The Language Collaboratory

The Language Collaboratory is a new partnership forged in 2020-21 for the advancement of intercollegiate dialogue on the teaching of languages and cultures, driven by language centers and institutes at the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Spring 2021 series of informal conversations focused on the theme Striking a Balance in Remote Language Teaching and Learning: Promoting Instructor and Student Well-Being. This series aimed at furthering conversations that help uncover the complexities of striking a balance on the professional, academic, and personal goals to achieve the well-being of instructors and students of languages. In our discussions, we strived to answer the following questions: What are the major challenges in promoting our own and our students’ well-being in the context of remote instruction and the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic? As language instructors, what are concrete steps that we might take to better care for ourselves and our students?

Individual sessions in the series addressed topics such as work-life balance, issues of equity in access to technology or to functional spaces to teach and to learn, balancing academic rigor with flexibility in language courses, balancing ethical considerations with compassionate approaches to assessment, facilitating meaningful interactions in remote language courses and in co-curricular programming, and new models for student (dis)engagement.

Past sessions:

UW-Madison contact: Jana Martin, Associate Director, Language Institute

If you need accommodations to participate in any of the events, contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello, University of Minnesota, at least three business days prior to the event.

Sponsors: University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Language Media Center; University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) Language Resource Center; University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Language Center; Michigan State University, Center for Language Teaching Advancement; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Language Institute


Language Collaboratory Sessions – Fall 2020