Fall 2020 Workshop Series

Join the Center for Language Studies for an interactive workshop series devoted to second language teaching and learning in online spaces. Each workshop will feature a chance to check-in with other faculty members on what is going particularly well in your courses, any problems that are arising, and ideas and suggestions for the remainder of the semester and future semesters. The December workshop will feature a showcase, during which any faculty members and graduate student teaching assistants are welcome to share examples in more detail from their courses.

Please RSVP to each workshop by clicking the links below and be sure to mark your calendars! Workshops are organized and led by Chelsea Timlin, Assistant Director of Technology / Lecturer in Language Studies. Please feel free to contact Chelsea with any questions at [email protected].

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Monday, September 28 - 3:00 PM ET
Discussions & Community in Online L2 Classrooms
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Monday, October 19 - 3:00 PM ET
Assessment Strategies for Online L2 Teaching
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Monday, November 16 - 3:00 PM ET
L2 Communication in Online Spaces
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Monday, December 14 - 3:00 PM ET
**If you would like to present in the showcase, please submit a proposal here by December 7th 
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The CLS Resource Site provides information, examples, and other resources about teaching second languages with technology to language faculty at Brown. View the site here: https://canvas.brown.edu/courses/1076528

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**Call for Consortium Workshop Proposals**

Consortium Symposium @ Princeton- postponed until May 2021

Proposals will be accepted in spring 2021 for a workshop in fall 2021

The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning (CLTL) (http://www.languageconsortium.org/) is inviting proposals for a workshop on language pedagogy to be held during the Fall of 2021 on one of its member campuses. The CLTL offers funding of up to $5,000 to support the workshop. Additional funding may be available depending on the nature and scope of the proposal. Check with your campus representative before submitting a proposal.

The first workshop in this series was held at Brown University in October 2013 and was titled “Working at the Intersection of Language and Culture in the Digital Age: Practical Approaches to the Pedagogy of Cultural Learning”. The second, entitled “Language Learning and Teaching with Urban and Linguistic Landscapes”, was held at Columbia University in October 2016. The third was held at Columbia University in October 2018  and the theme was “Working at the Intersection of Language and Culture in the Digital Age: Social Network Approaches (SNA) to the pedagogy of language teaching”. The most recent workshop took place at Yale University in October 2019 and focused on Project-Based Language Teaching and LearningNext year's workshop will take place on October 16-17, 2020 at Brown University with the themeActivating Meaning by the Sound: Boosting Learners’ Proficiency Levels by Rediscovering and Redesigning the Listening Input.

Proposals must be submitted by a member of the language faculty of one of the member institutions (Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, MIT, Princeton or Yale). 

The proposed workshop should be one or one-and-one-half days in length and either:

  • focus on a pedagogical issue across languages (for example, assessment; project-based learning; use of technology; heritage learning, etc.)


  • focus on a pedagogical issue pertaining to a specific language and involves faculty from two or more Consortium Institutions.

While both types of proposals are encouraged, preference will be given to proposals that actively involve language faculty from multiple institutions, target multiple languages, or reflect ongoing or proposed collaborative activities across two or more institutions.Since these events are envisioned as faculty workshops, there is an expectation of active involvement or hands-on work by the participants. The funding is not intended for lectures or symposia, although a workshop might feature an invited speaker to provide the broader theoretical context for the event

CLTL funding can be used to:

  • cover costs to host a speaker and/or multiple presenters (including travel and lodging)
  • pay for materials
  • defray costs of refreshments, meals and room rental

Your proposal should:

  • be three to five pages long, double spaced (proposals that exceed the required length will not be considered)
  • provide a detailed and convincing rationale that identifies the topic and its relevance to current pedagogical and theoretical issues
  • include a detailed schedule for the workshop, including proposed speakers and topics
  • have a significant hands-on focus, allowing participants to actively engage with the topic
  • include a brief bio of each of the organizers
  • include a detailed budget and - when possible - bios of the proposed presenters (these are not part of the 3-5-page requirement)

Should you be awarded the funding, you must:

  • plan and carry out all aspects of the workshop
  • keep track of all expenses to be reimbursed, and submit your receipts to the Consortium
  • write a short report summarizing the workshop
  • carry out an evaluation of the workshop and attach completed evaluations to your report
  • post this report or any papers or talks from the workshop on the CLTL webpage

Each campus can submit up to 3 proposals. Interested candidates are urged to consult with their campus CLTL representatives before and during the writing process.

The CLTL board will select one proposal to fund from the pool of proposals submitted. Please submit your proposal to the Consortium representative on your campus:

Brown University: Jane Sokolosky ([email protected])

Columbia University: Stéphane Charitos ([email protected])

Cornell University: Angelika Kraemer ([email protected])

Princeton University: James Rankin ([email protected])

University of Chicago: Cathy Baumann ([email protected])

Yale University: Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl ([email protected])

MIT: Emma Teng ([email protected])