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Learning Communities (LCs) bring together individuals around a shared topic of interest. They are focused on “a continuous process of learning and reflection, supported by colleagues, with an intention of getting things done” (McGill & Beaty, 2001, p. 11). LCs are designed to energize and empower participants and offer new ways to engage with topics and colleagues. These voluntary communities typically meet once a month for a semester, and activities range from some discussion around projects and/or readings to more hands-on building, creating, and doing. Some learning communities have specific products (e.g., grant proposals, courses, collaboratively constructed conference presentations, or manuscripts), others do not have set or specific products.
Spring 2021 Online Learning Community: Intercultural Citizenship
Our spring learning community will be based on the 2019 ACTFL publication Teaching Intercultural Citizenship Across the Curriculum: The Role of Language Education by Manuela Wagner, Fabiana Cardetti, and Michael Byram. In regular meetings, we will discuss how to develop interdisciplinary units that link language, culture, and relevant content. How can we guide our language learners along the journey of becoming critically culturally aware and help them develop intercultural citizenship? We will unpack the concepts, models, and theories behind interculturality, analyze an interdisciplinary approach, explore issues of equity and social justice in language learning, and apply what we read to the design of effective units. Engage in conversations with your colleagues on how to expand learners' language proficiency through the exploration of topics that matter to them. The LC will consist of a mix of synchronous and asynchronous discussions.
All participants will receive a free copy of the book.
Dates and Timeline:
There will be five synchronous meetings throughout the semester, tentatively scheduled for Thursdays. The meeting time will be determined with all participants.
- March 18
- March 25
- April 8
- April 22
- May 6
All faculty and graduate students with an interest in language teaching are invited to apply for this online learning community. Please complete the online application by 5pm on Monday, March 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified by Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Space is limited.
Active and regular participation is essential to successful LCs. All participants are expected to read the assigned book chapter(s) in preparation for our synchronous meetings. For participants interested in earning a certificate, regular attendance and active participation are expected. We will use Canvas to share resources and ideas.
Winter 2020 Online Learning Community: Just A Minute!
Have you tired of all your online teaching tools? Are you out of ideas for your virtual classes? Exhausted by staring at your screen? Ready to throw in the towel and hide until online learning goes away forever (snort)?
Just A Minute! The LRC has your back, with the JAM, our video series investigating quick ways to spruce up the online teaching and learning experience for you and your students.
In the span of sixty seconds or so, we'll dive into topics like Universal Design for Learning, rethinking your communication with your students, and how to deal with Zoom fatigue. We'll drop new JAMs twice a week. You are also invited to join us live for two jam sessions.
Maybe you're already familiar with some of the topics, or maybe it all seems new and exciting. Either way, we're willing to bet we have something useful to offer you. Curious? Check it out - it'll take just a minute.
Dates and Timeline:
- JAMs drop on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon on YouTube, starting January 5, 2021
- Live jam sessions take place on Zoom on Wednesdays, January 13 and February 3, from 11a-12p
Summer 2020 Online Learning Community: Teaching Language Online
The LRC Summer Online Learning Community (OLC) Teaching Language Online will focus on best practices in online pedagogy and effective and engaging language teaching and learning. Throughout five modules, we will explore and deconstruct research-based strategies for effectively teaching and learning languages and the role technology can play. The OLC provides a community to share experiences and exchange ideas and will cover topics that apply to F2F, hybrid, and online models of language teaching, both synchronous and asynchronous. Participants in the community can earn a certificate in online language teaching excellence upon successful completion of all five modules. You can participate without completing all five modules.
Dates and Timeline:
The OLC will open on Monday, June 8.
There are 5 modules that will be covered over the course of 6 weeks:
- June 8-14 Module 1: Course Design Basics
- June 15-21 Module 2: Classroom Management, Presence, and Communication
- June 22-28 Module 3: Language Learning Tasks
- June 29-July 5 catch-up week
- July 6-12 Module 4: Student Engagement
- July 13-19 Module 5: Assessment and Testing
- August 6 OLC meet-up
Each week, there will be a synchronous meeting on Thursday (time will be determined with all participants).
All faculty and graduate students with an interest in language teaching are invited to join this OLC. Please complete the online application by 5pm on Monday, June 1, 2020. If you are interested in joining late, please contact us.
Active and regular participation is essential to successful LCs. For participants interested in earning a certificate, regular attendance and active participation are expected. We will use Canvas to share resources and ideas.
Spring 2020 Learning Community: Core Practices for Effective Language Learning
The inaugural LRC LC will focus on Core Practices for Effective Language Learning. It is designed around one of ACTFL's Virtual Learning Modules. In monthly meetings, we will explore and deconstruct research-based strategies for effectively developing students' language proficiency. The goal is to develop practical knowledge for designing real-world tasks for our classrooms and curricula. The LC will address questions such as: How much time should I spend in the target language? What kind of feedback is most effective? How can I use more authentic resources with my students?
Preview the first of seven videos that will guide our discussions:
The LC will be lively, exciting, and a combination of analytical, theoretical, and philosophical discussions. We hope you’ll join us!
Dates and Timeline:
3rd Thursday of the month, 4:00-5:30p in G24B
- February 20
- March 19
- April 16
Light refreshments will be provided.
All faculty and graduate students with an interest in language teaching are invited to apply for this LC. Please complete the online application by 5pm on Friday, January 31, 2020. Applicants will be notified by Monday, February 10, 2020. Participation is limited to encourage group cohesion.
Active and regular participation is essential to successful LCs. We expect participants to attend all monthly meetings and read/watch short materials in preparation for and reflection on our meetings. We will use Canvas to share resources and ideas.