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Language Workshops

Each year, the Center for European Studies offers a number of language workshops targeted to middle school, high school, and college faculty. These workshops, often offered for Continuing Professional Education credits (CPE), aim to provide teachers with information and resources that can be taken directly into the classroom.

Previous workshops have included Music as Motivation for Spanish, Real French for the Classroom: Using Authentic Material to Improve Listening Skills, and  Francais Interactif and Language Pedagogy.

All language workshops provided by CES are free of charge. Workshops are made possible through a grant by the U.S. Department of Education and assistance from UT's Texas Language Center (TLC), the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL), the Department of French & Italian, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.


No workshops are currently planned but be sure to check back soon!


"Using Film in Your Spanish Classroom"

June 14, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
MEZ 1.120, UT Austin Campus
Cost: FREE

This workshop practices the use of movies in Spanish classes, including some of 
the whys, hows, no-no’s, and now-whats.

Participants will:

  • view parts of several Spanish and Latin American films
  • have the opportunity to ask for help and advice
  • work with peers to explore topics and techniques
  • begin to develop several lesson plans for your own classes
The workshop is FREE of charge and includes parking and lunch at no cost.
7 Hours CPE Credit Available
Registration is required:
For more information or questions, please contact or (512) 232-4311
This workshop is hosted by the Center for European Studies and the Texas Language Center at the University of Texas at Austin and made possible through funding by the U.S. Department of Education.


"Using Artwork, Exhibits, and Museum Visits in the French Classroom: Activities for Language Learning"

November 5, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CLA 1.302E, UT Austin Campus
Cost: FREE

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in collaboration with the Center for European Studies and Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, are pleased to invite French teachers of all levels to participate in a FREE 6 hour training workshop on "Using artwork, exhibits, and museum visits in the French classroom: activities for language learning.” The workshop will be led by Gislaine Bellocq, Thélème International, France (

The workshop will immerse teachers in examining the use of imagery in the French classroom. Along with classroom work and discussion, teachers will also attend a tour of the exhibition Radical Transformations: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age with staff of the Harry Ransom Center.

CPE credit is available.

The workshop is free and will include lunch and parking at no charge. However, registration is required. Click here to register.

This workshop addresses:
TEKS, Languages Other Than English (LOTE) 114.22 2B
TEKS, Languages Other Than English (LOTE) 114.22 3B
TEKS, Languages Other Than English (LOTE) 114.22 4B

For questions, please contact or (512) 232-4311.

Spanish Workshop: A New Model for Spanish Lab Activities at UT

June 15th, 2013

In this one day workshop, participants will learn about a new approach to integrating and evaluating oral production in language courses. This approach addresses pragmatic issues such as speech acts and fillers in a controlled lab setting. Also, participants will learn the process of creating activities, of guiding students as they complete the activity and of evaluating them.

French Workshop: Fun Uses for Technology in the French Classroom

June 13th, 2013

In this seminar, we will provide a brief survey of various free online tools whose applications can liven up any French classroom, by encouraging fun uses of the target language to learn and review new vocabulary, explore different facets of French culture firsthand and interact in real-time with fellow French learners and native speakers from around the world. 

Just some of the tools we will be discussing include Quizlet—a site for making class-specific electronic flashcards that students can use to review on their iphones and ipads, Popling—an installable widget that helps teach vocabulary by popping up on the screen and quizzing on words/concepts at programmed intervals, FLEvideo—an online database of short videos and accompanying comprehension questions compiled by French Language teachers in France and CLEAR, an interface by Michigan State that allows students to respond in real-time to pre-recorded questions uploaded by their instructors.  

We will present the highlights and features of each application in the first half of the seminar, and encourage attendees to develop some of their own materials in the second half, using the tools they find to be the most applicable in their own French language classrooms.   

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