Call for Registrations for April 30 Mellon Language Workshop

Posted on April 16, 2021

Participants will learn how a Duolingo-based adaptation to language teaching reinvigorated language programs at Simpson College.

Ohio Five announces its final online workshop for Ohio Five and OSU language faculty to provide hands-on demonstrations and expert consultation on common issues in integrating language and technology. "Rethinking Proficiency and Persistence," will be held via Zoom on Friday, April 30 from 4:30-6 pm, including 30-minute question and answer period. The workshop is part of a multi-year Ohio Five language enrichment grant sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Dr. Patricia Calkins, Professor Emeritus of Simpson College; Dr. Tracy Dinesen, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Spanish of Simpson College, and Dr. Sharon Wilkson, Senior Educational Content Developer of Duolingo will update their 2017 Hope College keynote about a curricular redesign that, while initiated out of a crisis, reinvigorated their programs. In this workshop, the presenters will discuss their continued work and how it challenged their language learning assumptions. They will explain how these realizations impacted their curriculum and discuss the central driver of their ongoing work. Participants will, in turn, review their ideas about second language learning curricula in light of the presenters' redefined goals and experiences.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants who are language faculty members at Ohio Five colleges and The Ohio State University. Budget restrictions prevent Ohio Five from offering participant stipend payments for this workshop. Recordings of this and previous sessions are available on the Ohio Five website.

To register, please complete this registration form by Friday, April 24. Participants will receive a Zoom link and further instructions about the workshop with their confirmation.