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SUNY - Modern Language Association Collaboration

On May 29, 2012, the Provost and the Office of Global Affairs of State University of New York, the State University Faculty Senate, and the Language Consultancy Project of the Modern Language Association held an all day workshop for SUNY professionals SUNY-MLA Collaboration for Language and Culture Education:  Exploring New Structures for a Changing World.

SUNY-MLA Workshop Planning Committee included:
  • Carmen Rivera, Chair and Professor of Spanish, Modern Languages & Literatures, SUNY Fredonia
  • Catherine Porter, Professor of French Emerita, SUNY Cortland; Past President, Modern Language Association
  • Donald Loewen, Chair, Department of German and Russian Studies; Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Binghamton University
  • Nancy Willie-Schiff, Assistant Provost, Academic Programs and Planning,  State University of New York
  • Rose McEwen, Chair, Department of Languages and Literatures; Coordinator, Latin American Studies Program, SUNY Geneseo
  • Rosemary G. Feal, Executive Director, Modern Language Association; Professor of Spanish (on leave), University at Buffalo
  • Sally Crimmins Villela, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs, State University of New York

The workshop was attended by modern language faculty and full- and part-time staff members,  including both tenure-track and non-tenure track instructors, language department chairs, as well as faculty, staff, deans and provosts with an interest in a dialog about modern language education.

Through its 2007 report entitled Foreign Languages and Higher Education:  New Structures for a Changed World the Modern Language Association has initiated a dialog that is playing out on campuses throughout the United States.  While the MLA does not prescribe any particular formula or curriculum, as a professional organization it is interested in working with colleges and universities to strengthen the teaching and learning of languages and cultures.  Our MLA colleagues work with us to explore our strengths and help us see beyond impediments as we join forces to benefit language and culture education at SUNY.  We consider this event to be the first in a series of such conversations, and we look forward to a close collaboration with this esteemed professional association for post-secondary language educators. 

To see May 29th Workshop agenda and list of attendees click here

To see May 29th Workshop evaluations click here

Workshop Handouts

 Workshop Table Notes

- Table 1 Notes - Table 10 Notes
- Table 2 Notes - Table Notes on Curricular Goals
- Table 3 Notes - Table Notes on Structure
- Table 5 Notes  

Workshop Reading Materials:

Other Resources:

MLA Resources:


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