Target Audience: This workshop is designed for world language/ESL/EFL educators at the postsecondary level. It is also appropriate for language teacher educators. Although the examples shared in the workshop will be mainly from Chinese and Japanese language programs at the college level, they will be adaptable to any language. Teachers at the secondary level who are open to working with postsecondary examples are welcome to attend.

Description: This workshop aims to develop an understanding of using the social networking approach (Tohsaku, 2021) to expand learning beyond the classroom. Presenters will share multiple university-level examples of instruction, such as food and healthy living, self care, and transnational virtual exchange projects, to engage participants to discuss how SNA and inclusive teaching can foster more profound learning. Through the examples, participants will identify specific and adaptable strategies for their teaching contexts. The participants will have a chance to apply these strategies to design/redesign a unit plan.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how the social networking approach (SNA) can drive your unit plan to expand learning beyond the classroom;
  • Identify strategies to incorporate the SNA and inclusive teaching in everyday teaching; and
  • Design/re-design assessments and tasks to connect learning with the real world and the community.

Kaishan Kong is Associate professor of Chinese at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her research interests include second language acquisition, mediated learning in study abroad, intercultural communication, and teacher training. She was recognized as both a Fulbright Scholar (2020) and a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow (2015) for her teaching and research in language and culture.

Magara Maeda is Distinguished Lecturer in Japanese at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has been teaching Japanese language courses with distance education/hybrid formats through the Collaborative Language Program (CLP) well before the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a recipient of the 2020 AATJ Teacher Award, and she was president of the Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese in 2020-2022.

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From the Postsecondary Classroom to the Real World: Using the Social Networking Approach for Deeper Learning
Online, instructor led
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Oct 14, 2023
Online (US Central Time)
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Saturday, October 14, 2023
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Workshop information: https://carla.umn.edu/presentations/index.html#workshops

Refund Policy: The CARLA workshop registration fee is non-refundable. The University of Minnesota reserves the right to cancel the workshop if necessary and will grant a full refund if the workshop is not held.

Note: Registered participants who are not able to attend may transfer their registration to a colleague, provided that they email the CARLA office two days prior to the event: carla@umn.edu.

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