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Continuing Education

Foreign Language Department

Department Contact:

Dr. Josh Nelson
Professor and Chair

Foreign Language Department Website

Course Offerings


  1. Qualifications to teach

    1. New lecturers must have a master's degree in Foreign Language or equivalent credentials to teach Cornerstone courses.
    2. New lecturers must be approved by the foreign Language department chair and the academic dean of the College of Arts and Humanities
    3. Policies for Approval of Lecturers
    4. Application for Lecturers
  2. On-going Professional Development Requirements

    • Orientation

      Upon approval, CWU Cornerstone lecturers from high schools will visit CWU to meet with the academic department chair and other faculty members that are teaching the same course(s). The chair and department faculty will discuss the theoretical and philosophical orientation of the department as well as pedagogical approaches. Syllabi and an overview of the teaching materials currently used in the course(s). Appropriate textbook choices, syllabus criteria, appropriate activities and testing strategies will be covered.

    • Professional Development

      Once a year CWU Cornerstone instructors will visit CWU to observe a class and meet with introductory course faculty members. These sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss department or course specific goals and objectives, problem solve for challenges that may occur, review assignments for consistency of grading and student expectations, and review Student Evaluations of Instruction (SEOI's) with the chair, along with any peer or self-reflection evaluation of instruction you might elect to submit.

      In addition, CWU Cornerstone high school faculty may contact the chair or introductory faculty via e-mail or telephone during the academic year if questions or concerns arise.

      Site visit to high school by department liaison.

*This ongoing interaction is intended to build collegiality and ensure consistency of instructions between CWU faculty that teach on campus and those who teach through the CWU Cornerstone program.