Lara Lomicka Anderson, University of South Carolina
Gillian Lord, University of Florida
In 2007, the MLA issued a report exhorting higher education institutions to "enhance and reward graduate student training in languages and language teaching" and "teach graduate students to use technology in language instruction and learning" (p. 8). Now, a decade later, our study asks what the impact of this report on language programs around the country has been. What importance do students place on language study today? To what extent has curriculum reform been implemented? Are we helping to foster our students' translingual and transcultural competence? In this session, we analyze data from over 300 surveys from students and faculty; our results shed light on the extent to which students perceive language study to be a necessary part of the university experience and also how language programs have embraced the challenges of the MLA mandates.
Omni Nashville Room: Cumberland 5