Gender Identity in the World Language Classroom

Topic: World Languages and Cultures
Instructor: Mellissia Walles
Method: Online (OWRK)
Sponsor: Idioma Education
Center Offered: OLPD

Course Description:

This one credit, 15 hour online course, which is tailored for language teachers, addresses a current and important topic about the ways in which teachers accommodate gender nonconforming students when teaching a language that requires its speakers to assign gender. The course is divided into three subtopics: Student Gender Identities, Teacher Roles, and Challenges to Language Change. With Student Gender Identities, students of the course will explore the ways in which gender and identity have evolved. In Teacher Roles, the material is focused on the duties of the teacher and features gender neutral strategies for teachers to implement when teaching a foreign language. Finally, in Challenges to Language Change, students will look at the reasons for previous successes and failure when it comes to language change. Students of the course will also critically analyze the origin of language evolution and critique movements from non-native speakers that seek to change a language that is not their own. The course features readings, studies, videos, PowerPoints, and requires active participation in discussion board activities. Teachers have 1 month from date of registration to complete the online course material. Conducted in English.


All Idioma courses receive letter grades. 


Within 1-2 business days of your Ashland registration, you will receive an email from your course content provider, Idioma, containing instructions on how to access your course materials. A note, their emails are sometimes forwarded to junk or spam folders. 

You will be working with Idioma, through their Learning Management System, to complete the course, after which, your instructor will record your grade on your AU transcript. We will notify you by email once this is done, with instructions on how to view and order transcripts. 

Ashland Professional Development:

Course Documents:
Cost: $300
Timespan of Course:
September 1, 2023 to August 31, 2024
Contact E-mail:

Meeting Times

  • Location of Meeting: 
    online with Idioma Education

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Course Number: EDU*6130*K15
Academic Term: 24/GW
Academic Level: GW
Semester Hours: 1.00
Subject: EDU