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Language Resource Center Speaker Series - Aleidine Moeller

Monday, March 2, 2020 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Stimson Hall, G25
204 East Ave., Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

"Pathways to Language and Intercultural Proficiency"
Aleidine Moeller
Edith S. Greer Distinguished Professor of Language Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

This talk builds upon the major theoretical frameworks for promoting language and intercultural proficiency within the world language classroom. Problem-/task-based approaches that place the learners in the role of cultural anthropologist as they use the target language to discover and explore practices, products, and perspectives of the target culture will be demonstrated.

Bio: Dr. Moeller is the Edith S. Greer Distinguished Professor of Language Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She has worked in public schools, taught in the College of Arts and Sciences, and at present is in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education where she works with undergraduates and graduate students in language teaching and learning. She has held leadership positions in numerous professional language organizations (ACTFL, AATG, NFMLTA, AP College Board/ETS), has served as editor of major journals, and has led professional development workshops, seminars, and institutes across the globe. Ali was the recipient of the ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education Postsecondary (2006) and ACTFL/NYSFLA Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education (2000). She has published widely in professional journals including Modern Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, CALICO, and Unterrichtspraxis. She has worked with international universities in the field of language assessment, research methodology, and language teaching and learning. More recently, Ali was named a Yunshan scholar in China, published a book on language assessment and mixed methods research with Cambridge Press, and has worked with the NCSSFL/ACTFL Intercultural Communicative Competency Task Force in developing the ICC Can Do Statements. She has directed and led STARTALK institutes for teachers of critical languages and Chinese language immersion programs for high school students in an effort to diversify language opportunities for K-20 learners. Her greatest joys include working with pre-service and practicing language teachers who daily impact the lives of those students who cross the threshold of their classrooms, and serving as a mentor for her graduate students as they pursue inquiry and research to improve language teaching and learning.

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