The Bridge Webinar Series: Integrating Technologies to Support Language Learning

Please join The Bridge webinar series on Friday, May 16th from 12-1pm Eastern Time for insights, tips and ideas on technology integration in second langauge classrooms. This will be a not-to-miss discussion with leaders in the field of language learning and technology.

Joining The Bridge will be Rehab Rajab, immediate past-president of TESOL Arabia and MAET alumna, Dr. Chin-Hsi Lin, Assistant Professor of Language Learning and Technology at Michigan State University, Jean-Pierre Heussaf, ESL Teacher at the American School of Paris and celebrated student affairs coordinator of the MAET Overseas program, Jamie Perry, Spanish Teacher, Chicago Public schools and MAET alumna, and Wheatley Davis, Certified Educator for Common Sense Media, Spanish Teacher, MAET alumna and recently appointed content curator with the Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology program.

Together with hosts, Spencer Greenhalgh (learner of French as a second language and former FSL teacher) and Rohit Mehta (learner of English as a Second Language) the conversation will focus on issues of pressing importance in the second language classroom: How to integrate technologies effectively to support language acquisition, communication skills development and the development of reading and writing in multiple, multimodal forms; how to engage students in language learning using technologies; advice for teachers who want to integrate technologies but who may not have much in the way of tools; how to use technologies to support the development of cultural understanding…and much more.

Please join us!

The conversation will run live on Friday May 16  from 12PM-1PM Eastern at

If you miss the livestream, the conversation will be archived at too.

Resources will also be openly shared on the embedded EtherPad for you to explore.

Date: Friday, May 16,  2014

Time: 1-2 pm Eastern Time

Where: Watch the embedded livestream at

What: Learn how language teachers and researchers think about technology integration in their work. Get practical technolgy tips and advice that you can use to support students’ learning in your second language program.

Watch #MAETBridge and #MAET on Twitter for a link to the event!

Guest Bios

Rehab Rajab, ESL Teacher, Technology Integration Specialist, Teacher Trainer and Immediate Past President, TESOL Arabia Organisation, Dubai, UAE.

Rehab Rajab has been involved in professional development activities for teachers in the UAE through her work with TESOL Arabia since 2007. Currently She is the Immediate Past President of the organization. She worked as an ESL teacher for 12 years in Egypt and the UAE before becoming Instructional Technology Supervisor and Teacher Trainer at The Institute of Applied Technology in 2012 where she designs Educational Technology professional development courses for 600 teachers. Rehab is passionate about sharing innovative teaching ideas and developing online learning communities. She holds an MA in Educational Technology from Michigan State University; she’s also an Apple Distinguished Educator (Class of 2013) and an Authorized Apple Professional Development Trainer.  Twitter: @rehabrajab

Jean-Pierre Heussaf, French Teacher, American School of Paris

Jean-Pierre Heussaf is an early literacies specialist who teaches young children to read, write, listen and speak French as an additional language at the American School of Paris. For twelve years, JP, as he is affectionately known to everyone in MAET, has coordiated student affairs for our overseas programs. Though he claims he is not a “techie” he recently organized a two-day technology integration professional development experience for his colleagues.

Dr. Chin-Hsi Lin, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University College of Education.

Chin-Hsi Lin is an assistant professor of Technology and Second Language Education. His primary research interest is emerging technologies in language education, especially new forms of social media. He investigates the process and outcome of social learning and authentic communications on a social network site developed for language learning. His secondary research interest is psychology of reading, particularly the reading development of Chinese language learners. He examines how first language and orthographic co-occurrence in second language affects the reading development of Chinese learners.

Wheatley Davis, Spanish Teacher, Michigan, Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, Certified Educator for Common Sense Media

Wheatley Davis teaches 8th grade students in Warren, Michigan.  This is her 10th year in secondary education.  Her students’ families hail from various countries (and languages), including Iraq, the Philippines, Poland, Bangladesh, and Lebanon.  When she isn’t at school, Ms. Davis enjoys reading her Kindle, gleaning new info on Twitter, and spending time with her husband and their sweet pitbull pup, Violet.

Jamie Perry, Spanish Teacher, Chicago

Jamie Perry is a middle grades Spanish teacher who also runs an after school theatre program at Stone Scholastic Academy, a CPS school in Chicago’s West Rogers Park neighborhood. After completing her BA in Acting/Playwriting from Indiana University, she lived abroad in Spain and taught adult English language learners. She completed her MAT in Foreign Language Instruction from National-Louis University, and her MA in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. Jamie enjoys exploring innovative ways to use technology to foster creativity and critical thinking skills in her students.  Twitter @jamielperry19



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