Full course description
Course Description: World (non-English) language teachers in the state of Iowa gather together once a year at the two-day Iowa World Language Association conference. At this conference, they participate in workshops about best practices in teaching world languages, hear from prestigious keynote speakers about up-to-the minute theory and pedagogy in the field, and network and discuss with teachers from across Iowa and the Midwest. This professional development program will provide teachers with new information, frameworks, and practices to improve their teaching and their students’ learning about other languages and cultures.
- Teachers will learn about new approaches to and issues in world language teaching through participating in multiple workshops and listening to speakers at the Iowa World Language Association conference.
- Teachers will develop and strengthen relationships with knowledgeable colleagues through collaborative sessions and conversation groups.
- Teachers will synthesize information from a workshops, speakers, and conversations to adapt to changes in their own practice in the classroom.
- Teachers will develop as reflective practitioners through connecting what they have learned at the conference with their own experiences.
Fee and Credit Options: The fee for receiving one ILRU (license renewal credit) is $60.00. No half-credits or double credits are possible, and there can be no substitutions for the requirements.
- Participants must attend 15 hours or more of the Iowa World Language Association conference. A schedule is available here. Since the conference is virtual, participants will be required to attend 10 hours of live, real-time online programming. The remainder of the 15 hours will consist of watching 5 hours of recorded video presentations.
- If a participant is a presenter at the IWLA conference, they can skip one other session for preparation time.
Capstone Project: After the conference, participants will need to complete an online survey in order to report about their experiences at the conference. Participants will be sent the link once the live portion of the conference has been completed. Completing the survey will take about one hour. This survey will address their learning experiences at the conference, their plans for applying their new knowledge, and any other reflections. They will be asked to report reflections on each session that they attended as well as the keynote speeches. This will be due one week after the conference concludes, by Saturday, October 9, 2021.
Credit Information: If participants complete all requirements satisfactorily, they will be issued an Iowa license renewal credit through the Baker Teacher Leader Center at the University of Iowa. Information on how to access the documentation of this credit will be sent directly to the email address that was used to register for the credit. Participants can also login directly to their accounts to access the documentation.
** Attention: If you wish to use this course for licensure renewal credit, make sure to check with your school district for approval prior to registering for the course.