Using Technology in Second Language Teaching

July 20–24, 2020 • Synchronous 1-week online institute

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.

Marlene Johnshoy, Dan Soneson,
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 the Standards and other pedagogical frameworks, participants will explore, analyze, and evaluate examples of technology use from both student and teacher perspectives. They will identify best practices for incorporating technology into the curriculum in order to support pedagogical goals. The institute provides ample opportunity for participants to develop technology-enriched activities. Following distance learning strategies, participants will engage with content and will interact with others using videoconferencing and other technologies.


  • This institute is a synchronous online institute that will run from 9 am-4 pm CDT. The schedule includes many synchronous presentations throughout the day as well as time for independent or partner/group work and a break for lunch.
  • You must be available to participate for the entire day Monday–Friday.
  • Make sure to review the tech requirements for this institute.

Program Schedule (9am-4pm CDT)
Day 1
  • The Role of Technology in Language Learning
  • 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
  • Activity Showcase

After this institute, you will be able to:

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

  • Analyze technology tools and applications to engage students in activities for the three communicative modes;

  • Evaluate effective technology integration into the language curriculum; and

  • Create interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal activities for students that incorporate technology tools and digital multimedia materials.


Adolfo Carrillo Cabello is the professional development coordinator of the CLA Language Center at the University of Minnesota. He 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 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 foreign language teachers
at the middle school through the postsecondary level.

Quote MarksRight quote marksParticipating in the CARLA Summer Institute "Using Technology in Second Language Teaching" was a phenomenal experience. I learned about so many new tools and technologies that I can't wait to integrate into my classroom. I highly recommend this institute for all teachers looking to strengthen their pedagogy in a collaborative environment.
Abby Broughton, 2019 Participant in Using Technology in Second Language Teaching
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