Please read on for a few logistical announcements:


  • The library opens at exactly 10:00 AM on Saturdays. Be prepared to wait outside if you arrive before this time. Don’t forget to bring your Penn IDs. Non-Penn guests must present a photo ID to the security desk. After passing through the turnstiles, head left for the elevators. The Kislak Center is located on the 6th floor. Once you’ve checked in, you may go left and down the hall to hang your coats, or enjoy some coffee in the Moelis Reading Room to the right.
  • Click here for a floor plan of the library.
  • In an effort to reduce waste, printed programs will not be provided. Please either bring your own copies or refer to your electronic devices. Follow this link for the online program or this link for a PDF. We also encourage everyone to bring reusable water bottles if possible. Water filling stations are available throughout the library.
  • Please note a minor change to the program: Jami Fisher will present her workshop “Exploring community-based language learning with American Sign Language and Deaf community engagement”during the afternoon session only.
  • For those who are unfamiliar with Penn’s campus, this webpage contains directions and parking information.
We look forward to welcoming you to another exciting symposium!



9th Language Educator Symposium
Hosted by Penn Language Center (PLC) and the Educational Linguistics Division at Penn’s Graduate School of Education (GSE)

As language educators, we spend a significant amount of time, energy, and resources preparing students for authentic, immersive language learning experiences in foreign contexts. Yet there are opportunities to connect language learning and teaching with the lives and experiences of local language communities and organizations. As community-based service learning gains traction throughout the university curriculum, language educators are asking:

  • How do I design, integrate and lead community-based service learning initiatives at my institution?
  • How can I identify and ensure that these initiatives are responsive to the needs and desires of both language learners and community members?
  • What kinds of pedagogical activities can I incorporate into my instructional design to support both my students’ language development and their abilities to think critically and conscientiously about the community-based work they are participating in?

This symposium aims to address these questions on as well as implications for integrating community-based service learning into the language classroom. Theoretical and practical models will frame discussions developing modules and courses in your own classrooms and programs. In the end, participants will have clear takeaways of how to engage local language communities in ethical and pedagogically sound ways.

Please join us for a day of lectures, workshops, and conversation on these and other big questions on the theme of service-learning in world language education.


ACT 48 credit available (earn up to 7 hours).

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