February 17th, 2022 (3:00-4:30pm Boston / 21:00-22:30 Madrid)

Linguistic landscape encompasses the displayed use of language(s) in public spaces and has increasingly been used by critical language educators as a pedagogical tool to build students’ ability to examine the symbolic and social functions of language within a community, as well as the relationships between language and power. This presentation is part of the Lecture Series within RLL’s Initiative on Teaching Spanish as a Heritage Language (coordinated by Harvard University’s Romance Languages and Literatures professor María Luisa Parra and co-sponsored by the Observatorio) and will discuss the design and use of critical digital linguistic landscape methods to build and assess advanced heritage and second language Spanish students’ critical language awareness. Examples will be provided of students’ linguistic landscape projects from a course on Spanish for Social Services, and pedagogical implications will be considered for adapting this tool to other bi/multilingual teaching contexts.

            With a Ph.D. and M.S. in Spanish Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Arizona, Ellen J. Serafini is Associate Professor at George Mason University. Her research and approach to teaching are informed by principles of critical language pedagogy, service-learning, and Task-Based Language Teaching. Her work appears in several edited volumes and academic journals, such as The Modern Language JournalHispaniaInternational Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism; and Language Teaching. She is currently co-editor of the forthcoming book Manual para la formación de profesores de español. 


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