Description: Join us to learn about Learning and Teaching Languages Virtually at The New School. The Foreign Languages Department will showcase and lead a workshop on this year's online pilot which ventured on a virtual, real-time, teaching and learning platform for Introductory courses in French, Japanese, and Spanish. The innovation aspect of the pilot was to explore methods for introductory level courses which met twice a week in real-time, via a platform known as synchronous online teaching. The goal was to have the same learning outcomes, and engage in the same activities as the courses that meet in-person. Faculty workshop participants include the the inaugural online pilot faculty (Daisy Bow, Andras Molnar, and Dorothy Potter Synder) as well as our long-term department faculty and pilot advisors, Marie-Christine Massé and Sara Villa, who have taught the asynchronous department course, Grammar & Composition, in French and Spanish, respectively. Attendees will also learn of future online initiatives, including, Year 2 of the Pilot!
Daisy Bow is a part-time lecturer of French in the Foreign Languages Department and has taught asynchronous courses at The New School as well as being a part of the inaugural Online Synchronous Team Year 1. Daisy received both her MA and PhD in French Literature from New York University. She has been teaching at the New School since 2013. Her primary research interests are centered on French food and identity, with a secondary interest in French perfume and culture.
Marie-Christine Massé has been teaching French at The New School since Fall 2010. She previously taught at Carleton College (MN) and Drew University (NJ). Professor Masse teaches all levels of French, including advanced courses in French-speaking Cinema, Popular Culture or French Literature. She served as Interim Chair of Foreign Language from 2012-2015. She is also the Regional Representative for the American association of French Teachers for the states of New York and New Jersey.
Andras Molnar graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2015 with a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics, and is part of the inaugural Online Synchronous Team at The New School, having taught Japanese Intro 1 and Intro 2. He has taught English abroad in Japan, China, and Taiwan, and is currently teaching speech clarity at Baruch College in New York and the Japanese language at Hunter College. He has worked with curriculum design and teacher training at OKpanda a company that tries to connect Japanese students learning English with teachers in a 1-1 digital platform.
Dorothy Potter Snyder has been a Spanish teacher for over two decades. She is a consultant to publishers of Spanish language educational materials, a literary translator, and a Spanish language curriculum developer for corporations and nonprofit institutions. Dorothy taught the inaugural Spanish Intro 1 on the Synchronous Online Platform in the Fall 2016 and has remained involved with the pilot in an advising capacity. Her most memorable pedagogic experience was teaching basic Spanish for breastfeeding support to over 500 nurses and lactation consultants in a coast-to-coast webinar. In the 1990s, she was the Administrator of the non-profit arts and education center The Latin American Workshop in new York City. She earned her bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and literature from Yale University, and is pursuing her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Sara Villa taught Spanish and Italian for many years at Hunter College, CUNY before arriving at The New School. Her doctoral work was related to Medieval and humanist studies. Over the last years she has focused on Spanish and Latin American literature related to issues of social justice. She has also sought to develop engaging classroom applications of film/video to improve language acquisition. Moderated by: Raúl Rubio, Chair of Foreign Languages
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