Interdepartmental Orientation Workshop for New Language Instructors 2022

A great start to the new semester!

On Monday and Tuesday, August 29 and 30, 38 new language instructors, representing 16 languages participated in the Inderdepartmental Orientation Workshop for New Language Instructors, organized by the Language Institute.

The workshop aimed to give beginning language instructors a basic understanding of the principles and methods of effective language teaching and lesson design. The workshop consisted of two parts: Day 1 – a demonstration lesson and a guided discussion led by faculty from sponsoring departments, followed by information about  the instructional technology resources and University Health Services, and brief presentation from our campus partners, including the International Academic Programs; McBurney Disability Resource Center; and Teaching Assistant Association; and Day 2 – “micro-teaching” in mixed-language groups, an opportunity for new instructors to apply in practice the principles and methods covered in the large-group session.

The organizers would like to thank the Planning Committee for their input and engagement, with a special thank you to the Chair of the Planning Committee, Anna Tumarkin, German, Nordic, and Slavic+. We would also like to thank to the first-day session presenters, Tianlu Zhang, Asian Languages and Cultures for a model lesson demonstration, and Adeola Agoke, African Cultural Studies, for a meaningful and engaging discussion around the lesson.

We appreciate and thank our 17 facilitators from the ranks of faculty, instructional staff, and experienced teaching assistants who volunteered their time and expertise for the micro-teaching part of the workshop.


Orientation Workshop Planning Committee Members

  • Anna Tumarkin – German, Nordic, and Slavic+; Chair
  • Jana Martin – Language Institute, Orientation Coordinator
  • Adeola Agoke – African Cultural Studies
  • Heather Allen – French and Italian
  • Alicia Cerezo Paredes – Spanish and Portuguese
  • Scott Mellor – German, Nordic, and Slavic+
  • Fatemeh Mirsharifi – Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Jeanne Schueller – German, Nordic, and Slavic+
  • Tianlu Zhang – Asian Languages and Cultures

Faculty/Instructor Facilitators

  • Adeola Agoke – African Cultural Studies
  • Hong Dinh – Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Steve Fondow – Spanish and Portuguese
  • Takako Nakakubo – Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Liina-Ly Roos – German, Nordic, and Slavic+
  • Melissa Sheedy – German, Nordic, and Slavic+
  • Alexandra Walter – German, Nordic, and Slavic+

Experienced Teaching Assistant Facilitators

  • Matthew Burner – Spanish and Portuguese
  • Jorge Fernández Cienfuegos – Spanish and Portuguese
  • Gemini Fox – German, Nordic, and Slavic+
  • Mathilde Garnier – French and Italian
  • Leticia Guedes Barbosa – Spanish and Portuguese
  • Parker Story – French and Italian
  • Sophia Strietholt – German, Nordic, and Slavic+
  • Jie Zhang – Asian Languages and Cultures

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Sponsoring Departments

This workshop was made possible thanks to the participation of many faculty, staff, and experienced TAs from the departments of: