Garrett Fisher, Spanish instructor in WCU’s Department of World Languages, presented in March at the II Congreso Internacional de Español como Lengua Extranjera at Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica in Cartago, Costa Rica, and at the Universidad de Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica.
Fisher led a workshop in Spanish titled “Pura pedagogía: herramientas didácticas para mantener interés y participación en cursos de lenguas” (“Pure Pedagogy: Educational Tools to Maintain Engagement in Language Courses”) for international educators from Spanish-speaking countries. The workshop highlighted generational variation and technology use while maintaining student engagement through multiple teaching methods.
Fisher also gave a lecture, “Talk to Me: How to Encourage Conversation and Evaluate Simultaneously with Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling,” in English for professors who teach the English language in Costa Rica. The lecture informed the audience about creative assessment and discussed evaluation techniques in language courses to encourage students to speak in the target language through TPRS, a method that Fisher uses with students at WCU.