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On Friday, March 24th, BU Faculty from WLL, Art History, English, and Romance Studies joined together to explore pedagogical approaches to language teaching in the classroom. The topics of each panel included teaching Middle East and South Asian languages and literatures, teaching with online resources, advancing cultural proficiency, strategies for active learning and leaving one’s comfort zone.
WLL student Nadine Chen writes:
“I attended the last couple of panels (from in the middle of the “Teaching with Online Resources” to the “Leaving One’s Comfort Zone” panels) and really enjoyed them—it was interesting from both the perspective of a student and someone who is considering entering academia. The symposium was more directed towards professors because it was on pedagogy, however I think it was still a good experience as a student, hearing problems professors encounter in the classroom and their proposed solutions. Attending the talk on XL100 was especially fascinating for me because I was in the inaugural course last fall, so Professor Corrigan and Litvin’s comments on the creation of the class were enlightening in terms of understanding the material they chose and the justification behind it. The I also really appreciated Professor Miyagi-Lusthaus’ talk on social justice in the classroom, since it’s a relevant topic that is often overlooked in language classes.”
WLL student Yiran Weng writes,
“It was very interesting to see the class arrangement from the perspective of the professors. It was especially helpful for me as a language learner to learn about how professors design the assignment for the language learning students. The problems of language learners are generally the same, and the solution given on the symposium, such as the self-correcting, reviewing graded assignments and making list for frequent errors, although was not practiced in my language class, really helped me to review and correct my errors in my own learning process.”