Columbia LRC Distance Language Pedagogy Seminar

This four-session training sequence is meant for anyone teaching a language at Columbia this summer using Zoom, or any Columbia language teacher who wishes to systematize their knowledge of language pedagogy in the distance format.

Meetings will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 12 – May 21. Each session will consist of presentations from 11am-12pm, and hands-on workshops/discussions from 3-4pm.

Click on the image to the right to download the program. Click the button below to sign up.

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Zoom Drop-in Hours

No need to sign up. If you have any questions about technology or language pedagogy, just drop in and ask!

11:00am-12:00pm, M-F, Christopher Kaiser, Zoom Meeting ID 203 508 3989

3:00pm-4:00pm, M-F, Simon Zuberek, Zoom Meeting ID 847 208 7081

Mock Teaching

Do you want to practice with Zoom? A member of the LRC staff can join your Zoom meeting as a “student,” giving you the opportunity to practice a specific lesson idea or just the basics before you do it in class.

Write to to schedule your mock teaching appointment.

Distance Learning Pedagogies Workshops

Every Thursday at 4pm, the LRC conducts workshops focused on specific aspects of language teaching via distance. Past workshops have included:

• Quickly Transitioning to Teaching via Zoom
• How to do Tests and Quizzes Remotely
• The Zoom Whiteboard and Annotation Features
• Practicing with Breakout Rooms
• Using the Canvas Quizzes Feature
• Lesson Planning and the Move to Pass/Fail
• Using Pear Deck in Language Classes
• Student-Centered Pedagogy in Distance Language Classes

Select workshops are available on our Youtube Distance Learning Pedagogies Playlist.

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More Resources

Columbia FAS Contingency Planning Resources Page:

A Student’s Guide to Zoom:

8 Ways to be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching:

Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning’s page on Teaching Online:

Cornell Language Resource Center page on Covid-19 Preparedness:

Zoom Meeting Tutorials from the Zoom website:

“Going Online in a Hurry” from the Chronicle of Higher Education:

“Resources for Just in Time Online Learning” from the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching

“Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption” from Stanford University

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9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday-Sunday: Closed