Instructional innovation workshop

Instructional Innovation Workshops (IIWs)

Topic:  Multiliteracies
Workshop dates:  May 13-17, 2019
Deadline for proposals:  Monday, April 1, 2019

The CLS is happy to announce that we will be able to once again offer an Instructional Innovation Workshop (IIW) this academic year. The IIW Workshop is a five-day intensive opportunity for language faculty to work on projects based on a specific theme that changes from year to year.  We invite faculty to submit proposals related to the workshop topic and will select a total of 8-10 projects.

The topic for this year is Multiliteracies and the focus of the workshop will be on exploring how literacy- and text-based approaches can be implemented in the language curriculum. Examples of potential topics include, but are not limited to: literacy- or genre-based approaches in the language classroom; curricular tranformation; integrating language and content; creating a multiliteracies syllabus; engaging with authentic texts; reconceptualizing grammar instruction.

The first day of the workshop is open to the entire Yale language community and will feature a public lecture by an invited speaker on the broad theme of the workshop, followed by a reception. The rest of the week will be devoted to intensive project work and is open to the invited participants only. It will focus on hands-on workshops, discussions, and final presentations by the participants. Each participant selected will receive a stipend of $1,000, which requires a commitment to develop a project to be implemented the following academic year, full attendance and participation in the entire workshop, and sharing the results with your colleagues in a Brown Bag.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s IIW, please submit a 2-3 page detailed project proposal by April 1, 2019 to Mary Jo Lubrano ( or Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl (

The proposal should include:

  • A title
  • An abstract that briefly summarizes the project.
  • A rationale for the project:
    • Why are you proposing this project?
    • In what way will it contribute to your teaching? Describe how you plan to incorporate your project into your classes.
    • How will the students benefit?
    • Explain briefly how it connects to the current literature in the field  and provide some specific references for your project.
  • A detailed description of your project:
    • What do you specifically propose to do to with this project?
    • Have you already done something similar in your classes? If so, in what ways it this project different or will it expand on that?
    • If you are planning to implement this project in your class(es) in the fall, explain how this project will be integrated in your curriculum.
    • Indicate any resources that you will need or intend to use.

Please contact Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl ( or Mary Jo Lubrano ( if you have any questions. We’re happy to schedule an appointment to discuss your project plans and to assist with the proposal development.