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Faculty Seminar on College Curriculum Development

Meeting Student Needs in College German Programs

October 10-12, 2014

Georgetown University

              Washington, DC


Deadline for application was July 15, 2014.  Check this page for updates in 2015. 

About the Seminar

The American 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 to apply.


Workshop participants 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 MLJ.


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.

Travel Support

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 night.

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.

Attending the Seminar

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 welcome.



To apply, please complete the application form and send it to


Deadline for Application

Deadline for application was July 15, 2014. 

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