CNLT 5000

CNLT 5000/01 is offered in the Winter Term, on Thursday evenings from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Registration for this course must be completed separately through Dal Online.  Spots are limited, it is recommended that if you chose to take this course that you register early.

CNLT 5000 is a seminar course designed to bring together practical and theoretical aspects of learning and teaching in post-secondary settings. Its primary focus is on how we can provide effective learning experiences at the undergraduate education level.

The course is designed as an introductory course to equip graduate students for their roles as teaching assistants during their graduate student careers, as well as for their future roles as faculty members and in other professions where effective teaching and communication skills will be an asset.

Course development

Learning experiences in this course are framed around the task of developing a course that you may teach in the future. As we move through the steps involved in course development, we will explore the knowledge and skills necessary for effective decision making in planning, implementing, evaluating, and improving the learning experiences of our students.

Research-based approach

Based on a critical review of selected literature, we will examine how teaching goals, and our understandings about learners, course content, teaching contexts, teaching strategies, and assessment choices all interact to contribute to student learning outcomes. The general goal of the course is not to promote a single prescriptive approach to learning and teaching. Rather, each member of the class will develop a workable research-based approach to learning and teaching specific to his or her own teaching context.

CNLT 5000 Options for Post-Doc

There are two options for Post-Doctoral Fellows who would like to take CNLT 5000:

  • Option A – No Cost to the Post-Doc, No Transcript Notation Received:  In this option, the Post-Doctoral Fellow contacts the CUTL Program Administrator who will register them in the course at no cost. Post-Doctoral Fellows who choose this option, will take the course like other students but there will be no annotation on their transcript for CNLT 5000 or the CUTL.  Three places in CNLT5000 will be reserved for Post-Doctoral Fellows in each iteration of CNLT5000.
  • Option B – Cost to the Post-Doc, Transcript Notation Received:  In this option, the Post-Doctoral Fellow can pay for CNLT 5000 to receive a transcript notation for CNLT 5000 and CUTL.  In this option the Post doctoral Fellow will apply to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) for Special Student Graduate Studies (SSGS), for which there is an application fee. Once accepted by FGS as a SSGS, post-doctoral fellows will then be required to pay the course tuition fee for CNLT 5000 and in addition will be required to pay auxiliary fees.  Contact the CUTL Program Administrator to discuss this option, and visit the FGS website for more information on the Special Student Graduate Studies Status:

Note that the CLT, in consultation with FGS, recommends that Post-Doctoral Fellows strongly consider Option A. Upon completion of the Certificate Program, you will receive a Certificate and letter of completion from CLT for your teaching dossier and/or CV.   As hiring committees rarely request transcripts, the lack of a transcript annotation may not be a disadvantage. However, if an official transcript notation is important to you and your career, you may wish to consider Option B.