What is the ideal amount of classroom time (i.e. contact hours) you would want for students? For example, would you opt for a traditional course format in which, say, a three-credit class meets three hours per week for a four-month semester? Or would you plan courses to be five-credits so they could meet every day of the week? Importantly, using what data would you support your decision?
Would you prefer to integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing in your courses or create separate courses that attempt to isolate the four skills? And, again, what would you base your decision on?
When I was a young college teacher, the institutions using "data" were trying to determine what amount of time, and what frequency was best suited to build something new , called "proficiency". We, in public education saw a number of the best private schools had opted for 5 class periods per week, perhaps a lab and some kind of language lunch. Public colleges could not head in the direction chosen by research and the best private colleges, but some of us had 4-day schedules. A growing "finish in four" movement canned many of the required courses, and some of us in public colleges figured we needed to slim these courses down or lose them. Now public colleges are 38% non trads, 70% of students work, 20% have full=time jobs, 27 are involved in childcare. An unknown percentage have xenoglossophobia (foreign-language anxiety). For these, every extra classroom hour is torture. The results? College FL classrooms lost 6.7% of enrollment between 2009 and 2013 (MLA), a decline reflected further reflected in the steep losses in FL graduates reported in NCES figures. Many students interested in FL study are fleeing towards independent and online study. I have research notes on this:
TennesseeBob PeckhamCollege Classroom Foreign-Language Learning: Ubi Vadis