PLONS: Professional Learning Online Network Spaces

The word plons in Dutch describes the noise made by something splashing into a surface and is thus an apt name for the Professional Learning Online Network Spaces, which are designed to create a ripple effect, by fostering linkages between language teaching, research and practice, and shared ideas and resources between educators.

These groups are intended for foreign language educators in middle school, high school and college institutions. Five PLONS have been organized through 2023, with calls for specific groups within these communities appearing here periodically (usually in the summer preceding the activity). PLONS vary in length, with activities from a few months to a couple of years.

2023 Call for PLONS Participants:

Conceptualizing and Creating the Syllabus

A project by The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), May 29 to August 7, 2023

Led by Beatrice Dupuy and Elyse Petit

The application to be part of this group of Language Program Directors/Coordinators and Language Educators at the collegiate level closed on April 21st. 

Participants will:

  • work independently and in collaboration with colleagues and facilitators;    
  • share resources and engage in discussions on syllabus design;  
  • workshop their syllabus based on feedback from other participants and the facilitators;  
  • have the option to publish their syllabus as a CARLA/CERCLL open educational resource


Some important dates

  • April 21, 2023: Applications due
  • April 28, 2023: Notification of acceptance
  • May 29, 2023: Introductory Zoom Meeting
  • August 7, 2023: Wrap-up Zoom meeting


Participation will include…

  • Discussion around articles/webinars on Perusall;
  • Bi-monthly video-recorded reflection;
  • Sharing of resources
  • Creation or Update of a syllabus for a course that will be taught in Fall 2023 and submission for peer and facilitator feedback.

There is no fee to participate in the PLONS.

Questions about this PLONS?

Contact Elyse Petit or Beatrice Dupuy for answers.