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Technology and
Second Language Learning

Technology has always been an important part of CARLA's work and is now included as part of all of CARLA's initiatives. However, there are technology-specific projects and other related activities, including the CARLA website!

Tranforming the Teaching of Language Online (TTLO)

This unique online professional development program, offered completely online as a 4-week, intensive CARLA summer institute will give teacher participants the experience of taking an online course along with guidelines and best practices for developing and delivering an online language course.
The STARTALK:TTLO was offered for 6 years for teachers of critical languages who want to teach their language online.

Teaching Languages Online

The technology project features different aspects of teaching online: a bibliography of resources focused on the preparation language teachers need to teach online, a survey about what preparation online language teachers actually receive, and an online Summer Institute.

Technology Summer Institute Resources

In 2021, there is a new format for the Technology Summer Institute - lightning talks and short walk-throughs with plenty of time to try things out and create sample activities.
The CARLA Tech Wiki contains the web resources used during the CARLA Summer Institute on Technology for many years up to 2020. There are many pages of links and information about our favorite tech tools that you will find very useful.
You will also want to consider the online insitute called "Using the Web" - a completely online, 5-weeks long, looks at social media, professional networking on the web, and tech tools for the 3 communicative modes.

Technology Integration Modules

The Technology Project offers online modules for some basics of using technology in language teaching and learning. These modules were started as part of the CoBaLTT project and were developed as part of the 2006-2010 grant cycle. There will be updates and additional modules developed as time permits.

Technology Use Survey

The LT4 project wanted to know more about what technologies language teachers are currently using in the classroom and which technologies they would like to learn more about. The results of the 2007 survey are posted.

Past Projects & Other Tech-Related CARLA Projects

Includes information on the some of CARLA's foundational work on technology projects and other CARLA projects with technology content on the CARLA website.

CARLA Summer Institutes for Language Teachers

Each summer CARLA offers a wide array of professional development opportunities for K-16 language teachers including institutes focused on using technology in second language teaching, using the web for language learning, and teaching language online.

CARLA Bibliography

The CARLA bibliography has more information on presentations and publications done by faculty, students, and staff involved with technology.

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