This summer, the University of Chicago Language Center is offering a pair of courses targeted towards language instructors and scholars that aim to shake up the language classroom.

Both courses will run during the summer, and promise to be miniature online courses designed to adapt to the needs of language instructors during the summer months.

 The first course, Fundamentals of Domain Analysis Research: An Evidence-Based Approach to Develop LSP Assessments and Curricula, promises to teach teachers and graduate students how to conduct domain analysis research that results in the development of key knowledge, skills, and abilities, and an accompanying design blueprint for a given proficiency level.

 Taught by Dr. Darcy Lear, the Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) Program Coordinator at the University of Chicago, this course is fully online, meeting bi-weekly with synchronous sessions Tuesdays from 11:00am to 12:30pm Central Daylight Time.

 Registration for the class closes on May 10th, as the first class is slated to meet on May 14th. More information about this course can be found on the UChicago Language Center’s website.

The second course, ChatGPT and Generative AI for Language Teachers, is about gaining the literacy needed to be an informed user and leader in this new age of generative AI, both in the language classroom and on campus.

Taught by Nicholas Swinehart, Managing Director of Instructional Technology at the University of Chicago Language Center, this class requires no previous experience with generative AI, but is geared more towards language instructors than graduate students.

This course starts in person on June 10th, with a second section beginning virtually July 15th. Registration has filled up quickly, though it is not too late to join the waitlist at this link. For more information on the course, visit the course’s page on the UChicago Language Center’s website.