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CLIC Webinar: Video chatting with native speakers: Why, What, and How
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When: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Where: United States

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Description: Web-based videoconferencing with native speakers is perhaps one of the best uses of technology in the world language classroom, yet for many instructors, integrating it into their courses may seem like a daunting task. The presenter will begin with an overview of how Internet-mediated conversation exchanges with native speakers around the world may benefit both second and heritage language learners, based on what emerging research has found. Then, the presenter will discuss the advantages and limitations of different available platforms, both free and paid, many of which are available for high school and college courses. Participants will also see specific examples of how videoconferencing was integrated into two intermediate Spanish courses. Lastly, the presenter will propose a series of best practices for integrating videoconferencing with native speakers in the language classroom at various proficiency levels.

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Presenter: 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: one for grammar review courses, and one for composition courses. She has designed six online courses, and she has extensive experience with technology integration into the language curriculum. She was recently featured in the We Teach Languages podcast: Episode 57 - CLIC Resources, TalkAbroad, and Online Teaching with Florencia Henshaw.

Date: Thursday October 18, 2018.

Time: 6:30pm Eastern / 5:30pm Central / 3:30pm Pacific

Duration: 1 hour (40-minute presentation, followed by 20 minutes for Q&A)

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