Using the Web
for Communicative Language Learning

July 10–August 13, 2017 (5-week online course)

Marlene Johnshoy

Technology is constantly changing and it is a challenge to keep abreast of all the new and exciting ways to use it in the classroom meaningfully. Participants in this online institute will work together to develop their personal learning networks (PLN) and create lesson activities that not only use technology, but target the three communication modes described in the National Standards (interpretive, interpersonal, presentational).

In this five-week course, participants will discover ways to use online tools to promote student language comprehension and production by motivating their participation and collaboration in the target language. Participants will discuss how online activities can change what happens in the classroom with flipped classroom ideas.

Program Schedule

Week 1
  • Virtual Orientation and Tech Check
  • Definitions, Build Your Own PLN
Week 2
  • Social Media for PLN and Language Learning
Week 3
  • Interpretive Mode Activities
Week 4
  • Presentational Mode Activities
Week 5
  • Interpersonal Mode Activities
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Putting It All Together

After this institute, you will be able to:

CARLA Globe"After years of tech workshops and conference panels, I feel like CARLA has finally given me the primer I needed to approach technology with conviction in its potential effectiveness. I also have a much clearer notion of the role it should play in my total curriculum."
—Online Technology Institute Participant

IMPORTANT NOTES: Jumpstart Activities will take place July 5-9, 2017.
These are activities that are scheduled for Week 1, but it is highly recommended that you get a jumpstart on the first week, especially if you have never taken an online course before.

You must feel very comfortable web-browsing and searching, using online audio and video applications, and uploading and downloading files to online sites. You must also be comfortable jumping in and exploring new programs and web utilities with minimal guidance. A minimum of six hours of work per week will be expected.

Tech Requirements: To fully participate, you will need a headset with microphone, a webcam, and a computer or laptop. You may explore some mobile applications, but some of the tools we use or introduce do not work on tablets or other mobile devices.

Time Frame: This institute is almost entirely asynchronous (not real time) with bi-weekly due dates. You will work on activities according to your own schedule during the week, but the twice weekly due dates are important, as the activities build upon each other. There will be one or two synchronous activities—one with a partner, one with a small group—dates/times will be set at the beginning of the course.


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.

Target Audience: K–16 foreign language and ESL teachers interested in incorporating online applications into their face-to-face, hybrid, or online classes.


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