Professional Development Information

The Professional Development Information section of the World Language Education Newsletter contains descriptions of upcoming:
  • conferences,
  • institutes,
  • meetings,
  • online courses, and
  • workshops
that are designed for World Language educators and are being offered by various groups and organizations.

Note: The inclusion of any offering on this list does not constitute endorsement or verification by the NCDPI.

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Free NCDPI Online Courses (Instructor-led and Self-paced)

NCDPI's Educator Effectiveness will offer several instructor–facilitated online courses this semester, and there are always self-paced courses available. These courses provide high-quality professional development and combine the flexibility of working from anywhere, at any time. They are a great opportunity to learn and grow your professional skills and earn some CEU credits.
These courses are available at no cost to North Carolina educators and, if instructor-led, will be facilitated by DPI professionals. The courses are completed entirely online. Participants are expected to meet all weekly deadlines in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given. Registration for these courses is through the NCEES online PD system. For a description of the courses and associated CEUs, and on information on how to register, visit the website

Contact Dr. Geetanjali Soni at if you have any questions.

Free MOOC-Eds Online Courses from NC State for Educators (Registration open and ongoing for Spring 2018 Courses)

The Friday Institute at NC State is offering seven MOOC-Ed courses this fall, including two new courses. As always, MOOC-Eds are free and you can participate any time, anywhere. Every course offers a Certificate of Completion, and North Carolina educators may request a Certificate of Renewal Credit upon completion. Additionally, all of our MOOC-Eds now award micro-credentials, which recognize competency-based achievements. Micro-credentials are accepted for licensure renewal in North Carolina and can be submitted to local credit-granting agencies for approval in other states. There are a lot of courses to choose from this fall, and the list, along with other details and online registration, is available at


May 31 Deadline to Register for Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Online Institute [Self-paced option]

The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa is offering a Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Online Institute where participants can learn about the elements of PBLL and explore PBLL’s connections with pragmatics, task-based language teaching, and performance assessment. The self-paced option is available starting in early February, and those who successfully complete all assigned tasks by a specific date earn an NFLRC Digital Badge. The cost is $25 and details, including the registration form, are posted online at .

Summer 2018

AATG Summer Seminars

The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) has posted information about several summer seminars at various locations and dates for 2018. Please see the AATG Summer Sessions webpage ( for details about the following:
  • June 17 - July 8 in Leipzig,
  • July 16 - 27 in Leibnitz, Vienna, and Innsbruck, and
  • August 2 - 29 in Heidelberg.

ACTFL-Sponsored Proficiency Workshops

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has announced the dates and locations for the Proficiency & Performance Summer Institutes. Details about content are posted on the Proficiency & Assessment Workshops page on the ACTFL website, and location and registration information for Summer 2018 are on their own page at with a summary below. Please refer to the webpages listed for the most current updates.

May 29 - June 1
University of Texas at Austin
  • OPI Workshop, Arabic, Chinese, ELL, LCTL, Russian, Spanish
  • OPI Advancement Workshop, Mixed Languages*, Spanish
  • OPI Familiarization Workshop, Mixed Languages*

June 21 - 24
City University of Seattle, co-hosted with The Bush School
  • OPI Workshop, Japanese, Korean, Mixed Languages*, Spanish
  • MOPI Workshop, Chinese, French, Mixed Languages*, Spanish
  • OPI Familiarization Workshop, Mixed Languages*
  • AAPPL Familiarization Workshop, Mixed Languages*

July 10 - 13
Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA
  • OPI Workshop, Chinese, ELL, French, Japanese, Spanish
  • OPI Advancement Workshop, Mixed Languages*, Spanish
  • Writing Proficiency Rater Training, Mixed Languages*

July 23 - 26
Lake Park High School, Roselle, IL
  • MOPI Workshop, ELL, French, German, LCTL, Spanish
  • OPI Familiarization Workshop, Mixed Languages*
  • AAPPL Familiarization Workshop, Mixed Languages*

*Mixed Language workshops are facilitated in English. Participants may have access to digital samples in their language of choice, when available.

CALPER Summer Institutes

CALPER, the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research at the Pennsylvania State University, provides a number of professional development workshops for teachers during the summer. Please see the list below for details on topics and dates and check the website for complete information and registration:

Early registration fees are $60 for a 2-day workshop and $35 for a 1-day workshop. Early registration ends June 1, 2018.

Here are the scheduled workshops for 2018:

June 18: Designing Tasks, Prompts, and Feedback Protocols in L2 Writing

June 19: Project Work in Language Courses

June 20 - 21: Language ePortfolios, Badges, and Seals

June 22 - 23: Effective Use of Technology in K-16 Chinese Classrooms

June 25 - 26: Designing Articulated Performance Assessments in the Three Modes of Communication

June 27 - 28: Evidence-based Grammar Teaching in the Language Classrooms

CARLA Summer Institutes

CARLA, the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota, provides a number of professional development institutes for teachers during the summer, both online and face-to-face. Please see the list below for details on topics and dates and check the website for complete information and registration:

Here are the planned institutes for 2018:

June 11 - July 1 (July 8) (Online ONLY)
Transitioning to Teaching Language Online (TTLO)

July 9-August 12, 2018 (Online ONLY)
Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning

July 9-27, 2018 (Online ONLY)
Teaching Linguistic Politeness and Intercultural Awareness

July 9-13, 2018
  • Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom
  • Teaching Heritage Languages and Learners
  • Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom

July 16-20, 2018
  • Creativity in the Language Classroom: Fostering Student Learning Through Creative Language Experiences
  • Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice
  • Using Technology in Second Language Teaching
  • Summer Institute for Immersion Teachers - Immersion 101: An Introduction to Immersion Teaching

July 23-27, 2018
  • Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development
  • Growing Learner Language: A Hands-On Approach to Developing the Language Learners Produce
  • Using Authentic Materials to Develop 21st Century Literacies

GEEO Teacher Travel Programs

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 2,000 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO educators can earn professional development credit while seeing the world. GEEO's trips are 7 - 21 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the destination. Prices range from $900 to $3,000. The deposit is $250 for each program and then the final payment is due 60 days before departure.

GEEO also provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.

GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2018: Argentina and Brazil, Bangkok to Hanoi, Colombia, Camino de Santiago, Eastern Europe, The Galapagos Islands, Greece, Iceland, India and Nepal, Madagascar, Ireland, Armenia and Georgia, Paris to Rome, Multi-Stan, Sri Lanka and The Maldives, Morocco, Peru, Vietnam/Cambodia, and The Balkans.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9 AM-9 PM EST or by emailing Jesse Weisz, Executive Director, at .

Goethe Institut Summer Schools

The Goethe Institut has shared that the following schools in the U.S. are offering professional development courses for German teachers in 2018. Please see the links at for details, as well as information about $500 scholarships for these summer schools.

June 5 - July 6
Deutsche Sommerschule von New Mexiko
Teacher Training: Wechselwirkungen: Umwelt, Technologie und Kultur
You may attend only the second half of the session.
The University of New Mexiko: Taos, NM

June 25 - July 20
Summer German Graduate Program at Millersville University
Millersville, PA

June 29 - August 17
Middlebury Language School
The German School
Middlebury College: Middlebury, VT

July 22 - 28
Deutsche Woche in Bar Harbour
Germany in the New Millennium: Teaching Cultural Change Through Popular Culture and Media
College of the Atlantic: Bar Harbor, ME

July 25 - August 2
Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik
DSaP Teacher Training Lehrerfortbildungsseminar: A Teacher Training Seminar
Portland State University: Portland, OR

June 7 - 8 Heritage Spanish Summer Workshop

COERLL, the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning, will be hosting their 4th Heritage Spanish Summer Workshop on June 7-8 at the University of Texas at Austin. This year will feature speakers Flavia Belpoliti (Texas A&M Commerce), Gabriela Zapata (Texas A&M), as well as José Esteban Hernández and Yanina Hernández (UT Rio Grande Valley). We will be discussing the process of creating a heritage Spanish program, including factors such as student and programmatic needs and teacher training. We will also have a hands-on section where we will work with practical activities and ideas to implement in the heritage Spanish classroom. The cost is $10 for K-12 teachers, and travel assistance honoraria are available in amounts of $300 - $500 by application that is due by April 9, 2018. Please see the Heritage Spanish Summer Workshop webpage at for details and registration.

June 21 - 23 AATK Annual Conference and PD Workshop

The American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK) is holding its 23rd Annual Conference and Professional Development Workshop on June 21 - 23, 2018, at the University of Toronto, Canada. Please see the website at for details.

June 25 - 28 Annual AATSP Conference

The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) will be holding their 100th annual conference in Salamanca, Spain on June 25 - 28, 2018. Please see the conference website for details:

June 28 - 30 ACL Institute

The American Classical League (ACL) is holding its 2018 Annual Institute at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana on June 28 - 30, 2018. Please see the 2018 ACL Institute webpage ( for details.

July 13 - 15 NNELL Summer Institute

The National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) will hold its Summer Institute 2018 in Summit, New Jersey. The theme is "Exploring the Multiple Pathways toward Proficiency" and details are posted on the NNELL Summer Institute 2018 webpage:

July 18 - 21 AATF Annual Convention

The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) is holding its annual convention on July 18 - 21, 2018, in Martinique. Please see the website at for details.