TLC Presents...

Fall 2022   


Introduction to Theory and Research in Heritage Languages: A Critical Overview

Friday, September 23, 2022
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: Location: Rutgers Academic Building, 15 Seminary Pl, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, AB-5190 and ZOOM

This lecture is designed to provide graduate students and other early career researchers in fields such as second language acquisition, theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, sociology and anthropology of language, and psycholinguistics with a foundation in theories surrounding the acquisition of heritage languages. The goals of this presentation are twofold: to present the three theories that have been influential to heritage language acquisition research, and to highlight how these theories pave the way forward for research on this topic. This presentation is oriented towards students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, but is relevant for attendees in any of the fields addressed above.

Presenter: Patrick Thane, Ph.D. candidate
Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

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Dictionary of Latin American Identities: Applications for the Spanish, Portuguese, and French Classroom

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Rutgers Academic Building, 15 Seminary Pl, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, AB-5190

What is the term “Latinx”? Is it a race? An ethnicity? A gender? A sexual orientation? This overview starts with one of the most debated terms in the United States to tease out the multiple communities and histories it represents. The presentational portion will give an introductory overview of key concepts of race in Latin America. Then, the differences of gender identity and sexual orientation will be discussed. Race, gender, and sexual orientation interact with one another to deeply influence how we see ourselves and one another. Ethnicity is also influenced, and notions of one’s culture change in the context of immigration to the United States or descending from immigrants. These factors are registered on multiple aspects of language that we consciously or unconsciously use, such as grammatical gender, vocabulary, and pronouns. Meditating on the single term “Latinx” reveals how power shapes the language skills students need to communicate in a highly globalized, multicultural United States as well as abroad. The methods portion will include sample activities to illustrate how to incorporate discussions of these sensitive but important issues into classes from Spanish 101 to graduate coursework in literature and linguistics. Dictionary of Latin American Identities, by cataloguing a wealth of terms that are new to many English speakers, reveals new facets of communication, connections, communities, cultures, and comparisons. “Latinxs” are the largest US minority, but the term is but one of many labels people have adopted, adapted, and eluded for centuries.

Presenter: John Thomas Maddox IV

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John Thomas Maddox IV is Associate Professor of Spanish and African American Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He specializes in literature, language, and culture of the African Diaspora, particularly in the Hispanic Caribbean and Brazil. His Books include Challenging the Black Atlantic: The New World Novels of Zapata Olivella and Gonçalves (Bucknell UP, 2020), Dictionary of Latin American Identities (coauthored with Thomas Stephens, U of Florida P, 2021), and Fractal Families in New Millennium Narrative by Afro-Puerto Rican Women (U of Wales P, 2022). He is AATSP Teacher of the year 2021.


Sociolinguistics through Mixed Media

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Rutgers Academic Building, 15 Seminary Pl, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, AB-5190

This presentation focuses on language acquisition and student engagement via sociolinguistics (dialects, vocabulary, culture, speech patterns, and rhythms). I will show how teaching via “Products, Practices, and Perspectives” of people brings language to life and into focus. Teachers should consider how authentic and fictional material sources can motivate students to realize their L2 potential. Using available technology, students can interact with bilingual people worldwide in real-time. Real-life scenarios can supplant simulations to connect students to people beyond the immediate classroom.

Presenter: John Allen

thumbnail IMG 0664 004As I approach my 25th year as an educator, I am as excited now as when I first began. I have had the honor of teaching students from Kindergarten through the university level. In addition to co-teaching the "Methods in Spanish Language Teaching,” I teach a course titled "Principles of Leadership" here at Rutgers University in the Rutgers Cooperative Extension program, New Brunswick. Furthermore, I designed, developed, and taught another world language course, "Spanish for the Agriculture Workforce.”

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