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SOFLA Webinar

This is a past event.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Virtual Event

K-12 professionals are invited to join us for a webinar featuring Helanie Marshall to discuss The Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach (SOFLA)!



Helaine W. Marshall is Professor of Education and Director of Language Education Programs at LIU Hudson, NY, USA. She teaches courses in linguistics and multicultural education in face-to-face, blended, and synchronous online formats. Her research interests include: culturally responsive-sustaining education, SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education), nontraditional teaching of grammar, and instructional technology, especially flipped learning. She has published articles in ELT Journal and TESOL Journal, among others.  Her most recent book, published with University of Michigan Press, is Meeting the Needs of SLIFE: A Guide for Educators, 2nd ed., co-authored with Andrea DeCapua and Frank L. Tang.  Dr. Marshall has developed a model of online flipped learning, and her most recent article on that topic is “Fostering Teaching Presence through the Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach,” published in TESL-EJ and co-authored with Ilka Kostka.


The Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach (SOFLA®)  (Marshall, 2017; Marshall & Rodriguez Buitrago, 2017; Marshall & Kostka, 2020) is a distance learning model that most closely replicates actual classroom teaching. SOFLA® includes structured, interactive, multimodal activities in an eight-step learning cycle with both asynchronous and synchronous components, that create fertile spaces for students now learning online. In this workshop, the presenter takes participants through the steps of SOFLA®: (1) Pre-Work; (2) Sign-In; (3) Whole Group Application; (4) Breakouts; (5) Share-Out; (6) Preview and Discovery; (7) Assignment Instructions; and (8) Reflection. Participants will experience the model they are learning about, as in a loop input approach (Woodward, 2003; Krulatz & Neokleous, 2017) to teacher education. While SOFLA® is a template that can be applied to any instructional context, the workshop will use the lens of immigrant and refugee-background learners to illustrate the approach. Digital tools and resources will be provided.


Hi registrants – this is Helaine Marshall.  You’ll be joining me very soon for an online adventure.  I know it is not typical to prepare ahead with a pre-assigned task, but that is what I am asking of you.  It won’t take long and will make our time together more enjoyable for you.  Here is your link:

Many thanks in advance.  And don’t forget to bring your cultural artifact! See you 4/8 at 4:00 pm!

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