Kansas World Language Association

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KSWLA/FLAM 2016
VENUE & LODGING

Overland Park Marriott Hotel
10800 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66210

 
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WORKSHOP/KEYNOTE TONI THEISEN

Toni Theisen, 2013 President of ACTFL and the 2009 ACTFL Teacher of the Year taught French in Loveland, Colorado. She is currently the Thompson School District WL Curriculum Supervisor and the director of the new K-12 Dual Language Immersion program. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with a M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching and French from the University of Northern Colorado and a M.A. in Education of Diverse Learners from the University of Phoenix.

Toni has presented many workshops and webinars on Multiple Intelligences, Differentiated Learning and 21st Century Technology. Theisen presented “Activating Communication” as part of the first ACTFL Webinar series. She chaired the 2009 revision of the Colorado Standards for World Languages and served as the co-chair for the revision of the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards for World Languages. Her honors include the ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award, The Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the SWCOLT Outstanding Teacher Award.  

KEYNOTE

“Connecting to the World for a Lifetime”
The keynote address will take place at our Saturday Luncheon.

Now more than ever, language skills and global competency are essential in order to live, work and play in our interconnected world. How can teachers, schools and communities continually impact student learning so students see language learning as an important life skill in a global world rather than just a requirement to graduate?

INSIDER WORKSHOP

“Pathways to Proficiency: Designing Learning and Creating Meaningful Assessments”

This Friday afternoon workshop requires preregistration and additional fee ($30).

Now more than ever, learners will live, work, and play in an interconnected world. The ability to communicate with respect and cultural understanding in more than one language are essential elements of global competence.

How can teachers use focusing lenses and multiple perspectives to guide thinking when creating relevant instruction that is more meaningful, rigorous and engaging? How can focusing lenses be used to shape the instruction of a global thematic unit with a lens of social justice? How can technology encourage learners to critically think of solutions to real-world global issues in innovative ways?

And finally, how can we assess our students so they can demonstrate their learning.  During this workshop participants will explore these questions and experience learning activities that promote deeper, richer thinking that can enhance communication in all three modes and help students connect to the world.

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ROOM-SHARING / RIDE SHARING

Select the online-registration form option(s) to be put in contact with others interested in sharing a conference hotel room or a ride to the conference. You will be provided with the names of others from your part of the state for ride-sharing, or others of your gender for room-sharing.

Every effort will be made to connect you with another attendee, but KSWLA cannot guarantee the right connection, and is not responsible for any issues that may arise after providing you contact information. You should always use your own judgement in selecting room- or ride-sharing partners. 

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CONFERENCE-THEMED STUDENT ART COMPETITION

The conference program booklet will feature student artwork from both KSWLA and FLAM.
To be considered, all submissions must:
  • be original artwork (no computer-generated graphics or clip art allowed) created by a student currently enrolled in a foreign language taught by a KSWLA member 
  • reflect the conference theme "Pathways to Proficiency"
  • include the words "Pathways to Proficiency" in English
  • be on 8 1/2 x 11" paper with vertical (portrait) orientation
  • use correct orthography and grammar for any words or phrases included (in English or otherwise, all will be checked)
  • not have the student's name or school name on the artwork side
  • be received by October 3, 2016. Send all submissions directly to:

    Chuck Thorpe
    KSWLA Webmaster & Publications Editor

    K-State Global Campus
    1615 Anderson Avenue
    Manhattan, KS 66502

All originals will be returned to the student's teacher at the conference. Teachers are encouraged to provide the written contest rules to their students, as the number of entries necessitates strict adherence to the rules.

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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27th

6:00 - 9:00 PM
Registration

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th

7:00 - 8:30 AM
Registration

7:30 – 8:30 AM
Buffet Breakfast
(Included in registration with RSVP)                      

8:30 – 9:00 AM
Conference Kick-Off

9:10 – 10:20 AM
Session 1

10:30 – 11:40 AM
Session 2

11:50 – 12:00 PM
Immersion Lunch Meet-Ups (OPTIONAL)

11:50 – 1:40 PM
Lunch Break - Lunch on your own

1:40 – 2:50 PM
Session 3  / Special Workshop Part 1 - Ticket required

3:00 – 4:10 PM
Session 4 / Special Workshop Part 2 - Ticket required

4:20 – 5:00 PM
FLAM Regional Meet & Greet Sessions
Kansas AATSP, AATF, & AATG Meetings

5:00 – 7:00 PM
Hors d’oeuvres Reception with Cash Bar / Exhibit Hall Opening

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th

7:00 – 8:00 AM
Registration - Breakfast on your own

8:00 – 9:05 AM
Session 5

9:05 - 9:20 AM
Exhibit Break

9:20 - 10:20 AM
State Business Meetings and Awards Ceremonies

10:20 – 10:35 AM
Exhibit Break

10:35 - 11:40 AM
Session 6

11:40 - 11: 55 AM
Exhibit Break

11:55  – 1:00 PM
Session 7

1:10 – 3:00 PM
Exhibitor Prize Drawings / Luncheon
(Included in registration with RSVP)

Keynote Speech
“Connecting to the World for a Lifetime

Toni Theisen, Keynote speaker

3:30 – 4:30 PM
FLAM/KSWLA Joint Board Meeting

 

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SESSIONS BY PRESENTER(S)

PRESENTER(S)

 

SESSION TITLE

Barker

 

I Can Speak Spanish, Can You?

 Bausset

 

Getting Ready to Become a Blue State

Boney
Stephens
Hutcherson

  Lights, Camera, Submit!; Creating Films at all levels for a foreign language film festival

Byer

 

Integrating Web 2.0 in the Language Classroom

Coffey
Bollinger

 

Course Design for Introduction to a World Language

Crowell

 

A Case Study into the Perception of World Language Study of All Stakeholders in a Suburban Midwest School District

DeNure

 

Path to First-Year Success

Detrixhe
Furrow

 

What CAN your students DO? Lesson Planning with Can-Do Statements

Duarte

 

Cooperative Learning in the Language Classroom

Ewald
Lackey

 

Cultural Products, Practices, and Perspectives at All Levels

Farrar

 

Tips for Teaching in the Target Language

Farrar

 

New in 2017: Kansas Seal of Biliteracy

Farrar

 

World-Readiness Standards and KS World Language Standards

Gordon-Jones
McInnis

 

Homework is Going to the Dogs: Alternative Assignments for All Learners

Hayles

 

Keep it in the TL!

Iles

 

UnwrApping 3 Innovative Apps for 1:1 iPad Teaching

Johnson

 

Discussion Techniques for Intermediate and Advanced WL Classes

Jordan

 

Stay on Target! Ten Target-Teaching Techniques & Tips

Kaczynski
Thees

 

How to Establish and Gain Approval for a Cultural Immersion Program

Karr
Garcia

 

Proyectos Cautivadores que Enseñan

Kelting

 

FNAC: French Names Across the Curriculum – Student Projects INSIDER WORKSHOP:Promote Relevance

Lee/Jolley
Alexander

 

Connections Between Universities: Communication, Collaboration, and Innovation

Leffert

 

Program Building: Convincing Students, Parents, & Administrators

Lilley
Duarte

 

Promoting Resiliency in Reluctant Language Learners

Lorman

 

Working Towards Success in Upper-Level Spanish/French/German Courses
Starting in Level 1

Lynn
Jones
Ruiz

 

BreakoutEDU – Escape Your Typical Lesson

Malaska
Hooper

 

World Ready – The 3 R’s

Michon

 

Differentiation through “homework menus”

Morehead

 

Building Proficiency One Brick at a Time

Mrázek

 

Deutsches Sprachdiplom II – Schriftliche Kommunikation

Mrázek

 

Deutsche Auslandsschularbeit der Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschularbeit (ZfA) Wie kann die ZfA lhr Deutschprogramm am besten unterstützen?

Myers
Haden

 

Puppets Speaking French?!

Myers
Hori
Zhuoshi

 

Help! Simple Solutions to Common Novice-level Problems

Oldham

 

Foreign Language Teachers’ Perceptions of Observational Feedback

Potter

 

The “Active” Classroom with an “Interactive” Notebook

Rodríguez

 

The importance of culture in preparing globalized citizens

Rogers

 

Where Sitting is the Exception: Moving Towards Proficiency

Sellers

 

Using Technology on the Pathway to Proficiency

Sharpe
Garding

 

Let’s Play! Games and Activities for an Active Classroom

Sloan

 

Global Minds: Bringing the Outside World into the AP Language Classroom

Smartt

 

So What Can My Students Do With a Foreign Language Degree?

Stephens

 

Google & Beyond

Stephens

 

PBL Meets Design Thinking: Cultural Connections

Surma

 

Get them moving, get them racing, get them feeling…get your students HOOKED on language!

Taylor-Arnold

 

SocrATIC Seminars: Fostering Students’ Analytical Thinking and Insightful Conversations through Literature and Culture

Tena-Dietz

 

Cultures, Projects, and Evaluation

Theisen

 

SPECIAL WORKSHOP: “Pathways to Proficiency: Designing, Learning, and Creating Meaningful Assessments”

Thompson
Kasch

 

Best of FLTA* - Let’s Get Real: How to create thematic units with themes and authentic resources

Tindale

 

AIM-ing for Proficiency, You CAN-DO it!

Tinsley

 

L’authenticité et l’immersion langagières dans l’apprentissage du français  

Tippett
Rumple

 

Teaching Language through Culture

Weathers
(Panel)

 

Going to the Movies: Student Film Projects and Professional Films as Teaching Tools

Weitzel

 

 

 

Un día en el mercado

PRESENTATIONS BY THEME

BEST PRACTICES, ACTIVITIES & STRATEGIES

I Can Speak Spanish, Can You?

Presenter: James Barker, Moberly High School, Moberly, MO

Learning a language is not a spectator's sport, you have to play to gain the reward. At times it is hard to get the students to believe that they can speak the target language well. This presentation will demonstrate some in-class activities, small projects, and one large project that promotes confidence in speaking the target language. Students break down barriers by themselves to gain confidence in their speaking abilities.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Best Practices



Path to First Year Success

Presenter: Janice DeNure; Eureka High School, Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO

The first year or two of teaching can be difficult. As a new teacher you are expected to use a new curriculum, meet new colleagues, and be evaluated by a new teacher evaluation tool (TEI) not to mention getting to know a new group of students and make decisions about how to run your very own classroom. How do you handle it all? In this session we will discuss successful strategies to deal with all of these in order to have a successful year.

Audience: 1st year or beginning teachers      Language: Presented in English       Theme: Best Practices



Cooperative Learning in the Language Classroom

Presenter: Emily Duarte; Cherokee/Pipkin IB World School, Springfield, MO

Have you ever been to one of those meetings where they want you to try out cooperative learning in the classroom, but all the examples are meant for either elementary levels or core classes, and it’s a struggle to fit it to what you’re doing in the language classroom? In this session you’ll get some good insight on how to adapt various cooperative learning structures to the language classroom as well as some tips for organization and management.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Best Practices



Tips for Teaching in the Target Language

Presenter: Phyllis Farrar; Kansas State Department of Education, Topeka, KS

Can you do it? Yes, you can!! Take the next steps toward teaching almost entirely in the target language, not about the language. Ten tips will point you in the right direction, or maybe get you back on track. As a profession, we must support each other to reach this goal.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Activities & Strategies



POSTER PRESENTATION in Exhibit Hall

Tips for Teaching in the Target Language: Student Journals

Presenter: Phyllis Farrar; KSDE, Topeka, KS

Examples of student notebooks will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall (Salons EF) in order to discuss 'rules' in creating them and discoveries made while using them. They support a variety of classroom activities, but also become the student's hand-made text, or reference book. Proficiency with a very personal connection is the result.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Activities & Strategies


Keep it in the TL!

Presenter: Bess Hayles, Lee's Summit High School, Lee's Summit, MO

ACTFL recommends that we stay in the TL 90% of the time OR MORE.  How in the world can we do that in our classroom and make sure that our students are understanding?  In this session, teachers will learn a multitude of strategies to keep speaking to the kids in the target language.  Strategies include Movie Talk, PQA, Speed Dating, Hot Seat and CI games.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Best Practices


Discussion Techniques for Intermediate and Advanced WL Classes

Presenter: Jodi Johnson, Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park, KS

Participants will be introduced to a variety of classroom tested discussion techniques that encourage critical thinking skills and support Common Core standards. All techniques can be used in the classroom immediately. They are encouraged to bring a resource that they would like to use for in class discussion so they can discuss with others which technique would be the most effective. The session is open to all languages but samples of instructional activities will be in French.

Audience: All, HS, Post-Secondary Language: Presented in English

Theme: Activities and Strategies, Common Core Standards



Stay on Target! Ten Target Teaching Techniques & Tips

Presenter: Jeremy Jordan, Lee's Summit High School, Lee's Summit, MO

Jeremy Jordan of Lee’s Summit High School explains various techniques that he uses in his classroom to push TL usage to 90% or higher, while still helping class be a fun, positive yet rigorous place to be. Examples will be straight from Spanish class, but will be relevant to any classroom.    

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Best Practices

 

 

Proyectos Cautivadores que Enseñan

Presenters: Jeffrey Karr and Dinorah García, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MO

APB, Aprendizaje Basado en Proyectos (PBL), es algo de que se habla mucho, pero ¿cómo lo logramos en nuestras clases? Venga a esta presentación para ver ideas innovadoras, prácticas, y alcanzables para la clase de español. Vamos a experimentar actividades que pueden implementar en su clase este año. Traiga su propio aparato.

Audience: Teachers of Spanish, all levels Language: Presented in Spanish Theme: Best Practices



FNAC: French Names Across the Curriculum--Student Projects Promote Relevance  

Presenters: Nora and Michael Kelting, AATF, Newton, KS

Student-created biographical sketches displayed throughout the school demonstrate the relevance of French to all academic areas. Materials and samples are provided to assist with initiating projects. Additional ideas will be shared for promoting French in your school as well as adding personal touches to your classroom using postcards and photography.

Audience: Teachers of French, MS, HS Language: Presented in English

Theme: Activities & Strategies, Culture



Promoting Resiliency in Reluctant Language Learners

Presenters: Lisa Lilley and Emily Duarte; Pipkin IB World School, Springfield, MO

A scheduling issue created an opportunity to develop an additional middle school Spanish class.  The co-teachers wanted to offer an immersion learning experience to engage reluctant learners who struggle in traditional learning environments.  They will explain their thought process based on relevant research, give strategies for 90% + target language use, plus elaborate the most successful activities and learning experiences.  They will offer reflections and suggestions for how to replicate this approach in other settings.

Audience: Elem, MS, Teachers of novice learners Language: Presented in English Theme: Best Practices


                           

BreakoutEDU - Escape Your Typical Lesson

Presenters: Susan Lynn, Mimi Jones and Astrid Ruíz; Liberty North High School; Astrid Ruiz; Liberty High School, Liberty MO

Do you feel locked into traditional lessons?  It's time to escape your boring routine with something different!  This session will provide participants information on facilitating and creating BreakoutEDU games, which are designed on the idea of an escape room.  Students feel an immediate need to know the language of study as they collaborate and problem-solve to unlock the final box.

Audience: All         Language: Presented in English      Theme: Best Practices

 

 

Differentiation through "homework menus"

Presenter: Susan Michon; Harrisonville High School, Harrisonville, MO

Research shows that students are more likely to complete homework assignments if they appeal to students’ varying intelligences.  In this presentation, I will discuss the use of “homework menus” that allow students to choose assignments based on their predominant intelligences.  I have created several vocabulary-based examples of “homework menus” for secondary foreign language learners.  I would like to present these examples and workshop additional ideas with session attendees.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Best Practices



Building Proficiency One Brick at a Time

Presenter: Kristopher Morehead, Pipkin IB/MYP World School, Springfield, MO

Encourage students to play with the language using LEGO®!  Learn how these small bricks can be a big hit in your classroom, providing students with narrative experiences and empowering them to create stories in a natural way; enhancing speaking, listening, reading, writing, and comprehension skills.  Engage students with oral storytelling and creative writing through hands on language activities designed to build proficiency brick by brick.  

Audience: All          Language: Presented in English         Theme: Best Practices



Puppets Speaking French?!

Presenters: Lindsy Myers,University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO; Rebecca Haden, Shawnee Mission South High School, Overland Park KS

This interactive session offers a low-cost but high-impact toolkit for integrating puppets in the French language classroom. By lowering the affective filter via humor and play, puppets enhance interaction, vocabulary development and connections to the arts, while yielding high student investment throughout the year. Excerpts of plays will be performed, and flexible strategies for actively engaging students with (micro-)performance, story-telling and re-enactments will be discovered by participants as they create puppets of their own. Come experience the power of this culturally authentic approach to communication for novice to advanced learners.

Audience: Teachers of French Language: Presented in French Theme: Best Practices



Help! Simple solutions to common novice-level problems.

Presenters: Susan Myers, Zhuoshi Liu, and Omaima Aljubouri, William Jewell College, Liberty, MO; Yoko Hori, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

In this interactive workshop teachers will learn simple solutions to common problems in language instruction at the novice-level. Participants will discover techniques for overcoming overfamiliarity with one teacher’s voice (examples in French), for teaching new letters and new sounds (examples in Arabic), for embedding language practice in authentic cultural contexts (examples in Japanese), and using movement to teach writing (examples in Chinese). Afterwards, teachers will have time to ask questions and share ideas.     

Audience: Teachers of novice level learners Language: Presented in English   Theme: Best Practices

 

 

The "Active" Classroom with an "Interactive" Notebook

Presenter: Heather Potter, Goddard Middle School, Goddard, KS

This session will dive into the classroom challenges of: arts integration, notes storage, meaningful organization, and student pride in their accomplishments. Actively discuss and examine the world of interactive notebooks with your colleagues! Come get ideas and lessons that you can immediately implement into the MS or HS classroom!

Audience: All WL teachers, MS, HS    Language: Presented in English Theme: Activities and Strategies



Using Technology on the Pathway to Proficiency

Presenter: Dr. Julie Sellers, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS

This presentation will demonstrate a selection of apps to support our work as world language educators and our learners’ language acquisition and proficiency. Selected apps include those that support individual study, material creation for the flipped classroom, collaboration, and course management, among others.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English        Theme: Activities & Strategies



Get them moving, get them racing, get them feeling...get your students HOOKED on language!

Presenter: Maria Surma, Boyd Elementary IB PYP World School, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MO

Come prepared to join the "action" in this hands-on session! The presenter will share 15 effective ideas to enhance students' excitement about their WL class! You will leave this session armed with tips, tricks, and tiny secrets to challenge your students by tapping on their multiple intelligences and appealing to their competitive instincts. Even your most reluctant students will find themselves engaged in learning!

Presenter: Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Best Practices



SocrATIC Seminars: Fostering Students’ Analytical Thinking and Insightful Conversations through Literature and Culture

Presenter: Haydee Taylor-Arnold, Horton Watkins High School, Ladue School District, St. Louis, MO

In this session, teachers will learn about the research behind Socratic seminars, the use of reading strategies and culturally authentic resources, the development of questions to create thoughtful discussions, and how to assess student performance. When implementing SocrATIC seminars, students will discuss in the target language their opinions about current events, literature, and their own cultural perspectives and will compare them to the culture studied. SocrATIC seminars encourage students to use their second language in the interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes of communication. This student-centered strategy drives students to provide feedback and give support to each other, creating an environment where language flows with insightful conversations.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Best Practices

 

 

L’authenticité et l’immersion langagières dans l’apprentissage du français

Presenter: Tonia Tinsley, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

Les différentes méthodes « modernes » pour apprendre une langue étrangère mettent beaucoup d’importance dans la pratique de s’exprimer tout le temps dans la langue d’apprentissage. En même temps, d’autres approches soulignent certains moments-clés où il est essentiel de s’exprimer dans la langue majoritaire du milieu d’instruction. Comment faisons-nous pour résoudre les contradictions implicites dans ces deux façons d’aborder l’enseignement et l’apprentissage ? Ces réflexions vont s’organiser autour des thèmes suivants: ressources, degrés de compétence,  investissement d’élèves, et l’apprentissage expérientiel.  

Audience: Teachers of French Language: Presented in French           Theme: Best Practices



Going to the Movies: Student Film Projects and Professional Films as Teaching Tools

Presenters: Gwyndolyn Weathers, Fayette High School, Fayette, MO; Julie Stephens-DeJonge, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO; Natalie Marshall Klaus, Notre Dame de Sion, Kansas City, MO; Amanda Marvin, The Barstow School, Kansas City, MO; Kim Fish, Pattonsburg R-II, Pattonsburg, MO

Film is an excellent tool for authentic target language use and cultural comparisons. This panel will help teachers construct a unit that uses professionally made films in the target language to teach language and culture, and a unit in which students make their own films in their target language. We will discuss planning ideas and assessments for both types of units. For film making units, we will share ideas on technical tools and resources for student filmmakers, discuss factors that enhance  or hinder students’ successful project completion, and provide information about participation in a Missouri-Kansas student film festival.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Best Practices



Un día de compras en el mercado

Presenter: Julie Weitzel, Eureka High School, Rockwood, School District, Eureka, MO

Provide an opportunity for students to interact with authentic cultural products, participate in the cultural practice of bargaining, and communicate in the target language in a real-life setting. Involve members of the community and turn it into a fundraising event!

Audience: Teachers of Spanish, all levels     Language: Presented in Spanish               Theme: Best Practices


 

 

World Ready - The 3 R's

Presenters: David Malaska and Angie Hooper; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Orlando, FL

Most of us relate the 3 R's to reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic. Our students need the 3 R's of REAL cultural interaction with RELEVANT instruction and REMARKABLE technology to make them real world ready.  Participants will experience activities to transport students beyond the classroom and take them on an exciting journey through a diverse world.

Audience:All         Language: Presented in English        Theme: Best Practices



Where Sitting is the Exception: Moving Towards Proficiency

Presenter:  Darcy Rogers; Organic World Language

Movement, creating community and understanding proficiency levels are key elements in creating a 90%+ environment where students are using language. Through purposeful questioning sequences students are naturally pushed to the next level of acquisition. In this interactive and transformational session, participants will experience a sustainable and inspiring way to apply research to practice by individualizing learning and creating a student-generated curriculum.

Audience: All, HS, Post-Secondary Language: Presented in English Themes: Methodology


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TECHNOLOGY


Lights, Camera, Submit!: Creating films at all levels for a foreign language film festival

Presenters: Kristy Boney, Julie Stephens, Amber Hutcherson; University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

Every year in April, the Department of Government, International Studies and Languages looks forward to celebrating its annual film festival in April.  Students in grades 7 to 12 from schools throughout Kansas and Missouri may participate in the festival by creating short films (5 to 10 minutes in length) in one of four foreign languages:  Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.  Students add English subtitles, create a soundtrack, edit, direct, and act in the film, from a variety of genres.  The films are submitted for possible awards to be shown on campus during the day of the festival.  

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Technology



Integrating Web 2.0 in the language classroom

Presenter: Silvia Byer; Park University, Parkville, MO

Web 2.0 technologies are changing the way we do things at home, in business, and of course, in teaching a world language. In addition to enhancing your understanding of how cloud-based technologies will strengthen your classroom activities, this presentation will also provide an example of how you can integrate two popular platforms to support communicative world language teaching activities.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Technology



Homework is Going to the Dogs: Alternative Assignments for All Learners

Presenters: Rebecca Gordon-Jones and Maureen Reed, Lindbergh Schools, St. Louis, MO

Eliminate the inevitable headaches of traditional homework assignments! Learn how to spend less time on grading, prevent cheating, and make better use of your class time by replacing paper with user- friendly technology. Google+ Community, ScreenCast-O-Matic and Story-Jumper are some of the resources that will be introduced during this presentation.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Technology



Google & Beyond

Presenter: Charity Stephens; Liberty Public School, Liberty, MO

Join Google & Beyond to expand your digital toolbox! Explore a Symbaloo of sites: learn how to marry platforms from Google to Blogger, organize projects using Google Forms or Padlet, give students voice and choice with digital projects & social media, capture video & voice with ease, check the pulse of student learning with quick polls and more!

Audience: All   Language: Presented in English Theme: Technology


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ADVOCACY & COLLABORATION, & POLICY


Getting ready to become a blue state

Presenter: Ana Bausset; Missouri Western University, St. Joseph,MO

Becoming a blue state will not be an easy task. This discussion will bring ideas and present challenges that other States, Utah in this case, are facing while on their way of becoming a blue/bilingual State.  Missouri can learn and be better prepared to face a promising but not so simple future for our language programs. Creating the follow up courses, getting Instructors ready to link High Schools to Universities and taking advantage of the resources, are some of the topics presented.
Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Advocacy & Collaboration



A Case Study into the Perception of World Language Study of All Stakeholders in a Suburban Midwest School District

Presenters: Michael Crowell,  Rolla Public Schools, Rolla, MO

A look into what motivates and inspires student stakeholders to take world language and how those views differ when asking teachers, administrators, and anyone else affiliated with the district.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English    Theme: Advocacy & Collaboration




New in 2017: Kansas Seal of Biliteracy

Presenters: Lindsey Colling; Kansas State Department of Education, Topeka, KS and Diane DeNoon, Blue Valley Schools, Overland Park, KS

Kansas joins the 20+ other states who recognize any student who has attained proficiency in English and one or more other languages by the time they complete high school. Learn about guidelines, recommended procedures, and evidence needed. Participants will discuss this innovative 'tool', its benefits and challenges.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Advocacy and Policy



Connections Between Universities: Communication, Collaboration and Innovation

Presenters: Lucy Lee, Truman State University; Jason Jolley, Missouri State University; and Toni Alexander, Southeast Missouri State University

Department chairs from throughout Missouri address in a panel discussion the changing landscape of the university foreign language department and ongoing challenges faced by liberal arts disciplines.  Issues treated include departmental advocacy, the role of online courses, new HLC guidelines, and collaboration with secondary educators. This session provides a unique forum for the exchange of information and ideas among university and secondary educators as we seek to strengthen the profession and provide opportunities for students.

Audience: All         Language: Presented in English                       Theme: Advocacy and Collaboration



Program Building: Convincing Students, Parents & Administrators

Presenter: Timothy Leffert, Piper High School, Kansas City, KS

In the last three years I have taken a high school program that only offered Spanish 1 & 2 with a total enrollment of approximately 175 students to a program offering Spanish 1, 2, 3 & 4 with a total enrollment of over 275 students. In this presentation we will cover all of the successful ways that I have become my own world language propaganda machine.

Audience: All WL teachers, MS, HS        Language: Presented in English                       Theme: Advocacy and Policy



How to Establish and Gain Approval for a Cultural Immersion Program

Presenter:  Emilia Kaczynski,and Barb Thees; Xperitas, Minneapolis, MN

A cultural immersion program can bring incredible benefits to your students and community, but it may seem like a challenge to get a program off the ground or gain approval from your board or district. This session will walk you through the process of planning a travel abroad or international hosting program for your students and provide you with clear guidelines and recommendations for gaining approval for your program. You’ll leave feeling empowered to establish and recruit for a cultural immersion travel program or to bring the world to your community by hosting international students.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Professional Development




Deutsche Auslandsschularbeit der Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschularbeit (ZfA): Wie kann die ZfA Ihr Deutschprogramm am besten unterstützen?

Presenter: Irene Mrázek; German Central Agency for Schools Abroad - ZfA, Bonn, Germany

Die Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen (ZfA), eine Mittlerorganisation des Deutschen Auswärtigen Amtes,  bietet unterschiedliche Unterstützungsmöglichkeiten für Deutschprogramme in den USA an. Alle diese Unterstützungsoptionen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland sind für die Deutschprogramme, die Schule sowie für den Distrikt kostenfrei.
Die Präsentation gibt einen Überblick über das Leistungsportfolio der ZfA, damit Sie besser entscheiden können, welche Fördermöglichkeiten für Ihr Deutschprogramm am besten passen.

Audience: Teachers of German        Language: Presented in German        Theme: Advocacy and Collaboration



So What Can My Students Do With a Foreign Language Degree?

Presenter: Dr. Jerry Smartt: Friends University, Wichita, KS

Interpreters and translators have been designated as one of the fastest-growing occupations by the National Bureau of Labor. The session will present details concerning a revised Spanish major that is based on a skill-based outcome of producing native and non-native students with advanced oral & written proficiencies for the marketplace.

Audience: All        Language: Presented in English        Theme: Advocacy and Collaboration


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CURRICULUM, ARTICULATION, & ASSESSMENT  


Course Design for Introduction to a World Language  

Presenters: Amy Coffey and Logan Bollinger; Cape Public Schools, Cape Girardeau, MO

Wondering what to do with the section of “Introduction to World Language” that sits in the middle of your day? Don’t let Intro be the forgotten class! Intro is often a student’s first peek through the window to the world. In this session, participants will learn how to make the most of Intro by designing a cross-curricular, interesting, and most importantly FUN course! (Focus language is Spanish, but strategies can be adapted to other languages.)  

Audience: Teachers of novice level learners Language: Presented in English   Theme: Curriculum & Assessment



What CAN your students DO? Lesson Planning with Can-Do Statements     

Presenter: Dr. Karen Detrixhe and Carol Furrow; Wichita Public Schools, Wichita, KS

ACTFL’s Can-Do statements guide instructional planning and assessment at various proficiency levels. The presenters will show a lesson incorporating backward design planning using Can-Do statements to set goals, provide assessment evidence and plan learning activities. Participants will review the Can-Do statements and create a lesson using a backward design template.

Audience: All        Language: Presented in English Theme: Assessment, Curriculum & Articulation


World-Readiness Standards and KS World Language Standards

Presenters: Lindsey Colling; Kansas State Department of Education, Topeka, KS and Elke Lorenz, Manhattan High School, Manhattan, KS

What's the difference between the national World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and the results of the Kansas World Language Standards Review committee? Come to this session to see the proposed Kansas standards and participate in the feedback process. This is almost the final step in refreshing/renewing standards that should serve as our guide for the next eight years.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Curriculum & Articulation



Foreign Language Teachers' Perceptions of Observational Feedback

Presenter: Seth Oldham, Lincoln College Prep Academy, Kansas City, MO

The latest research concerning teacher evaluation focuses on core content areas like math, science and reading, but evaluation of foreign language teachers and programs receives comparatively little attention in the literature. This study presented examines issues related to observational feedback particular to the foreign language teaching context using data collected from teachers and administrators in large public school districts in Kansas. Participants will hear what other FL teachers identify as problem areas in current teacher evaluation practices and collaborate with each other and the presenter to propose solutions.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English   Theme: Assessment, Professional Development



Global Minds:  Bringing the Outside World into the AP Language Classroom

Presenter: Maritza Sloan, Horton Watkins High School, Ladue School District, St. Louis, MO

This session will demonstrate a unit design that uses the AP theme of “Global Challenge” as a starting point for creative classroom activities that include all modes of communication in authentic settings. The implementation of integrated performance assessments in connection with service projects beyond the classroom will be demonstrated.  Such service projects engage the students both within and beyond the walls of the classroom, so that our 21-century learner can make global connections while they build second language skills.

Audience: All    Language: Presented in Spanish   Theme: Curriculum & Assessment

 

 

Cultures, Projects and Evaluation

Presenter: Laia Tena-Dietz (GRANT RECIPIENT), Smoky Valley High School, Great Bend, KS

Final comprehensive exam through a scrapbook project as reflection of our culture. I am going to present about how Spanish speaking countries culture videos have inspired a final-exam-project for my students. Those videos, used as part of the bell-work, showed different ways in which many civilizations have recorded experiences and memories. Instead of using current technology, I decided to take a step back to our parents, and how they recorded their memories: creation of scrapbooks or photo albums. The participants will get a copy of the project’s instructions: "Mi álbum de fotos" (My Photo Album). Students use some instant-camera and paper-printed pictures; and put them together as a reflection of the experiences, and important events of this year. They use what they have learned in class to describe them in captions. Participants will also receive a copy of the questions used to have students prepare the project. A teacher's evaluation survey given to the students in the first semester, inspired this project, and the presenter will provide a sample of this survey, and will request ideas and suggestions from the participants, as well as ideas for new projects.

Audience: All, HS, Post- Secondary Language: Presented in English

Theme: Assessment, Common Core Standards, Culture



Best of FLTA* - Let's Get Real: How to create thematic units with themes with authentic resources  *Foreign Language Teachers Association of Greater St. Louis

Presenters: Della Thompson, 2014 FLAM Distinguished Educator, Marquette High School, Chesterfield, MO;

Miki Kasch, Rockwood Summit High School, Fenton, MO; Rockwood School District

In this session, the presenters will give a practical approach for creating thematic units that incorporate the World Language Readiness Standards and the NCSSFL Can-do statements. The presenters will also demonstrate how to integrate the three modes when using an authentic resource.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Curriculum & Assessment



Working towards Success in Upper Level Spanish/French/German Courses starting in Level 1

Presenter:  Inés Lormand; Vista Higher Learning, Boston, MA

The presenter will demonstrate ways to include and expand the AP Themes starting at the beginning level. Examples included on how to keep students engaged and growing through authentic videos and variety of interpersonal and presentational communication activities. Teachers will walk away with a better understanding on how to start preparing students to expand their language study through an extended  sequence of study.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Curriculum & Assessment

 

 

Deutsches Sprachdiplom II – Schriftliche Kommunikation

Presenters: Irene Mrázek; German Central Agency for Schools Abroad - ZfA, Bonn, Germany

Die Session wird den Kompetenzteil “Schriftliche Kommunikation” des Deutschen Sprachdiplom II (DSD II) vorstellen. Das DSD II ist der Sprachnachweis für High School-, Immersions- und Samstagsschul-SchülerInnen zur Aufnahme eines Studiums in Deutschland. Wir arden uns anhand praktischer Beispiele mit den Kompetenzanforderungen des Prüfungsteil “Schrifltiche Kommunikation” beschäftigen und individualisiert Strategien zur Vorbereitung dieses Prüfungsteils erarbeiten.

Audience:Teachers of German    Language: Presented in German       Theme: Assessment, Professional Development



AIM-ing for Proficiency, you CAN-DO it!

Presenters: Chris Dorsey and Kim Niskanen; ; AIM Language Learning Inc.; teachers at Fauquier County Public Schools, VA

Proficiency-based learning allows students to communicate rather than conjugate and focus on what they CAN-DO rather than what they cannot.  Learn to empower students to take risks, create in the target language and achieve a working proficiency through AIM language learning and the ACTFL Can-Do statements.  See how a proficiency based curriculum can allow your students to transition from language study to language acquisition.

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Themes: Curriculum & Assessment


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CULTURE


Cultural Products, Practices, and Perspective at All Levels             

Presenters: Emily Ewald and Kim Lackey, Eureka High School, Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO

Students report that studying the cultures of the target language hooks them and is what they remember most from our courses.  Be inspired by how the same cultural topics can be taught by all teachers in your department to all levels.  These articulated culture units bring unity to learners and to teachers.  Give everyone a common approach to making culture come alive! (Cultural topics discussed include Días de los Muertos, Quinceañeras, La Virgen de Guadalupe, Semana Santa, Las Posadas, and Café).

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Culture

 

 

The importance of culture in preparing globalized citizens

Presenter: Cassandra Rodríguez, Lafayette High School, Chesterfield, MO, Rockwood School District

Meaningful presentation of culture is important in preparing students to become globalized citizens. It is now more important than ever that students not only understand products , but also the practices and perspectives of another culture. Not only will tomorrow's workforce be more diverse, but also more internationally collaborative. What are the best methods to present culture? How do educators incorporate activities that foster a better understanding of practices and procedures? How is culture applicable to future situations that students may encounter? How is a student's cultural competency assessed?

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Culture



PBL Meets Design Thinking: Cultural Connections

Presenter: Charity Stephens; Liberty Public School, Liberty, MO

Disclaimer: I am not a PBL expert, just your everyday teacher who took a swim in the PBL/Design Thinking pool. Want to dip your toes in the PBL pool and keep afloat with some Design Thinking? This session will share an entire project from start to finish along with the the ups and downs experienced during the project. The guiding question is: How can (insert name of your school) increase cultural connections so that students can thrive in a global society?  

Audience: All   Language: Presented in English Theme: Culture



Teaching Language through Culture

Presenters: Susanna Tippett, Newton High School and Alyssa Rumple, Wichita High School Southeast

Have you ever thought to yourself that you wish that you could teach culture in a more streamlined manner instead of it being thrown in at the end?  If so, this is the session for you!  In this session, you will learn how to teach language through culture.  You will see examples of how to incorporate: videos, music, text, art and other forms of realia.  

Audience: All Language: Presented in English Theme: Culture

 

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