Professor Christina Huhn, Department of Foreign Languages, presented a research paper titled Laying the Groundwork for Global
Competence in Beginning Spanish Classes at the Cuarto Congreso Internacional (Fourth International Conference) held at Universidad Internacional, in Cuernavaca, México, on August 3 and 4, 2017.
For US college students, beginning language classes may represent their first exposure to cultures other than their own. Huhn’s paper shared the results of a qualitative study of the development of a cultural portfolio by students in beginning university
The paper focused on student responses to the project, and provided evidence that even beginning students are able to develop the foundations for the continued development of global competence through continued language and cultural study and experiences.
This year’s conference was titled “Latinoamérica: Tradición y Globalización en el siglo XXI (Latin America: Tradition and Globalization in the 21st Century).”
The conference featured a slate of presenters from throughout México, Latin America, Canada, and the United States, who shared their research and expertise on a wide variety of interdisciplinary topics including literature, culture, immigration, politics,
art, dialectology, and education.
The conference also served to foster international relationships and provided a venue for discussions of our increasingly globalized world.