CfP: ASECS March 2018
“Teaching Eighteenth-Century Literature in the Second Language Classroom” (Roundtable)
Sara Luly, Kansas State University; [log in to unmask]
This roundtable will explore the challenges of teaching eighteenth-century literature to second language (L2)
learners. Many undergraduate degrees in world language (L2) departments require courses on the literature
of target cultures. Eighteenth-Century scholars in these departments teach eighteenth-century literature
classes in German, Spanish, French, Italian and other languages to non-native speakers. Students in these L2
literature classes often feel doubly overwhelmed – reading texts that are both in a second language and from a
cultural/historical context that seems far-removed from their own personal experience. Literature instructors
working with L2 populations face unique challenges, very different from those of our English Department
colleagues. This round table is a forum to exchange teaching experiences and curricular ideas with an aim to
problem-solve common challenges presented by teaching literature in a second language context.
Questions might include:
How do we engage students who are pursuing majors and minors in the L2, but have no experience with literature?
How do we accommodate a variety of language levels in the classroom?
What techniques do we use to overcome lexical and linguistic challenges?
What role does 18th century literature play in the Modern Language BA degree (or BA in Spanish, German, French, or other languages)?
Please send abstracts by Sept. 15th.
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Sean Franzel
Assistant Editor: Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
Info available at: https://grs.missouri.edu/german/resources