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Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum:. Responding to a National Need 5-6 November 2005 University of Iowa. Dr. Diana Davies. International Programs University of Iowa. Dr. Suronda Gonz á lez. Languages Across the Curriculum Binghamton University.

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Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum:

Responding to a National Need

5-6 November 2005

University of Iowa


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Dr. Diana Davies

International Programs

University of Iowa


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Dr. Suronda González

Languages Across the Curriculum

Binghamton University


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Basic Philosophy of C/LAC(Language)

  • Modern languages are alive in the world, not simply within the confines of the FL classroom.

  • Every discipline has scholarly traditions in multiple languages that are frequently neglected.


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Basic Philosophy of C/LAC(Culture)

  • Culture is alive in the world, within/across the disciplines, not just the arts, business, and other applied fields.

  • Disciplines are also culturally specific. They are not universal.


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Basic Philosophy of C/LAC(Culture)

  • Content is as important as the process of learning to learn.

  • The relationship between mastery of content and the process of learning is dialectical.


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Mission of C/LAC(Curriculum)

  • C/LAC is a movement pushing us beyond creating requirements to fulfill our goals of internationalization, and toward embedding internationalization into the curriculum.


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Across The Curriculum?

  • What does this mean given that LAC has been more popular among (arguably) faculty in the applied fields?

  • How can C/LAC promote more engagement in terms of service and experiential learning? How can C/LAC be at the forefront of this transformational movement?


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What’s the Real Goal?

  • Culture and language?

  • Cultures and languages?



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C/LAC – The Challenges

  • Friend or foe of traditional FL programs? What are the implications of C/LAC success? For Spanish? For LOTS?

  • An aid or an impediment to professional preparation? Can it ever address the expert mission? The globalized professional or metropolitan migrant mission?


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Challenges (Continued)

  • Another unfunded teaching mandate?

  • The C in C/LAC? Aren’t we already doing this?

  • Promoting importance of the C to administrators, funders, teachers, students?

  • Evaluating effectiveness of C/LAC programs? How do we recognize life-long impact?


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Challenges (Continued)

  • How does C/LAC relate to the disciplines?

  • How does C/LAC relate to diversity and multicultural initiatives?


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Challenges (Continued)

  • How can C/LAC help to articulate K-12, college, study abroad, and post-graduation experiences?


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Goals for C/LAC Conference ‘05

  • Introduce LAC and C/LAC to those interested in role of language & culture in classroom

  • Inspire those who have been doing LAC for decades to think creatively

  • Create a forum for continued questioning about the role of culture and language initiatives