Preliminary Listing of Sessions, #techlab and Research Roundtable

Preliminary Listing of Sessions

Friday & Saturday, April 23–24, 2021


 

  • The following is a tentative listing of sessions, which may be live in the conference hotel, live-streamed, and/or pre-recorded. We will release a more detailed schedule late-winter. Sessions listed here are tentative and are not guaranteed.
  • “Featured Sessions,” listed first, have been selected for their particular relevance to the conference theme.
  • The listing below is tentative and NECTFL cannot guarantee that everything listed will be available to virtual attendees.
  • Use the search function on your device to search the listing using these options:
    • Language: Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, etc.
    • Level: PreK-8, PreK-12, PreK-16+ (all), Elementary, Middle School, High School, Secondary (6-12), College, Post-secondary
    • Keyword: Articulation, Assessment, Communities/Workplace, Connections/Comparisons, Culture/Literature, Curriculum, Diversity, Instructional Strategies, Materials, Policy Issues, Professional Development, Research, Technology

 


Featured Sessions

(selected for their particular relevance to the conference theme)


Elles, Muxes, and Identities in WL classroom

Presenter(s):
Abelardo Almazan-Vazquez, The Putney School, Putney, VT

This session will provide examples of how inclusive language is and that it is not only limited to what has been happening in some academic and classroom settings by adding the “e”, or the “@” as an alternative to honor and validate identities. We can also explore and amplify the stories like that of the “Muxe” community in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. We will be emphasizing that this session is not intended to challenge the notions of how gendered language is, but instead, how to create safe spaces where students -who identify as nonbinary/gender non conforming- can relate to individuals like the Muxes in Mexico.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Spanish and Zapotec Keyword: Culture/Literature

A Jew, a Muslim, a Christian: Perspectives on Teaching Holidays

Presenter(s):
Rebecca Blouwolff, Wellesley Middle School, Wellesley, MA
Dawn Carney, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, MA
Kristine Keefe-Hassan, Edison Public Schools, Edison, NJ

Too often, teaching holidays in foreign language classrooms has centered around a celebration of Christmas, whether secular or religious. It’s “what’s been done” for a variety of reasons: it’s familiar to students, prominent in American and many other target cultures, widely celebrated, and an easy point of cultural comparison. This session will focus attention on intercultural competence as it relates to teaching holidays. How and why might we decenter Christmas in our classrooms? What can be gained by deconstructing a holidays unit into an ongoing exploration of both target culture practices, and students’ cherished traditions? Hear from a middle school teacher, high school teacher, and department head, of three different religious backgrounds to gain concrete suggestions to bring back to your setting.

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

Talking Social Justice: Conversations That Matter

Presenter(s):
Sydney Chaffee, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Boston, MA

Teachers don’t have to be afraid of controversial topics in our classrooms. We can engage students in collaborative discussions using thoughtful protocols and help them deepen their understanding of history, develop literacy skills, and build social and emotional competencies at the same time. In this session, participants will explore structures for facilitating class discussions on complex, controversial texts and topics; participate in a collaborative discussion; and plan for how to incorporate these techniques into their own curricula.

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

Welcoming Cultural Wealth: Creating Just and Equitable Classrooms and Communities

Presenter(s):
Megan Flinchbaugh, Manheim Central High School, Manheim, PA

Cultural wealth encompasses the unique experiences, knowledge, and abilities, all of which are influenced by home, community, and culture, that our students bring to the classroom. Acknowledging and valuing cultural wealth encourages teachers and students to view diversity as an asset. What can world language teachers do to identify our students’ cultural wealth? How can we practically esteem and highlight cultural wealth? This session will share actionable steps teachers can take to recognize, respect, and capitalize on students’ cultural wealth. Attendees will be encouraged to consider what they can do individually to work toward more just and equitable classrooms and communities.

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

Social Justice Can’t Wait: Engaging Learners from the Start

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

This generation is rightly concerned with social justice questions. Can novices tackle big ideas like these in the target language? It is not only possible, it is essential if they are to engage deeply with complex topics at upper levels! The session takes two familiar novice-level themes and weaves in two social justice concerns. Engaging authentic resources offer a hook to initial work in the interpretive mode. Interpersonal and presentational activities use strategic scaffolding (sentence starters, discussion protocols) to foster target language use at upwards of ninety percent. Key linguistic content is reinforced in the real-world context. Experience the novice level with a twist, and learn to build a solid base for engagement with social justice topics, both in current novice-level and future higher level courses.

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

Sustained Inquiry of Social Justice Issues Through Project Based Learning

Presenter(s):
Michael Hegedus, Seton Hall Preparatory School, West Orange, NJ
Lucy Lee, Seton Hall Preparatory School, West Orange, NJ
Margaret Mainardi, Seton Hall Preparatory School, West Orange, NJ

Examining inequality, racism and other social justice issues through Project Based Learning (PBL) allows students to take ownership of foreign language learning, solve real world problems, and reach a wider school or community audience. Participants of this session will learn how to design PBL modules that can be streamlined into pre-existing thematic units. Presenters will then discuss how they collaborated to adapt the projects to different languages and scaffold them across various language proficiency levels. Finally, participants will interact to brainstorm social justice PBL units for their own classroom use.

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

Focusing Lesson Design Through Social Justice, Standards & Can-Do Statements

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

How do teachers design effective and engaging lessons based on important issues of social justice, while grounding them in the World-Readiness Standards and the modes of communication? This session will provide participants with a variety of activities allowing students to demonstrate what they can do when the lesson is built around real-world topics of social justice and functional goals. Designing and implementing social justice lessons and units based on topics that are engaging to students, promotes motivation to use the target language for authentic purposes. Sample resources, tasks by mode, and lessons will be provided.

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

Going to the Movies: Developing Social Justice Units Using Film

Presenter(s):
Michelle Kindt, Hershey High School, Hershey, PA

This session highlights the development and sequencing of a proficiency-oriented unit that uses a feature film in the target language as its base. Participants will learn how to gather authentic resources, utilize engaging discussion techniques, underscore targeted grammatical structures and develop appropriate assessments that support the themes of the film aligned with proficiency goals. By using high-frequency vocabulary and high-interest topics of social justice, these engaging units of film study provide optimal comprehensible input and boost language acquisition.

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

Becoming Agents of Change: The Work BEFORE the Work!

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

WHAT? You want students to be agents of change. SO WHAT? You want to teach through a social justice lense! NOW WHAT? Come explore two critical building blocks for effective social justice work: emotional literacy and perspective taking. 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 emotional connection and perspective taking.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-8
Examples in: English and Spanish Keyword: Curriculum

Reframing Your Teaching of Culture to Emphasize Justice and Equity

Presenter(s):
Beth Wassell, Ed.D., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Pamela Wesely, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Cassandra Glynn, Concordia College, Moorehead, MN

Social justice issues related to fairness, human rights, and equity are inherent in the cross-cultural, reflective, and analytical nature of studying world languages and cultures. In this session, we provide a framework and instructional strategies for adding a layer of social justice to the cultural products, practices, and perspectives you currently teach. We will emphasize ways to transition your traditional or typical culture topics to include current issues, such as justice and equity issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Materials and resources will be shared that can be immediately incorporated into your curriculum and instruction.

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

All Sessions (tentative)


How to Modify Your Activities for Students with an IEP

Presenter(s):
Hala Abdou, North Carolina Virtual Public School, Virtual
Ahmed Salem, King Abdullah Academy, Herndon, VA

Teaching is hard enough as it is, and teaching a language complicates things further, so ensuring that every student has a clear understanding of the subject matter is crucial. Lapses in learning can result in a skewed or delayed understanding of the language and large gaps in knowledge later on. The way to minimize this is through the use of Universal Design of Learning and Bloom’s Taxonomy. By scaffolding the structure of the classroom properly, you can personalize instruction for each and every student to ensure understanding of the language. This helps not only students with an IEP, but the whole class.

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

Teaching the Geography of Quebec

Presenter(s):
Jayne Abrate, Ph.D., American Association of Teachers of French, Carbondale, IL

Out of all of the Francophone areas of the world, Quebec is where the influence of its geography is most strongly felt. From the days of the early explorers, to today’s issues with climate change, water has served as a travel and trade route, a natural resource, and an economic boon. Starting with the St. Lawrence River and the history of its exploration, students can learn skills they can apply to other subjects, examine the relationship with First Nations, as well as other explorers and invaders, and look at how people adapted to and managed their surroundings in order to survive and prosper.

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

Teaching and Promoting French in a New Era

Presenter(s):
Jayne Abrate, Ph.D., American Association of Teachers of French (Exhibitor), Carbondale, IL

The AATF is positioning itself for the 21st century with new materials, projects, and services. These include new digital and print publications on IPAs, cinema, Martinique/Quebec, an ever-developing website with curated resources on multiple platforms, new French standards, and upcoming conventions. We will highlight our year-long series of professional development webinars on teaching virtually, addressing diversity, and learning more about the French-speaking world.

Language of presentation: French Levels: High School & College
Examples in: French Keyword: Professional development

Technology Updates: See Familiar Tools in a New Light

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

This presentation will go through a number of well-known and familiar tech tools that are used in today’s classroom, as well as demonstrate new features that have been added to them. Then working with the attendees in a hands on session will demonstrate how these updates can save them the burden of learning new tools, a step that might totally be necessary. It will also demonstrate how many of these updates and upgrades that are featured in these tech tools, add to the ways these tools can be used, and therefore add to the benefit gained from using them.

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

Competitive Conversations: Improving Oral Proficiency Through Language Games

Presenter(s):
Ellie Allen, Washington County Public Schools, Washington County, MD
Rachel Dayley, Washington County Public Schools, Washington County, MD

Communicative games can be more than just vocabulary review. They provide students with an opportunity to decode, circumlocute, and use language in impromptu situations. In this session, participants will learn ways to use games in the language classroom to help students, from beginners to advanced, improve their oral proficiency. Participants will experience several proficiency-oriented language games that the presenters use regularly in their own classrooms such as Spyfall, Code Names, and Assassin.

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

Teaching/Learning Greek in the 21st Century

Presenter(s):
Sophia Alpos, Greek123 (Exhibitor), Silver Spring, MD

Greek123 boasts a tradition of excellence in Modern Greek education. Levels are designed with “Can Do” statements at their core, allowing learners to systematically build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills as they advance to fluency. We will showcase our unique teaching method with an introduction to our curriculum. An example lesson will illustrate effective teaching techniques for beginner-level students of all ages. Audiences will explore the Student Book as well as an array of bespoke materials that augment each chapter: a rich digital platform, audio/video resources, animated games, and supplementary teaching tools. Our experienced teachers will interact with participants to further demonstrate our process, which has helped learners achieve success for more than 60 years.

Language of presentation: English and Greek Levels: PreK-8
Examples in: Greek Keyword: Articulation

Deconstructing Stereotypes in Intercultural Communication: An Experiential Workshop

Presenter(s):
Elena Alston, Goethe-Institut NY (Exhibitor), New York, NY

Regardless of what language you teach, mastering intercultural communication techniques is key to both fostering an equitable classroom atmosphere, and to successfully imparting a foreign language. In this hands-on session, we will take an experiential approach to different methods of deconstructing stereotypes as a key strategy in intercultural communication. We will probe different scenarios to learn new strategies that will empower you and your students, increase awareness, and enable us to act professionally and efficiently in globally diverse settings.

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

Cultural Competency: Theory into Practice

Presenter(s):
Gabmara Álvarez-Spychalski, The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, PA

Cultural competency is a buzzword that has been floating around in education for the past couple of years. But what does this look like in our classrooms? In this workshop, we’ll share the best practices for creating an anti-bias classroom and we’ll work through case studies that will help put theory into practice. These case studies will present instances of microaggressions in the classroom which impact the Latinx community, as well as other marginalized folks, and participants will learn and practice different strategies to address them.

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

Redefining Digital Language Learning Techniques

Presenter(s):
Rochell Alves, Sayreville Public Schools, Parlin, NJ
Melissa Wells, Elizabeth Public Schools, Elizabeth, NJ

Technology provides many opportunities for students to engage with the world around them. We will be redefining the language learning classroom and means of targeting the three modes of communication by opening a discussion about how to transform your classroom using the SAMR model. This session does not target any specific applications or learning management systems, however, participants will learn how to use their digital resources to engage with and learn different activities using various tools in ways that are immediately applicable to their classes. This presentation will also demonstrate how to raise awareness, join partners, start conversations and change minds through the utilization of technology in the language learning classroom.

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

Nurturing the Growth of a Student Teacher

Presenter(s):
William Anderson, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Elvira Morse, Ed.D., Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Have you ever thought about hosting a student teacher but were afraid of the time commitment? Stop by this session to discover the importance of supporting future language educators and to explore the opportunities available at local universities to work with participant observers and student teachers. Participants will walk away with a new found understanding of how collaborating with a student teacher can be both empowering and possibly the best world language PD ever.

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

Mead Project: Recruiting Teachers in the Target Language: Resources for Teacher Recruitment

Presenter(s):
Michele Back, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2020-2021 Mead Leadership Fellow Michele Back will discuss her fellowship project. In collaboration with K-12 language teachers worldwide, Dr. Back designed and adapted a series of open-access, target language modules that promote world language teaching careers among our students. These modules are based on ACTFL’s Educators Rising 2.0. Adapted recruitment materials in three target languages (Spanish, French, and Arabic) will be provided for teachers to seamlessly incorporate into existing units on careers, social justice, and other related themes.

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

También podemos aprender español: Estrategias para Asperger, ADHD y Dislexia

Presenter(s):
Lisi Barros-Sehringer, ELEPrinceton, Princeton, NJ

Living in an interconnected world demands learning an additional language as an essential tool to interact in social, educational or business environments. However, many students diagnosed with Autism/Aspergers, AD(H)D, or Dyslexia, often get a waiver for the foreign language classes or simply extra time for written tasks. A tailored approach that focuses on a student’s strengths rather than weaknesses is more appropriate for developing such necessary skills, which can also be transferred into a mainstream classroom. Developing just oral proficiency, can be one way to play to these learners’ strengths. Speaking an additional language, gives the power of communication and is a matter of social justice. Integration is not enough, inclusion should be the goal.

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

The Refreshed ACTFL/CAEP Standards for WL Teacher Preparation

Presenter(s):
Teresa Bell, Ph.D., ACTFL, Alexandria, VA

This session will present proposed updates to the ACTFL/CAEP “Standards for Preparing World Language Teachers”. These standards were most recently approved in 2013. Every seven years, CAEP suggests a revision to update the standards, to ensure that they are still in line with the most current research on second language acquisition, language learning, and language teaching. Participants will be shown a side-by-side comparison of the 2013 Standards with the proposed revised standards. Participants will be encouraged to share feedback. Feedback is needed so that the revision committee has as much imput as possible from as many educators in the profession before a draft of these standards are submitted to CAEP.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: English Keyword: Policy/Issues

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Language Acquisition

Presenter(s):
Hayet Bensetti-Benbader, Ed.D., New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ

In the past few years, there has been a rise in the creation of computer/ web-based technology specifically designed to provide highly collaborative, immersive, and interactive learning environments for learners. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are two tools which, when applied to the educational setting, provide authentic learning experiences for students. This session will present an overview of VR and AR technology in language education, convey the current applications and trends, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of integrating the technology with language acquisition.

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

Approaching Social Justice through Short Stories and Digital Storytelling

Presenter(s):
Celia Bianconi, Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA
Miriam Angrist, Boston Universirty, Boston, MA
Viktoria Hackbarth, Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA

Incorporating themes of social justice is an integral part of the cultures and communities components of the ACTFL World-Readiness standards. Addressing social justice through curricular elements and pedagogical choices, will allow students to engage in a deeper and more critical understanding of cultures and communities, increase cultural sensitivity, and advance students’ intercultural communicative competence (ICC). Presenters will focus on two pedagogical choices: teaching through short stories followed by activities from input to output, and students’ creations of digital storytelling reflecting diverse voices. Both strategies support and increase engagement and active learning. The content of this presentation is applicable to both face-to-face and online learning.

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

Yes, Novices Can! From Global Awareness Toward Social Justice

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

Prepare Novice learners to be informed world citizens by grounding traditional topics in AP global challenges and social justice. Through a focused examination of a Novice High French unit on global housing, learn how to plan rich thematic units based on simple language, abundant input, and structured output. Study examples of appropriate authentic resources for Novice learners, a menu of non-verbal processing tasks, techniques for scaffolding output, and appropriate real-life summative tasks to assess student learning.

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

How to Write a Successful NECTFL Conference Proposal

Presenter(s):
Michael Bogdan, South Middleton School District, Boiling Springs, PA

NECTFL seeks a wide variety of presenters sharing on topics of interest to our profession. We welcome presenters of all experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives. Attend this session to learn what is needed to submit a proposal to present at NECTFL 2022. Members of the NECTFL Program Committee will guide you through the proposal form, demystify the proposal review process, highlight common errors, and discuss best practices. Plus, there will be time to answer your questions. We need your voice added to our conference! Learn the tips to make this happen.

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

Les registres de language : un révélateur social.

Presenter(s):
Alexandra Borer, Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, NY
Samuel Skippon, Columbia University, New York, NY
Pascale Crepon, Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, NY

The study of vocabulary registers in French language is a useful point of entry for tackling sociological realities as well as social justice issues in ways that can be adapted to different levels. An understanding of the implications of language registers is essential to cultural literacy and supports a more inclusive approach to teaching culture by adding a focus on underrepresented aspects of society. Instructors can add variety to their lesson plans with diverse materials such as news articles, TV shows, contemporary literature, or parodies of the classics. Participants will be presented with rich authentic materials conducive to teaching slang and colloquial French and that also lend themselves to lessons focusing on contemporary culture as well as linguistic proficiency and literacy.

Language of presentation: French Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: French Keyword: Culture/Literature

Proficiency Testing as a Catalyst for Change to Proficiency-Focused Learning

Presenter(s):
Andrew Bowen, LTI, the Exclusive Provider of ACTFL Assessments (Exhibitor), Tarrytown, NY

Language educators finally have actionable, personal data that shows exactly how proficient students are based on the ACTFL Can-Do Statements and World-Readiness Standards. This same data also provides a way to track students’ progress towards proficiency and make adjustments to curricula based on student proficiency findings. We will share how programs have used online ACTFL proficiency assessments to promote forward, proficiency-focused thinking. Attendees will take an in-depth look at nationwide data produced by proficiency testing as it is administered on school, district, and state levels – and explore how these innovative online tools keeps learning in the forefront to provide tangible evidence of interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal abilities.

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

LILL Cohorts 1-3 Bag Lunch Chat

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

Are you a member of LILL Cohort 1, 2, or 3? Bring a lunch to an informal get-together. We’ll chat about our action plans, problems of practice, and our growing spheres of influence.

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

The Thingamabob that Does the Job: Rubrics

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

Are your rubrics learning guides and feedback tools that save you time and energy? Adventure through places in your curriculum where rubrics can become magic carpet ride pathways for learning. Curate and manipulate paired tasks and rubrics that evaluate where your students are and that demonstrate where they can level up. Increase your effectiveness by selecting when and how to introduce learners to rubrics in your learn-practice-assess-reflect cycles.

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

Social Justice and the Cambridge Latin Course

Presenter(s):
Caroline Bristow, Cambridge University (Exhibitor), Cambridge, UK

The marginalized and marginalizing position of Classics is one born of years of pedagogical and curriculum decisions. This paper highlights the repercussions of those decisions and challenges their perpetuation. The Cambridge Latin Course has been one of the most popular Latin textbooks in the world for over 50 years. With such a long history, the CLC provides a fitting vehicle to reflect on the progress made in the teaching of Classics in the recent past, and in the future. This session will include practical ways of using the CLC in its current form to address issues of social justice, reflections on how materials and attitudes have changed over the last 50 years, as well as an exploration of how we can continue to improve for the future.

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

Service Learning: Building Authentic Language Connections in the Community

Presenter(s):
Tancee Brodeur-Sassi, Upper School, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT
Heather Way, Upper School, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT

How can language teachers introduce community engagement into the curriculum? How can we meaningfully connect our students with the target language in their own communities? The presenters, high school Spanish teachers, will share their experiences of attempting to combine community outreach and classroom learning. By connecting with local organizations and immigrant populations, this presentation will give insight on how to create a syllabus with a focus on community engagement. In addition to exploring potential challenges and successes, the session will discuss curricular resources, share ways to look for target language speakers, and allow for participants to brainstorm the development of a similar course.

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

Practical Guide to Standards Based Grading for Equity

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

Standards and proficiency targets guide language instruction, but traditional 0-100 grading systems are still the norm. Teachers can increase equity and transparency through a standards-based system, but changing long held beliefs is challenging. This session will provide practical strategies for using proficiency based instruction and feedback instead of traditional grades. Examples will be provided for informal assessments, essays, conversations, and project based tasks. Customizable digital rubrics will be provided. They simplify the grading process and allow for the efficient delivery of meaningful feedback to your students. Additionally, attendees will be invited to share strategies for retakes, late work, and homework that increase equity while maintaining rigor.

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

Best of ME: Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

Presenter(s):
Stephanie Carbonneau, York Middle School, York, Maine

As language teachers, we want students to communicate in the target language, level up their communication and grow their proficiency, but are we providing them with the necessary tools and supports to do so and not resort to English? What can we do to support our learners as they climb the proficiency ladder? Give them something to talk about by giving them something to talk WITH. Come see how we can provide the necessary age and level appropriate scaffolding for students to be successful communicators in the target language at their appropriate proficiency level by using total participation techniques, word walls, chat mats, write brites and loads of other supports. Examples will mostly be given in French, some in Spanish, with sources to find what you need in your Target Language.

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

Maintaining a Strong German Program

Presenter(s):
Joseph Carosella, Niskayuna High School, Niskayuna, NY
Tracy Prebish, Niskayuna High School, Niskayuna, NY
Kirsten Borger, Consultant

Is German relevant in this day and age? Absolutely! This session will consider how best to take advantage of social media, an exchange program with a partner school, a German Club, community liaison and outreach, and students themselves to promote and maintain a strong, vibrant German Program at the high school level. Learn to share and celebrate the relevance of German to our education system, economy and global culture.

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

Image-ination

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

Images capture cultural practices and products and are a rich and abundant authentic resource that can aid novice learners to uncover cultural perspectives. Online social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram are a fresh and relevant source of images, providing a window into other cultures and motivating students to use their language skills. In this interactive session, you will learn how you can bring this “High-Leverage Teaching Practice” to your classroom. Ignite your students’ imaginations and spark meaningful dialogue in the target language with simple strategies and easy planning.

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

Preparing Pre-diploma Classes for International Baccalaureate WL Classes

Presenter(s):
Samantha Christopher, Brooke Point High School, Stafford, VA

This session will focus on the idea of preparing the pre-diploma candidates of IB World schools for their upper level IB World Language (specifically Spanish) classes. Instructional strategies presented will focus on the themes used as the focal point of IB WL classes, and show how to apply them to lower level (Spanish I-III) classes. Literature, music, film, and popular media will all be presented as ways to prepare students for a more authentic and culturally contextual language learning experience.

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

Voces Elevando Voices

Presenter(s):
Abigail Cleary, Lansing High School, Lansing, NY

This workshop focuses on voices. Specifically voices that are oppressed, dehumanized, ignored and reduced to stereotypes. The classroom that is aware of social justice can raise the voices too often missing, and connect our students to the truths absent from many classes. We will look at how the voices of young hispanohablantes worldwide and in the U.S. can help language students develop their own “voice” in Spanish by using voice recordings and group conversations to generate responses to the ideas of young people their age. I will give examples of how I connect my students to the realities of young hispanohablantes using music and YouTube videos as authentic sources of young voices on climate change, identity, gender, race, immigration, and student movements.

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

With a Little Help from Our Friends!

Presenter(s):
Suzanne Cook, Robert D. Reynolds Elementary School, Upper Saddle River, NJ

Come and learn about the benefits of an authentic virtual pen pal exchange! For the past four years, first graders at Robert D. Reynolds School in Upper Saddle River, NJ have exchanged video messages with students at the Robert Muller LIFE School in Panajachel, Guatemala. At the outset of this project, the goal was for students to practice their Spanish in an authentic context and compare their lives with the lives of our Guatemalan friends. However, we quickly learned that our amigos were facing a serious problem: they had limited access to clean drinking water. Learn how we helped to make a difference in their lives! Attend this session if you are interested in exploring how you can create a classroom environment that promotes kindness and social justice.

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

Interculturality: Where to Begin?

Presenter(s):
Jean Copeland, J. R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School, Philadelphia, PA

As language professionals, we handle the many aspects of the cultures of our languages everyday in our classrooms. Now we need to delve deeper into our teaching of culture and how we make the connection with the ACTFL Intercultural Communication Proficiency Benchmarks and Can-Do Statements. We need to take some of our current cultural lessons, and develop them into intercultural lessons/activities that will provide our students with opportunities to investigate and interact with some of the cultural nuances of the language that they are learning, as well as their ability to thoughtfully examine, compare and contrast those cultures with their own. Come and see how to take a simple activity and develop it into a complete intercultural lesson. Sample lessons will be shared.

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

High-Impact Strategies to Maximize the Value of Authentic Images

Presenter(s):
Matt Coss, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

This session will present a variety of low-prep, high-impact, learner-centered strategies for world language teachers of students at any level of proficiency, in order to make the most out of the authentic images they plan to use in the classroom. The primary goal of this session is that each attendee is able to take away concrete steps they can immediately incorporate into their own classrooms. These strategies will weave culture and content in the target language to facilitate student language acquisition and growth. The goal is not to change what we teach, or even to change how we teach, but to remember to constantly ask ourselves: Is there a more culturally-entrenched and relevant way I can have my students interact with this content?

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

NNELL Networking “Un-Conference” Share Session

Presenter(s):
Marissa Coulehan, Dobbs Ferry Schools, Dobbs Ferry, NY

The NNELL Networking Share Session is an opportunity for early language educators, PreK – 8, to meet for an open discussion to swap ideas and professionally connect with other early childhood, elementary, and middle school world language educators from around the region. This will be run in an “un-conference” style session to foster ideas, conversation, and most importantly engagement between attendees. Need some ideas? Need to vent? Need some guidance? Have something to share? Come chat with us!

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-8
Examples in: Multiple Keyword: Professional development

Teach Big Ideas, Even with Small Words

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

One challenge that students face when learning a new language is feeling limited in their expression. Simplistic vocabulary can 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 beginner-level classes can explore topics such as having vs. being, luxury vs. necessity, and house vs. home. Images and texts sourced from websites and social media can spark conversations about identity and diversity, as well as global and social issues. This session provides a sampling of activities and resources in Spanish, it is adaptable for other languages.

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

Increasing Social Justice Awareness within Your Curriculum

Presenter(s):
Cortney Dávila, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Mariana Álvarez Torres, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

How can we increase cultural competence at all levels of language learning and ensure meaningful learning, while also fulfilling the basic grammar acquisition requirements of the program? While most instructors have the desire to foster social justice awareness in their students, they are faced with the reality, attempting to do so while concurrently meeting their program’s grammar-based objectives within ambitious timelines. We provide examples of how to prioritize social justice based themes and still contextualize grammar, within the said themes. Furthermore, discover the key ingredient to fostering student empathy in order to shift the motivation for second language acquisition from self-serving rewards to a desire to contribute to the global conversation about social change and justice.

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

Using Authentic Materials to Assess 21st Century Students’ Communication Skills

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

Teachers will learn how to create lessons to assess their students listening, reading, speaking and writing skills through higher-order thinking interpretative questions, engaging interpersonal tasks, and presentational read-to-write activities based on authentic resources. These Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs) will also incorporate intercultural communication. There will be a focus on activities that will fulfill the communication skills 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 (provided by the presenter). We will discuss how to implement such activities and how to differentiate them to meet their students’ level. Participants will also receive copies of discussed lessons.

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

Connecting With Classrooms Around the World

Presenter(s):
Teresa DelGiudice, Pascack Valley Regional HS District, Montvale, NJ
Francesca Silvano, Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale, NJ

Our world is increasingly becoming more connected, as are the ways in which we can connect. Why not get to know one another? Let’s celebrate diversity, with respect and tolerance for those around the world, through cultural enrichment, service projects, and social awareness. We can achieve unity while promoting 21st century skills, including digital and global citizenship. Examples and use of tech-tool web sites and communicative platforms such as Edmodo, FlipGrid, and Skype will be discussed. The implementation and successful execution of an international exchange program will also be presented.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School
Examples in: French, Italian and Spanish Keyword: Communities/Workplace

Finding Social Justice in Authentic Chinese Materials

Presenter(s):
Janice Dowd, Ed.D., Glastonbury, Glastonbury, CT
Carol Chen-Lin, Ph.D., Choate-Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT
Lucy Lee, Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ

Teachers are always looking for authentic materials that they can use to explain how social justice is reflected in the beliefs and attitudes of the target culture. These materials must also match their students’ proficiency levels. The presenters will review the proficiency levels, the ACTFL Core Practice of interpreting authentic resources, and then present examples of appropriate authentic materials that discuss social justice in Chinese culture. Teachers will review the strategies and materials and be able to evaluate the appropriateness of these materials for their own classes.

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

Using External Assessments: Their Power and Their Messages

Presenter(s):
Greg Duncan, InterPrep, Inc., Marietta, GA

More and more schools and districts are using external proficiency/performance assessments like AAPPL and STAMP. But what are they learning from these assessments? Each administration delivers powerful, and important messages about learning and teaching, and these messages need to be heard and studied. This session will delve into this topic and will use several data samples to illustrate how testing data can be exploited to improve both learning and teaching.

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

Empowering Students to Reclaim Ownership of Their Learning

Presenter(s):
Liliane Dusewoir, Boston University, Boston, MA
Verónica Rodriguez Ballesteros, Boston University, Boston, MA

Come explore ideas on how to cultivate intrinsic motivation, a growth mindset, and the joy of learning in the classroom! Through hands-on activities, such as high-quality role-play and group discussions, participants will experience the powerful shift of true learner-centered conversations. Feedback can be a pivotal strategy in leading learners to see obstacles and mistakes as unique opportunities to grow, learn, and commit to self-established goals. When students feel empowered, they can tap into their own resources, inner strength, and capabilities. It is high time that we educators see students as full of potential, resourcefulness, and inner strength. As Goethe said, “The way you see people is the way you treat them. And the way you treat them is what they become.” Let’s help them become their best!

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Spanish, French, English Keyword: Professional development

How Can We Help? 25 Seal of Biliteracy Questions Answered

Presenter(s):
Linda Egnatz, Global Seal of Biliteracy, Frankfort, IL

A Seal of Biliteracy builds retention in university and high school language programs. Learners are motivated by credentials that articulate their skills for advanced placement, scholarships, study abroad and job opportunities. This session answers the most commonly asked questions about the Seal of Biliteracy program adoption and implementation. Learn how schools, public and private, use the program to benchmark proficiency targets and create a pathway of awards that motivates students to level-up. Topics include testing, college and competency-based credits, washback on instruction, and more. For universities, discover how the Global Seal of Biliteracy offers a language credential that provides similar benefits to re-energize college programs.

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

Teaching About Racism and Stereotypes in Short German Langauge Film

Presenter(s):
Mohamed Esa, Ph.D., McDaniel College, Westminster, MD
Ingrid Zeller, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Due to their brevity, short films are ideal for language instruction. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this session will address racism and stereotypes with a focus on Black Germans in German-language short films. Lesson plans and handouts with innovative ideas, impulses, and resources for the effective use of short films in the German curriculum will be shared for immediate use in the classroom.

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

Get in the Right Mindset to Teach Grammar Inductively

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

The shift to teaching for proficiency is more than just getting a new curriculum. Teachers need to have the characteristics of a growth mindset and know that it may not be easy nor happen all at once. With perseverance and work, they can change the way they’ve always taught to better help their students become proficient in the target language. This session will help teachers identify the characteristics of a growth mindset that will help them in this shift, both ones they already have and ones they need to work on. We’ll look at what teaching grammar inductively looks like and how to do it. Then, we’ll look at steps they can emulate to create their own inductive grammar lessons for their students.

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

No Place Like Home – A Thematic Approach

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

Explore how one language department designed a thematic unit across the 6-12 continuum that helped students organize their knowledge, made connections across grade levels, and developed a reflective portfolio that revealed the students’ growth in language over time. In the Bronxville School, students traced the concept of home over the course of 7 years of language study. Using the question – What is home? – as our guide, we were able to create a common thread across the languages from Level 1 to AP, and beyond that, embraced technology and encouraged reflection, metacognition, and critical thinking. Attendees will leave equipped with a step by step guide for constructing, implementing, and assessing their reimagined, vertically aligned, 6-12 language unit of study.

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

Creando Comunidad: Language-Based Strategies for Community Engagement for Spanish/Nursing Students

Presenter(s):
Elizabeth Fouts, Ph.D., Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH
Marigen Learnard, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH

Designed to give an overview of language-based community engagement activities carried out over the past five years in a unique Spanish minor program for nursing majors at a small liberal arts college, this session will use student reflection, evaluation, and artifacts to allow participants to experience the program. This is an excellent opportunity to experience culture and language across the higher education curriculum.

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

Beyond Boal- Developing Student Voices and Social Justice Through Theatre

Presenter(s):
Helen Freear-Papio, Ph.D., College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
Ellen Lokos, Ph.D., College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

This presentation expounds upon proven pedagogical processes that engage students with social justice through theater. Following a brief theoretical overview, including Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, we will share strategies successfully integrated into our co-curricular, bilingual theatre troupe which translate effortlessly back into the classroom. Theatre, at large, serves as a tool to solve the challenges so often seen in a diverse FL classroom, consisting of students with different levels of linguistic and cultural competencies. We use theatrical exercises to address microaggressions and microracisms as well as macro issues of social justice. After the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with these techniques.

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

La Nueva Canción Chilena and Social Justice Movements

Presenter(s):
Marisol Galarza-Ruiz, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY

This presentation will help increase global awareness by learning about the political, historical, and cultural aspects of the 1973 Coup d’état in Chile, the music genre La Nueva Canción Chilena, and some of its major exponents like: Victor Jara, Violeta Parra, Quilapayun, and Inti- Illimani. Assignments are designed to help students understand, collaborate, and demonstrate the role that music played in political and social justice movements. Through this unit, students will learn basic vocabulary words related to politics and the music genre, in English and Spanish, in order to better understand the political and social context expressed in selected songs from different artists.

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

Equity and Inclusion Across Hispanic Cultures

Presenter(s):
Beatriz Garcia, Ed.D., Northfield Mount Hermon School, Gill, MA

How can we teach a language with an interdisciplinary approach? How do we explore the worldviews of various communities and the deep layers of the cultural iceberg in our everyday practice? In this interactive workshop, I’d like to invite participants to think about why we study new languages, how that helps us become global citizens, and how we develop cultural competency. Participants will be encouraged to examine their own practice, contribute to the discussion with their own models, and leave with resources and a new mindset to approach the study of a language. We do not need to stop celebrating the Day of the Dead but we should do it without cultural appropriation and with a true understanding of the celebration, the people and the cultural context in which it happens.

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

Maximizing Interpersonal Speaking Skills

Presenter(s):
Cherie Garrett, Dallastown Area High School, Dallastown, PA

Increasing spoken proficiency is an essential element of language learning and is often the most challenging aspect of language to teach and assess in the classroom. I will present several interpersonal speaking activities, which participants will experience through use with each other. Additionally, I will present about an online conversation platform, Boomalang, and will play brief clips of my students speaking with native speakers in Spanish about AP-based themes. I will explain the benefits of using Boomalang and the classroom application of sharing cultural knowledge that the students gained through the conversations.

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

Mead Project: Offering the Seal of Biliteracy at Your School District

Presenter(s):
Cherie Garrett, Dallastown Area High School, Dallastown, PA

Offering the Seal of Biliteracy at your school district will not only recognize those students who are proficient in two or more languages by their high school graduation, but will also generate support and excitement among your students, teachers, administrators and the community for your world language program. In this presentation, the purpose and benefits of the Seal of Biliteracy will be explained and a plan for implementation will be shared so you have a simple process to offer the Seal of Biliteracy to the students in your school district.

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

Diversity and Equal Representation in the Spanish Heritage Language Classroom

Presenter(s):
Eva Gomez Garcia, Brown University, Providence, RI

Learning a heritage language transforms identities and shapes new communicative selves. This session aims to address the relationship between language and identity in the context of heritage Spanish in the US. One of the objectives of this session will be to review the ideologies found in heritage language textbooks and classrooms, and their role in the performance of identity. We will explore who is represented and who is not and discuss the inequities and evaluate why they happen. Through the lens of social justice, close attention will be paid to alternatives to develop pedagogical materials and practices that address bias and injustice, and look at power dynamics at different levels so that all students are represented and given a voice.

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

Differentiating Instruction in Online and Blended Learning Environments

Presenter(s):
Leslie Grahn, Independent Consultant

Language educators strive every day to meet the needs of the wide diversity of their learners, while providing instruction that contributes to growth in language proficiency. Through differentiated instruction, struggling learners are given the scaffolds and supports they need to be successful and advanced learners are provided the appropriate challenge level in tasks. With the shift to blended and online learning, we will explore how to adapt face-to-face strategies in virtual environments.

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

Artful Voices: Using Artwork to Prompt Presentational Communication

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

Art has the power to stimulate curiosity and critical thinking skills. Creative writing builds confidence by allowing students to play with language and take ownership of their work. Put them together to engage and stimulate your students’ imaginations and foster their creative expression. Give your novice and intermediate students a voice to build their presentational skills by using authentic art images and creative writing activities.

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

Weekly Chats with a Refugee: Connecting Across Borders

Presenter(s):
Olivia Grugan, Appalachia Intermediate Unit, Altoona, PA

Picture this: It’s a Friday morning in rural Pennsylvania on a small college campus. Arabic students in their respective dorm rooms log on to their computers and join each other virtually to have a 1 hour conversation with their class partner, a refugee from Syria living in Jordan. She only speaks Arabic. They are novice learners. After the first session, one student writes to the professor saying “I love the Friday sessions. I learn so quickly.” Come view recorded clips of these Friday conversations and join with colleagues in an evaluation of the best practices for intercultural exchange and authentic language immersion experiences virtually.

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

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A Roadmap for Learning German

Presenter(s):
Christopher Gwin, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Margaret Gonglewski, Ph.D., The George Washington University, Washington, D.C
Ester Eichler, Abington Senior High School, Abington, PA

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 session explores a wide range of sample lessons, which weave the themes of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 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 module or unit frameworks, and can drive curricula, or they can enhance already mandated text and lesson plans.

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

Voices Through Murals- Breaking Down Barriers for Intercultural Competence

Presenter(s):
Viktoria Hackbarth, Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA
Amina Shabani, Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA

Murals are powerful narratives that can uplift community members, honor voices of the past, and help individuals stay grounded in the present. This interactive session will explore ways to incorporate social justice in the foreign language classroom through the analysis and interpretation of murals to help foster students’ critical thinking, empathy and intercultural sensitivity. Presenters will provide a wide array of activities, applicable from the novice to the advanced learner, which will help develop students’ ability to analyze and interpret (inter)cultural practices. Participants will walk away with tools and ideas to create their own lessons incorporating murals to develop intercultural literacy and invite students to draw comparisons with their own real-world experiences.

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

Using Storybooks to Address Social Justice in the World Language Curricula

Presenter(s):
Susan Hanna Wicht, Columbia University, New York, NY

Some teachers may struggle to include topics that deal with identity, race, or gender, into an existing curriculum. Those issues have become increasingly important for the social and emotional well-being of students, not only as learners but as world-citizens too. This session will provide world-language educators with strategies to incorporate storybooks into their curriculum, with the aim of addressing existing inequities and injustices in the languages and cultures they teach. Closely examined, storybooks can foster a deeper understanding of the intersection between social justice questions, language proficiency, and cultural competence.

Language of presentation: Arabic and English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: Arabic and English Keyword: Culture/Literature

Resources for Learner Centered Instruction and Planning

Presenter(s):
Betsy Hart, National Foreign Language Center (UMD) (Exhibitor), Riverdale, MD
Matt Coss, National Foreign Language Center (UMD), Riverdale, MD

The role of the highly effective language teacher is to plan, deliver, and adjust highly engaging experiences in which all learners can meet daily goals and develop linguistic and intercultural competence. This session will identify the key features of a learner-centered classroom and empower participants to center the focus of their own instruction on their learners. Presenters will share and demonstrate a variety of freely available resources, which will enable all participants to put learners first in their mindset, their planning, and their instruction. Participants will engage with each resource and discuss specific ways to implement each one into their various instructional contexts—curriculum planning, lesson planning, lesson delivery, and assessment.

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

Supporting Each Other in Stressful Times

Presenter(s):
Jessica Haxhi, ACTFL, Alexandria, VA
Howie Berman, ACTFL, Alexandria, VA

How can we continue to deal with all the changes we face as educators? How can we survive and thrive both as educators and in supporting our learners? One enduring lesson from 2020 was to focus on what is the most important: relationships. Let’s identify our current challenges and find specific ways to support each other and our learners. Examine strategies to focus and simplify planning for learning, take steps to tap into professional learning networks, identify helpful resources, and set your personal goal of supporting yourself and others as language educators.

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

Journey to Proficiency – Plan, Guide, and Enjoy the Ride

Presenter(s):
Jessica Haxhi, ACTFL, Alexandria, VA
Howie Berman, ACTFL, Alexandria, VA

Every year students enroll in your class eager to “travel,” through the target language and cultures. You are the “travel planner” and “tour guide” on the language learning journey. What motivates learners more than acquiring language to meet their purposes? Plan the journey by picturing the final destination (advanced proficiency), stops along the way, assistance for your travelers, and helpful tips. Focus on proficiency in your classes to ensure learners are motivated to stay on the language learning “journey.” Learn to plan, teach, assess, engage, and celebrate learner success – tapping ACTFL resources to lead learners on the best trip ever to reach their desired destination: proficiency!

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

Best of VA: Improving the Quality of Your Students’ Writing

Presenter(s):
Knikki Hernandez, William Monroe High School, Standardsville, VA

This session is designed for teachers looking for ways to improve the quality of their students writing as well as increase their students’ comprehension of the material and language. Anyone interested in changing the nature of the academic discourse in their classrooms virtually or face-to-face would benefit from attending this conference program, as the presenter will both explain and demonstrate the techniques being discussed for the attendees.

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

Activities, Engagement and Assessment

Presenter(s):
Wendy Hsieh, Bayside High School, Bayside, NY

Are you trying to engage your language learners with fun and meaningful strategies? Are you using formative assessment effectively in your language classroom? In this session, a variety of teaching strategies and activities will be shared with you to motivate your language learners acquiring the targeted language in a meaningful way. Different formative assessment tools will be employed in the session to help you evaluate students’ progress. Participants will take away ideas and strategies that can be applied in a language classroom. Some “active engagement” time will be given to participants for better understanding.

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

Voice and Power in Grimms’ Fairy Tales

Presenter(s):
Nancy Johnson, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA

In H.C. Anderson´s literary tale “The Little Mermaid”, the main character gives up her voice to attain immortality, but the origin of Anderson´s literary tale can be traced to older folk tales. These are not the tales of females in distress saved by a “knight in shining armor” made so famous by Disney films. These are lesser known tales handed down in oral tradition, most likely by female story-tellers, and collected by the Grimm brothers which show sacrifices made by female protagonists forced to literally give up their voice to a power beyond their control. In the original story, whether regaining her voice means coming to terms with her own weakness or saving those she loves from magical transformation, persevering, and overcoming her lack of voice is the only way to achieve her purpose.

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

Identidades: The Power of Giving Students Language and Culture

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

Language is a living phenomenon, always evolving within the unique communities in which it is spoken. The world-wide Spanish Corpus is like you travelling the world for ten years, recording real, everyday language and then – here’s the magic – keying those millions of sentences into a searchable data base. In this session, learn how to use the Corpus to complement your lessons with insights into words, phrases, and usage in diverse Spanish-speaking regions. Discover exactly how specific communities speak and write, right now. Discover how different communities approach showing respect, avoiding insults, and managing conversations. Discover exciting, accessible, in-depth examples of the dynamism and diversity of Spanish, and how exactly to apply them in all your course levels.

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

Social Justice Through the Lens of Literature

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

This presentation will address some of the many examples in which French authors have noted the sad realities of social injustice and have imagined a more equitable society. It will bring to life creations such as Beaumarchais’ Figaro, Zola’s Miners, and Senghor’s Images of Colonialism. The presenter will work through selections from these and other works, while noting student projects and responses, and will invite the participants to apply these examples to situations in today’s society.

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

The edTPA in World Languages: Information, Experiences and Discussion

Presenter(s):
Erin Kearney, Ph.D., The University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Michael Nusbaum, Mott Hall Charter School, The Bronx, NY

Organized in stations, we present (1) information on what the edTPA is and how it functions as a part of teacher certification in NYS, (2) stories of recent experience with taking the edTPA, and (3) opportunities to examine sample tasks and rubrics to gain a better understand what is involved in the world languages edTPA. Whether you are a teacher candidate soon to take the edTPA, a classroom teacher who is curious about or who will soon host a student teacher, or a methods instructor seeking to learn more about the process, this session provides perspectives from the presenters’ multiple vantage points and experiences and many opportunities to gather information, engage with others and ask questions.

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

On Your Way(side) to Proficiency: Practices that Get You There

Presenter(s):
Jay Ketner, Wayside Publishing (Exhibitor), Freeport, ME
Deborah Espitia, Howard County Public Schools (retired), Ellicott City, MD

We’re changing the way textbooks work! Come learn more about eight best practices for teaching for proficiency and how Wayside Publishing’s Spanish and French series, EntreCulturas and EntreCultures, incorporate them all! We’ll talk about using backward-design grounded in essential questions, authentic resources that inspire tasks across all modes of communication, grammar taught in context, Can-Do statements, formative performance assessments, summative IPAs, and other ACTFL-aligned best practices.

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

Shifting Perceptions of Africa Through Humor

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

Using video clips by African comedians such as Trevor Noah, this presentation will offer teachers tools for presenting Africa through the lens of humor, optimism and reality rather than through the lens of failure, futility and hypocrisy. A host of despairing themes including famine, corruption, ignorance, racism, poverty and disease will be poked at and prodded by the sharp stick of irony, humor and hope in order to help deconstruct the contradictions that accompany these representations in the popular press and elsewhere. Through this corrective lens we will examine strategies for identifying and interrogating common and generally false assumptions and presuppositions so that a more realistic image of Africa may gain entry into language classrooms.

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

Action! Using Drama to Build Communicative Skills

Presenter(s):
Rebecca Klassen, Henry Barnard School/ Rhode Island College, Providence, RI

Whether using live skits or recorded videos, drama can help students feel comfortable speaking. This fun format lowers the affective filter of the students which leads to increased retention of language and greater proficiency. Drama techniques are excellent for building communicative skills for students of all ages from PreK-college. Participants will learn to make green screen videos, write skits, and showcase learning through plays or film festivals.

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

World Language Resource Audit: Diversity Inventory

Presenter(s):
Julia Koch, Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, NJ
Dorie Conlon Perugini, Glastonbury Public Schools, Glastonbury, CT

Diversity in educational content and resources is more important than ever. Within our language classrooms, introducing our students to multiple cultural perspectives through a diverse body of resources can augment the development of empathy, curiosity, and open mindedness. With a heterogeneous mix of people, contexts, and choices represented in our curricula, we can increase empathy and intercultural competence for students of all ages and backgrounds. This workshop will introduce teachers to a diversity checklist of the presenters’ creation and posit avenues for increased representation of marginalized groups in class resources and activities. Participants will leave with resources and activities to enrich the diversity of their lessons and units, starting Monday!

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

Making Telecollaboration Work

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

This session presents examples for successful telecollaboration projects to connect language learners online with native speakers or other learners of the same language. Based on ten years of telecollaboration experience, the presenters will outline best practices, effective platforms, collaborative tasks, and ways to find partners for virtual exchanges. Projects for different language levels and goals will be introduced.

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

Encouraging Conversation Through Classroom Drama

Presenter(s):
Barbara Kurtz, Meadville Area Senior High School, Meadville, PA
Wilma Dunkle, Meadville Area Senior High School, Meadville, PA

Our students sometimes lack speaking skills because fear of failure or ridicule paralyzes them. We will share ideas, activities and resources that have been effective in encouraging and motivating our students to take risks and advance their speaking (and listening) proficiency in the target language. We’ll get you out of your seat and mingling with theatrics, games, sitcoms and surprises that you can use with students of all ages, levels and languages. And we hope you’ll share some of your favorite activities, too. Let’s bring the right kind of drama into our classrooms!

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

Vive le petit prince! Il est revenu…

Presenter(s):
Janel Lafond-Paquin, Rogers High School, Newport, RI

The Little Prince is back! There are so many things that can be done with this much-loved book for both young and not so young students! Come participate in a myriad of engaging activities that incorporate the four skills as well as those that target the multiple intelligences and give students choice! This session will be conducted mostly in French and a handout will be provided to participants.

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

Effective Hybrid Learning in the Language Classroom

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

With opportunities for both online and in-person learning this year, this presentation will review some of the best practices in hybrid learning. This will include how to transition back and forth from online to in-person learning using online tools for organization strategies, how to support students who may not be able to attend class in person through remote synchronous learning, and how to set up an effective asynchronous environment for students who cannot participate. Some of the tools covered will include Zoom, the Google Suite, FlipGrid, Wakelet, Peardeck, mobile apps, and more. Teachers will have opportunities to ask questions, to work on strategies in small groups, and to come away from this presentation with activities that they can use right away in their language classes.

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

Creating Lessons on Social Justice in the Three Modes

Presenter(s):
Patricia Lennon, Ed.D., Proficiency Press Co. (Exhibitor)
Douglas Moore, Proficiency Press Co.
Jonathan Piccirillo, Proficiency Press Co.
Carmela Taliercio-Cohn, Proficiency Press Co.

Need ready-made proficiency style activities to motivate your students? Proficiency Press will provide you with fun, communicative, culturally based activities that will engage your students throughout your lesson using the 5Cs. From Performance Assessment in the three modes, to Read to Write tasks, you will be able to use these materials immediately with your students. E-chapters featuring all proficiency style activities can be downloaded and shown to your students using the latest technology in your classrooms. Sample IPAs focusing on social justice will be demonstrated and distributed.

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

Deutsche Songs gegen Rassismus (German Songs against Racism)

Presenter(s):
Mariah Ligas, Antietam School District, Reading, PA
Mohamed Esa, Ph.D., McDaniel College, Westminster, MD

German pop songs by Black musicians taken as authentic texts contribute to the intercultural competence of students. In this session, participants will learn how songs from Black German musicians can be effectively and purposefully used in instruction to combat racism. Example lessons for specific songs will be presented and discussed.

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

Peer Feedback Done Better

Presenter(s):
Greta Lundgaard, NFLC at the University of Maryland (Exhibitor), College Park, MD

The ability to give feedback to others is an important aspect of fruitful collaboration. The process of giving peer feedback causes learners to interact, negotiate, and reflect on the language they are learning. By teaching specific strategies to use when examining or analyzing speaking/writing output, learners can provide input into the output of others and will begin to notice their own skill and knowledge gaps. This session identifies strategies that teachers can use to make peer feedback effective, impactful, and motivational, leading to proficiency growth for all learners.

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

Peaceful Brigade: Foster Empathy and Boost Oral Production

Presenter(s):
Maureen Magnan, Ph.D., Sharon Public Schools, Sharon, MA
Borja De Arbulo Alonso, Boston University, Boston, MA

This presentation will provide strategies to implement active listening, thoughtful questioning, and opportunities to make empathetic connections in the classroom. In a world where mutual respect and understanding are not clearly modeled in politics or the media, educators are confronted with the responsibility to provide students with a space to foster these values in their own classrooms. This session will present the tools to equip learners to engage in active listening through ethnographic and OPI interviews with greater openness to facilitate difficult conversations. With the drive and willingness to make meaningful connections, teachers will be equipped to help their students use the art of storytelling and interpersonal communication to understand another’s story.

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

How to Amplify Student Voices Through Socratic Seminars

Presenter(s):
Christina Margiore, North Shore Schools, Glen Head, NY

With Socratic Seminars you will have the class discussions in the target language that you have always wanted. Socratic Seminars are student-led discussions based on a prompt that encourage critical thinking and spontaneous conversation. Many English and Social Studies classes are already using this amazing discussion technique to get students thinking on a deeper level. We can do it, too! We just have to adapt these practices for the WL classroom.

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

Representing, Embracing, and Celebrating Latinx Communities

Presenter(s):
Ivania Marinero, The Heschel School, New York, NY

How can world language teachers represent, embrace, and celebrate differences related to race and culture within the Latinx community when teaching Spanish? How can educators encourage and provide tools to students in the world language classroom to seek justice? In this session, participants will explore how to intentionally incorporate targeted sociocultural knowledge through practical examples that bridge the gap between language and cultural identities within the Spanish-speaking spheres. Moreover, participants will gain insight on how to create content in the target language that disrupts systems of oppression and brings visibility to marginalized cultural identities throughout the Latinx community and beyond.

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

Creating Thematic Units for Social Justice

Presenter(s):
Katia Marticorena, Arlington High School, Arlington, MA
Christina Toro, Arlington High School, Arlington, MA

The presentation will explore the topic of immigration as a result of inequality, social divides, and violence that force families to leave their homes and countries and migrate in search of economic and physical security. The participants will learn how to design a thematic unit – essential questions, standards, goals and summative assessments- which connects language proficiency to the principles of Social Justice. This unit enables language learners to value diversity, be aware of social injustices and develop plans of action for a more equitable world. As a result, the language learners will develop a deeper understanding of the immigration process while making connections across disciplines, developing 21st century skills, and improving language proficiency.

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

Engaging Games to Get Our Novice Learners Speaking

Presenter(s):
Laura McClintock, Burlington Township School District & Rowan University, Burlington Township, NJ

In this session, we will explore games that will help our novice level students to continuously speak the target language in a way that is attainable, engaging, and non-threatening. Additionally, we will consider how we can keep our students accountable when it comes to staying in the target language, along with ways that we can structure our activities and games to take away the temptation of resorting to the learner’s first language. Participants will then consider their own teaching situations and brainstorm ways in which they can bring each game or strategy back to their own classrooms. Finally, we will discuss ideas on how we can help our students to overcome the fear of speaking a new language.

Language of presentation: English Levels: PreK-8
Examples in: French and English Keyword: Instructional strategies

How We Incorporated Social Justice Topics into Japanese Language Education

Presenter(s):
Naemi McPherson, Brown University, Providence, RI
Noriko Sugimori, Ph.D., Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
Hiromi Miyagi-Lusthaus, Boston University, Boston, MA

Have you thought about incorporating social justice topics into your language class? Issues of diversity and inclusion are more relevant than ever to students amidst ongoing calls for racial justice. However, despite broad awareness of the importance of these topics, pedagogical integration remains challenging for obvious reasons: forever-sensitive topics, lack of materials, discrepancies with traditional ideas of foreign language teaching, etc. This session will showcase sample practices, outcomes, and pedagogical implications for all levels of Japanese courses.

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

Willingness to Communicate: A Means to Student Empowerment

Presenter(s):
Lorianne Morache, Association québécoise des écoles de français langue étrangère (Exhibitor)

Why is it that some L2 learners are eager to talk in their L2, while others are reluctant to do so? To answer these questions, this session takes a look at the individual, social, linguistic, and situational factors influencing the degree to which L2 learners are willing to initiate or contribute to communication both inside and outside the classroom. How do we use these factors in order to promote participation in the classroom? How do we provide such an environment that increases students’ empowerment and willingness to assert themselves in the L2 community? This workshop offers various paths of reflexion and ideas on how to make students share their voices.

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

Maximizing Potential in All Learners

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

Join us for an interactive session where teachers discuss how targeted interventions helped middle school students show gains in their performance levels toward reaching their speaking proficiency targets. Presenters will share the different strategies that were implemented to support students in the interpretive listening and interpersonal speaking modes of communication. Participants will leave with strategies for replication in their own institutions. This sessions highlights K-16 collaboration.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Middle School
Examples in: Spanish, French, Chinese Keyword: Instructional strategies

Tackling Social Justice Topics with Digital Games

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

Digital games are being recognized as new contexts and means for language learning. During this session, participants will discover and play social impact games about real-world issues, explore communicative activities that make gameplay relevant to the language learning process, and brainstorm ideas for gamifying a lesson, a unit, or an entire curriculum. Bring your own technology and gamer attitude!

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

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome: How to Increase Student Engagement

Presenter(s):
Kim OuYang, Westfield High School, Westfield, NJ

Teachers have been told to cater to 21st Century learners and help them adapt to the ever-changing modern society. However, it has become an increasing challenge for us to compete with shorter attention spans and constant distractions. How do we keep every student engaged for a full class period? We will discuss and share methods that appeal to student interest while committing to the course curriculum.

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

‘Pachas en Peru’: Videos to Discuss Social Justice in Peru

Presenter(s):
Beth Pachas, Joel Barlow High School, Redding, CT

Explore social justice through videos filmed on site in Peru. The featured videos align with this year’s theme of social justice in that they capture a tour guides’ detailed explanation of the inequalities in Peruvian culture while explaining the underlying history. Participants will experience lessons centered around the videos, discuss modifications based on the level and needs of their students, brainstorm ideas of how to integrate the videos in their curriculum, and leave with a heightened awareness of social justice issues and the history in Peru. By the end of the workshop, participants will gain access to these videos, explore different apps to use in conjunction, collaborate during a variety of hands-on activities, and receive modifiable templates to create lessons of your own.

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

Multiplicidad de voces: diversidad social en el aula

Presenter(s):
Liliana Paredes, Ph.D., Difusión (Exhibitor) & Duke University, Durham, NC

Social justice can be used as a theme in class or can be intentionally made visible by working with materials that bring to light themes that usually are silenced: a family with two mothers, Afro-Hispanic presence in history or the prestige of different varieties of Spanish. As teachers we can take a stand that intentionally makes these themes of silenced voices visible and work in the production of teaching materials towards this end. In this session we will show examples of teaching activities that focus on students’ interactions with the complexity of the Hispanic world to understand it in the context of social justice. We will present and discuss criteria to design didactic materials that integrate social themes as a point of reflection and action.

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

Social Justice across Cultures in Media

Presenter(s):
Kyounghye Park, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

This presentation will introduce how to integrate the idea of social justice into foreign language classrooms. The street arts of Bansky, a well-known British artist, and the Korean movie Parasite by Junho Bong, which won Best Film at the Oscars in 2019, will be used as examples to represent the idea of social justice. Students will differentiate the specific contexts in which they were produced. Students will also identify a repeating theme related to the topic across cultures. Students will practice their speaking skills and new literacy skills by producing a form of media reflecting their own ideas of social justice. Digital tools will be introduced to be used. The target students are intermediate-level college students learning Korean. This will be also applicable to other languages.

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

Activating HLTP: Create a Classroom Discourse Community Centered in Justice

Presenter(s):
Joseph Parodi-Brown, Ed.D., Marianapolis Preparatory School, Thompson, CT
Michael Orlando, Ed.D., St. John’s Preparatory School, Danvers, MA

Teaching for social justice is a choice about pedagogy as well as content, and the High Leverage Teaching Practice (HLTP) of creating a discourse community helps achieve the goals of social justice education by drawing on students’ skills and engaging learners in discussions about meaningful topics at all levels. This includes social justice topics that center target language cultures to create a classroom discourse community that merges HLTP with content and methodology that are based in the work of justice and equality. Attendees will develop an understanding of the HLTP while integrating the practice into a social justice based class. Participants will use strategies for discourse engagement promoting discussion and assessment on meaningful topics at all levels.

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

Equity for All: Social Justice in the WL Classroom

Presenter(s):
Suzanne Pezzulli, The Gordon School, East Providence, RI

How do Fair Trade practices impact farmer cooperatives and consumers globally? Teach language, culture and environmental issues through the prism of social justice and equity. Work with local community organizations to provide tools to deepen students’ understanding and awareness of social and environmental issues both in their local and global communities. Take away practical innovations and ideas for learning and activism that provide opportunities for students to connect more directly with their local and global counterparts. Presented in English with examples in Spanish and is of special interest to middle and high school teachers (6-12).

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

¿Y mis abuelos, dónde están? Activities for Communication Across Generations

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

The current pandemic has forced individuals to value people and things that previously might have been taken for granted. Communities have been particularly concerned about the elderly. Families have been forced to maintain distance from older members to protect them from infection. In a contemporary society where the older people are, the more invisible they become, suddenly, the elderly appear in the spotlight and are the focus of concern and attention. This session presents content featuring the value and significance of the elderly in the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Participants will be exposed to media and texts and will engage in activities to foster understanding, empathy, and student involvement and production in all modes of communication.

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

Diverse Perspectives of Social (In)justice in Text, Film, and Song

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

Using French text, music, and film, this multimedia presentation will focus on how to engage learners at the advanced level through authentic and culturally rich material illustrating diverse perspectives of social issues and injustices, such as economic and religious oppression, discrimination, racism, and xenophobia. All the while taking students’ multiple intelligences and deep engagement with the material into account, the presenter’s selection of task- and content-based assignments will showcase a variety of differentiated learning opportunities that not only allow students to identify, examine, and discuss these social issues and injustices, but also strengthen their linguistic and higher-level thinking skills, as well as their understanding of and voice for social (in)justice.

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

Embedding Compassion and Intercultural Citizenship in the Language Class

Presenter(s):
Benjamin Rifkin, Ph.D., Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Manuela Wagner, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Current events make it clear that students need to be prepared to be active, and in our opinion, compassionate global or intercultural citizens. We argue that language education is especially well situated to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to investigate the world around them and take action, based on reason and compassion. We’ll briefly explain the concepts of compassion and intercultural citizenship and show how they can be embedded in language lessons while at the same time fostering students’ proficiency in the target language. Attendees will then work in groups to develop a language learning activity in which compassion and intercultural citizenship are embedded, addressing the communication, cultures, and connections standards.

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

LILL Leadership Forum: Leading Action Plans in Your State

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

The Leadership Initiative in Language Learning (LILL) supports world language teachers across the country in developing leadership skills and implementing action plans in their states. Come join a panel of NECTFL-sponsored LILL representatives to learn about their experiences in planning and implementing action plans in their own states. You’ll come away with ideas to improve and advocate for world language education as well as strategies and tips for success.

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

Breaking Barriers: Combining SDGs & Top Tech = Interculturality

Presenter(s):
Noemi Rodriguez, Pascack Valley Regional HS District, Montvale, NJ

Let’s break barriers and lead with the Global Goals for Sustainable Development as a school community by creating interdisciplinary connections and collaborative experiences for all students! Using several Global Goals for Sustainable Development and technology tools, participants will be able to design unique interdisciplinary activities and authentic social experiences for their learners that foster both empathy and interculturality. Come prepared to collaborate, share ideas and create!

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

Art, Authentic Resources, and Activity in the Spanish Classroom

Presenter(s):
Rich Sayers, Savvas Learning Company (Exhibitor), Paramus, NJ

How can you keep students motivated in the Spanish classroom while also building language proficiency and cultural awareness? This session explores how to use fine arts, authentic resources, and activities to make the Spanish classroom engaging and relevant. Participants will take part in many activities, share their own best practices, and leave with ideas and strategies to use right away as they return to their classrooms.

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

Work in Progress: Social Justice in Teacher Training

Presenter(s):
Jutta Schmiers-Heller, Columbia University, New York, NY
Silja Weber, Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, NY
Chris Hoffman, Columbia University, New York, NY
Nate Wagner, Columbia University, New York, NY

Supporting our German graduate fellows at Columbia University in becoming versatile language teachers is a continually evolving process. An area that has not been systematically addressed is that of social justice. This session will highlight the programmatic steps taken to implement a more systematic foundation for incorporating social justice into our graduate student teacher training and by extension our classrooms. This involves defining our concept of the term, as well as scaffolding self-reflection for instructors, creating self-reflective activities and including social justice perspectives at various levels, and evaluating the process. The steps will provide the springboard for discussion and generating further ideas. Participants will receive materials to adapt for their own use.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School & College
Examples in: English and German Keyword: Professional development

Creating Opportunities for Assessment in a Virtual Learning WL Classroom

Presenter(s):
Holly Schnittger, Thomas McKean High School, Wilmington, DE
Christopher Wendel, Odessa High School, Middletown, DE

This session focuses on assessing the modes of communication in a virtual learning classroom. Assessment examples will be provided for interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal communication. Some assessment tools that will be highlighted are Zoom breakout rooms, Flipgrid, and Schoology discussion boards. Participants will leave with concrete examples of what these look like in a virtual learning world language classroom and these can be applied to a traditional in-person classes well. Presenters will provide examples from multiple levels in both French and Italian, but it can be applied to other languages and levels.

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

SEL in the Classroom: A Platform for Social Justice

Presenter(s):
Jennifer Schwester, Brick Township Memorial High School, Brick, NJ

This interactive workshop will help teachers to understand what SEL (Social Emotional Learning) is and is not, as well as practice ways to help students work on their social emotional learning skills in their target language. By helping students identify their emotions, acknowledge them, and work on ways to deal with them, students receive valuable life skills that make them more effective and productive learners. SEL also 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. SEL activities help students to develop kindness, care, and understanding amongst students, and to open them to the larger ideas of social justice: human rights, equality, access, and participation.

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

Advocacy Tools Everyone Can Use in Today’s Educational World

Presenter(s):
Amanda Seewald, JNCL-NCLIS (Exhibitor), Garrett Park, MD

What do you advocate for students, yourself, programs, and language education in today’s world? Learn essential advocacy tools and explore issues locally, regionally, and nationally. Come away understanding how YOU can make a difference and how JNCL-NCLIS builds legislative impact to catalyze growth in our field. Participants will leave with an actionable set of resources to build their own advocacy.

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

Student Choice in Project-Based and Integrated Performance Assessment Models

Presenter(s):
Andrea Sell, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mount Hermon, MA

We want students to be engaged in our classes. We want our students to develop their passions and find their voice. We want to create space for creativity, and we want to provide differentiation. Often, though, our assessments don’t provide much room for student choice and creativity. Even when our assessments are authentic and creative in design, they can leave students feeling boxed-in, or can result in all students submitting very similar work. This session will provide ideas, guidelines, rubrics, and frameworks to create assessments that allow greater student choice in the process. This workshop will be applicable to teachers using PBL, IPAs, and other authentic assessments. It will also be adaptable to remote learning situations.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School
Examples in: French Keyword: Assessment

Networking and Resource Session for German Teachers

Presenter(s):
Michael Shaughnessy, Ph.D., American Association of Teachers of German (Exhibitor), Cherry Hill, NJ

Working in isolation is one of the greatest challenges German teachers face. This session will focus on practical strategies and resources for growing and promoting your German program. Whether it’s a need for up-to-date instructional resources or developing mentoring networks with peers, we’ll provide ways to connect with colleagues, access high-quality materials, and find relevant professional development opportunities.

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

SUPER Projects for Intermediate/Advanced French & Spanish Students

Presenter(s):
Jon Shee, St. Luke’s School, New Canaan, CT
Evan Downey, St. Luke’s School, New Canaan, CT
Liliana Amodeo, St. Luke’s School, New Canaan, CT

Project-Based Learning (PBL) units for intermediate/advanced language classes can range from disappointing slogs to total academic wins. Discover examples of many successful and student-appreciated projects from varied contexts: the creation of a virtual city (in Spanish), the novel “Le fantôme de l’opéra,” the rock opera “Le Roi Soleil,” the creation of a virtual amusement park, and a choose-your-own-adventure story using Google Slides. Project design models, evaluation methods, and rubrics will be discussed thoroughly. Attendees will discover many of the pitfalls that can be avoided in PBL through student survey feedback and examples of less-successful projects. Projects shared are in French and Spanish, but concepts apply to most modern languages, so all are welcome!

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

Widening Students’ Horizons Through Critical Thinking Activities

Presenter(s):
Hye Young Shin, Ph.D., American University, Washington, D.C.
Haewon Cho, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Jae Hong Lee, Bayside High School, New York, NY

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce sample Can-Do statements associated with three modes of communication, and share practical ideas on developing and implementing learning activities in line with the Can-Do Statements. Activities designed for each of the three communication modes and 4Cs, in particular, are integrated into tasks that are directly linked to real life communication. The activities for real life communication promote the opportunities to engage students in real-world learning, which promotes critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of doing authentic, meaningful work. In addition, the activities help students prepare to meet the challenges of 21st-century by introducing presentational materials using various online resources and technology.

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

The Inclusion of Non-binary Language in the Curriculum

Presenter(s):
Cristiane Soares, Ph.D., Tufts University, Medford, MA
Glaucia Silva, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA
Celia Bianconi, Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA

The use of non-binary terms in languages marked by grammatical gender, such as in Portuguese, was unthinkable a few years ago. Recently, claims for more representation of LGBTQ+ people in curricula (Kosciw, Greytak, Zongrone, Clark, & Truong, 2018) have gone beyond linguistic norms and researchers have stressed the importance of pedagogical experiences that incorporate dialogues on issues related to non-binary identities, including language (Currie, Mayberry, & Chenneville, 2012). Presenters will focus on a guide for use of non-binary language in Portuguese and argue that the inclusion of a non-binary language is a sociolinguistic issue that deserves immediate attention not only in Portuguese language courses but in all language courses.

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

Fighting White Supremacy in the French Classroom

Presenter(s):
Julia Spiegelman, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA

White supremacy is a deadly and invisible ideological force that pervades even the most well-intentioned French foreign language programs. How can we as teachers work to combat racism in our classrooms? Through real-life classroom examples, this session will explore challenges and possibilities for anti-racist teaching that are unique to a French foreign language context. Together, we will identify white supremacist ideology as it appears in teaching materials and critically evaluate different approaches to social justice teaching. We will explore models of a critical text-based approach that can empower students to engage in conversations about power and identity. Participants are invited to share their ideas, lessons, and resources to a shared file that will be made available to all.

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

Construyendo puentes entre los hablantes de herencia

Presenter(s):
Ken Stewart, Vista Higher Learning/Duke University (Exhibitor), Durham, NC
Laura Zinke, Vista Higher Learning/McClintock High School, Tempe, AZ

Making cultural and personalized connections with your students is a key to success in the classroom; it’s even more essential in order to reach heritage students. How can we bridge culture, language, and heritage? Participants will take away resources to make those connections using literature, art, music, film, and current events to bring language learning to life for heritage and native speakers in Spanish. Come join Vista Higher Learning in this interactive session and learn how to integrate authentic media and digital materials.

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

Building Literacy in the Interpretive Mode

Presenter(s):
Laura Terrill, NFLC-University of Maryland, College Park, MD

How can teachers structure activities to cause learners to engage meaningfully with both literary and informational texts? Several before, during, and after reading strategies that require readers to engage meaningfully with a text will be presented. A model for creating A.C.T.I.V.E readers — readers who ask questions, make connections, track down important ideas, make inferences, visualize, and extend their thinking — will be shared. Examples of how texts can be used to promote acquisition of new vocabulary and language structures will also be shared.

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

Playing Matchmaker- Grammar and Your Units

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

ACTFL’s Core Practice of Teaching Grammar as a Concept takes careful, intentional planning. When planning a unit, it can be difficult choosing the right grammar to support your goals and even more difficult to incorporate that grammar in a meaningful way. Join us for this session where we will talk about creating thematic units and finding grammar’s place in those units. We will look at examples of what to do when planning, when introducing grammar and how to follow up using grammar throughout the units all while keeping communication as our primary goal.

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

Bring the World into Your Classroom

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

Are you looking for ways to incorporate target language and culture into your classroom? In this session, we will examine the process of setting up and participating in a Mystery Hangout all while staying immersed in the target language. Through Mystery Hangouts, students are engaged in authentic calls with native speakers and have the opportunity to learn first hand about the culture where the speaker lives. Get ready to have some fun and learn how you can bring the world into your classroom with Mystery Hangouts!

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

Interactive Games and Communicative Strategies for Online Synchronous Instruction

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

Transitioning our courses online requires a shift in teaching materials and a repurposing of tools at our disposal. Although it is true that we have a plethora of online, open access and ready to use teaching materials, there is a need for more interactive and communicative tasks that make the synchronous space as lively as possible. Teaching online separates students and instructors via a screen that serves as a barrier that often distracts, filters and results in a more passive presence than face-to-face. This barrier can be reduced by creating synchronous tasks to maximize participation, motivation, and interaction. Concrete examples of games, techniques, and web tools that can be used in a synchronous online environment to create an interactive and communicative learning space will be shared.

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

Diversity in Competitive Scholarship Applicants: Strategies for Success

Presenter(s):
Daniel Villanueva, Ph.D., Cultural Vistas, Inc., New York, NY
Max Flescher, Cultural Vistas, Inc., New York, NY
Rachael Agnello, Cultural Vistas, Inc., New York, NY

This panel outlines the best practices and strategies to encourage diversity in applications for competitive, language-based exchange scholarships with a special focus on the experiences of Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) staff and program participants. We will consider the recruitment, application, and selection process as well as alumni outreach in order to outline how language educators and merit scholarship advisors can best collaborate to increase applicant and participant diversity.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: English and German Keyword: Diversity

Who’s American? A Unit on Justice, Identity and Food

Presenter(s):
Vicky Wang, St. Paul’s Schools, Lutherville, MD
Elizabeth Ransom, St. Paul’s School, Lutherville, MD

If you ask your students to name an “American” food what would they say? In this session participants will learn how to apply culturally responsive teaching practices to the WL classroom through a unit on food. Through this unit, students will become aware of their own biases while exploring positive aspects of their identity and our historically diverse food heritage in the United States. At the end of the unit, students reconsider their ideas about what it means to be “American.” Examples and templates given in Spanish and Chinese.

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

World Language Proficiency Fellows Panel Discussion

Presenter(s):
Stacey Ward, Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences, Brooklyn, NY
Jill Schimmel, NYC Department of Education, Division of Multilingual Language Learners, New York, NY

In this panel discussion with participants in the New York City World Language Proficiency Fellows we will explore the possible answers to these questions. What is proficiency-based language teaching? How would it shift your classroom? How could administering a proficiency-based exam (AAPPL) support this shift? How do you plan differently? What does proficiency-based learning look like in a distance learning model? How can using Integrated Performance Assessments move you towards proficiency-based teaching?

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

Designing Language Programs for Persistence

Presenter(s):
Sharon Wilkinson, Ph.D., Independent Consultant, Pittsburgh, PA

Many accepted norms in typical language programs—from placement systems to program objectives to assessment criteria—can actually discourage students from continuing their study of a language. But what if we were to design a program entirely around the goal of long-term persistence? This session offers a case study of such a program where the faculty shifted their attention from learner proficiency to learner persistence, strengthening their efforts in three key areas: access, relevance, and community. The program redesign resulted in improved engagement and retention of a more diverse student population, as well as renewed enthusiasm among faculty. Both the framework and the specific how-to examples offered in this session are adaptable across languages at K-12 and postsecondary levels.

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

Equitable Implementation of Seal of Biliteracy: Lessons from Hartford, CT

Presenter(s):
Kimberly Winfield, Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, CT
Daisy Torres, Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, CT

This session is designed for educators interested in learning more about implementing the Seal of Biliteracy. Over 35 states have implemented the Seal, empowering and motivating students to demonstrate what they can do in English and one or more additional languages. Participants will learn what they can do at the classroom, school, and district level to support diverse learners and create pathways to achieving the Seal of Biliteracy. The session will offer data and key takeaways from the first and second years of implementation in Hartford Public Schools.

Language of presentation: English Levels: High School
Examples in: English Keyword: Assessment

Best of CT: Para cultura y proficiencia…¡Llama a la llama!

Presenter(s):
Megan Wojcicki, South Windsor Public Schools, South Windsor, CT
Marisa Lewis, South Windsor Public Schools, South Windsor, CT

Best of CT: No prob-llama! Novice level speakers can easily make cultural comparisons, participate in cultural practices and interact with authentic products! This session will provide examples of how to embed a cultural context into every lesson in a full immersion program that focuses on student proficiency. Marisa Lewis and Megan Wojcicki, elementary Spanish teachers in South Windsor, CT will demonstrate strategies to create units and lesson activities within a cultural context, aligning with the ACTFL World Readiness Standards. Lesson examples incorporating target language cultural practices, products, and perspectives at the novice levels will be provided.

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

Latinx Voices, Agents of Change, Policy Makers, Emerging Classroom Leaders

Presenter(s):
William Yepes – Amaya, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
Abelardo Almazan – Vazquez, The Putney School, Putney, VT
Marialuisa Di Stefano, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA

Understanding the impact of identity and implicit bias is essential in classroom. As educators we need to interrogate our practice, our curriculum, and our schools in order to understand how the world language classroom is serving its community. There is an altruistic belief that education is an equalizer. However, we continue to see how the inequity keeps on growing. We know by our practice that teaching Spanish is a political act and that it can lead to change if we create spaces for students to build their leadership and activism as global citizens right now. We are a group of research practitioners, who discuss the systemic impact that policies have in the latinx community. We will share instructional strategies to connect with community organizers, activists, and authentic resources.

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

Bridging Proficiency and Culture Through Virtual and Augmented Reality

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

Presenters will introduce Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality activities rooted in a pedagogy framework that enhances language acquisition and cultural understanding. First, the presenters will briefly review the current research on VR/AR and language learning. Second, they will introduce adaptable units that utilize Google Cardboard, Tour Creator, and Google Expeditions to develop both proficiency and cultural understanding. Each thematic unit revolves, through VR/AR, around specific objects, selected to inform, analyze or illustrate the theme. These objects (piano, mask, tableware, etc.), and a specific linguistic concept (past tense, negation, cause/consequence, etc.) serve as the basis of these units. Examples in French and Japanese at the novice and intermediate levels.

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

Deeper and More Meaningful Questions in the World Language Classroom

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

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 review strategies such as, how to set up the classroom, modeling conversation starters, and activities that model and encourage higher order thinking and deeper questioning. The session will include participant simulation in English so teachers understand what the experience is like for their students. Examples and modeling will be available in both English and Spanish.

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



#techlab

Facilitator:
Deborah Espitia, Howard County Public Schools, retired

NECTFL #techlab consists of shorter presentations on a variety of technology uses, 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. Experience #techlab 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! In the event that the conference is virtual, presentations will be pre-recorded.


Foreign Language Learning and Intercultural Exchange Online Through Teletandem

Presenter(s):
Leah Adelson, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Michael J. Ferreira, Ph.D., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C

This session will discuss Teletandem, an online, intercultural, video-based exchange in which pairs of speakers work collaboratively to learn the language of the other. Specifically, the session will review the background and development of Teletandem, describe the ways in which Teletandem can be adopted by an institution and into a language course, share specific examples of how Teletandem has been used by language programs and in specific language courses, and present what must be considered to prepare for future implementation of Teletandem at an institution.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Post-secondary
Examples in: English and Portuguese Keyword: Technology

GIMKIT: An Engaging and Motivating Assessment Tool

Presenter(s):
Samantha Christopher, Brooke Point High School, Stafford, VA

Learn about how to use GIMKIT, an online assessment tool in a game format that allows students to practice vocabulary, concepts and structures in a repetitive, but not redundant way. GIMKIT encourages friendly competition among classmates and rewards students with GIMKIT dollars, which can then be converted into classroom currency at the teacher´s discretion. Students love GIMKIT because it is self paced and allows for repeated practice, it can be played as a class or assigned for work outside of classtime. This tool also features pop culture trends that appeal to students and satisfy their need to keep things ¨fresh¨.

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

Support Diverse Foreign Language Learning Needs with BookWidgets!

Presenter(s):
Iman Elahmadieh, Defense Language Institute, Augusta, GA

This techlab will demonstrate the use of BookWidgets, a valuable web-based app used to create interactive and fun activities while reducing grading time by eighty percent for teachers. By using BookWidgets, teachers can create a flipped learning approach with personalized materials that can be easily shared through a link, a QR code, an email, Schoology, Moodle, Google Classroom, or Microsoft Teams. Students can practice and review language skills with flash cards, puzzles, or games such as bingo or hangman. All participants in this techlab, regardless of language taught, will create an account and embed their first activities to launch in class. Participants will experience the key features of BookWidgets that allow teachers to conduct surveys, self-assessment, quizzes, and worksheets.

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

Online Classes Can Read Together Too! Teaching a Novel Virtually

Presenter(s):
Olivia Grugan, Appalachia Intermediate Unit, Altoona, PA
Anita Young, Appalachia Intermediate Unit, Altoona, PA

What does it look like to read and teach a novel in an online class? Come see how these Spanish teachers used an intermediate level Spanish novel to facilitate language acquisition and the development of cultural competence in a fully virtually learning environment. Drawing on their experience teaching online Spanish 3 and 4 classes, the presenters will review best practices for teaching whole-class novels with a focus on how those practices can be tailored to the virtual classroom.

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

Emerging Educational Technologies in Foreign Language Learning

Presenter(s):
Haning Hughes, Ph.D., United States Air Force Academy, Air Force Academy, CO
Ramon Ahrens, United States Air Force Academy, Air Force Academy, CO

A significant challenge facing foreign language classrooms today, is how to transition from traditional school curricula to the new educational technologies and applications that are emerging in the foreign language education field. This presentation will introduce participants to a variety of leading-edge language-learning technological innovations that can enhance and augment foreign language classroom instruction by assisting faculty members with the development of more effective curriculum-design techniques and improved instructional methodologies. These emerging technologies include Softbank’s humanoid robotics, VirBela’s virtual reality chat rooms, ImmerseMe’s interactive scenarios, and Lingco’s adaptive language learning platform, among others.

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

Interculturality Through Technology

Presenter(s):
Kate Kagan, Ph.D., Russell Sage College, Troy, NY

This session presents online tools that can be used in any language to explore cultures as defined by ACTFL. The selected tools encourage communication and interaction and bring authentic materials into the classroom to make learning more real and enjoyable for students while they build their cultural understanding and interpretive skills. Join the conversation about combining authentic resources to enhance students’ proficiency. Resources, strategies, and activities to inspire and engage students based on current research will be provided.

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

Seesaw – For Home or School Learning

Presenter(s):
Nathan Lutz, Kent Place School, Summit, NJ

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers learners of any age to independently document what they are learning at school and then share it with their teachers, parents, classmates, and even the world. Seesaw also empowers teachers to push out lessons and assignments to their learners – and then gently collect it back – all in one tidy platform, without the aid of the parents’ email! In this hands-on session, you will learn Seesaw’s basic features and explore ideas on how to use it to demonstrate learning in any discipline, engender learner reflection, and show off your classroom’s awesome teaching and learning.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Elementary
Examples in: French Keyword: Technology

Cities and People: Discovering Urban Landscapes in the Digital Era

Presenter(s):
Pablo Pintado-Casas, Ph.D., Kean University, Union, NJ
Katica Urbanc, Ph.D., Wagner College, Staten Island, NY

This technology session will focus mainly on how to use innovative technological approaches to teach both Spanish grammar and culture in context. For this reason, the session will go over several students projects and activities to improve sociolinguistic competence and knowledge on cultural aspects of cities in Spain and Latin American. The panel basically proposes a new exciting way to teach grammar in cultural situations.

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

Using Technology to Increase Oral Proficiency

Presenter(s):
Raquel Williams, Metuchen Schools District, Metuchen, NJ

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn different technology applications to develop and increase students’ oral proficiency. Examples of how to integrate those tools when building an IPA will be given as well as ideas on how to use tech connected with the 5 Cs. We must teach for communication and reach all learners. Technology has proven to be a great way to engage students by creating a fun and productive environment in which to learn. In this presentation, teachers will learn tech tools that can be used to develop the modes of communication and will learn how technology can greatly transform their classroom into a fun and engaging place where students have no fear to speak in the target language.

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


Research Roundtable

Facilitators:
Cynthia Chalupa, Ph.D., West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Catherine Ritz, Ed.D., Boston University, Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, Boston, MA
Carolina Bustamante, Ph.D., SUNY Old Westbury, Old Westbury, NY
Xiaoyan Hu, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

Research Roundtable is a special session where researchers from our region and beyond can share about the work they are doing. There will be two presenters stationed at each the table, with one presenter sharing his or her topic during the first half and the second presenter during the second half. We recommend that presenters speak/share findings for approximately 18 to 20 minutes, leaving about 10 minutes for discussion and questions. We will repeat this format during the second segment of the session. You may stay at the same table for the entire two presentations, or change tables at mid-session for the second presentation. In the event that the conference is virtual, presentations will be pre-recorded.


Empowering Spanish-speaking Students by Utilizing Their Unique Skill Set

Presenter(s):
Megan Biondi, DML, County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ

This presentation highlights the importance of encouraging rather than suppressing the knowledge of Spanish among Italian, Portuguese, and French learners, allowing Spanish-speaking students to utilize the immense skill set that they bring with them: Spanish. It is unfortunate that in many academic settings, these students are urged to suppress Spanish in order to learn new languages, when they instead should be reminded that their knowledge of Spanish is useful in new language acquisition. There is a philosophy of inclusion and social justice behind the recognition that Hispanophones possess a unique advantage when learning new Romance languages, and in empowering them to be aware of their own linguistic advantage.

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

Supporting Teachers of Rigorous Content in a Foreign Language

Presenter(s):
Hrysoula Davis, Ed.D., Odyssey Charter School /University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE

Research conducted in native language classrooms across the US shows that teachers struggle to engage students in the rigorous, cognitively demanding mathematics content necessary for developing deep mathematical understanding (Stein et al., 1996). With an increased prevalence of foreign language math classrooms (such as immersion, FLES, and EL) across the nation, the added difficulty of conveying rigorous material in a foreign language (or Cognitive-Linguistic Demand Interaction) must also be investigated and addressed. This talk presents data that supports the existence of a Cognitive-Linguistic Demand Interaction and a Professional Development Program designed to mediate its effects on student access to rigorous mathematics in the target language.

Language of presentation: English Levels: Elementary
Examples in: English and Greek Keyword: Professional development

Harvest of Empire- The Untold Story of Latinos in America

Presenter(s):
Claudia Decker, Nashua High North, Nashua, NH
Eva Castillo, Ph.D., New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees, Boston, MA

This roundtable discussion will explore the use of the documentary film “Harvest of Empire”, in high school, college, and local communities to create empathy and understanding of the challenges faced by Latinos in the United States. Spanish teacher Claudia Decker will offer inter-disciplinary units based on snippets of the film and NHAIR Director Eva Castillo will impart strategies for discussions with parents, administrators, community organizers, and Latino students about what it means to assert Latino identity in a positive and assertive way.

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

Pre and In-service Gap: Exploring IPA Implementation During Student Teaching

Presenter(s):
Jennifer Eddy, Ph.D., Queens College, CUNY, Flushing, NY
Carolina Bustamante, Ph.D., SUNY Old Westbury, Old Westbury, NY

Teacher candidates are expected to implement the Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) during their clinical experience while their cooperating teachers’ perceptions and familiarity of the same are at all points on the spectrum. Without state standards in place to recommend or require the IPA of in- service teachers, what can we learn from this experience in order to close the pre and in-service gap? This research explored the experiences of teacher candidates from two institutions implementing the (IPA) as student teachers, as well as perceptions of cooperating teachers and the university field supervisor. Let Carolina and Jennifer share the data as well as pedagogical applications for certification programs and professional development opportunities for in -service, cooperating teachers.

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

Spanish Language Instruction and Non-Binary Language

Presenter(s):
María Mercedes Fages Agudo, University of South California, Los Angeles, CA
Liana Stepanyan, Ph.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Goretti Prieto Botana, Ph.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Carolina Castillo Larrea, Ph.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Rooted in the ongoing international discourse on non-binary identity and the recent shift towards adopting non-binary language on universities nationwide, this paper analyzes specific shifts on USC’s campus, as well as the attempts of the faculty at the department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures to integrate non-binary language in the Spanish classroom. We will discuss the findings of the polls conducted among Spanish Learners at USC, the success and the challenges from faculty’s efforts to foster diverse pedagogical and curricular approaches. Strategies to develop the enhancement of students learning process, encouragement of critical-thinking, and ultimately the promotion and celebration of diversity, equity and inclusion will be included.

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

Benefits of Bilingualism: World Language Education Advocacy

Presenter(s):
Rebecca Fox, Ph.D., George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Kelley Webb, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Bonnie Corretjer, Ph.D., George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Join this roundtable to learn about the important results of an in-depth research analysis in response to the question: What does the research tell us about the benefits of being bilingual or the importance of learning a world language? This cross-disciplinary investigation explored multiple databases to access empirical research published between 2012 and 2019 in peer-reviewed journals and other highly regarded publications. Quantitative and qualitative results report multiple benefits, including increased cognitive abilities, creativity, academic achievement, intercultural competence, increased employability, and healthier aging. Discussion will include dialogue regarding advocacy and social justice in world language education based on the research.

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

Will You Be My “PAL”? Promoting Spanish Student Success

Presenter(s):
Jesse Gleason, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
Katherine De Oliveira, Ed.D., Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

Peer teaching assistants (PTAs) have been shown to garner numerous benefits, both for students and tutors (Rodríguez-Sabater, 2005). This presentation will describe a PTA program known as ‘PALS,’ (Peer Academic Leaders). Over the course of a pilot semester, 13 PALS offered discipline-specific support to over 450 students across 21 sections of beginning Spanish courses at a small public university in the Northeast with a strong social justice mission. Each undergraduate PAL was paired with an instructor and their classes to provide individualized support. Results examine how stakeholders developed a community of practice and the impact of the PAL program on student performance. Implications will be drawn for developing PTA-programming in high school/university world language programs.

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

Artworks that Promote Discussions on Social Issues in Language Classrooms

Presenter(s):
Beatriz Glick, DML, The Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton, PA

Using visual art forms to discuss social injustices can be a powerful means to involve students in meaningful discussions and to address different learning styles. However, which artworks are more effective in enhancing discussions? What level are these discussions? This study uses paintings by Latin-American and Spanish painters to ask students to explain social injustices in various Spanish-speaking countries through the description of the painting, the inclusion of a short, historically relevant biography of the painter, and the student’s opinions of the artwork in a blog. The use of specific vocabulary, and the breadth and depth of discussions created by each artwork, indicates effectiveness of art to create meaningful discussion on social issues.

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

Chinese Language Faculty’s Perceptions of Online Chinese Character Teaching

Presenter(s):
Xiaoyan Hu, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Wayne He, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Yiping Zhang, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

The study examines the Chinese language faculty’s perceptions of online Chinese character teaching. K-16 Chinese teachers (N=173) participated in a research survey study about Online Chinese Character Teaching (OCCT) in May 2020. The survey examined perceptions of the value of online language teaching and their confidence for OCCT. Suggestion for curricular design is provided. The first speaker will introduce the general curriculum innovation background and our research rational. The focus is the design of “Computer Chinese” at novice, intermediate, and advanced levels of instruction. The second speaker will talk about the survey design from the instructor’s perspectives and the process of data collection. The third speaker will share the data analysis results and conclusion.

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

Proficiency Development in Beginning Language Courses: An Exploratory Study

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

This session will present the results of an exploratory study that investigated the oral and written proficiency development of students enrolled in three semesters of beginning Spanish classes at the university level. Topics explored include evidence of oral proficiency development, development of writing proficiency over time, and contrast between writing and speaking proficiency levels, as well as student reflections on their experiences. The study also explored the student experience during a semester with an abrupt and unprecedented shift to online instruction.

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

Fact Finding: U.S. and German Examples

Presenter(s):
Sheila Lalwani, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Disinformation and misinformation have become part and parcel of the worlds in which we live. What are young students to do in this complex world? Fact-finding gives students and instructors a primer and grounding on confronting misinformation and disinformation at a critical moment in the world. In this session, new research on misinformation and current media laws will be reviewed. Ultimately, the idea behind this session is to give educators a way in which to link the U.S. and Germany and current affairs to students with an eye to both history and the future.

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

What Influences Teachers’ Perception of Grammar Instruction?

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

The profession is in the throes of a paradigm shift that is moving away from explicit teaching about the TL and toward implicit acquisition to support communication, but old habits really do die hard. So what influences teachers’ value of grammar instruction? What role can we play in pushing the paradigm shift toward a new generation of communicative language pedagogy? This session describes new research on the perceptions that teachers have about grammar instruction and what influences their practice. We will discuss the relationships between these variables and what it tells us about how pedagogy has transfered throughout generations. More importantely, we’ll discuss how teacher leadership may be just what the profession needs to disrupt this cycle!

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

Bilingual Voices: Construction of Identity in Heritage Speakers of Spanish

Presenter(s):
Evangelia-Lydia Manatou, Ph.D., Fordham University, Bronx, NY

This study focuses on the discourse/voices of heritage students of Spanish and we will explore the ways in which they construct their linguistic and cultural identity. Hence, we analyze recorded data gathered from two different universities in New York. Drawing on the poststructuralist theory, we understand language as a form of symbolic capital, a marker of identity, and a means of social control. Furthermore, identity is dynamic, even contradictory, and it is always socially and historically embedded. Accordingly, the data shows that students construct their identities in complex ways: discursive tropes in which language is framed as an element of pride are juxtaposed to discourses which commodify language as a skill or that present specific linguistic practices as a deficit.

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

Assessing Heritage Language Learners: Teacher Knowledge, Practices, and Needs

Presenter(s):
Jamie Morgan, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC
Meg Montee, Ph.D., Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, D.C
Meg Malone, Ph.D., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C

As the number of heritage language learners (HLLs) in the U.S. continues to grow, it is important to consider the unique backgrounds that these students bring to the language classroom. Classroom practices must be designed to support, celebrate, and value HLLs, and more research is needed on assessment uses and challenges when working with this population. This session presents results from an online survey of 215 educators of HLLs who have a home or cultural connection to the language they are learning. The survey examined educators’ knowledge, experiences, and needs related to assessing HLLs. Presenters will highlight the findings, discuss implications for future resource development, and present a free online tutorial on assessment that has been updated to support teachers of HLLs.

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

Implementing Invited Lectures in an Advanced Japanese Course

Presenter(s):
Kayo Nonaka, New York University, New York, NY

This session is a report on the implementation of invited lectures in an advanced Japanese course. Speakers were invited to give a lecture on their specialized field in Japanese. Readings were assigned before the lecture, and a response paper was submitted thereafter. Some students introduced the speakers in Japanese and others gave a mini-presentation in a later class. In this session, the procedure will be described in detail, and samples of the lectures will be shared along with the results of the students’ survey. The advantages, challenges, and other possibilities for advanced language courses will be discussed. Finally, the importance of providing advanced learners opportunities that are both challenging and rewarding will be discussed.

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

Designing a New High School Curriculum for Spanish Heritage Learners

Presenter(s):
Erin Papa, Ph.D., Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
Anabel Jiménez Hiraldo, Mount Pleasant High School, Providence, RI

Despite the increase of heritage learners in our classrooms, many high schools still lack curricula designed to meet the needs of these students. There is also a lack of published research on the process of developing and implementing heritage language programs at the pre-college level (Coles-Ritchie & Lugo, 2010). Recognizing the need for curriculum redesign, the world language teacher leader and a teacher faculty member endeavored to collaborate using participatory action research to answer the following overarching research question: What happens when one high school redesigns its Spanish language curriculum to meet the needs of its heritage language learners?

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

Cultivating Leadership in the Language Classroom

Presenter(s):
Vardit Ringvlad, Ph.D., Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
Doran Katz, Ed.D., Middlebury School of Hebrew, Middlebury, VT

In this presentation we will explore the construct of the ‘Language Teacher Leader.’ This specific form of teacher autonomy is unique to how leadership is generally described in the field of teaching and learning. We will identify key characteristics of these educators and look at ways to help support and cultivate their growth in the field. This presentation is based on research data collected from Middlebury School of Hebrew Masters of Arts students both during and after their graduation from the program.

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

Two Completely Opposite Scenes from a Heritage Class

Presenter(s):
Jaemin Roh, Ed.D., Boston University, Boston, MA

Heritage students demonstrate superior listening and comprehension skills in spoken language but need more reading and writing practice. Additionally, they need to recognize and be able to identify good grammatical forms either spoken or written for better linguistic performance. Focusing on recognizing common linguistic errors in their own speech, students were asked to voice-record new learning points such as speech errors, newly recognized vocabulary items, or grammatical misuses in the first-year class. The second-year students were instructed to create four thematic podcast broadcasting pieces with the freedom to be creative. The survey results indicate two completely different responses between these two classes.

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

Using Global Challenges to Foster Community Engagement

Presenter(s):
Carolyn Sánchez, Seton Hall Preparatory School, West Orange, NJ

Come behind the scenes of the designing, and implementing, of a social justice unit integrating World Readiness Standards. Explore global challenges in the context of social conscience. Pique the curiosity of your learners with overarching essential questions, real-life tasks that engage all learners, and culminating unit summative assessments. Your students will become a part of the global community by taking an active role in the solution to a global challenge. Discover the link between communication and culture, which is applied in making connections and comparisons. The presenter is an experienced teacher of Spanish and will demonstrate how materials can be adapted to different levels in middle and high schools. Go back to the classroom with resources, activities and assessments.

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

Increasing Listening Skills Through Teaching a Telenovela

Presenter(s):
Theresa Schenker, Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven, CT
Lieselotte Sippel, Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven, CT

This sessions summarizes results from a research project investigating the effects of including daily telenovela clips into 2nd year German classes on students’ listening skills. The presenters will outline ways to effectively teach the telenovela “Jojo sucht das Glück” (Deutsche Welle) and summarize students’ feedback on the strengths and shortcomings of incorporating this show into German class. Suggestions for strengthening listening skills through other TV shows will be provided.

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

Increasing Student Willingness to Communicate in an Urban Language Classroom

Presenter(s):
Ameeta Schmitt, Ed.D., Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh, PA

This session seeks to explain how using the construct of Willingness to Communicate (WTC) can increase student participation in urban foreign language classrooms. The work presented reflects the outcomes of a study conducted in Pittsburgh Public Schools. The study explored the use of student self-reports and questionnaires to receive input to understand what ecological and content factors influenced student WTC. The study analyzed student participation in speaking activities. Participants in this session should leave with resources to capture student interest and tools to monitor student participation in the classroom as well as a list of factors that influence the classroom.

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

Programming, Practices, and Outcomes in MA Schools: Preliminary Findings

Presenter(s):
Nicole Sherf, DML, Salem State University, Salem, MA
Catherine Ritz, Ed.D., Boston Univeristy, Boston, MA

This session will share the preliminary findings of a survey of K-12 public schools in Massachusetts about programming, instructional practices, and learner outcomes. The project was funded by an ACTFL Research Priorities Grant. The researchers seek to establish a baseline of programming, practices, and connections to learner outcomes at the onset of the Seal of Biliteracy in the state as well as the anticipated January, 2021 publication of the state framework.

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

Transforming Teaching: Critical Content Based Instruction in World Language Classrooms

Presenter(s):
Allison Spenader, Ph.D., College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, St. Joseph, MN
Cassandra Glynn, Ph.D., Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Critical content-based instruction (CCBI) provides an opportunity to teach language through meaningful content that deals with complex issues of culture and social justice (Sato, Hasegawa, Kumagai & Kamiyoshi, 2017). This session presents findings from a study of four Spanish teachers in traditional world language programs. This session shares how CCBI is used to examine complex topics through social justice, and how teachers perceive their successes and challenges related to that shift in curriculum. Findings indicate that teachers feel compelled to integrate topics of social justice to promote engagement and to provide an opportunity for both teachers and students to challenge the status quo and become agents of change within their own communities and beyond.

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

Online Corrective Written Feedback in Language Instruction

Presenter(s):
Chris Squire, Springdale Jr/Sr High School, Springdale, PA

Computer mediated communication is a growing tool for language teaching and learning. Considerable attention has been given to online written corrective feedback (OWCF) in second language (L2) writing. This study focused on the appropriateness of OWCF use in L2 writing. In academic discussions, scholars describe how OWCF is utilized in the classroom. Understanding teacher perspectives on corrective feedback is integral to our understanding of OWCF for L2 writing instruction. The study asks two fundamental research questions: (a) To what extent do current teachers provide OWCF and (b) What determines whether or not practitioners choose to provide OWCF?

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

Exploring World Language Teachers’ Understandings and Integration of Intercultural Competence

Presenter(s):
Kelley Webb, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

The rising emphasis for students to develop global and intercultural competence leads the purpose of this qualitative study to explore U.S.-based world language (WL) teachers’ understandings and integration of intercultural competence (IC) in their instructional practices. Recent updates to the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning alongside the newly developed Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communication, have prompted this call for research with WL teachers regarding how they conceptualize IC and integrate an intercultural approach to language teaching. The findings of this study will contribute to the WL field with a foundational understanding of how teachers are making sense of IC and fostering the development of students’ IC with its integration in their classrooms.

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

Promote Social-Emotional Well-Being Through Differentiated Instruction

Presenter(s):
Jing Zhou, Ed.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

The diversity of students should be honored. Differentiated Instruction (DI) is not a specific technique, but rather an approach integrates many strategies and methods. This presentation will share the research findings regarding the knowledge, skill, and motivation needed for foreign language teachers to conduct DI effectively in their classrooms, therefore promoting students’ social-emotional well-being.

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