Resources, News, Events
We are packing our bags and heading to New York City next week for this year's NECTFL Conference. We hope to see you at booth #1000 where we will be showing off our latest language programs for French and Spanish learners, giving away free digital samples, and answering all of your questions about our textbooks and online resources.
Catch a session by our instructional specialists and some of our distinguished authors for the latest and greatest thinking in the field of language instruction:
Thursday, February 7
Grammar as a Concept in Context
Deborah Espitia and Jay Ketner
Wonder how to start down the path to teaching grammar in context? Debbie and Jay have the answer: by using authentic resources, authentic tasks, and a process of discovery. This interactive workshop will guide participants through the process of creating grammar in context lessons, accessing authentic resources, and much more!
Friday, February 8
A Better Way to Vocabulary Acquisition
Americas Hall 2-1
Core practices are revealing that show-and-tell does not get at the heart of vocabulary acquisition. In this sessions, Jay will examine five instructional strategies tand 15 applications that build vocabulary in context in the target language.
Bridging the High School-College Gap with Authentic Materials
Cynthia Chalupa, Christopher Gwin
High school teachers provide a rigorous learning space to prepare students for the AP exam and college study, but often do not know how their students' college-prep work will affect their academic experience once they reach university. A key to student success at both levels lies in understanding and facilitating the transition between high school and college through articulated curricula that focus on authentic texts.
Saturday, February 9
Taking the First Step Toward 90% Target Language Use
Immersing students in the target language, and sustaining that language use, is key for moving them along the path to proficiency. The first step is making sure that we use the language at least 90% of the time as wel conduct our classes. Debbie will explore strategies for increasing teacher use of the target language in various facets of instruction.
Energizing Your Curriculum with Authentic Materials
Americas Hall 2-4
What is the most engaging the dynamic part of your curriculum? We know that teaching vocabulary and language structures are essential, but when it comes to creating passionate learners, the resources that accomplish that are the songs, ads, videos, podcasts, and all of the other authentic materials that make language come alive. This workshop is for teachers of any language, any level, and will feature strategies on how to find authentic resources and how to share them with students.
Not going to NECTFL? See our full schedule for spring language conferences around the country!
As 2018 winds down, we are already thinking about the many opportunities we'll have to connect with you at language conferences nationwide this spring. Be sure to visit our booth at one of these events to find out about our latest products, get free digital samples, or pick up a cute owl sticker or magnet. Stay tuned for our list of instructional strategy sessions and other events at several of these conferences!
|February 7-9||NECTFL, New York, NY||Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Langauges|
|February 7-9||CCFLT, Aurora, CO||Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers|
|February 15-16||AWLA, Mobile, AL||Alabama World Languages Association|
|February 28-March 1||CLTA, San Jose, CA||California Language Teachers Association|
|March 7-8||FLAME, Portland, ME||Foreign Language Association of Maine|
|March 8-9||FLAG, Augusta, GA||Foreign Language Association of Georgia|
|March 12||VFLA, Quechee, VT||Vermont Foreign Language Association|
|March 14-16||CSCTFL/OFLA, Columbus, OH||Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages|
|March 21-23||SCOLT, Myrtle Beach, SC||Southern Conference on Language Teaching|
|March 28-30||SWCOLT, Fort Worth, TX||Southwest Conference on Language Teaching|
|April 4-6||FLENJ, Iselin, NJ||Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey|
Our Proficiency Talks sessions during ACTFL 2018 will provide you with answers and you will walk away with ready-to-implement strategies for your classroom. You can also find out about our latest products, including the only truly proficiency-drive French language program, EntreCultures, as well as the new edition of the respected AP Spanish bible, Triangulo.
Download the full list of sessions here.
Stop by booth #1137 on Friday and Saturday for quick demos on can-do statements and the power of self-assessment (Friday at 10:50 a.m. and 12:50 p.m.) and on how to leverage technology to teach grammar in context (Saturday at 10:30 and 10:50 a.m. and 12:50 p.m.)
Attending a large conference can be overwhelming. So many sessions! So many exhibitors! So many new people to meet! To help you out, we collected five great tips from our instructional strategists. Deborah Espitia, Cristin Bleess, and Jay Ketner are veteran conference-goers and know how to get the most PD bang out of a large event like ACTFL.
Have a plan
The more planning you do ahead of time, the better off you will be once you get to the conference. It’s a good time to decide: do you want to go narrow and deep on one or two topics, or wide and varied on many? Focus your attention on what you want to learn and base it on the direction you are going with your teaching. Take the time to really study the program (it’s available online weeks ahead of the event) and figure out which sessions will fill your needs.
Pro tip: Download the ACTFL 2018 App and build your schedule there. Remember, if you build your schedule through a web browser, you’ll have to recreate it on the app, so why not just use the app to start with?
One of the best ways to start ACTFL is to attend the orientation session for first-time attendees early Friday morning. Then stay for the ACTFL Opening General Session with the featured keynote and the announcement of the Language Teacher of the Year. It’s an inspiring and energizing way to kick off your conference experience.
Pro tip: Be sure to attend sessions by the current and former Teacher of Year winners, as well as the “best of” sessions from regional conferences.
Just think—all of these people who attend sessions with you or wander the exhibit hall around you are there for the same reason: to learn to become better language teachers. So don’t be shy to strike up conversations during sessions, breaks, or at various other events during ACTFL. Make connections that will help you become a better teacher. Stay connected after the conference on Twitter or via email. This is a great time to build an online professional learning community.
Pro tip: Have business cards handy for networking purposes. No cards? Take a picture of your new friend's name badge so you can look each other up later.
Don’t skip the exhibit hall
Be sure to spend some time in the exhibit hall. People at the booths will be happy to chat with you about ways you can help your students learn a language. And you just never know what conversation might spark a great idea that you can take straight back to your classroom.
Pro tip: Don’t by shy to ask for free resources, samples, or catalogs to browse later for ideas or to remind you of products and services that caught your eye.
Plan to share with your colleagues
Professional development does not end at the end of ACTFL. Plan to share what you have learned with your colleagues back home and see what new directions or ideas come from those conversations. It’s a great time to re-energize not just your own teaching, but those around you as well.
Pro tip: Whether in a notebook or on a laptop or iPad, be sure to take good notes at all sessions. Many presenters will also upload their PowerPoint presentations or handouts to the ACTFL website or app for easy access later.
Do you have tips to share? Tweet to us using #followtheowl and #ACTFL18.
It's summer, and that means it's time for Wayside Publishing's annual summer webinar series on EntreCulturas: Communicate, Explore, and Connect Across Cultures.
Wayside Publishing Instructional Specialists Debbie Espitia and Cristin Bleess will present the webinars throughout July and August, providing an opportunity for all educators curious about how EntreCulturas works.Read More