Workshops & Training

CeLCAR also conducts training workshops for materials developers and language teachers in the Department of Central Eurasion Studies (CEUS) and Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages (SWSEEL). Workshops are given on varying pedagogical issues, such as language materials design and preparation, language teaching methodologies, and evaluation. These workshops are led by CeLCAR staff, or guest experts who have been specially invited to present.

Examples of previous workshops:

Texts, Tasks, and Sequencing
Presented by Doreen Ewert and Nigora Azimova, February 16, 2012
In this workshop, we will discuss the use of texts in intermediate teaching materials and textbooks. We will examine textbook texts and how they are chosen and used. We will practice modifying and scaffolding texts for learner access and engagement. We will evaluate our own texts, textbooks, or course materials with texts according to the SLA concepts of learning and principles for SL literacy development.

Building Fluency Through Text-Engagement
Presented by Doreen Ewert and Tara Zahler, February 9, 2012
In this workshop, we will discuss the principles behind and practice a variety of fluency building tasks for reading in a second language. We will also evaluate these tasks in relation to principles of second language acquisition and second language reading development. Participants will leave with a range of reading fluency-building activities that develop comprehension by addressing both micro and macro processes of reading. These processes and task-types will be considered in terms of materials development and teaching.

Current Perspectives on Foreign/Second Language Teaching
Presented by Doreen Ewert and Beatrix Burghardt, January 26, 2012
This workshop provides an introduction to current principles of second language acquisition applicable to materials development and teaching. Together we will engage in self and group reflection about language learning and what that implies for materials development and/or teaching. We will use literacy-engaging tasks to increase understanding of language learning principles, and we will analyze classroom tasks and materials in relation to those principles.

Methodological Approaches for Teaching the Ergative Construction in Pashto
by Rakhmon Inomkhojayev
Presented at the 2009 NCOLCTL Conference, this article identifies reliable features and establishes criteria for classifying Pashto ergative clauses for teaching purposes; describes the various types of ergative sentences according to these criteria; offer learners some approaches to using the ergative construction. Click here to download the article (PDF, 186KB)

CeLCAR Language Materials Development Workshop
Presented by Amber Kennedy Kent and Beatrix Burghardt
May 17-25, 2009
This workshop will focus on creating Quality over Quantity when it comes to language materials development. Some topics we will cover are: defining clear learning objectives, ensuring the exercises fit the goal, writing clear lessons and directions, creating a broad, yet succinct scope and sequence, developing task-based materials, incorporating all four language skills effectively, and more. This workshop is very hands on and focuses on the applicable, rather than theoretical. Come ready to work!

The Best and the Better
Presented by Dr. Bill Johnston and Amber Kennedy Kent
Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 10 am - 12 pm
This workshop will focus on materials that you've created. Please bring one activity or set of materials that you've created that you are really proud of (you believe it is strong and it works well), and also an activity or set of materials that you feel would benefit from some further work. As a group, we will discuss what makes a strong activity, and give one another feedback on how to enhance the second group of activities.

Creating Advanced-Level Materials
Presented by Dr. Bill Johnston and Amber Kennedy Kent
Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 1 pm - 3 pm
This workshop will focus on pedagogically sound approaches to developing advanced-level materials. Please bring one "raw" authentic text (one that you find interesting but have not yet developed for teaching and learning purposes) in the language you teach. The text could be a newspaper or magazine article, brochure, travel guide, internet article, etc, and should be between half a page and one page in length.