Instructional innovation workshop

Instructional Innovation Workshops (IIWs)

Topic:  Questioning culture(s)/teaching culture(s)
Workshop dates:  May 14-18, 2018
Deadline for proposals:  Friday, March 30, 2018

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 Questioning culture(s)/teaching culture(s) and is envisioned broadly to include a variety of possible ways in which language instructors address culture and interculturality in their classrooms. Examples of potential topics include, but are not limited to: teaching language in a multicultural classroom; mulltiliteracies approaches and culture learning; using telecollaboration to connect students with the target culture; incorporating cultural resources; community-based resources for culture learning; culture in the heritage classroom; exploring how specific frameworks, such as Byram or Fantini, might be included in the curriculum).

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 March 30, 2018 to Mary Jo Lubrano (

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 references.
  • 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.