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Friday, March 9
 

8:00am

Registration & Breakfast
Registration and complimentary breakfast and coffee!

Friday March 9, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
SED Lobby 2 Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215

8:30am

CP #1: Planning with a Backward Design Model
At the core of all good instruction is thoughtful planning with a clear goal. After all, we’re not going to get anywhere if we don’t know where we’re going! In this session, we’ll explore how to plan effective lessons and units for the world language classroom with clear, measurable objectives. Articulating clear, can-do learning outcomes, framing curriculum units around the 5Cs, and backward-design lesson plans will help guide us in our work.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Ritz

Catherine Ritz

Director of Modern Foreign Language Educationa, Boston University
* Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Modern Language Education at the Boston University School of Education. | * Programming Coordinator for the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA). | * National Board certified French teacher. | * Formerly the World... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 8:30am - 10:30am
SED 130 2 Silber Way

10:30am

Coffee Break
Complimentary coffee!

Friday March 9, 2018 10:30am - 10:45am
SED Lobby 2 Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215

10:45am

CP #2: Teaching Grammar as Concept and Using it in Context
For many, the teaching of grammar is the biggest challenge in our profession’s shift to teaching for proficiency. Within this new paradigm, it is all about what learners can do with the language in various contexts rather than teaching grammatical concepts as they appear in the textbook. Participants of this session will overview the research and leave with strategies and activities to put grammar in its proper place in teaching and assessment. Come and learn how to empower your students by shifting to communicative objectives and targeting the real role of grammar in language learning.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Sherf

Nicole Sherf

Professor, Salem State University
Information and resources to advocate for language learning and language programs.


Friday March 9, 2018 10:45am - 12:45pm
SED 130 2 Silber Way

12:45pm

Geographical Networking Lunch
Network with other teachers in your area while you enjoy your lunch!

Friday March 9, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
SED Lobby 2 Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215

1:45pm

CP #3: Providing Appropriate Feedback
Effective feedback empowers students to take charge of their own learning. In this session, we will explore the critical role of assessment and feedback to understand what effective feedback looks like, and examine some strategies for providing effective feedback on written or recorded student work as well as oral corrective feedback for use during communicative interactions.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Eagan

Tim Eagan

Department Head for Classical and Modern Languages, Wellesley Public Schools
President, MaFLA (2017)


Friday March 9, 2018 1:45pm - 3:45pm
SED 130 2 Silber Way

3:45pm

Closing/Evaluations/PDP Self-Reflections
Closing
Evaluations
PDP Self-Reflections

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Ritz

Catherine Ritz

Director of Modern Foreign Language Educationa, Boston University
* Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Modern Language Education at the Boston University School of Education. | * Programming Coordinator for the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA). | * National Board certified French teacher. | * Formerly the World... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm
SED 130 2 Silber Way
 
Saturday, March 10
 

8:00am

Registration & Breakfast
Registration and complimentary breakfast and coffee!

Saturday March 10, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
SED Lobby 2 Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215

8:30am

CP #4: Facilitating Target Language Use
Are you looking for ways to increase target language use in the classroom and build students’ confidence? Maybe you are wondering how to create tasks and prompts that are at the right proficiency level? Or what tools students need to communicate? Perhaps you are looking for ways to hold students accountable for using the target language, or are curious about how teachers grade proficiency and accuracy? Bring all your questions and get useful answers and guidance to meet these challenges and see results in your classroom. As we practice various types of activities that foster target language use, we’ll look at the ACTFL proficiency levels and use them as a guide. You will leave this hands-on session with concrete tools to use in your classroom and a solid understanding of how you can create your own activities that promote 90%+ target language use.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Cabral

Joshua Cabral

World Language Teacher, Brookwood School
Brockwood School


Saturday March 10, 2018 8:30am - 10:30am
SED 130 2 Silber Way

10:30am

Coffee Break
Complimentary coffee!

Saturday March 10, 2018 10:30am - 10:45am
SED Lobby 2 Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215

10:45am

CP #5: Guiding Learners to Interpret Authentic Resources
Designing and carrying out interactive reading and listening comprehension tasks using authentic cultural texts is central to all good world language teaching. In this session, participants will explore how to find and select appropriate texts, embed them into classroom practice through unit design, make them interactive and engaging, and design activities for before, during, and after use of the resource. Attendees will also experience how to use an authentic text from a student perspective, and will be given time to personalize their learning experience for classroom use.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Robustelli-Price

Amanda Robustelli-Price

French Teacher, Enfield Public Schools
I am a French teacher in northern Connecticut, and am passionate about preparing students for success in our interconnected world. I have been in the field of education for fifteen years, having worked as a teacher, department coordinator, and teacher trainer. I have returned t... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 10:45am - 12:45pm
SED 130 2 Silber Way

12:45pm

Language Immersion Lunch
Eat lunch with teachers of the same language as you speaking only in the target language!

Saturday March 10, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
SED Lobby 2 Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215

1:45pm

CP #6: Designing Oral Interpersonal Communication Tasks
In order for students to increase their proficiency level, they must regularly engage in communicative tasks that allow them to practice the target language in each of ACTFL's three modes of communication (Presentational, Interpretive, Interpersonal). But what exactly is a "communicative task"? During this seminar, we will discuss the elements of communicative tasks and how to design them effectively.  The presenter will demonstrate a variety of sample tasks and discuss how to adapt them for use at the novice, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Turner

Kathy Turner

French Teacher, Sharon High School
Kathleen Turner has been teaching French at Sharon High School for 22 years.  She earned a BA in French Studies from Harvard College, an MA in French from Middlebury College, and a CAGS in Educational Administration from Bridgewater State College.  Kathy organizes trips to Québec and Paris for her students, and she coordinates a home-stay exchange with a high school in... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 1:45pm - 3:45pm
SED 130 2 Silber Way

3:45pm

Closing/Evaluations/PDP Self-Reflections
Closing
Evaluations
PDP Self-Reflections

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Ritz

Catherine Ritz

Director of Modern Foreign Language Educationa, Boston University
* Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Modern Language Education at the Boston University School of Education. | * Programming Coordinator for the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA). | * National Board certified French teacher. | * Formerly the World... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm
SED 130 2 Silber Way