SLA Certificate–Training and Professional Development

Training and professional development

Training and course work in language pedagogy, methodology, and applied linguistics are essential to the professional development of language instructors. Each of the following training components is required for the SLA certificate program. Preferably, the first four should be completed as a sequence but the order may be varied in consultation with the CLS.

  1. CLS Pedagogy Workshop: A four-day pre-service workshop offered at the beginning of the fall semester (usually the third week in August) to graduate teaching fellows who are beginning their teaching year at Yale.
  2. Fundamentals of Language Teaching: This five-week seminar is offered each fall semester as a joint CLS/GTC course and covers the basics of language pedagogy as graduate students begin their teaching year at Yale.
  3. Advanced Fundamentals of Language Teaching: This three-week seminar is offered each spring as a joint CLS/GTC course and focuses on the role of texts in language and literature teaching.
  4. Graduate course: Principles of language teaching and learning (LING 564): This seminar will focus on developing a theoretical understanding of how languages are learned. It covers the basic principles of Second Language Acquisition theory, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and language teaching methodology from a variety of theoretical perspectives. There is also a significant practical component to the course which will allow students to apply concepts and principles from these fields to their teaching practice. As one of the requirements for the course, students will develop a statement of teaching philosophy.
  5. Professional Development Activities: Participants must complete ten (10) professional development activities and submit evidence of attendance or completion along with a brief reflective narrative for each.
    i. CLS Brown Bags, workshops or lectures 
    ii. GTC professional development workshops 
    iii. Conferences or professional meetings focused on language teaching (e.g. ACTFL, CALICO, NEALLT, NERALLT, AAAL, AATG, AATSP, etc.)
    iv. Summer language workshops (e.g. CARLA, CALPER, NHLRC)
    v. Departmental methodology course
    vi. Assessment training (e.g. ACTFL OPI training)
    vii. Other (as appropriate; must be approved in advance)
  6. Portfolio workshop: This workshop will be offered annually and is a required element of the Certificate. We encourage you to consider an e-portfolio, for which training will be provided.  For more information, contact Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl.  By the time participants attend the portfolio workshop, they will already have drafted some of the essential components of the portfolio (such as the teaching statement, lesson plan, and activities) but will work on putting these together in a cohesive and reflective manner.