Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


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Course portfolio developed as part of the UNL Peer Review of Teaching Project (peerreview.unl.edu)

Copyright (c) 2015 Theresa Catalano


This portfolio will document the creation and implementation of a new doctoral seminar in my department. This introductory course to multilingualism and schooling (TEAC 921B) will cover topics related to teaching and learning in the multilingual classroom. The key goals for creating this portfolio are to aid me in creating this new doctoral seminar that reflects and builds on departmental goals for graduate students. In particular I would like to document and address the implementation of two new activities to my teaching ; a language study/journal, and the creation of a documentary film. I foresee using this course portfolio as a reflective process to improve my new course design, but also as a way to showcase the innovative types of teaching I am engaged in for my promotion and tenure file, and to gain insights into teaching international students coming from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. As such, my teaching portfolio will provide a broad overview of the entire course, but also highlight the two new aspects (language study and documentary film) that I would like to showcase. The portfolio itself is not part of a larger departmental effort such as curriculum analysis or development, but the course itself is part of a larger departmental effort to help teachers (and faculty) become linguistically and culturally responsive teachers. Thus, I will be happy to share my portfolio with my colleagues to demonstrate ways in which they also might work to consider students from linguistically and culturally diverse background in their own university teaching.