Summer Language Institute

The Summer Language Institute supports K-16 language practitioners seeking to employ contemporary, research-supported best practices for world language instruction in their classrooms. Specifically, the Summer Language Institute will focus on equipping pre- and in-service foreign/world language, heritage language, immersion, and ESL/EFL educators with training on how to both modify existing curricula and create new course materials that adhere to ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The Summer Language Institute runs in person every summer for three days, hosted at the University of Cincinnati.  


Summer 2024: "Engagement and Motivation in the Language Classroom" 

The CEDAR Language Resource Center is excited to announce the dates of our 2024 Summer Language Institute. The event will take place August 5th, 6th, and 7th. The final day (August 7th) will be a half-day. The theme spanning all three days is "Engagement and Motivation in the Language Classroom." 

  • August 5th: Nurturing the Roots of Student Engagement, Kate Grovergrys
  • August 6th: Beyond Borders: Cultivating a Global Mindset for a Connected World, Ying Jin
  • August 7th: Technology and Classroom Management: Suggestions and Solutions, Roundtable Discussion Facilitated by Kathleen Shelton

Kate Grovergrys

Kate Grovergrys

Kate Grovergrys is a skilled educator with over 25 years of experience delivering engaging language instruction. Her current position is at Madison Area Technical College, and she holds a B.A. from Valparaiso University in Indiana, and a M.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. 

Ying Jin

Ying Jin

Ying Jin is a passionate and enthusiastic educator of Chinese language and culture with over 20 years of teaching experience in diverse educational settings. She currently teaches at Cupertino High School in California. 


Travel Information

The CEDAR LRC is pleased to offer a discounted group rate at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Cincinnati Uptown/University Area for attendees of the Summer Language Institute. The address is 2500 S Market St, Cincinnati, OH 45219. Attendees will have until July 24th to book at the Fairfield Inn with the discounted rate. To reserve your room, you may either: 

  1. Click the booking link: Book your group rate for the CEDAR Summer Language Institute or
  2. Call the hotel directly at 513.281.2200 and reference group name:  CEDAR Summer Language Institute

Please note that reservations are with the Fairfield Inn and not under the jurisdiction of the CEDAR LRC.


Daily Schedule 2024

Monday, August 5th 

  • 8:00am-9:00am         Registration & Networking
  • 9:00am-10:30am       Keynote with Q&A Session - Kate Grovergrys
  • 10:30am-10:45am     Coffee Break 
  • 10:45am-11:15am     Activity Blast! 
  • 11:15am-12:30pm     Keynote Speaker Workshop - Kate Grovergrys
  • 12:30am-1:30pm       Lunch (provided) 
  • 1:30pm-2:00pm         Activity Blast!
  • 2:15pm-4:00pm         Workshop 
  • 4:00pm-4:15pm         Coffee Break
  • 4:15pm-4:45pm         Exhibitions (vendor & VR booths) 

Tuesday, August 6th 

  • 8:00am-9:00am         Registration & Networking
  • 9:00am-10:30am       Keynote with Q&A Session - Ying Jin
  • 10:30am-10:45am     Coffee Break  
  • 10:45am-11:15am     Activity Blast! 
  • 11:15am-12:30pm     Keynote Speaker Workshop - Ying Jin
  • 12:30am-1:30pm       Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30pm-2:00pm         Activity Blast! 
  • 2:15pm-4:00pm         Workshop 
  • 4:00pm-4:15pm         Coffee Break
  • 4:15pm-4:45pm         Exhibitions (vendor & VR booths)

Wednesday, August 7th 

  • 8:00am-9:00am         Registration & Networking
  • 9:00am-10:00am       Roundtable Discussion: “Technology and Classroom Management:                                     Suggestions and Solutions”
  • 10:00am-10:15am     Coffee Break 
  • 10:15am-10:45am     Activity Blast! 
  • 10:45am-12:00pm     Workshop 
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm       Lunch (provided) and Closing Remarks

Past SLI Themes and Keynote Speakers 

2023

  • August 7th: Culture in the Language Classroom, Ke Peng, PhD
  • August 8th: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Language Classroom, Milton Alan Turner
  • August 9th: Creating a Communicative Language Classroom, Claudia Fernández, PhD
Ke Peng

 

Ke Peng, PhD

Dr. Peng is a Professor of Chinese and the Director of Chinese Flagship at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Peng was awarded the 2022 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the Kentucky World Language Association. She is the coordinator of the Chinese Program in the Department of World Languages. Dr. Peng has over 20 years of teaching experience and has served as the college team leader for the STARTALK Master Teacher Program. Her research interests include pedagogy, teacher training and program evaluation as well as literacy development and cultural education in the Chinese language classroom. Recent research from Dr. Peng can be found in Journal of International Chinese Language Education, The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Language Teaching, and the Journal of Chinese Language Teaching.

Milton Alan Turner

 

Milton Alan Turner

Mr. Turner is a French and Spanish teacher at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio with over 35 years of teaching experience. He was awarded the U.S. Innovative Educator award by Microsoft in 2011, the Ohio World Language Teacher of the Year in 2014, and St. Ignatius’ Trailblazer award in 2020. Mr. Turner currently serves on the Ohio Foreign Language Association board as Editor for Electronic Media and is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Member for ACTFL, as well as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission Member for the American Association of Teachers of French.

Claudia Fernandez

 

Claudia Fernández, PhD

Dr. Fernández is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Spanish Basic Language Program in Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). With more than 20 years of language teaching experience, Dr. Fernández' research interests are in the area of task-based language teaching, materials development, and input processing. She is the co-editor of Using Language Learning Materials: Theory and Practice (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), the co-author of the task-based textbooks Aula en acción (Klett World Languages) and the author of "What is and what is not comprehension-based communicative language teaching?" (Klett World Languages, to appear). She is the current recipient of the Teaching Recognition Program award at UIC for excellence in teaching.