Transitioning to Teaching Language Online (TTLO)

Friday, June 18–Sunday, July 18, 2021 • Asynchronous* 4-week intensive online institute

This summer institute is for language teachers who want to develop their online teaching practices. Offered completely online, TTLO will give teachers the experience of being an online learner themselves while focusing on important elements of a successful online language class, such as online course design guidelines, best practices for online teaching, how to work with oral practice and feedback, and the analysis of communicative-based online activities and the tools to create them. In addition to delving into these aspects of online teaching, participants will see them in action by taking part in 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 @ 4pm and 11:59pm Central)
Week 1 General Online Teaching Guidelines Applied to Language
  • Orienting to the Institute Virtual Classroom
  • Evaluating Online Course Design Using Quality Checklists
  • Applying Best Practices for Teaching Online
  • Creating Online Community and Teacher Presence
  • Designing Group Activities Online
Week 2 Online Language Teaching and Learning
  • Analyzing Example Activities, Evaluating Existing Materials
  • Presenting and Scaffolding Vocabulary and Grammar Acquisition Using Authentic Materials
  • Focusing on Oral Production in the Online Course
  • Giving Feedback in a Variety of Ways
  • Assessing Online Learners
Weeks
3-4
Technology for Instruction and Student Engagement
  • Being Clear and Consistent: LMS, Syllabus, and Instructions
  • Evaluating Online Activities for the 3 Modes of Communication
  • Accessibility and Universal Design for Online Classes
  • Using Video for Content Delivery and Feedback
  • Creating an Online Eportfolio

After this institute, you will be able to:

  • Use your experiences as an online learner to better support your online students;
  • Apply guidelines, checklists, and best practices to improve your online courses;
  • Create online community with teacher presence and group activities;
  • Review and revise language lesson activities for online teaching;
  • Develop online lessons with authentic materials and oral production;
  • Deliver feedback and assessments in new ways;
  • Write your syllabus and instructions with clarity;
  • Evaluate online tools and activities within the framework of the communicative modes; and
  • Use ePortfolios to evaluate and display student work.


Instructors

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.

 



Target Audience

This institute is designed for foreign language and ESL teachers at the high school and postsecondary levels who are interested in developing and improving their online classes. This institute is not designed for elementary or immersion teachers, but could be applicable with adaptations.

*IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THIS ONLINE INSTITUTE:

  • Time Frame: This intensive 4-week institute is almost entirely asynchronous (not real time) with twice daily due times (4pm and 11:59pm Central time).
    • You will work on activities according to your own schedule between deadlines, but the twice daily due times are important, as the activities build on each other.
    • There will be 1-2 synchronous activities—one with a partner, maybe a small group—times will be arranged by the partners/group.
    • You can expect 6-8 hours of work per day, or more if English is not your first language. There will be long hours sitting at the computer.
    • “Intensive” = this institute is a semester’s worth of content in 4 weeks. Do not plan to teach or work at the same time.
  • Make sure you can meet the tech requirements for this institute.
  • Books to purchase: There are two required books that cost approximately $30 and $35. The books are available through Amazon.com; participants are often able to find cheaper used copies online.
  • Optional - Course for Credit. There is an option to take this institute for credit. NOTE that this institute is THREE credits, not two.

Questions?

Please contact Marlene at CARLASI.TTLO@gmail.com

Quote MarksRight quote marksI am extremely impressed with how this course is designed; it is strategic in how it prepares educators to create online lessons and activities and understand the learner's perspective. This is the most effective course I have taken, which proves that online instruction can be just as effective as face-to-face! My confidence in designing and implementing online lesson plans and tools has skyrocketed in these short four weeks and I look forward to using them this fall!
—Marie Mangold, 2020 Participant
 
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