Balancing Independent and Peer/Group Work in Language Class


Takako Nakakubo, Faculty Associate

Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Wisconsin-Madison

3:30 pm CDT, Thursday, April 15

Session recording coming soon



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.

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