Conference Workshops



2018 FLANC Friday Workshops

6:30p-9:30p 


Workshop A

Understanding the Latino Culture: “Bridging the gap between student success” Royal A

MariaRosa Rangel - Wake County Public School System

If your school is faced with a growing Latino population, this is the workshop for you. In this workshop, you will learn about the Latino Cultural norms and values, how the culture affects academics, demographics, challenges faced by families and students immigrating to the United States. Participants will walk away with specific culturally relevant strategies to increase family engagement and student achievement.

Relevant Levels: Elementary, Middle, Supervisor

Relevant Language: Spanish

Language of Presentation: English


Workshop B

Launch with Literacy Royal B

Bethanie Drew - Broughton High School

Reading is one of the most powerful tools in a language teacher’s toolbox, yet many teachers struggle with incorporating if effectively into their classrooms. In this workshop we will work with building a toolbox of literacy-building strategies that teachers can apply immediately in their classrooms from Level I through AP, regardless of language. Special attention will be placed on using culturally-driven level appropriate texts that engage students and motivate them to build their proficiency.

Relevant Levels: Middle, Secondary

Relevant Languages: All, Spanish Focus

Language of Presentation: English


Workshop C

Bridging the gap: Integrating ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines into curriculum and classroom design for a smooth transition to college Chinese learning Crown A

Lini Ge - UNC Chapel Hill, Yi Zhou - UNC Chapel Hill

What are the challenges encountered by incoming freshmen on college Chinese placement tests? How can middle/high school teachers prepare students for a smooth transition to college Chinese learning? In this hands-on workshop, we will bring attendees’ awareness to the gap between the Chinese teaching curricula of middle/high schools and colleges. As certified ACTFL OPI testers, we will also share strategies for curriculum and classroom activity design based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

Relevant Levels: Middle, Secondary, College/University, Supervisor

Relevant Language: Chinese

Language of Presentation: Chinese


Workshop D

Grammar that Works Crown B

Luis Gonzalez - Wake Forest University

This workshop offers an easier, more predictive explanation for 4 difficult points of Spanish grammar: preterite/imperfect, por/para, ser/estar, and prenominal/postnominal adjectives. We will explain each distinction and practice on each point. Practice will include examples at the novice, intermediate, and advanced levels of the ACTFL scale. We often know how to say it, but do we know why?

Relevant Level(s): Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College/University

Relevant Language: Spanish

Language of Presentation: English. Examples in Spanish.Exercises can be adapted to other languages.


2018 FLANC Saturday Workshops 

3:00p-6:00p


Workshop E

Programming, Instruction, and Advocacy for North Carolina’s Heritage Language Learners of Spanish Royal A

LJ Randolph UNCW, Ariana Mrak - UNCW, Amanda Boomershine - UNCW

This workshop provides an overview of how educators can meet the needs of heritage language learners of Spanish in their classes at various levels (middle, secondary, college) and in a variety of contexts (heritage language courses, traditional Spanish as “foreign” language courses). The workshop is centered specifically around the needs of students in North Carolina. Hands-on activities and resources will be shared with regard to program/curriculum development, lesson planning/instruction, and advocacy.

Relevant Levels: Middle, Secondary, College/University, Supervisor

Relevant Language: Spanish

Language of Presentation: English (Spanish Focus)


Workshop F

Effective Prompts and Questioning to Improve Language Levels Royal B

Emma Bricker - Oyster River Middle School

In order to move students through proficiency levels, the prompts must ask them to continue to produce more. Adding different questioning strategies to prompts will result in more vocabulary and consistent language growth. Using Bloom’s Taxonomy as a guide can improve questioning variety and interest for students. Participants will apply theory to practice by creating their own questions and prompts that progressively move up both the ACTFL and Bloom’s Taxonomy levels.

Relevant Levels: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College/University, Supervisor

Relevant Languages: All

Language of Presentation: English


Workshop G

A Week in the Life: Making it Manageable Crown A

Robbie Richwine - Reagan High School, Michelle Bennett - Reagan High School

You’ve attended two days of FLANC sessions and are leaving with many ideas, but you’re probably also overwhelmed, thinking “that activity sounds awesome, but I don’t have 5 hours every day to prepare something fancy for all of my classes!” This workshop will reveal what two PFFs do during a randomly chosen week in their classes and how they focus on building communication skills while trying new activities, recycling ones that work, and staying sane in the process (and how you can do the same!).

Relevant Levels: Middle, Secondary

Relevant Languages: All

Language of Presentation: English


Workshop H

Using Data to Create Advocacy Materials for World Language Programs Crown B

Ann Marie Gunter - North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

This workshop will showcase the statewide data available for World Language programs and how it could be used to support, build, or expand a variety of World Language offerings. Handouts created for overall K-12 enrollment and language-specific analyses will be shared, along with materials showing the impact of language study on standardized test scores. The focus will be on participants creating their own materials to take back and use locally for program advocacy.

Relevant Levels: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, College/University, Supervisor

Relevant Languages: All

Language of Presentation: English