Request for Proposals: Advancing the Knowledge, Skills, Self-Efficacy, and Retention of Second Language Teachers in a Blended Language Teaching Model

The pandemic has added layers of stress, uncertainty, and disruption to the lives of all teachers and to second language teachers in particular. The pandemic will also have a permanent effect on the way schools teach, combining in-person and online learning spaces.

Amid these daunting challenges and disruptions are opportunities for second language teachers to acquire new skills, try new approaches, and access new tools to improve second language teaching and learning in Canada. The emerging blended* course model also provides new ways for teachers to network, collaborate, and share knowledge and strategies.

Teachers are currently learning, through trial and error, how to best support language acquisition via blended delivery. It is thus crucial to support second language teachers in the transition to blended delivery and to answer their many questions. Are there teaching strategies that benefit from the blended model? What can students accomplish autonomously online and what is best done synchronously? How do you assess student progress online?

As part of our mission to support second language teachers and teaching throughout Canada, CASLT is sponsoring this L2 blended learning support project.

“Blended” throughout this page will refer to any of the following: partially online, in-person through a video conference, or fully online.

Project Objectives

  • To support second language teachers and administrators as they transition to teaching in a blended environment with resources, professional development, and community building.
  • To leverage CASLT’s infrastructure of programs, services, tools, communications channels, and stakeholder networks to deliver support to teachers.

Project Deliverables

  • A digital resource for teachers with scenarios and strategies to help them survive and thrive using blended delivery models.
  • A digital resource for administrators to help them better support their teachers and programs.
  • A series of sixteen workshops (eight English, eight French) to be delivered online, synchronously and asynchronously, in the CASLT Learning Centre, and in-person through CASLT’s CCV program and at second language teacher events.
  • A series of short PD videos to be disseminated through social media to share knowledge and promote the project.
  • A series of special sections to be published in Réflexions and/or the CASLT Blog featuring articles on research and effective teacher practice in the blended model.
  • Building online second language teacher communities through various fora.

CASLT Responsibilities

  • CASLT will establish a steering committee (May 2021) to select the Project Leader and identify essential elements and criteria to ensure content quality and relevance.
  • The steering committee will offer ongoing support and feedback to the Project Leader.
  • CASLT will provide administrative and logistical support for the planning, production, and execution of the project deliverables.
  • CASLT will coordinate production and cover associated third-party costs, including copyediting and proofreading the final drafts of the resources, translation, graphic design, video production, etc., and the final posting of the products online.
  • CASLT will promote the project deliverables to its members and to the wider networks of L2 stakeholders and educators.

Project Leader Responsibilities

  • The Project Leader will consult various sources (i.e., reports, surveys, associations and unions, second-language education faculties, teachers, researchers, and experts) to identify tools, resources, and training to support second language teachers and administrators as they transition to a blended teaching environment for second languages.
  • The Project Leader will submit drafts of the resource for teachers and the resource for administrators to the steering committee for feedback.
  • The Project Leader will revise the document, incorporating the feedback provided by the committee.
  • The Project Leader will identify eight distinct topics and associated presenters for online professional learning webinars to support second language teachers and administrators as they transition to teaching in a blended environment.
  • The Project Leader will work in concert with CASLT to plan and execute the sixteen webinars (eight in English, eight in French).
  • The Project Leader will help facilitate online second language teacher communities, such as through the above-mentioned webinars and/or through dedicated online networking events.
  • The Project Leader will provide content and vision for a series of eight short professional development videos to disseminate through social media for sharing knowledge and promoting the project.
  • The Project Leader will draft and/or gather content for four feature sections for publication in Réflexions and/or the CASLT Blog.

Timelines

Deadline for submission of proposals: June 16, 2021

Deadline for submission of final draft of print and digital resources: May 31, 2022

Deadline for completion of short PD videos: October 31, 2022

Deadline for submission of final drafts of articles: January 31, 2023

Deadline for delivery of all live online webinar sessions: March 31, 2023

Proposal

Your proposal must include the following:

  • A work plan that respects the above timeline
  • A budget not to exceed $40,000, including the Project Leader’s pay (excluding costs as outlined under “CASLT Responsibilities”)
  • A copy of your CV

Please send your proposal by email to Kim Giese at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Blended Learning: Project Proposal.”

Additional questions and answers about the project

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