Considering that one of the main advantages of computer-assisted language learning is that it allows for more individualized instruction and personalized learning, the use of technology should be at the core of every heritage language (HL) program. However, the use of technology in HL teaching has remained largely unexplored. In this workshop, we will first discuss some general parameters and best practices for technology integration. We will then explore a variety of Web 2.0 tools, as well as concrete ideas for activities and projects that aim to enhance HL learning through meaningful and authentic synchronous and asynchronous communication. Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to select one of the tools described in the workshop and create a project relevant to their own courses.


Dr. Florencia Henshaw has a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is now the Director of Advanced Spanish and the Director of the Center for Language Instruction and Coordination (CLIC). She is a certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester in Spanish, as well as a certified rater for the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). She is the 2018 recipient of the "Excellence in Language Instruction" Award within the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, and the author of two Spanish textbooks. She has designed various online courses for heritage learners, and has extensive experience with technology integration into the language curriculum.

This event is co-organized and co-sponsored by the Department of Romances Languages and Literatures and the Seminario “La enseñanza del español como lengua heredada: teoría y práctica”.

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