The Teaching Development Program has 6 phases:
- Teaching Orientation for beginning graduate teaching assistants. This is an intensive one-week program in August prior to the opening of classes.
- Graduate Seminar in Methods of Teaching Romance Languages. A required one-semester course that runs concurrently with supervised lower-level language teaching. Seminar topics may include an overview of second language acquisition theories; historical and contemporary teaching methodologies; integration of technology into curriculum; issues in testing and assessment.
- Supervised lower-level language teaching. All first-year teaching assistants serve a teaching apprenticeship as team members of multi-sectional courses under faculty supervision. This includes observations, consultations, audio-taping, and written commentary.
- Teaching Practice. Mid-career graduate students have exposure to teaching at several levels, primarily in multi-sectioned courses. At all times, graduate students work under faculty supervision with frequent consultation. They have opportunities to plan curricular units, develop tests, evaluate students, and begin teaching literary texts.
- Annual Instructional Methods Workshop. The language and literature departments offer workshops and lectures for graduate students, often presented by a national figure in language instructional methods . Recent workshops have featured Sally Magnan (University of Wisconsin, Madison); Robert DiDonato (Miami University of Ohio); and Mari Koda and Galil Walker (Ohio State University).
- Advanced Teaching Preparation. The Department in collaboration with the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, offers a capstone course, designed exclusively for Ph.D. candidates who have finished all course work. This unique seminar, "Integrating Technology into Language Instruction," provides theoretical and practical training which reflects contemporary efforts to enhance language teaching with technological resources such as CD-ROMS, the Internet, and electronic communication.