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Integrating 21st Century Skills to Engage Learners
Integrating 21st Century Skills to Engage Learners

This module provides examples of how to help students develop and demonstrate a blend of 21st century skills and proficiency in communication.Topics include:

  • backward design
  • designing assessments that incorporate real world tasks
  • identify ways to develop information and media literacy
  • shift to a learner-centered classroom where the learner is a "doer" and a "creator"
  • design classroom activities where 21st century skills such as collaboration and cross-cultural skills are integrated with the three modes of communication and cultural products, practices, and perspectives.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • Integrating 21st Century Skills in Curriculum and Unit Design
  • Integrating 21st Century Skills in Language Assessment
  • Integrating 21st Century Skills in Language Instruction

Run Time: 180 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 3 contact hours!

PRESENTERS

Lynn Fulton-Archer, Cherice Montgomery, and Thomas Sauer

Member Price: $119.00
Non-Member Price: $179.00
Developing Interpretive Mode of Comm w/ Authentic Resources
Developing Interpretive Mode of Comm w/ Authentic Resources

World language teachers are tasked with equipping students with all the tools they need to access a wealth of language experiences. The Interpretive Mode, one of the three modes of communication, involves the viewing, listening or reading of authentic documents - documents that are created by native speakers for other native speakers.

2015 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, Nicole Naditz, explains the theory and explores the practice of this inextricable link between authentic texts and developing interpretive mode through concrete classroom examples that you can quickly begin using in your classroom.

Nicole has taught French to grades 3 through 12, including AP French Language and Culture since 1993, and brings a wealth of practical knowledge right to your classroom. Whether you are viewing individually or in a group, the discussion guides for each module will keep the conversation going with the intention of empowering world language teachers of all languages.

Once you complete the webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the hallmarks of student proficiency in the Interpretive Mode for Novice and Intermediate users of the language.
  2. Give some specific examples of tasks Novice and Intermediate language can do using authentic documents in the Interpretive Mode.
  3. Select appropriate authentic documents for my learners.
  4. Design appropriate interpretive tasks and assessments using those documents.

Access: 1 year (starting at the moment of purchase)
1.5 Contact Hours

Member Price: $59.00
Non-Member Price: $89.00
Linking the Common Core Standards and World Languages
Linking the Common Core Standards and World Languages

This series provides an overview to the purpose and design of the Common Core State Standards, highlighting key shifts in emphasis from previous standards and the resulting changes for classroom instruction. Learn to make the case for the strong role language learning plays in developing the literacy described in the Common Core.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • Understanding the Common Core State Standards: Defining a Role for World Languages
  • Implementing Common Core through State Language Initiatives
  • Connecting Local Language Programs with Common Core

Run Time: 180 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 3 contact hours!

PRESENTERS

  • Paul Sandrock, Director of Education at the American Council on the Teaching of Foriegn Languages (ACTFL)
  • Margaret Reed Millar, independent national consultant, leads the Implementing the Common Core Standards (ICCS) collaborative of 28 state teams.
  • Helga Fasciano, Section Chief for K-12 Program Areas at the NC Department of Public Instruction.
  • Martin Smith, Chair of the College Board World Languages Academic Advisory Committee, Rutgers University.

Member Price: $119.00
Non-Member Price: $179.00
Building Literacy via Communication Strategies
Building Literacy via Communication Strategies

The focus of this module is how to model and practice effective strategies for growing students' strengths in the three modes of communication.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • Interpretive Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Presentational Communication

Run Time: 180 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 3 contact hours!

PRESENTER

  • Dr. Eileen Glisan, Distinguished Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

Member Price: $119.00
Non-Member Price: $179.00
Core Practices of Effective Language Learning
Core Practices of Effective Language Learning

Explore and deconstruct research-based strategies for effectively developing your students’ language proficiency. At the same time, this series allows you to gain practical knowledge for designing real-world tasks for your classroom and curriculum.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • Using the Target Language as the Vehicle for Instruction
  • Interpersonal Communicative Tasks
  • Presentational Communication
  • Lesson Design
  • Teacher Grammar as a Concept
  • Authentic Cultural Text
  • Providing Appropriate Feedback

Run Time: 140 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 2 contact hours!

PRESENTER

  • Dr. Eileen Glisan, Distinguished Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

Member Price: $79.00
Non-Member Price: $119.00
Cultivating Connections: Lang. Learning 21st Cen. Literacies
Cultivating Connections: Lang. Learning 21st Cen. Literacies

Cultivating Connections: Language Learning and 21st Century Literacies

PRESENTERS:

  • Greta Lundgaard, Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Coordinator for Plano Independent School District
  • Donna Clementi, foreign language methods instructor at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin

Cultivating Connections is a five-part virtual learning module exploring the intersection of 21st century literacies and language learning. In each module, we talk about concrete steps that you can take in the classroom to potentially modify your teaching methods to include new strategies aligned with 21st century skills.

Member Price: $119.00
Non-Member Price: $179.00
Curriculum and Instruction: Purposeful Planning
Curriculum and Instruction: Purposeful Planning

The National Standards provide the foundation for and guide the choice of overarching themes to be included in a curriculum for world languages. A well-developed curriculum also includes indicators of expected student performance at each level of instruction. Experience the process for creating a standards-based curriculum that includes performance indicators by level.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • Curriculum Design
  • Content-Rich Units of Instruction
  • Purposeful Lesson-Planning

Run Time: 180 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 3 contact hours!

PRESENTER

  • Laura Terrill, independent national consultant with 30 years of experience in the area of World Language Programs
  • Donna Clementi, foreign language methods instructor at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Member Price: $119.00
Non-Member Price: $179.00
 
Engaging All Learners
Engaging All Learners

Language educators are challenged on a daily basis to meet the needs of all learners in their classrooms. The needs of students vary based on their readiness level, interests and learning preferences. This Virtual Learning Module (VLM) will present several key strategies for engaging all learners in the language classroom.

Key Strategies:

  1. Using Differentiated Instruction to Engage All Learners
  2. Varied Instructional Approaches
  3. Scaffolds and Supports for Learners in the Classroom
  4. Flexible Grouping of Students for a Variety of Purposes
  5. Offering Student Choice
  6. Providing the Appropriate Level of Challenge Through Tiering
  7. Responding to the Needs of All Learners Using Data

By the end of the VLM session, you will be able to:

  • Enhance your background knowledge around differentiated instruction
  • Implement key strategies for responding to the needs of all students
  • Reflect on your practice
  • Follow along below as we take a closer look at seven key strategies to engaging all learners in your classroom.

PRESENTER:
Leslie Grahn has twenty-seven years of language teaching experience at the middle and high school levels and twelve years of experience at the central office level, most recently as Coordinator of World Languages for the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in French and Education and a Master's degree in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University.

Leslie has been a course instructor on foreign language teaching methods and differentiated instruction and frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, specializing in best practices, specifically hands-on, interactive strategies. She facilitates workshops on the topics of student engagement, formative assessment, rigor, and differentiated instruction. Leslie is the co-author of The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction and serves on the boards of MFLA, NECTFL, and NADSFL.

Member Price: $59.00
Non-Member Price: $89.00
Exploring Your Practice
Exploring Your Practice

Get started by learning the basics of "Exploratory Practice,” a reflective teaching-learning model designed to support reflection among busy language educators. This series provides a roadmap for working with students and colleagues to develop deeper understanding about teaching and learning.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • Exploratory Practice in Practice: Exploring Questions and Puzzles
  • Being Resourceful: Making Exploratory Practice Meaningful
  • Making Exploratory Practice Sustainable

Run Time: 80 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 1.3 contact hours!

PRESENTER

  • Cori Crane, Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Ali Moeller, Edith S. Greer Professor of Foreign Language Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Member Price: $59.00
Non-Member Price: $89.00
Formative & Summative Assessments to Guide Language Learning
Formative & Summative Assessments to Guide Language Learning

Assessments are an integral tactic for every teacher's lesson and unit plans to gauge students' proficiency in all three modes of communication. While extremely valuable and rewarding, designing and adapting assessments for your individual lesson plans and your students' unique needs can be time-consuming. Which assessments should you use and how often? What data are we looking for? How do we design them? In this VLM, join 2012 ACTFL National Teacher of the Year, Yo Azama, to take a deep dive into the theory and practical application of assessment to guide your students' language learning. Helpful resources and thought-provoking discussion questions interspersed throughout each module make this virtual learning module a must-watch for new and veteran teachers alike.

CONTACT HOURS: 1.2. 1-year access beginning at the moment of purchase.

Presenter: Yo Azama, 2012 ACTFL National Teacher of the Year, currently teaches Japanese at North Salinas High School and World Language Teaching Method course at California State University, Monterey Bay. He is a team leader of the Monterey Bay World Language Project. Mr. Azama has 23 years of teaching experience from kindergarten to high school. He has conducted numerous presentations and seminars regionally, nationally, and internationally on various topics including; Social Issues Infused Lessons, Motivational Curriculum & Syllabus Design, Classroom Management, and Effective use of Technology in World Language Classroom. He has also served as a College Board Advisor for AP Japanese Language and Culture Development Committee. He has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the 2012 ACTFL Language Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Teacher of America Award by Carlston Family Foundation, the Robert J. Ludwig Distinguished Leadership Award, and Elgin Heinz Teaching Excellence Award just to name a few. Yo Azama's teaching has been featured in the Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 Video Library by WGBH Boston in 2003.

Member Price: $59.00
Non-Member Price: $89.00
Supporting Heritage Language Learners
Supporting Heritage Language Learners

This webinar introduces participants to the core concepts of heritage language teaching. Three general principles of heritage language teaching emerge from these findings: HL curricula should be rooted in the experiences, affective needs, and goals of HL learners; HL teaching should build on the linguistic strengths of HL learners; and HL teaching should be learner-centered and differentiated.

The presenters share a community-based curriculum that represents an effective way to harness the wealth of knowledge and experiences that heritage language learners bring to the classroom. Other topics discussed: How to incorporate in the classroom authentic tasks that are used by native speakers to access information; Differentiated instruction.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • Teaching Heritage Languages: Approaches and Strategies
  • Tailoring Instruction for Heritage Language Learners: Differentiated Instruction and Mixed Classes
  • Motivating Heritage Language Learners: Authentic Tasks and Materials

Run Time: 180 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 3 contact hours!

PRESENTERS

  • Olga Kagan, National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA.
  • Maria Carreria, National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA.

Member Price: $119.00
Non-Member Price: $179.00
Integrating Culture & Intercultural Communication
Integrating Culture & Intercultural Communication

Students need to learn both culture and language in order to be effective communicators in a global context. Developing intercultural communicative competence involves curiosity, inquiry, discovery of self and other, interaction, reflection and relationship building. Fertile classroom environments for such a process to occur are learner-centered and collaborative. Teachers act as facilitators, guiding learners to set goals and design projects, providing authentic resources and opportunities to interact with native speakers, posing open-ended questions, and engaging learners in reflective activities.

However, teachers often struggle with the idea of taking time away from the language focus and question how to "teach" culture in the target language. This Virtual Learning Module (VLM) will clarify the connections between culture and language, clarify the research theories behind intercultural communication, and introduce the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communication.

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • Explain the basic theoretical underpinnings of intercultural communication.
  • Articulate what intercultural communication is and why it is necessary to stakeholders
  • Understand how culture can be embedded in language learning rather than taught explicitly
  • Identify 4 steps to integrating culture and intercultural communication into the classroom.
  • Design intercultural opportunities for learners to investigate and interact.
  • Implement the cyclical process of noticing, comparing, reflecting and interacting for developing intercultural communicative competence.
  • Use the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communication in a learned language for planning.
  • Describe why it is important to assess intercultural communication.
  • Explain why it is important for learners to understand components of the ICC proficiency levels and how you will build this knowledge.

Member Price: $39.00
Non-Member Price: $59.00
Integrated Performance Assessment
Integrated Performance Assessment

The webinar presenters share the process of developing performance assessments comprised of challenging multi-dimensional tasks that require higher order thinking skills. Participants learn to design meaningful and engaging tasks linking the three modes of communication, using authentic documents, and providing clear assessment criteria understandable to language teachers and learners.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • Creating Effective Assessment of Performance
  • Providing Effective Feedback
  • Designing Backward from Assessment to Impact Instruction

Run Time: 180 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 3 contact hours!

PRESENTERS

  • Bonnie Adair Hauck, second language research professor for the University of Pittsburgh’s European Studies Center and the European Union Center of Excellence.
  • Francis Troyan, Coordinator of the K-12 World Language Program and Language Acquisition Specialist in the Portland (Maine) Public Schools.

Member Price: $119.00
Non-Member Price: $179.00
Designing Effective Learning and Communication Results
Designing Effective Learning and Communication Results

Building on her publication Keys to the Classroom, Paula Patrick outlines effective structures for creating an effective flow in a lesson, planning for warm-ups, guided practice, independent practice, and closing strategies. Learn a variety of ways to incorporate all three modes of communication in a lesson. Learn to apply techniques to improve class management while also increasing student engagement.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • Designing Lessons to Engage Learners
  • Differentiating to Support Each Learner
  • Communicating Student's Learning

Run Time: 180 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 3 contact hours!

PRESENTER

  • Paula Patrick, Coordinator of World Languages, Fairfax County Public Schools

Member Price: $119.00
Non-Member Price: $179.00
Literacy Development through the Teaching of World Languages
Literacy Development through the Teaching of World Languages

This series reexamines the foundations of practical reading strategies and provides numerous classroom examples from real language teachers. This examination of the fundamentals is a must for budding educators and veteran teachers alike.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • Demystifying Literacy
  • Getting Students Engaged in Reading
  • Building Proficiency Through Reading

Run Time: 110 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 1.8 contact hours!

PRESENTERS

  • Greta Lundgaard, Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Coordinator for Plano Independent School District
  • Carolina Reyt, Plano Independent School District.
  • Jane Shea, Department Chair - Jasper High School - Plano, Texas.

Member Price: $79.00
Non-Member Price: $119.00
Enhancing Literacy - Improving Proficiency
Enhancing Literacy - Improving Proficiency

This webinar will focus on building students' interpretive skills in reading, listening and viewing. Emphasis will be placed on the use of authentic texts related to thematic curriculum units. Participants will consider how to make authentic text comprehensible by using before, during and after strategies that develop their students' literacy skills. Appropriate strategies for assessing individual student comprehension will also be shared.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • Understanding Content: Teaching Strategies for the Interpretive Mode
  • Creating Content: Teaching Strategies for the Presentational Mode
  • Discussing Content: Teaching Strategies for the Interpersonal Mode

Run Time: 180 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 3 contact hours!

PRESENTER

  • Laura Terrill, independent national consultant with 30 years of experience in the area of World Language Programs

Member Price: $119.00
Non-Member Price: $179.00
Exploring Multiliteracies in Language Teaching
Exploring Multiliteracies in Language Teaching

The Multiliteracies Framework explains how to utilize a broadened definition of "21st Century Literacy" into your classroom, from instruction to assessment. Take a deeper look at the expanded definition of literacy and how to focus language learning around developing a broadened literacy in all learners.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • How do I plan instruction and assessment using the multiliteracies framework?
  • What textual features can I target in instruction to develop students' literacy?
  • How can the grammar and vocabulary in texts be used to make form-meaning connections?
  • How is literacy development linked to interpersonal oral language use?
  • How does video-mediated listening contribute to students' abilities in interpretive communication?
  • How can the texts students read contribute to their presentational writing abilities?

Run Time: 160 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 2.32 contact hours!

PRESENTERS

  • Beatrice Dupuy, Professor of French and Applied Linguistics at the University of Arizona.
  • Kate Paesani, Associate Professor and Director of Basic French courses at Wayne State University.
  • Heather Willis-Allen, Associate Professor in the department of French and Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Member Price: $109.00
Non-Member Price: $159.00
Strategies to Guide Learners to Their Next Level
Strategies to Guide Learners to Their Next Level

How can I help my learners reach the next level of proficiency? By looking ahead to the targeted proficiency level, language educators can focus their instruction and assessment on the strategies that will help learners move beyond their current level of performance. In this webinar series, learn to share the proficiency “destination” with learners and then guide their journey with specific practice of what it takes to reach the next level. The three presenters in this webinar series share effective and classroom-tested strategies to support and develop learners’ performance from Novice to Intermediate to Advanced.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • Saying More
  • Moving Beyond Memorized Language
  • Focusing on Details and Organization

Run Time: 180 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 3 contact hours!

PRESENTERS

  • Linda Zins-Adams, German teacher at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, OH.
  • Alisha Dawn Samples, World Languages and Partial Immersion Coordinator for Lexington School District One in Lexington, SC.
  • Pablo Muirhead, Spanish Professor at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Member Price: $119.00
Non-Member Price: $179.00
Developing Learners´ Performance - Aiming Toward Proficiency
Developing Learners´ Performance - Aiming Toward Proficiency

How does Performance point toward Proficiency? Instruction is always looking ahead to the targeted proficiency level, while supporting and developing learners’ performance through a controlled context. Presenters will provide an overview to the proficiency levels of Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Superior and will explore the implied instructional emphases that will help language learners move from one level to the next.

DETAILS

The courses in this module include:

  • Guiding Language Performance through Novice into Intermediate
  • Guiding Language Performance through Intermediate to Advance
  • Guiding Language Performance through Advanced to Superior

Run Time: 180 minutes

Professional learning certificate available upon completion for 3 contact hours!

PRESENTERS

  • Arnold Bleciher, ACTFL OPI trainer and national consultant specializing in Spanish, World Language Methodology, and Second Language Acquisition.
  • Stephanie Dhonau, Associate Professor of Second Languages and the coordinator of the Master of Arts in Second Languages Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR).
  • Fernando Rubio, Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Co-Director of the Second Language Teaching and Research Center at the University of Utah.

Member Price: $119.00
Non-Member Price: $179.00

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