Panelists: Iman Alramadan (Arabic); Yingling Bao (Chinese); Beatrix Burhardt (ELIP); Betty Dlamini (Zulu); Jeff Holdeman (Slavic); Piibi-Kai Kivik (Estonian); Karolina Serafin (Italian)

Virtual Pet Peeves Event

In the Spring semester of 2020, many foreign language teachers have unexpectedly found themselves offering their classes online for the first time and have encountered a new set of unforeseen challenges on their end of the camera, on the student's end, and on the technology in between.
A roundtable discussion features a panel of guest experts (some experienced on-line instructors, some who are new to the game) who will answer questions from the audience about their recently discovered "pet peeves" (i.e., especially annoying frustrations) from teaching language on-line to students whose homes have become their classrooms (and teachers whose homes have done the same).

Presenter: Jeff Holdeman, Senior Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Instructor of Czech

Emergency Online Teaching: Some explorations and considerations of technology for online language teaching

In this video, Jeff Holdeman, Senior Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and instructor of Czech, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures shares his experience on teaching online and tools he is using. Dr. Holdeman has been using Zoom to teach distance courses through BTAA CourseShare. He talked about using old school whiteboard, document camera at home, iPad/tablet and Notability for grading homework electronically, basic non-verbal communication ideas, and Zoom settings. 

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Presenter: Paul Coats

Racial Expectations in the Classroom and the Cruelty of "Caring"

Undoubtedly, the teaching profession is full of some of the most caring people in the world. But when can caring lead to a stifling or even crushing environment for a student and ultimately cause their failure? This workshop will be conducted as a directed discussion, by way of which we will work to understand how teachers’ innocent desire to provide extra support for certain groups of students can cause anxiety for these very students and destroy their motivation in the subject—and their studies in general.

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Presenters: Elisa Räsänen and Sanni Törmänen

Creating an engaging and effective virtual language class meeting

This workshop discusses using tools and strategies to enhance student engagement in virtual (Zoom) language class meetings. Presenters demonstrate using Padlet, Kahoot, and Zoom from a student’s perspective. Participants had a chance to exchange ideas, brainstorm, and design their own online class activity.

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Presenters: Svitlana Melnyk and Veronika Trotter

Project-Based Language Learning with Wikipedia

Project-based learning and community-based language learning have recently been adopted widely by language educators across the US. These approaches go beyond regular classroom practices to create socially meaningful results for language learners, thus increasing students’ engagement and motivation. In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits and challenges of creating Wikipedia pages with students. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the project in groups, provide feedback, and share their ideas on implementing socially meaningful language projects.

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Presenter: Iman Alramadan

Community Involvement in the Language Classroom

Connecting students with the community through volunteer work with native speakers is one of the strategies that encourage students to adopt L2 in their everyday communication. This strategy helps improving students’ conversation skills, increasing vocabulary, learning idioms, and exploring the target culture, as well as increasing students’ engagement and motivation. This workshop will discuss strategies and provide examples that can be used to reinforce students’ speaking skills. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss in groups and provide feedback as well as share ideas.

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