Instructional innovation workshop

Instructional Innovation Workshops (IIWs)

Topic: Study Abroad
Workshop dates: May 11-15, 2020
Deadline for proposals:  Monday, April 6, 2020

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 Study Abroad and the focus of the workshop will be on exploring current perspectives on language and culture learning in study abroad contexts. Examples of potential topics include, but are not limited to: sociocultural aspects of study abroad; acquisition of intercultural competence; developing pre-and post-departure support activities; creating innovative tasks and activities during the students’ sojourns; ethnographic reflections on intercultural experiences; exploring the complexities of language acquisition and proficiency gains; assessing outcomes.

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 6, 2020 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, explain how this project will be integrated in your curriculum.
    • Indicate any resources that you will need or intend to use (e.g. technology).

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.