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Global Language and Culture Conference

Date: Sunday - April 17, 2016
Time: All Day
Location: Mohonk Mountain House

New Paltz, NY

Sunday April 17 - Tuesday, April 19 2016


Speaker: Paul Sandrock

2016 Global Language and Culture Conference
April 17-19, 2016
Mohonk Mountain House • New Paltz, NY

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This conference is a collaboration between the New York State and Hawaii Associaitons of Independent Schools, Dalton School, and Punahou School

The Global Language and Culture Conference is open all teachers of World and Classical Languages grades K-12. The conference will feature a keynote speaker, job-alike sessions, and 40 workshops on a variety of topics of interest to teachers of all languages and levels.

Come to learn new techniques and methods, explore best practices in language teaching, establish connections with colleagues and strengthen your Personal Learning Network.

 Schedule

Sunday

12:00 - 12:45
Main Dining Room

Lunch in Main Dining Room. Registration In the Conference House.

1:00 - 2:00

Conference House

Welcome Keynote: Learning Languages for World-Readiness
Paul Sandrock, Director of Education, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages connect world languages with 21st century skills and literacies. What are the implications of the “refreshed” National Standards for planning programs, creating assessments, and designing learning experiences that will help our learners progress from their first experience through professional applications of their language skills? The three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) provide a lens to embed literacy, collaboration, critical thinking, and a global competence in language learning. Join this conversation to view your program with a new perspective.

2:15 – 3:15

Session 1  ­­– Concurrent Workshops

 Azalea

1A  Teaching Mandarin: How to Engage Students and Enhance Learning

Presenter: Helen Huang, hhuang@vcsnyc.org
Language Teacher/Student Life Coordinator, Village Community School

Session focus: Grades 5-12, Chinese

This workshop is designed to give participants useful and relevant sources that can be brought into the classroom to enhance the teaching of Mandarin. In addition, teachers will be introduced to the 5Cs and learn how to apply the Standards (Communication, Comparison, Connections, Community, and Culture) from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. I will also share successful techniques for designing meaningful curriculum for students. Another important aspect of the workshop focuses on enhancing student knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture. In the second portion of the workshop, I will share a well-developed plan for designing an international travel program for students. Everything from planning a trip, preparing students for cultural immersion, and implementation of day-to-day activities will be covered. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to use the materials provided to begin the process of planning an international trip, tweak current lessons to better include the 5Cs, and incorporate the activities provided into their own classrooms.

 Lilac

1B  Let's act it out! Spanish language development through reader's theater and other scaffolds

Presenter: Luisa L. Costa, lcosta@bankstreet.edu
Instructor, Bank Street College

Session focus: Grades PK-8, Spanish

Oracy is the foundation for literacy in our native language acquisition. This workshop will model how to develop oracy and literacy in a second language following a similar process of immersion and contextual clues that support first language learners as they acquire their native language. A Spanish folktale “Cómo la ardilla obtuvo sus rayas” will be the basis for a demonstration of a scaffolded lesson to teach character traits in Spanish. The lesson will be taught through reader’s theater, strategic partnerships, choral repetition, and the use of cognates. Participants will engage as students in the lesson and will then deconstruct the lesson (motivation, presentation, guided practice, independent practice, review and assessment). After attending this workshop, participants will be able to enhance oracy development in their second language teaching practice by implementing a lesson flow with slow release of responsibility from the teacher to the students. Participants will be able to use reader's theater, strategic partnerships, cognates, and choral repetition to support their Spanish as second language learners.

 Rose/Dogwood

1C  Linking language acquisition with other learning domains

Presenters: Constance Du bois, cdubois@isbrooklyn.org
French and social studies in French teacher, International School of Brooklyn
Macarena Martin Caballero, mmcaballero@isbrooklyn.org"Spanish and social studies in Spanish teacher , International School of Brooklyn

Session focus: Grades 5-8, Spanish, French

The International School of Brooklyn has developed a fully immersive experience for language learning in the middle school with several subjects being taught in French and Spanish. Using the target language in a large variety of situations and for different purposes enables students to explore their own identity while also strengthening higher order critical thinking skills. In this session we will share several methods for teaching the target language through the interdisciplinary content, thus creating authentic opportunities for students to use their language skills in real-world contexts. The participants in the workshop will be exposed to different learning scenarios used in our own classrooms. By attending this workshop, participants will be able to discuss the opportunities and challenges of implementing interdisciplinary teaching across languages; identify the competences, skills and dispositions associated with delivering a subject area curriculum in different languages; and take home a bank of strategies to enable them to teach global languages in an interdisciplinary manner.

 Sunset

1D Using Cultural Realia to Spark Interpersonal Exchanges

Presenter: Victoria Gilbert, vgilbert@saintdavids.org
Chair, Modern Languages, Saint David's School

Session focus: Grades 5-12, ALL languages

Learn how everyday items (shopping bags, images, receipts, cultural artifacts, etc.) can spark interpersonal exchanges and negotiation among students of all different age levels and proficiencies. Activities for novices through advanced learners will be modeled and templates will be made available for participants to adapt to any language setting. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to identify low-cost products that spark student engagement, create a range of interpersonal tasks appropriate to various ages and proficiencies, and identify how realia supports interculturality and understanding of practices & perspectives.

 Mountain View

1E  Listen, Read, and View: Develop Interpretive Communication with Authentic Resources

Presenter: Paul Sandrock, psandrock@actfl.org
Director of Education, The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Session focus: Grades PK-12, ALL languages

The Interpretive Mode of Communication engages learners in accessing new information and ideas by listening, reading, and viewing – providing a window into another culture through the use of authentic resources. Experience and analyze effective ways to use a wide range of materials including visual and informational “texts” (infographics, websites, articles, stories, as well as a variety of media) connecting literacy with language learning. Identify guiding principles to design interpretive tasks through which learners demonstrate what they understand from what they hear, read, or view. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to use authentic resources to develop and assess interpretive communication, and provide appropriate levels of support for language learners to make meaning, using bottom-up and top-down strategies.

3:30 – 4:00

Conference House

Day 1 Synthesis: Think, Pair, Share

4:00

Tea in Lake Lounge

6:30

West Dining Room

Cocktails on Parlor Porch

Dinner (Assigned tables)

Late night networking in Carriage Lounge

Monday

7:00

Continental Breakfast available in Carriage Lounge

8:00

Buffet Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00

Session 2 – Concurrent Workshops

 Azalea

2A  Making It Real: Real-World Connections to make Foreign Language Relevant for our Students

Presenter: Veronique Brau, veronique.brau@lakesideschool.org
Upper School French Teacher, Lakeside School

Session focus: Grades 5-12, ALL languages

Schools’ current emphasis on STEM has often impacted language classes as students struggle to see how they can apply their foreign language skills to the real world and to their everyday life. This interactive workshop will present a variety of projects that will take your students beyond the classroom walls to help them use their language skills with authentic audiences, experience and exercise cultural empathy, and explore connections between local and global. The projects presented in this workshop were done with high school students but can be adapted to other grades. Participants are encouraged to share ideas and experiences. This workshop will also highlight the importance of building a Personal Learning Network and challenge participants to connect with colleagues from other schools and to think about connections that can be built between their curricula. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to: implement new project ideas to enhance their curriculum and help students sharpen their cultural competency skills; broaden the scope of current units covered in class by connecting topics more directly to the target culture and/or the local community; build connections with colleagues from other schools to share ideas and/or collaborate on projects.

 Lilac

2B  Day of the Dead - More than just skeletons!

Presenters: Dana Catharine, DCatharine@polyprep.org
Foreign Language Teacher, Poly Prep CDS
Maura Furfey, mfurfey@ecfs.org
Upper School Language Teachers, Ethical Culture Fieldston School

Session focus: Grades 5-12, Spanish

Day of the Dead celebrations can serve as a meaningful way to process loss, be it of a beloved family member, pet or celebrity. Teachers can utilize the centuries-old tradition for healing, as well as an opportunity for art and writing. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to integrate many activities related to Mexico's Day of the Dead to expose students culturally, artistically, literarily and emotionally to this celebration. Día de los Muertos materials and activities will be shared.

 Rose/Dogwood

2C  Making Student Travel a Reality

Presenter: Ariane Baer-Harper, abaerharper@allendalecolumbia.org
French Teacher/Coordinator for the Center for Global Engagement, Allendale Columbia School

Session focus: Grades 9-12, ALL languages

Have you ever wanted to take a trip with your students but didn’t know where to start? Are you interested in a school exchange program? In this presentation you will hear the step by step planning process of taking students abroad from a teacher who has traveled with students to such places as France, Costa Rica, Senegal, and Canada; and how she went about organizing these trips for her students. Come hear about experiences traveling to and collaborating with other parts of the world. Learn how to plan and budget your own student trip with confidence, and explore how such travel can benefit students as they use their language skills outside the classroom to become college and career ready! After attending this workshop, participants will be able to plan individualized trips for their students.

Sunset

2D  Beyond Proficiency - Global Citizenship in a Language Curriculum

Presenter: Jingwoan Chang, jchang@punahou.edu
Mandarin Chinese teacher, Punahou School
Laura Chang-Blust, Mandarin Chinese teacher, Punahou School

Session focus: Grades PK-12, ALL languages

What are the goals of language education beyond proficiency? How can world language departments become a more integrated part of global education? In what ways can language teachers nurture the development of global citizens with the ability to communicate as well as to build mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration across borders? In this presentation, you will hear about how Chinese teachers build and assess global citizenship skills at all levels of a language program. At the novice and intermediate levels, students engage with important concepts about interacting across cultures, while discussing specific cultural ideas and practices from the Chinese-speaking world. At higher levels, language students engage with traditional ethics and contemporary social issues and fulfill a requirement relating to spirituality, ethics, and community responsibility (SECR) while working in an after-school play-based immersion program for younger students. In these ways, we promote language use in authentic and spontaneous situations while building greater global awareness and social responsibility, guiding students on the path towards global citizenship. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to define proficiency in terms of both language skills and global competencies, apply important concepts about cultural interactions in a language classroom, create connections between disciplines and grade levels to promote authentic language use, and enhance an existing language curriculum to boost global skills.

Mountain View

2E  Cross-Cultural Simulations for your Class & School

Presenter: Meredith Hanson, mhanson@northcountryschool.org
International Student Program Coordinator, ESL/Japanese Teacher, North Country School

Session focus: Grades PK-12, ALL languages

Language teachers can lead their schools in developing students’ “soft skills” for world readiness, including cultural sensitivity, critical thinking, and problem-solving in unfamiliar contexts. Simulations are hands-on, visceral experiences that challenge students to accomplish a task while adapting to novel circumstances, and then reflect on the implications of what they have learned. Participants will be introduced to simulations adaptable to many language contexts, usable both in the classroom and in all-school assemblies. Building on the presenter’s 13+ years of experience developing simulations at Concordia Language Villages, attendees will also receive a step-by-step guide for creating their own simulations.

10:00

Break

10:15 – 11:14

Session 3 – Concurrent Workshops

 Azalea

3A  Explaining what we do: the role of language programs in “global studies” initiatives

Presenter: Kevin Donnelly, kdonnelly@nightingale.org
Head of Modern Language Department, Nightingale-Bamford School

Session focus: Grades 5-12, ALL languages

Although the term “global studies” has been used in the context of K-12 education since the 1970s, within the last ten years it has become a frequently used buzzword and, for many schools, an imperative for defining their futures. But what exactly does this term mean? More importantly for language educators, what is the role of language programs in creating the next generation of “global citizens”? The purpose of this presentation will be to reflect on this current trend of innovation and attempt to decipher how language programs can enrich the discourse and avoid being marginalized in conversations that are frequently dominated by administration and marketing teams. I will draw on examples of different schools that have crafted global studies programs and also share personal experiences from my own school’s current initiative to create a global studies track of studies and curriculum. The ultimate goal is to have the audience share ideas on how language programs can maximize their relevancy to global studies in ways that transcend the obvious, technical or practical role of language in international relations. In other words, as the title of this presentation suggests, to be able to talk about what we do: provide students with a broad and flexible range of linguistic, cultural and personal expression skills that transform their entire way of thinking and interrupt the single-minded zeal that leaves no room approaching diversity and difference

 Lilac

3B  Los Tres Reyes – Music of Protest and Social Commentary in the Spanish Classroom

Presenter: Lori Langer de Ramirez, lramirez@dalton.org
Director, World and Classical Language Department and Global Language Initiatives, The Dalton School

Session focus: Grades 5-12, Spanish

The lyrics of target language songs have always been an excellent source of language, culture, and content in the language classroom. Three performers in particular, Rubén Blades from Panamá, Juanes from Colombia, and Juan Luis Guerra from the Dominican Republic, sing songs filled with social commentary and political messages that both educate and engage students about the issues facing their respective countries and Latin America in general. In this session, participants will explore several songs and learn a variety of activities designed to exploit the rich material in this contemporary music. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to consider ways in which songs of protest and social commentary can be used in their own classrooms as a means of accessing contextualized language and cultural products, practices, and perspectives.

 Rose/Dogwood

3C  Beyond the Words - Towards a more culturally literate language education

Presenter: Dana Catharine, DCatharine@polyprep.org
Foreign Languages Teacher, Poly Prep CDS

Session focus: Grades 9-12, ALL languages

Using today's technology, our devices can translate words from one language to another in a nanosecond and computers can imitate and produce accents, but what does this mean for students learning another language? A language is certainly more than the sum of its parts - it is the communication of a culture. In this session we will explore how to encourage our students to learn language as a different way to think, understand and live. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to encourage students to consider language learning not only as a communicative tool, but also as a way to broaden their own personality and reach a better understanding of the world and their role in it.

 Sunset

3D  Multisensory Approaches to Vocabulary Acquisition

Presenter: Stacy Bernstein, bernstein@lakelandschools.org
Modern Language Teacher, Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School

Session focus: Grades PK-8, ALL languages

Students may have preferred learning styles, but teachers need to incorporate all styles into a lesson. This workshop will present some "tried and true" language learning activities like “I have, who has?,” the ball game, and the flyswatter game, all with a multisensory twist. Learn how to expand activities that focus on visual, auditory, or tactual/kinesthetic modalities so that you can engage more students in each lesson. The more we experience, the more we learn!

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to understand the basis of Learning Styles (Dunn & Dunn model), apply new activities in their classroom, and adapt existing activities to meet the strengths of visual, auditory, tactual, and kinesthetic learners.

 Mountain View

3E  Guiding Learners to Higher Levels of Language Performance

Presenter: Paul Sandrock, psandrock@actfl.org
Director of Education, The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Session focus: Grades PK-12, ALL languages

Proficiency is at the core of language learning, influencing everything from measuring progress to identifying effective strategies for learning. What can learners do at each proficiency level (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced)? What does it take to move to the next higher level? Discover what every program leader, teacher, and learner needs to know about proficiency, connecting the three modes of communication with statements of what learners “can-do” at each level. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to identify key characteristics of Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Proficiency, apply understanding of proficiency levels to plan effective units and lessons, and describe core practices that develop higher levels of proficiency.

11:30. – 12:15

Session 4 – Concurrent Workshops

 Azalea

4A 

My First Spanish

Presenter: Gisela Hernandez-Skayne, ghernandez@fenn.org
Spanish Chair, The Fenn School

Session focus: Grades PK-4, Spanish

My First Spanish is a workshop that gives teachers the tools to introduce Spanish in a natural approach to children ages 3-6. Teachers will be able to introduce Spanish with a focus on what children like to do: sing, move their bodies, act things out and play. During this workshop, we will explore visuals and fun arts and crafts for teachers to integrate Spanish into their class and everyday curriculum. Each unit has cross-cultural themes for cultural awareness. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to introduce Spanish to young children through songs and interactive drawing and short dialogues

 Lilac

4B  Teaching Social Justice through the Spanish Curriculum

Presenter: Talia Gonzalez, tgonzalez@theschool.columbia.edu
Spanish Teacher, The School @ Columbia

Session focus: Grades 5-12, Spanish

The 8th grade Spanish Language curriculum at The School at Columbia connects students to the grade-wide study of social justice through an exploration of the Latino experience in the United States. What does that look like throughout the year? How do you incorporate skill-specific pieces into the curriculum? What resources are available to enrich this theme? And, lastly, how do you accomplish this through an integrated framework? These are just a few of the questions that will guide our work together. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to understand how to incorporate social justice related themes into their language curriculum.

 Rose/Dogwood

4C  Use of Authentic Audiovisuals to Create Context in the Foreign Language Classroom

Presenter: Nuria Whiticar, nwhiticar@punahou.edu
Spanish Teacher, Punahou School

Session focus: Grades 9-12, ALL languages

The use of authentic texts in the classroom brings a context that exposes students to the use of the language the way native speakers use it in real life. It also allows students to experience the culture embedded in the target language. In this workshop, I will share my experience developing communicative activities based on an authentic Spanish TV series and how to implement them to provide a meaningful context in the classroom. The aim of these activities is to develop students' linguistic, cultural and interpersonal skills. Participants will leave the session with model activities that can be used to create their own activities when using authentic audiovisuals in the classroom. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to use authentic audiovisual materials to create a meaningful context in the classroom, select appropriate authentic materials, and design a set of activities for incorporating authentic audiovisuals in the classroom.

 Sunset

4D  Dilemmas of Using a Textbook for Proficiency-Based Language Instruction

Presenters: Jessica Dzieweczynski, jdzieweczynski@latinschool.org
Chinese Teacher, Latin School of Chicago
Jingwoan Chang, jchang@punahou.edu
Mandarin Chinese teacher, Punahou School

Session focus: Grades PK-12, ALL languages

The purpose of this session is to explore questions and challenges with textbooks in a proficiency-based curriculum. This session will delve into the rationale for shifting away from a textbook-driven approach, discuss the challenges involved, present tips for designing a non-textbook driven curriculum, provide specific examples that have proven successful, and allow participants an opportunity to share their experiences as well as collaborate with fellow session participants. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to identify differences between a textbook-driven curriculum and a proficiency-based one as well as design units, activities, and assessments without the use of a textbook

 Mountain View

4E  Games for Mastery & Management

Presenter: Marcia DeVoe, mdevoe@dalton.org
Latin teacher, Classics coordinator, The Dalton School

Session focus: Grades 5-12, ALL languages

Did you ever think playing games was a waste of class time (like I did)? This session will introduce four games that can be played on a regular basis in your MS & HS language classes. These games lead to mastery of material, team building, and good classroom management.

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to bring fun, targeted learning games back to your language classes to bolster students' understanding of material and your standing as "leader of the pack."

12:30

West Dining Room

Lunch

1:30 – 2:30

Session 5 – Concurrent Workshops

Azalea

5A  Technology-enhanced Language Learning and Instruction. Best practices and resources.

Presenters: Rafael Velez-Medina, rvelez-medina@hewittschool.org
Middle and Upper School Spanish Teacher, The Hewitt School
Leila Kaady, lkaady@hewittschool.org
Middle and Upper School Spanish Teacher, The Hewitt School

Session focus: Grades 5-12, ALL languages

In this session, participants will become familiar with specific online resources and how to integrate them into their curriculum. They will learn how this technology can foster learner’s autonomy and motivation, enhance and support differentiated instruction, be used in interactive projects or activities, and be employed as an assessment tool. Throughout the presentation, participants will see how teachers’ roles adjust when using technology in the classroom. Some of the websites we will be reviewing are Glogster, Triptico, Duolingo, Quizlet, TodaysMeet, Google Classroom, Kahoot! and more. We will also present some examples of web-based support platforms provided by specific language textbooks.

Lilac

5B  Using Nearpod in the World Language Classroom

Presenters: Dalila Hannouche, dhannouche@pcs-nyc.org
High School French Teacher, Professional Children's School
Ruben Gonzalez-Jimenez, rgonzalezjimenez@pcs-nyc.org
High School Spanish Teacher, Professional Children's School

Session focus: Grades 5-12, Spanish, French

In this workshop, we will demonstrate how teachers can use the interactive platform, Nearpod, to build cultural competence and teach grammar, vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension. Participants will learn how to upload already existing PowerPoints presentations as well as listening and reading activities in order to create and customize interactive lessons and assessments that students can access in class, or at home, on any Internet-connected device. With Nearpod, teachers are able to monitor and measure student results in real-time while managing the flow of lectures and activities. Examples will be shared in both Spanish and French. Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to practice using this interactive platform. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to use the interactive platform, Nearpod, to build cultural competence and teach listening and reading comprehension.

Rose/Dogwood

5C Lights, Camera, Action! Short movies in the classroom

Presenters: Ana Ortigosa, ortigosa.ana@gmail.com
Spanish teacher, Trinity School
Luis Enrique Elias Ruiz, luis.eliasruiz@trinityschoolnyc.org
Spanish teacher, Trinity School

Session focus: Grades 9-12, Spanish

In this workshop we will propose a series of short movies in Spanish and we will offer lots of practical ideas to take them into the Spanish classroom. These activities will target the four skills for learning a language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This workshop will be conducted in Spanish and is primarily for Upper School classes. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to include short movies in the Spanish curriculum and classroom.

Sunset

5D  Windows and Mirrors – Exploring and celebrating best practices in language teaching

Presenter: Lori Langer de Ramirez, lramirez@dalton.org
Director, World and Classical Languages and Global Language Initiatives, The Dalton School

Session focus: Grades PK-12, ALL languages

In this session, participants will view images of teachers and students engaged in language learning at a variety of levels. Through the images, we will explore research- and standards-based best practice in language teaching. The images will provide us with both “windows and mirrors”: in the mirrors we will see how our existing teaching reflects best practice, while windows will allow us to peek out at new methods and strategies for improving the language learning experience for all learners. Specific activities and lesson ideas will be shared.

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to consider new ways in which to incorporate best practices and standards-based teaching into their own classes.

Mountain View

5E  From FLEX to FLES...How Fieldston Lower enhanced its Spanish Program

Presenters: Rama Ndiaye, rndiaye@ecfs.org
Assistant to Principal/Spanish Program Coordinator, Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Monica Mella, mmella@ecfs.org
Lower School language teacher, Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Cristina Mella, cmella@ecfs.org
Lower School language teacher, Ethical Culture Fieldston School

Session focus: Grades PK-8, Spanish

This workshop will demonstrate how Fieldston Lower School implemented its FLES program and increased its contact time from 30 minutes/week to 90 minutes/week. We will share our journey, our best practices from a progressive lens, and demonstrate how technology tools and “learning by doing” activities helped enhance our learners’ language skills. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to glean ideas about how to collaborate with classroom teachers and integrate Spanish school wide while using useful technology tools to enhance their teaching.

2:45

Conference House

Day 2 Synthesis

4:00

Tea in Lake Lounge

6:00

Cocktails on Parlor Porch!

Dinner

 

Late night networking in Carriage Lounge

Tuesday

8:00 – 9:00

Buffet Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00

Session 6 – Concurrent Workshops

 Azalea

6A  El Camino de la Mancha

Presenter: Gisela Hernandez-Skayne, ghernandez@fenn.org
Spanish Chair, The Fenn School

Session focus: Grades 5-12, Spanish

This workshop will focus on the introduction of Don Quijote de la Mancha in a fun and interactive way. Students will learn about the classic and explore ways to connect the Don Quijote from the 1600s to Don Quijote in 2016. Why is this classic alive today? Who was Cervantes? Where is La Mancha? The workshop will provide ideas about how to teach this classic to middle school students. Teaching techniques include using everyday vocabulary and creating dialogues between the students who pretend to be the characters of the novel.

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to introduce Don Quijote de la Mancha as a weekly class or as a unit to their students. They will also be able to teach about Spain, literature and explain to students why this classic is still so much a part of our everyday lives today.

 Lilac

6B  Social Justice and YOU! Unpacking Equity & Opportunity in the FL Classroom

Presenter: Ryan Rockmore, rrockmore@polyprep.org
Spanish Teacher, Poly Prep Country Day School

Session focus: Grades 5-12, ALL languages

Foreign language classrooms naturally present an engaging global view of the world, but how diverse are the curricula of what teachers actually teach or do in lessons? This workshop will discuss practical ways that teachers can bring diversity and social justice topics (gender, race, sexuality, class, etc.) into the foreign language classroom. Specific suggestions will span all language levels and approach various units throughout any language. Some topics will include exploring multiple types of family structures (Novice), creating intersectional identity webs for "I am" phrases, discussing issues around indigenous peoples in travel units (Intermediate), and issues of class and neighborhoods when talking about where students are from or designing community service projects. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to choose/design activities to discuss topics of social justice in the classroom, conduct conversations around identity and diversity with students, and foster a more inclusive classroom environment for students and teachers.

 Rose/Dogwood

6C  Routines in the Language Classroom

Presenters: Kavita Rekhi, krekhi@dalton.org
Lower School Spanish Teacher, The Dalton School
Nancy D'Ecclesiis, ndecclesiis@dalton.org
Lower School Spanish Teacher, The Dalton School

Session focus: Grades PK-8, Spanish

In this session we will share a series of classroom routines and transitions techniques used in the language classroom. We will share our process for developing specific routines, rhymes, and classroom chants for our FLES Kindergarten and Grade 1 Spanish classes. Participants in this session will have an opportunity to brainstorm, produce, and practice routines that will work for their specific classrooms. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to brainstorm, produce, and practice routines that will work for their specific classrooms.

Sunset

6D  Incorporating Research-Based Core Practices

Presenters: Elizabeth Luscombe, eluscombe@berkeleycarroll.org
Middle School World Language Chair; 5th Grade Dean, Berkeley Carroll
Gwendollyn Gout, ggout@berkeleycarroll.org
World Language teacher, Berkeley Carroll

Session focus: Grades 5-12, ALL languages

Language acquisition researchers have identified six core practices that lead to proficiency. How can we adapt our current practices to incorporate these methods proven to make language acquisition relevant and more engaging for students? Participants will examine a framework and strategies used by a language department currently working to implement core practices and the impact this has had on planning instruction, determining communicative goals and acceptable evidence, and promoting educator effectiveness in the language classroom.

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to identify research-based core practices that lead to language proficiency and increased educator effectiveness.

Mountain View
6E  Navigating the Politics of Language: Approaches to Developing a Unit on Bicultural Identity

Presenter: Jennifer Chen, jennifer_chen@ryecountryday.org
Upper School English Teacher, Rye Country Day School

Session focus: Grades 9-12, ALL languages

Language is the carrier of culture. When and why we speak (and learn to speak) different languages go well beyond the basics of communication. In a world of competing cultures and increasing tension around immigration and migration, speaking a particular language can be a provocative political statement. It is always an expression of identity. This session will get us thinking about the relationships among culture, language, and identity, particularly for the bilingual (and hence bicultural) individual. We will begin with a framework for understanding biculturalism and then work with tools for developing units on bilingualism/biculturalism in our language and interdisciplinary (English literature, social studies) classrooms. As a result of attending this workshop, participants will deepen their understanding of their own cultural and linguistic identities; gain a theoretical framework, practical strategies, and resources for developing their own units on the intersections of culture, language, and identity; develop approaches to helping students of all backgrounds understand the relationship among culture, language, and identity.

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6F Connecting with Post-millennials through Youth Movements in the Spanish Classroom

Presenter: Gorka Hernández Ortiz, ghortiz@brooklynfriends.org
Co-Chair World Languages, Brooklyn Friends School

Session focus: Grades 9-12, Spanish

To develop global mindedness and cultural competency, our students need to understand their own behaviors, beliefs and values as well as make comparisons and connections with other cultures.This session will explore ways in which Spanish teachers can help post-millennials personally connect with target cultures and languages through the study of Iberoamerican counter-cultures and youth movements. The presentation will include specific examples, resources and technologies to introduce in your Spanish classroom. After taking this workshop, participants will connect post-millennials with target cultures through underground cultures; Break stereotypes-Learn about Iberoamerican cultures and arts not represented in textbooks; Create engaging, creative and unique units; Help students develop their productive, receptive and interactive skills in the target language through communicative and technology based activities, authentic materials, trending topics and real-world language.

10:00

Break

10:15 – 11:14

Session 7 – Concurrent Workshops

 Azalea

7A  Puppets Make Connections

Presenter: Carmen Campos, ccampos@dalton.org
Spanish teacher, The Dalton School

Session focus: Grades PK-12, ALL languages

Discover the joy of puppetry! Get your classes engaged with conversations and stories. Learn about all types of puppets from hand puppets, marionettes, to shadow puppets. Learn simple activities to get them talking as well as the mechanics behind class puppet performances centered on folktales. The session will include hands-on audience participation - we’ll have you talking too! After attending this workshop, participants will be able to use some form of puppetry with their language students.

 Lilac

7B  Complimentary Methods: Person-to-Person and Digital Tools for Language Learning and Cultural Understanding

Presenters: Kara Kutner, kkutner@marymount.nyc
Dean of Students/Spanish teacher, Marymount School of New York
Christine Tesson, ctesson@marymount.nyc
World Languages Department Chair, Marymount School of New York

Session focus: Grades PK-12, Spanish , French, Other

This workshop will present working models of the use of technology in language teaching and exchange programs. Participants will then contribute their own experiences and successes in an un-conference session guided by the leaders and a set of proposed questions. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to apply specific digital tools in their language classrooms and begin or grow language and cultural exchange programs in their schools.

 Rose/Dogwood

7C  Speak Out! A Teacher's Grab Bag Of Activities For Successful Communication

Presenters: Elizabeth Mansfield, emansfield@polyprep.org
Head of the Department of World Languages, Poly Prep Country Day School
Jennifer Olson, jolsonwalker@polyprep.org
Middle School Spanish Teacher, Poly Prep Country Day School

Session focus: Grades 5-12, Spanish , French, Other

This session will provide teachers with practical and engaging oral activities that are classroom-ready! These playful communicative exercises incorporate art, culture, film, geography, and more to take the pressure away from speaking out in the world language classroom. Though the presenters have taken these ideas from their own French and Spanish language classrooms, most activities can be modified to apply to any language. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to walk away with ready-to-use ideas and resources to get students speaking in the world language classroom.

 Sunset

7D  Service Learning in the World Languages Classroom

Presenter: Ileana Hernandez Carafas, ileana_carafas@ryecountryday.org
Upper School Spanish Teacher, Rye Country Day School

Session focus: Grades 9-12, Spanish

Motivating students to communicate in the target language is often challenging unless students have a real world purpose they can work towards. Service learning is an ideal way for language students to investigate current issues in depth and then develop their own solutions. The benefits are many, but the most important goals are to empower students to be proactive learners, to make connections between the foreign language curriculum and the world we live in, and to make a difference. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to identify topics to investigate within the language curriculum, think of ways to connect with outside resources, and plan a service-centered unit of study.

 Mountain View

7E  Making Connections that Matter to Children: Family, Farms and Food

Presenter: Maria Tere Tapias, mtapias@manhattancountryschool.org
Lower School Spanish teacher, Manhattan Country School

Session focus: Grades PK-4, Spanish

Children learn new languages best when learning occurs in meaningful, communicative contexts that connect to students’ lives. In this workshop we will explore ways to design a content-based family study that connects your students, nearby farms and school. We will examine the benefits of integrating content from other disciplines, including art, social studies, math, science, music and language arts, into our teaching. How do we design environments and lesson plans that involve children, have purpose and allow students to communicate the essential parts of their lives? The goal is to design units that are effective, fun and engaging! After attending this workshop, participants will be able to design a place-based, interdisciplinary family study.

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7F  Using interactive white boards to engage young learners

Presenter: Gaelle Coadou,  gaelle.coadou@trinityschoolnyc.org
French Teacher, Trinity School

Session focus: Grades PK-8, Spanish , French , German , Italian

In this workshop, you will see concrete examples on how interactive whiteboards can be used to engage students from Grades 3 to 6. Presenter will share activities designed to introduce and practice vocabulary and grammar as well as promote interactions between students. You will learn to design simple activities (sorting, matching. etc.) and create interactive activities and games (e.g. memory, jeopardy, etc.) to reinforce language acquisition. Part of the workshop will also focus on the use of picture books and presenter will share a project created for fourth graders based on the book ''Va-t''en grand monstre vert'' (Go Away Big Green Monster). After attending this workshop attendees will be able to Design engaging and fun activities for interactive whiteboards to be used in language classes.

11:15 – 12:15

Session 8 – Concurrent Workshops

 Azalea

8A  Cultural Survival: recognizing and celebrating the presence of indigenous cultures in our modern world

Presenter: Maura Furfey, mfurfey@ecfs.org
Spanish Teacher, Fieldston School

Session focus: Grades 5-12 , Spanish , Other

In order to prevent our students from labeling the languages and cultures they are learning as “foreign,” thus creating distance and unfamiliarity with them, this session will focus on ways to recognize and celebrate the cultures that exist around us and to make specific connections with our classroom content. In this session, we will look at the example of the Mesoamerican culture and its continued presence throughout the Americas (including the United States). By learning about some cultural traditions such as food, dance, dress, and art, students can see that these are not just practices of ancient civilizations, but continue to this day in indigenous communities both abroad and within the US. Educators will be provided with activities and resources for practical application to their classes. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to demonstrate how cultures maintain their traditions, while constantly evolving through assimilation, in order to make their linguistic studies more relevant.

 Lilac

8B  Exploring Spanish Soap Operas through an Interdisciplinary Approach to Curriculum

Presenters: Carolina Drake, drake.ana.carolina@gmail.com
Upper school Spanish teacher, Manhattan Country School
Maria-Tere Tapias Avery
Lower School Spanish teacher, Manhattan Country School

Session focus: Grades 5-8, Spanish

I will discuss my experience teaching Latin American telenovelas (soap operas) in 7th and 8th grade as a way to learn Spanish language, but also talk about a collective consciousness, healthy relationships, social class, race, power, corruption, and sexism in Latino culture. As a teacher, I focused on both the nostalgia students might feel, if they grew up watching soap operas for example, and towards the fantasy of relationships and upward mobility displayed on screen, but also on the need to remain critical of them as they represent countless real issues and anxieties in Latino culture. I will also show some of the telenovelas my students created last year, including a full Spanish script that one of my Native speaker students continued to develop through the summer. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to have the tools to critique and use Spanish soap operas to learn about language and culture in the Spanish classroom.

 Rose/Dogwood

8C  Drama in the Classroom: Rassias Method® for 21st Century Learners

Presenter: Susan Carnochan, susan_carnochan@horacemann.org
Chair of UD Foreign Languages Department, Spanish teacher, Horace Mann School

Session focus: Grades PK-12, ALL languages

Create and deliver dramatic contexts that involve all students in gleeful communication. Experience a new language through the engaging choreography of the Rassias Method® a.k.a. the Dartmouth Intensive Language Model. Demonstrated techniques facilitate interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of communication and are adaptable to any language at any level. Activate the most effective audiovisual resource: ourselves! After attending this workshop, participants will be able to begin adapting the demonstrated methods to their own learning environment. They will be able tailor handouts of sample techniques for their own students and teaching situations.

 Sunset

8D  Interdisciplinary Instruction in a Lower School World Language Classroom

Presenter: Martha Julia Renderos, mrenderos@greenvaleschool.org
Lower School Spanish Teacher, The Green Vale School

Session focus: Grades PK-4, Spanish

In this practical, hands-on session, we will explore two main themes that have proven effective in world language teaching in the lower school. First, we will examine the necessity of creating a routine that guides how each class proceeds. Teachers will create an outline of an ideal routine for a lower school classroom. Secondly, we will demonstrate how to incorporate major thematic cross-curricular elements of the Lower School classroom into language instruction. The presenter will provide specific examples through the use of video and demonstration of how to implement themes such as rainforest, penguins, calendar, storytelling and movement; all of these can be immediately incorporated into the attendees’ classrooms. Examples will be provided in Spanish.

 Mountain View

8E  Nana i ke kumu (look to the source): Building an immersion program in the elementary school

Presenters: Emily McCarren, emccarren@punahou.edu
Principal, Punahou School
Jingwoan Chang, jchang@punahou.edu
Mandarin Chinese teacher, Punahou School

Session focus: Grades PK-8, Japanese , Chinese, Other

Language acquisition is most effective and efficient when started early, and yet intensive focus on languages is often an add-on in the elementary school - relegated to once or twice a week. While this approach is better than nothing, it is not designed to develop fluency. In 2013 Punahou School launched an after-school language and culture immersion program open to grades K-6 that gives students up to 15 hours a week of immersive experience in Mandarin, Japanese or Hawaiian Languages. Come hear how that is going and see how you might launch a program like this at your school. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to imagine the possibility of an after school immersion program at their school.

12:30 – 1:00

Conference House

Day 3 Synthesis: Closing Session, Gratitude and commitment session

 




Keynote Speaker:

Paul Sandrock, Director of Education at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), directs this national organization’s professional development and initiatives around standards, curriculum, instruction, and performance assessment. Previously, Paul was Assistant Director of Content and Learning at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) , coordinating the areas of English language arts, mathematics, international education, and world languages. He earlier served as the DPI state-wide consultant for world languages. Paul taught Spanish for 16 years in middle school and high school and authored The Keys to Assessing Language Performance and Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages. Paul previously served ACTFL as a board member and president and received ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12.

Learning Languages for World-Readiness
 
World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages connect world languages with 21st century skills and literacies.  What are the implications of the “refreshed” National Standards for planning programs, creating assessments, and designing learning experiences that will help our learners progress from their first experience through professional applications of their language skills? The three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) provide a lens to embed literacy, collaboration, critical thinking, and a global competence in language learning. Join this conversation to view your program with a new perspective.

Organizers:

Lori Langer de Ramirez, Ed.D.
Director, World and Classical Languages & Global Language Initiatives
The Dalton School

Emily McCarren
Academy Principal
Punahou School


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