You’re Not Just a Number: Best Practices for Meaningful Exchanges in Large and Small Language Classes (Naples, June 22-26)

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
February 23, 2016
Location: 
Italy
Subject Fields: 
Italian History / Studies, Educational Technology, Humanities, Languages

Conference Details: AATI Conference, Naples, IT; June 22-26

Title: You’re Not Just a Number: Best Practices for Meaningful Exchanges in Large and Small Language Classes
Session Type: Roundtable
Session Organizer: Teresa Lobalsamo (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Description
What once began as experimental has now become a trend whereby an increasing number of universities are moving to the large introductory class setting (40 students or more), a format which is unlikely to see an end (Cooper, Robinson, 2000). Literature tells us, however, that students feel the larger the class size, the more negatively it will affect their ability to learn (Carbone, Greenberg, 1998). A large language class, in particular, has the potential be even less fruitful if there is little interaction between peers, between the instructor and the student and/or little feedback and opportunity for meaningful discussion.

Participants are invited to address the following:

 Do you teach large classes? How do you assess pronunciation or communicative skills, for example?
 Do you have grading assistance (teaching assistant, grader)? How do you track student progress? Do you (Can you) provide frequent feedback? Have you created innovative methods of evaluation?
 Can we apply (with modifications) the same teaching tools and practices used in smaller classes to large classes, to create an active learning environment, regardless of volume?

Presentations may be in Italian or in English.

Please email a brief (200 word) abstract and bio to teresa.lobalsamo@utoronto.ca by February 23rd.

Contact Info: 

Teresa Lobalsamo
Department of Language Studies
Room 302B, Erindale Hall
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road North
Mississauga ON L5L 1C6