Explore our recent workshops for teaching tips, sample activities, and the latest pedagogy on effective language learning from Contraseña co-authors and instructors.
March 25, 2:00-2:40 PM EST
Gillian Lord (University of Florida)
The landscape of higher education is changing rapidly, as is the role of language teaching and learning. This conversation focuses on the need to create materials that are based on theory and that also meet the needs and interests of today’s students. Student outcomes from learners will be provided in order to show that this transformed approach benefits both students and instructors.
March 31, 2:00-2:40 PM EST
Julie Nelson (Auburn University), Roberto Jimenez (University of South Florida), Stefan DuBois (University of Denver)
Change is hard, but the reward outweighs the risk. What are you waiting for? Join faculty from around the country for a panel discussion by three language program directors from distinct contexts who are transforming their programs with the help of Contraseña. They´ll share their experience implementing change in their respective Introductory and Intermediate Spanish programs, highlighting their challenges and results.
April 5, 2:00-2:40 PM EST
Ashley Anneken (University of Cincinnati), other panelists have been invited
In our series, we have discussed changing materials and the benefits of doing so at a programmatic level. In this conversation, we shift our focus to the day-to-day experience as viewed by instructors and graduate teaching instructors. Join instructors and graduate teaching assistants as they describe their experiences with Contraseña and highlight both instructor and student perspectives on implementation.
April 13, 2:00-2:40 PM EST
Amy Rossomondo (University of Kansas)
While the paperless classroom has been here for some time, the COVID Crisis of 2020 pushed the boundaries of what could be accomplished in a digital environment. Join a conversation on the lessons learned two years later from adapting to digital classrooms, including examples of explicit 21st Century Skill Development and alternative assessment.
This conversation features a panel discussion by three language program directors who are transforming their programs with the help of Contraseña. They share highlights and practical recommendations for how best to implement this innovative program across diverse Elementary and Intermediate Spanish programs.
Say goodbye to mechanical drill exams and allow your students to shine! In Contraseña, students are assessed through motivating, personalized, and engaging projects that allow them to showcase their language skills, and subsequently reflect on their learning. Learn more about the benefits, both linguistically and psychologically, of this unique form of assessment with more realistic—and less anxiety-inducing—grading expectations.
While the paperless classroom has been here for some time, the COVID Crisis of 2020 pushed the boundaries of what could be accomplished in a digital environment. Check out the conversation on the lessons learned from adapting to digital classrooms, including examples of how Contraseña promotes key media and technological literacy.
Are we prepared to meet the needs of 21st century students with materials that foster communication, share inclusive perspectives, and are accessible and affordable? These are the goals of Contraseña, a new digital Introductory and Intermediate Spanish program from LingroLearning, and this workshop provides an introduction to the program’s ground-breaking use of project-based learning and backwards design.
How can instructors prepare beginning students to engage with the Spanish language in realistic, authentic ways? This conversation will focus on how text-driven language learning and task-based instruction can prepare students to engage in higher level authentic materials, which in turn promotes critical thinking and information literacy. Samples from Contraseña will be shared.