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Rethinking Language Programs: Innovative Recruiting and Retention Initiatives (Conference Panel) (Conference - Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA))

Portland, Oregon
Organization: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
Event: Conference - Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, French, Lingustics, Pedagogy, German, Popular Culture, World Literatures, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2023-10-26 to 2023-10-29 Abstract Due: 2023-06-30

In its latest U.S. Higher Education Enrollment Census completed in 2016, the Modern Language Association reported a 9.2% enrollment decrease in foreign language courses, as well as a 5.3% drop in the number of language programs between fall 2013 and fall 2016. This trend has probably deepened since 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Necessary restrictions set in place in many American colleges and universities regarding face-to-face instruction, study abroad programs, and extra-curricular events—among other things—have undoubtedly made language learning less enticing to students. Nevertheless, as the MLA census acknowledged enrollment concerns, it also reported that “many language programs remain[ed] strong” (ii), and highlighted “the value of innovative curricular thinking” (ii).

This session welcomes proposals that explore innovative strategies to increase student recruitment and/or retention in undergraduate language programs—all foreign languages welcome. Presenters will describe the initiatives they have put in place, show evidence of their success, and discuss challenges or drawbacks they may have encountered in the process. Initiatives that can be adapted to promote different languages are of particular interest. Presentations will be in English.

For any questions, please contact Dr. Aurélie Van de Wiele (axvandewiele@salisbury.edu).

Please submit proposals via that PAMLA online system (https://pamla.ballastacademic.com) by June 30, 2023.



Dr. Aurélie Van de Wiele