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*The next convention of the Modern Language Association will be held
January 5-8, 2017 in Philadelphia. **Please consider submitting a proposal
(by March 15) for one of these two sessions focused on the impact of the
2007 MLA report on FL departments and curricula. The session are organized
by the MLA Forum on Second Language Teaching and Learning.*


*Session 1:*

*Ten Years after the 2007 MLA Report Part I: The Status and Influence of
Languages within Colleges and Universities*



In 2007, the MLA published  “Foreign Languages and Higher Education:  New
Structures for a Changed World." Motivated in part by the post-9/11
“language deficit” crisis faced by the United States, the report sought to
contextualize the academic structure in which foreign language and cultural
studies are undertaken in this country, as well as the availability of a
professoriate capable of meeting the instructional needs of a globalized
society.



In addition to its central recommendation of advancing translingual and
transcultural competence through curricular integration, the report’s
authors call on language departments to “strengthen the demand for language
competence within the university”  (p. 7) and to raise the profile of
languages through the promotion of study abroad, guest speakers lecturing
in languages other than English, and so on.



This session invites presentations that detail how today’s foreign language
departments and programs have responded to these recommendations. To what
extent has the report’s call to strengthen the demand for language
competence within institutions been met? How has the proliferation of
language double majors affected language departments and programs? Do
students perceive foreign language study to be a necessary and integral
part of the university experience? How have language departments and
programs responded to institution-wide initiatives related to, for example,
assessment, general education, career preparation, community outreach,
diversity, and internationalization to enhance the status of languages
within their institutions and beyond?



Please send abstracts (maximum 200 words) to Johanna Watzinger-Tharp (
[log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>) by March 15, 2016.





*Session 2:*

*Ten Years after the 2007 MLA Report Part II: Curricular Integration in
Language Programs*



In 2007, the MLA published  “Foreign Languages and Higher Education:  New
Structures for a Changed World.”  Motivated in part by the post-9/11
“language deficit” crisis faced by the United States, the report sought to
contextualize the academic structure in which foreign language and cultural
studies are undertaken in this country, as well as the availability of a
professoriate capable of meeting the instructional needs of a globalized
society.



In the report, the relationship between language and culture is discussed
in terms of curricular disassociation.  The authors suggest that foreign
language departments and programs often separate the language and
literature parts of the curriculum, creating governance and instructional
divisions between the two. The report calls on foreign language departments
and programs to reexamine the intersection between language, literature,
and culture and to promote more integrated, interdisciplinary programs and
curricula.



Detailed in the report are recommendations for integrated curricula that
develop students’ translingual and transcultural competence, offer multiple
paths to the major, and “situate language study in cultural, historical,
geographic, and cross-cultural frames within the context of humanistic
learning” (p. 4). This session invites presentations that detail
how—or *if*—today’s
foreign language departments and programs have responded to these
recommendations and to the report’s call to transform the traditional
two-tiered system.



Please send abstracts (maximum 200 words) to Johanna Watzinger-Tharp (
[log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>) by March 15, 2016.




*Link to the MLA report:*
https://www.mla.org/Resources/Research/Surveys-Reports-and-Other-Documents/Teaching-Enrollments-and-Programs/Foreign-Languages-and-Higher-Education-New-Structures-for-a-Changed-World

-- 
Jennifer Redmann
Associate Professor of German
Department of German and Russian
Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster PA 17604

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