During this interactive session, teachers will learn about the benefits of integrating language varieties and registers into the curriculum and how this can be accomplished through specific examples across proficiency levels. By creating a more inclusive classroom experience, teachers are validating and making visible often marginalized language varieties and registers; at the same time, they are creating more linguistically and culturally tolerant students who will be better prepared for authentic communication opportunities.
Presenter: C. Brian Barnett, Lecturer of French and Director of French Language Instruction at the University of Minnesota
IMPORTANT: Please bring one or two examples of materials that focus on either register (e.g., a German rap song using slang) or linguistic variation (e.g., a poem written in Louisiana French) to work with during the workshop!
Target audience: This workshop is appropriate for foreign language and ESL teachers at all levels.