Interdepartmental Orientation Workshop for New Language Instructors

The interdepartmental orientation workshop aims to give beginning language instructors a basic understanding of the principles and methods of effective language teaching and lesson design in both face-to-face and online teaching environments. The workshop consists of two parts: Day 1 – a demonstration lesson and a guided discussion led by faculty from sponsoring departments; 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.

Workshop Schedule

MONDAY, AUGUST 24
1:30-4:00 pm, room/platform TBD
Lesson Demonstration and Guided Discussion
  • Welcome. Overview of workshop goals, format. Anna Tumarkin, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic
  • Focal questions for demonstration lesson.Jeanne Schueller, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic
  • In-person lesson demonstration. Anna Tumarkin, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic
  • Virtual lesson demonstration. Loren Eadie, Department of French and Italian
  • Discussion of focal points from demonstration lesson. Jeanne Schueller, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic
  • Instructions for micro-teaching. Anna Tumarkin, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25
9:00-11:00 am, rooms/platform TBD
Peer Micro-Teaching in Cross-Language Groups

Micro-teaching gives new instructors the chance to teach in front of, and receive constructive feedback from, colleagues who are in the same situation as they are. Micro-teaching provides new instructors with ideas for lesson plans, in-class and online activities, and makes new instructors aware of the tensions and difficulties encountered by students when they are first learning a language.

Workshop participants are assigned to a small group of 5-6 new instructors. Each group is typically facilitated by faculty and an experienced TA. New instructors will teach a 10-minute micro-lesson in the language that they are teaching in the fall, while the remaining instructors in the group will act as students.

Questions? Please contact Jana Martin.

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Sponsoring Departments

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