Since 1994, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures has been organizing at least two yearly workshops for West Michigan area high school teachers of Modern Languages and GVSU's language faculty. These workshops intend to build a bridge between high school teachers and university professors, and to discuss the many issues we all face as we teach foreign languages to our students. Our purpose is to provide a forum for all of us to share our ideas, our resources, our questions and our concerns. In each workshop, teachers and professors are invited to prepare short presentations on the subject chosen, and during the workshop quite naturally a discussion occurs between all participants. The atmosphere is very relaxed and informal. A breakfast and a lunch are provided by GVSU, and we all have the opportunity to learn about our colleagues and their concerns.
Since our first informal workshop, we have focused on such areas as the State Foreign Language Core Curriculum, Assessment, Foreign Languages and Technology, Current Events and Cultural Developments: How to find information and incorporate it effectively in the classroom, Communicative Activities in the Modern Language Classroom, Teaching Students with Disabilities, Teaching Culture in a Language Class, Cooperative Learning, Folklore Awareness in the Classroom, Food, Careers and Foreign Languages, and Traveling with Students.
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