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Title of Presentation(s) Grade Range
Linguistic Landscape in Chinese Game-Based Pedagogy. 8-12
Chinese and English: Cultural Differences on Reading and Writing 6-12
Die Wissenschaftliche Methode – an Exemplary Lesson for Students Interested in Teaching in the United States and Beyond.
Teacher educator Marisa Ferraro demonstrates how to effectively engage non-native English speaking students in the classroom. It is challenging for English learners who must do double the work – learn the subject matter and simultaneously learn English. Students will experience first-hand the challenges for language learners during an inquiry based science lesson as well as the successes through the implementation of sheltered strategies. Ferraro’s presentation exemplifies how to make school subjects accessible to all students, including struggling readers and English learners. All teachers are currently faced with the task of how to teach those students in their classrooms who aren’t yet proficient in English, e.g. immigrants, refugees, and first-generation Americans. The demand for teachers who are capable of teaching English learners is great in Connecticut. SCSU is among Connecticut’s top programs in preparing teachers to meet these through our Elementary Bilingual Education and TESOL (Teaching Speakers of Other Languages) certification programs.
Wherefore New Haven ‘Apizza? Food culture, language, and identity in an immigrant community.
Erin Larkin teaches modern Italian culture and language, and in this session works interactively with students to examine what the beloved New Haven institution of ‘apizza can tell us about intersections between public and private histories and questions of identity, language and community. Students learn about Italian Unification and its connection to the Great Arrival—the thousands of immigrants who came to the US between the 1880s and 1920s—, while exploring New Haven history and food traditions as locus of cultural hybridity and formation of community. Issues related to immigrant communities, integration, and social justice—examined through the case study of Sacco and Vanzetti—will also be considered in the light of contemporary social questions of today.
Rewilding la Patagonia: Nature, ecology, and conservation in southern Chile
Jesse Gleason teaches Spanish through the cultural lens of ecological preservation in southern Chile. In this session, students will examine the rewilding efforts in the Chilean Patagonia, specifically examining the flora, fauna, and ecosystems that were/are endangered and the conservation efforts currently underway to "rewild" this part of the world. Students will learn about Chile's unique history of biodiversity and conservation, the development of the Patagonian Route of Parks, and the tremendous efforts by Tomkins Conservation over the past three decades to counter climate change and species extinction in the Southern Cone. This presentation could be offered in English, Spanish, or a mixture of the two. "You can only protect the things that you love, if you identify with them." Kristine Tompkins, Rewilding Chile

NOTE: Teacher must be present in class during visiting scholar presentation. Presentations are subject to scholar availability. Any specific needs (media projectors, open tables, sink, etc.) for presentations must be available in the classroom. Specific needs will be provided to teachers prior to scheduling. Redundant presentation in a morning or afternoon are possible if there is an interest from the school and faculty time is available.

For more information:

Colleen L. Bielitz, Ph.D. 
Assoc. Vice President
Strategic Initiatives and Outreach

(203) 392-5459