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NeMLA 2022 - Civic Engagement in the World Language Classroom: Community Engaged Learning (NeMLA)

Baltimore, US
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, French, Pedagogy, German, World Literatures, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2022-03-10 to 2022-03-13 Abstract Due: 2021-10-15

I'd like to invite world language practitioners and intellectuals whose work is relevant to Community Engaged Learning to submit a proposal for the roundtable Civic Engagement in the World Language Classroom: Community Engaged Learning. 

Format: Roundtable (3-10 participants give brief, informal presentations (5 minutes) followed by an open conversation)
Language taught: Any language, any level
Where and when: NeMLA 2022 (Baltimore, March 10-13)

What are Community Engaged Learning courses?
Community Engaged Learning courses respond to calls to make the class a space for social justice, in the classroom and beyond, via experiential learning. Whereas traditional service learning models add the elements of reflection, learning, and reciprocity to even more traditional views of community service, more recent reconceptualizations emphasize civic engagement directed toward social justice-oriented change (Welch, 2009). 

What's the focus of this round table?
As the field of world languages addresses questions of relevance and social responsibility, this round table explores possibilities, challenges, and questions raised by Community Engaged Learning (CEL) courses. I invite speakers from all language backgrounds and educational contexts to share their experiences with and reflections on teaching CEL courses in a World Language. Envisioned as a generative space, the roundtable will have ample time for exchange. 

Which pressing questions prompted this roundtable?
The hope is that presenters will share their experiences, including work in progress, with CEL in world language courses. Presenters are asked to reflect on pressing questions on civic engagement, such as: 
What are the possible connections between language learning, cultural learning, and community engagement? 
How can language courses address injustice from a reflective, critical, and change-oriented perspective? 
Which pedagogical practices are consistent with and conducive to the values of civic engagement? 
How can we reflect on, bring awareness to, and question/challenge the positionalities and responsibilities of all the members in the classroom community (students and instructors), within the classroom and toward the larger community? 
How do we build a constructive, horizontal space that respects, honors, values, and centers marginalized groups? 
How can we set up practices that protect vulnerable students and members of the larger community from the danger of exploitative hierarchical relationships that benefit those in positions of privilege? 

How to send a proposal
Submit your proposal at https://www.cfplist.com/ nemla/Home/CFP by October 15th 2021; acceptance notification by October 15th.
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Supplemental information: What are your suggestions to make the roundtable a space that reflects the same values and ideals of the CEL model?



Alessia Valfredini