You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Thursday, September 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in Le Café, Morris. Ms. Alejandra Escudero, Lecturer of Foreign Languages & Literatures, will present a talk titled, “Letter-Writing as a Pedagogical Tool, Applied Learning, and Social Responsibility.”
Abstract: For centuries, letter writing has been a way to convey ideas, share feelings, and establish relationships between peoples and nations. Today, we can say that thanks to technology, hand-written letters are a lost art with which many of our students are unfamiliar.
In addition to being a venue for self-reflection, letters have become a great pedagogical tool in the foreign language classroom. Hand-written letters in Spanish to detainees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers have made students practice their language skills in a genuine and authentic way while allowing them to learn about the life stories of those who have come to the United States in search of a better life. Professor Escudero shares how she stumbled upon this unusual teaching methodology, and how this project has become a life-changing applied learning activity for her students. She also discusses how this activity has led her students to become better Spanish speakers and writers – at the same time they become agents of change in their communities.
Seating is limited. To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to September 25. Vegetarian meals are available.