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Encouraging Global Research: Using First Language Sources in the College Classroom

May 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

FIT faculty are cordially invited to a symposium “Encouraging Global Research: Using First Language Sources in the College Classroom,” a part of Translanguaging Series. FIT panelists and guest speakers will discuss how to empower and encourage bilingual and multilingual students at FIT to draw from their whole linguistic, cultural, and intellectual repertoire—as a means to enrich their primary work in English. This is to encourage FIT faculty to move across multilingual sources for both primary and secondary materials and create classrooms that value our students’ own knowledge, backgrounds, and experiences.

Jean Amato, English and Communication Studies
Kyunghee Pyun, History of Art

FIT Panelists:
Jose Diaz, Online Learning Manager
Isabella Bertoletti, Modern Languages and Cultures
Mario Valero, Modern Languages and Cultures
Sarah Blazer, Associate Director, FIT Writing and Speaking Studio

Guest Speakers:
Kate Seltzer, Assistant Professor at Rowan University
Sara Vogel, Postdoctoral Associate at New York University

Dr. Kate Seltzer is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual and ESL Education at Rowan University whose overarching research goal is to help schools and teachers build on students’ rich language practices while also disrupting their own ideologies about these students and their ways of using language. A former high school English Language Arts teacher in New York City, Dr. Seltzer currently teaches pre- and in-service teachers of bilingual students. She is co-author of the book, The Translanguaging Classroom: Leveraging Student Bilingualism for Learning as well as several book chapters and peer reviewed articles.

Dr. Sara Vogel has a PhD in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Vogel is a digital media and bilingual educator, focusing on the intersection of bilingual, social justice, and computing education and was a teacher educator on the theory, research, and practice of bilingual education. Currently working on a National Science Foundation project, Participating in Literacies and Computer Science (PiLaCS), supporting bilingual students in computer science, she also developed Teaching Bilinguals (Even If You’re Not One!): A Video Webseries for K-12 Educators as part of the CUNY Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals (CUNY-NYSIEB).

This event is sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts; the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and the Center for Excellence in Teaching.

This virtual event is for the FIT community only; REGISTER HERE