WorldView: A Language Blog

WorldView is a place for leaders in the fields of language education, global citizenship, immersion learning, and other topics central to the Concordia Language Villages mission to address issues important to their fields.

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Bringing the Everyday into the Language Classroom

By Kate Paesani | Published: June 19, 2018

​Kate Paesani, of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota, proposes an expanded definition of “authentic texts” in language classrooms. Authentic texts used for teaching usually include literary, cinematic and informative pieces; Kate proposes looking at road signs, candy wrappers, menus, multimedia pieces and even cartoons to help students develop both language proficiency and cultural literacy.

WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for June 2018

Published: June 12, 2018

​Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention for the month of June.

Courage in Early Language Learners

Published: June 5, 2018

We begin the month of June with a post by Valerie Borey on the kinds of courage she sees in her role as assistant dean of the Language Discovery programs. Early experience with language immersion helps kids learn to confront uncertainty, make educated decisions, and stick with frustrating tasks to start their growth into courageous global citizens.

Camp Education: More Essential than Ever

By Tom Rosenberg | Published: May 29, 2018

​As we complete our month-long exploration of community-based learning, we’re delighted to have a post from Tom Rosenberg, President and CEO of the American Camp Association. Tom takes us through the history of American summer camps and why, after 150 years, they are more needed than ever.

Good Reads: Off the Shelf: The Confidence Code for Girls

By Stacie Berdan | Published: May 22, 2018

As we continue to study community-based learning this month, we look at the importance of community-based learning for one particular group: adolescent girls. Girls make up 57% of all campers, and the median age for all campers in the United States is between 12 and 14. This week, Stacie Berdan reviews The Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, a book focused on helping girls to develop confidence and take risks in their learning and relationships.

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