As language educators, we have many goals for our students. We want them to develop their linguistic proficiency, we want them to become more culturally competent, and we want them to become life-long language learners. While these goals are important, today's language educators are also working to empower students to become global change agents. After all, we don't just want our students to be able to speak another language; we want them to "take action" and use the target language to make a positive contribution to the world. Thus, in this workshop, we will explore how students can learn to "take action" in the World Language classroom. We will begin by using the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to find authentic, relevant issues for students to address in the target language. We will examine how the SDGs can form the basis of thematic units, assessments, and service-learning initiatives. We will also discuss how students can use their voices beyond the classroom with global partners. Ultimately, we will collaborate and design a plan that allows attendees to "take action" with their students.
Session #1: A Framework for Taking Action in the World Language Classroom 10-15-2020
Session #2: Promoting Global Citizenship Through Thematic Units & Project-Based Learning Experiences 10-22-2020
Session #3: Multilingual Change Agents: Empowering Students to Use Their Voice & Take Action 10-29-2020
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