We're getting ready for the Vanderbilt 2015 THATCamp on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7. We're hoping that the Nashville members of the group (or any of the Belfast or Aix-en-Provence ones who can catch a quick flight over) can attend. In order to organize our thoughts for this "unconference," I decided to set up a place for us to start posting ideas.
My personal interest, with regards to this group has to do with the intersection of three basic domains: the media, the theory, and pedagogy. Together, these create our classroom practices.
I'll probably spend most of my time, theoretically, exploring the ideas outlined in Double Talk: Deconstructing Monolingualism in Classroom Second Language Learning by my Vanderbilt colleague, Virginia M. Scott. I work with her closely at our Center for Second Language Studies. In Double Talk, Scott looks at different topics related to foreign language teaching practices, such as: attitudes towards monolingualism/bilingualism; code-switching; language loss/gain; the function of words; the function of grammar; and cross-cultural literacy. She does this through the lens of two theoretical stances: dynamic systems theory (DST) and multicompetence. How does the mix of theory, pedagogical concerns and transnational/transcultural media come together in the classroom? I hope to discuss this with you at THATCamp!