RHLMC Grant for Innovation in Language Teaching
The Robert Henderson Language Media Center (RHLMC) Grant for Innovation in Language Teaching is a small-grant program which encourages foreign and second language teachers (ESL & ASL included) to explore and adopt new technologies in their classrooms and to share their experiences with those technologies with their colleagues. It is intended to improve student learning outcomes through the implementation of appropriate language learning technologies and to foster collegiality and collaboration among language teaching professionals.
- The grant pays up to $150 per applicant for software or online service subscriptions to be used by students within a language curriculum.
- The course must be officially affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh.
- The instructor must bring his/her class into RHLMC on at least one occasion to learn/use the technology.
- The instructor must hold one "open class" demonstration in which any interested language instructor may observe how the grant-funded technology is used in classroom.
- Cross-linguistic platforms will be given priority over language-specific ones.
An example case
A Chinese instructor has heard great things about this new online service called "Voice Thread", which lets students create real-time voice-based comments on shared contents such as online videos. She thinks this would be a perfect classroom activity for her advanced Chinese class. The site charges a yearly subscription for $99 per instructor, and she would like to try it out and evaluate its usefulness. She applies for the RHLMC grant, and we see a pedagogical potential in the service and approve. RHLMC pays for the subscription. The instructor holds a class session at RHLMC's PC lab and successfully deploys Voice Thread in her class. She holds a follow-up class session at RHLMC's PC lab and invites language instructors to observe her class to spread the usefulness of this new technology.
This grant is not intended for:
- Hardware equipment for the instructor to keep. (RHLMC will review equipment purchase requests separately; please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- Ongoing curriculum-wide subscriptions of software titles or online instructional platforms which could be construed as a "textbook" cost. RHLMC, as a rule, does not fund an individual language program's standard textbook cost.
- This grant is specifically designed to support initial trials: once the overall value of a new technology is confirmed through this grant, it is up to a language program to determine how to fund their subscription if they decide to adopt it program-wide. If there is enough cross-departmental interest, the RHLMC director will assist in researching and negotiating an institution-wide subscription option.
Impact and benefit
- Promotes use of technology in language teaching, which is part of RHLMC's mission.
- Raises RHLMC's profile among language instructors as a financial resource.
- Enrolls individual instructors in a collective effort to test, evaluate, and eventually adopt new instructional technologies.
- Creates a forum for inter-departmental collaboration among foreign language instructors.
- Aids professional and pedagogical development of non-tenure-stream teaching faculty and graduate student instructors.
How to apply
- We expect to have two application periods throughout the year: fall and spring.
- The first round of grant, for Spring 2018, is now closed with three winners selected. Please check the top of this page.
- The next round of grant will open in September 2018. Please check back.
- All applicants in a given application period will receive a decision two weeks after the submission deadline.
- Successful applicants have up to one year to exercise the grant and fulfill their obligation.
The grant commitee would love to hear your feedback. Please email Na-Rae Han at email@example.com.