Calendar ~ Where we will be next

Here are some upcoming conferences and workshops that we will be presenting, so join us if you can! Scroll to bottom of page for the complete calendar.

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Oct
5
Fri
All Cape Day – MA
Oct 5 all-day

This is a regional professional development day by the Cape Cod Collaborative. It will be on October 5, with two 3 hour sessions, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Educators outside of the region are welcome to attend for $100.
Workshop Title/Description:

Let Authentic Resources Take the Lead

Create on pointe lessons completely inspired by authentic resources. First learn some tips to find target language videos, reviews, websites, and social media posts like Twitter that support daily language goals. Then discover how to get the most out of these resources using quick-to-set-up activities that promote student choice, target language use and natural communication tasks. In addition to language skills, see how students gain and apply cultural knowledge. A variety of sample lessons from different units are included for novice to intermediate levels. Participants will be given access to the editable activity templates.

Unit Themes/Lesson examples:
Art, Environment, Activities, Food, Family, and more
 
Applicable to:
Middle/High School World Language Teachers
Time/Location:
Dennis Yarmouth High School (location may change)

Contact Sheila Murray at the Cape Cod Collaborative, s.murray@capecodcollaborative.org, or (508) 420-6950 x1145 to register or for more details.

Oct
8
Mon
Reserved NJ
Oct 8 – Oct 9 all-day
Oct
19
Fri
2018 FLANC Fall Conference – Durham/Raleigh, NC
Oct 19 – Oct 20 all-day

Keynote: “The Increasing Benefits of Professional Friendships”   Friday, October 19, 11:45-1:15pm

As educators, we spend the majority of our day with students, not colleagues. Conflicting schedules and busy lives can make it easy for us to overlook the need for a friend in the workplace. In this keynote, Kara and Megan will share stories and outcomes of genuine collaborations and why investing in these relationships is time well spent.

 

Session: “What’s trending? Real-life inspired communication”    Friday, October 19, Round 3, 1:30p-2:20p

Want to get students talking? Follow the trends! What types of resources do our students listen to and read? How do they respond? When our activities become more authentic, communication becomes more natural. This session will share five tried-and-true tasks that engage students and spark communication in the classroom.

Oct
26
Fri
Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures Fall Conference
Oct 26 – Oct 27 all-day

Date: TBD

Room: TBD

50-minute session

Brownies with Spinach: Sneaking Grammar in Communicative Lessons

Accuracy is important but how does it fit with communication? Many teachers are unsure of what to do with grammar instruction as they move toward proficiency. Rethink what is needed based on proficiency guidelines. See a variety of objectives for novice and intermediate lessons that give the benefit of grammar without the bad taste.

 

Nov
6
Tue
Reserved – CT
Nov 6 all-day
Dec
1
Sat
MDE / MCTLC @ Minnesota Department of Education Conference Center A or B
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Session 2: I can, can you?

December 1      9am-1pm (45 min working lunch)  $42 a session

How does proficiency influence instruction?  Let’s explore how to implement the updated NCSSFL-ACFTL Can-Do statements to design lessons for a thematic unit.  We’ll look at a variety of ways to plan performance-based lessons, including how to “hook” in students and get them using the language on day one of a unit.  Time will be given to work in language- and level-like groups to collaboratively plan performance-based lessons.

Presenters: Megan Budke, Karen Nickel & Kara Parker

Jan
26
Sat
MDE / MCTLC @ Minnesota Department of Education Conference Center A or B
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Session 3: Interpretive

Jan. 26 9am-1pm (45 min working lunch)  $42 a session

How does proficiency influence instruction in the interpretive mode?  Let’s explore a variety of ways to plan performance-based lessons, using the interpretive mode to build into rich and meaningful interpersonal and presentational activities.  Time will be given to work in language- and level-like groups to collaboratively plan performance-based interpretive activities for daily lessons.

Presenters: Megan Budke, Karen Nickel & Kara Parker

Feb
23
Sat
MDE / MCTLC @ Minnesota Department of Education Conference Center A or B
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Session 4: Let’s get (inter)personal!

How does proficiency influence instruction in the interpersonal mode?  Let’s explore a variety of ways to plan performance-based lessons that have students communicating in the interpersonal mode in rich and meaningful ways.  Time will be given to work in language- and level-like groups to collaboratively plan performance-based interpersonal activities for daily lessons.

Presenters: Megan Budke, Karen Nickel & Kara Parker

Mar
14
Thu
Central States Conference 2019 – Columbus, OH
Mar 14 – Mar 16 all-day

“Peace, Love and Proficiency: Where Methodologies Meet”

Presented by Kara Parker & Mira Canion

Description: Do all methods lead to the same proficiency outcomes? Two educators from very different approaches, task-based and storytelling, will showcase the finer points of comprehensible input and proficiency-based instruction within a common unit for audience reflection and discussion about communicative language teaching.

Length: 60-minute session     Presentation in: English         Examples in: Spanish

Date/Time/Room – TBD


 

“Brownies with Spinach: Sneaking Grammar in Communicative Lessons”

Presented by Kara Parker

Description: Accuracy is important but how does it fit with communication? Many teachers are unsure of what to do with grammar instruction as they move toward proficiency. Rethink what is needed based on proficiency guidelines. See daily objectives and activities to teach it in context. Give the benefit of grammar without the bad taste!

Length: 60-minute session     Presentation in: English      Examples in: Spanish

Date/Time/Room – TBD

Apr
13
Sat
MDE / MCTLC @ Minnesota Department of Education Conference Center A or B
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Session 5: Power up the Presentational Mode! April 13

How does proficiency influence instruction in the presentational mode?  Let’s explore a variety of ways to plan performance-based lessons that have students communicating in the presentational mode in rich and meaningful ways.  Time will be given to work in language- and level-like groups to collaboratively plan performance-based presentational activities for daily lessons.

Presenters: Megan Budke, Karen Nickel & Kara Parker

3 Comments

  1. Kara Parker

    Hi Elizabeth! Here’s the main link for SCOLT – http://www.scolt.org This is a regular session so you do not have to do an extra sign up to attend. Just register for the conference. Looks like it is going to be a great conference!

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  2. Lorie Rodgers

    What is the Central States Conference and Where is it? Would you recommend it over the Minnesota Council conference? I am from Texas and teach at a private school.

    Reply
    • Kara Parker

      Hi Lorie! Central States is the regional conference in Ohio this next year. Here’s the website: https://csctfl.wildapricot.org I haven’t been to the Minnesota conference yet so I can’t compare it! When I’m looking for conferences to attend, I usually look at the program to decide if there are several sessions that support my growth goals and what I want to improve. If you are looking for more local conference, TFLA is great!

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