Engage students with a variety of “freemium” web tools: tools that are free with optional premium features (for a reasonable fee). During the workshop, participants will experience and explore web tools that provide opportunities for students to have both quick practice and extended interactions with the target language. Participants will discuss the challenges and advantages of each app presented.  Participants will have time to create their own activities with tools of their choice, share their ideas for using a particular tool, and exchange feedback on activities created.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • choose web tools that are free and/or have a reasonable fee for premium features and are appropriate to their teaching contexts;
  • create activities that provide students with quick practice and extended interactions with the target language; and
  • share ideas and get/give feedback on activities created with the web tools presented.

Leslie Plyler
has been teaching online French in North Carolina since 2014. She wrote the French curriculum for the online courses in her district and was the district’s 2022 Virtual Teacher of the Year.  Leslie is passionate about sharing online resources with other World Language teachers. She is also a member of the teaching team for the CARLA Summer Institute Transforming the Teaching of Language Online (TTLO).

Target Audience: This workshop is designed for middle, high school, and post secondary world language and English as a Second Language educators.

Note: Elementary teachers (4-5th grades) could possibly use these tools for their students. Younger students may not be able to read and follow the directions for these tools, but teachers could certainly adapt the tools to suit their needs.

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Section Title
At a FrEEEmium: Engaging Easy Apps to Enhance Language Learning
Online, instructor led
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Feb 04, 2023
Online (US Central Time)
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online (US Central Time)
Delivery Options
Instructor Led Online  
Course Fee(s)
Registration non-credit $30.00
Section Details

Saturday, February 4, 2023
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

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