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Foreign Language Literacy and the Literary: Textual Transactions and Symbolic Struggles (Keynote Address sponsored by Goethe Institut)


Sunday, June 2, 2019

19:00 - 20:30
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West Mall Swing Space Building - SWNG 122
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Over the past couple of decades “literacy” has emerged as a key critical term in second language teaching and learning. This has been driven by a renewed and re-theorized interest in how text-based practices mediate and are mediated by human activity across diverse media, linguistic, and discursive channels often captured by term “multiliteracies” (New London Group, 1996). Accordingly, literacy frameworks are associated with an increased attention to how culturally-specific literacy practices afford different ways of designing meaning. Within the context of these shifting paradigms, this talk will consider the particular potential of aesthetics and literary play in fostering German learners’ multiple literacies through stylistic and symbolic awareness. Based on examples of learners’ engagements with works of literary prose and with the new literacy practices found in digital games, the talk will show how putting learners into ‘conversation’ with works that evoke aesthetic response can create opportunities for language and culture learning.

Chantelle Warner ( is Associate Professor of German Studies, faculty member of the interdisciplinary program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, and Co-Director of the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy at the University of Arizona, where she also directs the German Language Program. Her research focuses on affective and experiential dimensions of language use and learning, foreign language literacy development, stylistics, and literary pragmatics and has been published in a range of journals including, Language and LiteratureLanguage Learning and Technology, and L2 Journal. Her monograph The Pragmatics of Literary Testimony explored the glamour of authenticity underlying the reception of a number of works of (quasi-)-autobiographical literature in the latter part of the 20th century and examined the kinds of stylistic effects that seem to evoke this response. She is a founding co-editor of the journal Critical Multilingualism Studies.

The keynote address is sponsored by the Goethe Institut.

  • Chantelle Warner, Associate Professor of German Studies & Co-Director of the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy, University of Arizona