Program Details:

Workshop for K-12 Colorado Educators in Modified Foreign Language Instruction

An increasingly global world requires knowledge of multiple languages, and local middle and high schools are recognizing this by adding foreign language requirements to the curriculum.

While some students excel in foreign language, others struggle with learning them despite success in other school subjects. This project is directed to foreign language teachers at the secondary level of education and focuses on increasing the understanding of the underlying cognitive deficits associated with foreign language learning difficulties, methods for identifying potential "at-risk" students, and specific teaching methodologies that have supported "at-risk" learners at the University of Colorado, Boulder, for the past twenty years.

The annual one-day outreach workshop is designed to address the immediate needs of foreign language educators by giving them tools for instant implementation in the classroom as they face a growing population of at-risk learners. The workshop will lay the foundation for the identification of at-risk learners and the teaching methodologies used to support learning in this population.

In addition, a Teacher Resource Page is available to teachers through the collaboration of the CU Outreach and Engagement Office and the Modified Foreign Language Program. This page offers printable resources, tutoring support strategies and other pedagogical approaches to support world language teachers identify and teach to the at-risk learner.

Information on the one-day work shop may be found in October 2016 on the Center for Language and Learning website at The workshops take place in January each year.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • Hellems Arts & Sciences

In Colorado

  • Boulder
  • Louisville
  • Steamboat Springs

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Anderson Language Technology Center (ALTEC)

Program Contact

Jean Bouchard

Program Categories


  • Education (Adult)
  • Education (K-12)
  • Foreign Languages/Civilizations
  • Health Care/Human Services
  • Reading and Writing
  • Teacher Renewal & Enhancement

Program Types:

  • Classroom Instruction
  • Lesson Plans/Teaching Resources
  • Professional Development - Other
  • Professional Development - Teacher
  • Professional Services
  • Workshop


  • Adult Learners
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Special Needs Individuals
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Teachers - Middle School

We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community. Please contact the program directly for current information.