THE LANGUAGE COLLABORATORY
Fall 2022 Series – Postgraduate success: Connecting language students with needs, wants, and expectations of the world beyond the classroom
About the Language Collaboratory
The Language Collaboratory was established in the Fall 2020 as a partnership that promotes the advancement of intercollegiate dialogue on the teaching of languages and cultures. It represents collaboration between the 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. The purpose of this initiative is to provide collaborative professional learning opportunities for educators of language, culture, and literature at the five institutions.
About this Series
“Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” was an answerable question for graduates in an era when workers started and retired from the same company. But, not only are few of today’s college graduates likely to stick with a single employer, their job responsibilities will change many times over the course of their careers. Preparing students for career exploration and flexibility is a skill they will need throughout their work lives. The challenge for colleges will be to design pathways to careers that remain navigable even as the jobs themselves morph and shift.
The Language Collaboratory’s fall sessions focus on situating language programs, language learning and instruction in the rapidly-changing world society, responding to the needs and wants of spaces beyond the classroom. Specifically, our discussants will address elevating career readiness in the language curriculum, promoting service learning and other forms of community engagement, articulating the value of transferable skills and competencies gained during one’s language-learning journey, and other ways of preparing students for success after they graduate.
- How do you forge connections with life and work skills in your teaching?
- How can the language curriculum better equip students with global competencies?
- How do you prepare students for career exploration?
- How can the language classroom better connect students with career networks?
- How can the language classroom better prepare students to adjust to change and flexibility?
- How can language programs remain competitive to recruit and retain students in a changing job market?
- What role and responsibilities do language faculty have in career readiness approaches?
About the Sessions
All sessions are held synchronously via Zoom. Sessions are scheduled for Mondays or Thursdays, 3:30-4:00 (4:15) pm central, 4:30-5:00 (5:15) pm eastern. Sessions are 30 minutes in length, with additional 15 minutes of optional discussion for those interested in digging deeper into the topic. Fall schedule coming soon.
All sessions will be recorded and available at a later date via the Language Collaboratory YouTube Channel.
While we welcome any educator to join our professional development sessions, it may be helpful to know that these discussions are specifically oriented to language research and practice in the context of higher education in the USA. As such, K-12 instructors and international participants may find the parameters of our discussions less relevant to their teaching and learning contexts.
We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Automated live-captions are available for every session. To request accommodations or discuss access needs please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello (email@example.com) from the University of Minnesota, at least a week in advance prior to the event. Requests made after that point cannot be guaranteed.
University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Center for Language and Culture Learning; 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.
Caitlin Cornell, Assistant Director, Center for Language Teaching Advancement
Thursday, December 1: Lead with Language: Putting Language Skills to Work. Kaitlin Koehler, Rising Phoenix Early College High School, Toni Landis, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Register Online.
Language Collaboratory Archive
CeLTA PD Archive
Recordings of past PD sessions are shared on the CeLTA YouTube Channel.
- Spring 2020 PD Series Flyer
- Fall 2019 CeLTA PD Series
- Fall 2018 CeLTA PD Series
- Spring 2018 CeLTA PD Series
- Fall 2017 CeLTA PD Series
- Spring 2017 CeLTA PD Series
- Fall 2016 CeLTA PD Series
- Spring 2016 CeLTA PD Series
- Fall 2015 CeLTA PD Series
- Spring 2015 CeLTA PD Series