Call for Papers


Panel: "Bridging the Gap: Integrating the Teaching of Language and Literature"


38th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

March 1-4, 2007

Baltimore, Maryland

Many undergraduate foreign language programs maintain a divide between their lower-level "language courses" and their advanced "literature" courses.  This divide is premised on the assumption that before students can approach literary texts they have to "master" the language.  This argument ignores students' cognitive and linguistic needs and thus prevents them to perform at a linguistically and cognitively sophisticated level by failing to provide students with the advanced linguistic tools necessary to explore and discuss literary texts. This panel seeks papers that investigate theoretical, methodological, and practical approaches to the integration of literature and language in upper-level content-driven courses.

Possible topics:

- advanced vocabulary acquisition

- literary discourse

- use of technology

- course design

- students' expectations / needs

- institutional constraints

- innovative methodologies

- text selection

- task selection and development

Please send abstarcts for 20 mins. papers (350 word max.) to Peter Weise ([log in to unmask]).

Deadline:  September 15, 2006


Please include with your abstract:


Name and Affiliation

Email address

Postal address

Telephone number

A/V requirements (if any)


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Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel; however panelists can only present one paper.  Convention participants may present  at a paper session panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

Peter C. Weise, Ph.D.

Lecturer in German

Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures   

Boston University

718 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

(ph) 617.353.2642  (fax) 617.353.6246

Peter C

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