While written communication is becoming increasingly important in today’s online world, the complex presentational skill of writing in a foreign language (FL) can be challenging for both instructors and students. In this workshop, participants will learn how teaching writing through reading can serve as an effective scaffold for learners’ writing. After an introduction to principles of genre-based pedagogy, participants will explore how reading can be leveraged to support learner performance in presentational writing. Participants will also learn to apply reading-to-write principles in the development of instructional activities for the FL classroom.

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • understand how reading supports writing
  • identify elements of successful writing
  • apply principles of reading-to-write pedagogies in instruction

Presenter: Lauren Goodspeed (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a Lecturer and Course Coordinator in French at the University of Minnesota. Her research centers on applications of literacy-based pedagogies for the foreign language classroom, particularly in regard to second language writing.

Target Audience: This workshop is designed specifically for secondary and postsecondary foreign language instructors.


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Section Title
Workshop: Teaching Writing Through Reading to Promote Learner Success
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Nov 14, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Registration non-credit $30.00
Section Details

Saturday, October 24, 2020
9 a.m. – noon (Central Time)
Online via Zoom

Technology basics to fully participate:

  • A good, reliable wired connection (recommended) or robust wireless connection
  • A headset with microphone (or at least ear buds) and a webcam for your computer/laptop
  • Preferred: use a laptop or desktop, not a mobile device, tablet or Chromebook. (Some aspects of Zoom simply do not work well on mobile devices).

This workshop uses Zoom. You can do a Zoom test room practice before the workshop starts here: https://zoom.us/test

Special Needs

If you have special needs, please contact the CARLA office (carla@umn.edu) at least two weeks prior to the workshop so we can make the necessary arrangements.

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