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.

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.


Headshot of Florencia Henshaw, InstructorFlorencia 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.


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Section Title
Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning
Online, instructor led
Jun 28, 2021 to Jul 30, 2021
Delivery Options
Instructor Led Online  
Section Details

Course Information: https://carla.umn.edu/institutes/2021/usingtheweb.html
Dates: June 28–July 30, 2021


  • 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.
Contact Information:
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