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Speak Up for Languages

08-12-2019  All News, Events, Featured Post

Speak Up for Languages

Do you remember that moment when languages just "clicked" for you? When you realized languages would always be a part of your vocation? When languages made an impact on your life and the lives of others?

In an effort to engage policymakers across the country, the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and Wayside Publishing invite you to share your story and speak up for world language education in the United States. 

Your 30-second video story could be selected for inclusion in an online collection curated and shared by JNCL on their newly redesigned website. Story links will be publicly accessible so that language educators and their allies can share them with policymakers and education stakeholders. The story collection will be launched at an event during ACTFL on Saturday, November 23.

To support the five recommendations of American Languages Report, here are some suggested story topics. We welcome you to speak from the heart and address a recommendation from your own perspective.

Thank you in advance for your story, and for all that you do to improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background. 

 

 

 



In case you missed it: Watch our Poolside Proficiency series now

07-09-2019  All News, Events, Featured Post

Don't despair if you missed our smashing summer webinar series focusing on teaching for proficiency! The archived version of our Poolside Proficiency series is now available! Here is a quick summary of the four episodes: 


The basics: What does a proficiency-driven language program look like? 
Let's discuss interculturality, using vocabulary and grammar in context, unit goals, essential questions, authentic resources, measuring students’ performance, and much more with our French and Spanish programs as our guide.

Authentic resources: Where to find them, how to use them
Authentic resources can be used to build vocabulary and language structures. We'll share some strategies on how to use these resources to teach vocabulary and grammar in context and keep instructors and students in the target language.

Beyond traditional testing: IPAs and rubrics
Explore types of formative and summative performance-based assessments, and holistic and analytic rubrics. Connections will be made to how assessments can evaluate student language usage in culturally authentic contexts.

Integrating technology: Online tools to support your instruction
Digital textbooks, grading and feedback tools, online classroom forums and more—take our Learning Site for a spin and receive free access for further exploration after the webinar.

Watch all four now! 



Meet EntreCultures at AATF

06-20-2019  All News, Events, Featured Post

We are excited to head to Philadelphia soon for this year's AATF conference. See us at booths 109-110 to get a free sample of our new French language program, EntreCultures. Our knowledgable instructional strategists will be on hand to answer your questions about how to implement a proficiency-based language program in your school. They can also walk you through a sample lesson plan from EntreCultures, which you can pick up at our booth. 

Two coauthors of the series, Ed Weiss and Elizabeth Zwanziger will be there to answer your questions.

Catch these great sessions by our Wayside team: 

Sunday, July 14
1-4 p.m.
Room:  Shippen

W106:  Interculturality: Building Bridges with Language and Culture

Presenter:  Ed WeissDelaware County Intermediate Unit School District (PA)

The presenter will show participants how to engage students with vocabulary, language, and multimedia interactions with authentic resources that will provide a true world view for our students. The presentation will show teachers that cultural immersion is not a separate aspect of instruction but instead must be woven into the fabric of every day teaching

To get a preview of Ed's presentation, check out his post on our blog about the importance of interculturality! 

 

Monday, July 15
10:15-11:15 a.m.
Room: E1

E213:  Interculturality at the Heart: A New Proficiency-Driven Series for French

Presenters:  Elizabeth Zwanziger and Jay Ketner, Wayside Publishing

Traditionally, publishers haven’t provided teachers resources supporting proficiency-based best practices, let alone empowered them to develop intercultural skills to investigate and interact with other cultures and perspectives. The presenters will examine how EntreCultures is uniquely proficiency driven: a backward-designed program with essential questions, authentic resources and tasks across all three modes, grammar in context, can-do statements, IPAs, and other high-leverage instructional practices that spiral upward to help students develop global and intercultural competence.

Tuesday, July 16
10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Room: E2

S314: Comment dit-on everything I’m thinking right now?

Presenter: Erin Gibbons, Barrington High School, IL

Do you have intermediate learners who want to express themselves in French but do not have the necessary structures yet? How can teachers approach deep discussions where the complexity of the students' ideas exceeds their language skills? Come and discover some examples of pedagogical sequences and strategies to offer to your learners.



Poolside Proficiency Summer Webinars

05-29-2019  All News, Events, Featured Post

You are invited to register early for our summer webinar series and explore how you can implement proficiency-driven strategies in your classroom.

With EntreCulturas for Spanish and EntreCultures for French as our guides, our Wayside Instructional Strategy team will be live with jampacked sessions covering topics and tools that will take your language instruction to the next level.

The basics: What does a proficiency-driven language program look like? 
June 11, 2:30 p.m. ET

Let's discuss interculturality, using vocabulary and grammar in context, unit goals, essential questions, authentic resources, measuring students’ performance, and much more with our French and Spanish programs as our guide.

Authentic resources: Where to find them, how to use them
June 13, 2:30 p.m. ET

Authentic resources can be used to build vocabulary and language structures. We'll share some strategies on how to use these resources to teach vocabulary and grammar in context and keep instructors and students in the target language.

Beyond traditional testing: IPAs and rubrics
June 25, 2:30 p.m. ET

Explore types of formative and summative performance-based assessments, and holistic and analytic rubrics. Connections will be made to how assessments can evaluate student language usage in culturally authentic contexts.

Integrating technology: Online tools to support your instruction
June 27, 2:30 p.m. ET

Digital textbooks, grading and feedback tools, online classroom forums and more—take our Learning Site for a spin and receive free access for further exploration after the webinar.

Register early for all four webinars with just one click!



Speak up for languages

02-06-2019  All News, Events, Featured Post

Language Advocacy Day is February 14-15 in Washington, D.C., and here at Wayside we have been thinking about the many ways we can all advocate for the teaching and learning of languages.

Organized by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL), Language Advocacy Day brings together professionals from all over the United States concerned about the state of language learning in this country. 

If you can't make it to Washington, join us on Twitter using #speakupforlanguages and tell us why you think world languages are important and how you speak up for language education in your community. We will be sharing some of our thoughts next week as well, so be sure to follow @WaysidePublish.

Need ideas on how to be a language advocate? The JNCL website offers great resources on contacting your local representatives and connecting with other language professionals.