Instructors & Technical Support Staff
Hala Ghoneim, UW-Whitewater
CLP enhanced my team-work and organizational skills. It gave “building communities” a whole new meaning, and it showed me how technology can play an essential and meaningful role in language learning.
“Students interact with more native speakers of the language they are learning and learn firsthand about the diversity of their cultures. CLP makes learning a host of foreign languages accessible to students whose campuses would not have the resources to offer.”
Kasumi Kato, UW-Whitewater
CLP got me to think what the language classroom might look like across campus in a new way. Classroom rapport between the sending and receiving campus via technology is of significance and I take joy in watching students interacting with each other in the target language despite the physical distance.
“Students organically develop their sensitivity and compassion towards the students on other locations, reflecting on ways in which they deliver speech by means of technology. “
Kaishan Kong, UW-Eau Claire
The CLP format pushes me to be thoughtful on how to revise my pedagogy in order to provide good teaching to the students on the other campus.
“[Teaching distance classes] requires a lot of thoughts, planning and coordination. It provides learning opportunities for students to continue learning a language.”
Magara Maeda, UW-River Falls
CLP changed my attitude and perspectives on FL classroom instruction. I no longer take things for granted, and started thinking constraints and limitations as an advantage. As a result, CLP drives me to be more flexible, creative, innovative, and collaborate with others. It also pushed me to flip my classroom to maximize the classroom interaction time.
“CLP classroom offers more authentic and meaningful communication beyond time and space of a traditional classroom. Being at physically different location brings more dynamic classroom interaction between the sending and receiving site.”
Natalia Roberts, UW-La Crosse
CLP provides an opportunity to learn Less Commonly Taught Languages from experienced and dedicated instructors who constantly work on improving their teaching by incorporating both culture and latest methodology.
“Students benefit from working not just with one native speaker on their campus but also with additional native speakers from other campuses. They get exposure to different regional nuances of spoken language as well as to diverse cultural traditions and generational differences.”
David Coury, UW-Green Bay
[The CLP] has made me more intentional in my lesson planning. I have also created more exercises for in-class work for students that I can then help them with. [It] allows students to take courses that otherwise would not be offered on their campus.
“It takes a lot of initial work and planning, but is rewarding for campus to be able to expand their language offerings.”
Remya Sarma-Traynor, UW-Stevens Point
CLP is awesome. It is fun to find new technologies and to use them for teaching and assessments. I feel that I am connecting with more people, not only at our home campus, but at other campuses, too.
“CLP provides students with the opportunity to share their work with classmates at multiple locations. It builds up their confidence to speak in the target language as they do not only get to know their classmates from their home school but also classmates from other campuses.”
Jessica Miller, UW-Eau Claire
CLP has helped me see exactly how languages can be taught and learned in multiple formats. Teaching in contexts that are seen as non-traditional has helped me think outside of the box and find creative ways to help all my learners.
“More classes available to students means more choices for them, and thus more ways to succeed at learning languages.”
“It is important to keep an open mind when teaching/taking a CLP course and be ready to step out of one’s comfort zone. Fortunately, being out of one’s comfort zone is also one of the best ways to learn.”
Debbie Beyer, UW-Oshkosh
CLP has impacted my instruction in significant ways. In an effort to make language learning and practice more accessible to everyone, I am now incorporating even more technology into my class syllabi. This new technology can be used both during and outside of class time. I look forward to working with students from other campuses and to giving all students the opportunity to work with and learn from each other. CLP helps foster a greater sense of community among different campuses while promoting an increased study of foreign languages across the state.
“I would recommend CLP courses wholeheartedly. Blended language courses offer many benefits. They provide important opportunities for students to interact in the target language beyond the confines of not only their classroom, but their campus as well.”