We opened the August meeting by welcoming our new members, Teppo Jakonen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) and Nicole Pettitt (Youngstown State University, Ohio, USA). As a very brief introduction, Teppo has conducted research using conversational analysis to explore how students engage with materials during interaction in content and language integrated learning (CLIL) classrooms in Finland. Nicole’s research explores language learning experiences of refugees and immigrants, and she has written on ethical issues that can arise when working with these populations.
Our writing groups gave brief updates on our progress to date on both the Folio article and the preliminary stages of the Language Teaching article. We then moved into a discussion on Dr. Suresh Canagarajah’s (2018) article entitled Materializing ‘Competence’: Perspectives from International STEM Scholars. We discussed the underlying theories and assumptions of New Materialism and how it relates to other understandings of cognition. We also tackled questions of how a material orientation would be operationalized in a language learning classroom versus a STEM classroom. It was a complex and informative conversation that left many of us with further questions to pursue.
Next Meeting: We did not determine when our next meeting will be, particularly because we want to ensure that we are not excluding certain individuals by always meeting at the same time. Cory has developed a survey to hopefully get some feedback on scheduling, and we will then determine the best way to proceed.