Modern Language Association Call for Papers

Modern Language Association Call for Papers


Session title: Foreign Language Cultural Literacy and Web 2.0

The 2009 Horizon Report on emerging technologies details a multiplicity of technology trends that are already having an impact on foreign language teaching. These drivers of change in higher education include awareness of globalization, openness to accelerated information sharing, and advances in collaborative networking and collective knowledge production.

For one of its 2011 MLA sessions, the Committee on the Division of Language Teaching seeks papers that examine how practices and tools associated with Web 2.0 and the use of instructional technology more generally can be effectively used to enhance foreign language teaching and learning. Presentations are invited on multi-media curriculum design that advances foreign language literacy objectives, especially models that can serve a broad range of departmental contexts.

We are especially interested in research that has been conducted in the following areas:

  • Initiatives that enhance cultural learning and the development of foreign language skills through the use of instructional technology (e.g., global simulations, gaming, asynchronous or synchronous exchanges);
  • Discussion and analysis of applications for the incorporation of personal mobile devices into language classes;
  • Outcomes assessment (qualitative and quantitative) related to the implementation of technology-enriched curriculum in language instruction contexts;
  • Curriculum development initiatives that strengthen the ability of institutions to offer less commonly taught languages;
  • Examples of cross-institutional collaboration in foreign language instruction that demonstrate or show the limitations in the efficacy of technology-enhanced teaching.

Abstracts should include a detailed description of the paper’s organization, as well as an explanation of how it fits into the theme of the session. Please send a one page abstract to Professor Charlotte Melin at by March 10, 2010.

Fernando Rubio
Co-Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Languages and Literature
University of Utah
(801) 581-4610