W01 - Preparing For Student Success: Designing & Implementing Thematic Instruction

Rebecca Shick

We will walk together through the thematic unit development process. Topics addressed and collaborated on will include: developing a theme, creating essential questions, embedding culture, planning standards-based unit goals, preparing meaningful assessments, advancing language proficiency, and focusing instruction. Themes will not be based on grammar. This workshop was developed based on the Central States Extension Workshop 2016.

W02 - Differentiating in the World Language Classroom

Bryan Drost

Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching in which a classroom teacher adapts instruction (in terms of content, process, and product) with each student's readiness, learning style, and interests. Differentiated instruction is not a single strategy but an approach to teaching where required tasks, instructional approaches, and materials are adjusted according to the needs of individual students.

W03 - The Seamless CI Classroom

Bryan Kandel

Increase student engagement by shifting from a rigid, predictable class to one where input is provided from start to finish in a natural, smooth manner. Bryan will demonstrate practical strategies and methods for delivering input in a variety of ways to help you create an environment in which students acquire language without thinking about the process.


W04 - From Textbook to Real Life: Supporting Textbook Goals with Authentic Resources

Lisa Sobb

Feeling the pressure to ditch your textbook? Are your students unenthused with the publisher-provided activities? Are you required to follow the textbook due to curriculum constraints but want to supplement with more authentic and engaging material? Join Lisa Sobb as she guides you in creating materials that you can use to supplement your textbook's materials. Please bring an electronic device and a textbook that you use in class.

W05 - Corpus tools for the classroom: How to create materials with authentic language

Nausica Marcos Miguel

This presentation will focus on how corpora, collections of written or spoken texts, can serve L2 teachers to provide authentic language examples (concordances), to ensure that the vocabulary items used in their classroom are relevant, and to design exploratory tasks so that learners can reflect on the L2 and compare it with their own L1. This presentation is not language or level specific. From age 12 on up, learners can utilize these tools.


W11 - All Star Using Google Classroom and Apps in Your World Languages Classes

Cheryl Johnson

Is your school a Google Apps for Education school? (If you are not sure, ask your technology department.) If so, bring your laptop and come see what you can do with Google Classroom and other Apps. This workshop is meant for those who have not had an opportunity to explore the power of this suite of apps. You will set up a Google Classroom and start building activities for your students that you can use in your classes after the conference.

W12 - Les Enfoirés: 28 Years of Celebrities in Service

Kirsten Halling

In 1985, beloved comedian Coluche founded a charity to feed the poor, les Restaus du Coeur, but died in 1986 before he could see the full impact of his work. To honor his legacy, the musical phenomenon Les Enfoirés was created to turn profits from concerts and albums into meals for the needy. In this workshop, we will focus on the theme of compassion to introduce and analyze the charity, the songs, and the musicians who sacrifice for this cause.

W13 - Applying the New Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communication from NCSSFL-ACTFL

Kathy Shelton

How can teachers help learners develop their cultural competence while maintaining use of the target language? In this hands-on workshop we will first examine how the new Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communication provide a framework to show the development of cultural competence across the major language proficiency levels of Novice through Distinguished. Then, we will use these Intercultural Can-Do Statements to create sample tasks in the target language aligned to the proficiency sublevels (Novice Low/Mid/High, etc.). Teachers will walk away with activities that allow learners of all levels to use the target language to show their progress in intercultural communication and interaction. Laptop recommended. (Note: The NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communication will be published in Summer 2017. Workshop participants will be provided with a sample copy of the statements.)


W14 - Using Table1 2.0. Tools to Assess for Student Proficiency and Performance

Bryan Drost

Following OFLA Tech's tech integration rubric (moving to the intermediate level), this session will utilize the new version of the integrated performance assessment livebinder created by the team to help teachers assess for performance and proficiency. Web 2.0. tools will be used exclusively to help teachers build lessons and assessments that will not only engage students, but will help teachers make adequate adjustment for student growth.

W15 - Burn the books! Light the way to freedom; building curriculum from the ground up

Christy Woods

Fan the flame! The State Standards changed and meeting them is a challenge. Changes bring an entirely new way of teaching. Amy Gerber, Martha Moats, and Christy Woods share with you the process they used to switch from a textbook driven curriculum to IPA driven curriculum using backwards design. Teachers at all levels and of all languages and experience will benefit from hearing how these teachers went about adjusting to this paradigm shift. Bring a laptop!

W16 - Featured Workshop Speaking Before They Can: Creating a Culture of Communication Through Trust and Comprehensible Input (REPEATED ON SATURDAY MORNING: WORKSHOP W-22)

Grant Boulanger, CSCTFL 2017 Teacher of the Year & ACTFL Teacher of the Year Finalist (See Grant's bio).

Learn to elicit and assess effective interpersonal communication skills in any language, on any topic. Empower students to prepare, interact and engage with intentionality in your language classroom. Build confidence and self-awareness appropriate to your students' proficiency level. Create class culture that breeds trust and fosters community. All with one simple rubric.


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