Fall 2018 Speaker Series - October 11
Presenter: Emma Trentman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Arabic at University of New Mexico
Title: Research-based interventions for language and intercultural learning during study abroad
Although study abroad is popularly viewed as an unparalleled opportunity for language and intercultural learning, research demonstrates that there is extensive variation in the development of these skills abroad (Kinginger, 2009, Vande Berg et al, 2012). The 21st century has also seen shifts in the nature of U.S. study abroad, with the majority of students (63%) going abroad for eight weeks or less (IIE, 2017). This presentation discusses research-based interventions to maximize language and intercultural learning during study abroad, as well as the need to look for creative solutions to apply these interventions in specific contexts. It uses the example of a short-term faculty led study abroad program developed by the presenter to provide specific examples of how this can be done.
About the speaker:
Emma Trentman is Assistant Professor of Arabic at the University of New Mexico. She is an Applied Linguist whose research focuses on language and intercultural learning during study abroad, telecollaboration, and in the language classroom. Her research has appeared in various journals and edited collections including The Modern Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, The L2 Journal, and System. She teaches all levels of Arabic at the University of New Mexico and has been program director of the UNM Arabic STARTALK Student Program since 2016.