FLAVA 2016 Workshop 4: Engaging Students with Language Learning through Technology: Focus on the Interpretive Mode

FLAVA 2016 Workshop 4: Engaging Students with Language Learning through Technology: Focus on the Interpretive Mode

March 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Today, authentic materials of all kinds (text, audio, video, infographics, images) that can complement our textbooks are readily available online, but most of them are not constructed with language learners in mind. How do we help our students work with and understand these materials? What kinds of tasks can we create that engage our students and pave the way for them to comprehend and learn from these materials? How can technology help us do this?

We’ll talk about some of the pedagogy behind engagement with texts (Interpretive Mode), and then we’ll show you some of our favorite tech tools. We would also like to know what you are doing to guide students through online materials. You will have opportunities for sharing your materials as well as for creating interpretive activities in the workshop. Bring an example of an interpretive activity that you have created and some ideas for text engagement that you’d like to create.

Workshop Leaders

Marlene Johnshoy is the Online Education Program director and web manager for the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA). She has given numerous workshops on many aspects of web-based language teaching and learning.

Kathryn Murphy-Judy is a French professor at VCU who regularly teaches with and about new media in the WL classroom. She is the CARLA national advisor for technology and a lifetime member of FLAVA.

Dan Soneson is the director of the Language Center in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. He is currently the managing editor of the IALLT Journal for Language Learning Technologies, and has been a leader in language learning and technology for over 20 years.

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