The MLA Ad Hoc Committee’s Agenda

A key part of the MLA Ad Hoc Committee’s agenda for developing students’ translingual and transcultural competence calls for creating interdisciplinary, team-taught courses, and English scholars are well positioned to contribute to this effort.

These courses, the Committee explains, would link English-language courses and credit-bearing discussion modules that together explore topics such as language acquisition theory, various popular and professional texts from the linguistic community, and the dominant cultural narratives shaped by these texts (Foreign 239).

Byrnes has criticized the MLA Ad Hoc Committee on this point, arguing that “[interdisciplinary work will downplay the role of language and language acquisition, precisely because this is Links Of London Bracelets not the major interest of colleagues in history or art or philosophy or political science, or gender or film studies, who might contribute to this kind of interdisciplinary enterprise”.

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