This interactive workshop is designed to help language educators create and implement web-based activities that will help their learners develop their interpretive communication skills. After discussing some key aspects of interpretive reading and listening, as well as general strategies to select the right texts, the presenter will focus on technology-enhanced ideas for every phase of an interpretive lesson: before, during, and after engaging with the text. Examples of activities for novice, intermediate, and advanced learners will be provided.
After this workshop, participants will be able to:
- recognize the importance of interpretive communication for language development;
- create activities that support students’ comprehension and interpretation of texts; and
- incorporate online tools that enhance interpretive communication lessons.
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 workshop is designed for language educators who teach at the secondary or postsecondary level.