Transitioning to Teaching Language Online (TTLO)

June 20–July 10, 2019 (3-week online institute)

Thank you for your interest in our TTLO institute!

This institute is FULL for 2019. Fill out the application and you will be notified if a seat opens up. It will also get you
Send an email to to be put on a list to be notified for next summer.


This summer institute is for experienced classroom language teachers who want to transition to teaching online. Offered completely online, this 3-week, intensive institute will give teacher participants the experience of being an online learner. Institute content will focus on many different facets of a successful online language class, such as creating community, time management strategies for teachers and students, choosing appropriate technology tools for communicative-based activities, and developing a variety of online activity types. In addition to exploring these aspects of teaching online, participants will see these concepts in action in model online language activities. By the end of the institute, participants will have a portfolio of activities ready to be incorporated in an online course. Teachers will be awarded a certificate of completion upon finishing institute requirements.

Program Schedule (2 deadlines daily!)
Week 1
  • Introduction to the Institute, Virtual Classroom Orientation, Definitions, and Tech Check
  • Determine teacher and student readiness to work online
  • Evaluate online institute design using quality checklists
  • Identify best practices and differences between F2F and online teaching
  • Investigate resources at your school and beyond
Week 2
  • Participate in model TTLO lessons, evaluate existing materials
  • Discuss presentation of vocabulary and grammar in an online institute
  • Consider the use of authentic materials and copyright
  • Focus on oral production in the online class
  • Assess online learners
Week 3
  • Interpretive mode activities
  • Interpersonal mode activities
  • Presentational mode activities
  • Presentation of instructional materials

During this institute, you will:

  • Experience being an online learner;

  • Discover the differences between teaching in the classroom and teaching online;

  • Apply guidelines, best practices, and readiness quizzes to preparing yourself and your students for working in an online environment;

  • Participate in model language activities to see activities and tools in action;

  • Evaluate your current syllabus to see what areas will need to be worked on; and

  • Test, create, and evaluate online tools and activities within the framework of the 3 communication modes.

Target Audience
: High school and post-secondary language teachers who will be transitioning to teaching online.

Who Should Apply

Participants should be experienced classroom language teachers who instruct using a student-centered, proficiency-based, communication-oriented methodology and are comfortable with technology. Priority will be given to those who are planning to teach an online course in the near future with the support of their school/department.

Important Dates

This institute is FULL for 2019.

Due Date:  Applications accepted until May 20, unless it fills before that date.  Apply early!

Acceptance notification: you will be notified by May 22.

PLEASE NOTE: there is a Summer Institute Early Bird registration rate until April 26. Once you are accepted, be sure to follow registration instructions quickly to get the lower rate.

Early Bird discount deadline: April 26 - $500
Regular registration deadline: June 7 - $550
Late registration after June 7 - $600

Institute Format and Technology Requirements

This institute is an intense 3-week institute, delivered entirely online through an online course management system. This is like taking a semester's worth of content in 3 weeks, or being with us here face-to-face for 3 weeks!

  • The institute is mostly asynchronous, but there will be a couple of partner synchronous activities that are at self-arranged times along with 1 or 2 possible synchronous small group meetings.
  • You should expect to spend up to 8 hours daily on this institute.
  • There are twice daily due date/times (4pm and midnight).

You will need an internet connection with a good, reliable connection in order to watch and create videos online. You will need a headset with microphone (or at least ear buds) and a webcam for your computer/laptop in order to participate fully in the institute. All of the applications we use online will be free or demonstration sites to try out activities. Although most of the content is accessible via phone or tablet, you will be much happier working from a laptop or desktop, and there are some applications that do not work well on mobile devices.

Time Commitment

This intensive 3-week institute will take around 6+ hours daily for three weeks. Do not plan to work, attend, or teach anything else in addition to this institute! It is like you are here with us for a F2F, 40 hours a week, 3-week institute, but you get to sleep in your own bed...  =)


As the institute is completely online, there are no costs for transportation or housing!
Regular registration cost for the institute is $550.00 for about 120 hours of participation.  (See discount dates above).

There are two books to purchase from ($30 and $35, but you can find them used online) - one is required, the second is highly recommended.

Optional - Add-on Cost for Credit
There is an option to take this institute for 3 credits. For those not enrolled in degree programs at the University of Minnesota, the additional tuition cost is $711 per credit for this 3-credit institute, plus approximately $100 in registration fees. You can find a chart of tuition and fees for non-degree-seeking students or refer to the University's OneStop website for more complete information. 
Tuition costs for University of Minnesota students will be based on student status at the University. UM students taking TTLO for credit get a discount on the initial $500 CARLA registration.

Process for credit
Registration for credit will take place in June, just prior to the beginning of this CARLA institute. You will be billed the cost of University tuition and fees by the University of Minnesota Registrar’s Office in July. Your bill will be due in full by the end of July.

How to Apply

This institute is FULL for 2017, but there is a wait list.
Fill out the application and you will be notified if a seat opens up. It will also get you on a list to be notified for next summer.

*** Please complete the Teacher Participant Application to be wait listed***


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Claudine Boucaud (Instructor) is the ELL Coordinator and IB English Language Acquisition teacher at an International School in Beijing, China. Since 2011, she has been facilitating professional development programs for language teachers in Malaysia, China, and the United States. Her primary research interest is acquiring and implementing technology to engage language learners in a predominately bilingual learning environment.

Frances Matos-Schultz (Instructor) is Senior Instructor in Spanish and Portuguese Studies, University of Minnesota. She developed and taught a hybrid Spanish institute at the University of Minnesota that has been offered successfully since 1997 and designed, developed, and revised the fully online first-year Spanish institutes for the University's College of Continuing Education, which she has taught for 3 years.

Marlene Johnshoy (Program Director) is the Online Education Program Director and Web Manager for the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition. A former Spanish instructor, she has given numerous workshops across the country on many aspects of web-based language teaching and learning, with a special interest in the professional development of online language teachers.

Shannon Spasova (Instructor) is Assistant Professor of Russian and Technology Specialist at Michigan State University. Her interests include Russian and Soviet science fiction, using technology in language teaching, blended learning, and instructional design.


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