Senta Goertler

College: College of Arts and Letters

Senta Goertler is the German Basic Language Program Director in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages. Her research focuses on language program administration, especially surrounding co-curricular learning activities such as education abroad as well as technology-mediated language learning and teaching.

As Lourdes Ortega (2017) has pointed out multilingualism developed outside the homes is elite multilingualism. Not everyone has access to language instruction due to limited offerings during K-12, costs, and schedules. Language courses with their usual 4-5 credits and 4-5 times a week meeting schedule pose financial and logistical challenges for students. To reduce costs and increase flexibility and thereby increase access to language instruction, MSU’s German Basic Language Program (GRM 101, 102, 201, 202) is moving courses from 4 credits to 3 credits and from meeting 4-5 times per week to meeting 2-3 times a week. The goal of the Hub Fellowship is to reduce the curriculum in meaningful ways and prepare it for delivery in both face-to-face as well as in online environments. The eventual goal is to eliminate the costly and static textbook in second-year German with in-house created and OER materials that are cost-effective, pedagogical matching the curricular goals, and presenting a more contemporary and inclusive picture of global German-speaking communities.