Language Pedagogy Seminar

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Language Pedagogy for the Contemporary Classroom (CCTE 50100)

The Chicago Language Center will offer a Language Pedagogy Seminar again in Summer 2018. We will update this page when details for this year's seminar are available. Below you will find the outline from our Summer 2017 course.

Intructor: Catherine Baumann, Director of the University of Chicago Langauge Center

July 30-August 10, 2017

  • July 31-August 3: 9:00am-12:00pm
  • August 8-9: 9:00am-12:00pm
  • August 10-11: 9:00am-5:00pm

This is an intensive, two-week course for current graduate students who are preparing for careers involving language instruction. Participants will explore theories and methods of contemporary second language instruction and their practical application in today’s classroom environment. The course fulfills one of the requirements for the Second Language Pedagogy College Teaching Certificate offered in partnership with the Chicago Center for Teaching.

Topics include:

  • Analysis of methods and approaches
  • Goal-oriented syllabus design and lesson planning
  • Proficiency assessment and test design
  • Backward design to meet goals in all skills
  • Choosing when and how to implement hybrid instruction
  • Pedagogically-driven use of technology
  • Integration of vocabulary and grammar instruction and practice
  • Multi-literacy approaches to reading and listening
  • Process writing at all language levels


Day-by-day Focus and Activities

Week 1: Current Developments in Language Pedagogy and Analyzing Materials

Monday, July 31

  • See the history of L2 teaching learning as a continuum
  • Understand how overarching models of learning can inform the L2 classroom
  • Critically analyze methods and their manifestation in textbooks

Tuesday, August 1

  • Review proficiency as a framework (including rating a live oral proficiency interview)
  • Reverse design: outcomes, operationalization, assessment, instruction

Wednesday, August 2

  • The syllabus: purpose, components, accountability
  • The role of reverse design in syllabus design

Thursday, August 3

  • Assessment and backwash
  • Formative and summative assessment
  • Exam design for different purposes

Week 2: Skill Development and Activities In- and Outside the Classroom

Tuesday, August 8

  • Input and output
  • Communicative approaches and activities
  • The blended classroom and the role of technology

Wednesday, August 9

  • The rationale for cooperative learning models
  • Task-based and project language learning
  • Literacy: a "new" framework?

Thursday, August 10-Friday, August 11: Attend the Mellon Summer Workshop in the CLC

  • Reverse-design revisited, intensive curricular models, open educational resources
  • Activities in- and our-of-class for grammar, vocabulary, writing, reading, listening