Certificate in Language Teaching
About the Certificate
This certificate, offered by the Language and Culture Learning Center in conjunction with the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics, is granted to UIC graduate students and lecturers upon the completion of foreign language pedagogy workshops and the creation of a teaching portfolio.
Who is eligible?
Current UIC graduate students and lecturers in foreign language departments are eligible to participate in this certificate.
Complete eight workshops, approved by the respective department, that focus on foreign language teaching technology and other foreign language teaching related issues. Two instruction‐focused workshops are required; the other six workshops are selected based on participant focus area. Participants must pass an online quiz to receive credit for each workshop attended.
Go to our Workshop Schedule page for information on current workshops.
See our Documentation page for step-by-step guides on how to use Blackboard components (i.e. wikis, blogs, voiceboards) presented in our Faculty Workshop series.
The portfolio must be submitted as a PDF file. Submit this PDF file to the Basic Language Coordinator of your department at any time and it can be reviewed by the committee.
Required Materials for Portfolio
- Teaching Statement: 1-1.5 pages double spaced. Follow the guidelines provided in the Portfolio Workshop.
- Lesson Plans: Five sample lesson plan segments (two must be about use of technology). Lesson plan segments should be in outline form not prose. Maximum length for each activity: two pages plus screen shots. For technology activities, screen shots of the set-up may be helpful. Vary the type of lesson plan and the skill addressed: based on a reading, a film clip, a writing project, etc. For each activity, provide:
- language level of students (e.g. second semester college)
- content and linguistic goal of the activity (which cultural topic, vocabulary and/or grammar point)
- individual steps of the activity
- instructions for the students
- time spent on each sub-activity
- models or explanations for each sub-activity
- type of feedback or grading criteria
- follow-up activity