“Advancing Dutch through Intensive Instruction: Planning for Success with Backward Design and Social Media”

Wed, February 15, 2012 | Student Activity Center (SAC) 1.106

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Dr. Vincent Vanderheijden

Department of Germanic Studies


Intensive language teaching requires very responsive approaches to instructional design in order to optimize students engagement and learning.  Thus, the second semester of a the Dutch language program is always informed by the experience of the first semester. In that light, this presentation will consider 3 dimensions of the Dutch language program at the University of Texas:

1) General background and context for Dutch teaching
2) Student responses to their first experiences with intensive language learning
3) Some new initiatives for this semester, including integration of Google+ and the principles of backward design.

This approach to planning and instruction introduces transferable standards-oriented learning with implications for beyond the the course's final exam.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
12:00 - 1:00
Student Activity Center 1.106

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