teacher at the secondary level. At the university level, he has taught undergraduate and   graduate courses in Spanish language, contemporary Latina/o/x cultures, and second language teaching methods. He has also directed study abroad   programs in China, Mexico, Spain, and the Dominican Republic for secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students.

L.J.’s research, publications, and professional engagement have focused on a variety of critical issues in language education, including the teaching of Spanish to heritage and native speakers and the incorporation of social justice-oriented pedagogies in the language classroom. He has authored/co-authored several articles and given dozens of scholarly presentations on those topics. In addition, throughout his career he has served in leadership roles in various language organizations, including president of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC), president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), coordinator of the Cape Fear Foreign Language Collaborative (CFFLC), board member for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and founding vice-chair of ACTFL’s special interest group for Critical and Social Justice approaches.

Keynote: Social Justice in the World Language Classroom

The intersection of social justice and critical pedagogy within the field of world language education has gained much traction over the past several years. What is not as clear, however, is how these theories play out in the day-to-day learning experiences of the language classroom. In this talk, we will examine critical questions of how and why to include social justice as a goal in the language classroom. Through big ideas, practical examples, and resources for ongoing support, we will explore how to take small, thoughtful steps toward implementing social justice-oriented instruction.

Session: Authentic Resources for Social Justice and Interculturality

Learn how authentic resources can be used in proficiency-based classrooms to promote language acquisition, interculturality, and social justice. We will explore frameworks for how several sample authentic resources (presented in English or in Spanish translated to English) might be adapted for learning outcomes at various proficiency levels. A specific emphasis will be placed on using language processing activities, guiding questions, and peer-to-peer discussion to take full advantage of authentic resources for language, culture, and social justice goals.

Afternoon sessions: 

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