Ponticuli Podcast – Episode 16 with Michael Overholt and Dr. Margaret Keneman

LCWA is happy to promote Michael Overholt, Instructional Technologist and The Teaching and Learning Team (TLT) for LCWA, latest podcast Ponticuli.

A conversation with Dr. Margaret Keneman, from French, Francophone, and Italian Studies.  Their conversations emerge from Dr. Keneman’s thoughts on the relationship between globally connected courses and the College of Charleston’s prestigious study abroad program. Click the link below to listen!

Ponticuli – Episode 16 – Dr. Margaret Keneman and Globally Connected Courses

Recognizing Model UN students

Congratulations to nine students from the College of Charleston who successfully completed the annual Southern Regional Model UN (SRMUN) conference held on October 23-25. Participation in this conference was part of the experiential learning course POLI 261-Model United Nations, taught by Professor Kovalov. In the past, Professor Kovalov took students for SRMUN to Atlanta for a 3-day event but the pandemic pushed organizers to look for safer ways to engage students in diplomacy. This was the first virtual SRMUN conference via zoom and students enjoyed this experience. In fact, several students commented that the virtual conference exceeded their expectations. Our students represented the delegation of the Russian Federation and they spent the first part of the fall 2020 semester learning about the UN, global issues, international diplomacy, the rules of the debate, and Russia’s foreign policy. The College of Charleston delegation included Gabrielle Carter, Macie Hardin, Hunter Harvey-Montano, Jordan Mercer, Gracie Pace, Savannah Petrelli, Sophia Stoios, Kara Swider, and Caroline Walker. Gabrielle Carter was recognized with the Best Delegate Award in the Economic and Social Council.

Check out more about the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN)  at their website www.srmun.org

The International Lab

Don’t forget about LCWA’s new International Lab!

The International Lab (JC Long 401B) has been a long time coming but you will find that it was worth the wait. It is a great teaching space with high-end functionality. The investment and ingenuity in the Lab is evident – cutting edge acoustics with easy remote capability.

Hispanic Studies faculty in the College TODAY

Check out the latest article in the College TODAY, “Learning Our Way: How Professors Are Maximizing Hybrid Teaching” where Hispanic Studies instructor Fenner Hoell is a feature of how faculty at CofC are maximizing online education!

https://today.cofc.edu/2020/12/03/learning-our-way-how-professors-are-maximizing-hybrid-teaching/

LCWA Colloquium presents Ambassador Harry Thomas

On Tuesday, October 20th, LCWA held their 3rd LCWA World Affairs Colloquium of the semester! It was held virtually using zoom and went great! They are excited to share the event with you if you missed out.

The International Lab is READY

The International Lab (JC Long 401B) has been a long time coming but you will find that it was worth the wait. It is a great teaching space with high-end functionality. The investment and ingenuity in the Lab is evident – cutting edge acoustics with easy remote capability.

We are starting a process now and moving as quickly as we can to introduce the Lab to faculty use.

Fall 2020 LCWA COMPASS Newsletter

Check out the latest LCWA COMPASS Newsletter!

Fall 2020 LCWA COMPASS Newsletter

Vol. 5, No. 1 of Hispanic Studies Review

Hispanic Studies is proud to present to you Vol. 5, No. 1 of Hispanic Studies Review for your perusal and enjoyment:

http://hispanicstudiesreview.com/menu/currentissue.html

Congratulations to the HSR editorial team for their hard work in bringing this edition to press.

FREN 490: The French Language Today: Exploring French and Francophone Culture Through Linguistics

One of the key goals of the College of Charleston’s academic mission is to provide students with the global and interdisciplinary perspectives needed to address 21st century issues. Additionally, the Institute of International Education (IIE) has ranked CofC as the No. 5 institution in the United States among the Top 40 master’s-level colleges and universities for the total number of study-abroad participants. With study abroad being severely restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, this project will use collaborative online international learning (COIL) / virtual exchanges to fill a void that might be caused in regard to this aspect of the College’s mission.

This particular project is also aligned with an element of the strategic plan that was just recently unveiled by the College’s new president, Andrew Hsu. Specifically, part of the strategic plan towards academic distinction calls to “increase and enhance global experiential learning opportunities and incentivize broad participation.” Even irrespective of what is going on with the pandemic, providing cost-effective options to study abroad can help increase participation, which might be accomplished by conducting this particular project. As has been illustrated by Generation Study Abroad and other similar initiatives, it is important to mobilize increase and diversify the number of U.S. students who have the opportunity to study abroad, which this project hopes to do.

Specifically, this project will use a variety of virtual exchanges to provide a kind of “virtual study abroad experience” to undergraduates enrolled in an advanced French content course (French 490) at the College of Charleston (CofC) in Charleston, South Carolina as well as university students studying English at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CLA) in Besançon, France.

The first part of the exchange entails a series of virtual presentations given by scholars at the CLA to enhance the academic component of French 490 at CofC. These virtual presentations are already supported thanks to funds generously provided by the Global Education Initiative/Global Leadership Institute housed within the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs at CofC.

The second part of the virtual exchange is still a work in progress and would greatly benefit from support from the “Transitioning to Virtual Exchange Covid-19 Relief Fund.” In order to foster opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue on a more individualized level, the French 490 students at CofC will also participate regularly in tandems linguistiques with students studying English at the CLA. The development phase of this project will expand on these tandems linguistiques so that students complete “mini-projects” similar to what they would do if they were studying abroad. For example, a mini-project expectation might be that students “visit” a monument or a tourist site in Besançon or Charleston or attend a local event in one of the two cities (respecting COVID-19 social distancing policies at all times, of course).

In some ways, these expanded tandems linguistiques might simulate the “homestay” or “extracurricular” component that would be part of a traditional study abroad program. In other words, students studying French at CofC and those studying English at the CLA will have their regular academic instruction in the “classroom” (whether that’s online or face-to-face) and it will be via the tandems linguistics that they can explore the culture “outside of the classroom” and on their own time. And just as opportunities for individualized exploration outside of the classroom are often supported in some way by traditional study abroad programs, that is precisely what will be done with the funding to support these virtual exchanges.

 

Participating actors:

Margaret Keneman, Project Leader and Coordinator at CofC, 50 hours total (5 hrs. / wk.)

Florian Chapey, Coordinator at the CLA, 20 hours total (approx. 2 hrs. / week)

Sébastien Touchard, Technical Support at the CLA, 30 hours total (approx. 3 hrs. / week)

Assistant to Margaret Keneman (TBD), 30 hours total (approx. 3 hrs. / wk.)

Technical support at CofC (TBD) 20 hours total (approx. 2 hrs. / wk.)