Meeting Student Needs in College German Programs
October 10-12, 2014
Deadline for application was July 15, 2014. Check this page for updates in 2015.
About the Seminar
Association of Teachers of German is hosting a 3-day seminar for college/university
German department faculty focused on developing strategies to enhance and
update their curriculum. This workshop will provide a unique professional
development opportunity for faculty in post-secondary German programs to
develop curricular frameworks and methodologies that enhance educational
opportunities for their students, position the study of German at the forefront
of innovative teaching, learning, and assessment practices, and enable them to
contribute to the educational mission of their institutions.
Participants will explore a
theoretical framework for an articulated four-year German college curriculum that integrates language and content
learning through genres. The workshop will focus on establishing learning goals, examining approaches to selecting topics and texts, and designing pedagogic tasks and assessment
practices that facilitate and support L2 German literacy development throughout
the curriculum. Complete the application form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
will gain an awareness of principles of material selection in an articulated
collegiate German curriculum that bridges the gap between the lower-level
language courses and upper-level content courses. They will consider these
principles within their own institutional contexts and preferred student
learning outcomes in terms of selection of themes, textual genres and their
sequencing, and possible pedagogical tasks that integrate all modalities. Such
an approach will allow for multiple linkages to other disciplinary areas (e.g.,
the humanities and social sciences, engineering, business, environmental
sciences) and enable programs to reach across the campus in order to attract
diverse student populations and make strategic alliances with other programs.
Meet the Facilitators
Heidi Byrnes is George M. Roth Distinguished Professor of German
at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on adult L2 literacy
acquisition, particularly at the advanced level. Under her leadership her
department created an articulated four-year genre-oriented and task-based
curriculum, a project addressed in numerous articles (e.g., Applied Linguistics
Review, Language Teaching, Linguistics and Education, MLJ) and in the monograph
Realizing advanced foreign language writing development in collegiate education:
Curricular design, pedagogy, assessment (co-authors, Maxim, Norris). She has
edited and coedited books and special journal issues on the development of
advanced literacy. She is a past president of AAAL, the recipient of numerous
professional association awards, and recently became editor-in-chief of the
Marianna Ryshina-Pankova is Assistant
Professor and Director of Curriculum at the German Department at Georgetown
University. She teaches at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum as well
as graduate seminars on L2 learning and teaching, advanced literacy
development, and systemic-functional linguistics. Her research interests
include content- and language-integrated curriculum design, language teacher
education, and advanced L2 learner. She has published on such topics as
genre-based pedagogy, principles of curricular progression, and development of
advanced L2 literacy resources in learner written texts.
Stipends of up to $500 for transportation costs and
meals will be awarded to individual participants. Accommodations will be
provided in double rooms at the Holiday Inn Georgetown, 2101 Wisconsin Avenue,
NW, Washington, DC. Single rooms are available at a rate of $159 plus tax per
This seminar is made possible through funding from Netzwerk Deutsch of the Sonderprogramm zur Förderung von Deutsch in
USA und Kanada sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
in Washington, DC.
The seminar is
limited to 28 participants. Preference will be given to applications from
programs that are considering curricular reform. Participation of two faculty
members from the same institution is encouraged especially if representing ‘both
sides of the aisle’, those whose primary responsibilities lie in
literary-cultural studies and those in charge of language teaching and
learning. Applications from a variety of institutional settings and sizes are
To apply, please
complete the application form and send it to email@example.com.
Deadline for application was July 15, 2014.