Exploring Linguistic Diversity 2012-2013

Events held in the academic year 2012-2013 by the DCEC

2012-2013 Theme - Exploring Linguistic Diversity

This semester, the DCEC is organizing a series of events to offer some insights and learning opportunities concerning our role as educators in working with multilingual and multicultural students and students using visual languages.

Event #1 - Life with Two Languages: At Home, at School & in our Communities

(Feb. 13, 5pm, Memorial Lounge, Pasquerilla Center)

The first event is a panel presentation in which Penn State students will offer their perspectives on life as a multilingual personLife with two changes graphic by sharing life experiences and reflecting on how the resource of multiple languages has influenced their lives as students. A discussion will follow to explore the students’ stories of growing up with more than one language in their schools and communities, and attitudes and perceptions of multilingualism in our world today. The panel will be recorded for classroom use. For information more contact Elizabeth Smolcic (eas260@psu.edu) or Laura Katunich (lah197@psu.edu).

If you did not have an opportunity to attend this event, please visit itunesU for details of the multilingual panel discussion. (Click on Podcasting > Log In to Private iTunes U > College of Education link > and then to DCEC folder)

Event #2 - Preparing ALL Teachers to Educate ELLs/Bilingual Learners

(Feb. 21, 7pm, Foster Auditorium)

An event to follow the panel is a public talk by Dr. Rebecca Freeman Field, aDr Rebecca Freeman Fieldsociolinguist and language educator dedicated to the professional development of teachers that work with language learners.  Dr. Field will consider equity and achievement for all students, particularly English language/bilingual learners.  Drawing upon her work with rural and urban school districts across the country, she will discuss the challenges that educators face as they strive to address the needs of an increasingly linguistically and culturally diverse student population.   She will examine the foundational knowledge (research, theory, policy, practice) and instructional skills (e.g., sheltering and differentiating instruction and assessment; developing academic English; special education considerations; promoting bi/multilingualism and biliteracy) that 21st century educators develop to address these challenges.

If you did not have an opportunity to attend this event, please visit itunesU for details of the multilingual panel discussion. (Click on Podcasting > Log In to Private iTunes U > College of Education link > and then to DCEC folder)

Event #3 - Creating safe spaces for linguistically diverse students in US schools: A workshop for the university and community

(April 3, 5pm, Memorial Lounge, Pasquerilla Center)

A third event in this series will be a workshop where future and current teachers can explore ways to create a positive and inclusive climate for linguistically diverse students. Participants will be asked to consider how multilingual students are impacted by an “English-only” school or political climate, and to work together to construct responses to scenarios that arise around these issues.

Event #4 - ASL/ Visual Languages Multimedia Display

(March 19 and 20, First Floor HUB)

The first program in the ASL/Visual Languages Series is a multimedia display that highlights the diversity of visual languages.  Several large video display screens will show a looped video of a person signing common phrases in different languages. One display will be a person signing in American Sign Language, another in Japanese Sign Language, a third in Finnish Sign Language, and a fourth in French Sign Language. At a nearby table, students from the ASL student organization and the Deafness and Hearing Studies minor will provide an explanation of the program, hand out additional resources, and answer questions.