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Western Washington University

2018

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Flipping Student-Teacher Paradigms In Western’S Employee Language Program, María José Palacios Figueroa, Jacob Dodrill May 2018

Flipping Student-Teacher Paradigms In Western’S Employee Language Program, María José Palacios Figueroa, Jacob Dodrill

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Western’s Employee Language Program (ELP) offers free professional development language workshops on campus for university faculty and staff. This poster outlines the various ways that ELP workshops diverge from the traditional language classroom in order to prioritize confidence and accessibility for both program participants and classroom facilitators. Western’s ELP creates atypical classroom dynamics by placing student facilitators--undergraduate students with expertise in the target language, who are often younger and have less professional experience than participants--at the front of the classroom. This model inherently rejects associations of age and knowledge often found in academia. ELP facilitators create casual environments ...