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SEAP Director, Abby Cohn, Received Internationalizing the Cornell Curriculum Grant

Abby Cohn


The aim of the Internationalizing the Cornell Curriculum (ICC) grants is to support the development of rigorous, innovative approaches in teaching, learning, and research that strengthen the integration of international content and cross-cultural competence within the curriculum to benefit undergraduate students.

Abby Cohn, professor of linguistics and SEAP Director, is a recipient of one of the grants. Funding was awarded for her project, Linguistics for the Global Citizen, Foundations and Tools. The goal of this project is to develop the use of linguistic concepts and tools to enhance successful language learning, study abroad, and engaged learning as part of the international experience available to Cornell students. The two key components of the proposal include developing a new 1000-level course in linguistics, tentatively titled Insights into Language and Culture: Tools for the Global Learner, and developing a miniworkshop on linguistic tools for study abroad as a breakout session for the Cornell Abroad Predeparture Orientation program. Both of these activities will be developed in collaboration with Cornell Abroad and the Cornell Language Resource Center. Linguistic analysis and the sociolinguistic and cross-cultural perspectives fundamental to the study of linguistics offer a useful toolbox to strengthen language learning and increased linguistic and cultural awareness gained through study abroad. Both components of the proposal teach these tools to interested students. The proposed course and miniworkshop fit naturally in the ICC focus on “Global at Home,” providing support for and synergy with language learning on campus and preparation for and integration of study abroad experiences. These activities support the contributions that linguistics can make in the increased focus on internationalization of the curriculum and further strengthen collaborations between academic units, the Language Resource Center, and Cornell Abroad. The proposed course meets the design objectives of developing a new, internationally oriented course, with a primary focus on strengthening language competence and developing cross-cultural competence. Both the course and miniworkshop will develop innovative pedagogical approaches integrating a cross-cultural and international perspective drawing on students’ own experiences.