AAUSC 2016 Volume - Issues in Language Program Direction: The Interconnected Language Curriculum: Critical Transitions and Interfaces in Articulated K-16 Contexts 1st Edition

Per Urlaub | Johanna Watzinger-Tharp | Stacey Katz Bourns

  • Copyright 2018
  • Published


Foreign language departments today are developing innovative curricula to eliminate the separation between lower-level language instruction from upper-level coursework. This unique volume helps language departments include pre-collegiate experiences in their educational reforms. Insights help you develop successful language curricula that integrates horizontally with academics and professionals outside of the language department. This volume considers a unique K-20 perspective when developing curricular coherence. Content helps language program directors and educational professionals address the critical transitions that language learners face as they progress from public schools to undergraduate programs and graduate education.

Meet the Author

Per Urlaub, UT-Austin

Per Urlaub is an Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a PhD in German Studies from Stanford University. His contributions to the areas of reading research, curriculum development, and instructional technology have been published in various venues such as the Foreign Language Annals, System, Unterrichtspraxis, the ADFL Bulletin, and Profession. He also has contributed to past AAUSC volumes. The book "Transforming Postsecondary Foreign Language Teaching in the United States," co-edited with Janet Swaffar, appeared in 2014. He is the guest co-editor of "Teaching Brecht," a special-interest edition of the Brecht Yearbook, and is developing a monograph on literary reading in the second language. For the academic year 2014-15, Per Urlaub joined Vanderbilt University's Center for Second Language Studies as the Scholar-In-Residence.

Johanna Watzinger-Tharp, University of Utah

Johanna Watzinger-Tharp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Utah. She earned her MA and PhD in L2 at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on L2 methodology and teacher education, variation in German, and dual immersion, and has been published in scholarly venues such as Foreign Language Annals, the Modern Language Journal and Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German. Her publications also include co-edited volumes and German language textbooks. In 2010, the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) awarded her the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. She has served in leadership positions of national professional organizations and serves as the co-chair of Utah's World Language Council, which produced the Utah Language Roadmap for the 21st Century that helped establish Utah's Dual Language Immersion Program.

Stacey Katz Bourns, Harvard University

Stacey Katz received her Ph.D from the University of Texas, Austin, in French Linguistics. Stacey Katz is currently the Director of Language Programs in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. She has published several pedagogical texts and presented her research at major conferences. Stacey's research interests include Applied French Linguistics, French syntax and French pragmatics.

Features & Benefits

  • Foreign language departments rarely extend their articulation efforts to include pre-collegiate experiences even though recent educational reforms have significantly altered not only the skill sets, but also needs and expectations of students entering college. This volume furthers the existing knowledge base on the collegiate foreign language curriculum by providing a K-20 perspective on the achievement of curricular coherence. It is intended for a broad audience, but in particular language program directors, to help them address the critical transitions that language learners face during their progression from public schools through undergraduate programs and into graduate education.

Table of Contents

AAUSC 2016 Volume - Issues in Language Program Direction: The Interconnected Language Curriculum: Critical Transitions and Interfaces in Articulated K-16 Contexts


Editorial Board.
Annual Volumes of Issues in Language Program Direction.
Beyond the Collegiate Foreign Language Department: Horizontal and Vertical Transitions for 21st Century Learners (Per Urlaub - University of Texas-Autsin & Johanna Watzinger-Tharp – University of Utah).
Internationalizing the Curriculum at Home: Transcultural Exploration in a French-German Course (Sébastien Dubreil & Maria Stehle). The Shared Course Initiative: Curricular Collaborations Across Institutions (Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl & Stephane Charitos). Connection-Making in Foreign Language Learning: Structured Reflection in a Collegiate German Program (Cori Crane). High School Students’ Perceptions of Language Learning in a Spanish Immersion Program (Lucy Johnson).
Implications of the AP World Language Tenets for University Programs (Christina Frei, Glenn Levine, Heather Willis Allen, & Bridget Swanson). A Proficiency-based Articulation Project between Postsecondary Institutions (Jane Hacking & Fernando Rubio). The Roadmap to Mainstreaming Dual Language Immersion in Rhode Island (Sigrid Berka & Erin Papa). Confronting Literacy in Chinese as a Foreign Language (Michael Everson)
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