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Learning Ladino Online During Lockdown: Constructing a Short Language Class for Popular Interest


Tue, 07/28/2020 - 9:30am



Judeo-Spanish, often referred to as Ladino, is a variety of Spanish that continues to be spoken by a limited number of Sephardic Jews today. While classified as an endangered language, Judeo-Spanish is experiencing a resurgence of sorts, one that is particularly advanced by learners of the language. This talk highlights a recent online mini-series of workshops offered in Judeo-Spanish, which generated interest and participation from hundreds of students from around the globe. Additionally, this talk considers the role of the current pandemic and how a community of speakers and learners of a language might exist and be retained even during a time when state and national mandates require its citizens to remain at home.


Bryan Kirschen

Bryan Kirschen is an assistant professor of Spanish & Linguistics at Binghamton University in New York

Sponsored by University of Arizona's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy, Critical Languages Program, and The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies

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