November 3rd, 2022 (3:00-4:30pm Boston / *20:00-21:30 Madrid)
This session, which is part of the Lecture Series within RLL’s Initiative on Teaching Spanish as a Heritage Language (coordinated by Harvard University professor María Luisa Parra and co-sponsored by the Observatorio), will address how to nurture student engagement in Spanish language education at the college level. Focusing on multilingualism as an inclusive lens to help teachers rethink the traditional labels of ‘foreign’ and ‘heritage’ as applied to students and curricula, the lecture will address what current research says about inclusive pedagogical principles and how they boost student engagement in the United States’ diverse Spanish-language college classroom.
Lourdes Ortega is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at Georgetown University. Originally from Cádiz, Spain, she spent the beginning of her career in Greece as a teacher of Spanish and since 1993 has taught college-level Spanish and English in the U.S. For the last two decades, she has devoted herself to supporting teacher-researcher dialogue around how to best design and deliver high-quality, context-appropriate language education.
*Please note that the time difference will be 5 hours due to Daylight Saving Time, which will already be in effect in Spain.