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Language Resource Center Speaker Series - Stacey Margarita Johnson

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

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

"Problem-Based Models for Language and Culture Instruction"
Stacey Margarita Johnson
Assistant Director at the Center for Teaching and Senior Lecturer of Spanish, Vanderbilt University 

A problem-based approach to language instruction infuses the communicative classroom with current events, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary connections. Through a process of identifying a problem, gathering resources to understand the problem, and then working with a group to process and report on what they have learned, students acquire language as they learn about the world around them and engage deeply with others' perspectives. Although problem-based language learning can be used as the foundation of an entire course or program of study, this talk will emphasize how and why instructors can implement problem-based language learning right away through intentional, research-informed modifications to their existing plans. 

Bio: Dr. Stacey M Johnson is a teacher of Spanish as well as language teaching methods and second language acquisition. Stacey is also a researcher, technology administrator, editor of the journal Spanish and Portuguese Review, and producer of the podcast We Teach Languages. Her academic interests include postsecondary language classroom practices, hybrid/blended instruction, professional development, and adult learning including transformative learning and critical pedagogy. Her first book, Hybrid Language Teaching in Practice: Perceptions, Reactions, and Results, co-authored with Berta Carrasco, was published in March 2015, and her second book, Adult Learning in the Language Classroom, came out later that same year. Stacey’s recent publications include a book chapter and a magazine article about collecting authentic resources and an article about social justice in the language classroom. Currently she is working on projects including: 1) her third book, co-authored with Claire Knowles with expected publication in 2022, about the potential of a problem-based model for language and culture instruction, and 2) an edited collection co-edited with Kelly Davidson and LJ Randolph titled How We Take Action: Social Justice in K-16 Language Classrooms. At Vanderbilt University, in addition to her role as the Assistant Director for Educational Technology in the Center for Teaching, Stacey also holds appointments as a Senior Lecturer of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and as adjunct faculty in the English Language Learners program in Peabody College, and is Affiliated Faculty in the Center for Second Language Studies.

This event will be held in person in G25 Stimson and will also be streamed live over Zoom. Join us at the LRC or on Zoom.

The event is free and open to the public. Campus visitors and members of the public must adhere to Cornell's public health requirements for events.

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