Enjoyment as Engagement: Sample Activities for the Language Classroom

Julie Larson-Guenette
Teaching Faculty, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+
University of Wisconsin-Madison

3:30 pm CDT, Thursday, March 24, 2022


This session will explore how enjoyable and even fun(!) activities can engage language learners at various levels. Specifically, this presentation will demonstrate sample activities for classroom warm-ups along with initiating, developmental, and continuing activities that foster collaboration, engagement, and enjoyment. 

About the discussant:

Julie Larson-Guenette (PhD, UW-Madison) is teaching faculty for the undergraduate German program in the department of German, Nordic and Slavic+ at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current interests include instructed-SLA, learner variables and strategies relative to L2 literacy and the German-American experience. She is also the faculty director for the UW’s International Learning Community’s (ILC) Stockwerk Deutsch and a member of the UW-System Placement Testing Committee for German. Prior to returning to Madison, Julie has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on language teaching methods, content literacy and linguistics. 

Delivery format: Zoom meeting

Contact: Jana Martin, Associate Director, Language Institute.

Accommodations: 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