During the NFLRC 2018 Intensive Summer Institute held in Hawai‘i, in-service K–16 world language educators will learn how to orchestrate rich, experiential language learning opportunities that help learners build a core of linguistic assets and the ability to interact in a contextually and socially appropriate manner. Each participant will design a well-scaffolded project for implementation in their own language class. A team of experts in PBLL, language technology, pedagogy, pragmatics, task-based language teaching, and assessment will help you craft compelling learning experiences for your students.
Note: This is not a beginner’s workshop. Applicants must first earn a digital badge from the 2018 Fundamentals of PBLL Online Institute as a prerequisite. Seats are limited and applications are competitive. Community college instructors and teachers of less commonly taught languages will receive special consideration.
Seats are limited and applications will be competitive.
March 31, 2018: 2018 Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning Online Institute digital badge deadline (Digital Badge should be received no later than April 5, 2018)
April 15, 2018: Intensive Summer Institute (ISI) application deadline
April 30, 2018: ISI Selection Results Notification
June 13-20, 2018: ISI dates
The online application deadline (April 15, 2018) has passed
ISI 2018 Institute Purpose
To empower participants to develop and implement high quality models of experiential, project-based language learning in K-16 contexts in a variety of languages.
2018 Learning Outcomes
Participants will develop and refine their professional knowledge and skills as they:
- Experience community-based PBLL.
- Engage learners with projects that explore global issues, social problems, cultural contexts, and content from other academic disciplines as the foundations of a compelling PBLL experience.
- Explore scaffolding strategies for making language, content, and culture metacognitively accessible; for facilitating the development of 21st century success skills; and for supporting sociolinguistic output.
- Experiment with technological tools for communicating with authentic audiences, facilitating group interaction, and supporting students’ creation of public products.
- Develop formative assessments, rubrics, and feedback that improve learner engagement and performance in PBLL contexts.
To help defray travel expenses to attend the institute, partial financial support (up to $1,000 for foreign language faculty/staff from U.S. mainland or $350 for Hawai‘i neighbor island institutions) will be offered to our top 10 applicants as funding permits. Other accepted applicants will need to self-fund or seek financial support from their home institutions or other sources of funding in order to cover costs.
Participants who receive and accept funding from the NFLRC will be required to submit their completed project to the Project Repository upon completion of the intensive summer institute.
Due to restrictions on the federal grant which funds the NFLRC, we can only offer this partial financial support to participants who currently live in the United States and whose job impacts language research, learning, or teaching in the United States. Educators and researchers in foreign countries are ineligible for this partial funding. Students are also ineligible for partial funding, unless they are employees of their institution (e.g., paid teaching assistants, lecturers, etc.).
If you previously received partial financial support for a previous PBLL intensive summer institute (2015, 2016, 2017), you are ineligible to receive further funding and will need to self-fund or gain funding from your institution. We will, however, waive your ISI registration fee, in these special cases.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THIS INSTITUTE? HOW DO I APPLY?
We invite practicing K-16 world language educators to apply to participate. The NFLRC 2018 Intensive Summer Institute is not a beginner’s workshop. In order to join, applicants will need to first earn a digital badge from the 2018 Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning Online Institute as a prerequisite. Seats are limited and applications will be competitive. Preference will be given to participants currently working at U.S. community colleges and/or minority-serving institutions, but all practicing world language educators K-16 are invited to apply. District supervisors and world language curriculum specialists are ineligible to apply.
Participants are expected to participate fully, present on their PBLL project, and submit their completed project to the Project Repository after completion of the intensive summer institute.
If you meet the above criteria and are interested in the summer institute, we encourage you to apply. Please submit an online application form by the April 15, 2018 deadline. Be sure to allow adequate time to fully answer the questions. Also, don’t forget to proofread your entries before submission. If you experience any difficulty with the online form, please contact us for assistance.
Notification of selection results will take place by April 30, 2018 via email. We will be accepting around 20 participants for this summer institute.
2) I RECEIVED A DIGITAL BADGE FOR COMPLETION OF A PREVIOUS FUNDAMENTALS OF PBLL ONLINE INSTITUTE. DO I NEED TO TAKE THE 2018 ONLINE INSTITUTE TO APPLY FOR THE 2018 ISI?
If you earned a Fundamentals of PBLL Online Institute badge in 2015, 2016, or 2017, we can grant you free access to the 2018 PBLL Online Institute site. We highly encourage you to take it, as some content and activities/requirements will be different from previous years for this year’s ISI application. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
3) I TEACH ESL/EFL. CAN I APPLY FOR THE INSTITUTE?
The National Foreign Language Resource Centerʻs mission is to help improve the U.S.’s capacity in foreign language education, especially in less commonly taught languages. English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL) is outside the scope of this summer institute. Applicants should be teachers of languages other than English.
4) ARE THERE ANY INSTITUTE FEES?
There are no fees for submitting an online application form. However, accepted participants are required to pay a non-refundable $125 registration fee. Please DO NOT SEND PAYMENT UNLESS NOTIFIED OF ACCEPTANCE.
5) WHERE WILL THE INSTITUTE TAKE PLACE?
The summer institute will be held on June 13-20, 2018 in Moore Hall 155 on the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa campus. Only accepted participants are allowed to attend.
The UH Mānoa campus is 3 miles from Waikiki (about a 10-minute drive). If you are coming from the Honolulu International Airport, it is about a 20-minute drive (non-rush hour traffic).
6) ARE THERE LODGING OPTIONS AVAILABLE?
There are a number of housing options available. For those who are on a budget or prefer the convenience of staying on campus, rooms in the East-West Center residence halls (Hale Mānoa, Hale Kuahine, or Lincoln Hall) can be reserved by accepted institute participants. Room rates range from $33 to $85 per night, depending on room type (dorm room or visitor housing).
For those who wish to stay in a hotel and have easy access to Waikiki and its beaches, shopping, and restaurants during institute after-hours, we will be making arrangements with a Waikiki hotel ($125-$140/night rate). More information about housing options will be made available to ISI participants once they are accepted.
7) ARE MEALS PROVIDED?
Participants will be provided with continental breakfast refreshments each morning as well as afternoon snacks. There will also be a welcoming reception on the first day of the institute. Apart from that, participants are responsible for their own meals. Extensive information regarding on-campus and off-campus dining options will be provided to participants upon their arrival.
8) IS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED?
No transportation is provided. Transportation is the responsibility of the participant.
The island of O‘ahu is serviced by the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). Airlines that fly to Hawai‘i include American, United, Delta, Hawaiian, & Alaska Airlines, and a wide variety of airlines from abroad. The airport is about a 20-minute drive (non-rush hour traffic time) from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa or Waikiki.
9) IS CHILDCARE PROVIDED AT THE INSTITUTE?
No childcare is provided. Also, there are some restrictions regarding children staying in the East-West Center residence halls. Please contact us for more information.
10) WHAT DIGITAL BADGES CAN I EARN?
Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Intensive Summer Institute Designer badge: This badge certifies that a participant has finalized the design of a project and that the project meets the minimum quality standards specified in the Developing column of the Project Design rubric.
Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Intensive Summer Institute Implementer badge: This badge is granted to a participant who has implemented a project in a language class. Criteria: all years.
Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Intensive Summer Institute Teacher badge: This badge is granted to a participant who has designed and subsequently implemented at least one additional distinct project (over and above the originally implemented project) in a language class. Criteria: all years.