Using Technology
in Second Language Teaching

July 17–21, 2017

Technology Institute Instructors

Using technology to foster students' motivation and ability to communicate in the target language is at the heart
of this summer institute. The three communication modes described in the World Readiness Standards (interpretive, interpersonal, presentational) provide an excellent framework for the implementation of technology in second language teaching.

A wide variety of technology tools and techniques will be explored through demonstration and in-class activities. Through hands-on practice from both the student and teacher viewpoints, and small- and large-group discussions, participants will examine best practices for incorporating technology into the curriculum and assessing student performance. A large online collection of resources will give teachers a wide array of additional options and tools to investigate. Participants will be asked to bring a unit from their own curriculum to use as the basis for activity creation.

Program Schedule (9am-4pm)

Day 1
  • Theoretical Foundations
  • Accessing Authentic Materials
Day 2
  • Interpretive Mode:
    Engaging with Media
Day 3
  • Interpersonal Mode: Facilitating Communication
Day 4
  • Presentational Mode: Addressing an Audience
Day 5
  • Assessment: Measuring Performance
  • Integration: Sharing Activities

After this institute, you will be able to:

  • Apply the SAMR (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) model to language activities and technology;

  • Search for and save multimedia materials from the web;

  • Select technology tools to engage students in activities for the three communicative modes;

  • Create interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal activities for students that incorporate technology tools and digital multimedia materials; and

  • Design effective assessments for lessons that incorporate technology.

This institute offers a synchronous online option that will run concurrently with the face-to-face session. See the tech requirements, for this option.

CARLA Globe"This institute provided me with a perfect balance of theory and practice, and I came away with some immediately useful ideas to try in my classroom this fall!"
— Technology Institute Participant



Adolfo Carrillo Cabello is the professional development coordinator of the CLA Language Center at the U of MN. Adolfo has presented his research on intercultural communicative competence, online learning, materials development, and CALL at national and international conferences.

Marlene Johnshoy is the Online Education Program director and web manager for the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition. She has given numerous workshops on many aspects of web-based language teaching and learning.

Dan Soneson is the director of the Language Center in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. He is currently the managing editor of the IALLT Journal for Language Learning Technologies, and has been a leader in language learning and technology for over 20 years.

Target Audience
: K–16 foreign language and ESL teachers, curriculum coordinators, teacher educators, and language lab staff. Participants are expected to have advanced English skills.


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