The Center for Language Technology (CeLT), in collaboration with the Center for Language Excellence (CLE), the Center for the Study of Global Change, and the School of Education’s Global Education Initiatives, is requesting lesson proposals for the IU Virtual World Language Festival. This Virtual WLF is an extension of the sixth World Language Festival (WLF) that was hosted online through live Zoom sessions (on May 15th, 2021) and self-directed learning modules on Canvas. The Canvas site is still open and active.
We have made the decision to maintain this site open with no closing date. While we still plan to host the WLF on the Bloomington campus, when possible, we hope the Canvas site can act as an extension of the one-day event, allowing us to celebrate world languages at IU all year long. This also gives us the opportunity to reach additional learners who would otherwise be unable to participate in an on-campus event.
We hope to increase interest and participation in the virtual event with the continuous addition of new content and languages. With this document, we are requesting proposals for new WLF lessons to be published on the Canvas site for the next two semesters: Spring 2023 and Summer 2023. We will send out reminders before each semester.
With a persistent theme of “Widen Your World: Learn a New Language,” the WLF aims to celebrate the diverse cultures and languages of our world.
- All IU faculty, AIs, and FLTAs who teach a foreign/second language or culture course are eligible to submit a proposal
- Graduate students who are currently conducting research on area studies using world languages are also encouraged to submit a proposal.
- Faculty and graduate students studying linguistics or literature in a world language are also encouraged to submit a proposal.
Lesson content and Formats
All sessions should be presented with the purpose of motivating participants to further explore world languages and cultures. To this end, they should focus on initialexposure to the language and/or culture. Instructors should not assume any prior knowledge of the language.
While the main target audience for WLF is high school students, we welcome content targeted to other age groups as well, including middle school students and college students. However, presentations and lessons should focus on education, not on academic discussion. The following is a list of desired lesson categories and formats. Each lesson will be presented in the course as one module containing the lesson content and accompanying activities. We will assign one digital badge for each module completed.
Please submit your proposal online at:
We accept proposals and lesson on a per-semester basis and hope to publish new content each semester, including summers. For the next two semesters we have specified due dates for the following types of submissions:
- Proposal Submission: This is the date or range of dates during which you can submit lesson proposals.
- Proposal Feedback: This is the date by which you can expect to receive feedback from CeLT/CLE on your proposal.
- Lesson Submission: This is the date by which you need to submit the completed lesson (content and assignment/quiz) to the Canvas course (without publishing it).
- Lesson Feedback: This is the date by which you can expect to receive feedback on your submitted lesson from CeLT/CLE. We will perform quality control to ensure the content presentation and method of learner-content interaction is appropriate and effective.
- Lesson Publication: This is the date the lessons will be officially published. You are expected to respond to feedback from CeLT/CLE and make proper adjustments to your lesson before this date.
For Lessons Published in Spring 2023
For Lessons Published in Summer 2023
January 16 – February 15, 2023
May 17, 2023
Proposal Feedback from CeLT/CLE
Within 1 week of receiving submitted proposal
Within 1 week of receiving submitted proposal
Lesson Submission to Canvas Course
April 5, 2023
June 28, 2023
Lesson Feedback from CeLT/CLE
Within 3 weeks of receiving submitted lesson
Within 2 weeks of receiving submitted lesson
Lesson Published to Canvas Course
May 5, 2023
July 19, 2023
You are welcome to submit new lessons each semester. However, please do not submit more than 2 lessons per semester.
IU WLF Website:https://wlf.indiana.edu/
To see examples of published lessons and challenges, please join the IU World Language Festival Virtual Course:https://wlf.indiana.edu/virtual-wlf/registration.html.
Note: Please join the course as a student. Once your proposal has been accepted, we will change your role from student to instructor.
Contact: For additional questions about WLF and submitting a proposal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.