The CSLC prioritizes innovative second language acquisition through Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and other effective uses of technology. The center provides language technology workshops throughout the semester. In addition, direct one-on-one consultations with language faculty are available by appointment. Please contact the CSLC Educational Technologist Guieswende Rouamba at or 574.631.1332

Workshops/Talks Spring 2019

Extensive Reading Empowers Autonomous Learners: What it is and how it works
Extensive reading (ER) is the independent reading of many, various, self-selected, easy materials (Day & Bamford, 2004). It is different from the traditional, teacher-centered intensive reading. Learn how ER can be a robust and flexible method for encouraging autonomous learning, serve increasingly diverse groups of students, satisfy their individual needs and provide an opportunity for teachers to reflect on their own teaching.
Professor Noriko Hanabusa has conducted workshops and given invited talks about ER in the US, Europe, and Asia. She has also published articles and conference proceedings on this student-centered approach. Let her teach you how you might incorporate ER into your own curricula.
Presenter: Noriko Hanabusa
Thursday, January 24, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
125 Classroom Hesburgh Library  
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Social Justice in the Language Classroom: A Call to Action
Critical and social justice approaches to language teaching have gained tremendous momentum in recent years. This talk explores the current state of the field, historical trends that have contributed to the rise of social justice in language teaching, and where instructors can find resources to support intentional, reflective, and L2-oriented approaches to integrating social justice into their L2 classrooms with a particular focus on novice and intermediate language instruction.
Presenter: Stacey Johnson - Vanderbilt University
Thursday, February 14, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
329 DeBartolo Hall (CSLC)
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Lunch and Learn: Adobe Spark Page for Teaching and Learning
In this workshop, you will learn how to use Adobe Spark Page, a free online web page builder, to enhance your students’ classroom experience.
Presenters: Chris Clark and Guieswende Rouamba
Two session options: Tuesday, February 19, or Wednesday, February 20, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
329 DeBartolo Hall (CSLC)
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Online College Teaching Institute for Graduate Students
Graduate students are invited to attend a six-week online training on how to design and teach online courses. Participants will learn the basic pedagogical approaches, design principles, and technological tools that facilitate online learning. The institute is completely online and requires 4 to 6 hours per week of your time.
Presenters: Guieswende Rouamba, Alex Ambrose, Kristi Rudenga
Monday, February 25
Location: Online
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Lunch and Learn: Developing and Teaching Hybrid Courses
In this workshop, the presenter will share his experience designing and teaching a hybrid Latin course. 
Presenter: Tadeusz Mazurek
Tuesday, March 5, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
329 DeBartolo Hall (CSLC)
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The role of motivation and engagement in digital learning: Toward a learning experience design model

A large body of research, including many of my own work, clearly indicates that when learners believe that information is interesting, valuable and intrinsically meaningful, they are more likely to learn the information, and to engage in behaviors related to those beliefs; in addition, when learners believe that they will be successful within an academic domain, they are more likely to achieve at high levels within that domain. Students’ motivation and engagement play important roles in influencing academic performance and success in both traditional and digital learning environments.
In this talk, I will contextualize the concepts of motivation and engagement in digital learning environments. Digital learning has enabled universities and colleges to extend learning opportunities to students who cannot attend traditional classes due to time or location constraints. Yet the physical isolation between students and teachers creates challenges for both, especially in communication. Student motivation often suffers and their engagement declines as a result of this isolation. More specifically, I will address important questions, such as, what are types of motivation, what are the empirical evidence representing the different perspectives of engagement in digital learning, what are the research evidence showing the relationship between motivation, engagement, and performance in online classes and also in traditional classrooms? I will summarize several of my research projects and findings to support my responses to these questions. I will also propose design considerations to support motivation, engagement, and performance in digital learning, which will also have implications to traditional classrooms.
Presenter: Dr. Kui Xie - The Ohio State University
Tuesday, March 19, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
138 Corbett Family Hall
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