Author: Jan Rieman

Jan Rieman is Associate Director of First-Year Writing at UNC Charlotte in the awesome University Writing Program. Her research interests are faculty professional development, translingual pedagogies, and program assessment practices.

I’ve just returned to North Carolina from a trip to Montreal where I was greeted everywhere with the beautifully inclusive salutation of a lilting “Bonjour Hi.” My response of either “bonjour” or some form of “hello” in English signaled how the conversation would continue. It was a great reminder of how fluidly multilingual communities can work and how limited I often feel as a monolingual English speaker. As someone interested in both multilingualism and multimodality, I’ve been thinking in recent years about how we can use various modes, particularly online spaces, to more fully explore a multilingual curriculum. How can…

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