Program Sustainability Through Interdisciplinary Networking: On Connecting Foreign Language Programs with Sustainability Studies and Other Fields

Charlotte Melin

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Abstract

Interdisciplinarity poses fundamental challenges to the ways in which even the most progressive departments conceive of their educational mission with respect to integrated language and culture learning. This essay outlines the structure for redesigning the undergraduate major as a “tools-based” curriculum that concentrates work in three core areas: skill in language and literacy, knowledge of context and media, and development of critical literacy and global understanding. It advocates a complex approach to fostering translingual and transcultural competence and describes the development of course offerings in the environmental humanities as an example. By recognizing the emerging mosaic structure of undergraduate education and embracing opportunities to collaborate with other disciplines, foreign language departments can engage in productive curriculum reform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEducational Linguistics
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media B.V.
Pages103-122
Number of pages20
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameEducational Linguistics
Volume21
ISSN (Print)1572-0292
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1656

Keywords

  • Curriculum design
  • Global perspectives
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Literacy
  • Media
  • Study abroad
  • Sustainability
  • Textual analysis
  • Transnational studies

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