8:30-9:00 — Registration, Coffee

Morning sessions: Tools

Introduction: Teaching culture within a world of new communication access: films, translations, images, blogs, conversations, Youtube, Google tools, etc.

1.) 9:00-10:30

  • Writing Culture in an Online 1st Year Textbook (Lynne de Benedette, Slavic Studies, Brown University, William Comer, Slavic Studies, University of Kansas, Alla A. Smyslova ,Lecturer, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University)
  • The culture of everyday life: The Velib’ Urban project (Sabine Levet, French Studies, MIT)
  • Of Rats and Worms: Promoting Cultural Understanding though Translation (Stéphanie Ravillon, French Studies, Brown University)

Coffee Break — 10:30-11:00

2.) 11:00-12:30

  • Teaching Culture through Blogs (Jane Sokolosky, German Studies, Brown University)
  • Border Crossings: Reaching out to the (Multicultural) Community (Beth Bauer, Hispanic Studies, Brown)
  • From knives and forks to digital tools: teaching French language/culture through gastronomy (Annie Wiart, French Studies Brown)

 Lunch break

12:30-1:30 Lunch: Coco Pazzo, Angell street, buffet lunch

Afternoon sessions

1.) 1:30-3:00 — From the cultural to the transcultural sphere

In its 2007 report, the MLA clearly emphasized the need for developing students’ "translingual and transcultural competence” and asserted that “it is one of five imperative needs to which higher education must respond in the next ten years if it is to remain relevant”. Many language classes, heeding that plea, have subsequently seen a shift from cultural to intercultural learning.

  • Developing intercultural and linguistic skills in modern Greek though an on-line exchange (Despina Margomenou, Modern Greek Studies, U Michigan)
  • Success, challenges, outcomes. Lessons learnt from CULTURA (Sabine Levet, French Studies, MIT)
  • The state of CULTURA now and the road ahead. (Shoggy Waryn, French Studies, Brown)

3:00-3:30 Coffee break

2.) New tools, new students, new teachers: Workshop — 3:3:30-5:00

Small Group workshops with all presenters, who will coordinate discussions of 20 min, on rotation. Topics to include points deriving from presentations, exchanges of ideas regarding examples of successful practice and topics such as:

  • How can we keep track of student’s work outside the classroom?
  • Do they really learn? 
  • What are we gaining/losing in these new models?
  • Finally, what is the new role of the teacher in the learning process.
  • Any topic suggested in the morning and afternoon sessions

5:00-6:00 Plenary session: Participants will be invited to report on their group discussions to elaborate collectively and put forward a set of recommendations and best practices.