Using the Web
for Communicative Language Learning

June 28–July 30, 2021
Asynchronous* 5-week online summer institute

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 and create lessons and activities that use technology to help students develop their communication skills in each of  the three 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 also discuss how to successfully implement “flipped” lessons, where web-based activities are designed to enhance and maximize learning in the classroom.

Program Schedule
Week 1
  • Virtual Orientation and Tech Check
  • Meet Your Online Colleagues
  • Definitions, Resources, and Best Practices 
  • Expand Your Personal Learning Network
Week 2
  • Interpretive Mode Activities
Week 3
  • Presentational Mode Activities
Week 4
  • Interpersonal Mode Activities
Week 5
  • "Flipped" Learning in Language Courses

After this institute, you will be able to:

  • Expand your Personal Learning Network with online resources;

  • Explore various tools and determine their advantages and disadvantages for different tasks;

  • Effectively integrate technology to create activities targeting each of the three modes of communication; and

  • Consider pedagogical and practical aspects of applying the “flipped” learning model to language instruction.


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 eight online courses and has extensive experience with technology-enhanced second language and heritage language instruction.

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.



  • 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.
    • 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, possibly more depending on your experience using tech tools.
  • Make sure you can meet the tech requirements for this institute.
Quote MarksRight quote marksThis was the most comprehensive course on technology in the communicative language classroom. I feel empowered and well prepared to teach online with these new tools in my toolbox. The instructors were amazing and I really enjoyed this institute!
—Janaya Lasker-Ferretti, 2020 Participant
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