Spring 2022

Language Learning and Globalization

Listed in: , as EDST-348  |  Spanish, as SPAN-348


Jeannette Sanchez-Naranjo (Section 01)


(Offered as SPAN 348 and EDST 348) As the world continues to become more and more interconnected, learning languages is increasingly related to diasporic affiliations, intercultural identities, global cosmopolitanism, and translingual practices. At the same time, advancing technologies have afforded us the ability to communicate no matter where we are in the world, facilitating and creating different opportunities that serve as a mean of relating to others on cultural and sociolinguistic levels.

How does globalization impact the way people learn languages? This is the overriding question in this course. We will begin by examining how transnationalism and diasporic flows have allowed language learners to make use of language learning practices that are not conventionally valued in the field of language teaching. Thereafter, we will explore how heritage language learners challenge monolithic representations of standardized varieties of languages and linguistic norms taught in the language classroom. Finally, we will discuss how language learners have managed to retain their local languages and cultures in the face of a globalized world. Throughout the course, we will pay attention to the subtle interplay of economic, sociocultural, political, and technological forces that contest traditional scenarios for multilingual education. The materials for the course include fiction, nonfiction, audio pieces, maps, and visual materials. Conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or permission of instructor. Limited to 18 students. Spring Semester: Professor Sánchez-Naranjo.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on group work, readings, written and oral presentations, instruction in language other than English. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2022