Let us be your resource for teaching language and culture
Concordia Language Villages offers a variety of professional development programs year-round at our Turtle River Lake site near Bemidji, Minnesota, and at The Forest, our International Retreat Center near Minneapolis/St. Paul. We also travel to schools across North America to provide professional development customized to the interests of the teachers and students at the school. And we offer consulting services related to best practices in world language curriculum design, instruction, and assessment.
We also provide specialized programming for teachers and school groups at both the Turtle River Lake site and at The Forest. We are happy to discuss program ideas to meet the needs of your school community. For example, the Waldsee BioHaus Environmental Living Center at the Turtle River Lake site offers the opportunity for hands-on learning about our ecological footprint and alternative energy options. The content of this workshop is adaptable to all ages and languages. Both the Turtle River Lake site and The Forest can accommodate small and large groups in a variety of languages.
During the summer we offer graduate-level courses in ten-day formats related to best practices in teaching and learning world languages. For over twenty summers, world language teachers from across the United States and around the world have traveled to Concordia Language Villages to participate in Teacher Seminars, a four-credit graduate level course in second language and immersion methodologies. This course provides an introduction to the Master of Education in World Language Instruction, a hybrid program combining online instruction during the academic year from Concordia College with summer coursework at Concordia Language Villages.You can count on:
• Well-organized interactive sessions packed with useful teacher strategies and information
• Talented, knowledgeable, passionate instructors with years of language education experience and excellent credentials
• Safe, comfortable accommodations
• Delicious food
• Opportunities to share ideas with educators from other areas
We hope you’ll join us soon for some of these exciting opportunities for educators:
Master of Education in World Language Instruction
If you’ve been wanting to pursue an M.Ed. but haven’t been sure how to find the time, you’ll love this flexible program designed specifically to meet the needs of active educators. This program features an innovative mix of online learning and on-site classes and observations at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota. Combining theory with practice, you will discover the magic of immersion education as you “live the Language Village experience” and find new ways to make language come alive for your students. Both the STARTALK and the teacher seminars courses count toward this degree. Degree is awarded through Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
Teacher Seminars: Second Language and Immersion Methodologies
Join K-16 world language educators from across the United States and around the world at Concordia Language Villages near Bemidji, Minnesota. You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in language learning activities at the Villages, learn how to adapt the activities to your classroom, and discuss best practices in second language instruction. This ten-day course may be taken for continuing education units (80 hours) or for graduate credit (four graduate credits). It may be taken as a stand-alone course or counted toward the Master of Education in World Language Instruction program.
Graduate level courses in second language and immersion methodologies for critical languages where participants observe at the Language Villages and then discuss and apply the strategies to their instructional situations.
Customized Professional Development Workshops
Concordia Language Villages offers a variety of programs and consulting services for educators and school districts related to best practices in curriculum design, instructional strategies, and assessment.
Programs for School Groups
Our programs for teachers and their students can help bring language to life for your class. You’ll build on your classroom experience by spending a weekend at our Villages near Bemidji, Minn., totally immersed in the language and culture or a school day or overnight on a field trip to The Forest, our retreat center near the Twin Cities metro area. At the Language Villages, you’ll be amazed to see your students step away from the self-consciousness that may keep them from full interaction with the language in the classroom. Custom-designed programs can be tailored as pre-departure preparation for a class trip abroad or as an affordable alternative to an abroad experience.
Weeklong Immersion Programs
Custom built to your preference and offered near St. Paul, Minn., Weeklong Immersion Programs are ideal for middle and high school language students to boost skills and confidence during the school year.
Each summer from June-August, we hire certified language teachers to lead our high school credit programs in Minnesota in all of the languages we offer. Contract dates vary from Village to Village but include room and board, orientation and training, and salary. Apply online by March 1 for the following summer.