professional development

Creating podcasts for active and authentic learning

Podcasts, a unique media model that has enabled a fresh generation of content producers, offer exciting opportunities for active and authentic learning in languages, cultures, and various specific domains. In this session, Naiyi will share the principles and processes involved in designing and creating podcasts as class projects. We will introduce the resources and facilities available at the CLT for podcast production, and highlight a successful podcast project implemented in one of  the Department of Second Language Studies (SLS) courses, produced right here at the CLT. Join us to discover how podcasts can provide students with rich language and cultural ...

Cultivating Inclusivity in Language Teaching and CALL: A Deep Dive into Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

In the realm of language teaching, the intersection of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) assumes a pivotal role in shaping effective pedagogical approaches and cultivating an inclusive, equitable learning environment. This presentation aims to establish the profound relevance of DEI principles in the context of second language learning and teaching, highlighting the symbiotic relationship between cultural diversity, social class, varying experiences, and linguistic proficiency. Drawing on the principles of Culturally Sustainable Pedagogies, we will provide recommendations and practical tips for ensuring DEI support in your second language class. The latter part of the talk will specifically delve into DEI issues ...

Teaching & Learning Languages in the United States (TELL-US)

The NFLRC is pleased to announce its new Teaching & Learning Languages in the United States (TELL-US) podcast series. The interviews in this professional learning resource for novice LCTL teachers focus on two broad categories: language pedagogy and school culture. The content is designed for professionals who find themselves teaching in a culture and education system that is different from the one they experienced growing up. This year’s series centers on Designing and Delivering Proficiency-Focused Target-Language Input and is hosted by Nicole Naditz (2015 ACTFL Teacher of the Year).  

Tips and Tricks with LaTeX & Overleaf

LaTeX (pronounced “Lah-tech”) is a typesetting system that’s used to produce beautifully formatted documents. It is a file format that publishers, academic journals and conferences, grant funders, and academic settings sometimes request. Using LaTeX, authors write content in plain text documents (i.e., not Microsoft Word) but include special commands that are recognized by the typesetting system and used to generate the final formatted document. In other words, LaTeX takes care of the formatting and lets the writer focus on content. In this demonstration, Richard will provide a brief background on LaTeX and Overleaf (an application designed to make LaTeX authoring more ...

Building Intercultural Awareness with Scenario-based Training through the Culture App

Facilitators: UH Mānoa, Tech Center In this session, Dr. Suzanne Freynik, Ms. Molly Godwin-Jones, and Dr. Richard Medina present The Culture App, an open educational resource designed to build intercultural awareness and help prepare learners for study abroad. This resource is based on scenarios which provide rich contexts and nuanced feedback about situations where miscommunications are likely to arise due to differences in cultural norms and expectations. Reflection and extension tasks serve as jumping off points for discussions. The original modules were created by an inter-institutional, international and cross-language initiative. Currently, these are available in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Russian, and Turkish, with ...

Leveling up with AI: Open CLT Forums on AI Use Cases for Language Learning (4-session series)

Come & talk story! The four sessions in this series are: 9/6 (Wed): ChatGPT for Generating Language Examples 9/14 (Thurs): The Power of the Prompt: ChatGPT Prompts & Language Learning 9/20 (Wed): Rethinking Assessments with Generative AI 9/28 (Thurs): AI Tools for Language Teaching In this series of four sessions, CLT faculty invite participants to meet and discuss topics related to the use of AI technology (e.g., ChatGPT) for teaching languages. Each session is an open forum format where participants and CLT faculty can discuss different uses of AI for language learning. CLT faculty will be on hand at each session to introduce the ...

ChatGPT & Other AI Tools: Opportunities & Challenges

Recent exponential advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) have brought exciting new opportunities for innovation in world language education. Among the most notable of the AI-based tools is ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI, which has received considerable attention due to its ability to generate human-like text, engage users in interactive conversations, and automate time-consuming tasks, such as summarizing a text. In this session we will demonstrate a few AI technologies and some of their key features. We will also provide opportunities for participants to try them and discuss their potential to support or enhance language teaching and learning. Come join us in ...

ADVENTURE GAMES FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING: Deconstructing the Design Process

This session presents the design processes, templates, and resources used to create two adventure games delivered in online/hybrid formats for Japanese and Chinese learners. The Japanese game introduces a well-known urban legend in Japan, Kuchisake Onna (Spit-mouthed Woman), and the Mandarin Chinese game adapts the classic Chinese folklore, Hua Pi (Painted Skin). Both games integrate authentic cultural historic values and practices, course materials, and unit-level learning objectives to engage students in contextualized language-focused quests. Participants will experience the games from the learner perspective (English version of the games will be available) in different delivery formats and explore ways of adapting the design in their ...