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Constanza Rojas-Primus BA (Metropolitana), MA (Alberta), PhD (Alberta), Cert. Intercultural Studies (UBC)
Areas of specialization
Sociolinguistics, Creole linguistics, Anthropological linguistics, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Spanish language, Intercultural Studies
Areas of research interest
Hybrid Languages, Ritual Languages, Language and Gender, Ethnicity, and Identity, Syncretism and Multiculturalism, Indigenous/Creole languages, Language Planning, Linguistic Rights, Intercultural Communication Competence and Development, Unitelecollaboration
Areas of Interest
I have been working on an inquiry-based research project whose main purpose is to test and inform an intercultural Spanish language curriculum in my classes to facilitate the development and enhancement of students’ intercultural communicative competences (ICC) that will prepare them for communicating effectively with both Spanish Speaking people and the global workplace and communities. My research aims to better understand the relationship of ICC and language teaching and learning and the role language education plays in developing students’ global competences at KPU.
I have also worked on the relationship between telecollaboration and intercultural learning in the language classroom (to learn more about telecollaboration research and practice check New directions in telecollaborative research and practice: selected papers from the second conference on telecollaboration in higher education), and on the relationship between digital storytelling and telecollaboration in the language classroom (to learn more about digital storytelling in the foreign language classroom check https://www.academia.edu/42078852/Developing_21st_century_competences_in_telecollaborative_projects_through_digital_storytelling_2020_155-177_)
My latest work is on Open Pedagogy in relation to United Nations Sustainable Goals. I am a recipient of the 2020 KPU Open Pedagogy Fellowship. This fellowship supports faculty in designing "renewable assignments" and “authentic assessments” that “help students become agents of change in their communities.” The assignments are collaboratively developed by multi-disciplinary teams across three institutions-KPU, Montgomery College (Maryland, USA), and Maricopa Community Colleges (Arizona, USA). The conceptual framework on which this fellowship is based is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which is a set of 17 goals that address a wide range of social issues, such as poverty, inequality, climate change, and peace and justice. My interuniversity faculty team will design course assignments over the summer and deploy them over the academic year 2020-2021.