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Programs, Purposes, and Policies:Re-Envisioning World Language Instruction in the Context of Budgetary Constraints

Benjamin Rifkin

The College of New Jersey


Ut austin mission statement
UT-Austin Mission Statement

  • excellence in the interrelated areas of undergraduate education, graduate education, research and public service.

  • advancement of society through research, creative activity, scholarly inquiry and the development of new knowledge

  • preserve and promote the arts,

  • benefit the state’s economy

  • serve citizens


Ut austin slogan
UT-Austin Slogan

What starts here changes

the world.


Ut austin college of liberal arts mission statement
UT-Austin College of Liberal Arts Mission Statement

  • Awareness of global issues

  • Proficiency in a second language


Why should ut a be international
Why Should UT-A Be International?

  • People of Texas

  • Texan Economy

  • Language and International Studies as a key component in the liberal arts education for all students (AAC&U)

  • UT-Austin as a leader in world language education in the US and beyond


Aac u leap essential learning outcomes
AAC&U LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of human cultures through study in the humanities, history, languages

  • Intellectual and practical skills including inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, teamwork and problem solving

  • Personal and social responsibility including intercultural knowledge and competence

  • Ethical reasoning and action

  • Foundations for lifelong learning


Aac u leap essential learning outcomes 2
AAC&U LEAPEssential Learning Outcomes (2)

  • All these must be anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real world challenges


Ut a students without language and international studies training
UT-A Students without Language and International Studies Training

  • At a competitive disadvantage

  • Reducing the potential of the state in international commerce

  • Reducing the potential of graduates for lifelong learning

  • Reducing the potential of the graduates for fulfilling lives



Apa study on creativity
APA Study on Creativity

This research, published by the American Psychological Association, is the first of its kind to look at the link between living abroad and creativity.

[Researchers found] there is some sort of psychological transformation that needs to occur when people are living in a foreign country in order to enhance creativity. This may happen when people work to adapt themselves to a new culture …”

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-04/apa-lot042309.php


Sample federal employers

NASA

FBI

Coast Guard

USAID

Energy Dept.

Broadcasting Board of Governors

NSA / CIA

Commerce Dept.

State Dept.

Dept. of Defense

Nuclear Reg. Commission

Dept. of Agriculture

Export Import Bank

Intl. Trade Com.

Sample Federal Employers


Sample private sector employers

Morgan Stanley

Microsoft

General Motors

Otis Elevator

Reebok

Hewlett Packard

Delta Airlines

Price Waterhouse

Citibank

3M

Ford

AT&T

Honeywell

Gillette

Avon

Exxon / Mobil

Sample Private Sector Employers


Sample ngo employers

Peace Corps

AA

Amnesty International

Citizens Watch

Nonviolence International

Green Cross

International Resettlement Agencies

IREX

ACTR / ACCELS

Mother & Child

Church Missions

Women’s Crisis Center of St. Pbg.

Sample NGO Employers


Discussion of 2007 mla report
Discussion of 2007 MLA Report

  • Creation of Texas Language Center

  • Enhancement of UT-Austin grants for Title VI Centers, Flagship programs

  • Revision of undergraduate language programs to provide instruction beyond the area of literature

  • Impact on shape of graduate curricula?


Purposes for language study
Purposes for Language Study

  • Students’ purposes and goals

  • Faculty purposes and goals

  • Administrative purposes and goals

  • Goals and objectives of potential employers

  • Goals and objectives of graduate and professional schools


Language learning missions
Language Learning Missions

  • Heritage

  • Specialist

  • Liberal Arts

  • Applied


Students purposes for language study
Students’ Purposes for Language Study


Assessment factors
Assessment Factors

  • Enumerative

  • Attitudinal

  • Quantitative

  • Qualitative

  • Benchmark moments

  • Tasks integrated into the curriculum

  • Multidimensional assessment


Assessment feedback loop
Assessment Feedback Loop

UT-Austin Instructional

Assessment Resources


Instructor of record in ut austin language classes
Instructor of Record in UT-Austin Language Classes


Federally funded centers
Federally Funded Centers

  • Title VI Centers: European Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, South Asia Institute,

  • National Language Resource Center: Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning

  • Arabic Flagship Program

  • South Asian Flagship Program


Reallocation of enrollments
Reallocation of Enrollments

  • Incentives for enrollment in under-enrolled language classes

  • Incentives to continue study beyond the language requirement

  • Heritage language class options


Reallocation of instructional hours
Reallocation of Instructional Hours

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1

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SLA/FL-Ed

Expertise

2

2




Summary conclusions
Summary Conclusions

  • Importance of the Mission Statements

  • Policies

  • Purposes

  • Programs (and Public Relations)

  • Assessment and Feedback Loop

  • Enrollment Patterns

  • Heritage Languages

  • Deployment of Instructors

  • Expanded (and Wise) Use of Technology


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