Fostering Global Competence: Teaching Language and Culture Through Film

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
The 49th NeMLA Annual Convention-April 12-15, 2018 Pittsburgh, PA
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Fostering Global Competence: Teaching Language and Culture Through Film



The session aims to reimagine the fundamental pedagogical role of foreign language and culture courses in the college curriculum in the era of globalization. Providing students with cultural experience is the objective and challenge in beginners’ language and culture courses. Films can provide the narrative of our fast-changing time, allowing reflection on global issues as well as cultural values. This session will explore whether it is possible to add relevant content to our instruction to help students reflect on the global era. 


The desired outcome of this session is to share how choices of content--film in this case--can lead to a more informed student community overall and fulfill language requirements at the same time. Reimagining language instruction with a transcultural focus on global issues such as migration, sustainability, and global terrorism will build intercultural competence and develop critical thinking, global literacy, and civic engagement on the relevant issues of our times. Presenters are invited to share and discuss examples that illustrate how film can shape foreign language and culture courses or individual lesson plans with this objective.

If interested please submit your abstract through Nemla’s website. This session is open to all Foreign Languages Cultural and Film Studies.

Deadline for abstract submission is September 30th.

Please send an email with your abstract also to the panel organizer and presiding officer: Patrizia Comello Perry – BMCC at