Session Descriptions

The Affective Filter in Second Language Learning 

Erin Lemrow (Academic Advisor, College of First Year Studies)

According to second language acquisition theorist, Stephen Krashen (1982) one obstacle that manifests itself during second language acquisition is the "affective filter"; a kind of virtual shield or screen that is influenced by emotional variables such as, anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem. These non-linguistic "affects" can prevent or hinder second language learning. How best should instructors of second languages then incorporate an awareness of this phenomenon in their teaching? What purposeful methods can be used to reduce the stressors that can arise in the second language classroom? In this session, you will learn to identify the "affective filter", discuss and practice methods for reducing language learning anxiety and stress in the second language classroom, and you will learn how to incorporate the language learner's age, cultural background, and motivations in your teaching methods.

 

The American Higher Education System

James Creech (Academic Advisor, College of First Year Studies)

The American higher education system is diverse and decentralized, and American colleges and universities vary considerably in mission, structure, size, and demographics. In this session, Dr. Creech will explain the differences between several types of college and universities and the populations that they serve. He will also provide an overview of the most common grading systems, academic calendars, and institutional structures.

 

Articulating Course Goals, Successful Teaching Strategies, Alignment of Assignments and Examinations to Goals / Course Planning, Interactive Planning, Course Syllabus and Grading

Kristi Rudenga (Assistant Director of Graduate Student Programs, Kaneb Center for Teaching & Learning)

This workshop aims to help Fulbright TA's think about how to create meaningful learning experiences for their students. It provides TA's with a variety of concrete strategies for the first day of class and beyond. TA's leave with strategies for increasing student engagement in courses, giving meaningful feedback, and grading efficiently. It also introduces high-level concepts such as backward course design and writing syllabi. Participants began the process of developing their own course plans, activities, and syllabi.

 

Conflict Resolution: Dealing with your Supervisor, Students, Colleagues in a New Environment

Kara Palmer (Human Resources Consultant, Office of Human Resources)

Conflict is inevitable. There are many causes for conflict and many ways to respond, but what is the best approach for successful resolution? In the session, "Conflict Resolution: Dealing with your Supervisor, Students, Colleagues in a New Environment" we'll discuss different kinds of conflict, identify specific tactics to consider when faced with discourse and explore cultural differences and communication tactics as it pertains to conflict.

 

Challenges Faced by International Students in America

Rosemary Max (Director, International Student Services & Activities)

Panel of international graduate students speaking about their experiences adapting to an American university.

 

Communicative Teaching & Successful Language Teaching Methods I

Brian Ó Conchubhair (Director, Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures)

​This session introduces FLTAs to the philosophy of language learning - what does it mean to 'learn' a language?​ Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism/Interactionism, Communicative Language Learning. The session will familiarize those with no background in education and/or language teaching with the main schools of thought and major theories of how best to approach language instruction. 

 

Communicative Teaching & Successful Language Teaching Methods II

Lisa Oglesbee (English for Academic Purposes, Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures)

The second part in this two-session series focuses on applying communicative language teaching techniques to the second language classroom. Teacher roles, lesson planning, and guidance on how to teach grammar, vocabulary, listening strategies, pronunciation, and writing skills are covered. 

 

Discrimination and Harassment on Campus and in the Workplace

Karrah Miller (Director, Office of Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator)

The Office of Institutional Equity strives to foster an inclusive campus environment that embraces the talents and achievements of all individuals regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, age or genetic information. Institutional Equity is committed to promoting an equitable educational and work environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. This session will review laws and policies related to fostering an environment where all may flourish and feel safe. The session will also provide information on how to respond to complaints of harassment should attendees or the students they work with experience negative interactions in direct conflict with University values and policy.

 

Diversity in the US Classroom and on Campus

Robinson Murphy (Instructor, Gender Studies Program, English, and University Writing Program)

"Diversity in the US Classroom and on Campus" will introduce participants to current conversations about gender identity and ways that these cultural discussions impact campus and classroom climates. Intersectional theory will be discussed. Changing norms about gender roles and gender presentation will be presented, and participants will consider ways that these norms may impact their classroom experiences. The impact of race, religion, and socio-economic status on the classroom will also be discussed. In conclusion, participant obligations under Title IX regulations will be reinforced.

 

How to Manage the Foreign Language Classroom in American Universities

Hana Kang (Associate Professor of the Practice, Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures and East Asian Languages and Cultures)

This session will help FLTAs to manage their classroom teaching as well as to develop a good rapport with their students.  The presenter will share various pedagogical techniques which can be used to motivate language learners.  In addition, this session will discuss how to use pop cultures, such as songs and movies, to make the class more interesting and interactive. 

 

Information session on Renting Accommodation, Policing and Sexual Assault

Ava Preacher (Associate Director, Office of Dean of Arts & Letters)
Judith Fox (Clinical Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School)
Tracy Skibins (Sergeant, Notre Dame Security Police)

General guidelines on how to find and secure housing as well as an overview of campus security. In particular, Sergeant Skibins discusses how to contact police and why they might try to make contact with you. I also cover general safety topics such as safety in numbers, being aware of your surroundings and keeping valuables locked up or with you at all times. We also discuss alcohol laws and sexual assault awareness. (Tracy)

 

Shopping, Tipping, and Banking in the USA

Joachim Castellano (Technology and Administrative Program Manager, Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures)

This session focuses on financial matters in the USA. The presenter will discuss banking services, shopping options, and American tipping customs. In addition, many practical tips on saving and spending money wisely will be covered. Learn how to maximize your dollars and cents!

 

Teaching and Learning in the Community

Jill Vandriessche (Principal, Perley Primary Fine Arts Academic Elementary School)

Poverty limits children of the possibilities ...... it limits their understanding that we live in a big beautiful world. The partnership between Perley Fine Arts Academy and the FTLA at Notre Dame opens the minds of our children. They are able to explore the world by introducing them to scholars from exotic locations. Our visiting FLTA share their own life story enabling our students to build their own.

 

Technology in the Language Classroom

Chris Clark (Assistant Director, Kaneb Center for Teaching & Learning) 

This session consists of two parts: (1) an overview of the kinds of technology and tech support that an FLTA can expect to find on a US campus, and (2) a sampling of current strategies that use technology to enhance learning.

 

Testing, Grading, Teacher Evaluation Forms and Academic Integrity

Brian Ó Conchubhair (Director, Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures)

This session introduces FLTAs to various systems employed in American colleges and universities to grade and assess student academic performance in the classroom as well as the ethical and moral implications and dilemma involved. Topics covered include academic integrity, honor code, plagiarism, grading letters, grading on the curve, grade point averages, etc. Time will also be devoted to "Teacher Evaluation" and how FLTAs as instructors can be expect to be assessed by their language students.