Teacher Professional Development
COERLL offers hands-on workshops, symposia and webinars offered throughout the year, many of which expose teachers to innovative practices in open pedagogy. Participants are eligible for digital badges as well as CPE credits. COERLL publishes videos of its events to give access to those who can't attend in person.
Foreign Languages and the Literary in the Everyday
The FLLITE project, a collaboration of CERCLL (University of Arizona) and COERLL, helps to bridge the language/literature divide found in many foreign language programs by providing examples of successful L2 literacy-based lessons and aiding instructors in designing their own. Rather than focusing on canonical literature, the lessons focus on the poetics of everyday language (e.g., conversations, letters, blogs, YouTube videos, etc.). FLLITE lessons develop language awareness in tandem with communicative abilities through the integration of reading, listening, speaking, and writing tasks. By developing their lessons for publication as open educational resources (OER) in dialogue with members of the project's editorial board, lesson authors are supported in their professional learning as not only materials consumers but also creators.
Based on the Games2Teach project pioneered by CASLS (Oregon) and CERCLL (Arizona), CASLS and COERLL will co-host the Games2Teach Collaboratory for language educators who wish to explore the potential of digital gaming for language learning. At two workshop “Collaboratories”, teachers will have the opportunity to play various kinds of technology-mediated games with each other, learn how game design principles promote language acquisition, and learn how to implement those games in their classrooms. Teachers will extend their participation beyond the Collaboratories by testing and writing up their curricular innovations for the project website.