Professional Development 2015 - Virginia Scott - Vanderbilt University

All activities will be held in DCAL – 1st floor of the Baker Library

Virginia M. Scott - Vanderbilt University

Virginia Scott received a B.A. from Eckerd College, an M.A. from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in French and Applied Linguistics from Emory University.  Since joining the Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University in 1988, she has served as Director of the French Language Program, Director of Vanderbilt-in-France, and Department Chair. 

Professor Scott has published a number of articles and books on second language acquisition and foreign language teaching. Her 2010 book entitled Double Talk addresses the importance of a realistic approach to second language learning and teaching in the 21st century. Her 2013 article, “Language Awareness in the French Classroom” in The French Review as well as her forthcoming chapter in The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Multi-competence enlarge on issues related to language teaching today.

Scott has also co-authored two edited volumes, SLA and the Literature Classroom: Fostering Dialogues (2001), and Principles and Practices of the Standards in College Foreign Language Education (2009) published by the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC).


During her years at Vanderbilt Professor Scott has received several awards for excellence in teaching as well as the Cuninggim Women’s Center mentoring award.  In 2005 she was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Minister of Education.  In 2007 she received the Jacqueline Elliot Award, given annually by the Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers Association for outstanding contributions to the profession.  In 2010 she received the Thomas Jefferson Award for service to the Vanderbilt University community.

8:30 – 8:45

Welcoming Remarks

Barbara Will – Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities

Tania Convertini – Department of French & Italian. Language Program Director


8:45 – 9:45

“Teaching Foreign Language with Technology”

Scott Millspaugh & Mike Goudzwaard- Educational Technologies


9:45 – 10:30

“Hopkins Center Curricular Connections”

Erin Smith – Hopkins Center


10:45– 12:30

Language Awareness and Identity

Virginia Scott – Professor of French & Applied Linguistics, Professor of Education. University of Vanderbilt

In this session we will explore the notion that a learner who is aware of the role that language plays in his/her life, and who feels that knowing a second language can be an important part of his/her ideal self, will be motivated to continue learning. Participants will be asked to propose a philosophy of language learning that accounts for the relationship between language learning, identity construction and motivation.  We will also discuss strategies for assessing students’ motivation.


1:00 – 1:45

“Teaching and Learning with Media”

Susan Simon – Jones Media Center


1:45 – 2:30

“The Magic of Special Collection in the Classroom”

Jay Satterfield – Rauner Library


2:30 – 4:15

“Assessing the Multi-Competent L2 Learner”

Virginia Scott – Professor of French & Applied Linguistics, Professor of Education. University of Vanderbilt

In this session we will define multi-competence as it relates to second language development. Participants will be asked to identify learning goals for lower- and upper-level students in view of what it means to be a multi-competent L2 learner. We will also engage in a critical discussion of the benefits and shortcomings of using a multi-competent framework for rethinking the curriculum.


4:15 – 4:30

Closing Remarks

Andrea Tarnowski- Chair - French and Italian Department