Kansas World Language Association

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KSWLA 2010 (November 5-6, 2010 / Overland Park, KS)
Friday, November 5th Saturday, November 6th

               4:30 PM   Registration opens

     5:00 - 6:00 PM   Social Mixer &Appetizers*

     6:00 - 7:00 PM   Breakout Session I

     7:00 - 8:30 PM   AAT Meetings

   8:45 - 10:30 PM   Film: "La Grande Séduction



  *  Included with your conference registration

        7:00 - 7:30 AM  Registration open

        7:30 - 8:30 AM   Annual Business Meeting
                                   & Continental Breakfast*

  8:00 AM - 1:15 PM   Exhibits open

      9:00 - 10:30 AM   Keynote Workshop I

    10:45 - 11:45 AM   Breakout Session II

      12:00 - 1:00 PM   Awards Luncheon* 

       1:15 - 2:15 PM    Keynote Workshop II

       2:30 - 3:30 PM    Breakout Session III

       3:45 - 4:45 PM    Breakout Session IV

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 "Empowering Students Through Assessment:
  The Critical Role of Feedback"
No single factor has greater power to improve student learning than 'feedback.' For anyone interested in learning a new skill, feedback on how well it's going is critical. This workshop looks at just how critical feedback can be in foreign language learning, it's potential for producing better — and more motivated — language learners, and specific strategies teachers can use to provide meaningful feedback to their students.

Keynote Presenter

Greg Duncan 

For over 30 years, Greg Duncan has been a foreign language educator. Serving first as a high school teacher of Spanish for 12 years and then as a high school administrator for two years, he assumed the position of Coordinator for Foreign Languages and International Education in the Georgia Department of Education for nine years. Among his accomplishments during his tenure of service at the state level was the creation of the Elementary School Foreign Languages Model Program, which has been cited by the Washington-based Center for Applied Linguistics as a national model. Currently, Greg is owner and President of InterPrep, Inc., a company that provides assistance to schools, school systems and other educational entities in matters related to foreign languages and international education.

Greg is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter at state, regional and national foreign language conferences and among his consulting duties, he has worked with schools and school systems throughout the United States and abroad as well as with organizations such as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the American Association of Teachers of German, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, The College Board, and The Carter Presidential Center of Emory University. In recent years, InterPrep partnered with Georgia Public Broadcasting in the development, production and dissemination of language and culture programs for high school Japanese and elementary school Spanish. Both series have been honored with multiple Emmy Awards for their outstanding educational programming contributions.

Greg has held various leadership positions at state, regional and national levels including serving as Executive Council Member and Program Chair for ACTFL. In 1999, completed three years of service as Chair of the task force to create the new ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners, a set of descriptors defining "how well" students should perform the tasks and functions as outlined in the national foreign language standards. Among his honors was his designation as a recipient of the ACTFL / National Textbook Company Award for Building Community Interest in Foreign Language Education as well as the Federal Republic of Germany Friendship Award.

Greg's formal education was pursued at Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, the University of Salamanca, the University of Madrid and in Puebla, Mexico.





   (913) 451-6100

    10100 College Boulevard
    Overland Park, KS  66210   

    (see below for maps and directions)

By staying at the conference hotel, you help KSWLA keep down conference expenses. 
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Sundance Film Festival
World Cinema Audience Award

La Grande Séduction

(Seducing Dr. Lewis)

 (French with English Subtitles / Canada, 2004)

St. Marie-La-Mauderne is a tiny fishing village in what some may call the middle of nowhere. For eight years the locals have stood in line for weekly welfare checks, wearing patched sweaters and glum expressions, and remembering the good old days when the catch was good, the fishermen were proud, and life seemed a lot more magical. Then one day, a chance at salvation: a small company wants to build a factory on the island, but only if a full-time doctor lives in St. Marie. The situation seems hopeless until a young doctor in Montreal has an unfortunate incident with a traffic cop and finds himself on a boat to the faraway village. But how to convince handsome, young, urbane Dr. Lewis to stay in this dreary little spot on the map? As it turns out, the answer lies in just a bit of seductive subterfuge -- along with a tapped phone, a hastily assembled cricket team, and something called Festival de Beef Stroganoff.

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Exploring West Africa: Spotlight on Senegal / A Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Adventure
Presented by: Kristine Sieren
Kristine Sieren will share her experiences in Senegal the month she spent there on a Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program.  She will share the grant process, experiences, impressions, what she learned while there and present her curriculum project.

Everything You Want to Know About Student Travel:  A Question and Answer Session
Presented by: Panel

A panel of teachers, who have been there and done that when it comes to student travel, will answer questions about taking students abroad.  This will be a question and answer session.  Bring your questions.

STARTALK C2-Chinese Connect:  An Engaging Videoconferencing Program for Teenagers
Presented by: Sheree Willis, Bo Wang, Yuan Lu, and Zhetao Guo (Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas)

Presenters will describe experiences in developing and delivering a standards-based, beginning Chinese language video-conferencing program. Presenters will share ideas about teamwork, backward design and integrated performance assessment.  

Games, Song, and Chiles:  Spice Up Your Spanish Class!
Presented by: Megan Payne and Sherrie Hoffman

Learn some NEW games that teach and reinforce communication, vocabulary, and grammar.  Add some new songs to your teaching repertoire that are guaranteed to stick in your students’ heads for their Spanish-Speaking peers.  Come prepared to participate and learn something new. 

Top Ten Hispanic Culture Tips for the Spanish Classroom
Presented by: Mario Ramos

Hispanic Culture tips are important to making the Spanish classroom fun but educational at all levels.  Participants will engaged in culture that will include visual, written and audio material that can be used in the classroom.  **Free Hallmark Spanish greeting cards to the first 50 participants.**

French Films in the Classroom
Presented by: Nora Kelting and Dr. Murle Mordy

Presenters will show selected video clips from two French Films they have successfully used in the classroom.  A discussion of various implemented lesson plans, both original and purchased, to be able to use them in participants own classroom.

Get Them Communicating! 
Presented by:  Heather Martens and Kari Hillen

Presenters will model various activities that use ACTFL proficiency standards and other research about the use of target language in the classroom.  Participants will experience and discuss these activities to use in their own classroom.  

CSC Extension Workshop Report Part 1 & Part 2: Web 2.0
Presented by:  Dr. Lynne Overesch-Maister and Jim Hillen

This two part session will discuss the use of Web 2.0 and its effectiveness in the classroom.  The first session will concentrate on tools for listening and speaking.  Some websites such as Freecorder, Audacity, and others will be examined. The second session will concentrate on tools for culture and other miscellaneous activities.  Some resources such as Wordle, 360 cities, Intel, and others will be examined.   

Come to one or both sessions for great resources for the classroom.

Assessing Johnson County Community College’s Inaugural Spanish Immersion Retreat
Presented by: Jim Hillen and Dr. Lynne Overesch-Maister

Presenters will share their experiences from the JCCC First Spanish Immersion Retreat.  Participants will learn the pros and cons of hosting a retreat and its advantages for language teachers. 








Click to Learn:  Using Student Response to Fine-Tune Instruction
Presented by: Dr. Lynne Overesch-Maister and Jim Hillen

Personal response systems permit immediate assessment of class mastery, allowing teachers to tweak instruction on the fly.  Presenters will enlist audience participation in using clicker activities to promote student engagement, diminish the affective filter, and create a sense of community.

Activities Today- Use ‘em Tomorrow! K-12 World Language Classroom Activities
Presented by: Caroline Chrisco and Cheryl Loeffler

Activities, activities and activities!  Here are our top 10 activities that have worked in our classes.  These activities include all three models of communication.  Come to participate and leave with some great new ways of motivating your students to communicate!

Linguafolio in Kansas Secondary Schools
Presented by: Phyllis Farrar

Help your students value what they have learned!  Kansas teachers are invited to implement LinguaFolio as a self-assessment and goal-setting tool.  Sources for introductory activities and materials will be provided.  Several teachers will describe an experience with piloting LinguaFolio in their classrooms.

How healthy is your school’s world language program?

Presented by: Phyllis Farrar
You know that thirty-five percent of your high school’s students are currently enrolled in languages, but you don’t know if that is high or low, compared to other KS districts.  A number of your students do quite well, others quit after one year.  Is that data useful? This session introduces ways to ‘check the temperature’ of your language program and set goals.

Mit Kunst Deutsch lernen: To Learn Languages with Art
Presented by: Dr. Elke Lorenz

Participants will get acquainted with various uses of the visual arts at levels of  language learning.  This session’s focus will be on paintings, photos, illustrations and visual/ aesthetic objects/depictions. Presentation is based on information from a weekend workshop organized by the Goethe Institute, Chicago.

Spanish for Heritage Language Learners:  Lesson 1
Presented by: Betzaida Imperiale, Paula Biggar, and Amy Kvasnicka

This session will profile a teacher’s preparation and the teaching of heritage students.  Participants will learn how to develop instruction to challenge heritage speakers, foster retention in language programs, and promote a professional level of proficiency.

PLC Virtual Book Study Panel Discussion
Presented by: Dr. Leah McKeeman

Greg Duncan, our keynote speaker, recommended the book, Ahead of the Curve: The Power of Assessment to Transform Teaching and Learning.  This session will look at the results of the book study.  A panel of teachers who participated will discuss their findings and implementation of the book.  Participants will also discuss the next book for our next book study.  

Reading Strategies Above and Beyond “The List” of Questions
Presented by: Jodi Johnson and Susan Dickerson

Prepare students to read, engage them in reading, improve comprehension, and critical thinking for better reading proficiency.  Presenters will share effective reading strategies and activities for improving comprehension, active participation and discussion.  

Start Early: K-12 Pre-AP Activities
Presented by: Marta Silva

In most districts, AP language courses start too late.  The earlier educators facilitate inquiry-based practices, the better prepared students will be to face the actual AP exam, and to develop critical thinking in the target language.  In this session, learn some Pre-AP strategies that guide students to respond and generate questions, develop ability to engage any text, and document their thoughts.