Using the Web: Engaged Learning for Today's Students

June 26–July 30, 2023
Asynchronous* 5-week online summer institute

Lauren Rosen and Marlene Johnshoy

The learning landscape is constantly changing making it challenging to keep abreast of all the new and exciting ways to engage students meaningfully. In this five-week course, participants will discover ways to enhance current practices using online resources that promote student target language comprehension and production. Participants will explore a variety of ways to create interactive activities with a focus on communication skills and an eye toward differentiated learning. Building a professional learning network during the institute will foster ongoing opportunities for growth and sharing resources.

Program Schedule
Week 1
  • Meet Your Online Colleagues
  • Engage in Intercultural Communication through Social Media
  • Expand Your Personal Learning Network
Week 2
  • Develop Receptive Skills: Interpretive Communication
Week 3
  • Enhance Productive Skills: Presentational Communication
Week 4
  • Grow Conversational Skills: Interpersonal Communication
Week 5
  • "Flipped" Learning in Language Courses

After this institute, you will be able to:

  • Create communicative tasks that support student engagement;
  • Identify pedagogical and practical aspects of student preparation for synchronous interaction;
  • Evaluate the integration of new resources to meet pedagogical goals; and
  • Establish and maintain connections for ongoing professional learning.


Marlene Johnshoy is the Online Education Program Director and Web Manager for CARLA. 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.

Lauren Rosen is the director of the University of Wisconsin System Collaborative Language Program. She works closely with language educators in developing engaging collaborative approaches to technology integration into a variety of language learning contexts including blended and online courses. She has published numerous articles on the integration of Internet technology for learning world languages and is a regular presenter at state, regional, national, and international conferences. Her current research focuses on the affordances of asynchronous and synchronous learning environments to build community and the impact of emerging technologies on developing language proficiency in blended and online language courses.

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.


  • This institute is almost entirely asynchronous (not real time) with three weekly due dates.
    • You will work on activities according to your own schedule between due dates.
    • The three 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 6-8 hours of work per week, possibly more depending on your experience using technology.
  • Make sure you can meet the tech requirements for this institute.

NOTE: This institute has been updated, but is essentially the same course as “Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning" that CARLA has offered in previous years.

Priority Teacher Professional Development Scholarship Program–NEW!

Logo - PriorityThe Priority Teacher Professional Development Scholarship program is designed to promote equity and access to affordable professional development for world language educators who are currently teaching at a Community College, Minority Serving Institution, or Historically Black College/University in the United States and/or are currently teaching a Less Commonly Taught Language in the United States. The program provides funding for selected teachers in these categories to attend a CARLA Summer Institute for no charge.

Learn more and apply by March 17, 2023 on the Priority Teacher Professional Development Scholarship website.

Quote MarksRight quote marksThe CARLA summer institute was an excellent development program that helped me broaden my knowledge on using technology in my language teaching.The asynchronous course and structure of the program allows you to manage alongside other commitments such as work, school and/or life.
—Andreas L. Berg, 2022 Institute Participant
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