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LAC at Skidmore: Promoting Proficiencies and Enriching Liberal Arts Education. Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum: 2008 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 16 October 2008 Mao Chen, Cindy Evans, Patricia Rubio, Marc-Andr é Wiesmann. Panel Overview.

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Lac at skidmore promoting proficiencies and enriching liberal arts education

LAC at Skidmore: Promoting Proficiencies and Enriching Liberal Arts Education

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum: 2008

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

16 October 2008

Mao Chen, Cindy Evans,

Patricia Rubio, Marc-André Wiesmann


Panel overview

Panel Overview

"Developing a Two-Tiered LAC Program”

Patricia Rubio, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Spanish, former Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

"Using Technology to Support an Individualized LAC model”

Cindy Evans, Director of the Foreign Language Resource Center and Lecturer in French

"Promises and Challenges of Teaching Chinese Across the Curriculum"

Mao Chen, Associate Professor of Chinese

"New Visions for Advanced (C)LAC"

Marc-André Wiesmann, Associate Professor of French


Using technology to support an individualized lac model

Using technology to support an individualized LAC model

  • Learning objectives & assessment

  • Evolving practices in LAC

  • Advantages of moodle / examples

  • MLA report and LAC


Learning objectives assessment

Learning objectives & assessment

  • Improve reading proficiency

  • Enhance vocabulary in target discipline

  • Provide ongoing L2 learning

  • Syllabus


Evolving practices in lac

Evolving practices in LAC

  • toward promoting a learning community from more individual format

  • increasing use of moodle as communal space

  • more emphasis on process: in-class peer correction, summaries, translations w/ feedback

  • create a sense of common purpose through focus on “peer teaching”, language learning

  • portfolio assessment - emphasis on building toward a goal, producing work with a purpose and for an audience


Mla report and lac

MLA report and LAC

  • Divergent views of language as instrumental vs. constitutive view of language as the object of study - is it the means or the end?

  • Calls for evolution of language departments to incorporate advanced study of language and cultures, language classes in more content areas. “The kind of curricular reform we suggest will situate language study in cultural, historical, geographic, and cross-cultural frames within the context of humanistic learning.

  • Interdisciplinary approach (team-taught courses) can create learning communities.

    Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World,

    May 2007, Profession


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