NeMLA Roundtable: "Beyond the Walls of the Classroom: Co-Curricular Initiatives Across Languages"

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association

50th Anniversary Convention: Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

March 21-24, 2019

Washington, DC

Host Institution: Georgetown University


In recent years, the issue of student enrollment is one of the most significant challenges facing departments of literatures, cultures, and languages. How do we – as educators in these fields – not only assert the relevance of our discipline to university administration, but also to the 21st century student in our current social, political, and cultural climate? An initial and crucial part of this challenge is building a strong community both inside and outside of the classroom. This roundtable seeks to open a discussion across all foreign languages about successful strategies and techniques, on both a curricular and a co-curricular level, that impact student enrollment and participation, as well as start a conversation about potential challenges (and proposed solutions) for the future. We invite proposals from all languages that detail projects, practices, and ideas that address the question of community creation, the function and role of soft skills, and the power of emotions within and outside the walls of the classroom, as well as across language sections. Relevant proposals may include, but are not limited to: interdisciplinary courses or courses across the curriculum, community outreach projects, engaging departmental activities, Emotion Studies, experiential learning, and effective pedagogical and empathic learning practices


Please submit abstracts of approximately 250 words, including the submitter’s biographical information, through the NeMLA website:


Submission deadline: September 30, 2018



For inquiries about the panel, please contact:


Melina Masterson (  


Antje Krueger (


Fabiana Viglione (