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Dr. Bobby Hobgood and Dr. Adrianna Laza Medina of UNC Charlotte announce the publication of their new book, Studying a Foreign Language: An Interactive Guidebook

How the new book, Studying a Foreign Language: An Interactive Guidebook, by Dr. Bobby Hobgood and Dr. Adriana Laza Medina, addresses a curricular challenge


Three years ago, a serendipitous meeting during a search committee gathering led to the writing of a text to support language learners.  Neither my co-author, Dr. Adriana Laza Medina, nor I could have imagined that a single sidebar conversation would result in a three-year collaboration culminating in the publication of this book.  To be specific, the conversation began as an acknowledgement of the often-uttered complaint, “Students struggle with  studying a language.”  The reality:  Have they ever been taught how to study a language? 


The first phase of the writing process, in retrospect, was the planning, development, and delivery of a series of workshops in the newly renovated Language Resource Center to address studying a language.  To be clear, “studying” in this case, refers to what, why, how, when, and where students engage in a second or third language outside of the classroom.  We offered six workshops the first year. Students and faculty members attended. Neither of us had suggested the idea of a book at that point.  One student, who was also a teacher, requested we present the workshop to her high schoolers, so we did. Later, we collapsed the six workshops into a conference proposal. It was following a standing-room only presentation at a national conference where  attendees affirmed their students’ struggle with language study, that we wondered how we might parlay this topic into a book to help more language learners. 


The book is organized as a  guidebook, and is intended for anyone who is studying a language through formal or informal study.  It was written with two underlying premises:

It was written to help language learners achieve several goals:

Three underlying influences support the scope and sequence of the guidebook:

This semester, the book is being used as a book study for graduate level education students who are current K-12 teachers.  Their feedback, coupled with a peer-review, will be used to inform the second edition, scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. 

For more details, see bit.ly/studywl 

Dr. Dudley M. Marchi of North Carolina State University announces the publication of his book on French Heritage of North Carolina