W R I T I N G

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Works by Sonja Burrows
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BEYOND THE COMFORT ZONE

“Beyond the Comfort Zone: Monolingual Ideologies, Bilingual U.S. Latino Texts” is a dissertation prepared by Sonja S. Burrows for the Doctor of Philosophy degree awarded in June of 2010 by the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon.

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PEDAGOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF MODELING FOR BEGINNERS

Learning is optimal for most human beings when they are given just enough structure to feel safe and just enough freedom to feel challenged. This, in my opinion, is the special sauce of meaningful learning design.

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THE DIGITAL, MOTHERHOOD, AND LOCATION NON-SPECIFIC WORK

The digital gives me a voice with which to challenge the traditional paradigm about how and where people work. It enables me me to be the kind of mother I want to be, and also the kind of professional person I want to be.

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ON RETREATING FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media has intentionally constructed a cultural belief system built around the assumption that if nobody sees it, it didn’t really happen. The perception of a public audience has become requisite to making human experience real.

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Works by Sonja Burrows
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FRENCH GRAMMAR GAMES (for Grammar Geeks)

We designed a playful, standalone learning space where students both within and beyond Middlebury can drop by anytime and from anywhere to practice and improve their French by playing clever digital grammar games.

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Behind the Scenes: An Interview With Sonja Burrows

I strive always to see what is beyond the walls of the immediate reality, to understand how vast and different and wonderful and often uncomfortable the world can be outside of the familiar.

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BEYOND THE COMFORT ZONE

“Beyond the Comfort Zone: Monolingual Ideologies, Bilingual U.S. Latino Texts” is a dissertation prepared by Sonja S. Burrows for the Doctor of Philosophy degree awarded in June of 2010 by the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon.

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DESIGNING FOR HINDI LANGUAGE LEARNING

I treasure all the parts of this work — from the early brainstorming conversations all the way along the bumpy road of development to the final moment when a shiny beautiful learning space is ready to share. A space where possibility persists.

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PLURILINGUALISM AND THE DIGITAL

Plurilingualism is not special. It is in fact a very normal, very human condition to be able to operate using multiple languages. The majority of people in the world speak more than one language; 85 percent of the world’s population will be multilingual by 2050.

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COMPLEX KNITTING AND CRITICAL INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN: A PROBLEM-SOLVING MINDSET

Critical instructional design reflects a sense of awareness, hope, and possibility; encourages learning agency; and allows students and teachers to own their discoveries.

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CRITICAL THINKING IN LANGUAGE TEACHING: A RUMINATION

This way of talking about critical thinking no longer felt like enough. It was too neutral, and it lacked the essence of the thing that to me lies at the very core of critical thinking: judgment.

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PEDAGOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF MODELING FOR BEGINNERS

Learning is optimal for most human beings when they are given just enough structure to feel safe and just enough freedom to feel challenged. This, in my opinion, is the special sauce of meaningful learning design.

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