Foreign language students in the United States and abroad can pose unique challenges for any college or instructor.
On April 6, Annette Harrison, Ph.D., assistant professor of Intercultural Studies will discuss these challenges and methods to overcome them at the Council for Christian Colleges & University’s Changing Faces Conference being held April 5 to 7 in Portland, Ore.
Her session is titled “Genuine Interaction: A Relational Learning Model for Foreign Language Classrooms.”In it, she will present the results of a two-semester language and culture acquisition course based on a learning exchange approach. The presentation will demonstrate that intercultural competence and a healthy atmosphere for campus diversity correlate to the accumulated relationships of people from different backgrounds who find they enjoy being together.
As a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators, Harrison served in France, Burkina Faso, the Republic of Niger, the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. While in Africa, she studied the how language use and social organization worked within a non-missionary planted (independently planted Christian church) in the Republic of Congo.
She also studied French and has a masters and a doctoral degree in linguistics.
Harrison can be reached at 503-375-7186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.