This semester’s contribution to the series Workshops for Professional Development was co-organized and sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of French and Italian, and the Princeton Center for Language Study. The two-day event focused on practical pedagogical applications of Linguistic Landscapes, an approach to literacy and L2 learning that involves analyzing and understanding the social role of the texts that surround us in the environment.
The conference opened on April 20th with a plenary talk by Prof. David Malinowski (Yale University) entitled “Rewriting the classroom and the city: A case study of translation and linguistic landscape for language and literacy development.” This was followed on the second day by a round-table discussion with faculty from across the campus, and a workshop devoted to practical aspects of implementing the concept in L2 classrooms.
The conference drew faculty and graduate student AIs from various language programs, including East Asian Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, French and Italian, and German. For many participants, this was their first introduction to the concepts and practices relating to linguistic landscapes, providing ample opportunity for lively discussion about its application in language courses, and its role in promoting intercultural awareness and linguistic competence.