Live Training for EntreCulturas and EntreCultures

06-10-2020  All News, Featured Post, Events

Are you implementing EntreCulturas or EntreCultures in your classroom this fall? Find out everything you need to know to get started with our cornerstone Spanish and French programs during our ongoing summer training sessions. We recommend that you register for both a program training session and a Learning Site training session. 

Please note: This training is useful to teachers who are implementing one of our language programs this fall. If you are not yet a user but would like to find out more about our language programs, email info@waysidepublishing.com


 

EntreCulturas and EntreCultures program training sessions

Join our Instructional Strategists for a training on EntreCulturas and EntreCultures. We will talk about how units are set up including teaching vocabulary in context, using the discovery process to teach grammar, performance assessments, and more.

Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings in June and July (click on register to find a date—you only need to attend one, the same content is repeated in each session).

 

 

Learning Site training sessions

Join our Instructional Strategists for a training on the Learning Site. We will help you get familiar with the tools and resources found on our online platform. Learn the ins and outs of using Explorer, FlexText and Portfolio and how to integrate them into your instructional practice.

Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings in June and July (click on register to find a date—you only need to attend one, the same content is repeated in each session).

 



Learning Site Newsletter - June 2020

06-01-2020  Learning Site, Remote Teaching, Teacher Resources
Explore our Instructional Strategies Toolkit, build trust in the virtual classroom, attend one of our training sessions. Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter


Learning Site News

Resources and remote teaching reflections amidst the COVID pandemic

Dear educators

As the school year is coming to a close, what lessons have you learned? Have you discovered anything new about yourself as a teacher? What will you do differently next year?

In this issue:

  • Read: We will never be the same educators (hopefully)
  • Watch: Introducing our Instructional Strategies Toolkit 
  • Try: Activities to build trust in your (virtual) classroom
  • Attend: Ongoing training sessions for EntreCulturas and EntreCultures


Happy Teaching!
The Wayside Publishing Team 


We will never be the same educators (hopefully)

"What have we learned from this pandemic? What have we found out about ourselves as educators and about our students? What message has this situation of change and isolation brought to our teaching lives? Will we be the same educators once we return to 'normal' school? Will we have the same students we had before schools were closed? Has the world changed?"

Diego Ojeda is back on the blog, asking the important questions as we close the school year.


Explore our Instructional Strategies Toolkit

Empower students to lead with language and take your instruction to the next level with activities from our Instructional Strategies Toolkit. Filled with strategies for everything from cooperative learning, engaging heritage speakers, to staying in the target language, you can browse the toolkit by skill, proficiency level, or activity type.

Watch how it works and then request a 30-day sample of any of our language programs to give the toolkit a try!


Activities for building trust

Elena Giudice teaches French and Spanish and found during the past few months that building trust in the virtual classroom is just as important as it is in the real classroom. In this blog post she lists her favorite activities, modified for remote teaching.


Live training for EntreCulturas, EntreCultures users

Are you implementing EntreCulturas or EntreCultures in your classroom this fall? Find out everything you need to know to get started with our cornerstone Spanish and French programs during our repeat summer training sessions. 
 

EntreCulturas and EntreCultures training sessions

Get to know our Spanish language program EntreCulturas and French program EntreCultures. We will talk about how units are set up, how assessments work, what authentic resources you will find and how to use them, and how to navigate FlexText. 

Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings in June and July (click on register to find a date—you only need to attend one).



Learning Site training

We will help you get familiar with the tools and resources found on the Learning Site. Learn how to get started, how to navigate your dashboard, assign tasks, grade, view student portfolios, and more! 

Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings in June and July (click on register to find a date—you only need to attend one).

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A Propos - June 2020

French Newsletter
06-01-2020  A Propos - French Newsletter, New Products, Remote Teaching, Events
Sample new units of EntreCultures 3, watch our Facebook Live event about French in Louisiana Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter.


A propos

Bold ideas and practical resources for your French classroom


Hi educators,
 

As this strange school year comes to a close, we hope you will find our blog post on end-of-year rituals in the virtual classroom helpful. In this issue of A propos you will also find: 

  • New sample units of EntreCultures 3
  • A recap of our Facebook Live event focusing on French in Louisiana
Do you have ideas for future Facebook live events? We would love to hear from you.

Bon cours,


Sample Units 1-3 of EntreCultures 3 

 

Take your French students to intermediate-low proficiency and get them closer to AP®-level tasks with EntreCultures 3. The textbook will be available later this summer, but you can sample the first three units now!

Unité 1: Ma vie et moi
Unité 2: Cituyenneté numérique
Unité 3: Je me prends en charge

Covering engaging topics like the rights and responsibilities of digital citizenship, interacting with different cultures, and planning for the future, these units feature French-speaking video bloggers from Sénégal, Martinique, and Belgium. 

The EntreCultures series gradually introduces learners to AP®-style tasks, and in level 3 practice is more frequent. In your sample access, open up a Teacher Edition FlexText® and note how the exercises connect communicative unit goals to AP® themes, and incorporate authentic resources.

Digital tools like Learning Site Classroom Forum and flipped classroom video help maximize time for communicative practice in the real or the virtual classroom.  



End-of-year rituals for the remote classroom 

 

In the absence of the usual end-of-year rituals, from student showcases to final project presentations, how can we celebrate the achievements of our learners? 

Catalina Bohorquez has been teaching virtually for a long time and in our latest blog post she shares some of her ideas for ending the school year on a high note.


French in Louisiana 

 

In case you missed our Proficiency Talks Live event on Facebook recently, here is your chance to rewatch this fascinating panel discussion. Learn about the history of French in Louisiana, about the efforts to preserve this heritage, and the future of the language and the region.



Be sure to join our Proficiency Talks Live Facebook group to find out about upcoming events, including this week's topic, Distance Learning: What's Next? The discussion starts Thursday, June 4, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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A Propos - May 2020

French Newsletter
05-12-2020  A Propos - French Newsletter, Teacher Resources, Comprehensible Input
Free lesson plans for French learners, instructional videos, and join our Proficiency Talks LIVE Facebook group. Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter


A propos

Bold ideas and practical resources for your French classroom


Hi educators,
 

Welcome to the spring edition of A propos, your go-to source for everything you need to continue to support your students in their remote learning. In this issue:

  • New lesson plans for your French learners, modified for remote teaching
  • 10 tips for providing comprehensible input when teaching remotely
  • Instructional videos for getting the most out of our French series
  • Join our Proficiency Talks LIVE Facebook events
What other remote teaching supports would you find helpful? We would love to hear from you.

Bon cours,


Free lesson plans for your French learners 

We just created two new lesson plans in French, focused on high-interest topics for units that you might be tackling this time of the year in French 1 and French 2. Download them both now as free PDFs! 

EntreCultures 1, Unit 5: Le temps libre

EntreCultures 2, Unit 5: Des conseils pour une vie saine



10 tips for providing comprehensible input 

CI classrooms are active and highly interactive spaces, with students acting or drawing as they hear or read narratives, responding to Personalized Questions and Answers (PQA), responding to input with rejoinders, showing thumbs up/down to indicate comprehension, etc., as teachers present language in context. But how can you do these things and “teach to the eyes” if you are teaching asynchronously or only see tiny images of students for short times via Zoom?  

We have collected 10 tips from authors, teachers, and colleagues in the world language education field for the best way to continue to provide comprehensible input to your learners.


Instructional videos for remote learning 

Do you have questions about teaching grammar in context or performance-based assessments? Subscribe to our Learning Site knowledge base playlist for videos on those topics, along with using the Learning Site classroom forum, authentic resources, and more!



If you are using a Wayside language program with your learners, be sure to check out and download the Learning Site app! It gives you full Learning Site functionality, including recording audio and video on your iPhone or iPad. You can find it in the Apple App store. Android users do not require an app because you can enjoy all the functions of the Learning Site, including recording audios, through a mobile browser. Wayside recommends Chrome.


Join Proficiency Talks LIVE! 

Join the conversation as we discuss the latest pedagogical thinking about language learning, interculturality, advocacy, leadership, and other issues impacting world language teachers on our Proficiency Talks Live Facebook group! 

Our next event will take place Thursday, May 14, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Classroom teacher Elena Spathis and Instructional Strategist Jennifer Carson will share tips and tricks for promoting mindfulness in the classroom—virtual or real. 

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Ya Sabes - April 2020

Spanish Newsletter
04-30-2020  Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter, Teacher Resources, New Products, Events, All News, Assessment
Preparing for the AP® Spanish exam, explore differentiated formative assessments in EntreCulturas 4, free lesson plan and webinar. Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter


Ya sabes

Bold ideas and practical resources for your classroom

Dear educators,

There are a lot of unknowns this spring, including when it comes to thinking about and planning for assessment. We put together this issue of Ya sabes with a focus on the tools and resources you need to make this time of the year less stressful.

In this issue you will find:

  • The first 3 units of EntreCulturas 4 and the formative assessments included in the units
  • A free lesson plan adapted for remote teaching, focusing on sustainable communities
  • Tips for using Triángulo APreciado to prepare your students for the AP® Spanish exam
  • An instructional video on using formative and summative assessments in the EntreCulturas series.


¡Felicidades!
The Wayside Publishing Team 


New units & assessments in EntreCulturas 4


EntreCulturas 4 is coming to classrooms this fall, with an innovative approach to differentiated formative assessments that will get a clear picture of learner progress as they complete AP®-style tasks!

Each unit provides authentic resources and activities to help learners answer the essential questions. You’ll see the familiar En camino, along with the ¿Qué aprendiste?  formative assessments and the new differentiated assessment items for ¿Qué aprendiste?

These differentiated formative assessments are single-task, AP®-like activities. They focus on a single mode of communication in a pre-AP® task format and over the course of each unit all four interpersonal and presentational modes are assessed. On the Learning Site you will find differentiated versions of each assessment: one at the on-target proficiency level, one at the level above, and one at the level below. The above-level version contains a modified prompt allowing students to take their language to the next level, while the below-level version provides support to bring those students who need it up to the targeted level.



The two new units we just added to the Learning site include: 

Unidad 2: La Creatividad
Essential questions explored:

  • How is artistic creativity a form of cultural expression?
  • How are universal themes reflected in various forms of art?
  • How does design reflect cultural identity?
  • How does globalization impact what we wear? 
Unidad 3: Las Identidades
Essential questions explored:
  • What can we learn from historical figures?
  • How can an individual transform history?
  • What elements shape our identity?
  • How do language and traditions contribute to form a cultural identity?
When you sample EntreCulturas 4, you will get access to all of the Learning Site content, including the formative assessments, authentic resources, and more. 


 


Lesson plan: Creating sustainable communities

Check out this free lesson plan from EntreCulturas 3 for intermediate-low to intermediate-mid learners. We have adapted it to work for you right now as you teach remotely, using the Learning Site's Classroom Forum feature or Google Classroom.




Performance-based assessments and rubrics

Watch this brief overview from instructional strategist Cristin Bleess as she walks you through the performance-based assessments in EntreCulturas and explains why it's important for students to be able to show what they can do with the language.



Sign up now for our upcoming webinar on assessment and feedback: 
Assessment and Feedback that Lead to Continued Learning
April 14, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT


Preparing for the modified AP® exam

Last week, The College Board revealed its modified 2020 exam structure, in which learners will have 45 minutes to complete two free response questions (FRQs).

See what this means for you and your students if you have—or haven't—been using Triángulo APreciado. 


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