Using the Web
for Communicative Language Learning

June 29–Aug 2, 2020 • Asynchronous 5-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.

Lauren Rosen

Marlene Johnshoy

Florencia Henshaw

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, Expand 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:

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

  • Participate in a variety of social media;

  • Effectively integrate technology 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.


Florencia Henshaw has a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is now the Director of Advanced Spanish. She has designed six online courses and has extensive experience with technology-enhanced second language and heritage language instruction.

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 and enjoys collaborating with teachers to discover ways to enhance their lessons with technology.


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 on each other. There will be a couple of synchronous activities—one with a partner, maybe 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
This institute is designed for foreign language and ESL teachers at the middle school through the postsecondary level who are interested in incorporating online applications into their face-to-face, hybrid, or online classes.

Quote MarksRight quote marksI feel so fortunate to have been able to participate in this CARLA course. This summer institute introduced me to so many new tools and possibilities for my teaching, that would have been overwhelming for me to try to figure out on my own. The greatest thing about this institute was that it was not merely about transmission of information, but also about discussion and one-on-one connection with both the instructor and other participants.
—Kelsey Pelham, 2019 Participant
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