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When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Where: Online - University of Nebraska
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GOLDEN: Online Professional Learning for Teachers of Spanish

  • Application deadline for summer or fall admission to GOLDEN MA program: March 1
  • Open registration for second semester GOLDEN courses: November 8

Spring 2018 GOLDEN Spanish Course Announcements


The GOLDEN (Global Online Language Distance Education Network) program, housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has consistently been ranked in the top 10 Online Graduate Programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.  Since its inception in the 1990’s, GOLDEN has had a significant ripple effect on the foreign language profession by fostering sustained changes in language teachers’ 1) educational technology knowledge, 2) ability to design and implement content-rich experiences for students, and 3) beliefs about teaching and learning language and culture. UNL offers both an MA with a Specialization in World Language Education and a shorter Certificate in World Language Education program. GOLDEN courses may also be taken individually (outside a degree program). These courses actively engage participants in co-constructing knowledge and building skills through online collaboration and emphasize the creation of activities and products that can be directly implemented into the language classroom.


We are happy to announce TWO courses in Spanish will be offered through the GOLDEN program this coming semester (spring 2018). 


The first course is Reading and Listening in the Spanish Classroom, TEAC 922B. Reading and listening are presented together in one course because they are related skills in the sense that they are both receptive and represent the interpretive mode of communication. We will be exploring all aspects of reading and listening, including assessment strategies, reading and listening as processes, designing tasks to enhance reading and listening comprehension, investigating ways to increase the quality, quantity, and variety of learners’ reading and listening, examining guidelines for selecting appropriate reading and listening texts, and much more. 


The second course is Instructional Planning for Spanish Teachers, TEAC 922S. Some of the topics covered include language acquisition theory, communicative language teaching, implementing ACTFL Standards, three modes of communication, backward design, goal setting, assessment, instructional sequencing, and planning lessons with vocabulary, grammar and intercultural competence in mind. Read feedback from last year’s Instructional Planning students:


·        I will never be the same teacher again. I would love to redo a lesson now for a supervisor that had observed me. I would love to hear their feedback now, because I would approach my lesson planning so very differently, and I would be so much more able to make the lessons student centered.

·        This class has given me an infinite amount of new knowledge about instructional planning. Even though I took methodology courses in college that taught about sequencing and the different modes of testing, I desperately needed a refresher despite the fact that college was only five years ago!

·        I will use what I have learned about backward design. I won’t be overwhelmed at the idea of planning curriculum. I feel so much more confident, informed and capable now that I have taken these GOLDEN courses. I so appreciate the support, the feedback, the awesome instruction, and all the hard work that was put into creating these courses.

·        One thing that I like most about taking classes through GOLDEN is how applicable the course is to my teaching. There were so many products that we made that I could ask my students to do with a minimal amount of tweaking. Everything that we made, I would be able to use in my classroom. I like how our homework is using what we learned and applying it to teaching.

Registration for these two courses will begin at the end of October. Individuals not officially enrolled in the GOLDEN MA program may take individual GOLDEN courses as desired. For information on how to enroll in the MA program and/or how to register for individual GOLDEN courses, please contact Sheri Hurlbut at



The Global Online Language Distance Education Network (GOLDEN) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, recognized by US News and World Report as a model online graduate education program, offers courses in foreign language pedagogy, a customizable M.A. in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education with a Specialization in World Language Education, and a Certificate in World Language Education. GOLDEN courses are designed specifically for current and aspiring Spanish classroom teachers with accommodations made for those not currently teaching in a language classroom. The goal of GOLDEN courses is two-fold: to develop classroom teachers’ knowledge in content areas (target language culture and interculturality, literature, and language) and to expand knowledge of research informed practices for improving student language learning and proficiency. The courses are completely online, taught in the target language, and oriented toward theory into practice.


Along with building a strong community of fellow Spanish teachers, GOLDEN courses offer the benefit of learning by doing. All courses allow participants first to become familiar with new tasks, activities, technologies, and applications as a student and then to reflect on those experiences as a teacher. Many times, course participants design lessons and tasks to try out with their own students, followed by a discussion of the experience with colleagues. The courses are delivered via the Canvas course management system with all information presented in the target language, including discussions and products created, thereby giving participants the opportunity to increase their language content knowledge. Readings are in both Spanish and English, as much of the language pedagogy research is written in English. A variety of authentic Spanish texts provide meaningful contexts for acquiring and expanding language and culture/intercultural knowledge and skills. GOLDEN offers flexibility to either complete a formal MA/Certificate program or to simply take stand-alone courses, as desired.


Past students have found GOLDEN courses to be extremely beneficial and have incorporated many of the lessons learned into their own classrooms.


·        “One thing that I like most about taking classes through GOLDEN is how applicable they are to my teaching. There were so many products that we make that I can ask my students to do with a minimal amount of tweaking. Everything that we make, I am able to use in my classroom.”

·        “I will never be the same teacher again. I would love to redo a lesson now for a supervisor that had observed me. I would love to hear her feedback now, because I would approach my lesson planning so very differently.”


The requirements for admission to the MA program are:


·        Application and admission to the UNL Graduate College and to the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education

·        GPA of 2.5 or above

·        Substantial content knowledge in Spanish. Content knowledge may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including current or prospective language educator, degree in the language, university language faculty and/or graduate student, etc.


GOLDEN courses currently offered in Spanish in rotation are:

·        Reading and Listening in the Spanish Language Classroom

·        Writing in the Spanish Language Classroom

·        Instructional Planning in the Spanish Language Classroom

·        Technology-Enhanced Language Instruction in the  Spanish Language Classroom

·        Assessment in the Spanish Language Classroom

·        Teaching Culture in the Spanish Language Classroom

·        Teaching Speaking in the Spanish Language Classroom


For more information about the GOLDEN program, contact Sheri Hurlbut at or visit

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