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CIFLTE periodically offers workshops on research methodology, language acquisition, and/or best instructional practices.  

>>Mobile Language Learning and Teaching: Know-How for A Smart Classroom<<

Presenter: Dr. Sonia Rocca

Date: April 13th, 2019

Location: In-person Attendance at Teachers CollegeOnline Attendance via Zoom (register to get meeting ID)

To register:

- Registration Deadlines
     Regular: $80 (Feb 23- April 12, 2019)
     Onsite: $120 (April 13, 2019)

- CTLE Registration for 5 Hours*: $120

  *NY State public school teachers may receive 5 CTLE hours.

This workshop is intended for language teachers who are intrigued by the potential of new technologies but are hesitant to fully embrace such potential for various reasons.

The morning session will start with participants sharing their successes and failures with technology in the classroom. We’ll role-play scenarios and brainstorm solutions in line with a ‘mindfulness’ approach that will help relieve technology-induced anxieties. This will lead to a discussion about the pro and cons of a digital ‘smart’ classroom, how the pros outweigh the cons but also how the cons cannot be ignored. The morning session will end by reviewing examples of ‘smart’ language classrooms.

The afternoon session will build upon the morning session and focus on how to set up a digital language classroom. The session will open with a quick overview of the impact that technology has always had on language learning and teaching, but most importantly how current technological advancements have affected the way languages are learnt and taught.

  • We’ll look at research showing how technology can be used to motivate students to speak and interact in the target language, but also to acquire more metalinguistic awareness and cultural sensitivity.
  • We’ll also look at ACTFL/CEFR standards to see where technology fits with their implementation.
  • Finally, a variety of resources will be proposed and participants will be asked to work in twos or three to create a task that can be completed with or without making use of technology - the way ‘with’ will be compared to the way ‘without’ in terms impact on learning outcomes.

The workshop will end with a recap of the main points of the day as well as indications and recommendations for a ‘smart’ language classroom. Participants are required to bring their own device (tablet/laptop/smartphone) together with their willingness to be actively engaged.


Dr. Sonia Rocca has been a foreign language educator for over a quarter of a century in three different countries. In her native country, Italy, she taught French and English; in Britain, she taught French and Italian and currently she is teaching Italian at the Lycée Français de New York. She obtained a PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, specializing in the acquisition of a second language during childhood. Her research has expanded into Mobile Language Learning. Recently, she co-edited the special issue MOBILizing Language Learning in the 21st Century and she also chaired the international conference MOBILLE.

>>Foreign Language Pedagogy Training<<

Instructor: Prof. ZhaoHong Han

Dates*: Jan 26 (S), Feb 02 (S), Feb 16 (S), Feb 23 (S), Mar 02(S), Mar 08 (F), Mar 30 (S), Apr 06 (S), Apr 13 (S), Apr 20 (S), Apr 26 (F), May 03 (F)  - 12 sessions

    *(S) = Saturday; (F) = Friday

Time: 3:10 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University (You will receive the classroom number upon registration.)

To register:

Registration deadline: Feb 01 (extended final deadline)

Registration Fees
     Individual: $600
     Group: $500/person (more than 2 people, including 2) 

This course provides a foundational understanding on critical concepts and key strategies for teaching a second or foreign language to learners with various backgrounds and at all levels of proficiency. Emphasis will be given to the Communicative Approach and, more specifically, a task-based framework. The course centers on instructional practices, in particular, the what, why, and how of teaching.  Strategies will be introduced for planning and conducting teaching in the classroom, and opportunities will be provided for developing procedural knowledge through reflective practice via observation, micro-teaching, and classroom teaching.

Dr. ZhaoHong Han is Professor of Language and Education and Chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also directs the Center for International Foreign Language Teacher Education (CIFLTE). Dr. Han's research interests are broadly in second language learnability, second language teachability, and their interface. Her work on fossilization, crosslinguistic influence, corrective feedback, second language thinking for speaking, second language reading and vocabulary development, second language reading instruction, input enhancement, and second language ab initio input processing has appeared in a variety of journals and books. Dr. Han received the International TESOL Heinle and Heinle Distinguished Research Award in 2003, and has been a repeated recipient of the Teachers College, Columbia University Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr.Han has served on the editorial boards of Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Teaching Theory and Practice (China), Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press), and so on. She frequently consults to universities and school districts on research and teacher development grants and second language programs, curriculums, and materials. [See faculty page.]

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Workshops offered in the past

Public talks: The Trade Effect of English as a Lingua Franca + Linguistic Distance, Language Learners’ Mother Tongue, and Chinese Acquisition, Oct. 5th, 2018 [Abstract: Public Talks 2018 - Zhang]

Workshop: On-line methods in language and language learning research, Sep. 28th, 2018

Public talk: First language influences on the real-time processing of tense-aspect in the second language, Sep. 26th, 2018

Eye-tracking and L2 Processing, Feb. 10th, 2017.