events 2016-2017

The CLT hosts a variety of professional development events throughout the year, including the Summer months. In order to better customize and plan for these events, we strongly encourage early registration. On-site registration will also be available.

1/26 – “Organizing Your Work”
2/3 – “Managing Your Classroom”
3p – 4.30p
Moore Hall 155B
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Are you struggling with managing the documents in Laulima? Do you find file sharing (e.g., Dropbox) expensive or inconvenient? Have you wondered what is the most effective way to collaborate with others on creating online documents and sharing files? Come to the CLT workshop on Google Drive to find the answers to these questions! We will offer two sessions covering the basics of using Google Drive for managing your work files (January 26, 2016) and the pedagogical uses of Google Drive apps for managing your classroom (February 3, 2016). Participants will have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with associated apps such as Google Docs, Drawings, Sheets, Slides, and Forms during both sessions, as well as interesting extensions to those apps (e.g., concept mapping, video annotations, etc.).  

Limited Seating. Please register early. Seats: 30 (including 15 participants with their own computer)


9/7, 10/5, 11/2, 11/30
3p – 5p
Moore Hall 155B



Exploring Blended Learning is a new professional development series offered by the CLT. The main purpose of this series is to introduce faculty and graduate students in the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature (LLL) to the principles of blended learning, and equip them with skills and tools for implementing blended learning approaches in their course curricula.
Designed primarily for language instructors, the series comprises four face-to-face 2-hour sessions that cover the topics ranging from the exploration of individual tools for enhancing classroom activities to the construction of personal learning networks. Participants who have successfully completed the series and all required tasks can earn a digital badge.


9/1, 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10
2.30p – 4p
Moore Hall 155B



Faculty Orientation to Online Learning is a professional development series offered to the faculty and graduate students from the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. This series aims at introducing the participants to the basic principles and concepts of online teaching and learning. Instructors who complete the orientation will gain basic familiarity with theoretical and practical aspects of designing an online course, starting from either the adaptation of a traditional course or the creation of an entirely new one, as well as with the resources available to them at UH. They will also be able to earn digital badges that recognize the successful completion of the series.

9/14, 10/12, 11/9
12p – 1p
Moore Hall 155B



The purpose of Wiki Tech Talks is to provide a venue for graduate students and faculty in the LLL College to give a quick demonstration of an interesting learning tool, website, or technology-based activity that they know or use for teaching languages or literature. This is a great opportunity not only to share personal experiences with technology, but also to learn from other faculty and graduate students. Moreover, presenters can emblazon their virtual backpack (and their CV!) with an official badge they will earn from the CLT showing that they contributed towards training their peers.

1/15, 2/19, 3/18, 4/15
3.30p – 4.30p
Moore Hall 151
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The Teaching Assistant Survival Society (TASS) meets once a month each semester, providing an informal forum where TAs can socialize and share ideas/resources on issues of importance to them.  Each TASS session has an experienced facilitator to get the topic conversation rolling, provides snacks and beverages to help fuel the group idea sharing, and allows ample time for socializing and networking. It is our hope that TASS will help develop a good support network for TAs in the College of Languages, Linguistics, & Literature at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. So, whether you’re new at teaching or an “old pro,” whether you have serious questions to discuss or just want to “hang out,” we hope you will make TASS a regular “must go to” event.



7/19, 7/227/26, 7/29, 8/2, 8/5, 8/9
12p – 1.30p
Moore Hall 251

The Teacher Portfolio & Preparation Series (TiPPS) is designed to help future educators (specifically graduate students in language or literature departments at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa) prepare for the job market they will face upon graduation.

Each semester, the 7-part TiPPS workshop will focus on helping participants develop a teacher portfolio (statement of teaching philosophy, documentation of their teaching) and prepare for their job hunt (tips for job searches, tailoring curriculum vitae, writing effective cover letters, and interviews). Registration is limited to 12 participants per semester. TiPPS is typically offered twice a year (during summer session and fall semester).



January 12-15
12p HST
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2016 Online Symposium: Project-Based Language Learning: Inspiring Teachers, Transforming Learning

On January 12-15, 2016, the Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Symposium will bring together experts, educational leaders, and world language teachers to foster the conversation on the potential for PBLL to transform and enhance language education. PBLL’s intersections with content-based instruction, task-based language learning, and performance assessment make it an ideal conduit to ground language learning on real needs and measurable outcomes.
We invite language educators, policymakers, researchers, and innovators to join the conversation and help further refine the PBLL framework by anchoring it to issues and ideas that are relevant to language education. This unique FREE online event will provide attendees not only invaluable opportunities to access expertise in PBLL and engage in thought-provoking and constructive dialogues, but also a chance to network with professionals who are passionate about this topic.
The symposium format makes it easy to integrate to busy schedules. Eight engaging presentations are followed by moderated participant discussions online. These interactive sessions are distributed across four days (i.e., two sessions per day). The five participants who most actively participate meaningfully in discussions will receive free enrolment in the Online Institute “Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning,” to be held the week after the symposium.



1/27,  2/03, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24 
12p HST
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2016 Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Online Institute

Project-Based Learning has a rich and productive history extending for over 100 years. Embark on a journey of discovery to better understand project-based language learning (PBLL) and explore its connections with 21st Century Skills, content-based instruction, performance assessment, and your own instructional context. This year’s Online Institute will feature a special focus on interculturality, the ability to inhabit and interpret different cultures and to reflect upon one’s own culture through the lens of another culture’s values. Experts in the field will guide you through the creation of a project blueprint. Connect with colleagues who have a common interest in quality PBLL implementation.
Complete Option 1 as part of a facilitated cohort or Option 2 via self-paced study. Successfully complete all assigned tasks and earn an NFLRC digital badge, which qualifies you to apply for the NFLRC PBLL Intensive Summer Institute offered each year in Honolulu. Registration for this online institute is $25 and opens in November 2015. Space is limited, so sign up today.


July 27-31
Moore Hall 155B
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Project-Based Language Learning & Interculturality Intensive Summer Institute

How can Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) help learners develop interculturality — the ability to inhabit and interpret different cultures and to see one’s own culture through the eyes of another? How do I design rigorous PBLL projects to incorporate intercultural telecollaborations? The NFLRC 2016 Intensive Summer Institute (ISI) will help you answer these questions with guidance from experts in the field through a dynamic, technology-rich professional development experience. You will work on a Project Blueprint for your own language classroom assisted by colleagues and guided by a group of language professionals with background in PBL, language pedagogy, instructional technology, and assessment.


Fall 2016 Demos & Discussions series

The Demos & Discussion series, co-organized by the NFLRC and CLT, showcases exciting innovations in language teaching and research and provides a convenient professional development opportunity for LLL faculty and graduate students.