This institute focuses on proficiency-based lesson design and assessment skills necessary to teach world languages and cultures at the elementary and middle school level (K-8), with an emphasis on novice learners. Informed by the National World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, it explores the goal areas of Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, Communities, and Communication.

During this class we will examine methods and materials for elementary world language instruction; development of oral communication and literacy in world languages; world language program design; global awareness and cross-cultural experience; children's literature, games/songs, and units and lessons planning and development.

Target Audience: This institute is designed for preservice and inservice foreign language teachers at the K-8 grade level. The institute is not intended for ESL or immersion teachers.


Image of instructor Leah Shepard-CareyLeah Shepard-Carey is a current instructor and PhD student in Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in elementary ESL and early childhood bilingual contexts for several years.

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Section Title
Teaching World Languages and Cultures in Elementary Settings
Online, instructor led
Jun 28, 2021 to Jul 16, 2021
Delivery Options
Instructor Led Online  
Section Details

Course Information: https://carla.umn.edu/institutes/2021/elementary.html
Dates: June 28–July 16, 2021


  • This institute is primarily asynchronous (not real time). For the most part, you will work on activities according to your own schedule during the week.
  • There will be 2–3 synchronous activities—with a partner and/or small group—dates/times will be set at the beginning of the course according to participants' schedules.
  • We will have a synchronous course wrap-up with presentations on 7/16 for about 1–2 hours. This time will be determined with consensus from participants.
  • Make sure you can meet the tech requirements for this institute.

Contact Information:
For questions regarding course registration, materials, and content, please email carla@umn.edu.
For questions regarding system access, log-in, user name, or password, please email help@umn.edu or call 612-301-4357.

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