Kansas World Language Association

Promoting and improving teachingProviding professional development. Encouraging cooperation.


2005 conference:

Celebrate . . .Educate . . . Communicate . . .

The Power of Language Learning!

November 4-5, 2005
Marriott Hotel
Wichita, Kansas

Attendance: 210

Dancers from Horace Mann Magnet School, Dual-language K-8

Courtney VanSant receives the Loren Alexander Award presented by Alexander.   Merri Archibald recieves a $200 Mini-Grant.
Former KSU methods students honor Dr. Pat Staver as Kansas Teacher of the Year.    
Friday, November 4

8:00 a.m.

Registration table open

9:00-11:30 a.m.

Workshops and Sessions

Here are session descriptions. Schedule at a glance.

11:30 a.m.

Box lunch in exhibit area ($11 - must be pre-ordered with registration)

1:00-4:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation by Laura Terrill
"Planning for Learning: Making Every Minute Count"

4:30 Wine and cheese reception in the exhibit atrium


Meetings of KATG, and Sunflower Chapter of AATSP

5:30 AATF

6:30 p.m.

VIP dinner with Executive Council and Keynote Presenter

Saturday, November 5

7:00 Deux Plus Un Réunion, Piccadilly Grill
7:00 Distance Learning FL teachers breakfast, Cinnebar Café

8:00 a.m.

Regstration open

8:30-11:15 a.m.

Workshops and Sessions


Awards Banquet
KS Teacher of the Year / Best of Kansas / Garinger Scholarship / Loren Alexander Award / ISE Year of Languages Outstanding High School Teacher, Outstanding Student (this year only)

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation by Laura Terrill
"From Novice to Intermediate: Creating with Language"


Keynote Presenter:

Laura Terrill

Parkway School District, St. Louis, Missouri

Laura Terrill is the Interim Director of Curriculum and Instruction and the Coordinator of Foreign Language and English as a Second Language in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO, but taught all levels of French in her 21 years in the classroom. She takes an active interest in curriculum and wrote the workbook for the Level I Allez, viens! series published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. She is a frequent conference presenter and has presented sessions and workshops at local and state level conferences as well as at Central States and ACTFL. She has been a member of the Central States Board of Directors. She served as Program Chair for the 1999 Central States Conference and is currently serving as the Central States delegate to the ACTFL Board.


"Planning for Learning: Making Every Minute Count"
Current research provides teachers with an increasing knowledge base that can be used to design units and lessons that will maximize learning in the classroom. Participants will analyze how the average student's attention span impacts what we do in the classroom and will explore the use of transitions to increase retention. Instructional strategies that increase student engagement will be highlighted as teachers participate in activities that require little additional preparation time. Classroom management strategies for student accountability will also be addressed.


"From Novice to Intermediate: Creating with Language"

The transition from memorized textbook language to an ability to create with language is a challenge for students and for teachers who want to incorporate strategies that assist in the process. This session will look at the key differences between a novice high and an intermediate low and mid learner. Participants will engage in activities that will allow students to use language in creative ways at the intermediate level.