Core Practices in World Language Education

College of Education and Human Ecology

The Ohio State University online Graduate Certificate Program in Core Practices in World Language Education is the only program of its type in the country that engages practicing world language teachers from around the United States in the study of, application of, and critical reflection on the use core practices for teaching a world language. This cohort approach engages participants in a community of professional practice in which they evolve as world language teachers in their application of practices that enable them to bring the best/high-quality instruction to their students. Because the program is online, and based on the most current research in effective world language teaching practice, we can be responsive to the evolving needs of our teacher participants by continually engaging with stakeholders around the country.

Campus Requirements: 
NONE — 100% Online

Sample Courses

EDUTL 6645

Language as a Resource in World Language Education

This course provides a foundation in functional linguistics and genre theory with the goal of contextualizing world language teaching and learning. Through course reading and interactive activities, participants will have a space to discuss and deconstruct the functions of language first through the analysis of personal text and later through the analysis of authentic texts used in the classroom. Finally, students will apply their developing functional linguistic repertoire to the analysis and teaching of contextualized, task-based performance assessment and instruction of world languages connected to the Can-Do Statements and the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning.
EDUTL 5613

Core Practices in World Language Education

This course is based on current research on the practice-based approach to learning to teach focused on core practices, which understands teaching as complex work that can be explained, made visible, implemented, refined and developed over time. Participants implement the core practices in their world language classroom, reflect on their work and refine practice over time in collaboration with their small cohort of colleagues. The core practices addressed in this course include: 1) Lesson Planning with Language as a Resource to address the Can-Do Statements, 2) Enacting Target Language Comprehensibility, and 3) Enacting the Genre-Based Interactive Approach for Presentational Mode Communication.
EDUTL 5616

Core Practices for World Language Assessment

This course familiarizes students with current theory, standards, principles and practices of world language assessment. An understanding of the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning is necessary for this course, since we will build up on this foundational knowledge to design formative and summative performance assessments using backward design. As such, students will learn to create assessments that address each mode of communication — interpretive, interpersonal and presentation — through the use of performance assessments. Students will create, implement and report on a unit of study and document student development using a variety of standards-based performance assessments. Students will be able to evaluate a variety of language testing instruments and learn to develop their own instruments using alternative techniques as well as traditional assessments. Students will discuss important issues in planning assessment such as reliability, validity and adaptations for students with special needs through Universal Design of Learning.
EDUTL 5618

Advanced Core Practices in World Language Education

As the final course in the Graduate Certificate Program in Core Practices in World Language Education, this course caps participants’ repertoire of core practices addressed in the certificate program. As in other courses, participants implement the core practices in their world language classroom, reflect on their work and refine practice over time in collaboration with their small cohort of colleagues. The core practices addressed in the course include: 1) Expanding Interaction in the Target Language, 2) Teaching Interpersonal Communication as Oral Genres, 3) Facilitating Interpretation of Authentic Texts, and 4) Sustaining Ongoing Reflective Practice for World Language Teaching.

Featured Faculty

Associate Professor

Ready to become a Buckeye?

Receive more information about this online program.