Since 2015, Kara and Megan have been working with teachers full-time at department trainings, district PDs, and one-on-one online coaching. They have worked across the United States as well as several countries throughout Asia. Their trainings unite language programs and help teachers by showing how they (as classroom teachers) implemented proficiency: creating performance-based assessments, learning to grade with a common rubric, developing engaging lessons inspired by the target culture, and improving curriculum.
How do we get learners curious about the world? How does curiosity impact language learning? When learners are motivated to find out more, it’s easy to get them investigating the target culture, reading and listening to the target language, and communicating with a purpose. This session will show a variety of lessons that start with a question and a communicative objective, and lead to independent investigations that they actually want to talk about!
Lesson Planning / Projects
Unifying department goals and expectations / understanding proficiency levels and rubrics / setting department benchmarks / explaining proficiency to learners and parents / evaluating options for assigning grades
This workshop shows teachers the big picture of proficiency and how it impacts their teaching. It gives tips, ideas, and activities to support student proficiency growth in parts of the lesson (warm-up, daily objectives, vocab, reading/speaking/listening activities, games, and assessments) that will get students engaged and communicating more.
Exploring performance-based assessments / creating real-life scenarios / experiencing interpersonal assessments / including self-assessment / providing meaningful feedback / measuring with proficiency rubrics
Half-Day or Full-Day Workshop
Modifying all parts of the lesson to support learners’ proficiency levels and promote growth (warm-ups, daily objectives, vocabulary, reading/speaking/listening activities, games, formative assessments) / increasing teacher and learner target language time / Good for those new to proficiency
Refocusing traditional units / engaging learners with culture / communicating with a purpose / connecting to careers and other content / making real connections with community / reflecting through comparisons / including all 5 C’s in unit development
Everything above + adding the 5 C’s to the entire curriculum / aligning to fit all languages in department
Full-Day Workshop *most popular workshop*
Collaborate with us on your new thematic unit – inspired by culture and authentic resources! Experience communicative lessons to jump-start your own lessons. You’ll see how to quickly plan new lessons based on the most used daily objectives. See different ways to combine engaging authentic resources with our favorite adaptable activities. Walk away with inspiration to build your own lessons for any thematic unit.
Planning daily lessons / breaking unit goals into daily communicative objectives / choosing authentic resources / letting learners acquire their own vocabulary / transitioning into a natural language interaction / creating formative assessments that demonstrate their learning about language and culture
Unit examples can be chosen to fit your curriculum. This workshop can be done multiple times, using different objectives and unit examples. There is also a “Developing Authentic Lessons: Starting the Year” version.
Half-Day or Full-Day Workshop (preferred)
Choosing the best authentic resources to support unit topics / letting learners acquire their own vocabulary / improving learners’ interpretive skills / transitioning into a natural language interaction / reflecting on culture including products, practices and perspectives
Half-Day or Full-Day Workshop
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 lessons that teach it in context, and learn to improve accuracy with feedback. Give the benefit of grammar without the bad taste.
This will show fresh unit ideas, daily can dos, and authentic resources that promote communication, 5C’s and target language use. Then see how to tweak these units to fit any language class. This works well for departments that want to unify all languages, yet still allow for personalzing. Stop, collaborate, and listen – we are better when we work together!
Half-Day or Full-Day Workshop
Experiencing stations for the world language class / designing them for communication / including all modes and skills / differenciation / independent learning
Experiencing ways to keep routines, activities and games in the target language / giving learners opportunities to lead the class / creating an environment that supports language learning / challenging target language use instead of demanding it
Session (1-3 hours)
Traditionally we think we need a list. Now that proficiency-based instruction influences our lessons, learners are picking what is important to them. We’ve found that learners have exceeded our expectations after we ditched the list. See ways to replace the list with strategies and activities that make them responsible for their learning and give them ownership.
How do we get learners to appreciate the world around them? Kara and Megan will share stories from around the globe that inspire, challenge, and engage us all. See how culture inspires action, and how each action creates a ripple effect in a learner’s life.
This is a step-by-step session to help you efficiently and simply create Integrated Performance Assessments. You will see example IPAs for each mode and skill, along with practical tips on how to create realistic tasks and scenarios to tie it all together. In the end, you will have the necessary steps and tips to create your own – and keep it simple!
Many questions arise when implementing Integrated Performance Assessments: What are the other students doing? How do I grade it? How can I streamline the whole process? Come learn and experience essential tips for how to implement, assess and plan for each part – and keep it simple!