Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Event Time 05:00 p.m. - 06:00 p.m. PT
Cost Free
Location Zoom
Contact Email engdept@sfsu.edu


Cultivating spatial literacies in multilingual teaching through the linguistic landscape

Please join us on Tuesday, September 26 for a TESOL talk with SJSU Assistant Professor, David Malinowski. The talk will be from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Follow this link to register to attend virtually.


Among its few silver linings, the current era of health and environmental crises has reminded us of the importance of movement, mobility, and place in the learning of languages and literacies—spatial elements of communication that make immersive educational opportunities like community-based learning and study abroad so powerful. Accordingly, this talk takes up the challenge of cultivating spatial literacies, which help learners to contextualize, synthesize, and evaluate their embodied encounters with language in their everyday experiences. It does so through the medium of linguistic landscape, an area of sociolinguistic research that investigates issues of representation and power in the visible languages of public space. Drawing from approaches and activities already in use in the field, I will offer a three-part framework for designing language learning activities in the linguistic landscape. The talk will conclude with a discussion of applications to the educational settings in which participants currently or will teach.

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About the Speaker

David Malinowski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Language Development at San José State University. He teaches TESOL and applied linguistics, and conducts research on place-based language learning, language teacher development, and teaching with technology. Dr. Malinowski serves as Associate Editor for Linguistic Landscape: An International Journal.

David Malinowski
San José State University

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