CERCLL is offering a series of professional development webinars for language educators over the course of the 2022-2023 academic year, in which presenters bring newer, multiliteracies approaches to address traditional topics in language teaching. Participants who attend these webinars live can request a certificate of attendance for 1.5 hours of continuing education for each of these events. In addition, live attendees will be contacted after each webinar with information about how to apply for a digital badge.


You can also access all recordings in the Multiliteracies Takes on Language Teaching series on our YouTube channel.

Nurturing Creativity and Agency in L2 through Digital Storytelling Projects

Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 10-11:30 AM (Arizona)

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Webinar presented by Elyse B. Petit (Santa Rosa Junior College, California)


Digital Storytelling (DS) is a textual narrative embedded with other modes of communication. It consists of a “short, two to three-minute mini-film usually based on still photos brought into a multimedia format with a textual narrative read with the narrator’s voice (Lundby, 2008, p.366). Many studies have examined the integration of digital stories in educational settings. Still, studies have yet to explore DS in Foreign Language/L2 learning contexts and the beneficial impact on students’ cognition, language learning, and technology and media skills. Inspired by the Story Center’s movement and mission to “create spaces for listening to and sharing stories” and to provide “skills and tools that support self-expression, creative practice and community building” (https://www.storycenter.org), Dr. Petit uses the Center Story’s steps into the curriculum to help students to produce personal and unique digital narratives in L2.

Through samples drawn from learners’ productions, this webinar will present how digital narratives engage students with all language modalities (writing, reading, listening, and speaking), combine various modes (soundtrack, voiceovers, and images) and genres (interview, documentaries, and moving and still images), and develop coherent narratives in which they can express their emotions and values.

In this webinar, participants will 1) define digital storytelling and reflect on what it entails in foreign/L2 language classrooms.; 2) consider the challenges and strategies to organize and assess digital storytelling projects; and 3) discuss how to implement DS in their teaching context.


Further details and the link to register are here.

Learning at, from, and with the art museum: A multiliteracies perspective.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 10-11:30 AM (Arizona)

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Webinar presented by Christelle Palpacuer Lee (Rutgers University)


In this webinar, participants we will connect with the material, creative, and embodied dimensions of L2 learning and teaching, by examining what we can learn from, at, and with the art museum. We will engage with the following questions: ‘What is a museum?’, ‘How do museum-based and pedagogies of multiliteracies intersect?’ and ‘How can I engage L2 learners with (art) museum texts across sites of practice?’ This webinar will provide answers to these questions with a specific focus on the PreK-16 world language classroom, using texts from diverse museums, as well as instructional and experiential strategies drawn from research and from various collaborative projects. First, we will interrogate the art museum as a space of possibilities for language learning and teaching. This will lead us to consider museums as dynamic, situated and multilayered texts and to discuss multimodality, intercultural dialogue, and democratic engagement. Second, we will explore the intersections of pedagogies of multiliteracies with creative, embodied, sensory and material approaches to language and literacies learning and teaching. Third, I will provide frames for engaging L2 learners with, at, and through museum texts, using examples and strategies from research and various projects. Participants will be invited to share their own ideas, strategies, and local practices to include in their own contexts. Finally, we will examine how our engagement with museums and museum texts can open up speculative spaces for the collective re-imagining of world languages and literacies education.


Further details and the link to register are here.

Genre Pedagogies in the World Language Classroom

Tuesday, January 26, 2023,10-11:30 AM (Arizona)

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Webinar presented by Bruna Sommer-Farias (Michigan State University)


This webinar will discuss ways to implement genre pedagogy in world language classes to develop genre awareness across languages. An introduction of genre pedagogies and the concepts of genre awareness and genre-specific knowledge as tools to scaffold writing instruction. Discussion of examples of pedagogical materials designed for multiple languages, including Portuguese, Japanese and Spanish. These examples will illustrate the use of genre as a concept to select relevant texts for reading and writing, to scaffold language and writing instruction, and to leverage learners’ background knowledge to support writing development in additional languages. These practices challenge the teaching of genres as templates and argue for genre knowledge development across languages as a way to recognize, leverage and expand learners’ multilingual repertoires in the world language classroom.


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Fall 2022 Webinars in this Series

Click on the titles below to access the recordings of the Fall webinars in the Multiliteracies Takes on Language Teaching series.

Kate Paesani

Kate Paesani

(University of Minnesota)

Using Language Forms to Communicate About Texts: A Multiliteracies Perspective

Amanda Shufflebarger

Amanda Shufflebarger

(Texas University East)

Poetry and Creative Texts in Any Language Classroom