Using Authentic Materials
to Develop 21st Century Literacies

July 23–27, 2018

Kate Paesani

Preparing students for participation in the globalized communities of the 21st century entails out-of-the-box thinking on the part of foreign language teachers. How do we move beyond preparing students to order coffee or buy train tickets, and instead encourage them to be reflective, culturally aware language users? To answer this question, this institute focuses on how to develop students' 21st century literacies through engagement with authentic written, audio, audiovisual, visual, and digital materials.

Using conceptual and pedagogical understandings gained during the institute, participants will collaboratively evaluate and analyze existing materials and then create learning objectives, select authentic materials, and design lessons that develop students' communicative abilities, encourage cross-cultural connections, foster critical thinking and problem solving, and facilitate engagement with the world outside of the classroom.


Program Schedule (9am-4pm)

Day 1 Determining Goals for 21st Century Language Programs
  • Building Conceptual Understanding
  • Determining the Role of Authentic Materials
Day 2 Developing 21st Century Literacies
through Authentic Materials
  • Backward Design Planning
  • Selecting and Evaluating
    Authentic Materials
Day 3 Rethinking Classroom Communication: Instructional Practices
  • Experiencing, Conceptualizing,
    Analyzing, and Applying the
    Content of Authentic Materials
  • Integrating Language, Content,
    and 21st Century Literacies
Day 4 Putting it All Together, Part 1
  • Connecting Objectives and
    Instructional Practices
  • Designing Activities and Lessons
Day 5 Putting it All Together, Part 2
  • Designing Activities and Lessons
  • Sharing Materials, Resources,
    and Future Goals

After this institute, you will be able to:



Kate Paesani is Director of CARLA and affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. A former French professor and language program director, she has delivered workshops and lectures across the United States on a range of topics related to text-based teaching and learning, foreign language literacy development, and teacher professionalization.

Target Audience: Middle school through postsecondary foreign language and ESL teachers, teacher educators, curriculum coordinators, and language program directors.


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