7th MGSA Language Workshop - Foreign Language Literacy

This is the 7th biennial MGSA Pedagogy Workshop, focused on "Foreign Language Literacy." It will take place at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island on November 4–5, 2016, with local support from the Brown Modern Greek Studies Program and the MGSA. The keynote address on Friday has been kindly co-sponsored by the Brown Department of Classics, the Brown Center for Language Studies, the Brown Modern Greek Studies Program, and the MGSA.

The workshop will explore current research on foreign language literacies, including digital literacies, within the framework of humanistic learning at the tertiary level in North America and study abroad programs in Greece and Cyprus. Rick Kern, Professor (Professor and Director of the UC-Berkeley Language Center, and author of Language, Literacy, and Technology, Cambridge UP, 2015), will give the keynote address on "Teaching Languages and Literacies for Communicative Competence and Beyond: Toward a Relational Pedagogy."  

The workshop is organized by a steering committee comprised of members of the MGSA Undergraduate Committee and prior organizers of MGSA pedagogy workshops.The MGSA Undergraduate Committee and Language Pedogogy Workshop Steering Committee members are:

  • Artemis Leontis, University of Michigan (MGSA UC chair)

  • Elsa Amanatidou, Brown University (MGSA UC member and workshop organizer)

  • Despina Margomenou, University of Michigan (MGSA UC member)

  • Vassiliki Rapti, Emerson College (MGSA UC member)

  • George Syrimis, Yale University (former workshop organizer and Steering Committee member) 

A warm invitation is issued to people teaching in the fields comprising Modern Greek studies, particularly Greek language and related undergraduate courses on Greece, and to those developing, directing, or coordinating undergraduate curricula that include Greek instruction at the tertiary level. As a basic starting point for workshop participation, Rick Kern's Language, Literacy, and Technology is highly recommended reading. Registration is free, but prior registration is required.