Using Technology in Second Language Teaching

July 22–26, 2019

Dan Soneson, Marlene Johnshoy,
and Adolfo Carrillo Cabello

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

Applying this and other pedagogical frameworks, participants will explore a wide variety of technology tools and techniques through demonstration and in-class activities. Participants will examine best practices for incorporating technology into the curriculum to achieve pedagogical goals. The institute provides hands-on practice from both the student and teacher perspectives, and opportunities for small- and large-group discussion. A large online collection of resources will give teachers a wide array of additional options and tools to investigate. Participants will develop technology-enriched activities that they can incorporate into their curriculum.

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:

  • Locate authentic multimedia materials for incorporation into the language curriculum;

  • 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;

  • Assess technologies for effective integration into the language curriculum; and

  • Design 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.


Adolfo Carrillo Cabello is the professional development coordinator of the CLA Language Center at the University of Minnesota. 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 served as the the managing editor of the IALLT Journal for Language Learning Technologies from 2011–2017, and has been a leader in language learning and technology for over 20 years.

Target Audience:
This institute is designed for K–16 foreign language and ESL teachers, curriculum coordinators, teacher educators, and language lab staff. This institute is not well suited to meet the needs of pre-K/K teaching contexts.


Quote MarksRight quote marksThis was an excellent experience! I enjoyed being able to learn, collaborate, and create with educators from around the country and world. I am excited to share what I learned with my school colleagues and implement all these great activities.
—2018 Participant in Using Technology in Second Language Teaching
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