One of CLEAR's main project areas is strengthening the teaching of foreign languages through high quality professional development
workshops on current topics in language pedagogy. CLEAR offers a wide variety of professional development workshops for foreign
language instructors of all languages and levels, both on MSU's campus and onsite.
Every summer since 1997, CLEAR has offered professional development workshops.
Teachers of all levels from all over the country (and internationally) have come to MSU's
campus for these practical, informative and timely courses. The range of workshop topics
includes both skills-based workshops and sessions on how to incorporate technology into the language classroom.
Onsite workshops bring members of CLEAR's professional development staff to K-13+ institutions
across the country. Workshop topics include both methodology and technology-related areas.
Webinars are our online workshops for language teachers. Unlike many webinars,
our modules are interactive and focus on specific topics of interest to
language teachers. Webinars are largely self-directed and self-paced, but a facilitator
will be available to answer questions as participants need additional help.
Video Assistance for Understanding Language Teaching Techniques (VAULTT) is a collection
of original videos highlighting various aspects of language teaching in the classroom.
Each short video is accompanied by supplementary information (in a PDF) explaining the
techniques and relating them to best practices in language teaching. Some of these videos are
real classes, and some are staged. Although these materials are based on current research in second
language acquisition, they are produced at a level accessible for teachers with little or no pedagogical training.