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Balancing independent and peer/group work in language class


Engaging activities, meaningful interactions, and community building are essential elements in the language classroom that instructors all aim for, but it can be challenging to integrate them in a remote setting. Allowing students to work on their own is also important to meet their individual needs and learning styles. This presentation will illustrate a series of activities that incorporate independent work and interactive exercises that are motivating, enhance learning, and help students connect with each other and with their teachers. These activities are versatile and are easily modified across students’ proficiency levels and modes of instruction.

About the Discussant:

Takako Nakakubo is a Faculty Associate in Japanese Language. She teaches Japanese at all levels and coordinates elementary Japanese courses at UW-Madison. In addition to teaching Japanese, she supervises and trains graduate teaching assistants. Her research interests include second language acquisition of Japanese, task-based language teaching, learning strategies, and curriculum development.

If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at at least three business days in advance.