Language Pedagogy Innovation Initiative

LANGUAGE PEDAGOGY INNOVATION INITIATIVE GRANTS

Sponsored by the College, University of Chicago

The Chicago Language Center (CLC) announces professional development opportunities for instructors of all languages across the College and Humanities Division.

College Language Competency Assessment and Curriculum

Grants to attend annual CLC-led workshops on Language Competency assessment:
  • This workshop will be held December 11th, 2017 and is limited to 20 participants.
  • Accepting applications starting November 15th. Participants will receive $450.00.
  • This workshop is not limited to those who will be creating exams. Additional workshops will be scheduled as needed.
Grants to (re)design end-of-first-year competency assessment in individual languages:
  • Your test must measure real-world, functional language competency in all four skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening). 
  • Test development takes place optimally over breaks or gradually over a quarter or two. 
  • You must attend a Language Competency workshop to be eligible to apply for test development grants. 
  • Applications due January 19th.  Participants will receive up to $1,000 upon completion of test development.
Grants to realign and redesign first-year curriculum to meet end-of-first-year competency outcomes:
  • Instructors must submit a detailed proposal, identifying the desired outcomes and outlining how the redesigned curriculum will achieve those outcomes. 
  • A College Language Competency Assessment must be in place before applications for Course Grants can be submitted.
  • These awards will be granted during Summer 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic-year courses.
  • Participants will receive up to $5000.00 upon completion of course development.

Practical Language Proficiency Assessment and Curriculum

Starting in the 2018-2019 academic year the CLC Office of Language Assessment will introduce a new, intermediate-level proficiency certificate to encourage 2 years of  study in an additional language.

Grants to attend annual CLC-led workshops on Practical Language Proficiency assessment: 
  • This workshop will be held December 12th, 2017 and is limited to 20 participants. 
  • Accepting applications starting November 15th. Participants will be receive $450.00. 
  • This workshop is not limited to those who will be creating exams. Additional workshops will be scheduled as needed.
Grants to design end-of-second-year Practical Language Proficiency assessment for the new College Practical Proficiency Certificate:
  • Your test must measure real-world, practical language proficiency in all four skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening).
  • Test development takes place optimally over breaks or gradually over a quarter or two.
  • You must attend a Practical Language Proficiency Assessment workshop to be eligible to apply for test development grants.
  • Participants will receive up to $1,000 upon completion of test development.
Grants to realign and redesign second-year curriculum to meet Practical Language Proficiency outcomes: 
  • Instructors must submit a detailed proposal, identifying the desired outcomes and outlining how the redesigned curriculum will achieve those outcomes.
  • A Practical Language Proficiency Assessment must be in place before applications for Course Grants can be submitted.
  • These awards will be granted during Summer 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic-year courses.
  • Participants will receive up to $5000.00 upon completion of course development.

Redesigning Advanced Language Proficiency Assessment

Grants to attend annual CLC-led workshops on Advanced Language Proficiency Assessment:
  • This workshop will be held December 13th, 2017 and is limited to 20 participants. Accepting applications starting November 15th.
  • Participants will receive $450.00. This workshop is not limited to those who will be creating exams. Additional workshops will be scheduled as needed.
Grants to (re)design Advanced Language Proficiency Assessments:
  • Your test must measure real-world, advanced language proficiency in all four skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening).
  • Test development takes place optimally over breaks or gradually over a quarter or two. You must attend a Advanced Language Proficiency Assessment workshop to be eligible to apply for test development grants. 
  • Participants will receive up to $1,000 upon completion of test development.

Intensive Language Sequences

Grants to develop new, academic-year intensive sequences to deliver more than one year of instruction in a three-quarter sequence. We highly recommend attending one of the assessment workshops before applying for this grant.  

  • Instructors can elect to combine first- and second-year courses, culminating in the Practical Language Proficiency Certificates, or, second- and third-year courses, culminating in the Advanced Language Proficiency Certificate (with study abroad).  
  • These awards will be granted during Summer 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic-year courses.
  • Participants will receive up to $5000.00 upon completion of course development.

Language Course Development

Course Grants to design new academic-year courses beyond the second or third years. We highly recommend attending one of the assessment workshops before applying for this grant. 

  • Proposals must use reverse design, describing how the new course fits into the broader overall language curriculum, and clearly define learning outcomes. 
  • Course Grants applications due April 2nd. These awards will be granted during Summer 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic-year courses.
  • Participants will receive up to $5000.00 upon completion of course development.

Announcement

Click below to watch the announcement of the Initiative from November 9, 2017.

  • 0:00-4:43 - Christopher Wild presents an overview of current challenges and opportunities within the College.
  • 4:43-21:00 - Catherine Baumann discusses College policies and their potential impact on language teaching and learning.
  • 21:00-29:52 - Ahmet Dursun announces the details of the Initiative, including grants for language assessment workshops, redesigning assessments, and redesigning curriculum.
  • 29:52-31:51 - Nick Swinehart discusses the role of multimedia in the Initiative and announces the creation of a full-time Assessment and Pedagogy Coordinator position in the CLC.