A Toolbox for all Language Educators
A Toolbox for all Language Educators

Transferring Language Classes to Distance-Learning: Information & Resources

On March 11, 2020, CUNY announced that starting March 19, classes will be held in distance-learning form for the remainder of the Spring semester.

As a start, we recommend the guide provided by the Teaching & Learning Center of the Graduate Center. Campus-based guidance here. The TLC also set up a Slack workspace for all CUNY faculty (including adjuncts and GTFs) who need assistance transitioning face-to-face courses to fully online. Sign up to Slack with CUNY email domains here

The Modern Languages Association (MLA) has been compiling resources specifically addressing remote language instruction.

Will you be teaching languages with Zoom? The Language Resource Center at Columbia University has made available this webinar.

For CUNY instructors and faculty there is:

Webex is an alternative tool for live meetings, and CUNY has a 90-day license for the application. Please see here for details on how to use WebEx both within and outside of Blackboard.


  • 8 tips by longtime online CUNY-SPS instructor Richard Schumaker here
  • Pieces of practical advice by Pr. Sophie Queuniet, Senior Lecturer in French at Columbia University, here.

Are you a language instructor used to or transferring to distance learning? We’d like to hear from you. Contact us with tips, strategies, feedback on distance learning, or questions.

Be safe, and please remember to check The Graduate Center’s coronavirus website and CUNY’s coronavirus website for regular updates.








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