Online 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 of core practices for teaching a world language. 

‪Throughout the program, we position functional language use as a critical lens on teaching and learning to understand and examine:‬

  1. The legitimacy of our own bi/multi-lingual or multi-dialectal skills and those‬ ‪of our students
  2. ‪Language as a functional, meaning-making resource
  3. ‪Language as structured according to specific purposes, genres, and modalities.


This critical positioning of the functional linguistic knowledge base for world language teaching advanced allows our cohort members to engage in the on-going debates in the field of world language education and equips them to enact responsive, student-centered learning.‬‬‬‬‬‬

Finally, our cohort approach engages participants in a community of professional practice in which they evolve as world language teachers in their application of theory and practice that enable them to bring engaging and inclusive 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.

Students can start this program in any semester. 

Minimum requirements for admission include:

  • World language teachers in the United States and beyond currently teaching in a language classroom
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution


Campus Requirements: 
NONE — 100% Online

Sample Courses

EDUTL 5600

Language as a Resource in World Language Education

This course provides a practical foundation in functional linguistics and genre theory with the goal of contextualizing world language teaching and learning by developing a critical view on language and language use. Through course reading and interactive activities, participants will have a space to discuss and deconstruct their personal use of languages and language varieties across contexts. Later, they will apply this critical view of language use to select and analyze authentic texts that they will use in language learning tasks. 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 5645

Core Practices in Language Assessment

By positioning all language learners and emergent bilinguals (EBs), this course critically examines the theory, standards, principles and practices of world language assessment. Students learn how to develop formative and summative classroom assessment aligned with World Language Learning Standards, as well as develop a conceptual understanding of basic psychometric concepts and how best to apply these concepts in their work with emergent bilinguals and other language learners. As such, students will learn to create formative and summative assessments that address each mode of communication — interpretive, interpersonal and presentation — through the use of performance assessments. Likewise, they will create, implement and report on a unit of study and document student development using a variety of standards-based performance assessments. Finally, students will discuss important issues in assessment planning 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.

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