Teaching Popular Culture in Language Courses (Roundtable)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Sara Dallavalle (NeMLA 2022)
contact email: 

In the recent years, foreign language teaching has advocated for an increasingly intermedial and interdisciplinary approach, one that enables instructors to expand course materials and integrate a wide array of popular and current cultural products. Advanced courses in literature and culture can develop curricula that more liberally incorporate popular culture into teaching. On the contrary, lower advanced and intermediate courses must combine cultural components with the introduction or the review of grammar structures. This session seeks contributions that address the following: What are the challenges of transitioning from grammar-based to culture-based instruction in language classes? How can culture and grammar be combined to allow students insight into popular culture while still learning and practicing fundamental grammar structures? What kind of popular culture material is best suited for intermediate and lower advanced courses? How may change in syllabus design welcome an intermedial and interdisciplinary approach to popular culture?

This roundtable explores experiences and outcomes of integrating popular culture material (films, TV, songs, commercials, comics, graphic novels, video games, social media content, etc) in intermediate and lower advanced courses. Participants are invited to illustrate challenges and solutions in designing syllabi, choosing class materials, and preparing assessments that both satisfy the requirements of intermediate and lower advanced language courses and introduce students to popular culture.

Proposal are due by September 30 2021 on the Nemla portal here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/19293 

For more information, please don't hesitate to contact me at saradall@uchicago.edu