Instructional innovation workshop

Instructional Innovation Workshops (IIWs)

Topic: Creating a syllabus using reverse design
Workshop dates: May 20-26, 2022
Deadline for proposals:  Monday, April 11, 2022
The CLS is happy to announce that we are 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.
The topic for this year is Creating a syllabus using reverse design, and the focus of the workshop will be on creating or substantially revising a syllabus for a language course. This past year, the CLS has focused thematically on curricular innovation, and we invite language faculty to apply the insights they have gained to creating a new course or reworking an existing course that implements post-communicative approaches.
The workshop will start in the afternoon of Friday, May 20th, with an opening virtual plenary session with participants, followed by a keynote presentation which will be open to the entire language community. The workshop will continue on Monday afternoon (May 23) after commencement, followed by two full days (May 24 and 25) and a final half-day of project work, ending with a lunch on Thursday, May 26th. As is our tradition, the IIW will feature lectures and mini-workshops by invited speakers, small-group-discussions, and brief final presentations by the participants. Due to the uncertainties of Covid, we cannot at this point guarantee an in-person event but hope to be able to do so if circumstances allow. 
Each participant selected will receive a stipend of $1000, which requires a commitment to develop a project to be implemented the following academic year, full attendance and participation in the entire workshop, including a project presentation on the final day of the workshop, and sharing the results with your colleagues in a Brown Bag next academic year.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s IIW, please submit a 2-3 page detailed project proposal by April 11, 2022 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:

o Why are you proposing this syllabus?

o In what way will it contribute to your program’s curriculum?

o How will it address student needs?

• A detailed description of your project:

o What specific course are you proposing to create or rework? Outline the level, topic, and possible materials you will use.

o How will this course be integrated in your curriculum? How does it align with the programmatic goals?


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