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Pre-Convention Workshops

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Full Day Workshops

9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Advance rate by October 30: $145 each

W01 | The Marzano Approach to the Art and Science of Teaching and 21st Century Skills
Many of you may already be familiar with Dr. Robert Marzano’s The Art and Science of Teaching and The Highly Engaged Classroom. As a workshop trainer with the Marzano research laboratory, Dr. Phil Warrick, an associate vice president for Marzano Research Laboratory, will actively engage participants in learning and experiencing research-based instructional elements based on Dr. Marzano’s work. What helps learners use language to discuss and exchange ideas; understand what they read, hear, or view; or, create and present content?  What strategies will develop learners’ use of language at levels that reflect and support the Common Core State Standards? This workshop will answer these questions and introduce participants to a system of personal and professional evaluation as they reflect on their current instructional practices.  The workshop will focus on research-based instructional elements to increase student engagement, provide more time for student talk and collaboration, help students effectively interact with new content, and deepen their understanding of content. 

Learning Target: Educator Effectiveness

Presenter(s): Phil Warrick, Marzano Research Laboratory

W02 | Keys to Planning for Student Learning: A Guide to Curriculum, Unit and Lesson Design
Join your colleagues in this workshop where you will complete a step-by-step process to create an outline for a program of vertically aligned curriculum that builds students' communication skills and cultural understanding. The National Standards provide the foundation for and guide the choice of overarching themes for each level of the curriculum. A well-developed curriculum also includes indicators of expected student performance at each level of instruction guided by the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and Performance Descriptors. The role of 21st Century Skills and the Common Core in curriculum design will also be discussed. (The workshop builds on a forthcoming ACTFL publication by Laura Terrill and Donna Clementi)

Learning Target: Program Models

Presenter(s): Donna Clementi, Lawrence University

W03 | Keys to Planning for Student Learning: Implementing Common Core Literacy Strategies
Want to learn the connection between the National Standards and the Common Core with an emphasis on implementation of Common Core Reading and Writing Standards at all levels of instruction? This workshop will provide that and allow participants to develop daily lessons incorporating strategies that engage students as they work with literary and informational texts. Writing strategies that allow students to begin to express their own thinking as they create narrative, argumentative and informative texts will also be modeled. (The workshop builds on a forthcoming ACTFL publication by Laura Terrill and Donna Clementi)

Learning Target: Research-Informed Instruction

Presenter(s): Laura Terrill, Independent Consultant

W04 | Using Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) to Improve Learning and Instruction
Hear from the experts! The authors of the forthcoming ACTFL publication, Implementing Integrated Performance Assessment, will present an overview of Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) at the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels. This workshop will provide participants with expanded guidelines for how to design IPA tasks to inform the backward design of a unit. Suggestions on how to provide effective feedback and modeling to improve learner performance will be shared. Included will be a re-conceptualized rubric for the interpretive mode and the addition of IPA rubrics for Advanced level language performance.  Participants will begin to design integrated performance assessment tasks for use in their own classrooms using teacher-tested templates.

Learning Target: Standards & Assessment

Presenter(s): Bonnie Adair-Hauck, University of Pittsburgh; Eileen Glisan, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Francis Troyan, The Ohio State University

W05 | Unlock Students’ Potential: Developing 21st Century Skills Using Emerging Technologies
How are emerging technologies reshaping possibilities for working, playing, living and learning in the 21st Century? How does this offer world language teachers and students unprecedented access to linguistic and cultural resources from around the world?  Participants will explore techniques and technologies for integrating the World Languages 21st Century Skills Map, and the ways in which these skills support student diversity, autonomy and lifelong learning. Learn how students can develop and apply communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and media literacy skills to create content, practice communication, and work in teams. Participants will evaluate sample activities across languages and levels, becoming familiar with technologies that support student performance in the three communication modes. Laptop/tablet recommended.

Learning Target: Personalized Learning

Presenter(s): Lauren Rosen, University of Wisconsin; Barbara Lindsey, University of Maryland; Cherice Montgomery, Brigham Young University

W06 | The ACTFL OPI: Assessing and Teaching for Proficiency at the Novice and Intermediate Levels
Become familiar with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines-Speaking and with the assessment criteria and rating scale of the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), focusing on the Novice and Intermediate levels. Participants will view and analyze videotaped interviews conducted in English, practice rating language samples, and identify what it takes for language learners to move through the Novice and Intermediate levels.  You will experience and examine a variety of effective strategies to develop, practice, and assess oral proficiency in your classrooms. Target audience includes educators of all languages who teach beginning and intermediate students from elementary through postsecondary settings.

Learning Target: Standards & Assessment

Presenter(s): Arnold Bleicher, ACTFL OPI and AAPPL Trainer

W07 | The ACTFL OPI: Assessing and Teaching for Proficiency at the Advanced and Superior Levels
Become familiar with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines-Speaking and with the assessment criteria and rating scale of the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), focusing on the Advanced and Superior levels. You will have an opportunity to view and analyze videotaped interviews conducted in English, practice rating language samples, and identify what it takes for language learners to move through the Advanced and Superior levels. Then, you will examine the essential elements of program design and instructional strategies to help language learners reach the higher levels of oral proficiency. Target audience includes educators of all languages who teach more advanced students from high school through postsecondary settings.

Learning Target: Standards & Assessment

Presenter(s): Chantal Thompson, Brigham Young University

W08 | The Writing Proficiency Guidelines and Implications for Assessment and Instruction
Need an introduction to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines-Writing, the major and minor level descriptors, and the criteria for assigning a global writing proficiency rating? If so, this workshop is for you! Participants examine a variety of writing tasks across levels of proficiency, evaluate language samples based on the Guidelines’ criteria, and design appropriate writing activities and assessments at the four major levels. You will experience and examine a variety of effective strategies to develop, practice, and assess writing proficiency in their classrooms. Target audience includes educators of all languages and all levels from elementary through postsecondary settings.

Learning Target: Standards & Assessment

Presenter(s): Karl Otto, Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania and Independent Consultant

W09 | Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture Workshop       
New and experienced AP teachers as well as Chinese language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses will come away with concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Chinese Language and Culture curriculum. Participants will learn how to align their instruction with the goals of the course, how to build students’ proficiencies in the modes of communication as defined in the Standards for Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century, and how to integrate “authentic materials” into language instruction. Everyone attending this workshop will gain a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam. Participants will receive advice about how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in Chinese. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.

Learning Target: Standards & Assessment

Presenter(s): Richard T. Chi, University of Utah

W10 | Advanced Placement (AP) French Language and Culture Workshop
New and experienced AP teachers as well as French language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses will come away with concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP French Language and Culture curriculum. Drawing from the AP World Language and Culture curriculum framework, participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately build students' proficiencies in the modes of communication as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century, and integrate authentic materials into language instruction. Additionally, workshop attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the AP exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam.  Participants will also receive advice on how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in French. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.

Learning Target: Standards & Assessment

Presenter(s): Deanna Scheffer, St. Johns Country Day School

W11 | Advanced Placement (AP) German Language and Culture Workshop
New and experienced AP teachers as well as German language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses will come away with concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP German Language and Culture curriculum. Drawing from the AP World Language and Culture curriculum framework, participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately build students' proficiencies in the modes of communication as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century and integrate "authentic materials" into language instruction. Additionally, workshop attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam.  Participants will also receive advice on how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in German. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.

Learning Target: Standards & Assessment

Presenter(s): Mary Ashcraft, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

W12 | Advanced Placement (AP) Italian Language and Culture Workshop
New and experienced AP teachers as well as Italian language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses will come away with concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Italian Language and Culture curriculum. Drawing from the AP World Language and Culture curriculum framework, participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately build students' proficiencies in the modes of communication as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century and integrate "authentic materials" into language instruction. Additionally, workshop attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam.  Participants will also receive advice on how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in Italian. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.

Learning Target: Standards & Assessment

Presenter(s): Beppe Cavatorta, University of Arizona

W13 | Advanced Placement (AP) Japanese Language and Culture Workshop
New and experienced AP teachers as well as Japanese language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses will come away with concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Japanese Language and Culture curriculum. Participants will learn how to align their instruction with the goals of the course, how to build students’ proficiencies in the modes of communication as defined in the Standards for Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century, and how to integrate “authentic materials” into language instruction. Everyone attending this workshop will gain a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam. Participants will receive advice about how to prepare for the AP Course Audit.  Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in Japanese. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.

Learning Target: Standards & Assessment

Presenter(s): Yo Azama, North Salinas High School

W14 | Advanced Placement (AP) Latin Workshop
Interested in designing and implementing an effective AP Latin curriculum? This workshop will give participants concrete strategies for doing just that. Drawing from the AP Latin Curriculum Framework, participants will learn how to build activities and assessments that will help students read, understand, translate and analyze Latin poetry and prose. Participants will also learn how to help students reach beyond translation to read with critical, historical, and literary sensitivity. Additionally, workshop attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the AP exam structure and learn effective strategies to help students prepare for the exam. Participants will receive practical advice on how to prepare for a course audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.

Learning Target: Standards & Assessment

Presenter(s): Keely K. Lake, Wayland Academy

W15 | Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Language and Culture Workshop (For teachers with fewer than 3 years of AP experience)
New AP teachers as well as Spanish language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses will come away with concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Spanish Language and Culture curriculum. Drawing from the AP World Language curriculum framework, participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately build students' proficiencies in the modes of communication as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century and integrate authentic materials into language instruction. Additionally, workshop attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam.  Participants will also receive advice on how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in Spanish. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.

Learning Target: Standards & Assessment

Presenter(s): Maritza Sloan, Plano Independent School District

W16 | AP Spanish Language and Culture Workshop (For teachers with more than 3 years of AP experience)
Experienced AP teachers as well as Spanish language educators interested in learning about instructional design and assessment for equivalent college courses will come away with concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Spanish Language and Culture curriculum. Drawing from the AP World Language curriculum framework, participants will learn how to develop activities and assessments that present language in cultural context, appropriately build students’ proficiencies in the modes of communication as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century and integrate authentic materials into language instruction. Additionally, workshop attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure and learn strategies to help students prepare for the exam.  Participants will also receive advice on how to prepare for the AP Course Audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in Spanish. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.

Learning Target: Standards & Assessment

Presenter(s): Ann H. Mar, Alamo Heights High School

W17 | Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Literature and Culture Workshop
New and experienced AP teachers as well as Spanish language educators interested in the expectations for this course will come away with concrete strategies for designing and implementing an effective AP Spanish Literature and Culture curriculum. Drawing from the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Curriculum Framework, participants build activities and assessments that develop students’ proficiencies across the full range of language skills — with special attention to critical reading and analytical writing. Participants also learn how to help students move beyond reading comprehension to relate the content of required texts to literary, historical, sociocultural, and geopolitical contexts in Spanish. Additionally, workshop attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure and learn strategies to prepare students for the AP exam. Participants receive practical advice on how to prepare for a course audit. Each participant will receive a copy of the AP Workshop Handbook. Portions of this workshop will be conducted in Spanish. This workshop is limited to 35 participants.

Learning Target: Standards & Assessment

Presenter(s): Cameron Stephen, Cy-Fair High School


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Half Day Workshops

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Advance rate by October 30: $85 each

W18 | Languages for All:  Differentiation in the Language Classroom
Just how do we meet the needs of all our students in our World Language classrooms? Join us in experiencing differentiation in action. Explore and apply the components of differentiated instruction in connection with strategies and resources that are readily available to incorporate into lessons. Participate in a variety of activities that illustrate how easily our classrooms can promote an environment in which all students thrive.  

Learning Target: Personalized Learning

Presenter(s): Deborah W. Espitia and Leslie Grahn, Howard County Public Schools

W19 | Roadmap for Effective Programs for Young Learners
What are the key decisions schools must make as they are planning to start a language program at the elementary school or working to improve an existing one? Different program models deliver different results. This workshop will present key program elements including program design, standards, assessments, curriculum, and articulation and take participants through the planning process.

Learning Target: Program Models

Presenter(s): Helena Curtain, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, emerita

W20 | Writing the ACTFL/CAEP (NCATE) Program Report: Strengthening World Language Teacher Preparation Programs Through the ACTFL/CAEP (NCATE) Standards
This workshop will prepare foreign language teacher education programs to write their ACTFL/CAEP (NCATE) Program Report as they seek national NCATE recognition. Participants will examine the program standards, the program report template, and sample assessments. Hands-on activities will focus on the types of assessments and data that can demonstrate achievement of the standards.

Learning Target: Educator Effectiveness

Presenter(s): Rebecca Fox, George Mason University; Nathan Bond, Texas State University

W21 | Gamification for Language Learning
Can video games be of value for learning languages? Participants who are curious, unsure, or excited about online games and their role in the classroom will benefit by exploring the potential of gamification to enhance language learning. Experience and analyze a variety of software that has been successfully implemented in language classrooms, develop game-enhanced activities that are useful for language learning, and discuss ways games and game-informed principles may be useful in your own teaching and learning context. 

Learning Target: Personalized Learning

Presenter(s): Jonathan Reinhardt, University of Arizona; Julie Sykes, University of Oregon

W22 | Developing Cultural Proficiency
What is cultural proficiency and how is it acquired? The National Standards for Language Learning identify the key focus for teaching culture as understanding the major perspectives of a culture and then helping learners make connections to the various cultural products and practices. Participants in this workshop will examine components of cultural proficiency and the types of learning experiences that develop the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to both understand and function within another culture. Educators of any language at any level will be able to apply strategies experienced through examples from a variety of cultures. This workshop is designed to stand alone; however, the afternoon immersion workshops give you an opportunity to experience specific strategies for teaching culture in the language.

Learning Target: Cultural Proficiency

Presenter(s): Wendy Allen, St. Olaf College


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Half Day Workshops

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Advance rate by October 30: $85 each

W23 | Immersion Workshop: Embedding Culture in the Teaching of Chinese
Join your colleagues in this immersion workshop where you will experience specific strategies for teaching cultures of the Chinese speaking worlds. While immersing in the language and culture throughout the workshop, each participant will come to better understand cultural perspectives that permeate the practices and products of the cultures where Chinese is the dominant language.  The featured cultural topics will provide examples of how to link the learning goals for culture with those for developing language proficiency. Educators will access and examine a variety of resources to help prepare language learners at all levels to understand, communicate, and function within another culture. This workshop builds on the strategies presented in the morning’s related workshop “Developing Cultural Proficiency”; however, participants are not required to attend the morning workshop in order to participate in this immersion workshop. The workshop will be conducted entirely in Chinese, giving participants valuable language practice. 

Learning Target: Cultural Proficiency

Presenter(s): Shuhan Wang, Independent Consultant

W24 | Immersion Workshop: Embedding Culture in the Teaching of French
Experience specific strategies for teaching the culture of France. While immersing in the language and culture throughout the workshop, each participant will come to better understand French cultural perspectives that permeate the practices and products of the culture.  Educators will access and examine a variety of resources to help prepare language learners at all levels to understand, communicate, and function within another culture, especially those resources of the French Embassy’s Education Office. Learn to use culture to engage and motivate learners as they simultaneously improve their language performance. This workshop builds on the strategies presented in the morning’s related workshop “Developing Cultural Proficiency”; however, participants are not required to attend the morning workshop in order to participate in this immersion workshop. The workshop will be conducted entirely in French, giving participants valuable language practice.

Learning Target: Cultural Proficiency

Presenter(s): Jean-François Duclos, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Anne Lair, University of Utah

W25 | Immersion Workshop: Embedding Culture in the Teaching of German
Join your colleagues in this workshop and experience specific strategies for teaching the culture of German-speaking countries and building intercultural skills. While immersing in the language and culture throughout the workshop, each participant will come to better understand cultural perspectives that permeate the practices and products of culture. The featured topics and hands-on activities will provide examples of how to link the culture and intercultural learning goals with those for developing language proficiency. Educators will access and examine a variety of resources to help prepare language learners at all levels to understand, communicate, and function within another culture. This workshop builds on the strategies presented in the morning’s related workshop “Developing Cultural Proficiency”; however, participants are not required to attend the morning workshop in order to participate in this immersion workshop. The workshop will be conducted entirely in German, giving participants valuable language practice.

Learning Target: Cultural Proficiency

Presenter(s): Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim, Calvin College

W26 | Immersion Workshop: Embedding Culture in the Teaching of Japanese
Join your colleagues in this workshop and experience specific strategies for teaching the culture of Japan and building intercultural skills. While immersing in the Japanese language and culture throughout the workshop, each participant will come to better understand Japanese cultural perspectives that permeate the practices and products of the culture. The featured topics and activities will provide examples of how to link the culture and intercultural learning goals with those for developing language proficiency. Educators will access and examine a variety of resources to help prepare language learners at all levels to understand, communicate, and function within another culture. This workshop builds on the strategies presented in the morning’s related workshop “Developing Cultural Proficiency”; however, participants are not required to attend the morning workshop in order to participate in this immersion workshop. The workshop will be conducted entirely in Japanese, giving participants valuable language practice.

Learning Target: Cultural Proficiency

Presenter(s): Kiyomi Chinen, California State University-Long Beach.

W27 | Immersion Workshop: Embedding Culture in the Teaching of Spanish
Join your colleagues in this workshop and experience specific strategies for teaching the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. While immersing in the language and culture throughout the workshop, each participant will come to better understand the cultural perspectives that permeate the practices and products of these cultures.  Educators will access and examine a variety of resources to help prepare language learners at all levels to understand, communicate, and function within another culture, especially those resources of the Spanish Embassy’s Education Office. Learn to use culture to engage and motivate learners as they simultaneously improve their language performance. This workshop builds on the strategies presented in the morning’s related workshop “Developing Cultural Proficiency”; however, participants are not required to attend the morning workshop in order to participate in this immersion workshop. The workshop will be conducted entirely in Spanish, giving participants valuable language practice.

Learning Target: Cultural Proficiency

Presenter(s): Elena Marco Fabre, Education office, Consulate of Spain, Houston

W28 | Building 21st Century Postsecondary Departments
Extraordinary change is taking place in higher education. As the landscape of higher education shifts, departments of language learning must examine policies, processes, and programs in order to map out program models that best serve language learners. Presenters will introduce topics of high interest, including:  ACTFL accreditation pilot for higher education language departments, enrollment changes and staffing, online course delivery, ACTFL/CAEP (NCATE) program review, languages for specific purposes (STEM programs, service learning, study abroad), and ACTFL documents of interest to higher education. Participants will engage in active discussion and will generate ways to integrate/implement these topics at their institution.

Learning Target: Educational Policy and Leadership

Presenter(s): Debbie Baldini, University of Missouri-St. Louis; Dave McAlpine, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

W29 | Research into Practice:  Effective Instructional Strategies
Educators want to use instructional strategies that will result in the best possible student performance. Teachers try new activities that appear effective, yet rightfully question whether the activities will promote the desired student proficiency results. What strategies help learners become confident, independent users of their new languages? Research provides insights into the results of different approaches in language learning. Workshop participants will learn of research connected with language learning and how it applies to support their students' acquisition of the target language. Learn instructional strategies and activities that will produce highly effective student results.

Learning Target: Research-informed Instruction

Presenter(s): Audrey Heining-Boynton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill