Global Literacy and Languages for Specific Purposes

The Research Cluster on "Global Literacy and Languages for Specific Purposes: Curricular design for building transferable skills" unites faculty from a range of disciplines to discuss and define shared goals and best practices to provide students with global perspectives and transferable skills aligned with skills employers seek in the contemporary workplace.

The cluster  explorse ways in which the department of World Languages and Literatures can facilitate the design and implementation of interdisciplinary, context-specific programs that respond to employer needs and promote cross-cultural communication skills.

Topics of discussion  include curricular innovation, academic and corporate partnerships for internships and field work abroad and at home, and the assessment of SMU’s Common Curriculum requirements, with a focus on the integration of world languages and cultures for professional purposes across the curriculum.

The cluster co-conveners and several of its members will present their research at the ACTFL Convention in Boston (November 2022), where they will also launch the new Special Interest Group on Languages for Specific Purposes, which was proposed by our cluster and received national approval in Spring 2022.  

Please contact the cluster organizers if you would like to join the group, or collaborate on a workshop: 

Paola Buckley, Senior Lecturer of French, director of SMU-in-France

Aria Cabot, World Languages and Literatures Teaching and Technology Center Director, co-director of SMU-in-Tuscany