Building on Effective Uses of Technology in Second Language Teaching

July 19–23, 2021
Synchronous* 1-week online summer institute

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. Drawing on your experiences using technology tools to teach language remotely, online, or in a hybrid environment, you will be involved in an online learning community where you will share your successes and challenges. Working with others, you will refine your tech skills and come away with new ideas for technology integration.

Prior to the start of the institute, you will asked to submit a description of an activity or tip that uses technology and has worked well for you to meet a specific pedagogical need. You will be asked to present this activity or tip in a 6-minute lightning talk during the institute. Some of the descriptions and tips will be selected for expansion into a 1-hour mini workshop where participants will explore how to create and adapt the presented ideas to their own contexts. In addition, you will be asked to submit your top three challenges to teaching language in these new technological environments. We will explore solutions to the top challenges in special sessions.

The institute provides ample opportunity for participants to develop technology-enriched activities. You should expect to participate actively in lively presentations and discussions with colleagues and instructors, as well as opportunities to experiment and workshop innovative activities that meet your specific context and needs, all through a dynamic new institute format!

Program Schedule (9am–4pm)
Day 1
  • Introductions, Workshop Organization
  • Create Your Presentation
Day 2
  • Lightning Presentations, Mini-Workshops, Small Group Discussions, Create Your Own Activities, and Group Share
Day 3
  • Lightning Presentations, Mini-Workshops, Small Group Discussions, Create Your Own Activities, and Group Share
Day 4
  • Lightning Presentations, Mini-Workshops, Small Group Discussions, Create Your Own Activities, and Group Share
Day 5
  • Challenge Sessions: Group Discussion and Brainstorm.
  • What’s Next?

After this institute, you will be able to:

  • Assess affordances and constraints of technology tools for foreign language instruction;
  • Evaluate and adapt technology solutions for use in your own teaching context;
  • Critique and compare uses of technology for language teaching and learning;
  • Identify and compile sustainable and effective technology-facilitated activities; and
  • Apply strategies to address common challenges to teaching in technological environments.


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.


  • This is a synchronous online institute that will run from 9 am–4 pm (Central Time). The schedule includes synchronous presentations throughout the day as well as time for independent or 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.

Quote MarksRight quote marksThe Institute helped all of us, from beginners to more advanced tech users, to be more active and effective teachers using the many technology tools available. The instructors are great at guiding us to techniques and tools that are engaging and immediately useful. Very well done!
Nora Flom, Participant in Using Technology in Second Language Teaching
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