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Deborah Morton and her Language in Africa Students (Benin trip; Penn State) - Travel to Benin: Language in Africa Embedded Course Report

When Sep 28, 2018
from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Where Moore 127
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Travel to Benin: Language in Africa Embedded Course Report

 

One aspect of the study abroad opportunities available to Penn State students are courses called Embedded Courses, where a semester of class content can be used (in part) as preparation for a travel experience. Dr. Morton, with the support of the Linguistics Program, the African Studies program, and the Center for Language Science developed such a course called Language in Africa, which was offered in Spring 2018. The course also involved an optional embedded portion, which was two weeks of travel in Benin, West Africa, where Dr. Morton has been doing research regularly since 2006. During this presentation, Dr. Morton, her students, and Dr. Frances Blanchette who accompanied them, will share about the embedded course experience from their different perspectives. The discussion will focus on what happened during this particular embedded course experience, including goals behind the planning of the course and travel time, how the students were affected by the experience, and what they learned (including from a project they were required to complete on multilingualism in Benin). We will also present aspects of the research Dr. Blanchette and Dr. Morton were able to plan and conduct as a part of the travel experience.