Hispanic Studies to Host World Languages Workshop

Feb. 17, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – On Friday, Feb. 17 Illinois Wesleyan University’s Department of Hispanic Studies and Pearson Education will host the “World Languages Strategies for Success Workshop” from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington). Lunch and door prizes from Pearson Education will be included.

The day’s agenda begins with registration and a continental breakfast from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. The first presentation, “Assessment and Evaluation: Two Approaches to Improving Student Learning,” will be led by Judith Liskin-Gasparro, associate professor in the department of Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Iowa. Liskin-Gasparro will talk about the complementary approaches of program evaluation and the assessment of student learning outcomes and will demonstrate how both can contribute to the improvement of student learning.  The presentation will last from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Following Liskin-Gasparro’s presentation, Bob Hemmer, Ph.D., from Pearson Higher Education, will conduct a lecture titled, “Online Learning…So, How’s that Working Out?” This presentation will include a discussion on how new technology has changed the way both instructors and students approach learning a new language. It is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

After a lunch break from 12:30- 1:30, Dale Koike, professor of Spanish and Portuguese linguistics of the University of Texas at Austin, will lead a third presentation titled, “L2 Learning through Pragmatics and Sociocultural Awareness.” Koike will focus on the linguistic area of pragmatics and their relationship to second language learning. The event will conclude with a raffle from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

You may register for this event online. For more information on this event, contact IWU’s Hispanic Studies Department at (309)-556-3174.

Contact: Courtney Conzelman, ’12, (309) 556-3181, univcomm@iwu.edu