ACTFL Workshop, fall 2020

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Virtual Workshop

Distance Learning Tools and Strategies for Developing Proficiency in Each Mode of Communication

Saturday, October 10, 2020

In this workshop, language educators will explore tools for planning and organizing content and engaging learners in online language instruction. Examples will be provided for Spanish and for courses that use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. The focus will be on tools and strategies and is intended to be useful across all course delivery platforms. Participants will learn about and practice using a variety of technology tools for teaching language in an online, synchronous classroom environment. Finally, language educators will explore specific technologies that engage students in language practice in each mode of communication with emphasis on speaking.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

· Apply specific ideas for planning language instruction online

· Identify specific tools to develop proficiency in speaking and writing

· Select technology tools that engage students in formative assessment in all three modes of communication

Open to all language instructors. (Primarily focused on high school and post-secondary levels)

The workshop is free; pre-registration extended to October 8. Space is limited to the first 40 educators.

To register send an email (name, language, courses taught) to: Julie Kline (

Tonja Byrom has been a language educator since 2006. She has years of
experience teaching Spanish in elementary dual language immersion and high
school Spanish. She is Past President of California Language Teachers’ Association. Mrs. Byrom has participated in ACTFL’s Leadership Initiative in Language Learning (LILL) since 2015. She currently teaches for California State University East Bay and trains language teachers for the California World Language Project at LA STARS, IESTARS, and SAILN.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the Center for International Education (CIE), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. CLACS and CIE are Title VI National Resource Centers, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Cosponsors: UWM Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the UWM Language Resource Center