Using the Web
for Communicative Language Learning

June 27–July 31, 2019 (5-week online course)

Marlene Johnshoy and Lauren Rosen

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
  • Meet Your Online Colleagues
  • Definitions, Build Your PLN
Week 2
  • Social Media for PLN and Language Learning
Week 3
  • Interpretive Mode Activities
  • Introducing Flipped Lessons
Week 4
  • Presentational Mode Activities
Week 5
  • Interpersonal Mode Activities
  • Flipped Lesson Ideas

After this institute, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the three communication modes;

  • Develop your Professional Learning Network (PLN) with online resources;

  • Effectively integrate today's technologies to create activities targeting all three modes of communication; and

  • Describe the essential elements for successfully flipping lessons and compare the advantages and disadvantages of this approach.


Marlene Johnshoy is the Online Education Program Director and Web Manager at CARLA. She has given numerous workshops on many aspects of web-based language teaching and learning.

Lauren Rosen is the Director of the UW System Collaborative Language Program. For almost 30 years she has been integrating technology into her own language courses and supporting educators in the development of their blended and online language courses.


Orientation Activities will take place June 23-26, 2019. 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.

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 a couple of synchronous activities—one with a partner, at least one with a small group—dates/times will be set at the beginning of the course. You can expect about 6 hours of work per week, more if you are just learning the technologies.

Technology Requirements: Please see the tech requirements page for what you will need.

Target Audience: K–16 foreign language and ESL teachers interested in incorporating online applications into their face-to-face, hybrid, or online classes. Not recommended for Pre-K/K.


Quote MarksRight quote marksThis institute has challenged me to rethink how and why I incorporate web-based technologies into my classroom practices. Through the resources explored in this course, I have begun to build a stronger commitment to accessing the wide range technologies that can support language education and help my students engage more effectively with all the communicative modes.
—Carmen Welton, 2018 Participant
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