Begun in the fall of 2010, the Foreign Language Teaching Series provides a forum for the exchange of teaching ideas, tips and best practices among Davidson faculty. Upcoming presentations are announced on the home pages of Davidson's foreign languages, literatures, and cultures departments. If you are interested in presenting, please email Prof. Burkhard Henke.
"Theater in the Classroom" Caroline Weist (German Studies), February 27, 2014
"Challenges and Opportunities: Rhetorical and Linguistic Development in Chinese EFL Writing" Shireen Campbell (English), Rebeca Fernandez (Writing Program), and Kyosung Koo (ITG), January 28, 2014
"AP Language Exams. Where Are our Students Coming From?" Burkhard Henke (German Studies) and Kyra Kietrys (Hispanic Studies), November 21, 2013
"Onward and Backward: Lesson-Planning for a Theme-Based Foreign Language Curriculum" Christina Frei (Executive Director of Language Instruction, Penn), Oct. 28, 2013 Presentation on curricular design for world language education and introduction to the concept of backward design.
"Testing Grammar, Guiding Composition, and Involving Peers" Kyra Kietrys (Hispanic Studies), April 6, 2011 Presentation on project-based learning/ testing ideas for grammar at the upper level, and composition techniques at all levels.
"Standardized Proficiency Testing" Burkhard Henke (German Studies), March 23, 2011 Report on the German Studies Department's use of standardized exams for the language sequence and the major. Exams are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, a set of proficiency descriptors that can be applied to any language.
"What Happens after Crossing the Bridge? Addressing Language in Literature and Culture Classes" Melissa Gonzalez (Hispanic Studies), February 16, 2011 Presentation on strategies for helping students with foreign language use and acquisition in upper-level literature and culture courses.
"Alternatives to Drilling" Rosalba Scott (Hispanic Studies), November 15, 2010 Variety of activities, mostly for elementary courses, from teacher-centered warm-ups to student-centered tasks and group work.
"Great Conversation!" Caroline Beschea-Fache (French and Francophone Studies), November 8, 2010 Focus on efficient formats for engaging conversation or speaking activities in intermediate courses.
"Meaning-Based Activities for the Foreign Language Classroom" Burkhard Henke (German Studies), October 18, 2010 Variety of activities, mostly for elementary courses, from teacher-centered warm-ups to student-centered tasks and group work.