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Strategies to Create a Meaningful and Dynamic Classroom Discussion

Juliana Todescan-Clark & André Nascimento, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese

In this presentation, we will share strategies that we have used in the classroom to motivate students to be more engaged and comfortable to speak up in their targeted language about meaningful (e.g. political, socio-historical, and cultural) subjects in the classroom.



Gramática española: Variación social. A sociolinguistic approach to teaching Spanish grammar

Naomi Shin, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese and Dept. of Linguistics

In this talk I will present a new textbook called Gramática española: Variación social by Kim Potowski & Naomi L. Shin (forthcoming, 2018). I will discuss the sociolinguistic approach to teaching grammar that is at the heart of this book, and I will describe the book's content.



Creating Quizzes in Learn & Google Forms

Karol I. Zetter, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese

"Do you have a large class? Do you need implementing a mechanical activity that helps to master certain concepts? Do you also want some assignments to be automatically graded?

This presentation offers an overview on how to maximize your use of Google Forms, Blackboard Learn tests, surveys and pools as well as Respondus. The presentation will cover different tools that help you create assignments, surveys, opinion polls and tests."



Interactive Assessment in Advanced Russian Language Classes

Tanya Ivanova-Sullivan, Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures

In this presentation I will discuss LinguaFolio, an online assessment tool designed to measure language progress in a more interactive way. I will focus on the Self-Reflection feature of LinguaFolio by presenting data on the type of materials students upload for evaluation and the review process. I will also make some suggestions about facilitating student learning and engagement in formative and summative e-assessment based on their individual needs and interests.



Social Justice Pedagogy in the Literature Classroom
Natalie Kubasek, CELAC

Existing literature on social justice pedagogies tends to focus on theory rather than practice, while studies that do examine classroom applications of social justice pedagogies primarily center on the social sciences, particularly in secondary education. Therefore, the purpose of my research is to investigate how professors of literature apply social justice pedagogies in the postsecondary literature classroom in order to raise critical consciousness and actively engage students’ understanding of literature as a powerful form of social action.



Intercultural Communication and Language Learning

Inna Nagornova, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

Join us for a lively discussion about the role of the Russian language in forming the personality, national character, culture and mentality, folklore, and humor of Russia with visiting Fulbright grantee, Dr. Inna Nagornova. She will discuss the results of some students’ research of stereotypes, analysis of jokes, and why Russians don’t like to smile.



Just What is Regional Research? A Round Table Presentation and Discussion with Three Graduate Researchers in Spanish and Portuguese

Anna Nogar, Angelica Padilla, Julianna Wiggins and Debra Nieto

This presentation/roundtable discussion features three current MA students from the Hispanic Southwest Studies Program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese discussing the amazing, relevant, locally-based research projects in which they are engaged, and explain what it is like to do primary research in the humanities, sometimes for the very first time.  Conversation moderated by Professor Anna M. Nogar.



Technology Tools to Engage Students

Leslie Markley, Language Learning Center

Incorporating technology in your classroom can improve student engagement, spark creativity, and help students to acquire skills they can use beyond the classroom setting. Come join us for this hands-on session and learn about technology tools that you can incorporate into your face to face (or online!) classes.



Virtual Reality and Cultural Education: The Case for Digital Excursions in the FLL Classroom

Jared Bash, Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Authentic cultural competency is often difficult to introduce into the language learning classroom. Through existing and emerging technologies in immersive virtual reality, students can gain intimate insight into foreign cultures without the need for financially unattainable study abroad trips. In addition to a brief overview of the development of virtual reality, we will explore current applications and future possibilities in the field of cultural exploration through this technology. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the streets of foreign countries with the Oculus Rift VR system and Google Earth VR, as well as witness a demonstration of other available software that can enrich students’ global competencies and language learning journeys.



Homo-Parenthood and the Claims of Non-Normative Families in Brazil

Lindomar Darós, State University of Rio de Janeiro

This presentation will examine how homo-parenthood and childhood trans-sexuality is interpreted by the Brazilian legal system. This presentation will focus on the expected heterosexuality from those proposing legal adoptions, as well as how children/teenagers are also expected to be heterosexuals in the process of legal adoption. This talk will address the LGBTTIQA+ resistance in Brazil to this process.



Discovering Brazil - A Project-Based on Discovery Learning Methodology

Andressa Macena Maia, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese

Students of Port 276 were invited to "travel" throughout Brazil and its regions to explore the country and its culture. Instructor orientated them to research about the different regions of Brazil, based on the topics we cover at the book Ponto de Encontro (2013). In this way, students were able to go deeper on their learning process. Based on the educational goals of discovery learning, they were able to develop meta-cognitive skills and were encouraged to engage more in class, building their knowledge with their previous learning experiences.



There is no poetry after the coup! Brazilian literature in the aftermath of 2016

Leila Lehnen, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese

This presentation will examine how Brazilian literature interprets recent political events in Brazil. The presentation will ask how literature imagines Brazil's political horizon in the aftermath of President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment in 2016.



Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships: The Application Process Training Session

André Nascimento, Jennifer Arnason, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese

FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate, graduate and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies. Students from all UNM departments and schools are encouraged to apply. This workshop will walk you through the process of the application for this competitive scholarship and the steps to get it. The session will emphasize Portuguese language study abroad both during the Summer (Brazil) or throughout the academic year. The deadline for submitting your application is February 12, 2018.

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