Transitioning to Teaching Language Online (TTLO)

June 22–July 20, 2020 • Asynchronous 4-week intensive online course

Recommended orientation session: June 19–21, 2020

NOTE: The following description comes from the 2020 Summer Institute program
to give you a general idea of the content of the institute.
This information will be updated for 2021 by mid-November 2020.

This summer institute is for experienced classroom language teachers who want to transition to teaching their language class online. Offered completely online, TTLO will give teachers the first-hand experience of being an online learner while focusing on the important elements of a successful online language class, such as online course design guidelines, best practices for online teaching, comparing online to traditional language teaching, and incorporating appropriate technology tools for communicative-based online activities. In addition to delving into these aspects of online teaching, participants will see them in action by taking part in model online language activities as language learners. By the end of the program, participants will have a portfolio of activities ready to be incorporated in an online language course. Teachers will be awarded a certificate of completion (up to 120 hours) 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 course 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 course
  • Consider the use of authentic materials and copyright
  • Focus on oral production in the online course
  • Assess online learners
  • Create online activities for the interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes of communication
  • Choose online tools to target lesson objectives
  • Engage students with online instructional materials
  • Give and receive feedback on activities and ePortfolio

During this institute, you will:

  • Experience being an online learner and see model online language activities and tools in action;

  • Explore differences between teaching in the traditional classroom and teaching online;

  • Apply guidelines, best practices, and readiness quizzes to prepare for teaching and learning in an online environment;

  • Review and revise traditional language lesson plans and assessments for online teaching; and

  • Test, create, and evaluate online tools and activities within the framework of the three communicative modes.

Who Should Participate in TTLO?

  • This program is targeted at high school and post-secondary language teachers who will be transitioning to teaching online.
  • Participants should be experienced classroom language teachers who instruct using a student-centered, proficiency-based, communication-oriented methodology.
  • Participants must be very comfortable using technology.
  • Priority will be given to those who are planning to teach an online course in the near future.

Time Commitment

  • You will need to devote approximately 6+ hours per day to successfully complete this intensive 4-week institute.
  • There are twice daily due date/times (4pm and midnight) for the first half of the institute, once daily for the second half.
  • An orientation session will be held June 19-21. The session is optional, but strongly recommended, especially if you are new to taking an online course. The orientation session will help you successfully navigate the course in Canvas, the online learning platform used by the University.

Institute Format and Technology Requirements

This institute is an intense 4-week institute, delivered entirely online through an online course management system. This is like taking a semester's worth of content in 4 weeks, or like being with us here face-to-face for 4 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.

Technology basics to fully participate in TTLO:

  • An internet connection with a good, reliable connection in order to watch and create videos online.
  • A headset with microphone (or at least ear buds) and a webcam for your computer/laptop.
  • Preferred: use a laptop or desktop, not a mobile device. There are some applications that simply do not work well on mobile devices.

Important Registration Information: Process, Dates, and Costs

There is a two-step registration process for this program:

  1. Now Full!   and the wait list is also closed.
  1. Register for the program. Look for the email with the special registration link!
Questionnaire Deadline
Sequester Savings
April 22, 2020
April 24, 2020
$450 + Cost of Books**

Early-Bird Registration

May 20, 2020
May 22, 2020
$500 + Cost of Books**
Regular Registration June 10, 2020 June 12, 2020 $550 + Cost of Books**
Late Registration June 13, 2020 June 15, 2020 $600 + Cost of Books**

** Cost of Books: There are two required books that cost approximately $30 and $35. The books are available through; participants are often able to find cheaper used copies online.


  • The registration deadline is June 15, unless it fills before that date. Register early!
  • To get the early-bird or regular registration rate, make sure the fill out the questionnaire and process your registration by the deadlines listed above.
  • In the case that minimum enrollment is not met, the program will be cancelled and registrants will receive a full refund.

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 $732 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.


Please contact Marlene at
Please put "CARLA Institute Summer 2020" in the subject line.


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.

Ritu Jayakar (Instructor) is an adjunct lecturer of Hindi language and User Experience Analyst of Outreach and Online Education at the Pennsylvania State University. She is interested in language pedagogy and the use of technology for second language acquisition.

Frances Matos (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.



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