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Ziegler Lecture by Claudia Kost

Developing Critical Thinking Skills

The CENES Department at UBC cordially invites you to the Ziegler lecture by Dr. Claudia Kost, University of Alberta.
“Taking German Outside the Classroom: Integrating Community Service Learning and Blogs to Develop Critical Thinking Skills”

The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at St. John’s College (UBC, 2111 Lower Mall)
at 5:00-6:00pm (4:45pm refreshments).

Attached find the flyer for further distribution.
Please, share this information with your students.

Brief presenter bio: Dr. Claudia Kost is Associate Professor of German Applied Linguistics and German Language Program Coordinator at the University of Alberta.
Her research interests focus on computer-mediated communication (chat, wikis and blogs), teacher training, and foreign language pedagogy.

Abstract: In an undergraduate German Applied Linguistics course, students had the opportunity to participate in a community service learning (CSL) component which placed them in local schools to serve as assistants and study buddies in German classes. Students wrote weekly blog entries to explore connections between course materials, class discussions and their own personal experiences in everyday life and at their service learning placement as they related to language learning or language teaching. Blogs do not only provide powerful opportunities for increased language practice, they also have great potential to foster reflective and critical thinking skills for students outside the regular classroom which is the focus of the current study.

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