Faculty Convivium


Foreign Languages & Literatures


Letter Writing as a Pedagogical Tool, Applied Learning, and Social Responsibility

For centuries, letter writing has been a way to convey ideas, share feelings, and establish relationships between peoples and nations.  Today, we can say that thanks to technology, hand-written letters are a lost art with which many of our students are unfamiliar.  In addition to being a venue for self-reflection, letters have become a great pedagogical tool in the foreign language classroom.  Hand-written letters in Spanish to detainees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers, have made students practice their language skills in a genuine and authentic way while allowing them to learn about the life stories of those who have come to the United States in search of a better life.  Professor Escudero shares how she stumbled upon this unusual teaching methodology, and how this project has become a life changing applied learning activity for her students.  She also discusses how this activity has led her students to become better Spanish speakers and writers, at the same time they become agents of change in their communities.





The Faculty Convivium is a luncheon series presented by SUNY Oneonta faculty. Summaries of faculty research, accessible to the non-specialist, are presented in a collegial atmosphere.

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Vegetarian meals are available.





Thursday, 27 September 2018

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Le Cafe
Morris Conference Center