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Update: According to current NYC Covid regulations, proof of at least one dose of vaccination is required to access the conference area in the hotel. Proof of a negative Covid test is not sufficient. In order to make our on-site conference as safe as possible for attendees, staff, presenters and volunteers, we are requiring that all attendees show proof of vaccination. You may upload an image of your vaccination card or a screenshot of your state’s pass on our registration form.
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Pre-conference Workshops (Ticketed)
Friday Sessions
Saturday Sessions
Techlab
Research Roundtable


Thursday Pre-conference Workshops

Six-hour Workshops, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., $100

2. Museo Del Barrio: Connecting Culture, Community, and the Classroom
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Molly Monet-Viera, Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA
Maria Datel, Boston University, Boston, MA

This workshop takes teachers to the Museo del Barrio to explore how to use local Latinx cultural resources in their classrooms. We will exploit the museum as an intersection of art, heritage, and narration as it tells the history of the Puerto Rican peoples from colonization to the contemporary immigrant experience in NYC. We will spend the morning in the museum taking a tour of the artwork. In the afternoon, we will consider how to plan classroom activities around a piece of art, demonstrate the building blocks of how to create a curricular thematic unit based on one or more works from the museum, and discuss the broader issues of how to connect our students to both local and global target-language community resources. Participants will meet in the presentation room at the hotel and travel together to the museum. Lunch will be on your own before returning to the hotel for the afternoon component of the workshop.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Spanish and English Keyword: Communities/Workplace


Three-hour Workshops, 8:30–11:30 a.m., $50

3. Maximizing Student Performance on Proficiency-based Assessments
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Leslie Grahn, Independent Consultant, Clarksville, MD

During this workshop, participants will analyze student writing samples and refine strategies for using backward design to plan authentic learning experiences that will lead to student achievement on performance assessments. Participants will engage in a rubric calibration activity to encourage providing meaningful feedback that promotes student growth in proficiency. Finally, participants will reflect on ways to strengthen the assessment prompts.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Assessment

4. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A Roadmap for Learning German
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Christopher Gwin, Haddonfield High School, Haddonfield, NJ
Margaret Gonglewski, Ph.D., The George Washington University, Washington, DC

What does a sustainable future look like? How can we guide learners of German at varied levels of proficiency to deepen their understanding of the global climate crisis? This workshop offers a wide range of sample lessons, which weave the themes of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into existing German language and culture curricula at both the high school and college levels of instruction. Presenters share their paths in developing the materials and the experiences of learners in finding voice and agency in their classroom communities and beyond. These lesson samples can inform choices for instruction and materials in many traditional curriculum frameworks, or they can enhance already mandated texts and lesson plans.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: German Keyword: Curriculum

5. High Leverage Teaching Practices Lead the Way
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Beckie Bray Rankin, Lexington High School, Lexington, MA

In this workshop, participants will live-stream with Eileen Glisan, co-author of the second volume of Enacting the Work of Language Instruction, who will dive deep into establishing meaningful and purposeful contexts for language learning in the classroom. Participants will then collaborate with the workshop presenter and with each other to put their learning into practice. Learn from several LILL Advocates as they share their journeys of leading from the classroom with high-leverage teaching practices to affect change in their spheres of influence. Acquire strategies for dealing with challenges and setbacks when leading change. Work with facilitators and participants to create a personal plan of action to apply the learning back in our classes and communities.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: English Keyword: Professional development

6. The Power to Choose: Rethinking the IPA with Choices
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Maureen Lamb, Kingswood Oxford School, West Hartford, CT

How do we provide our students with authentic learning experiences by allowing for choice in assessment? Come explore how student choice is leveraged within a re-envisioned IPA to accentuate student preferences, support diverse student needs, model differentiated learning, and develop proficiency. Participants will create their own modified IPAs and receive feedback as part of the workshop. Participants will receive templates and will brainstorm ideas to create IPAs for their own classes and to share with colleagues.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Latin, Spanish Keyword: Assessment

7. Using the Talk-Read-Talk-Write Strategy with Authentic Resources
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Greta Lundgaard, Consultant, Flower Mound, TX

Grow better readers and writers by letting them talk about authentic resources! As teachers shift to a performance-based proficiency-focused learning plan, being able to process and demonstrate understanding of authentic texts becomes a key component. Talk, Read, Talk, Write (TRTW) is a flexible and compelling learner-centered strategy that integrates all three modes: giving students opportunities to process texts, make meaning through social learning, and write for authentic purposes, all while increasing their language proficiency. Participants will experience the steps in the strategy themselves and collaborate on classroom application at different proficiency levels.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Instructional strategies


Three-hour Workshops, 12:30–3:30 p.m., $50

8. Unveiling the New French Standards
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Anne Jensen, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Randa Duvick, Ph.D., Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, ID

This workshop will introduce participants to the newly revised French standards available through ACTFL. Participants will have the opportunity to work with each other and see how they can apply these standards to their French classrooms. Presenters will provide participants with an overview of the standards document (introduction, performance indicators, and learning scenarios). The newly revised French standards were completed in June 2021 after a three-year effort to bring this project to fruition.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: French Keyword: Curriculum

9. Developing Proficiency through Language Functions and Forms
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Bill Heller, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
Joanne O’Toole, Ph.D., SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY

Each communication standard in the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages identifies several language functions for students to carry out. As language functions — the purposes for language use — remain the same across proficiency levels, it is through differentiated and increasingly sophisticated lexical forms and grammatical structures that students progress. In this workshop, participants will discover how to select appropriate lexical items and grammatical structures for each language function that align with course proficiency targets. Then, they will identify ways to create authentic communicative contexts and explore research-informed strategies to support students in carrying out these language functions and advancing their proficiency.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Curriculum

10. The African Diaspora:Highlighting Connections, Comparisons, and Communities
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Rhashida Hilliard, Ph.D., Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY
April Broussard, Town School, New York, NY

The United Nations has declared the years 2015–2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent. As such, the international community recognizes that people of African descent ‘represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.’ With at least 200 million people of African descent living in the Americas in addition to other parts of the world, this workshop seeks to highlight ACTFL’s 5 C goals, especially stressing connections, comparisons, and communities between and within the African Diaspora. Moreover, this workshop seeks to explore ways World Language educators can incorporate the rich backgrounds of their own classrooms into their lessons to promote interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication in the target language.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

11. Getting Your Department On Board: Rewriting the Curriculum
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Michael Travers, Wellesley High School, Wellesley, MA

As we teach for proficiency we may have to rethink the way we plan and write our units. Oftentimes this needs to be done with a full department and that can pose its challenges. In this workshop, we will look at some of the steps to lead curriculum revisions in a department by looking at different models, examining unit design strategies, and discussing how to collaborate on quality curriculum where language and culture are front and center.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: English Keyword: Curriculum

12. Critical Thinking: Tools for Connecting Classroom Roots to Global Reach
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Lucy Lee, Seton Hall Preparatory School/CLASS, West Orange, NJ
Yu-Lan Lin, Boston Public Schools/CLASS, Boston, MA
Baocai Jia, Fremont Union High School District/CLASS, Cupertino, CA
Carol Chen-Lin, Choate Rosemary Hall School/CLASS, Wallington, CT

The integration of critical thinking skills in language learning is a crucial issue in 21st-century learning. In this workshop, the presenters will focus on the use of authentic Chinese resources that teachers may utilize to encourage students to think more deeply. Effective questioning and probing techniques will be shared with sample lessons taken from Chinese classrooms. The presenters will discuss and share teaching strategies on how to transform language classrooms into places of higher order thinking, even at the introductory level. Participants will follow the demonstration and examples of how to frame language classrooms as places where students learn a new language and its culture and where they employ critical thinking and analytic skills to make better sense of the world.

Language of presentation: English/Chinese Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: Chinese Keyword: Instructional strategies

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Friday Sessions

Friday, February 11

101. Mentor Scholarship Winners Meet and Greet
2/11/2022, 7:45 a.m.–8:15 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Jill Schimmel, NYCDOE

This is a closed event for Mentor Scholarship Program participants.



102. Best of NHAWLT: Current Events for Advanced Spanish Courses
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Wilson Garcia, Ed.D., Plymouth State University

This session will review strategies and content that support the integration of current events from Spanish-speaking regions in advanced courses. Current events expand vocabulary and reinforce grammar structures. They also promote the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. More importantly, they connect students with real situations, offering them opportunities for critical thinking and deep knowledge of Spanish-speaking societies.

Language of presentation: Spanish Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

104. Writing to Grow: Building Blocks to Proficiency
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Greta Lundgaard, Consultant, Flower Mound, TX

Are you taking advantage of presentational writing as a tool for and as evidence of proficiency growth? You should! An intentional writing plan provides opportunities to process, practice, and apply new learning in context. A writing plan enables teachers to learn when to un-grade as well as teach grammar in context while moving students across proficiency borders. This session explores a writing output sequence and revision strategies that deepen and expand writing performances that grow language proficiency.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Instructional strategies

105. Comparing Francophone Cuisines
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Jayne Abrate, Ph.D., AATF, Marion, IL

Although many Francophone cuisines have their roots in classical French dishes and techniques, all have been influenced by local products, traditions, immigration, and modern means of transportation and conservation. Using Québec and Martinique as primary examples, the presenter will give an overview of the historical influences and development of these cuisines followed by comparisons of terminology, well-known recipes, and current trends.

Language of presentation: French Levels: High School & College
Examples in: French Keyword: Culture/Literature

106. Inductive Character Acquisition in Beginning Chinese Without a Textbook
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Anne Bingham, The Stony Brook School, Stony Brook, NY

Applying inductive reasoning to character decoding in the first days of beginning Chinese is an integral part of the acquisition process. The avoidance of pinyin next to the character allows for an immersion experience and enhances skills needed for language decoding. Whereas Romance languages have cognates to enhance acquisition of nouns, Chinese can use radicals to help students learn to decode in reading. This leads to mastery in writing, listening and speaking. By implementing a structured method of characters integrating music, comprehensible input, pictorial association, and total physical response, students will increase knowledge of radical complexity and ultimately language production.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Chinese Keyword: Instructional strategies

107. Strategies for Creating an Inclusive Classroom Through a Cultural Lens
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Nicole Bjarnason, Deer Park School District, Deer Park, NY
Dina Pannone, Deer Park School District, Deer Park, NY

This session will provide attendees with various strategies and tools to establish an inclusive classroom that develops positive student attitudes through differentiated instruction. Differentiated strategies will include but are not limited to: student-centered activities, scaffolding, advanced learner enrichment, and group collaboration. Through utilizing these methods, students will feel more confident and there will be an increase in student participation. Educators will also see an increase in student motivation and engagement with peers by providing a foundation where they can draw connections to real-world issues. Presenters will leave feeling confident with practical examples to implement in their world language classroom in order to create culturally responsive lessons.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

108. Cultivating Sustainable Community Engagements in Language Learning
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Angela Lee-Smith, Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven, CT

What does community-engaged learning look like in language classrooms? Students’ engagements and autonomy can be enhanced by connecting them to the world or communities. There are many ways to integrate community engagement into a language curriculum at all levels. This session demonstrates meaningful language learning projects that foster community engagements and empower learners. Various project modules containing detailed tasks, the learning goals, the theme of the learning content, proficiency level, mode of course delivery, the academic preparation of the students, and the community partnership or project type will be introduced.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Korean Keyword: Instructional strategies

110. Zoom Your Way to a FLES Program
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Natalie Puhala, Gateway High School, Monroeville, PA

Have you always wanted a FLES program in your district, but are lacking funding and support? Zoom to the rescue! Come see how the use of Zoom enabled an upper-level language class to reach out to hundreds of elementary students weekly. What was once a fun extracurricular activity developed into a legitimate program. A true grassroots growth of a language department that did not require decisions from administration or school board.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Curriculum

111. Mead Collaborative
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Jill Schimmel, NYCDOE, New York, NY

This is a closed session for current and former Mead Leadership Fellows, NECTFL board members, and Mead mentors. During this session, the current Mead winners will have the opportunity to share overviews of their projects and collaborate with mentors and former Mead winners to strengthen their plans and make connections that will help facilitate their projects.



112. Teaching Social Justice in the Language Classroom: Can Technology Help?
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Sarab Al Ani, Yale University, New Haven CT

A significant aspect of the World-Readiness Standards is to approach cultural practices, perspectives, and products with an inclusive mindset that allows learners to communicate, make connections, and make comparisons in order to arrive at an optimal appreciation of the world and its diversities. Educators need to be inclusive, not only in what they teach but also in who they teach. This presentation discusses ways to seamlessly address social justice with the World-Readiness Standards in the language classroom. It will also shed light on ways to utilize technology and tech tools to help make this incorporation effortless and effective. The presentation focuses on tech tools that are inclusive and engaging. It includes examples as well as a brief explanation of Tech-Tools affordances.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Arabic Keyword: Instructional strategies

113. Dive into Culture with Carnegie Learning
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Michael Griffin, Carnegie Learning, Pittsburgh, PA

Get your students out of the textbook and into the world! Carnegie Learning’s immersion resources give you and your students access to a large library of videos, news articles, songs, and eReaders. Bring the world to your classroom with just a click. With a large library of vetted resources, students are able to safely investigate other cultures and topics of interest to them. Students are also able to develop their literary skills by choosing a story from our large library of leveled eReaders. Differentiated, follow-up activities and resources strengthen students’ skills and allow students to express themselves with two different speaking tools that allow for formative and summative assessment. Come experience a sample lesson and discuss ways to differentiate with your students.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish, French, and German Keyword: Materials

114. SmartClass L2 Learning Platform – The Solution
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Candice Bland, Ph.D., Robotel, Montreal, Canada

SmartClass L2 platform is a specifically designed software platform which provides students the ability to practice and be evaluated on their L2 skills across all four domains, listening, speaking, reading and writing while also enabling teachers to individualize instruction and reduce time spent on grading with the software’s built-in auto-grading features. SmartClass also offers a full English curriculum and supplemental Spanish and German curricula, created by teachers for teachers. This L2 software platform is uniquely designed to promote L2 skills all for the most affordable price.

Language of presentation: English and Spanish Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Technology

115. Interactive, Performance-based, Communicative Activities to Use Immediately
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Patricia Lennon, Ed.D., Proficiency Press, Setauket, NY
Douglas Moore, Proficiency Press, Proficiency Press, Setauket

In this session, Proficiency Press will share effective performance-based, communicative activities developed to foster communication and intercultural competence needed to address the new NYS Standards. Culturally based materials for many topics will be presented. E-chapters featuring proficiency style activities can be downloaded and shown to your students using the latest technology in your classrooms. Our materials are available as performance assessment, read-to-write tasks, and interactive classroom activities which can be used immediately with your students to provide building blocks for proficiency. Based on the new NYS Standards, IPAs provide a platform for reaching all your students, something essential for new teachers as well as veterans.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Materials

116. How ’bout them AAPPLs? The Value of Testing for Proficiency
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Jennifer Quinlan, Language Testing International
Carlos Mercado, Language Testing International
Leonardo Islas, Language Testing International

The ACTFL Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) helps language programs set tangible goals for students. This online assessment provides measurements across all language skills and all three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational). It is easily administered, and produces results that can be compared across classes, schools, and districts. Its granular ratings scale promotes movement towards higher levels of proficiency. In this session, we will take an in-depth look at the AAPPL, review what’s new in 2022, and explore how AAPPL’s innovative online tools keep learning in the forefront. We will also discuss how ACTFL Proficiency Assessments enable students to earn the Seal of Biliteracy.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: English Keyword: Assessment

117. Teaching Arabic to Generation Z
2/11/2022, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Mimi Melkonian, Brunswick School, Greenwich, CT

Teachers have responded globally to the challenges of the Covid 19 pandemic, but now is the time for us to reassess our pedagogical priorities. In this presentation, I’ll be sharing and discussing successes and challenges in teaching and learning Arabic with alternative delivery methods. Examples of students’ work will be shared using Sutori, virtual reality, Vlogs, Piktochart, Google Earth, and Blogs.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Arabic Keyword: Technology

119. General Session and Keynote Speaker
2/11/2022, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Christopher Gwin, Haddonfield High School, Haddonfield, NJ

Join us for our general session and keynote address by Kim Haas. Kim Haas is Executive Producer, Host and Creator of Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, a travel show celebrating the African influence in Latin America. She has traveled extensively throughout Latin America. Kim has been active in Afro-Latino issues for more than a decade and is founder of losafrolatinos.com, a blog celebrating Afro-Latino culture. She has extensive experience in media and communications. Kim served as Director of Marketing for WWSI TV Telemundo in Philadelphia. She also served as an on- camera pledge host (English, Spanish and Italian) for WYBE TV in Philadelphia. She has appeared in numerous videos and commercials for companies such as Kohl’s, Time Warner Cable and Walgreens. She speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Spanish. Kim is owner of Haas Media LLC, a multilingual community outreach, translation services, and communications firm located in the Greater New York City area.



122. Best of MFLA: Say What?! Introducing Vocabulary through #Authres

2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Aubrey Swisher, Boonsboro High School/Washington County Public Schools, MD
Caroline Schlegel, Smithsburg High School/Washington County Public Schools, MD

Use authentic resources as vocabulary sources, simultaneously teaching terms and strategies in a cultural context while providing students the platform to put their negotiation of meaning and circumlocution skills to the test! A/Cquisition (Aubrey and Caroline) will share the methodology that has driven their vocabulary introduction along with resources that lead to efficient and successful acquisition of language, retention, and communication in the target language.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

123. The Challenge of Change and NYS WL Revisions
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Jacqueline Ammirato, Ed.D., Longwood Central School District, Middle Island, NY
Emilio Sosa, Longwood Central School District, Middle Island, NY
Jessica Savarese, Longwood Central School District, Middle Island, NY

Transforming curriculum to align with the revised New York State Standards is a challenge for any world language department. The change process requires a mind shift. First year rookies to seasoned veteran teachers have valuable contributions and input into the development of units and lessons in alignment with new themes, topics, and performance standards. This workshop will walk you through our journey of reshaping curriculum while developing a shared understanding and vision.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish, French, and Italian Keyword: Curriculum

124. You Be the Taskmaster: Ensure Communicative Purpose with Tasks
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Rebecca Blouwolff, Wellesley Middle School, Wellesley MA

Bring a fresh lens to instruction by learning how tasks promote communicative purpose in ways that activities and exercises cannot. Understanding the characteristics of exercises, activities and tasks as outlined by Bill VanPatten in “While We’re on the Topic” can help teachers: make informed choices about effective learning strategies, devise instruction that is more communicatively purposeful, and eliminate exercises from their instructional repertoire. Explore a range of sample tasks, from brief warm-ups to lengthy project-based learning. Compare exercises, activities, and tasks in the language classroom with the goal of “Task-ifying” more instruction.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: French Keyword: Instructional strategies

125. Learning Experiences to Connect Heritage Speakers to Their Communities
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Maria Datel, Boston University, Boston, MA
Molly Monet-Viera, Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA

When we teach language skills to heritage speakers, one of our biggest goals is to allow them to deepen their learning and appreciation of their own cultures and communities and to feel a sense of pride about their place in American society. This workshop explores a myriad of ways in which educators can make use of community resources, such as museums, film festivals, neighborhoods, and local representatives. We will share cultural materials, classroom activities, and sample assessments that make language learning culturally relevant and even personally empowering.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Communities/Workplace

126. Creating Escape Rooms for Collaborative Cultural Exploration and Language Learning
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Theresa Schenker, Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven, CT
Angelika Kraemer, Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

This session showcases the use of virtual escape rooms that promote language learning as well as exposure to and exploration of the target culture. In this interactive session, participants will first experience a mini escape room as users and will then be shown step-by-step how to set up a simple escape room using Google Forms. Several examples for activities that can be included in an escape room will be provided and attendees can adapt these for their own teaching contexts. Session participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or mobile device.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English and German Keyword: Instructional strategies

127. Happily Ever After: Communication, STEM, and Social Justice Through Fairy Tales
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Gisela Hoecherl-Alden, Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA
Kristin Gillett, Blanchard Middle School, Westford, MA
Cindi Hodgdon, Conval High School, Peterborough, NH

This session demonstrates how to use fairy tales and folklore at all proficiency levels in K-16 contexts. The first presenter will illustrate various ways to engage novice learners, while the other two will show how more advanced learners learn STEM concepts and connect social justice issues in their own communities. Students narrate, learn to understand metaphors, analyze texts, work across disciplines, while they examine cultural products, practices, and perspectives in all three communicative modes. They also make comparisons and connections between the target language culture and their own. Participants will engage in some hands-on, interactive activities and discuss how to adapt them to fit their own instructional contexts. Examples are in German, but are applicable to all languages.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: German Keyword: Culture/Literature

128. The Little Prince and The Desert
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Catherine Lapp, Ph.D., Garrison Forest School, Owings Mills, MD

Explore the North-African roots of The Little Prince with your students! We will examine how Saint-Exupéry fell in love with the Sahara Desert and incorporated his experience into his famous tale. We will give a voice to the Imazighen-Berber people, who view the Little Prince as their own. We will learn about the fennec behind the fox and the Saharan yellow viper behind the snake. We will investigate rose gardens and baobabs in Morocco. The presentation will provide resources such as videos, ads, works of art, and simplified readers accessible to 6-12 students. It will also share ideas for practicing grammar, such as negative expressions and future tense, while reading The Little Prince.

Language of presentation: English and French Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: English and French Keyword: Culture/Literature

129. Calle Oso – Arts Integration: A Vision of Cross-curricular Competence
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Brianna Meyer, Browne Academy, Alexandria, VA
Polly Beam, Browne Academy, Alexandria, VA

Calle Oso was a joint project between the Spanish and the arts departments during the 2020–2021 school year. The students learned about pedagogical approaches, explored puppetry and musical approaches in TV shows for children. The students then created their own segments using their knowledge of Spanish and the arts in the style of Sesame Street. In this session we will break down the importance and impact of arts integration in this particular project and brainstorm other ways that the arts and other subjects can be incorporated into cross-curricular projects.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Curriculum

130. Encouraging Empathy Through Reading Tasks
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Sally Olson, Hopkinton Middle High School, Contoocook, NH

This presentation looks at strategies for how to use authentic materials (such as short stories, film, artwork, social media) to tackle difficult topics such as inclusivity, equality, and social justice movements. The focus will be on using text comprehension as a way to help students to make connections to different media and the issues in the world surrounding them. Strategies for breaking down vocabulary, content, and ideas will be provided.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: German Keyword: Instructional strategies

131. What’s Your Passion? Using Passion Projects in the World Language Classroom
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Heidi Trude, Loudoun Valley High School, Purcellville, VA

Have you ever thought about implementing a Passion Project or Genius Hour into your world language class? In this session, attendees will learn how to effectively execute Passion Projects with students, all while remaining in the target language. Attendees will receive all the materials and templates to recreate these projects in their own language classrooms. Be ready to be inspired and amazed at what students can do through the use of Passion Projects!

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: French Keyword: Instructional strategies

132. Fostering Global Citizenship Through Dialogues with Local Communities
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Kumiko Tsuji, Ph.D., Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Summer language and culture study programs abroad can offer students opportunities to learn the language and deepen their knowledge of the target culture. However, it is challenging to provide students with sufficient opportunities to interact with local communities due to a tight schedule with classes, assignments, and field trips. The session will present how the curriculum of a five-week summer program in Japan was designed to incorporate dialogues with locals in various contexts and formats. It will demonstrate that the students’ final essays, interviews, and feedback survey suggest that a program emphasizing dialogues with locals can help students improve intercultural and transcultural competence and gain a global perspective that can influence their career path.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: English and Japanese Keyword: Curriculum

133. Omnes Discimus – The National Latin Exam and Language Teachers Learning to Use a DEI Lens
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Debra Heaton, Retired, Salem, MA
Ian Hochberg, The Browning School, Manhattan, NY

The teaching of Latin is experiencing a shift in content and classroom discussions as we all are learning to teach with greater diversity, equity, and inclusion. The National Latin Exam (“NLE”) has also experienced this shift as we learn to create exams that are affirming of all students. In recent years, NLE writers and consultants have been making decisions, through a DEI lens, about what Latin passages are appropriate for an exam. The NLE will share the discussions we are having as well as some passages we have not used on recent exams because they would be better suited to classroom discussions of challenging topics. We aim to have such a discussion during the session as we explore how teachers could use these passages.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Latin Keyword: Assessment

134. How L1 Use in the Classroom Can be Helpful
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Kevin McManus, Ph.D., Penn State University, Penn State University

Deciding if and how students’ first language(s) can be used in the world language classroom is a polarizing question. Informed by research on instructed second language learning, this session outlines the advantages of drawing on students’ experiences and knowledge of other languages in a principled way to maximize language learning in the classroom. In addition to evidence-based recommendations for effective language learning, we discuss the place and role of first language use in the classroom that work with ACTFL’s Guiding Principles and the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Instructional strategies

135. The Elements of Successful Language Learning
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Laura Zinke, McClintock High School, Tempe, AZ
Ken Stewart, Duke University, Durham, NC

In this interactive session, attendees will discover the key elements for success relative to today’s generation Alpha learners in the language classroom and beyond. To better understand cultural products, practices, and perspectives, the use of authentic media and print sources will be modeled to enliven students’ experience in interculturality and proficiency-based tasks to culminate in Advanced Placement®. Join Vista Higher Learning for this session to take away new strategies for thematic instruction, scaffolding, and assessment.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School
Examples in: Spanish and French Keyword: Instructional strategies

136. #OneStopShop for Novice-Intermediate Oral Proficiency Gen Z teachers
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Laura Davis, FL4K
Jean Plum, University School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Rose Armstrong, FL4K

Weary from piecing together programs and isolated apps to engage your Gen Z students? Learn how two world language educators, trained in oral proficiency, and the FL4K team, are weaving together their Gen Z wish list for an innovative web app that includes: interactive technologies, customization, recording, CI, intercultural inquiry, hands-on and online practice activities, songs, Can-Dos, games that build all skill modalities and are pedagogically designed for proficiency, with differentiation for novice-intermediate speaking targets and more!

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

137. Educating a Diversity of Learners Using Differentiated Instruction
2/11/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Dina Pannone, Deer Park High School, Deer Park, NY
Nicole Bjarnason, Deer Park School District, Levittown, NY

Differentiated instruction focuses on student engagement through meeting students’ needs and recognizing their personality differences, such as learning styles and preferences. This session will explore strategies that will offer creative ways to adapt current lesson plans so that the diverse learners of the world language classroom can experience more inclusion and affirmation. Attendees will learn to plan proactively and to be responsive to the unique learners in their classroom. Examples will focus on implementing specific strategies for differentiated instruction in order to design and implement lessons that will support all diverse students during online and in-person instruction.

Language of presentation: Enlgish Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

138. Building Successful Programs: A Community College Forum
2/11/2022, 12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Charlotte Gifford, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA

How can we best support and promote our programs? In this BYO lunch forum, we will share insights from our respective programs. We’ll discuss designing certificate programs, credentialing student outcomes, and specific proficiency targets and benchmarks. This session is intended to strengthen connections between the various community colleges in our region and encourage networking between like institutions. Participation is highly encouraged.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Two-year College/Community College
Examples in: French and Spanish Keyword: Policy/Issues

139. LILL Networking Meeting
2/11/2022, 12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Beckie Bray Rankin, Lexington High School, Lexington, MA

This is a closed session for LILL Cohorts 1-3 and organizing partners.



140. NYCDOE Meet-up
2/11/2022, 12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Jill Schimmel, NYCDOE, New York, NY

NYC DOE teachers are welcome to bring a lunch and connect with each other.



142. Best of NY: Teaching Writing: Effective and Efficient Strategies that Enhance Learning
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Amy Pento, Liverpool High School, Liverpool, NY

Do you know good writing when you see it but aren’t sure how to break things down to help all students improve? Are you willing to incorporate more writing into your classes but don’t know where to start? Do you struggle with what to have students do while and after reading to help them understand? Do you worry about the time writing instruction takes away from teaching course content? In this session you will learn effective and efficient writing strategies that can be applied to any level, any language, any unit — tomorrow. These strategies will help students acquire skills that not only help them become better writers and thinkers but also aid reading comprehension while enhancing their knowledge of the content.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

143. Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Rebecca Aubrey, South Windsor Public Schools, South Windsor, CT

From the big picture to small changes for Monday, this session will provide strategies to engage and empower students of all levels to direct their own learning. With student ownership come higher levels of engagement, which facilitates meeting learning targets. Strategies discussed will include conferencing to set individual proficiency goals, how to provide student voice and choice through personalization of assessments, and gradually releasing responsibility for leading learning activities to the students.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

144. Mentoring: The Key to a More Inclusive Educator Pipeline
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Victoria Russell, Ph.D., ACTFL – Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
Howie Berman, ACTFL, Alexandria, VA

Does our teaching profession reflect the diversity of our learners? Tap ACTFL initiatives and resources to bring in, develop, and nurture current and future language educators. The pipeline begins with encouraging a more diverse group of learners (such as students achieving the Seal of Biliteracy) and supporting heritage/native speakers to explore teaching as a career. Identify ways to support candidates on the path to certification. Share strategies to continuously develop educators by honing their teaching and leadership skills. Mentoring – including virtual coaching, professional learning communities, and ACTFL’s programs – is critical at each stage of the pipeline. Explore the challenges and collaborate to shape actions to take locally (as an individual, institution, or organization).

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Diversity

145. Rethinking Assessment: Lessons from the Pandemic
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Tim Eagan, Wellesley Public Schools, Wellesley, MA

A contemporary view of assessment defines it as central to instruction, not separate from it. Reflecting on lessons learned during the pandemic, the presenter will discuss assessment literacy, address some literature on academic integrity and social-emotional learning, and look at strategies that teachers can use to purposefully bring assessment into instructional practice so that assessment is purposefully integrated into daily lesson design.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: English Keyword: Assessment

146. Boost Global Reach Through Community-based Language and Cultural Exchanges
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Viktoria Hackbarth, Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA
Mira Angrist, Boston University, Boston, MA

Global competence is the ability to interact linguistically and culturally with native speakers. This interaction requires learners’ knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity to products, practices, and perspectives and examining differences and similarities to one’s own culture. A range of pedagogical strategies allow learners to achieve global competence. This session will focus on elements of task-based learning (TBL), community-based language learning (CBLL) and the ACTFL intercultural communication can-do-statements. Examples from Spanish and Hebrew will be showcased and can be applicable to all languages at various proficiency levels.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Spanish and Hebrew Keyword: Instructional strategies

147. Imaginarios Familiares en los Manuales de Enseñanza de Español
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Antonio Illescas, Ph.D., Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

The objective of this presentation is to analyze whether some of the most widely used textbooks for teaching Spanish include and normalize the diversity of family models present in Hispanic countries, or whether they perpetuate the classic family stereotype (nuclear and/or extended). The conclusions of this reflection will give us clues as to whether it is necessary to implement the information provided by the textbooks in our classes, or if we should ask the publishers to revise and adapt their contents to the changing and diverse Hispanic reality.

Language of presentation: Spanish Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Materials

148. Design and Teach Hybrid Language Courses Using Common Apps
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Ginger Lin, Bennington College, Bennington, VT

Online and hybrid courses are increasingly becoming a part of the world language curriculum of many institutions. In this workshop the presenter will discuss a model for hybrid, synchronous/asynchronous, content-based language courses, using Google Classroom, Google Forms and Slack. This model is one she has successfully employed the past couple of years for her Chinese Language and Culture courses at Bennington College. Attendees will gain insights into the power of content-based language learning as well as ideas on how to use these common apps to create hybrid, synchronous/asynchronous language courses.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: Mandarin and English Keyword: Instructional strategies

149. Ditch the Drills: Teaching Grammar in Context
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Zach Neumann, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, VA

Aligned with one of ACTFL’s Core Practices, this session will examine what it means to teach grammar in context. Participants will learn how to teach grammar through the lens of communication and will leave with strategies and ideas to use when they return to their classrooms. Through reflection of their own practices, discussion with colleagues, and examining sample lessons, participants will see how grammar can be taught in the target language without explicit instruction. It is time to retire the grammar drills that do not produce proficiency.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Instructional strategies

151. Mead Project: Teaching Students World Language in a High Poverty Setting
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Brenda Buckley, PSLA @ Fowler, Syracuse, NY

Learning about how poverty affects the brain and tapping into a student’s mindset are often areas that are ignored. After many years of feeling defeated, I knew things needed to change. I began to look at the world of education through a different lens. Students need and crave more structure and creativity. As my mindset in teaching changed, I began to see an increase in engagement, community, and development of a growth mindset in my students. In this presentation, you will learn about my research and strategies to increase educators’ awareness of the mental blocks that students of poverty face, how it affects language learning, and what activities can be provided in the language classroom to help students develop a language.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English Keyword: Instructional strategies

152. We care about you more as HUMANS than students, SERIOUSLY! SEL in the WL Classroom
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Samara Spielberg, The Allen-Stevenson School, New York, NY
Stephen Krawec, The Allen-Stevenson School, New York, NY
Camilla Iturralde, The Allen-Stevenson School, New York, NY

Real talk: post-pandemic kids are not ok. Neither are we. We can’t ignore the social, emotional, and mental impacts the past two years have had on our students and on ourselves. We can’t get to the head until we get to the heart first. Come bring your true and authentic selves to see how we use every aspect of language learning to help our students feel seen, heard, and connected. We can’t wait to get real.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

153. Classroom Identity to Global Impact: Getting from Here to There
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Norah Jones, Edinumen USA, Miami, FL
George Melendez, Edinumen USA, Miami, FL

We reveal world language learning’s relevance to students and schools not only by teaching in context and for proficiency, but also by centering our course content in the identity of each student; by systematically integrating both class and target cultures within scaffold communication activities; and by ensuring that meaningful chunks of learning and practice end frequently (preferably daily!) in real world applications. The clarity that identity and belonging provide release students’ confidence, risk-taking, and fluency. Come let’s experience, share, participate in, collaborate on, and discuss this progression together. When students experience their global impact and their global future right in your course, they are transformed for life.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

154. AATG: An Update on Learning German in the U.S. and Survey Results of CBYX Alumni
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Michael Shaughnessy, Ph.D., American Association of Teachers of German, Cherry Hill, NJ
Max Flescher, Cultural Vistas, Washington, DC

The AATG has conducted a wide-ranging data study of German programs in the US to get the “Big Picture.” The study looks at combining multiple datasets related to German enrollments, program activities, and quality indicators. Two large datasets have been created to look at secondary and post-secondary trends in German programs throughout the U.S. This session will highlight findings from the study and share insights regarding program location, socioeconomic indicators, assessments, study abroad trends, and state education policies. While focused on German, this study serves as a model for understanding national trends related to foreign language programs in all languages. We will also provide an update on the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX).

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English and German Keyword: Policy/Issues

155. The Ideal Lesson Plan – 10 Steps to Total Fluency
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
John Conner, Breaking the Barrier, Groton, MA

The ideal lesson plan – 10 steps to total fluency in 2022 and beyond! In this session, John Conner, Spanish teacher at Groton School in Groton, MA and author of the Breaking the Barrier series, leads participants through ten activities guaranteed to make classes more productive, interactive, and exciting for both you and your students. The ideas presented here can be used with your classes right away! New in 2022 — strategies for hybrid instruction and virtual collaboration are addressed.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish, French, and English Keyword: Instructional strategies

156. Your Students Only Care About the Grade – Until They Try Dessert
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Chris Gerding, Boomalang, Brooklyn, NY

If we taught students how to build a car but never let them drive, would they stick with it? When you fell in love with language, was it only in the classroom? To borrow from a post by Dr. Jennifer Eastman, students must experience payoff for their hard work beyond a grade; to not skip the dessert of real target-language interactions. Whether dessert is traveling or simply conversing on Boomalang with native speakers, hear how crucial it is for progress. Over 97% of school courses using Boomalang renew each term, and often teachers and their students cite it as the most important and rewarding part of their course. As one instructor put her experience with Boomalang: Proficiency gains just scratch the surface… I’m hooking my students to become lifelong learners.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English, Spanish, French Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

157. Real Monsters: Teaching Language with Compelling and Comprehensible Creatures
2/11/2022, 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Wesley Wood, Bullis School, Potomac, MD

Monsters have always been and will always be a source of curiosity for students. These creatures come in all shapes and sizes, appear almost ubiquitously in mythology, and provide for some hilarious moments in the physical or virtual classroom. Monsters are language teachers’ best friends because they can be used in so many ways beyond a myth reading. A frequent complaint in early levels of language classes is that the material is often not compelling enough and too noticeably repetitive. This session aims to remedy that persistent problem by sharing a month’s worth of ready-to-use monstrous resources and beastly guides for the novice-level classroom, may it be in-person, hybrid, or remote.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: Latin and French Keyword: Curriculum

162. Best of MA: Integrating Indigenous Perspectives in the Spanish Curriculum
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
María Datel, Boston University, Boston, MA

Decolonizing the curriculum requires representing the voices that have been excluded from hegemonic narratives. There are 50 million indigenous people in Latin America, whose knowledge production is valuable and can present alternatives to addressing contemporary issues. This session explores how instructors can integrate indigenous perspectives in the Spanish curriculum to develop intercultural competence.

Language of presentation: Spanish Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Diversity

163. It’s the Connection for Me: Language Growth Through Social Media
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Morgan Bennett, Independence High School, Ashburn, VA

Learn how to create a connection between your content and the interests of your students through social media posts. Find out how to select posts from platforms such as TikTok or Instagram that will engage students while creating accompanying activities that encourage speaking and writing. Discover new ways to bring relevant cultural and social topics into the classroom through social media representation all while maintaining the target language.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Instructional strategies

164. Building Critical Literacy in the World Language Classroom
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Andrea Hernandez Gallegos, Jericho High School, Jericho, NY

Why build critical literacy in the world language classroom? As educators we should read and educate ourselves on providing opportunities to our students to see things from different perspectives and through different lenses. Those lenses are the critical theories that address political, social, and cultural inequities in order to question positions of power and how it intersects with our socially constructed identities. In this session, we will utilize critical literacy in the world language classroom to tackle cultural, social, and political issues as part of social Justice practices when learning a new language. We will also review some examples on how we can incorporate it in our lessons in the three modes of communication.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Professional development

165. On Target: Redesigning Curriculum for Growth in Proficiency
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Charlotte Gifford, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA

How well does our curriculum align with the principles of proficiency? What are reasonable and achievable proficiency goals for our learners? How can we best organize and tailor teaching and learning to meet our proficiency goals? Follow one department’s experience grappling with these questions in realigning the curriculum to promote student growth in proficiency. This session demonstrates how to set attainable proficiency targets, note their key functions, and then determine essential course content. It explores how formative assessment can foster a growth mindset, where learners are responsible for stretching beyond their current proficiency level. It addresses the centrality of authentic resources, common departmental assessments, and themes that align with the targeted functions.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: French and Spanish Keyword: Curriculum

166. Authentic Interaction in and Beyond the Language Classroom
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Isabel Choinowski, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Following the action-oriented approach, this presentation stresses the importance of promoting authentic interaction and student agency in the language classroom. The presenter will discuss two-part tasks, implemented in both a beginner/elementary and an upper intermediate German class, that equipped students with phrases and communicative strategies needed to interact authentically and effectively. For each task, videos from the YouTube channel “Easy German” are systematically integrated into selected units, thereby expanding and enriching the classroom content with authentic outside material. Together with frequent reiteration, these tasks and instructional guidance enhanced student agency and cultural competency, while facilitating life-long learning skills that are important in and beyond the classroom.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: German and English Keyword: Instructional strategies

167. How to Teach for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in French
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Tracy Rucker, Louisville Collegiate School, Louisville, KY
Anne Jensen, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

The three presenters will focus on how to teach for diversity, equity, and inclusion in their French classrooms. They have developed many resources throughout their teaching careers and want to share their insights with participants. The presenters are members of the AATF Task Force on Diversity which was formed in the summer of 2020 after several incidents of racial injustice drew national attention. The presenters will provide participants with ways to promote the teaching of social justice issues at all levels of instruction.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: French Keyword: Diversity

168. Bring Your Students’ Communication to Life Through Podcasts
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Rochell Alves, Sayreville Board of Education, Parlin, NJ
Melissa Wells, Elizabeth Board of Education, Elizabeth, NJ

Technology provides many opportunities for students to engage with the world around them. We will review the best practices for implementation and integrating of the 21st century real world skill in the language learning classroom. In this session you will walk away with the skills and information needed to coach your students in creating a podcast. By implementing podcasting into your classroom your students can provide information in a fun way, teachers can extend student learning with critical links to content areas, synthesize student learning, and have the ability to communicate with parents and the community. By the end of the session, you will be provided with samples and resources to be used in your classroom right away.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English, Spanish, and Italian Keyword: Technology

169. From Purposeful Writing Practice to Purposeful Communication
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Joanne O’Toole, Ph.D., SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY

Presentational writing in the world language classroom frequently focuses on language forms, requiring students to include particular structures or vocabulary words. Such an approach can leave students thinking that the purpose of writing is to practice forms. High-Leverage Teaching Practice (HLTP) #9—Purposeful Written Communication—reminds us that the ultimate purpose of presentational writing is for students to organize their thoughts and deliver their message to a particular audience using the genre of writing that best delivers that message in the classroom and beyond. This session examines HLTP #9 and demonstrates its application for new and existing presentational writing tasks.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

170. How Can Shoes Prompt a Conversation on Social Justice?
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly, Ph.D., Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Ikuko Yoshida, Bennington College, Bennington, VT

What is the connection between shoes and social justice? What can Cinderella and Adidas teach us? What is the symbolic meaning of Geisha’s high heels? French 17th-century or Louboutin’s red heels? In this session, participants will learn about concrete strategies to tie meaningful language, culture, and virtual and augmented reality to promote social justice. Using AR/VR to foster engagement and empathy, presenters show how students can build basic vocabulary about shoes (color, material, price) and related practices (wearing, exercising, working); and tie this linguistic preparation to broader issues (gender, race, economics) to enrich their understanding of social justice. Examples in French and Japanese.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Japanese and French Keyword: Diversity

171. Strategies for Encouraging Arabic Learners to Ask Questions About Culture
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Hala Shorbagy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.

Many non-native Arabic learners have questions about the cultural contexts of the Arabic language. The teacher should help them understand those cultural contexts because learning about culture increases engagement in learning a language. In this session, the presenter will suggest some strategies and techniques to encourage learners to ask questions about culture, so that they acquire questioning skills. The teacher can discuss these questions with the learners in a way that encourages critical thinking, curiosity and creativity which will help them be lifelong learners. In addition, the presenter will make some suggestions for Arabic teachers to be able to create a supportive environment to motivate learners to freely ask questions and give opinions.

Language of presentation: English and Arabic Levels: Elementary
Examples in: English and Arabic Keyword: Instructional strategies

172. Early Language Programs: Making Connections to an Equitable World
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Bárbara Barnett, Wellesley Public Schools, Wellesley, MA

A sustainable elementary language program does not live in isolation. It is a symbiotic circle of constant connections that must be continually re-energized as new trends and challenges emerged. Are you ready to experience how all these connections work together? Join this session to experience first-hand a developed Spanish elementary language program that thrives in making connections. In this session, you will have the ability to create a devisable plan that can purposefully make curricular connections to other areas such as content connections, Learning for Social Justice, and SEL.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Elementary
Examples in: Spanish and English Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

173. Celebrating Communicative Proficiency Development with the Seal of Biliteracy
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Candace Black, NYSED – OBEWL, Albany, NY

The seal of biliteracy is an award given to students who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in English and world languages. This session will offer an analysis of the evolution of the seal in the U.S. and highlight best practices and free resources for starting new programs and expanding existing ones. While the seal exists for high school students, and in particular for seniors, there also exist biliteracy pathway awards for younger students. The presenter will provide information on how biliteracy pathway awards can be designed and given to students (world language students and English Language Learners) from pre-k through 11th grade to celebrate their development of communicative proficiency eventually leading to the seal of biliteracy.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: English Keyword: Assessment

174. Teaching for Proficiency: We are on Your (way)Side
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Kate Sanders, Wayside Publishing

Are you ready to transition from traditional practices to more proficiency-based ones? ACTFL’s Core Practices are a great guide to follow when making the shift. Join us to learn more about how these practices are integral to Wayside Publishing’s Spanish and French textbooks, EntreCulturas and EntreCultures, whether you use them as a stand-alone curriculum or a supplement to your existing one. We will look at ACTFL’s Core Practices, what they mean, and ideas on how to implement them. We will discuss them as individual topics and look at how they are used in Wayside Publishing’s products. Through interactive segments, teachers will be able to discuss and connect ideas about Standards #1 and #4 through implementation of ACTFL’s Core Principles.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: French and Spanish Keyword: Professional development

176. Meet Them Where They Are: Differentiation in a Pandemic
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Elisa Kirschhoffer, Idioma Education and Consulting, Idioma Education & Consulting

Let’s start with acceptance: we are in the middle of a global pandemic and our students do not have the skills they usually come with at this stage in the learning game. Not only do they lack the skills they “should” have, but our classrooms are full of students at significantly different proficiency levels in the same class. This is where they are. We have the choice to “should” our way through the school year, or we can meet them where they are and encourage them forward. In this session, Latin teacher Maureen Lamb and Spanish and French teacher Elisa Kirschhoffer will share strategies for acceptance and differentiation including tech tools, comprehensible input resources with proficiency-minded tasks, rubrics to measure, and activities centered around student choice.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Latin, French, Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

177. Language for Life: Revisiting Our Goals
2/11/2022, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Mary Helen Kashuba, SSJ, DML, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA

Have you heard students, colleagues, or administrators claim that studying a language was a waste of time or that they do not remember anything? Perhaps they have never considered the deeper reasons to learn a second or third language. This session will reexamine language study in the light of the twenty-first century. In keeping with the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning, especially Communities, we will explore such issues as critical thinking, diversity, and social justice. With the input of participants, the presenter will attempt to articulate meaningful goals, illustrate ways of attaining them, and demonstrate that language really is for life.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Instructional strategies

182. Best of VA: Developing Cultural Competence Through Interactive Interdisciplinary Units
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Beth Marshall, Riverbend High School, Spotsylvania County Schools, Riverbend High School, Spotsylvania County Schools

Promote the francophone world in your classroom through interdisciplinary units which provide a path for learners to investigate and interact with cultural competence and understanding. This session will demonstrate how teacher-created units can be integrated into any classroom structure, furthering intercultural communicative competence. Units to be showcased include the regions of France, Francophone countries, artists, historical figures, sports figures, and authors, to be explored by students in either a teacher-guided lesson or independently. These units provide opportunities for comprehensible input and communicative activities requiring critical thinking skills, interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modalities using authentic media.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: French and English Keyword: Culture/Literature

183. Representations of Africa: Race and Culture through Humor

2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Angèle Kingue, Ph.D., Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

This session will interrogate our often-stereotypical conceptions of Africa by focusing on the voices of creators from Africa such as the comedian Trevor Noah and writer Chimamanda Adichie. The presentation will introduce practical ways to use Noah’s and Adichie’s work in the language classroom, through clips and other media, to foster critical thinking about representations of race as well as Africa and its peoples. More specifically, we will focus on examples of how teachers can re-contextualize Africa through the work of the Daily Show host Trevor Noah, whose transnational perspective uniquely informs the way he uses humor to discuss and contextualize current events on the African continent and in the U.S.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: French and English Keyword: Diversity

284. Language Advocacy Tools for Today’s World
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Amanda Seewald, JNCL-NCLIS, Washington, DC

What does it mean to advocate for your students, your classroom, your program, and language education as a whole in today’s world? Join JNCL-NCLIS members to learn some effective tools of advocacy for all levels. We will explore issues at the local, state, and national levels and you will come away with a better understanding of how YOU can make a difference and how JNCL-NCLIS is working to bring legislative impact to catalyze growth in our field. All participants will leave with an actionable set of resources to build their own advocacy plan of action.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: English Keyword: Policy/Issues

185. Open Educational Resources (OER) and Community Service
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Maria Mercedes Fages Agudo, USC, Los Angeles, CA
Jamie Fudacz, Ph.D., USC, Los Angeles, CA

The Covid-19 pandemic caused students and teachers to abandon their physical classrooms and implement distance learning. In this new setting, community service programs were severely affected. This presentation will explore how OERs can be utilized to adapt service learning to pandemic and non-pandemic environments, focusing on a university student-driven community outreach program implemented during Covid 19 and the outcomes observed. Attendees will also examine how to establish relationships and collaborate with their communities while enhancing the intercultural competencies of their students.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

186. Teacher of the Year Nominees Networking Session
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Xiaoyan Hu, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

This is a closed meeting for 2022 NECTFL Teacher of the Year nominees.



187. You Cannot Be What You Cannot See: Perspectives Through Language
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Toby Gillen-Leddy, Bronxville UFSD, Bronxville, NY
Denise Flood-Doyle, Bronxville UFSD, Bronxville, NY

As language educators, we know the benefits of learning another language, but are we making the benefits clear to our learners? Introducing students to view life from another perspective creates an environment of tolerance, teaches our students the critical thinking skills needed to effectively problem solve, as well as encourages students to learn more about themselves along the way. Being conscious of “own voice” sources used in class, the clipart we choose in our presentations or hand-outs and the way we construct our units are all ways to make what was invisible, visible. In this session we will look at how to take an overall theme, such as Home, embed it throughout the entire language curriculum, and incorporate a social justice lens to tackle real world issues.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: French, Latin, and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

188. Optimizing the Power of the World Language Classroom Library
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Michelle Kindt, Ed.D., Sharon Middle School, Sharon, MA

This session highlights the creation, development, maintenance and optimal use of a classroom library of compelling reading materials. Authentic children’s books, abridged versions of classics, leveled readers, and other realia such as maps, menus and bus schedules are all vital to developing literacy within a robust language program. Classroom libraries also build literacy skills, such as skimming, fluency and predicting, that transfer to other disciplines. Using the engagement strategies of student choice and high-interest materials, free and voluntary reading is a practice that meaningfully supports language acquisition and cultivates proficiency.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: French Keyword: Instructional strategies

189. Igniting Student Motivation: The ARCS Model
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Deborah Espitia, Howard County Public Schools (retired), Ellicott City, MD

Whether it’s virtual, hybrid, or in-person, motivating learners can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be if we employ a few key strategies. In this session, we will examine a model that provides a foundation on which we can incorporate targeted strategies to spark learning and engage students in the process. We’ll examine the importance of attention, relevance, confidence, and satisfaction in maintaining learner focus and building the desire to learn. Specific strategies, tasks, and resources for the world language classroom will be shared.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Spanish and French Keyword: Instructional strategies

190. Teaching Spanish with Radio Ambulante and Lupa
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Barbara Sawhill, Radio Ambulante / Jive World, New York, NY

This session will introduce Spanish language teachers to Lupa and the ancillary classroom materials that have been created for use by Spanish teachers with their students. Lupa is a self-study mobile app created by JiveWorld and in collaboration with Radio Ambulante, the award winning NPR distributed Spanish language podcast. Lupa provides guided listening with the goal of helping users comprehend authentic language at an authentic pace. The presenter will demonstrate how Lupa works for the individual learner and also in the language classroom. Information on the Lupa Activity Guides— materials created to provide activities for the language classroom — will also be shared.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Technology

191. Improving Literacy Skills in a Chinese Immersion Setting
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Shanshan Zhang, HudsonWay Immersion School, New York, NY
Qinjuan Wu, HudsonWay Immersion School, New York, NY

The presentation focuses on approaches to balanced literacy in a Chinese immersion setting, to help students achieve high proficiency levels of ACTFL standards and meet the grade-appropriate Common Core Language Arts standards. Presenters will use Grade 3-7 classroom examples to demonstrate the setup of the literature circles and the roles and jobs. Then we’ll walk the audience through a narrative writing unit. Students are introduced to different writing strategies and how to apply them effectively to pick the right “tiny topic”, brainstorm, plan, and draft to help students tell their life stories in Chinese.

Language of presentation: Chinese and English Levels: Elementary
Examples in: Chinese Keyword: Instructional strategies

192. Cultivate Joy and Wonder in the World Language Classroom
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Beckie Bray Rankin, Lexington High School, Lexington, MA

Are you feeling like recent history has robbed your teaching or classroom from laughter, curiosity, and care? Foster an inclusive community where students can take intellectual risks autonomously by opening opportunities for choice, creation, and adventure. Our time together will include context, activities, and tasks that will support the human side of teaching and learning. Come for a chuckle and stay for the collaboration.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: English and French Keyword: Instructional strategies

193. Using Test Results to Encourage Positive Washback Toward Proficiency
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Margaret Malone, Ph.D., ACTFL, Alexandria, VA
Camelot Marshall, Ph.D., ACTFL, Alexandria, VA

Assessment can both accurately measure student progress and proficiency and provide positive washback to learners, teachers, and programs. This presentation describes the AAPPL, a computer-delivered test in more than 10 languages and shows how practitioners can apply different aspects of the test and its development to meet learner needs and thus support language teaching and learning. The test affords opportunities for classroom washback. For example, sample tasks allow instructors and students to understand how to navigate the test and prepare for the format. In addition, student score reports facilitate specific feedback on areas of strength and challenge. This presentation shows how to maximize these features for planning and feedback to the classroom.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish, French, Russian, and Korean Keyword: Assessment

194. Duolingo for Schools: Free Resources and Global Reach
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Sharon Wilkinson, Ph.D., Duolingo, Pittsburgh, PA
Tracee Miller, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, PA

Building on the efficacy and success of the original Duolingo platform, Duolingo for Schools, created for schools and universities alike, augments any curriculum, giving students content designed to promote long-term retention, while providing teachers with creative ways to differentiate instruction, increase engagement, and keep students learning on any device, both inside and outside the classroom. This session goes behind the scenes to show how Duolingo for Schools works–from the learning science behind the app’s effectiveness to the business model that keeps Duolingo free for teachers and students around the world. Connect with other teachers, ask questions, and learn how Duolingo for Schools makes it easy to enrich your curriculum and motivate your students.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Technology

195. AATSP and Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Sheri Spaine Long, Ph.D., AATSP, Birmingham, AL
Kim Haas, Haas Media,

The AATSP invites you to meet Kim Haas, NECTFL Keynote Speaker, and host of the new PBS travel show that celebrates the contributions of black people in Latin America who are under-represented in television. Participants will learn about the PBS series and consider possible classroom applications. They will also learn about AATSP programs that support teachers and students of Spanish and Portuguese and how these programs can help promote diversity and inclusion.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Spanish and Portuguese Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

196. From Kindergarten to College: The Pipeline for Strengthening German Programs
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Eva Baker, Goethe-Institut NY, New York, NY
Ajkuna Hoppe, Goethe-Institut NY, New York, NY
Olga Liamkina, Ph.D., Goethe-Institut NY, New York, NY
Molly Rowland, German American Partnership Program (GAPP), New York, NY

The latest US-wide initiatives of the Goethe-Institut, AATG, and GAPP aim to build a sustained K-16 student pipeline, spark interest in the language teaching profession in current students, and open the field of language learning and intercultural communication to underrepresented student groups. Spark for German trains undergraduate and high school students in tutoring younger learners in afterschool and community-based programs. German-American Virtual Exchange enables secondary schools and community colleges with and without German programs to conduct online project-based exchanges with secondary and technical schools in Germany. Digital Kinderuni and Junioruni connect German to STEM school curriculum, and Study Bridge prepares high school students to study at German universities.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: German Keyword: Articulation

197. Pen Pals Plus: Connect Your Students to the Target Culture
2/11/2022, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Julia Koch, Bernards Township School District, Basking Ridge, NJ
Kathy Stotler, Bernards Township School District, Basking Ridge, NJ

It is a common misconception that “real” connections to the target culture must be in the form of letters to students of the same age over a long period of time. That’s just the tip of the iceberg; there are so many other ways that the 5th “C” can come to life in our classes! In this session, we will show you a wide variety of ways that you can have your students establish and maintain authentic interactions with members of the target culture, regardless of grade level and time constraints. Participants will leave with a plan for implementing cultural interactions in their classrooms starting the following week.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: Spanish and French Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

198. Awards Photography
2/11/2022, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):

This is a closed session for 2022 NECTFL award winners.



199. NECTFL Awards Ceremony
2/11/2022, 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Jimmy Wildman, Glastonbury Public Schools, Glastonbury, CT

Join us as we recognize our 2022 NECTFL award winners, NECTFL Teacher of the Year (TOY), and all Northeast Region TOY candidates.


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Saturday Sessions

Saturday, February 12


201. NADSFL/NCSSFL Breakfast
2/12/2022, 7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Jill Schimmel, NYCDOE, New York, NY

This is a closed meeting of NADSFL and NCSSFL. Please RSVP prior to the conference.



202. Best of DE: Students Understanding Language Proficiency as a Workplace Skill
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Gregory Fulkerson, Delaware Department of Education, Dover, DE
Holly Schnittger, McKean High School, Wilmington, DE

In this session, participants will learn how to respond to the student question, “why do I have to learn another language?” Participants will explore a five-day unit plan that outlines a series of scaffolded activities designed to help students understand the role that language plays in their life, particularly as critical career and workplace skill. Students will explore what proficiency in a language means, reflect on their career goals and learn to set language goals aligned to their career aspirations. The unit plan makes connections to ACTFL’s Lead with Languages campaign, the Delaware DOE’s Languages and Career Skills Resources, and the Delaware Certificate of Multiliteracy, the state’s award that credentials high levels of proficiency in languages in addition to English.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Communities/Workplace

203. A Few of My Favorite Things
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Erin Johnson, Penn Yan Central School District, Penn Yan, NY

(This session was Best of NY 2020, but was inadvertently left off the 2021 NECTFL program.) Everyone has their favorite tools, lessons, and units that they look forward to using and teaching each year. In this session the presenter will share ten of her favorites with explanations, examples, and materials for you to be able to turn them into some of your favorites too! Favorites range from mini units to specific assignments, to general strategies and activities that can be used at any time. Some of the favorites include Google Earth Projects, a mini unit on The Voice, Fabrice Monteiro’s photography and so much more!

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: French and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

204. Engaging Your Students: Strategies from National Teacher of the Year
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Heather Sweetser, University of New Mexico and 2022 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year

The ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year shares effective strategies to engage and motivate students, combining language and culture to develop learners’ language performance. What makes this teacher’s learning tasks effective so learners become confident of what they can do with the language? These instructional strategies are applicable to all languages and all levels. Be inspired with new ideas and examples directly from the Teacher of the Year’s classroom.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Instructional strategies

205. Won’t You Be My (Digital) Neighbor?
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Jason Caputo, New Brunswick High School, New Brunswick, NJ

Social media is the piazza of the 21st century. Online, everyone has a voice and can find communities of shared interests. However, students also need to be equipped as positive digital citizens that speak out against negative behaviors online. This session will present multiple sample activities using authentic materials covering social media, online gaming, and digital activism. Attendees will leave equipped to combat cyber bullying, fake news, and other issues facing online communities while building positive digital communities.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: English and Italian Keyword: Communities/Workplace

206. Social-Emotional Learning and Inclusion Rooted in the Chinese Classroom
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Janice Dowd, Ed.D., Glastonbury Public Schools, Glastonbury, CT
Carol Chen-Lin, Ph.D., Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT
Lucy Lee, Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, NJ

The topic of social-emotional learning and inclusion are important ones for today’s students. Teachers are always looking for materials to develop social-emotional learning and ideas of inclusion in the target language that are reflective of the beliefs and attitudes of the target language culture. Presenters will provide examples of learning scenarios using authentic Chinese materials that address inclusion and social-emotional learning. Presenters will discuss how the material can be spiraled up or down to engage students of different proficiency levels (modifying the task) while they also promote higher-order thinking skills. Presenters will show how to modify the materials for three main proficiency levels. Material will range from printed to digital and from verbal to visual.

Language of presentation: English and Chinese Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: Chinese Keyword: Diversity

207. Comprehensible Pop Culture
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Maris Hawkins, Capitol Hill Day School, Washington, DC

How can comprehensible input (CI) be used to make authentic resources accessible to all learners, even to novices? Learning through pop culture can be motivating for learners, but the language is often too advanced for students to navigate on their own. This session will explain steps to follow so that movies, songs, and TV series are enjoyable and comprehensible in the target language! You will learn a basic template to scaffold these resources and engage students at a variety of proficiency levels. See how you can stay comprehensible with authentic resources on a regular basis. These units can create a strong classroom culture and have motivated students to continue to engage with these resources even after the unit is over!

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Culture/Literature

208. Building Empathy in the Spanish Language Classroom: A Global Perspective
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
April Knupp, Ph.D., Grove City College, Grove City, PA

In the Spanish language classroom, it is essential for students to create a meaningful connection with their global community. One way to do so, is by creating an interdisciplinary approach to language learning by studying the topic of disabilities and illness in Spanish speaking nations. This ubiquitous and relevant topic, already affecting the lives of many students, can be studied through film, literature, and other cultural products in the target language. It offers students a unique viewpoint of the Spanish-speaking global community. In the target language, students can critically reflect on the need for both local and global awareness of living with a disability by linking their bilingual skills to real-world activism and fostering life-long global connections.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Culture/Literature

209. Mead Project: Gender-Related Social Injustice in the Hispanic World
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s): Martina Macakova, White Mountains Regional High School, Whitefield, NH
In this session, the presenter will guide you through initial stages and prompts of one of 2021 Mead Fellowship projects, focused on gender-based equity issues and challenges in Hispanic world, such as gender-based violence, discrimination related to work opportunities, gender-assumed roles within a family, or machismo, to mention a few. Join us to hear about how your students and schools can participate in this project and turn this topic into a virtual traveling exhibit, embracing the technology tools and resources available to us in this age.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Diversity

210. Input-First and Meaning-Based: Rethinking our Approach to Grammar
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Catherine Ritz, Ed.D., Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, Boston, MA

Teaching for proficiency means teaching grammar in context with an input-first and meaning-based approach. For many teachers, what this actually means is a mystery! In this session, we’ll draw from input processing instruction, the PACE model, and other input-first strategies so that you can support your students in understanding and using grammar in context. We will look at numerous concrete classroom examples to see these strategies in practice to help you develop your own material.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: French and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

211. Re-imagining a First Level High School Heritage Spanish Curriculum
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Adrienne Brandenburg, Poudre High School, Fort Collins, CO

In this session, an experienced high school heritage teacher will share her journey of creating and then reimagining a curriculum that both centers and affirms her heritage Spanish high school students. She will explain where she started with her curriculum and why, how her thinking has changed, and what her current curriculum looks like, including a brief overview of all her units. She will share an in-depth look at one unit and do a short lesson demo. This session is ideal for any Spanish heritage teacher looking for ideas to either create, revamp, or reflect on their own curriculum and practice.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Curriculum

212. NNELL Networking Un-Conference Share Session
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Bárbara Barnett, Wellesley Public Schools, Wellesley, MA

Need some ideas? Have something to share? Need some guidance? Come chat with us! This NNELL un-conference-style session is an opportunity for early childhood, elementary, and middle school world language educators from around the region to meet for an open discussion, to swap ideas, and to professionally connect with each other. Of course, you are in charge of the topics of discussion. So, let your voice be heard!

Language of presentation: English Levels: Elementary
Examples in: English Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

213. The New Reality of Teaching and Promoting French
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Jayne Abrate, Ph.D., AATF, Marion, IL

Already a leader in teaching online and using social media, the AATF was able to pivot quickly to support teachers faced with the necessity of teaching virtually. Our team of technology leaders provided advice, support, and mentoring to teachers across the country. As the year progressed, we offered professional development workshops that not only supported teachers but helped create a sense of shared experience. This has transformed the way the AATF provides information to members. The many new digital resources on our website, including a job board, member forum, and resource sharing feature, offer a portal to a community of French teachers committed to exploring how to use these materials and incorporate them into their own classes.

Language of presentation: French Levels: High School & College
Examples in: French Keyword: Policy/Issues

214. CI Teaching or the Curriculum? It Can be Both!
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Kate Sanders, Wayside Publishing

Are you interested in shifting your teaching toward providing more Comprehensible Input (CI), but not sure how to work within your district’s curriculum or adopted textbook? An important part of this process is understanding how CI is rooted in the ACTFL Core Practices beyond just facilitating target language comprehensibility. Come to this hands-on session to learn how to apply basic principles of CI teaching with an eye toward the Core Practices to any curriculum or textbook.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish and French Keyword: Curriculum

215. It Takes a Village: Fostering Global Communication for All Learners
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Paula Van Ells, Ph.D., Language Testing International
Gosia Jaros-White, Language Testing International

Level Up Village connects classrooms around the world for collaborative learning experiences that build global competencies and intercultural communication skills. LUV facilitates student-centered discovery learning, project collaboration, and cultural exchanges between students from around the world on its secure platform. Global Connections is LUV’s new program that consists of a series of video and text exchanges focused on global communication and cross-cultural understanding where students collaborate on projects and hone their critical thinking and communication skills. The session will demonstrate how the Global Connections program pairs students with peers in another country to collaborate on projects and develop global perspectives and cross-cultural understanding of others.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: English Keyword: Culture/Literature

216. Family Engagement in a Virtual World
2/12/2022, 8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Monica Baker, NYS TESOL, New York

Family engagement can be challenging. This presentation will look at a bilingual family literacy program that went virtual and thrived. The presenter will share this unique model of family engagement that included read alouds, family projects, basic English instruction, and community resources. The session will also examine how strong home and school connections can support and empower ELLs and their families.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Elementary
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Communities/Workplace

222. Best of NJ: Deeper and More Meaningful Questions in the World Language Classroom
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Tracy Zarodnansky, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North

This session is designed to give world language teachers the tools to create an environment where students ask deeper and more meaningful questions in the target language. We will spend our time reviewing strategies on how to set up the classroom, modeling conversation starters, and designing activities that model and encourage higher order thinking and deeper questioning. The session will include participant simulation in English, so teachers understand the student experience.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

223. Machu Picchu Comes Alive!
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Cheryl Berman, Newington Public School, Newington, NH

Machu Picchu comes alive through hands-on learning! See how a six-week project calendar creates a table sized model of Machu Picchu. Students build the mountain, terraces, staircases, study its animals, erect a train track, and build an Incan city. Fact finding, BINGO, clay animals, grammar, additional activities, and assessments all contribute to this great project done by third and fourth grade Spanish students. Goals are cultural understanding and intercultural competence through learning the Incan lifestyle. Interpersonal communication, presentational speaking, and presentational writing come alive. The five C’s blend into lessons through understanding history and construction of a world wonder. This session was awarded NHAWLT’s Creative Project Award in the visual category in April 2019.

Language of presentation: English and Spanish Levels: PreK-8
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Culture/Literature

224. Building Interpersonal Skills Using Authentic Resources
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Leslie Grahn, Independent Consultant, Clarksville, MD

Authentic resources are not just for practice in the interpretive mode. They can also serve as the real-world context for building skills in the interpersonal mode. During this interactive session, participants will explore ways to design learning experiences using authentic resources in the context for meaningful interpersonal exchanges. A variety of interpersonal routines and examples of multiple authentic resource types will be shared.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Instructional strategies

225. Lifelong Professional Skills: The Culturally Competent Healthcare Worker
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Giti Farudi, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
Elizabeth Rousselle, Ph.D., Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
LA

In this session we will explain the implementation of the Medical Spanish certificate program at Xavier University of Louisiana. We will analyze how students have used this program as a springboard to continue their use of a second language in their professions in the healthcare fields. The certificate program is uniquely tailored to address students’ needs while promoting study abroad, cultivating cultural competence, and preparing students for the challenges of a global world. In order to explain the program, we will also discuss how we incorporated our faculty-led study abroad program in Costa Rica. Participants will learn strategies for creating an impactful and lasting faculty led summer study program, and for integrating it into a certificate program.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

226. Real World Teaching – From Buzzwords to Identifying Observable Behaviors
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Thomas Sauer, PEARLL, College Park, MD

Have you ever played buzzword bingo? A new school year, a new administrator, or a new book brings on a new set of expectations for you and your school. This starts a dangerous process that causes anxiety for many teachers: 1) feel bad about all the things you aren’t doing but think you should be, 2) identify areas of growth, 3) try to learn ALL the things to become a better teacher. What if instead, we helped ourselves and others identify areas of strength in our practice and build on those to grow? Come learn about a series of free available tools (feedback forms, classroom videos, strategy tutorials, etc.) designed to celebrate teachers and support them at every phase of teacher preparation, development, and retention. Let’s move beyond buzzwords and make real changes in our practice.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Professional development

227. Build Your Students Up Through Dialogue
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Ivica Kanova, Pascack Valley Regional High School District, Hillsdale, NJ

How can you engage students in an effective dialogue through simulated conversation? How can you solicit better student outcomes in the interpersonal mode? This session will explore how the simulated conversation from AP classes can also be effectively used at all levels of world language proficiency. You will be able to help your students become more confident participants in oral interpersonal tasks and as a teacher, you will be able to tailor the conversation to your student needs. This session will give you specific tips and strategies on how to create authentic scenarios connected to your units, differentiate the task according to the proficiency levels, record student output, and use student work as an assessment.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

228. Social Justice in Latin and Ancient Greek Curriculum
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Maureen Lamb, Kingswood Oxford School, West Hartford, CT

There are many great resources for creating an inclusive environment in the Latin classroom. This session will explore texts, strategies, and ideas that explore the tenets of social justice. Participants will explore how to create a more accessible classroom experience, ideas for equity through differentiation, participation through both representation in the curriculum and strategies for engagement, and strategies for discussion about human rights. Participants will have a conversation where they can share what they are doing and hear from others while sharing ideas and activities. Participants will come away with actionable strategies and activities for their curricula.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Latin and Ancient Greek Keyword: Diversity

229. Interdisciplinary Exploration of Indigenous Legends of the Americas
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Marisa Lewis, South Windsor Public Schools, South Windsor, CT
Julie Brayall, South Windsor Public Schools, South Windsor, CT
Natalie O’Brien, South Windsor Public Schools, South Windsor, CT
Jen Wilson, South Windsor Public Schools, South Windsor, CT

Elementary world language, music, media, and art teachers collaborate to provide students with a cultural context for the Indigenous cultures of the Americas through folktales and legends. Methods on how each discipline approaches Indigenous myths and ways to explore indigenous cultures with students will be presented. The presenters will share the process by which they organized their collaborative project. Participants will have an opportunity to collaborate and brainstorm some interdisciplinary opportunities that can be implemented at their schools. Participants will have access to all materials. As a result of this session, teachers will be empowered to reach across the lines of academic disciplines to create their own interdisciplinary explorations.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Elementary
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Culture/Literature

230. The Ripple Effect: When Classroom Conversations Get Published
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Alexandra Reuber, Ph.D., Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

This multimedia presentation illustrates contextualized grammar instruction and authentic language use via the study of culturally rich material addressing two global issues: immigration and racism. While focusing on students’ engagement with the material, the teacher, and each other, selected task- and content-based assignments of this French online class showcase two things: A variety of differentiated learning opportunities on various online platforms allowing students to study grammatical concepts and global issues in and outside of the classroom; and a collaboratively engaging assessment strategy encouraging learners to research the material further, to publish findings in multimedia format on BookCreator.com and, by doing so, to “pursue knowledge and purpose in the global community.”

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: French Keyword: Instructional strategies

231. Connecting it All Together: Prepare Students for it All
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Katrina Griffin, North County HS, Glen Burnie, MD

Have you ever wanted to peek into a classroom and see what learning looks like with an educator who faces the same challenges as you? How do they meet the standards, prepare students for careers, and also instruct on equity and social justice? What kind of language do students produce? Check in with this ACTFL Teacher of the Year for instructional practices that meet the standards and foster career readiness skills like collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Attendees will participate in hands-on-learning, see sequences taught in multiple languages, routines and strategies that make students’ thinking visible, and find out what works for learning whatever the teaching scenario is!

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: German, Spanish, and French Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

232. Research Roundtable
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Cynthia Chalupa, Ph.D., West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Catherine Ritz, Ed.D., Boston University, Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
Xiaoyan Hu, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Erin Papa, Ph.D., Rhode Island College, RI

In this special session, there will be two presenters stationed at each of the tables, with one presenter sharing their topic during the first half and the second presenter during the second half. We recommend that presenters speak/share findings for approximately 20 minutes, leaving 5–10 minutes for discussion and questions. We will repeat this format during the second segment of the session. Attendees may stay at the same table for the entire two presentations or change tables at mid-session for the second presentation.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Varies Keyword: Research

Research Roundtable 1. How to Connect Community to Global World in Real-life Surroundings
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Hei Yoo, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Eunhae Ro, Open Door Korean School, Herndon, VA

This presentation aims to connect class themes and tasks related to real-life surroundings in communities comparing Korean heritage learners with non-heritage learners in K-12 and above. We will show how to apply it to global citizenship and introduce a variety of effective pedagogical approaches and aspects for regional and global issues using newly updated technologies to enhance learners’ proficiency as well as awareness of the global world. The presenters will discuss and show collaboration work with different age groups in communities.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Korean Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

Research Roundtable 3. Designing Articulated Assessment Transfer Tasks to Improve Learners’ Proficiency
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Lingling Xie, Herricks School District, New Hyde Park, NY

The presenter will share results from her classroom on the efficacy of articulated assessment transfer tasks (AATT). Participants will learn how to align world language teaching strategies with the three modes and technology to design integrated performance assessment for all learners across three contiguous levels of proficiencies. Participants will be able to practice designing an effective lesson and apply differentiation strategies using the AATT framework. Backward Design examples will be shown in English and Chinese. Attendees will leave the session with an understanding of how to use the AATT for the integrated performance assessment. They will also be able to access the Queens College database of existing AATT units in this exemplary curriculum collection.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: English and Chinese Keyword: Assessment

Research Roundtable 4. The Development of Instructor’s Assessment Literacy Through Online PD
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Caitlyn Pineault, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Margaret Borowczyk, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Rima Elabdali, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Margaret Malone, Ph.D., ACTFL, Alexandria, VA
Megan Montee, Ph. DAssessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center, Washington, DC

This session describes the design and short and extended influences of a four-week online professional development workshop for world language instructors on oral proficiency assessment and proficiency-based instruction. The session provides insights about how world language instructors transfer knowledge about assessment literacy into their curriculum design, student feedback, and classroom practice at multiple points throughout the semester following the workshop.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: English Keyword: Research

Research Roundtable 5. Engaging a World Language Education Community: Global Reach to Uzbekistan
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Rebecca Fox, Ph.D., George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Joan Shin, Ph.D., George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Kelley Webb, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Woomee Kim, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Dildora Khakimova, Ph.D., George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Join us to learn about a two-year, grant-funded international project by world language educators with English teachers in Uzbekistan. Including pre-assessment survey and interview data, formative and summative reflections, Telegram discussions, and portfolios, quantitative and qualitative results report the multiple learning points experienced by these teachers, capturing their journey in developing critical reflection and their growing ability to engage in inquiry as they come to employ new communicative approaches to language learning. Discussion will include dialogue regarding how international language projects contribute to our deeper understanding of language instruction worldwide and augment our world understanding of intercultural competence as professionals.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: English and Uzbek Keyword: Professional development

Research Roundtable 6. Teaching Effectiveness in Post-secondary Contexts: An Update and Post-Covid Directions
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Christina Huhn, Ph.D., Indiana University of PA, Indiana, PA

Teaching Effectiveness in post-secondary classrooms remains elusive to define. While Self-study is one method of evaluating classroom effectiveness for post-secondary World Language classrooms, it remains underutilized. The minimal studies that have been done were complete pre-COVID, which taught us all many lessons for our classrooms. This presentation will update research on the post-secondary classroom conducted prior to the COVID “pivot”, draw connections to both volumes of the High Leverage Teaching practices (all 10 HLTPs), and present a pilot study done during the COVID pivot as well as suggest future directions to expand our understanding of effective World Language teaching at the post-secondary level.‬

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: Engilsh and Spanish Keyword: Research

Research Roundtable 8. What Does edTPA Measure? Readiness for World Language Teaching?
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Sarah Jourdain, Ph.D., SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
Jiwon Hwang, Ph.D., SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
Lilia Ruiz-Debbe, Ph.D., SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
Eriko Sato, Ph.D., SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY
Peg Spitzer, Ph.D.SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY

This research quantitatively and qualitatively studies the validity of the edTPA in the teaching of world languages (WLs). We compared edTPA scores of the teacher candidates (TCs) in a WL teacher education program at a university in New York State with their Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) scores and Content Specialty Test (CST) scores from 2013 to 2020. The correlation data indicate that TCs with higher scores on the OPI and CST tend to get lower scores on the edTPA, consistent with the fact that native/heritage speakers are more likely to fail the edTPA. Our qualitative study based on interviews of seven Spanish teacher candidates shows that the current privatized structure and assessment practices of edTPA have adverse pedagogical implications as well as problematic socio-economic implications.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: English Keyword: Assessment

Research Roundtable 9. The Effect of Videoconferencing Over Time on Second Language Confidence
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Lauren Hetrovicz, Ph.D., University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

This presentation details a 15-week study that examined the perceived impact of interlocutor type in videoconferencing on learners’ second language confidence (L2C) development. The study was guided by Sampasivam and Clément’s (2014) integrated model of L2C. The participants (n= 35) completed eight 30-minute videoconferences, four with a peer on Zoom alternating with four with a native speaker on Talk Abroad. The results showed that both interlocutor types offer specific benefits in terms of afforded richness and self-involvement in the contact experience. Given that remote learning is now more commonplace than ever, this research is particularly relevant as it investigates the impact of online tools on language learning outcomes with the objective of informing pedagogical practices.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

Research Roundtable 10. Vocabulary Learning in a New Environment: Technology vs. Traditional
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Patricia Almanzar, CCNY / Scarsdale High School, New York, NY / Scarsdale, NY

During the pandemic, we found ourselves adjusting to an almost completely digital environment. For years, we have tried to incorporate technology into teaching, but how does a technology-only method impact students’ learning and academic performance, in particular vocabulary learning and acquisition? This study investigates 1) the effectiveness of technology in vocabulary learning in comparison to more traditional methods, 2) the role of student affect and preference, and 3) vocabulary retention. Quantitative assessments and qualitative surveys were used to measure student performance and preferences. The results provide helpful insight, not only on how to effectively infuse technology into traditional teaching, but also the importance of infusing traditional methods into technology.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Technology

Research Roundtable 11. Toward an Intersectional Approach to Language Education
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Sheri Dion, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

How can intersectionality, with its emphasis on the complex, integrative nature of social identities and social inequities, be used to explore language practices and curricula? This session draws upon a qualitative case study for language teachers’ instructional practices, materials, and perceptions of inclusion to consider intersectional theory and praxis in language education. This discussion intends to support language teachers and teacher educators as they consider equitable and inclusive practices across discursive elements in their pedagogies.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English Keyword: Research

233. #WishlistComeTrue: InterWeaving Interculturality for Gen Z!
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Elena Giudice, Palm Beach Day Academy, Palm Beach, FL
Laura Davis, FL4K
Rose Armstrong, FL4K

How can we teach intercultural competency for all ages in an innovative way for Gen Z students? Join two world language teachers, trained in oral proficiency, AP, IB, and intercultural communication, to learn how they are weaving together their wish list with a multicultural team of linguists and designers: a new web app that meets World Readiness Standards and includes an Hispanic culture curriculum with age-appropriate cultural comparisons and leveling for proficiency targets and heritage speakers.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Culture/Literature

234. Read, Learn, and Play with Free, New Arabic Materials!
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Sarab Al Ani, Read, Learn and Play: Online Interactive Arabic Reading Materials
Elisabeth Shovers, Read, Learn and Play: Online Interactive Arabic Reading Materials

This session will provide an overview of ‘Read, Learn and Play,’ a new, free Arabic-language resource that includes ACTFL standards-aligned leveled texts and virtual online practice activities for elementary through university students. Come learn about how you can use this wonderful resource in your classroom to support your students’ literacy growth! This project is created with support from the U.S. Department of Education, International Research and Studies Program.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Arabic Keyword: Materials

235. Authenticity in Language Instruction with a Global Reach
2/12/2022, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Megan Villanueva, Smith Middle School, Glastonbury, CT
Rita Oleksak, Glastonbury Public Schools, Glastonbury, CT

Learn how one district takes global competence and international understanding to a new level. We will explore essential questions through the use of thematic units that focus on authenticity, allowing students to put their language practice into real time use as they participate in an international partnership (6th or 7th grade), immersion trip (8th grade), and/or a reciprocal exchange (once in high school). Focusing on a standards-based program, which teaches for proficiency, participants will learn how targets are set and how students work to meet those targets through their language instruction.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Curriculum

237. Advisory Council Lunch
2/12/2022, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):

This is a closed meeting and luncheon for members of the NECTFL Advisory Council. Please visit our website or contact info@nectfl.org for details. Prior registration required.



242. Best of PA: Total Participation Techniques for the Comprehension-based Classroom
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Lauren Fosnight, Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA

Total participation techniques (TPTs) “allow for all students to demonstrate, at the same time, active participation and cognitive engagement in the topic being studied” (Himmele & Himmele, 2017). This session will provide actionable strategies to help learners process the language intently, demonstrate their comprehension regularly, and interact confidently during input-driven instruction. Attendees will first discuss ways of building a strong foundation for effective TPTs. They will then experience TPTs via a teaching demonstration and discuss how to make the most of the techniques they observe.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Portuguese and Spanish Keyword: Instructional Strategies

243. Target-language Culture and Geography Made Easy
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Kevin Quigley, Harwood Union High School, Moretown, VT

Talking about culture in the target language in a meaningful way can be a real challenge. This session will highlight several zero-prep activities designed to take your students out of the classroom and into the world of art, geography, current affairs, music, film, and the culinary arts. All activities are easy to implement, have been inspired by Comprehensible Input principles, and align with ACTFL’s World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: French Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

244. Allyship and Authenticity: LGBTQ+ Inclusive World Language Classrooms
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Joseph Parodi-Brown, Ed.D., Marianapolis Preparatory School, Thompson, CT

For world language teachers who want to ensure that their classes provide students with curricular touchpoints that positively recognize LGBTQ+ identities, there are concerns about negative responses from school constituents as well as about non-LGBTQ+ teachers speaking without the experience of these identities. The session will offer suggestions on how to integrate LGBTQ+ affirming materials and practices as well as how to discuss gender identity and sexual orientation in target language cultures. This session will help teachers develop lessons that honor queer identities and present opportunities for all students to learn about LGBTQ+ communities. Participants will utilize sample materials to consider ways they can be integrated into the units and curriculum they are already teaching.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Diversity

245. From the Berlin Wall to Barriers Within and Around Us
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Anna Feinleib, Haddonfield Memorial High School, Haddonfield, NJ

Do you ever wonder how to connect history lessons to current teaching practices? Let’s uncover biases, obstacles, and barriers on a personal, national, and international level, against the backdrop of a fun project – demolition of a student-built Berlin Wall! This session discusses the theme: The Walls in Our Heads. Participants engage in self-reflection and discussions while identifying, rehearsing, and debriefing strategies for classroom learning. The session will demonstrate how to foster creativity and begin to acquire intercultural competence with virtual or real exchange partners. Participants receive classroom ready materials in all three modes of language competence, along with suggested assessments.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English and German Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

246. Groups, Games, and Good Times in the New World Language Classroom
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Valérie Greer, Bay Shore Middle School, Bay Shore, NY
Wendy Mercado, Bay Shore Middle School, Bay Shore, NY

When schools shut down due to Covid, educators had to completely change their mindset regarding teaching. Gone were the days of doing things the way they had always been done. We were all exposed to a vast number of different tools and techniques and had to approach teaching from a new perspective while learning an entirely different method of delivering instruction. During this session, we will share our favorite activities and tools that we used during the pandemic and that we will continue implementing post-Covid. Join us for this hands-on session to see which fun and engaging activities we are keeping in our teacher toolbox and how they helped our students thrive during hybrid and virtual learning.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: English, French, and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

247. Implementing the New French Standards
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Anne Jensen, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

During this session participants will be introduced to the new French Standards document recently published by ACTFL. The document includes an introduction to the importance of learning French, performance descriptors and performance indicators by proficiency level, and many learning scenarios. Participants will learn how to use this document in their French classes and how it will transform the way they teach and assess their students. This presentation will be interactive and involve participants in small group discussions as well as whole group presentations.

Language of presentation: French Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: French Keyword: Curriculum

248. Re-focus Units: Using UN SDG’s and Social Justice Standards to Engage Students
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Lea Graner-Kennedy, Stonington Public Schools, Stonington, CT

Re-focus units to hook students with authentic tasks across all modes, aligned with the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Social Justice Standards. Re-envision how Gen Z students communicate about common Novice and Intermediate level topics such as food, education and the planet while exploring identity, diversity, justice, and action to build intercultural competence. Formative and summative tasks will be provided in French and Spanish and authentic resources will be shared in all languages of the U.N. This session will be interactive and will provide concrete steps to re-envision a unit, creating additional goals and tasks to engage learners and make their learning experiences more relevant.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: French and Spanish Keyword: Curriculum

249. Integrating Real-world Projects into Language Courses
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Celia Bianconi, Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA
Maria Datel, Boston University, Boston, MA

In second language classes, increasing civic engagement through project-based learning allows students to improve their intercultural communicative competence while contributing to solving real-world issues. This presentation will discuss two projects from Spanish and Portuguese classes, in which students translated documents and proposed solutions to facilitate communication between the local government and the town’s immigrant community.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Spanish and Portuguese Keyword: Communities/Workplace

250. Teaching Language Communicatively: From Research and Theory to Practice
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Victoria Russell, Ph.D., ACTFL – Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

The goal of communicative language teaching (CLT) is for learners to attain communicative competence. Unpack the theory and research on communicative competence, including the four competencies (grammatical, sociolinguistic, discourse, and strategic) that all language learners must acquire to be communicatively competent in a second language. Examine practical tools, resources, and activities for fostering these competencies in traditional, hybrid, and/or online teaching environments. Identify how to use multimedia resources for developing intercultural communicative competence among language learners; specifically, attendees will explore digital storytelling and virtual exchanges for connecting their students to the target language and cultures beyond the classroom walls.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

251. Tips and Tools for New (or New-ish) World Language Teachers
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Jonathan Shee, St. Luke’s School, New Canaan, CT

Have you been teaching for under five years? Learn some tips and tools that can help make your teaching shine even brighter. Get some great classroom management techniques, technology hacks, suggestions for dealing with tough parents, and ideas for impressing the administration from a 28-year veteran teacher/department chair. Attendees will gain a significant set of new ideas and tools to help them enrich and develop their language classroom learning environment and work through some classic new (or new-ish) teacher challenges. Participants will discover fun games and entertaining activities that work in virtually all language classes, rubrics and other evaluation tools, as well as ideas for promoting their work and accomplishments outside of the classroom.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: French and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

253. #techlab
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Jill Schimmel, NYCDOE, New York, NY

NECTFL #techlab consists of tables led by tech experts, similar to a tech fair. Attendees will come to this session, but instead of sitting down and learning from one presenter only, they will have the opportunity to learn ‘à la carte’ from several world language educators with expertise in instructional technology. Participants may stay as long as they like with one presenter or browse the tables at their own pace. Please bring a laptop, a tablet, or a mobile device (Wi-Fi not included) and walk away with a new app or with an innovative tech-infused lesson for your students. All languages and tech skill levels are welcome!

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Varies Keyword: Technology

Techlab Table 1. Promoting Student Collaboration with Wakelet
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Iman Elahmadieh, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA

This Techlab will demonstrate the use of Wakelet, a user-friendly educational web-based tool, to create an interactive learning environment. Using Wakelet for collaborative activities allows the flexibility of working with various types of media content. All participants in this techlab, regardless of language taught, will create an account and embed their first Wakelet collection to share in class. Participants will experience the key features of Wakelet that simplify an extensive range of classroom collaboration needs such as creating portfolios, newsletters, projects, and blogs.

Language of presentation: English and Arabic Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English and Arabic Keyword: Technology

Techlab Table 3. Maximizing Student Talk with a Meaningful Dash of Tech
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Jessica Verrault, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro Township, NJ

This #techlab will demonstrate how language teachers can maximize student voices in the classroom using just a few of the most versatile educational technology tools. Whether you use tech regularly or consider yourself a novice, you will walk away with technology infused instructional strategies and templates that will support students in building their language proficiency through semantic connections, description, circumlocution, questioning, and of course, conversation. Come see examples of highly visual, interactive materials that will get students using language in meaningful ways. Take home the key skills needed to put those learning experiences together using just the Google Suite! Resources will also be provided to support you after you visit!

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Technology

Techlab Table 4. Showcase Your Presentational Speaking or Writing with a Coded Animation
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Junko Yamamoto, Ed.D., Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock, PA

Scratch, a free programming language website, allows language learners to read commands in their target languages and publish their own animated stories. Learners plan a story first with the teacher’s scaffolding, during planning, the teacher should stretch the students’ language production to the next proficiency level. After students insert characters in a story, they can type dialogue in their target languages in speech bubbles. They can also record their voices to make the characters speak. In addition, they can use codes to animate characters and change backgrounds within a story. Sharing the student work addresses Communities Standards. Bringing computer science in a language class addresses the Connections Standards.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English, Japanese, and Latin Keyword: Technology

Techlab Table 5. Seesaw
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Blanca Roman, Randolph High School, Randolph, NJ

Seesaw is a classroom app to keep students engaged and connected in class, distance learning, or in a hybrid learning environment. Seesaw is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best and saves teachers time! Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos, and more to capture learning in a portfolio. Teachers find or create activities to share with students.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: English Keyword: Instructional strategies

Techlab Table 8. Digital Exploration of Urban Art – Madrid and Santiago Chile
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Elizabeth Contreras, University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, PA

Virtual and digital exploration of urban art in Madrid and Spain, and street murals in Santiago and Chile. We will discuss global identity, cultural competency and projects in public humanities. This session presents authentic cultural and artistic material in different urban spaces through the digital exploration and mapping of different neighborhoods in Madrid and Santiago. Language educators and students have a valuable opportunity to create unique narratives through creative journaling, critical thinking, and appreciation of urban projects in public humanities. These digital resources create cultural competency through visual, written, and oral narratives through in-person and remote learning instances, facilitating students’ complex and critical cultural engagement.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Technology

Techlab Table 9. SDGs @ Play
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Silvina Orsatti, Ed.D., University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, PA

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests (United Nations, 2020). Do you want to use a sustainability-themed game in your lessons? Come to this #techlab to discover games about the SDGs and communicative activities around them.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Technology

Techlab Table 10. Lingt and the Three Modes of Communication
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Raquel Williams, Metuchen Public school, Metuchen, NJ

In this presentation, attendees will learn all about the uses of Lingt in a world language classroom. Lingt is a great tech tool to engage students while using the three modes of communication. Come and learn how to integrate technology to increase students’ listening and speaking proficiency. Examples will be given in each mode of communication, and practical examples will be also given for hybrid or remote teaching! Come and find out how your students can learn and have fun as they use technology as a vehicle to listen, speak, and write in their target language.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Technology

Techlab Table 11. Conversify Your Conversational Course
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Sara Villa, Ph.D., The New School, New York, NY

This session will show the design and process of a project-based conversational course using Conversify, a telecollaborative tool that allows for intercultural communicative exchange. The presenter will show the different stages necessary for the set-up, the process, and the implementation of the telecollaboration, as well as the results, the assessment, and the feedback received by students. Examples of modules, projects and assessments will be shared with the audience.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Technology

254. Service Learning: Inspiring Lives of Conscience and Consequence
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Samara Spielberg, The Allen-Stevenson School, New York, NY

You want students to be global leaders? So what? You planned a service-learning trip or community service program? Now what? Come explore a pre, during, and post trip framework for empathy and intercultural competence. Gain practical tools that help your students wash away the seeds of assumption and fear. Instead, plant seeds of curiosity and wonder that will be nourished through connection. Join me to learn a four-part adaptable framework that has been used as both a guide to scaffold intercultural competence in the Spanish classroom as well as a pre, during, and post international service learning toolkit.

Language of presentation: English and Spanish Levels: High School
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

255. Classroom Roots, Global Reach: GoFormative Does it All!
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Meredith White, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Suwanee, GA

In our mission to reach the globe from our classrooms through our students, we need as many power tools as possible to help us plan and assess for our students. Drum roll, please… meet GoFormative! In this session, teachers will learn how GoFormative assignments can incorporate multiple modes, tasks, and more, every day. Technology can be overwhelming when it feels like there are fifty different tabs open; with GoFormative, everything for an assignment is in ONE place for students and teachers alike. Attendees will see the presenter build an assignment in real time, complete that assignment in student mode, and receive all of the presenter’s editable GoFormative assignments to copy/build from on their own.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Assessment

256. Teaching News Literacy Skills in the Arabic Classroom
2/12/2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Hala Shorbagy, Cairo University, Egypt

News literacy is the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the credibility and reliability of news reports. In this session, the presenter will suggest strategies and techniques to help Arabic learners think critically about news. In addition, the presentation will explain how students can acquire news literacy skills. The students will learn how to access, analyze, evaluate, create and distribute the news. Our students, as 21st century citizens, should know what is in the news they consume, where to get the news, what to do with it, and how to report news on their own.

Language of presentation: English and Arabic Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English and Arabic Keyword: Instructional strategies

262.
Best of GWATFL: Motivating Students to Talk During Interpersonal Tasks and Assessments

2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Maris Hawkins, Capitol Hill Day School, Washington, D.C.

Each teacher dreams of how to motivate students to interact in the target language, without seeming contrived and difficult. We will discuss activities such as the fishbowl technique, circumlocution, and can-do tasks. We will also discuss some themes that will be more motivating for students. Finally, we will briefly discuss ways to set up interpersonal assessments so that students feel more relaxed and successful.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: Spanish and English Keyword: Instructional strategies

263. Incorporating Cariño into Learning to Transform Language Classrooms and Curricula
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Megan Biondi, Ph.D., County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ

This presentation will address how three key student-centered pedagogical practices – constructivist pedagogy, culturally affirming pedagogy, and holistic pedagogy – can transform classrooms and lives by demonstrating to students that their backgrounds, pre-existing knowledge, and set of life circumstances are seen and valued in the school environment. This is particularly applicable to world language curricula where students’ home languages can and should be viewed through an additive lens as assets–not as deficits– that aid them in the process of effectively acquiring the target language.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Two-year College/Community College
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Instructional strategies

264. College Entry Game Changer: Seals of Biliteracy as Articulation Tool
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Linda Egnatz, NBCT, 2014 ACTFL National Teacher of the Year, Global Seal of Biliteracy, Frankfort, IL

For the higher education world language programs that are looking for the antidote to falling enrollments, the state and/or global seal of biliteracy programs are a powerful articulation tool. Discover how language meta-credentials incentivize language enrollment and empower students. We’ll share strategies colleges are using to recruit, simplify placement, identify future majors or minors, and more importantly, build upper division classes with incoming freshman at higher levels of proficiency. High School educators will learn how to use the seal to motivate learners toward higher levels of proficiency and provide seal recipients with ways to highlight their language skills and maximize their future opportunities.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Articulation

265. Enjoy a Drink: À Paris, on vit d’amour et d’eau fraîche
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
MariaLuisa Gomez-Ivanov, Ph.D., Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

All cultural artifacts, if appropriately presented in a language classroom, function as roots that eventually nourish a better understanding of the other. This presentation will introduce short, authentic texts from a vast array of sources: from the text inscribed on a public fountain at a Paris airport to a nursery rhyme, to commercials, songs, and cult movie scenes that could be shocking, disturbing, surprising, and surely undecipherable when divorced from the cultural context that produced and shaped them. Furthermore, it will discuss how these texts can be used within the classroom to intrigue students, to make them question their own cultural assumptions, and help them consider alternate ways of perceiving and approaching life, theirs and the lives of others, and thus accept divergent ways of acting in the world.

Language of presentation: English and French Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: French Keyword: Instructional strategies

266. Going Beyond Honor Societies: Introducing the World Language Fellows
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Denise Flood-Doyle, Bronxville High School, Bronxville, NY
Toby Gillen-Leddy, Bronxville High School, Bronxville, NY

The United Nations has declared the years 2015–2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent. As such, the international community recognizes that people of African descent ‘represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.’ With at least 200 million people of African descent living in the Americas in addition to other parts of the world, this workshop seeks to highlight ACTFL’s five C goals, especially stressing connections, comparisons, and communities between and within the African Diaspora. Moreover, this workshop seeks to explore ways world language educators can incorporate the rich backgrounds of their own classrooms into their lessons to promote interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication in the target language.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Articulation

267. Using Authentic Resources with Novices
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Anna Burkett, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD

A key step to building a global, social justice curriculum is centering authentic resources (text and media by target language speakers, for target language speakers). Authentic resources expose students to rich, diverse perspectives and give novice learners a strong foundation in the language. Even when we know this, it can sometimes feel daunting to bring authentic resources into the novice classroom. This session will give teachers examples and strategies to develop authentic resource-based lessons to use with their novice learners. It will also address how teachers can build classroom culture and support and empower novices to tackle authentic resources.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Curriculum

268. Modern Values of the Ancient Chinese Philosophers’ Life Stories
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Celia Liu, Ed.D., The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

This session will illustrate how the presenter applies ancient Chinese philosophers’ life stories to deliver core values which are highly applicable in today’s modern society. These values include family caring, compassionate friendship, diligent learning, ethical conduct, civility, empathy, benevolence, humanity, and effective leadership. Stories of the Chinese ancient philosophers are valuable in reflecting cultural content and these stories can enrich the learning of K-12 Mandarin classrooms for all ages. This cultural content is highly connected with the learning of critical thinking, literacy, and civic engagement for k-12 learners. The presenter will also explain how the content of these philosophers’ life stories were designed for a liberal learning course at the college level.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: English and Chinese Keyword: Culture/Literature

269. Living Language and Culture: Promoting Global and Civic Engagement
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Celeste Mann, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
María de la Luz Matus-Mendoza, Ph.D., Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

In this session we will discuss Spanish courses that employ global and community exchanges to facilitate authentic cultural understanding and communication in the target language. We will explain how our approach strives for reciprocal relationships between the classroom and the community, local and global. We will highlight interactions between Drexel students and the Universidad de las Americas Puebla in an exploration of developments in Central America, a community-engaged course on food, culture and heritage, and a business Spanish course which interfaces with Spanish-speaking professionals and small business owners, to add real-life experience to classroom projects and activities. Equipped with this information, participants will brainstorm ideas for their own courses.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

270. Using Authentic Resources to Promote Cultural Competence
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Valerie Rossi, Falk Laboratory School at the Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Emily McMichael, Wilkinsburgh School District, Pittsburgh, PA

The presenters will share strategies and provide examples of using authentic resources to enhance themes of cultural competence. The National Education Association defines cultural competence as “having an awareness of one’s own cultural identity and views about difference, and the ability to learn and build on the varying cultural and community norms of students and their families”. Using this definition, the presenters will demonstrate appropriate uses of authentic resources to bring a global competence to students’ future work. Likewise, they will use the ACTFL World Readiness Standards to explore the importance of using authentic resources to strengthen these themes of cultural competence.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

271. Crossing Borders: Pedagogical Approaches to Language Identity
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Walter Temple, Ph.D., Utah Valley University, Orem, UT
Francisca Aguilo-Mora, Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, NY
Diana Romero, Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, NY

As we seek to help our students develop global citizenship skills, we are reminded that L2 teaching and learning encompasses both lexico-grammatical competences as well as cultural awareness. In this session, we consider the overarching question of identity. We also explore how learners negotiate meaning as they assimilate into both local and international communities. We will focus on communities linked by a common language-yet at times contrastingly different when viewed through the lens of cultural studies. One of the questions we seek to address is how we define language “identities,” and how such sociocultural positioning yields a deeper understanding of global citizenship. Instructional methodologies will be explored in French and Spanish teaching contexts.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: French and Spanish Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

272. Universal Design for Instruction
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Mirna Trauger, Ph.D., Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
Camille Qualtere, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

The global pandemic disrupted traditional modes of instruction and forced educators to reevaluate and reformulate how they design learning experiences. Using empirical and anecdotal evidence, this presentation discusses the usefulness of implementing the Universal Design for instruction framework, in the postsecondary environment, during times of pandemic teaching, and beyond. The presenters discuss emotional barriers that hinder learning and point to UDI principles that make lesson planning and teaching methods more accessible to all learners. They outline practical ways for implementing the UDI framework in the L2 classroom, these are techniques that are equally useful in other disciplines.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

273. I Taught It, So Why Don’t They Remember?
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Michael Travers, Wellesley High School, Wellesley, MA

How much do your students really remember from past weeks, months or years? How can we help improve that? Retrieval practice is a low-prep strategy used to help students recall what they previously learned and begin to use it in their speaking or writing. In this session, we will explore how retrieval practice works, discuss various simple strategies that teachers can use to help students recall and reuse content from prior units and examine how we can look at our curriculum with a lens for spiraling vocabulary and language functions.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: Spanish and French Keyword: Instructional strategies

274. Promoting Virtual Language Exchange
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Weiwei Yu, The Pingry School, Basking Ridge, NJ
Yifan Xu, The Pingry School, Basking Ridge, NJ

The global pandemic has largely suspended the field trips and cultural activities that many schools used to have. To help our language learners continue making real-life connections, we designed and implemented a virtual exchange project in Pingry’s Chinese classes with English language learners from our sister school in China. Students meet on Zoom synchronously to discuss topics selected from the curriculum; they also carry out various communicative tasks asynchronously on platforms such as Flipgrid and Jamboard. In the end, students collaborate in groups to make multimedia products. We mainly use single-point rubrics to assess student performance. Through a virtual exchange like this, learners are expected to develop abilities to apply communication strategies and value diverse perspectives.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Chinese and English Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

275. Mead Project: Developing a Peer Mentorship Program for World Language Educators
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Rich Madel, Ed.D., Colonial School District, Plymouth Meeting, PA

How can we support novice teachers in being effective communicative language educators? How can we ensure that teachers that enter the field stay in the field? This session will describe the process of developing a peer mentorship program for novice world language educators in the state of Pennsylvania as a part of a Mead Leadership Fellowship. The rationale for such a project, the planning, and development of the program will be shared. Opportunities for questions, feedback, interaction, and critiques during the presentation will ensure the implementation of the highest quality final project that can be replicated beyond Pennsylvania!

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: English Keyword: Professional development

276. Mentor Scholarship Winner Debrief
2/12/2022, 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Christopher Gwin, Haddonfield High School, Haddonfield, NJ

This is a closed event for Mentor Scholarship Program participants.



283. Expanding Your Global Reach: Investigate and Interact
2/12/2022, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Jennifer Carson, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Reaching beyond the classroom prepares students to be globally competent but it is often difficult to find opportunities for novice and intermediate learners to connect with target language cultures for meaningful interaction. Deepen your understanding of the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communication and learn to guide students as they investigate products and practices and interact with target cultures. Connecting your students to language speakers locally and internationally will energize your language program and empower your students for success in the global workforce.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: French and Spanish Keyword: Curriculum

285. Using Integrated Performance Assessments to Engage in Higher Order Thinking
2/12/2022, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Norka Delgado Fuller, Floral Park Memorial High School, Floral Park, NY

Teachers will learn how to create lessons to assess students’ listening, reading, speaking and writing skills through higher-order thinking interpretive questions, engaging interpersonal tasks, and presentational read-to-write activities based on authentic resources. These integrated performance assessments will focus on activities that will incorporate the ACTFL Core Practices and the Communication and Culture Standards across performance levels in preparation for world language assessments. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to create elements of an IPA based on authentic materials. We will discuss how to implement such activities and how to differentiate them to meet students’ level. Participants will also receive copies of discussed lessons.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Assessment

286. Reimagining Teaching for Proficiency with Content Based Instruction
2/12/2022, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Kristine Keefe, Edison Township Public Schools, Middlesex County, NJ
Arianne Dowd, South Brunswick Public Schools, Monmouth Junction, NJ

Do you find that units based upon one theme can fall flat and cause a loss of interest? Why not create content-based units based on multiple AP/IB themes? We have found these units to be rich, dense, and engaging to students. It also exposes students to multiple products, practices, and perspectives that are related to the topics. Come explore some units that we have incorporated in our classrooms to learn more about this innovative approach that is sure to engage your students, lead to proficiency, and build intercultural competence.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Curriculum

288. 2020 MLA Language Enrollments in Colleges and Universities
2/12/2022, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Natalia Lusin, Ph.D., Modern Language Association, New York, NY

The Modern Language Association conducted a sample survey of enrollments in languages other than English at colleges and universities in the fall of 2020. Instead of conducting our usual complete census, we took a snapshot of approximately half of the institutions in our database (1,200) to gauge enrollments at the height of the pandemic. We compared 2020 enrollments to those we had gathered in 2016, when we did our previous census. In our presentation, we will report on our findings and provide an analysis of the condition of language enrollments at the post-secondary level. We will discuss short-term and long-term trends in the field.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English Keyword: Research

289. Here and Now: Spanish in the Workplace
2/12/2022, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Luisa Piemontese, Ph.D., Southern CT State University, New Haven, CT
Veronica Egas, Southern CT State University, Wolcott Highschool, New Haven, CT

We encourage learning world languages for a better future, however many of our students are most interested in what is meaningful and purposeful in the here and now. Many of our students are employed after school hours on a part-time or seasonal basis and have regular contact with Spanish speaking communities. This session presents a series of thematic, practical, and task-based units in Spanish, specifically tailored to fit the immediate needs of our working students. Some themes include landscaping, retail, and fast-food. Presenters will share sample units and demonstrate a variety of engaging tasks. Participants will have the opportunity to create activities for their own classrooms and help their students readily use their newly acquired skills in their places of employment.

Language of presentation: English and Spanish Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

290. Building Local and Global Learning Communities in Virtual Spaces
2/12/2022, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Doaa Rashed, Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Celinés Villalba, Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Engaging language learners in learning communities can be a challenge, however, the Language Engagement Project (LEP) witnessed an increase in student participation in both local and global settings. The student-centered nature of the LEP activities, and their focus on student autonomy, interests, and individual language learning goals, create excellent opportunities for language learners to choose the language learning experience that best suit them. In this session, the presenters discuss two LEP activities: exchanges and in-service; their curriculum, structure, student support, and assessment. Finally, the presenters address challenges and opportunities in creating and maintaining local and global partnerships.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Instructional strategies

291. Encouraging Proficiency Through Mindfulness and SEL Activities
2/12/2022, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Jennifer Schwester, Brick Township Public Schools/ jennyzenyoga, LLC, Brick, NJ

Students truly love to give their opinions. By allowing students a safe space to express themselves (after creating ground-rules), mindfulness and SEL activities in target languages will help students to develop kindness, caring, and understanding amongst themselves. Mindfulness and social emotional learning activities encourage participation and create a platform to introduce and discuss challenging topics. Mindfulness allows students to learn how to become aware of their emotions, while SEL helps to create a level playing ground in the classroom by understanding each other as humans and not as our heritage, social standing, race, or ability. This encourages students to grow in how they view and treat others and to prepare them to continue to be a positive part of our global community.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-16+ (all)
Examples in: French and Spanish Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

292. Celebrate Multiculturalism Through the Use of Authentic Materials and Telecollaboration
2/12/2022, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Dali Tan, Ph.D., Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA

Chinese textbooks, especially at novice and intermediate levels, lack representation of diversity in China and the US. Integrating the framework of Hammond, Kramsch and the California standards for evaluation of instructional materials with respect to social content, the presenter analyzes the lack of diversity and social sensitivity in the textbooks. She also shares her reflections, practical suggestions, effective strategies, and actionable insights, as well as classroom examples. She explains how to use authentic materials and telecollaboration projects with native speaker college students from China to enhance the current textbook and learning experience to help her learners find themselves in the materials, affirm their identities, and celebrate diversity in both countries using the target language.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Chinese and English Keyword: Diversity

293. Let’s Go Global: Best Practices for Inspiring a Global Mindset
2/12/2022, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Kerri Titone, Ed.D., North Shore High School, Glen Head, NY
Christina Margiore, North Shore High School, Glen Head, NY

Inspiring students to make a global impact starts in the world language classrooms and applies to all learners. Teaching students to think about the world beyond their local surroundings, celebrate diverse perspectives, and consider the experiences of others, enables a mindset in which students think globally and thrive in the world language classroom and beyond. In this session, participants will learn strategies to embed cultural comparisons in everyday teaching and learning. Presenters will discuss methods to vertically articulate the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate themes into any high school class. Participants will leave the workshop with actionable strategies that they can use on Monday.‬

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School
Examples in: Spanish and Italian Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

294. Improving Interpretive Skills to Improve Other Modes of Communication
2/12/2022, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Tracy Zarodnansky, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro Township, NJ
Karina Regal, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North

This session will give educators tools, activities, and suggestions to improve interpretive reading skills through a variety of activities. We will also discuss how these interpretive activities can serve as anchors for interpersonal communication and presentational communication. We will work through virtual libraries through Bitmoji and/or Padlet, protocol for discussion from the Asia Society, dual entry journals, and teach how to help students infer the products, practices, and perspectives of a culture through these activities.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Instructional strategies

295. Teach Big Ideas, Even with Small Words
2/12/2022, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Chela Crinnion, Nightingale-Bamford School, New York, NY

In beginner and intermediate-level classes, simplistic vocabulary can often constrain learning to concrete ideas, centered on one’s own experience. By reframing units with essential questions and powerful key words, teachers can maintain target-language instruction while opening the door for deeper learning. Even level one students can explore topics such as identity and diversity, luxury vs. necessity, and house vs. home. From icebreakers and bell-work prompts to more in-depth projects, this session will equip you to teach big ideas, even with small words. Attendees will receive materials in Spanish, many of which are adaptable for other languages.

Language of presentation: Spanish Levels: Secondary (6-12)
Examples in: Spanish Keyword: Connections/Comparisons

296. Designing Robust Instruction with Your Students in Mind: Linguistic Mapping
2/12/2022, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Jill Schimmel, NYCDOE, Division of Multilingual Learners, New York, NY

Students come to our classes with many assets, including a rich linguistic repertoire. In this session, we will explore the culturally- and linguistically-responsive practice of linguistic mapping as a way to know our students’ multifaceted identities, then consider instructional implications for our world language classrooms. Which languages and registers do our students know? Why and how do they use them? Participants will be provided with linguistic map examples, then consider how to apply this practice in their own classrooms to plan relevant and engaging learning experiences to build their students’ linguistic and intercultural proficiency.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-12
Examples in: English Keyword: Instructional strategies

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Kim HaasKim Haas is Executive Producer, Host and Creator of Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, a travel show celebrating the African influence in Latin America. She has traveled extensively throughout Latin America. Kim has been active in Afro-Latino issues for more than a decade and is founder of losafrolatinos.com, a blog celebrating Afro-Latino culture. She has extensive experience in media and communications. Kim served as Director of Marketing for WWSI TV Telemundo in Philadelphia. She also served as an on- camera pledge host (English, Spanish and Italian) for WYBE TV in Philadelphia. She has appeared in numerous videos and commercials for companies such as Kohl’s, Time Warner Cable and Walgreens. She speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Spanish. Kim is owner of Haas Media LLC, a multilingual community outreach, translation services, and communications firm located in the Greater New York City area.

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Future Conferences

  • March 2–4, 2023, NY Hilton Midtown
  • February 22–24, 2024, NY Hilton Midtown
  • February 27–March 1, 2025, NY Hilton Midtown
  • February 26–28, 2026, NY Hilton Midtown

Past Conferences

2021: Finding Our Voice: World Languages for Social Justice, Michael Bogdan, Chairperson

2020: Languages for All: Envisioning Language Learning Opportunities for Every Learner, Nathan Lutz, Chairperson

2019: Authentic Language, Authentic Learning, Rosanne Zeppieri, Chairperson

2018: Unleashing the POWer of Proficiency, Bill Heller, Chairperson

2017: Strengthening World Language Education: Standards for Success, Carole Smart, Chairperson

2016: Developing Intercultural Competence through World Languages, Rebecca K. Fox, Ph.D., Chairperson

2014: Sustaining Communities with World Languages, Janel Lafond-Paquin, Chairperson

2013: Developing Leaders for Tomorrow’s Learners, Arlene F. White, Chairperson

2012: Global Identities, Jennifer L. Steeley, Chairperson