• Institute Type: 4-week intensive online—asynchronous
  • Target Audience: Foreign language and ESL teachers at the high school and postsecondary levels. Not designed for elementary or immersion teachers.

After the experiences of emergency online teaching, language instructors want to expand their knowledge of what really works well online. This institute delves into important elements of a successful online language class, such as online course design guidelines, best practices for online teaching, oral practice and feedback techniques, universal design for learning (UDL), and the analysis of communicative-based online activities and the tools to create them. Best of all, participants will see these principles in action by taking part in online language activities as language learners in this unique institute taught by a team of experienced online instructors.

This highly participatory institute is perfect for teachers who want to transform their online teaching skills as well as for those who are brand-new to teaching online. By the end of the institute, participants will have an e-portfolio of new—or improved—activities ready to be incorporated into their next online language course, along with the learning experience to better support their online students. Teachers will be awarded a certificate of completion (up to 120 hours) upon finishing institute requirements.


Instructors Ritu, Marlene, Frances, Leslie, and ShannonRitu Jayakar (Instructor) is an Adjunct Lecturer of Hindi language and User Experience Analyst of Outreach and Online Education at the Pennsylvania State University. She is interested in language pedagogy and the use of technology for second language acquisition.

Marlene Johnshoy (Program Director) 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.

Frances Matos (Instructor) is a Language Education Consultant. She was formerly a Senior Instructor in Spanish and Portuguese Studies, University of Minnesota. She developed and taught a hybrid Spanish institute at the University of Minnesota that has been offered successfully since 1997 and designed, developed, and revised the fully online first-year Spanish institutes for the University's College of Continuing Education, which she taught for 3 years.

Leslie Plyler (Mentor Teacher/ePortfolios) currently teaches middle school online French and high school online French (levels 1-5) after retiring from the traditional French classroom in 2019 after 30 years. She wrote the curriculum for the online French courses for her district: Iredell-Statesville Schools, North Carolina. Leslie enjoys sharing information about the tech tools and strategies she has learned over the last six years in teaching online.

Shannon Quinn (Instructor) is an Assistant Professor of Russian and a Technology Specialist at Michigan State University. Her interests include Russian and Soviet science fiction, using technology in language teaching, blended learning, and instructional design.

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