A Walk Through McKenzie Hall
As Winter term draws to a close, we thought we’d share with you 3 photos from an early March walkthrough of YLC’s McKenzie Hall classrooms, and tell you a little bit about what was going on inside.
Monday, March 5: This is the most intimate of the three classes—just two students and LT 199 Urdu tutor, Amna Hasan. The lesson is on kinship terms. In Urdu (as in many languages), there are two words for aunt, uncle, grandfather, grandmother, and so on. When you say “aunt”, are you talking about your mother’s sister or your father’s sister—that’s right, different words. And the more extended the family, the greater the complexity. That’s why it was fun (for an observer) to watch the students collaborate with their tutor on building Amna’s family tree.
Wednesday, March 7: As far as we know Prof. Julie Weise’s HIST 248 Latinos en las Americas is the only social science class this term where texts, short lectures, and class discussions are just as likely to be in Spanish as in English. Her 28 students seem to switch back and forth effortlessly as they probe the stories behind a past and a present that is both lived and yet still poorly understood.
Friday, March 9: Keeping up with the latest technology in language teaching is always a challenge. That’s one reason why LTS graduate students don’t take one class in their 1.5 year of studies, but rather 4. Today in Prof. Andy Halvorsen’s class the student-led topic was Augment Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and its possible pedagogical applications. For many in the class it was their first time trying out/on these technologies, and the results were an excited mix of “This is really cool!” and “How would this fit into my 50-minute class?” We’ll pay another visit in 6 months and see what the answers to that might be.