Austin College Summer Language Program

Foreign Language Institute forTexasHigh SchoolTeachers


How would you like to spend a week of language immersion--all-expenses-paid--learning about everyday culture, language, and using the latest technology in your classes?

Austin College is pleased to announce its seventh Foreign Language Institute for Texas high school teachers in July of 2010.  It offers teachers an opportunity to refresh their language skills and develop cultural and technology resources for their students.  The Austin College Foreign Language Institute will take place in July 2010.  Unfortunately the deadline for the 2009 Summer Institute has passed. We had great applicants and look forward to working with them.

What does it cost? Nothing. Everything is paid for except travel to and from Sherman.

When is the deadline for applications?  The date is not completely set yet, but usually we accept applications until late April.  Please check back periodically for updated information. The application form is brief and simple. 

What will we do in the workshop?
Each day's schedule includes culture and language workshops in the morning, technology workshops in the afternoon and additional cultural activities such as films in the evening. Activities are conducted in small groups according to language, facilitated by experienced instructors of German. Most meals will be taken together, but each language group will have one night to prepare traditional food from one or more of the countries where the language is spoken. Participants speak their target language at all times, except during the technology workshops. The atmosphere is informal and highly collegial.  All participants will receive credit towards continuing education.

Where will we live?
Participants will lodge in single rooms in the new $3,000,000 Jordan Family Language House. All workshops and events will take place in the classrooms and common rooms located in the House. This unique complex houses foreign language students at Austin College during the regular school year and was designed with language and culture immersion as its raison d'être. It is divided into four sections, one for each language, consisting of bedroom suites and a commons area. There is a kitchen where participants can create the culinary specialties of their countries. Two high-tech classrooms, a computer development room, and a residential computing facility support the educational activities of the House. State-of-the-art technology in the classrooms and total language immersion in the House offer an exceptional experience for participants and faculty.

How do I find out more?
Consult our to be updated website at 

Download application materials there.  
For further questions please contact Dr. Truett Cates (

or Dr. Kai Artur Diers (

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