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CFP NeMLA: Class Participation: A Must or a Bonus? (55th NeMLA Annual Convention, March 7-10, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts)

Boston, MA
Organization: Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA)
Event: 55th NeMLA Annual Convention, March 7-10, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts
Categories: Pedagogy
Event Date: 2024-03-07 to 2024-03-10 Abstract Due: 2023-09-30

Class Participation: A Must or a Bonus?

Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) Annual Convention
Boston, MA
March 7-10, 2024
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2023 

NeMLA portal: 
Participation is one of the key factors in student engagement in higher education. At the same time, assessing participation in foreign language and literature classes can be extraordinarily challenging.  This is because of its subjective dimension and the growing demands on instructors to accommodate students’ needs. After participation was generally put into question as a mandatory class component during the COVID 19 pandemic due to technical difficulties (e.g., problems with Zoom) and the potential burden on student mental health, it is crucial to revisit the meaning and role of participation and the participation grade in the post-pandemic foreign language classroom.

We invite papers that deal with the following topics related to participation:

  • The impact of the pandemic in (re)defining class participation in university courses
  • Learners’ perspective vs. instructors’ perspective
  • Methods to make the assessment of participation more objective
  • Lessons learned from the pandemic regarding the significance of participation
  • Transferable achievements between online and in-person classes
  • Strategies to enhance learning through participation
  • Approaches to facilitating participation in the face of challenging logistics
  • Creating a more inclusive and accessible class that encourages all students’ participation
  • Involving students in the assessment of participation

Please submit your abstract (200-300 words) with the following information by September 30, 2023 through the NeMLA portal:


Please include:

  • A title of no more than 80 characters
  • An abstract of 200 to 300 words
  • A brief bio
  • Media needs (no media required OR projector/screen--laptop not provided)

For questions, please contact the panel organizers, Alejandra Barriales Bouche (alejandra.barrialesbouche@mcgill.ca) and Sun-Young Kim (sun-young.kim2@mcgill.ca).


Sun-Young Kim