Organization: S.U.N.Y. Buffalo State College
Traditionally, language classes in higher education centered on grammatical reviews, culture, and the study of literary works written in the target language. As language enrollments started to decline, colleges realized the need to offer students language classes that enabled them to be competitive in the global market. With that thought, universities started to focus on the teaching and learning of languages for the professions and specific purposes (LPSP). This field has now been developing and evolving for four decades addressing societal needs. Entering the third decade of the 21st century, LPSP forms part of almost every college and university language program in the U.S. This roundtable session aims at inspiring conversations on topics such as the creation of programs involving LPSP courses, language proficiency through LPSP courses, innovative approaches to the teaching and learning of LPSP, service learning as a component of LPSP courses and curricula, interdisciplinary approaches to LPSP, LPSP through studies abroad, teaching LPSP in the time of Covid-19, LPSP online teaching; successes and challenges. Common areas of LPSP include, but are not limited to: business, medical and health care, legal and law enforcement, social services, interpreting, and translation. Topics addressed at this roundtable will cover the secondary and post-secondary levels. All languages are welcome.