Resources for Instructors
The Department is committed to making available to its faculty the best available resources for the teaching of modern languages.
In recent years, we have upgraded the Language Lab, installed a new Video Lab, and have invested in a number of new classroom technologies, as well new language-learning software programs, subscriptions to publishers' Web site and lab materials, feature films and documentaries (see Film Library). In addition, in conjunction with Computing and Technology Services (CTS), we provide ongoing training sessions and workshops for all faculty on a periodic basis. Additional training programs and workshops are available through other University departments and centers (see below).
Two important resources that all faculty are encouraged to use are Blackboard, the University's official course management system, and Wimba, a series of voice-authoring tools contained within Blackboard. Click here to learn more about these important tools.
The Internet offers a vast variety of useful resources that can greatly enhance the student learning process and in-class experience. The majority of classrooms in Des Places Hall have Internet access. The links posted on the pages below are designed to give instructors one-click access, in the classroom, to resources such as international newspapers and TV stations, online videos (in native languages), dictionaries and other useful tools.
Online Teaching Tools
There are also a number of useful Internet sites specifically devoted to the teaching of foreign languages. Click here to access a list of teaching tools compiled by the Department.
University Sponsored Training and Workshops
The University offers faculty members workshops and training programs on a wide range of topics--including pedagogical issues, scholarly research and publication, educational technology, and personal health and lifestyle matters.
Click a link below for the upcoming schedule of training programs and workshops offered by the listed center or department: