News from the Fall 2018
ALD Professor and MATESOL Student Present in Italy
On October 4th, Professor Raichle Farrelly of the Applied Linguistics Department and MA TESOL student Janet Liscio presented at the 14th annual LESLLA (Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults) conference in Palermo, Italy. Raichle was awarded $1,000 from the Dean's Politi (International) Travel Fund to attend the conference. They presented on the preliminary findings of their ongoing study entitled Exploring Notions of Success through the Lens of 'Funds of Knowledge' among Adult Refugee-background Populations. Their study aims to investigate how their students, adults from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and Burundi define success and the degree to which they see themselves as successful. Farrelly and Liscio conceptualize notions of success through the framework of 'Funds of Knowledge' (Gonzalez, Moll, & Amanti, 2013) as represented through various forms of social and cultural capital: familial, linguistic, navigational, aspirational, spiritual, and resilience. For educators and students, the act of discovering, valuing, and incorporating students' 'funds of knowledge' into the classroom, offers an approach to meaningful learning that honors the learner and recognizes the assets they bring to the learning experience.
Student Association Resolution Welcomes Refugees
On Tuesday, October 9, the Saint Michael’s College student body showed support for the passage of a “Welcome Refugees” resolution. At the Student Association’s weekly meeting, SA President Jake Myers presented the resolution to the Senate. The resolution states that the student body of Saint Michael’s College welcomes and declares its support for the resettlement of all refugees. It also calls upon other Vermont communities to join them in supporting a stronger national effort to resettle the world’s most vulnerable refugees. The resolution passed according to the guidelines set out by the SA Constitution. The SA voted to recognize and declare its support of the “Refugees Welcome” resolution. Discussions about the presentation of this resolution first came up last spring, when the SA was approached by Raichle Farrelly, assistant professor in the Applied Linguistics Department. Raichle was motivated by the passage of the resolution by the student body at the University of Vermont and reached out to Amnesty International to learn more about the process. She and colleague Adrie Kusserow, associate professor of Anthropology met with the Amnesty International Legislative Coordinator for Vermont to learn more. Over the summer, Myers and Farrelly worked together to prepare a resolution that could be presented to the Senate in the Fall 2018 semester. This comes following a wave of similar resolutions being passed in communities around the country, largely in part due to the work being done by Amnesty International. “It is very important that we as a community recognize the great impact that refugees have had not just in this country, but also on our own campus,” states Jake Myers. “We need to make sure they feel welcomed and included in our classrooms, in our residences, and in the Saint Michael’s community.” Alumnus Sen. Patrick Leahy '61 communicated that he was delighted to hear about the passage of this resolution.
Professor Bauer-Ramazani Featured Speaker
Christine Bauer-Ramazani, director of English Language Programs (Applied Linguistics Department) at Saint Michael's, was an invited featured plenary speaker at the CoTESOL Convention in Denver, Colorado, Nov. 2-3, 2018, speaking on “Engaging, encouraging, empowering teachers and learners with technology.” Her TechSIG presentation on “Engaging Learners in and out of the Classroom: A Collaborative Speaking Project with Mobile, Cloud, and Classroom Technology” was also well-received. With 700 attendees, CoTESOL is one of the largest TESOL affiliates in the U.S. Christine was especially pleased to be welcomed by members of the CoTESOL Executive Board, which she had belonged to in the early 1980s, when she lived and taught in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. The photo above right shows Christine presenting at the Convention.
Scholars Establish SMC Fulbright Association
There are currently nine Fulbright Scholars studying at Saint Michael's College. In November, these students came together to create an SMC Fulbright Association.
Professor Raichle Farrelly Co-Editor
Raichle recently co-edited a volume entitled Educating Refugee-background Students: Critical Issues and Dynamic Contexts and she is currently co-editing a Special Issue of the European Journal of Applied Linguistics comprising international research under the same theme. Janet and Raichle both volunteer as English language teachers of adult refugee-background students in Winooski through the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and often welcome SMC undergraduate students completing community engaged learning hours for Professor Adrie Kusserow as well as MA TESOL students completing practicum hours for various MA TESOL courses, including Teaching Refugee-background Students, Introduction to Language Teaching, and Practicum II.
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