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This is the official program for SWCOLT/PLAN 2022.
Join us Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, 2022 at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino (GSR) in Reno, Nevada.
Pre-conference workshops are scheduled for Thursday, March 24, 2022.
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Thursday, March 24
 

8:00am PDT

Registration
Welcome to Southwest Conference on Language Teaching! Pick up your name badge (provided by Wayside Publishing), your conference bag (provided by Vista Higher Learning), and your At-a-Glance program guide at the registration desk.A digital copy of the program supplement guide is attached below.

Thursday March 24, 2022 8:00am - 4:00pm PDT
Nevada Conference Center Promenade

9:00am PDT

Workshop: Level up your Comprehensible Input Teaching (Ticket Required)
This three hour session will be jam packed with tools and strategies to make providing CI easier for you and more enjoyable for everyone! AnneMarie Chase will dive into a range of topics, including tricks to assess without stress, getting the most of our Free Voluntary Reading and of course, we’ll play a few of her favorite classroom games that give students loads of input. This session will be taught in English and will be applicable to teachers of all levels and languages.  Participants will receive digital resources, with links to videos demonstrations for further exploration, plus a few freebies!

Speakers

Thursday March 24, 2022 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Nevada 4/5
  Half-day workshop

9:00am PDT

Workshop: Raising the Value of Bilingualism with State and Global Seal of Biliteracy Credentials - CANCELLED
NOTE:  THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED & RESCHEDULED AS A PRESENTATION DURING SESSION 8.
This workshop is about the transformative power of a Seal of Biliteracy program. The workshop is broken up into three parts: (1) Research: Explore data that shows how a Seal of Biliteracy program that includes pathway awards builds excitement, learner autonomy and program retention.  (2) Gamification: Discover how benchmark testing provides learners with motivating feedback, improves curriculum and instruction, and accelerates language acquisition.  (3) Pathway Implementation: Learn more about the Global Seal of Biliteracy program, a free language credentialing program with a three-tiered pathway of serial-numbered certifications for language learners and users of any age. Participants will have the opportunity to create an implementation plan for students at the middle school, high school and/or university level that will lead to greater student engagement and success. Discussion includes: goal-setting, benchmark testing, combining State and Global Seal of Biliteracy recognition tools, and the Global Seal opportunity for university students and adults. Included is information on how the Global Seal of Biliteracy is being used for teacher certification and language pay differentials.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Egnatz

Linda Egnatz

Executive Director, Global Seal of Biliteracy
Linda Egnatz is the Executive Director of the Global Seal of Biliteracy, a free international language credential program designed to fill the opportunity gap for bilinguals of any age who want to celebrate and certify their language skills. In 2013, she was awarded the Golden Apple... Read More →


Thursday March 24, 2022 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT
TBA
  Half-day workshop

1:00pm PDT

Workshop: High-Leverage Teaching Practices Lead the Way (Ticket Required)
Dive deep into how to create meaningful contexts for language learning in your classroom, then collaborate with others to put it into practice. Several past participants of the Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL) will share their journeys of leading from the classroom with high-leverage teaching practices to affect change in their spheres of influence. Acquire strategies for dealing with challenges and setbacks when leading change. Create a personal plan of action to apply the learning back in our classes and communities. This workshop has four segments: learning about the high-leverage teaching practice (HLTP) of establishing a meaningful and purposeful context for language instruction; collaborating on ways to integrate this into classrooms; learning from LILL Advocates how they impacted their spheres of influence with HLTPs; and collaborating on an Action Plan advocating for change in our learning communities. Participants will be able to: 1) Explain the importance of and how to create a purposeful context for language learning; 2) Identify ways to lead a focus on high leverage teaching practices; 3) Plan strategies to be an agent of change in one’s sphere of influence.

Speakers
avatar for Beckie Bray Rankin

Beckie Bray Rankin

Teacher, Lexington High School
Beckie began her teaching career at a charter network in Washington, DC after completing undergraduate studies at Boston University where she earned a BA in French and a BS in Teaching Foreign Languages. She served as District Coordinator and French teacher there for 2 years. Beckie... Read More →

Exhibitors
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Joe Vallina

Providing vision, leadership and support for quality teaching and learning of languages, ACTFL is an individual membership organization of language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.  


Thursday March 24, 2022 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Nevada 4/5
  Half-day workshop

1:00pm PDT

Workshop: Leading Successful DLI Programs: What We've Learned from Those Who Have Done It (Ticket Required)
Very few building, district or state level administrators have had prior training and/or experience before they step into the responsibilities of their leadership role with a DLI program. Many of these new administrators find themselves learning the needed knowledge and skills while on the job, adding to an already full load of tasks and, often, stress. Need to know: 1) Know program model and pros of the one you’ve chosen vs other options; 2) Know and apply criteria for hiring staff; 3) Describe effective instructional practices and recognize them when you see them; 4) Cite research on outcomes; 5) Adhere to non-negotiables; 6) Schedule regular parent meetings to ensure parents have the most up to date information; 7) Report and explain student L2 progress. Participants will identify their roles in DLI leadership. Communication will be two-way; participants will ask questions of presenters, and presenters will question audience members in order to facilitate deeper and more natural conversation. The presentation will include video clips, examples of leadership tools, and other visual support to serve as both evidence as well as stimulate further questions and conversation.


Thursday March 24, 2022 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Nevada 8/9
  Half-day workshop

1:00pm PDT

7:00pm PDT

SWCOLT Teacher of the Year Gathering
All current and former state Teachers of the Year are welcome to socialize on the Serentiy Deck of the main pool at the GSR.

Thursday March 24, 2022 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Main Pool - Serenity Deck
 
Friday, March 25
 

7:00am PDT

SWCOLT State Leadership Breakfast Meeting (By Invitation) - Sponsored by Avant Assessment
INVITATION ONLY
Continental Breakfast (sponsored by Avant Assessment) will be served beginning at 7:00 am.
This morning session is designed for SWCOLT Board Members, ACTFL leaders, and state organizational leaders to discuss issues that affect all of the Southwestern States in our region and to share ideas.

Friday March 25, 2022 7:00am - 8:20am PDT
Nevada 6/7

7:00am PDT

Registration
Welcome to Southwest Conference on Language Teaching! Pick up your name badge (provided by Wayside Publishing), your conference bag (provided by Vista Higher Learning), and your At-a-Glance program guide at the registration desk.A digital copy of the program supplement guide is attached below.

Friday March 25, 2022 7:00am - 3:30pm PDT
Nevada Conference Center Promenade

8:00am PDT

Exhibits Open
Friday March 25, 2022 8:00am - 4:30pm PDT
Nevada Room

8:15am PDT

World of Reading Ltd.
Cindy Shapiro Tracy established World of Reading, Ltd. in October 1989 when she could not find foreign language products for her own children. Her goal was to provide a resource for quality foreign language and ESL products for parents, teachers, librarians, companies, government agencies, etc.  She speaks French and Spanish well and a little bit of German, Dutch, Hebrew and Russian and is located in Atlanta, Georgia. She tries out all the products sold by World of Reading and prior to the global pandemic, travelled to schools and universities to do workshops on using readers in the classroom, Curriculum in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, ESOL and Chinese. We strive to promote international and multi-cultural education through the products we offer and because we are not employed by any one publisher, we are delighted to help our customers find the product(s) that best suit YOUR needs. World of Reading offers products in over 100 languages, from publishers worldwide, for ages 0-99 – Books, Games, T-shirts, Audio cds, Dvds and Software. Books include readers, poetry, curriculum, dictionaries, workbooks and more – for learning another language and for learning IN another language (especially for immersion programs).

Friday March 25, 2022 8:15am - 8:30am PDT
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8:30am PDT

AATSP Programs Can Support Your Teaching and Enrich Your Students-EXHIBITOR SESSION (AATSP)
The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) is a professional teaching organization for teachers and professors of all levels. This session will present all of the AATSP’s programs, resources, and opportunities that support proficiency and more. Come learn about the upcoming annual conference (Puerto Rico 2022), the expansion of national Spanish and Portuguese examination opportunities, honor societies, teaching and learning resources, publications, scholarships, and awards. Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica sponsors can learn about how to keep their chapters active. Let’s connect with each other and the community to promote Spanish and Portuguese.

Speakers
KS

Kelly Scheetz

Director, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, Franklin High School
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Rachel Mamiya Hernandez

SWCOLT/AATSP
Aloha kākou! 🌺🤙🏽I'm the SWCOLT Representative for the State of Hawai‘i, the Awards Chair, and the SWCOLT Representative to the National Federation of Modern Language Teaching Associations (NFMLTA). I’m an Assistant Professor of Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin American... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 1

8:30am PDT

Best of New Mexico: Rebuilding Our Classroom Communities
This presentation focuses on priorities for a classroom’s ongoing, post-calamity educational recovery. First of all, it will review the three Rs of classroom community as the foundation for breaking barriers and rebuilding trust. Additionally, it will consider the nature of communities as ever-changing dynamics of interactions that can be re-shaped not only by the addition and attrition of persons but by the experiences of vulnerable constituents. Finally, rebuilding our classroom communities demands attention to the metaphor of re-stitching, referenced in the conference theme. Participants brainstorm to (1) assess where their students are in terms of relationships, (2) articulate a vision of what the classroom community will be, and (3) identify tactics to achieve the desired community.

Speakers

Friday March 25, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 11
  60-minute session

8:30am PDT

Developing Language Partnerships Among Disciplines
A visible decline in language learning can be attributed to the fact that many college degree programs no longer require languages for graduation. As a result, it is crucial to find innovative ways to increase the interest of language learning among degree-seeking students. We will discuss an effective way that cross discipline collaboration has significantly increased class offerings in Spanish and student enrollment at South Mountain Community College. Because of the visible success, it has opened the opportunity to offer certificate programs with particular areas of interest. Although this program focuses on Spanish, it can be successfully applied to any language.


Friday March 25, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 2

8:30am PDT

Leveraging Immersion Activities/Tasks
Immersion is an excellent experiential learning tool that occurs inside or outside of the classroom where students observe a situation, engage in the target language to enhance learning, and reflect on the experience. It is a learning strategy that is not limited to the traditional classroom. By allowing students to interact with the local population, it increases their language and cultural awareness. Not only do students enhance their communicative skills, but they also gain more confidence. The framework of Bloom's taxonomy is essential in preparing an immersion program. The outcomes from immersions are crucial to the school's mission and the student's learning experience.

Speakers

Friday March 25, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 8/9
  60-minute session

8:30am PDT

Playing Towards Proficiency
Like to play games? Students should be speaking, reading, writing, and listening in the WL classroom to increase their proficiency and what better way to get that happening than with games! Come join this session to play games and learn how to use and modify them for the classroom! Participants will leave with games ready to play Monday morning with their students. All teacher created materials and resources will be shared with participants.

Speakers
JN

Jennifer Newman-Cornell

Northwest Career and Technical Academy CCSD
ZM

Zita Myers

Teacher, CCSD



Friday March 25, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 10
  60-minute session

8:30am PDT

Si tu as été à Tahiti
As we continue to decolonize our French curricula to include francophone countries outside Europe, it can feel challenging to base discussions, lessons, and units on places we haven’t visited and people we haven’t interacted with. Let’s bring our knowledge of French Polynesia from the dream vacation to a part of our curriculum by diving into the practices, perspectives, and products of French Polynesia and brainstorming in groups how to integrate their culture into our curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Beckie Bray Rankin

Beckie Bray Rankin

Teacher, Lexington High School
Beckie began her teaching career at a charter network in Washington, DC after completing undergraduate studies at Boston University where she earned a BA in French and a BS in Teaching Foreign Languages. She served as District Coordinator and French teacher there for 2 years. Beckie... Read More →



Friday March 25, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 3
  60-minute session

8:30am PDT

Teaching Language Communicatively: From Research and Theory to Practice
The goal of communicative language teaching (CLT) is for learners to attain communicative competence. Unpack the theory and research on communicative competence, including the four competencies (grammatical, sociolinguistic, discourse, and strategic) that all language learners must acquire to be communicatively competent in a second language. Examine practical tools, resources, and activities for fostering these competencies in traditional, hybrid, and/or online teaching environments. Identify how to use multimedia resources for developing intercultural communicative competence among language learners; specifically, attendees will explore digital storytelling and virtual exchanges for connecting their students to the target language and cultures beyond the classroom walls.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Russell

Victoria Russell

ACTFL President - Professor of Spanish & Foreign Language Education, ACTFL
Victoria Russell is the 2022 ACTFL President. She is also a Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education at Valdosta State University (VSU). She has been a language educator for the past 30+ years, earning a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition & Instructional Technology in... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 4/5
  60-minute session

9:30am PDT

Ponddy Education
Ponddy Education is a UC A-G approved online publisher, a WASC accredited organization, and also an AP® Chinese and Language Course provider approved by the College Board. Accredited Courses are eligible for high school credits. Ponddy helps any school to offer Chinese programs. Ponddy helps any school to offer Chinese programs with certified instructors. Even if your school has only one student, we still build a Chinese program at a cost-effective price! Go visit https://tutors.ponddy.com/for_schools/, sign up free trial class for your students

Friday March 25, 2022 9:30am - 9:45am PDT
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9:45am PDT

Silver Strike: Awards for All: National Spanish Exams Prizes and Scholarships
Will one of your students be the next award winner? This presentation will go over the many award options given to students taking the National Spanish Exams, National Portuguese Exams, and National Spanish Challenge. The presenter will go over the process of national winners and awarding medals (gold, silver, and bronze). Prizes include travel and scholarships for elementary to high school students. Teacher travel awards will also be mentioned. A brief explanation of NSE, NPE, and NSC as well as application requirements will also be specified. The audience will be given options and examples of how to award your own students after testin,g in addition to the NSE awards mentioned.

Speakers
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Lisa Greenman

Director, National Spanish Exam
The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and other related literatures and cultures at all levels of education. AATSP offers many... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 6/7

9:45am PDT

Silver Strike: Developing Intercultural Competence Through Project-Based Inquiry
Project-based inquiry models can be used as a method to help students develop intercultural competence in intermediate-level courses. Topics will include integration of ACTFL’s World Readiness standards and tips and challenges in utilizing this method for language instruction.

Speakers
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Rebecca Borden

WLE Program Area Coordinator, University of Oklahoma


Friday March 25, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 6/7
  15-minute session

9:45am PDT

Silver Strike: Let's Get Cooking: Bringing the Classroom into the Home and the Home into the Classroom
Video-conference tools have broken barriers between home life and the classroom -- often in unintentionally amusing or even invasive ways -- but bridging that gap can also have far-reaching and highly positive effects on student engagement, sparking more effective, present, and personal intercultural connections between students both at home and in global communities. Using a coordinated series of home-cooking projects and events as a case study, this presentation showcases some of the ways that video-conference tools allow instructors and learners to create more immediate, culturally-targeted language communities, bridging the space between home and classroom and providing unexpected benefits such as family and friend participation and engagement as well as participation from students abroad. Presenter Jessica Wood is a Senior Lecturer of German at Northern Arizona University with over 20 years’ experience in both the language classroom and home kitchen.

Speakers
JW

Jessica Wood

Senior Lecturer of German, Northern Arizona University



Friday March 25, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 6/7
  15-minute session

9:45am PDT

ALL Means ALL: Leveraging Your Language Program to Remove Educational Barriers for Students While Creating Opportunities for ALL Students
Is it possible to create an environment of equitable opportunities for all students? Absolutely! School districts and individual schools can utilize their robust language programs to create a culture of inclusion and celebration, especially when talking about marginalized populations. By removing barriers and providing multiple opportunities to students, including offering classes in students’ home language, institutions can provide students with the tools they need to be successful in the future. In this session, participants will gather ideas to make their classrooms and schools an environment of collaboration, innovation, rigor, and equitable opportunities for all students. The presenter, an Assistant Principal, will share examples from his urban middle school, located in the center of Reno, Nevada, of how he used General Spanish and Spanish Literacy programs to increase student achievement and create opportunities for all middle school students.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

CTE Coordinator / AVID Director, PLAN
I am the AVID Director and Career and Technical Program Coordinator from the Washoe County School District in Reno/Lake Tahoe, Nevada, the Past President of PLAN (Professional Language Association of Nevada), and the 2018 NADSFL Supervisor of the Year.


Friday March 25, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 4/5
  60-minute session

9:45am PDT

Best of Oklahoma: Implementing Diverse Perspectives into Your Curriculum
Participants will learn how to naturally incorporate the "language specific" - speaking world into their daily routine. We will look at how "Calendar Talk" can be rich in cultural products and perspectives and how this simple task can engage students on a deeper level of cultural understanding.


Friday March 25, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 3
  60-minute session

9:45am PDT

Critical Conversations: ACTFL Initiatives to Address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Educator Pipeline and Beyond-EXHIBITOR SESSION (ACTFL)
Does our teaching profession reflect the diversity of our learners? Tap ACTFL initiatives and resources to bring in, develop, and nurture current and future language educators. The pipeline begins with encouraging a more diverse group of learners (such as students achieving the Seal of Biliteracy) and supporting heritage/native speakers to explore teaching as a career. Identify ways to support candidates on the path to certification. Share strategies to continuously develop educators by honing their teaching and leadership skills. Mentoring – including virtual coaching, professional learning communities, and ACTFL’s programs – is critical at each stage of the pipeline. Explore the challenges and collaborate to shape actions to take locally (as an individual, institution, or organization).

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Russell

Victoria Russell

ACTFL President - Professor of Spanish & Foreign Language Education, ACTFL
Victoria Russell is the 2022 ACTFL President. She is also a Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education at Valdosta State University (VSU). She has been a language educator for the past 30+ years, earning a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition & Instructional Technology in... Read More →
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Howie Berman

Executive Director, ACTFL
Language advocate. Lifelong learner.


Friday March 25, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 2
  60-minute session

9:45am PDT

Heritage Language Learners, RaRaRa (Research, advocacy, Remodeling, authenticity, Resources, assessment)
Heritage language programs are established in various education sectors (weekend community-based programs, in-school programs in public or private schools, and after-school programs) and have different goals and structures based on the language taught; the education sector in which the language is taught; and the focus, goals, and experience of program organizers, administrators, and staff. They often struggle with issues of trained teachers, curriculum and materials, assessments, support, and student engagement. Acquire strategies, resources, and research that will assist both new and existing heritage language programs and explore ways of providing heritage language learners the opportunity to utilize, grow, and learn their heritage language.

Speakers

Friday March 25, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 8/9
  60-minute session

9:45am PDT

National Board Certification for World Language Teachers: Do it!
In this session, three National Board Certified Spanish teachers from Nevada will explain the process of National Board Certification and what it can do for you as an educator. We will begin with an overview of the certification components. We will then take a look at the Core Propositions and Architecture of Accomplished Teaching and how they tie to National Board Standards for World Language Teaching, and we will also see how National Board certification candidates are evaluated as we see the rubrics for what accomplished teaching looks like.


Friday March 25, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 11

9:45am PDT

SEL (Social Emotional Learning) in the World Language Classroom
This interactive workshop will help teachers to understand what SEL 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, teachers are giving students valuable life skills to be more effective and productive learners, as well as strengthen the classroom community.

Speakers
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Jennifer Schwester

jennyzenyoga, LLC, BRICK TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS (NJ)
Jennifer Schwester, a.k.a. jennyzenyoga, has been providing yoga services and trainings to many underserved populations for four years, including special needs adults, senior citizens, first responders, and her high school French classes. Jennifer brings her 24 years experience as... Read More →



Friday March 25, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 10

9:45am PDT

The Power of Data-Driven Teaching-EXHIBITOR SESSION (Avant Assessment)
By utilizing test data, my teaching practice and career changed. I went from trying to survive the next day to leading my district’s curriculum and assessment teams,and leading professional development to increase vertical and horizontal alignment district-wide. The data that the STAMP test provided my students and me led to a focused vision of what I needed to do in my classes. Having caught the eye of district administrators, we then set out together to make district-wide improvements for all students, and best practices within the classroom.

Speakers
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Roger Burt

Regional Account Manager, Avant Assessment
Avant Assessment is dedicated to creating a brighter future through the magic of language. We build and deliver effective assessments of real-world proficiency, the Avant ADVANCE teacher training tool, and Avant MORE Learning professional development to help transform language learning... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 1
  60-minute session

10:45am PDT

Exhibit/Snack Break
Friday March 25, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am PDT
Nevada Room

11:30am PDT

Silver Strike: Re(Assessing) Oral Evaluation Rubrics
This presentation will focus on how a university's language program conducted a year-long analysis of its oral assessment practices that concluded in a reassessment of its oral evaluation rubrics. The program's self-study focused on assessment goals, analysis of rubrics, and conducting norming and calibration sessions with language instructors. The presenter will describe how this process took shape and how, ultimately, rubrics were adapted to more closely align with the program's learning objectives.

Speakers

Friday March 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 6/7

11:30am PDT

Silver Strike: Reflective Language Teaching through Peer Observation
A constant challenge for language teachers is maintaining their professional development regarding using the most effective strategies and classroom management to influence higher learners’ achievement. This interactive presentation showcases how to develop an attitude of transformative teaching through reflection by applying peer observation of teaching. Language teachers are often misled by misconceptions of how peer observation of teaching is not beneficial for improving classroom processes and developing transformative, confident, and self-motivated teachers and learners. Presenters will demonstrate how formative assessment conducted through peer observation of teaching can remove those misconceptions and develop an appropriate attitude towards the benefits of learning by being observed by peers and receiving feedback, and observing the peers and providing them feedback.


Friday March 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 6/7
  15-minute session

11:30am PDT

Silver Strike: Syntax is Sentence Structure: The Colorful 05 Syntactic Options Framework Makes Syntax Rock!
The framework helps students visualize, understand, and master the five basic transformations in Spanish. Classroom use of the Framework focuses student attention on crucial structural differences between Spanish and English, both within each individual option, as well as between the five options. At the same time, semantics is not neglected, but also enhanced. The use of contrasting colors enriches the Framework by making sentence components visible. Whether one is a visual learner or not, a touch of color serves to create greater learner impact, adding a new powerful dimension to the framework, bringing alive the sentence components as learners visualize the 05 syntactic options in contrast with one another within the framework Gestalt. It is useful in meeting California WL Communication Standard 7: “Language Comparisons in Service of Communication” where students investigate, explain, and reflect on the nature of language through comparisons of similarities and differences (i.e., ACTFL Standard 4.1).

Speakers
avatar for Glen Kerch

Glen Kerch

Director, Asociados Lingüísticos
Glen Kerch is an Applied Linguist and Foreign Language Education Specialist in the areas of teaching and learning English and Spanish as Second Languages. In May 2020 he retired from active teaching, after 60 years of extensive professional experience as a second-language instructor... Read More →



Friday March 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 6/7
  15-minute session

11:30am PDT

Best of Utah: Are Your Wildflowers Wilting? Strategies for Supporting Students with Special Needs
Supporting diverse learners who struggle due to unmet special needs is challenging. This session explores the unique strengths and challenges associated with different types of special needs (such as ADD/ADHD, anxiety and depression, Asperger's syndrome, giftedness, hearing impairments, etc.) and offers specific strategies for supporting these students in world language classes.

Speakers
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Cherice Montgomery

Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese, Brigham Young University
Come learn how to build proficiency by scaffolding literacy development, learning, and language production in my workshop on Friday afternoon!Dr. Cherice Montgomery coordinates the Spanish Teaching Major Program at Brigham Young University, where she also teaches graduate courses... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 3
  60-minute session

11:30am PDT

Grading Relief
This session will focus on creating and evaluating assessment tools that can support all modes of communication while promoting language performance and proficiency. Participants will have a chance to create assessment tools that can alleviate some of the struggles that come from grading, while providing supportive feedback to students.

Speakers
KO

Karla O'Donald

Instructor II, Texas Christian University


Friday March 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 2
  60-minute session

11:30am PDT

Introducing the Topic of Sustainability in the Novice and Intermediate Level Language Classes
Although topics related to the sustainable development and sustainable practices in the target culture are traditionally included in a more advanced level language curriculum, different aspects of this broad topic can be successfully introduced in the lower proficiency level classes. This presentation will provide tips, suggestions, sample activities, and lesson plans illustrating the integration of the topic of sustainability in the Novice and Intermediate level language classes in connection to other general themes.

Speakers
MB

Mariana Bahtchevanova

Lower Division French Coordinator, Arizona State University


Friday March 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 11
  60-minute session

11:30am PDT

On-Point Feedback with Single-Point Rubrics
Frustrated with providing meaningful feedback for your students? A single-point rubric may be just what you need! This session looks at what a single-point rubric is, how and when to use this type of rubric, and how to provide meaningful feedback and grades using one. In addition, participants will work on creating their own single-point rubric.

Speakers
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Cristin Bleess

Instructional Strategist, Wayside Publishing


Friday March 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 4/5
  60-minute session

11:30am PDT

Pedagogical Applicability of Input-Output Relation in L2 Acquisition
This presentation investigates the role of both enhanced input and learner output on the acquisition of the target language, noticing grammatical structures and producing the language. Specifically, it aims at demonstrating that L2 learners who are given a story with enhanced grammatical forms and an opportunity to work in pairs will exhibit more learning, reflect on their linguistic gap and problems, raise their awareness, and express themselves (output) in a communicative activity than learners without the benefit of such opportunities. The presenter will discuss an empirical study involving L2 learners of French and its findings. Pedagogical implication of this study and recommendations for further research will be offered.

Speakers
RR

Rabia Redouane

Montclair State University


Friday March 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 1
  60-minute session

11:30am PDT

Plant Seeds that Grow Critical Thinking Minds in Your Language Classroom
Critical thinking is a skill that learners need to develop in order to thrive in today’s global society. How can we provide learners with opportunities to enhance this skill through the lens of a world language classroom? This presentation introduces several practical strategies that emphasize critical thinking while language acquisition is facilitated.

Speakers
avatar for Ying Jin

Ying Jin

Teacher, Cupertino High School



Friday March 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 8/9
  60-minute session

11:30am PDT

Teaching Empathy through Global Education
Take your students on an adventure!! Open their minds to the cultures that sit right around them in their classroom. Students notice the similarities and differences that bring your classroom together into a community that works together, investigates issues, and uses critical thinking to understand what is beyond themselves. Take yourself on an adventure to a different country or host a teacher from a different country in your classroom. Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms and Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement are programs that can get you there. Find out how, when you attend this presentation, and walk away with ideas you can immediately implement in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Belle O'Neill

Belle O'Neill

Author and retired Spanish teacher
I am a retired 32 year teacher, 2016 Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow, author of 2021 book, Dare to Connect: Redefining Success for the Modern Educator, and a current supervisor for student interns at The University of Nevada RenoPlease contact me about how to build... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 10
  60-minute session

12:30pm PDT

Lunch Break (On Your Own)
WHERE CAN I EAT LUNCH?-Check out the dining options at the GSR.
There are many great options for lunch at the Grand Sierra Resort located on the Spa Level and the Casino Level.

Friday March 25, 2022 12:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
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2:00pm PDT

Silver Strike: Beyond the Textbook: Animated Silent Short Films in the Language Classroom
In a constantly stimulating world, student motivation frequently becomes a challenge within the language classroom. Textbook activities don't often impassion students to produce in the L2 to the best of their ability. This presentation will demonstrate how to effectively incorporate silent animated short films into the classroom to promote student engagement and language production. Short films hook students with their stories and their emotion and can be used with any level (and language) by simply adapting the difficulty of the task. For students, the shorts are engaging, different from book and paper activities, motivational, can provide context for cultural comparison and insight, and promote original language production.

Speakers
JS

Juliana Suby

Northern Arizona University


Friday March 25, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 6/7
  15-minute session

2:00pm PDT

Silver Strike: Creating a Dynamic Intermediate Conversation Class
This presentation will demonstrate how to plan, develop and execute a successful intermediate conversation class without a textbook. You will discover how to choose themes that are relevant and interesting to students. You will then learn how to find engaging support materials that will allow students to converse in class about those themes.

Speakers
JC

Julia Chamberlin

University of Southern


Friday March 25, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 6/7
  15-minute session

2:00pm PDT

Silver Strike: Inclusive First-Year World Language Curricula: Spotlight on Grenzenlos Deutsch
This short session presents practical ways in which traditional first year world language curricula can be modified to embody inclusivity and criticality. This will be done by exploring the “Grenzenlos Deutsch” project, an open-access curriculum centered on the representation of diverse, marginalized, and/or non-dominant identities and perspectives. The session emphasizes the integration of essential questions, themes, and communicative tasks related to environmental issues, sustainability, structural perspectives toward discrimination and social justice, non-traditional family structure, and LGBTQ experiences, among others. More broadly, attendees will walk away from the session with a rich curricular framework on which to draw for inspiration during future planning.

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Friday March 25, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 6/7
  15-minute session

2:00pm PDT

Best of Arizona: Oral Corrective Feedback
This presentation explores student and teacher perceptions on oral corrective feedback in the L2 classroom including recasts, ellicitations, and rule explanations.

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Friday March 25, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 3

2:00pm PDT

Gain Your Time Back!
This session will focus on eliminating interruptions in the World Language (WL) classroom due to students' sometimes negative attitudes about taking an elective they didn't necessarily choose. Many students don't start learning a WL until high school. How can students' attitudes about an elective they didn't choose be changed? How can teachers lose less time in dealing with classroom management and student engagement issues, whether you teach in-person or online? Leave this session gaining your time back!

Speakers
avatar for Dana Goodier

Dana Goodier

instructional coordinator, Cherry Creek Schools
Are you in the trenches as an educator? You’re not alone. Hear from those who have been in the trenches and managed to come out intact. Hear their stories.


Friday March 25, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 10
  60-minute session

2:00pm PDT

Information Gaps: A Staircase for Proficiency
Are you searching for ways to increase student talk time, integrate authentic visuals, build confidence, and integrate retrieval practice, all at the same time? Think Information Gap! This session provides guidelines, samples, and collaborative time to discuss and brainstorm a sequence of information gap activities that can be designed to focus on meaning, content, culture, and form. Come join us!

Speakers
avatar for Greta Lundgaard

Greta Lundgaard

Consultant, Consultant



Friday March 25, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 4/5
  60-minute session

2:00pm PDT

Loud and Proud: Connecting Spanish to Our Communities-EXHIBITOR SESSION (Carnegie Learning)
Let your Spanish-speaking students find and develop their voice by connecting with their community both in and out of the classroom. Our students benefit when they have a personal interest in their language learning. By connecting what they learn in class with the students’ own communities they can see the direct impact and influence Spanish has on their lives. In this session we will discuss how teachers can encourage their students to engage with their local communities at home and at school as well as at the national and global level. Carnegie Learning's En voz alta program strengthens students' pride in their heritage and develops their confidence to express themselves in their communities and will be used to provide examples during the session.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin

Senior World Language Content Specialist, Carnegie Learning
Michael Griffin taught Spanish and French for 16 years before joining Carnegie Learning, Inc. He has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and in both public and private school settings. He worked as a scoring leader for the Praxis French exam and was also an AP... Read More →


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Friday March 25, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 8/9
  60-minute session

2:00pm PDT

Play-Based Learning to Build Connections-EXHIBITOR SESSION (Organic World Language)
In this session, experience how play, moving, and learning are interconnected and can be used to build relationships between students. Cognitive connections and academic success can be improved through movement and play as evidenced by social constructionism. Iinfusing positive relationships and accountability into a classroom will create a safe and supportive learning environment. This session shows how to include purposeful movement, discovery learning through games and activities, and how to strengthen interconnectedness between students (and teacher!); all supporting and improving acquisition in the World Language classroom.

Speakers
EB

Emma Bricker

Organic World Language


Friday March 25, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 11
  60-minute session

2:00pm PDT

Two Imperfections in Spanish Orthography: A Suggestion for the Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española
Spanish enjoys a nearly phonemic alphabet. However, two easily corrected defects remain after the official changes made in 2010. Two recommendations will be made in this presentation: (1) use an accent mark on three stressed monosyllabic words—lá, sí, mí—when they refer to musical tones, and (2) regularize the use of the letters 'g' and 'j' to represent the phoneme /x/. The current usage represents the etymology of vocabulary, but few modern speakers know the historical difference between the 'g' in coger and the 'j' in mujer. Contextual examples will be shared to illustrate the need for an updated orthography.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Mathews

Tom Mathews

Professor of Spanish, Weber State University
I have taught Spanish language, linguistics and pedagogy at the university level for 33 years. Before that, I taught junior high school Spanish and lower-division Spanish while I was a graduate student. I teach courses on methodology, Spanish linguistics, and composition.


Friday March 25, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 1
  60-minute session

3:00pm PDT

Exhibit/Snack Break
Friday March 25, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Nevada Room

3:45pm PDT

Education Perfect - Conference Sponsor
Education Perfect is an interactive teaching and learning toolkit designed to elevate the role of educators through comprehensive, real-time data and insights. It offers over 20,000+ interactive lessons aligned to multiple curricula. EP offers a world-class set of tools for learning, revision, and assessment in Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, and more. Founded in New Zealand and developed by and with teachers, EP is used by 1 million+ students across 50+ countries.

Friday March 25, 2022 3:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
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4:00pm PDT

SWCOLT Plenary - Keynote Address: Akash Patel; SWCOLT Regional Teacher of the Year Announcement - Sponsored by Education Perfect
All are welcome to attend the SWCOLT Plenary (sponsored by Education Perfect) featuring our keynote speaker, Akash Patel and the announcement of the SWCOLT Regional Teacher of the Year!

SWCOLT State Teachers of the Year--
AZ - Hongyu Yang
CA - Vicky Xiong-Lor
CO - Laurette Nassif
HI - Rosa Bell
NV - Xiaowei Hunt
NM - Rubing Hsu
OK - Briana Fortenbach-Titus
TX - William Lee
UT - Juan Carlos Fernandez

Friday March 25, 2022 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Silver State Pavilion

5:30pm PDT

SWCOLT Member Reception - Sponsored by Extempore
All attendees are welcome to join us in the Silver State Pavilion for the SWCOLT Member Reception sponsored by Extempore. Hors d'oeuvres will be served! There will also be a cash bar serving beer and wine. Let's celebrate our new Regional Teacher of the Year! This will also your chance to meet our keynote speaker, Akash Patel!

Friday March 25, 2022 5:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Nevada Room

11:15pm PDT

Summer Language Institute for Spanish Teachers
Since 1915, Middlebury Language Schools has been one of the nation’s preeminent language learning programs. Whether you’re a beginning language learner or working toward a master’s degree, our time-tested programs offer a range of options and opportunities. Outside of class, you will put your language skills to work, participating in an array of curricular activities. In a community of motivated learners and supportive faculty, you’ll live, play, and learn in a 24/7 immersion environment.

Friday March 25, 2022 11:15pm - 11:30pm PDT
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Saturday, March 26
 

7:30am PDT

Registration
Welcome to Southwest Conference on Language Teaching! Pick up your name badge (provided by Wayside Publishing), your conference bag (provided by Vista Higher Learning), and your At-a-Glance program guide at the registration desk.A digital copy of the program supplement guide is attached below.

Saturday March 26, 2022 7:30am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada Conference Center Promenade

8:00am PDT

Exhibits Open
Saturday March 26, 2022 8:00am - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada Room

8:15am PDT

World of Reading Ltd.
Cindy Shapiro Tracy established World of Reading, Ltd. in October 1989 when she could not find foreign language products for her own children. Her goal was to provide a resource for quality foreign language and ESL products for parents, teachers, librarians, companies, government agencies, etc.  She speaks French and Spanish well and a little bit of German, Dutch, Hebrew and Russian and is located in Atlanta, Georgia. She tries out all the products sold by World of Reading and prior to the global pandemic, travelled to schools and universities to do workshops on using readers in the classroom, Curriculum in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, ESOL and Chinese. We strive to promote international and multi-cultural education through the products we offer and because we are not employed by any one publisher, we are delighted to help our customers find the product(s) that best suit YOUR needs. World of Reading offers products in over 100 languages, from publishers worldwide, for ages 0-99 – Books, Games, T-shirts, Audio cds, Dvds and Software. Books include readers, poetry, curriculum, dictionaries, workbooks and more – for learning another language and for learning IN another language (especially for immersion programs).

Saturday March 26, 2022 8:15am - 8:30am PDT
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8:30am PDT

Best of California: The Power of Our Stories and Voices
Through the sharing of stories, teachers can empower students to share their stories and maximize the use of the target language in the classroom. The quote, “Students don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care,” rings true in all that we say and do in the education profession, but more so in the World Language classroom where the students are most vulnerable and can learn best when the affective filter is low. Building time in the language classroom to connect and build at the social emotional level is key to showing students that you truly care about their health and well-being. In this presentation, participants will be introduced to storytelling as a strategy to reach and motivate students to learn more about their target language and culture.

Speakers
avatar for Vicky Xiong-Lor

Vicky Xiong-Lor

Teacher, Buchanan High School
I was born in Laos in 1973 and came to the U.S. in 1980 as a war refugee. My father served in the Secret War in Laos, and therefore, our family was given permission to resettle in America. My family first resettled in Minnesota, but later moved to California in 1983. I became a bilingual... Read More →


Saturday March 26, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 3
  60-minute session

8:30am PDT

Beyond Machu Picchu with Kantu Inka - Peruvian Andean Educational Concert-EXHIBITOR SESSION (Kantu Inka)
In this interactive exhibitor workshop, you will deepen your cultural awareness of Peruvian geography, music, and history. Performing as "Kantu Inka,” Spanish teacher Julie Lozada Ocampo and professional folkloric musician, Carlos Ocampo, bring culture to life exploring the three regions of Peru with their collection of Andean Peruvian string, wind, and percussion instruments. During the presentation, attendees will be encouraged to play the instruments, to dance to Peruvian rhythms, and to interact with the musicians. www.kantuinka.com

Speakers
JL

Julie Lozada Ocampo

SWCOLT/PLAN/Kantu Inka
CO

Carlos Ocampo

Kantu Inka


Saturday March 26, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 2
  60-minute session

8:30am PDT

Fun Formative Assessments in the Second Language Classroom from the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year-EXHIBITOR SESSION (ACTFL)
As we move into the second year of a global pandemic, it’s becoming more challenging than ever to keep and hold student engagement throughout class time. Simultaneously, there’s more pressure than ever to bring students to unprecedented levels of language acquisition within short amounts of time as second language programs across the country are having to justify their program’s existence and worth to parents, administrators, and students themselves. What are second language teachers supposed to do?! One solution is to bring a little fun into the classroom on a daily basis. This session will focus on ways to have fun while also assessing student abilities in the target language. As we’re all living through the same pandemic our students are, special emphasis will be placed on fun for the instructor – not just the students. Attendees will leave the session with fun formative assessment ideas for their classroom during the pandemic and (hopefully) beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Sweetser

Heather Sweetser

Senior Lecturer of Arabic, ACTFL National Teacher of the Year - 2022
U.S. Army veteran, Ohio State graduate, Arabic linguist, passionate about learning to communicate with each other and have better conversations in any language. I like camping, reading, and movies.



Saturday March 26, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 8/9
  60-minute session

8:30am PDT

League of Leadership Part 1: Harnessing Our Superpowers to Lead
Are you already in a leadership position or are you thinking about layering your leadership in new ways? In this two-hour, discussion-based session, focus topics will include increasing diversity in membership, boards, conference sessions, professional development offerings, curriculum, advocacy, and resources as well as addressing other needs of state, regional, and national organizations. What is already working well in your areas of influence? What other ideas can be implemented to move toward your vision and mission? Let's collaborate and be greater together!

Speakers
avatar for Toni Theisen

Toni Theisen

Educator, Thompson School District
Toni Theisen, the 2013 ACTFL President and the 2009 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, teaches French at Loveland High School in Loveland, CO where she is also the district WL Curriculum Representative. Theisen is a National Board Certified Teacher with an M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching... Read More →


Saturday March 26, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 4/5
  60-minute session

8:30am PDT

Promoting Diverse Perspectives through a Learner-Centered Curriculum
This workshop will provide a learner-centered curriculum to promote diverse perspectives in a language teaching classroom. First, this workshop will introduce the structure and elements of a learner-centered curriculum. Then, based on the Intercultural Competence Standards from ACTFL, this workshop will provide curriculum planning, including instructional planning, learning activities planning, and assessments planning that promote diverse perspectives in a foreign language teaching classroom. Attendees will learn how to plan and design a learner-centered curriculum in a language teaching classroom and how to promote learners’ multicultural and multilingual perspectives. This workshop will emphasize exploring different ways of thinking and being behind the target language and culture, planning multicultural learning activities, including multiple authentic assessments. This workshop will use Chinese language teaching as an example, but attendees can adjust this curriculum in their language teaching practices.

Speakers
avatar for Bo Liu

Bo Liu

Ph.D. Candidate in World Languages Education, University of Oklahoma
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in world languages education at the University of Oklahoma while teaching Chinese courses at the university.I am also looking for a Chinese college teaching position next year after graduation. If your school may have any open positions, please let... Read More →


Saturday March 26, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 1
  60-minute session

8:30am PDT

Social Emotional Learning and Its Application to Global Citizenry
Creating an environment of empathy and equity is every teacher’s goal; the question is how? Integrating Social Emotional Learning allows achievement of positive classroom culture and aids in reaching goals, making responsible decisions, and helping to create awareness of the meaning of global citizenry. This session will create opportunities for SEL in World Language classrooms and will provide tools for implementation as well as to elaborate the importance of global social connections that are vital to our World Language classrooms today.

Speakers
avatar for Darcy Rogers

Darcy Rogers

Keynote Speaker/Facilitator, OWL Founder, Lead Educator, Organic World Language
Organic World Language (OWL) offers in-person professional development trainings, virtual trainings and resources that provide innovative ideas and strategies to foster proficiency-based, student-directed classrooms. As an individual teacher, you can attend one of our OWL hosted events... Read More →


Saturday March 26, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 11
  60-minute session

8:30am PDT

Taking Care of Teachers First
Take some time for yourself and learn ways to help navigate your own stress and anxiety during this “new normal”. You cannot pour from an empty cup, so let’s take some time to refill and recharge. Attendees will be provided with the opportunity to learn and practice some self-care tips.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Schwester

Jennifer Schwester

jennyzenyoga, LLC, BRICK TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS (NJ)
Jennifer Schwester, a.k.a. jennyzenyoga, has been providing yoga services and trainings to many underserved populations for four years, including special needs adults, senior citizens, first responders, and her high school French classes. Jennifer brings her 24 years experience as... Read More →



Saturday March 26, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 10
  60-minute session

8:30am PDT

The PACE Model with a Twist of Culture - SESSION CANCELLED
The presenter will explain the four parts of the PACE Model, including a cultural activity. The presenter will demonstrate with a sample lesson each step of the PACE Model. After each demonstration, the presenter will describe in detail the process for creating each step of the PACE Model. Throughout the presentation, the presenter will give ideas on how to incorporate culture activities using the Intercultural Learning Process (Scarino & Liddicoat, 2009). Particpants will receive handouts and the PACE Presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Mariana Apalategui

Mariana Apalategui

Point Loma Nazarene University


Saturday March 26, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Nevada 6/7
  60-minute session

9:30am PDT

Ponddy Education
Ponddy Education is a UC A-G approved online publisher, a WASC accredited organization, and also an AP® Chinese and Language Course provider approved by the College Board. Accredited Courses are eligible for high school credits. Ponddy helps any school to offer Chinese programs. Ponddy helps any school to offer Chinese programs with certified instructors. Even if your school has only one student, we still build a Chinese program at a cost-effective price! Go visit https://tutors.ponddy.com/for_schools/, sign up free trial class for your students

Saturday March 26, 2022 9:30am - 9:45am PDT
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5 Bridging Strategies to Using Authentic Media-EXHIBITOR SESSION (Vista Higher Learning)
We all use videos, but how can we use them more effectively? In this interactive session, attendees will learn strategies to maximize the use of authentic media to foster target language use. Using scaffolding techniques to meet different proficiency levels, the presenter will model practical bridging techniques using authentic video and audio to engage learners and break the barriers of the interpretive mode.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Stewart

Ken Stewart

Duke University, Vista Higher Learning
Duke University Spanish Instructor; world language consultant, avid traveler, global citizen


Saturday March 26, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 3

9:45am PDT

ACTFL Assessments: Features, Administration, and Data Reporting-EXHIBITOR SESSION (Language Teaching International)
At Language Testing International, we deliver ACTFL proficiency-based assessments, the gold standard in language testing. Learn about the advanced features, easy administration, and data reporting of ACTFL assessments. ACTFL assessments can be used for student placement, monitoring progress in proficiency, and certifying language skills of students and instructors. - Advertisement: Language Testing International

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Dobberfuhl Quinlan

Jennifer Dobberfuhl Quinlan

Learning & Proficiency Specialist, Language Testing International
LTI is the exclusive licensee of ACTFL proficiency tests. Visit us to learn more about AAPPL, OPI, OPIc, WPT, LPT, RPT, Text of English Proficiency, and placement tests. 



Saturday March 26, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 2
  60-minute session

9:45am PDT

Activando el aprendizaje de nuestros estudiantes de Lengua Heredada
Educators that work with Hispanic heritage language learners will reflect on how they can build a bridge that reaches out to their students by recognizing them first as persons of promise who are rich with culture and traditions, meeting their needs at their appropriate learning level, considering their learning profile, and challenging them to learn. This session is especially helpful for new teachers, as well as for those who are interested in refreshing their perspective on how to work with heritage language learners. In addition, the session will provide opportunities to network in Spanish, as educators will be using the target language in prompts and examples, as they are presented and discussed in Spanish.

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Saturday March 26, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 6/7
  60-minute session

9:45am PDT

Best of Nevada: Taboo Talk
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What topics are considered taboo in our classrooms? What themes are we AFRAID to address? Let's build bridges instead of walls by giving our students a voice to communicate about these challenging topics and develop cultural competency. This presentation will provide strategies on how to give students the essential tools they need to disagree without being disagreeable and to respectfully discuss some of the most difficult topics with which they are faced in today's world.

Speakers
RT

Rachel Tillotson

Spanish, PLAN


Saturday March 26, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 8/9
  60-minute session

9:45am PDT

Building Bridges with Your Thematic Units-EXHIBITOR SESSION (MesaMima Communicative Classroom)
World language is the one class that can build the bridge between the target cultures, their community values, and content learning. By leveraging student interest with engaging themes, we build that bridge to create real life connections between our students and the world around them. Advertisement - MesaMima Communicative Classroom

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Swaney

Carolyn Swaney

MesaMima Communicative Classroom
MesaMima Communicative Classroom is a teacher owned company providing professional development, consulting and teaching resources to inspire the most engaging classroom environments possible. Planning for your proficiency based classroom made authentic and easy!
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Andrea Ford

MesaMima Communicative Classroom


Saturday March 26, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 11

9:45am PDT

League of Leadership Part 2: Harnessing Our Superpowers to Lead
Are you already in a leadership position or are you thinking about layering your leadership in new ways? In this two-hour, discussion-based session, focus topics will include increasing diversity in membership, boards, conference sessions, professional development offerings, curriculum, advocacy, and resources as well as addressing other needs of state, regional, and national organizations. What is already working well in your areas of influence? What other ideas can be implemented to move toward your vision and mission? Let's collaborate and be greater together!

Speakers
avatar for Toni Theisen

Toni Theisen

Educator, Thompson School District
Toni Theisen, the 2013 ACTFL President and the 2009 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, teaches French at Loveland High School in Loveland, CO where she is also the district WL Curriculum Representative. Theisen is a National Board Certified Teacher with an M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching... Read More →


Saturday March 26, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 4/5
  60-minute session

9:45am PDT

Unveiling the New French Standards-EXHIBITOR SESSION (AATF)
This session will introduce participants to the newly revised French standards available through ACTFL. Participants will have the opportunity to read various parts of this new document which is based on proficiency levels and also work with each other to understand how they can apply these standards to their French classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Jensen

Anne Jensen

Adjunct professor, San Jose State University
I taught all levels of high school French for over 40 years before retiring in 2015.  Currently I teach part time at San Jose State University where I am the World Language Subject Area Coordinator.  In that role I teach the Methods of Foreign Language class, the Seminar in Foreign... Read More →



Saturday March 26, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 1
  60-minute session

9:45am PDT

Working Lit into Lang
Authentic resources in the AP Spanish Language classroom are essential! What better place to find them than the AP Spanish Literature list and get students thinking about their next steps now. This session will provide several examples of lessons that include works from the AP Spanish Literature course that align with the AP Spanish Language themes. All resources and teacher-created materials will be shared with attendees as the group works through the lessons and development together. Come and create with us!

Speakers
JN

Jennifer Newman-Cornell

Northwest Career and Technical Academy CCSD



Saturday March 26, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am PDT
Nevada 10
  60-minute session

10:45am PDT

Exhibit/Snack Break
Saturday March 26, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am PDT
Nevada Room

11:15am PDT

Summer Language Institute for Spanish Teachers
Since 1915, Middlebury Language Schools has been one of the nation’s preeminent language learning programs. Whether you’re a beginning language learner or working toward a master’s degree, our time-tested programs offer a range of options and opportunities. Outside of class, you will put your language skills to work, participating in an array of curricular activities. In a community of motivated learners and supportive faculty, you’ll live, play, and learn in a 24/7 immersion environment.

Saturday March 26, 2022 11:15am - 11:30am PDT
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11:30am PDT

Silver Strike: Activities using Drama TV Series with Subtitles to Increase Students’ Sensitivity to Colloquialism
Showing a TV show (drama) or a movie to students with subtitles has both advantages and disadvantages. It offers rich cultural experiences beyond the textbooks, even though the experiences are indirect. On the other hand, one of the shortcomings in using subtitles is that students don’t pay attention to the target language, relying on subtitles to understand the story. The activities that the presenter will share keep students more attentive to the target language. The activities are composed of three parts. The warm-ups that briefly revisit the previous lessons, while-viewing, and post-viewing activities. While-viewing activities focus on language—transcription and two-way translations. During post-viewing activities, the class discuss the story and cultural aspects that they noticed.

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Saturday March 26, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 6/7

11:30am PDT

Silver Strike: From Objectives to Key Results in Teaching Reading Comprehension
One of the biggest challenges in teaching reading for many teachers is setting clear learning and performance objectives is not having a clear understanding of its purpose and relationship of the elements and processes between objectives and key results. Presenters will demonstrate how building reading comprehension is the process of extracting and constructing meaning at the same time through interaction and involvement with written language. It happens in the sociocultural process, and it consists of three elements: the reader, the text, and the activity, including reader-reader interaction over text. Presenters will emphasize how breaking up reading materials into manageable passages prevents readers’ cognitive overload.


Saturday March 26, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 6/7
  15-minute session

11:30am PDT

Advancing the Academic, Linguistic and Intercultural Journeys of Spanish-Speaking Students-EXHIBITOR SESSION (Carnegie Learning)
Teaching native or heritage Spanish speakers provides a unique opportunity to connect their heritage, linguistic ability, and overall academic progress. How you encourage and develop these students' confidence and understanding of their diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds has an impact on their day-to-day lives and their futures. In this session, we will explore how to provide students a safe space to be their whole self, build academic vocabulary and command of their language, and make connections between the cultures of their heritage, their communities, and other areas of the Spanish speaking world. Success in your classroom will translate to gains in the students' overall academic progress.

Speakers
avatar for Janet Boring

Janet Boring

Director of Product Management, World Languages, Carnegie Learning
Janet has worn many hats in her time with EMC School and Carnegie Learning, Inc., bringing world languages content, digital technology and professional development to teachers and students across the country. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business and a Bachelor’s of Arts... Read More →



Saturday March 26, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 3
  60-minute session

11:30am PDT

Best of Texas: Fluency + Fun=5: Takeaways to Improve Fluency, Have Fun, and Make a 5 on the AP IV Exam
This session will focus on engaging activities that improve and fine tune fluency while preparing students for a 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam. Activities will be provided for each task and will pay attention to both native and non-native speakers. Participants will experience what a "Glow and Grow" peer review is and how to play the culture game. The presenters will show a variety of ways to not only prepare students for the AP exam but how to create a classroom culture of collaboration and community. In addition to engaging in the activities, attendees will be provided with guides and samples to use the next day.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Bracksieck

Carolyn Bracksieck

teacher, Lamar Consolidated ISD
I'm all about immersion and real life scenarios in the classroom!
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Stacy Forero

B.F. Terry High School, Lamar CISD


Saturday March 26, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 8/9
  60-minute session

11:30am PDT

Building a Bridge between Textbooks and the Internationalization of the Foreign Language Curriculum
This study aims at analyzing the evolution of four of the most widely used collegiate French introductory textbooks in the US over the past ten years by paying attention to their content and, more specifically, the texts and their corresponding activities, across two editions. The study concludes by introducing the multiliteracies framework as a way to design lessons around authentic multimodal texts. Several examples will be provided using a wide range of modes and discourse forms.

Speakers
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Tara Hashemi

Assistant Professor of French, California State University, Fresno


Saturday March 26, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 2
  60-minute session

11:30am PDT

Identity - A Unit in AP Spanish
Personal identity is a key theme in the AP Spanish Language course for making the content relevant to students. This session will share the parts and pieces that one group of teachers have put together to explore this concept and to teach this unit. All resources and activities will be shared with participants, and the session will be held like a classroom-lots of talking, doing, brainstorming, and expanding. Come and identify with us!

Speakers
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Jennifer Newman-Cornell

Northwest Career and Technical Academy CCSD
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Katherine Willis

Spanish Teacher
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Jacqulyn Pray

Teacher, Veterans Tribute CTA



Saturday March 26, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 10
  60-minute session

11:30am PDT

Networking and Resource Session for German Teachers - EXHIBITOR SESSION (AATG)
This session will focus on practical strategies and resources for growing and promoting your German (or other language) program in times of dwindling support. 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 funded professional development opportunities. The examples provided in this session are applicable to other language programs as well.

Saturday March 26, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 11
  60-minute session

11:30am PDT

Teaching Foreign Languages with Picture Storybooks
This workshop will explore ways and strategies to use picture storybooks in foreign languages teaching. First, this workshop will introduce the characteristics of Picture storybooks, Comprehensible Input, and Three Modes of Communication in language teaching. Then, this workshop will provide learning activities using picture storybooks to inspire learners’ cross-cultural awareness, promote learners’ interpretive communication skills, build personal connections, and break cultural barriers. Through these activities, students will also advance interpersonal, intercultural, and presentational communication and will enhance their classroom participation and engagement. Lastly, the workshop will analyze the current challenges encountered and resources offered in using picture storybooks in foreign language teaching. Attendees will be provided available and relevant resources of picture storybooks in different languages. They can also adopt picture storybooks in teaching both language literacy and culture through fun classroom activities.

Speakers
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Bo Liu

Ph.D. Candidate in World Languages Education, University of Oklahoma
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in world languages education at the University of Oklahoma while teaching Chinese courses at the university.I am also looking for a Chinese college teaching position next year after graduation. If your school may have any open positions, please let... Read More →


Saturday March 26, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 4/5
  60-minute session

11:30am PDT

Your Students Only Care About the Grade--Until They Try Dessert-EXHIBITOR SESSION (Boomalang)
If we taught students how to build a car but never let them drive, would they care to continue? When you fell in love with language, was it only in the classroom? To borrow from a post by Dr. Jennifer Eastman, students must experience payoff for their hard work beyond a grade; to not “skip the dessert” of real target-language interactions. Whether dessert is traveling or conversing on Boomalang with native speakers, hear how crucial it is for progress. Over 97% of school courses using Boomalang renew each term, with teachers and their students often citing it as the most important and rewarding part of their course. As one instructor put her experience with Boomalang: "Proficiency gains just scratch the surface... I'm hooking my students to become lifelong learners."

Speakers
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Chris Gerding

CEO, Boomalang
Authentic 15-min. video conversations with native speakers. Boomalang connects students to native speakers of Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and English across the world to improve proficiency and intercultural competence through live video chat. Hear why over 97% of... Read More →


Saturday March 26, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Nevada 1
  60-minute session

12:15pm PDT

Extempore - Conference Sponsor
Extempore allows language teachers to develop students' reading, writing, listening, speaking, and cultural skills in a target language. Accessible on all devices, Extempore facilitates daily tasks and formal assessments, creating more opportunities to help students achieve linguistic proficiency and cultural competence.

Saturday March 26, 2022 12:15pm - 12:30pm PDT
Exhibitor Advertisement

12:30pm PDT

SWCOLT Awards Luncheon - PLAN Birthday Celebration
All are welcome to attend the Awards and Scholarships Luncheon. The price of the luncheon is included in your registration. YOUR TICKET IS YOUR NAME BADGE AND LANYARD!

Our 2022 SWCOLT Award winners will be honored:
Honorary Lifetime Member - Julie Lozada Ocampo (Nevada)
Friend of the Profession - Ryan Smith (Nevada)
Excellence in Teaching: Secondary - Stephen Van Orden (Utah)

Saturday March 26, 2022 12:30pm - 1:55pm PDT
Silver State Pavilion

2:00pm PDT

Comprehensible Input from Square One
According to Dr. Krashen, Comprehensible Input is the key ingredient for language acquisition. This session is designed for educators who are curious about Comprehensible Input and want to learn practical ways to implement Comprehensible Input Teaching in their classrooms. In this session, participants will learn to lead students through Card Talk and Picture Talk, two CI strategies, while keeping the fundamental principles in mind to make language comprehensible to students: speak slowly, teach to the eyes, stay in bounds and check comprehension.

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Saturday March 26, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 8/9

2:00pm PDT

Connecting, Collaborating, and Credentialing with the Global Seal of Biliteracy
Learn about ways to motivate, support, and recognize your language learners with the Global Seal of Biliteracy. Connect your students through Global Seal's virtual C.R.E.D. events to native speakers and university opportunities. Collaborate to provide students with empowering resources and a global platform to use and grow their skills. Finally, discover how to celebrate language learners at ALL levels with a pathway toward higher levels of proficiency and workplace language credentials. Participants will learn about Global Connect Day, free online resources, how to combine State and Global Seal of Biliteracy recognition, and more.

Speakers
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Linda Egnatz

Executive Director, Global Seal of Biliteracy
Linda Egnatz is the Executive Director of the Global Seal of Biliteracy, a free international language credential program designed to fill the opportunity gap for bilinguals of any age who want to celebrate and certify their language skills. In 2013, she was awarded the Golden Apple... Read More →


Saturday March 26, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 3

2:00pm PDT

Game Talk: The Why and How of Using Games for Proficiency Gains
As language teachers aim to embrace more proficiency-based strategies in their classrooms, it is critical to take a look at what role "games" can play to best meet their goals. Teachers who have traditionally used games as a means of "practicing" language or "drilling" discrete concepts may be missing out on golden opportunities to connect with students through purposeful, communicative exchanges. Teachers who shy away from games because they think is it time wasted, may be cheating themselves of a key ingredient that could motivate and excite their students to partake in abundant discourse fueled by meaningful, comprehensible input. This presentation will discuss WHY game-play is important in the language classroom and HOW to go about playing games in a way that promotes proficiency gains at all levels.

Speakers
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Andrea Schweitzer

Spanish Teacher, Saint Rita Catholic School
Originally from the the Midwest, I made my way to the great state of Texas shortly after college. I've been teaching middle school Spanish for the past 13 years. After my 5th year of teaching I stumbled upon my first TPRS workshop with Blaine and haven't looked back!! In my free time... Read More →



Saturday March 26, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 6/7
  60-minute session

2:00pm PDT

How Video Assessment Improves Student Learning Outcomes Faster-EXHIBITOR SESSION (GoReact)
One thing that is often missing in language instruction is self-awareness on language learning performance. Using video, partnered with embedded text, video, and audio feedback brings that awareness to the student, drastically improving student learning objectives. The more opportunities students have to create with the language and receive individual and meaningful feedback, the better they will apply and retain what they are learning in your course. Come learn how GoReact helps give students the tools they need to succeed in the language learning journey.

Speakers
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Sam Farley

Account Executive, GoReact
I am not only a representative for GoReact, I am also an adjunct professor in the areas of Business and World Languages. I always tell people...I am like the hair club for men (except that didn't work out too well for me) I am not only an Account Executive, I am also a client. GoReact... Read More →


Saturday March 26, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 2

2:00pm PDT

Humor in the Foreign Language Classroom is Serious Business
Traditionally education has been perceived as a most serious and disciplined undertaking. Schools have become so obsessed with standardized test scores, discipline, objectives, competence, and proficiency that they have turned into rather grim places. Humor in the foreign language classroom can be used stimulate learning, motivate students, and ease tensions. The presence of laughter in the classroom demonstrates that students are paying attention. When used wisely, humor in the world language classroom facilitates attention and motivation, improves student-teacher rapport, and makes learning more enjoyable. This presentation will demonstrate that to use humor in the world language classroom, one does not need to be a natural joke-teller or clown. Creating a humor-filled environment, jokes, lesson plans, personal stories, games, tests, and benefits of humor will all be addressed. Happy, interested students are more prone to higher achievement and fewer behavior problems. Taken seriously, humor benefits students and teachers alike.

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Saturday March 26, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 1
  60-minute session

2:00pm PDT

Journals… with Sprinkles to Top
Journals are like ice cream scoops--lots of flavors and lots of choices. Plus lots of toppings and variations! Come and get ideas for the different flavors of journals that can be used in the world language classroom and how to encourage students to add their own toppings as they eat their way to proficiency. All resources will be shared and this session will be interactive with creation (no ice cream, sorry!) as a group as we chat!

Speakers
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Jennifer Newman-Cornell

Northwest Career and Technical Academy CCSD
ZM

Zita Myers

Teacher, CCSD



Saturday March 26, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 4/5
  60-minute session

2:00pm PDT

We Are on Your (way)Side with Proficiency-EXHIBITOR SESSION (Wayside Publishing)
Are you ready to transition from legacy practices to more proficiency-based ones? ACTFL’s Core Practices are a great guide to follow when making the shift. Join us to learn more about how these practices are integral to Wayside Publishing’s Spanish and French textbooks, EntreCulturas and EntreCultures, whether you use them as a stand-alone curriculum or as a supplement to your existing one.

Speakers
avatar for Cristin Bleess

Cristin Bleess

Instructional Strategist, Wayside Publishing


Saturday March 26, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Nevada 11
  60-minute session

3:15pm PDT

Focus Session: Connecting Your Classrooms with the World While Being Isolated from It
A study by the US Travel Association found that educational trips have a positive, lasting impact on students' education and career because the trips made them more engaged, intellectually curious, and interested in and out of school. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has posed unexpected challenges to both domestic and international travel. Find out how you can connect your classrooms virtually with the world LIVE and for FREE with the Happy World Foundation Inc.

Speakers
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Akash Patel

“ Empathy, Action Civics and Cross-Cultural Understanding for Social Justice in the World Language Classroom" Keynote description:Classroom Technology makes it easier than ever to connect students to the world. But how can we better harness these connections to empower learners... Read More →


Saturday March 26, 2022 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Nevada 2
  90-minute session

3:15pm PDT

Focus Session: Empowering the World Language Classroom Instruction with Social Justice
Integrating social justice into classroom instruction will challenge all students and allow them to reach their full potential. This session informs how to incorporate and implement social justice themes into World Language classrooms and shares classroom-tested strategies that greatly enhance and empower students to move up on the proficiency ladder.

Speakers
avatar for Ying Jin

Ying Jin

Teacher, Cupertino High School
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Elizabeth Matchett

Executive Director, CLTA
I'm a practicing Spanish teacher, a methods instructor, and the Executive Director of CLTA.  Ask me about teaching and learning, SDGs, Social justice, SEL in the WL classroom, teaching culture, teacher development, being a master teacher, advocacy



Saturday March 26, 2022 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Nevada 8/9
  90-minute session

3:15pm PDT

Focus Session: Linguistic Inclusivity in the Second Language Classroom
Students in our second language classrooms come to us from a variety of linguistic backgrounds and scholastic experiences. For some, English is their second (or third or fourth) language, and they are learning our classroom’s target language through an already 'foreign' lens. Others have never learned the difference between nouns and verbs. Then we have our students who get frustrated with fellow classmates who are not understanding or learning fast enough for them, with most students falling somewhere in the middle. This interactive session will focus on techniques on how to create a learning environment that takes the whole student into account, no matter their background, creating an inclusive classroom where everyone can learn the target language. Attendees will leave the session with concrete examples of how to adapt models of linguistic inclusivity in the second language classroom.

Speakers
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Heather Sweetser

Senior Lecturer of Arabic, ACTFL National Teacher of the Year - 2022
U.S. Army veteran, Ohio State graduate, Arabic linguist, passionate about learning to communicate with each other and have better conversations in any language. I like camping, reading, and movies.



Saturday March 26, 2022 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Nevada 6/7
  90-minute session

3:15pm PDT

Focus Session: Writing to Grow: Building Blocks to Proficiency
Are you taking advantage of Presentational Writing as a tool for and as evidence of proficiency growth? You should! An intentional writing plan provides opportunities to process, practice, and apply new learning in context. A writing plan enables teachers to learn when to un-grade as well as teach grammar in context while moving students across proficiency borders. This session explores a writing output sequence and revision strategies that deepen and expand writing performances that grow language proficiency.

Speakers
avatar for Greta Lundgaard

Greta Lundgaard

Consultant, Consultant



Saturday March 26, 2022 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Nevada 4/5
  90-minute session

5:00pm PDT

LILL & League of Leadership Gathering
All current and former LILL attendees and League of Leadership partners are invited to socialize on the Serenity Deck of the main pool.

Saturday March 26, 2022 5:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Main Pool - Serenity Deck
 
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