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The language classroom may not commonly be considered a site for inquiry into faith and values, but a pedagogy that combines foreign language study and values inquiry can offer students effective language acquisition and a step along the path toward individual moral formation. This article examines an approach to teaching language and literature that is framed by the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm, a learning method drawn from the Jesuit approach to education. Professors from a Christian liberal arts university describe how they use the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm in a two-semester, third-year Spanish language curriculum as a framework to guide the encounter between a foreign language text and students’ values and cultural context. The five steps of the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm—context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation—encourage students to place their experiences into dialogue with the values of a literary text, while building fluency by engaging in higher levels of complex language usage.



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