Are you struggling to maintain your language proficiency?
As a language teacher, you probably rarely have a chance to work on your own command of the target language and there is only so much time and budget for traveling abroad. You may have few opportunities to practice higher levels of French or Spanish especially if you often teach the lower levels. This course is an excellent way to refresh your language skills, regain confidence in your language proficiency and discuss the challenges of maintaining proficiency with fellow language teachers.
Technical requirements to take this course:
You will need a reliable Internet connection and a recent computer (desktop or laptop, not a tablet) with a functional sound card and webcam.
Edwige Simon, PhD is the Director of the Certificate Program. She has been working in the field of education for over twelve years. She received a PhD from the ATLAS Institute at CU Boulder in 2012. Her research interests focus on professional development and the preparation of educators to teach online. She served as the 2013-2015 Programs Director of the International Association for Language Learning Technology, and she is the founding editor of the FLTMAG, a free magazine dedicated to technology integration in the world language classroom.
Edwige has taught the telecollaboration course several times and this is what her students said about the course:
"Since I have approached the exchange as a student, now I can understand how my own students feel, what are their concerns and how to help them to overcome their concerns to be more successful in the class. So thank you."
"I highly recommend this course, and hope to repeat it in the future. This is the perfect practice opportunity for teachers who are unable to travel abroad."
"This Virtual Immersion class was fantastic. As your ability to communicate in the language improves so does the topics of conversation. They become more meaningful to you. I absolutely recommend this course to anyone wanting to improve his or her language skills."
"It’s hard to believe that next week will be my final sessions with xx. To think I started this course filled with fear and now I do not want the course to end. The confidence that I have gained over the course is unreal. All language teachers should be required to take a course like this to better themselves both personally and professionally."
LGTC 5045 is designed for world language educators concerned with maintaining their language proficiency, or who wish to improve their command of the target language and understanding of the culture.
Each week, students are paired one-on-one with a native/near native speaker of the target language over video conferencing for 30 minute sessions. At the end of each week, students write a half-page reflection on their experience and share it with their classmates. Each week, a short reading is assigned and students discuss it on the discussion board. The course caps at 15 students and all course materials (readings, podcasts, etc) are provided within the course shell. Completion of this course counts towards the 12 credit graduate certificate in Language Teaching with Technology.
Tuition is $495. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to download a transcript showing that you have completed the course.
3 credit hour courses (10 weeks): Drops made by the end of the first week (Friday) get a full refund. Drops made after the one-week deadline and by the end of the second week (Friday) get a 60% refund and will result in a W grade posted on the transcript. Drops made after the 2-week deadline (Friday) will result in a W grade posted on the transcript, and full tuition and fees will be assessed.
2 credit and 1 credit hour courses (8 or 6 weeks): Drops made by the end of the first week (Friday) get a full refund. Drops made after the first week will result in a W grade posted on the transcript, and full tuition and fees will be assessed.
Drop and withdraw requests must be emailed to the Program Director.