Lecture "Principles of a Relational Pedagogy: Linking Formal Conventions to Social, Individual, and Material Dimensions of Language Use"
Richard Kern (University of California, Berkeley)
Date: May 25, 2018 (Friday) 17:00 - 18:30

Venue: Collaboration Room 3, Building 18, Komaba I Campus, University of Tokyo
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Speaker:Professor Richard Kern
Professor, the French Department
Director of the Berkeley Language Center
University of California, Berkeley

17:00 - 17:30 Introduction to the Berkeley Language Center

17:30 - 18:30 Lecture
Principles of a Relational Pedagogy:
Linking Formal Conventions to Social, Individual, and Material Dimensions of Language Use

Abstract:
A relational pedagogy aims to foster a reflective consciousness of how the ways we use language mediate and transform meanings, not merely transfer them from one individual or group to another. That is, it involves an ability to reflect on meaning-making practices broadly, but with particular emphasis on the role that materials and technologies play in processes of textualization and recontextualization. A critical semiotic awareness of how meanings are made, framed, and transformed in particular contexts of language use is essential to twenty-first century learners because they face a singularly pervasive mediascape that is potentially as exploitative as it is emancipatory.


Dr. Richard Kern is Professor of French and Director of the Berkeley Language Center at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches courses in French linguistics, French language, and applied linguistics, and supervises graduate teaching assistants. His research interests include language acquisition, literacy, and relationships between language and technology. He is Associate Editor for Language Learning & Technology and Editor of the Teachers’ Forum section of L2 Journal. Professor Kern has most recently published "Screens and Scenes: Multimodal Communication in Online Intercultural Encounters" (2018 Routledge) and "Language, Literacy, and Technology" (2015 Cambridge UP).