Accommodating diverse student needs in the online and remote teaching environment

Mandy Menke, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, Director of Language Programs, Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies, University of Minnesota

3:30 pm central time, Thursday, October 15

Session recording HERE

Description: The shift to Emergency Remote Teaching in the Spring pushed instructors and students to rapidly adapt to synchronous online language sessions. Under the circumstantial conditions, this adaptation entailed adjusting common processes and procedures with minimum considerations to the affordances of the online meeting environment, and with limited assessments of the benefits and constraints of such tools. However, the Fall semester has seen an increase in accommodation requests that specifically draw upon the affordances of online meeting tools, such as Zoom. Nonetheless, methodical, wholesome assessments of these affordances are pending. In the case of language learning, the modes of communication seem to conflict with some of the resources requested to tend to accommodations. In this session, the discussant will address questions pertaining to accommodation requests in synchronous language classes conducted in Zoom. The learning table will be guided by the following questions: 

  • How can instructors, students, and administrators better interpret accommodation needs in light of the affordances of online meeting environments?
  • How can language instructors attempt to strike a balance between tool affordances, accommodations, and modes of communication practiced?
  • How can language instructors adapt their lessons to effectively implement teaching strategies that address accommodations?
  • What are some considerations for analyzing accommodation requests in online synchronous meetings?

About the discussant: Dr. Mandy Menke (pronouns: she/her) specializes in Spanish second language acquisition by both child and adult learners and multiliteracies pedagogy. Her current research projects explore lexical and syntactic complexity development, advanced Spanish second language acquisition, and teacher learning around multiliteracies pedagogy. 

Delivery format: Zoom meeting

Contact: Jana Martin, Associate Director, Language Institute. Email Jana for access to a recording of the session.

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at least three business days prior to the event.

Sponsors: University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Language Media Center; University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) Language Resource Center; University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Language Center; Michigan State University, Center for Language Teaching Advancement; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Language Institute