Conference Workshops-2017

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FLANC 51st Fall Conference, October 20-21, 2017

Friday Evening Workshops (6:30-9:30pm)


Workshop A

Everything You Can Imagine is Real: Integrating Art into World Language Classes    

Bethanie Drew, Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design

Art is a captivating, engrossing tool to use to engage students in self expression. With a little practice, it can also be a powerful way to encourage students to use their emerging language skills too! In this hands-on workshop, participants will experience art like they never have before and will leave with language activities to use in their classrooms on Monday, whether they teach level 1 or AP Lit. Particular emphasis will be on using art to inspire and build proficiency in all three modes.

Relevant to All Languages; Spanish Focus

Relevant Level(s): Middle; Secondary

Language of Presentation: English           



Workshop B

Classroom in a Box

Rosalyn Rhodes, Charlotte Latin School

Ever caught yourself on Pinterest thinking "I could have an awesome classroom setup if I had time, materials, artistic skills....never mind, no one cares about my classroom anyway."  Well friends, your students care, and in this workshop we're going to take the time to talk about the "what" and "why" of a good classroom setup.  We'll look at "must-have" areas and things to avoid, and we'll create a collection of starter materials that you can take back with you...essentially, a classroom in a box!

Relevant Language(s): Relevant to All Languages

Relevant Level(s): Elementary; Middle; Secondary; Supervisor

Language of Presentation: English



Workshop C

Guiding Language Learning – Applying Proficiency

Paul Sandrock - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Proficiency is at the core of language learning, from measuring progress to identifying effective learning strategies.  What can learners do at each proficiency level (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced)?  What does it take to move to the next level? Experience tasks to develop and assess learners’ proficiency interacting in conversations; understanding what is heard, read, or viewed; and creating written messages.  Learn to gather evidence for learners and educators to gauge progress.

Relevant Language(s): Relevant to All Languages

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

Language of Presentation: English



Workshop D

PBL Building Blocks: Build a Communication-Based Unit!

Laura Sexton - Gaston Early College High School

Build a PBL unit for any language class. Get hands-on practice designing a PBL unit that fits YOUR curriculum, YOUR schedule, and YOUR students. I’ll share examples of effective projects from Spanish 1 and 2 and walk you through steps to establish routines and assessments that engage all three modes of communication, incorporate comprehensible input, meet district and department expectations, and also scaffold a meaningful real-world experience that engages and inspires your students.

Relevant Language(s): Relevant to All Languages

Relevant Level(s): Secondary

Language of Presentation: English



FLANC 51st Fall Conference, 2017

Saturday afternoon workshops (3:00-6:00pm)


Workshop E

Yes....But How? Real Methods to Improve Students' L2 Production via Complexity and Use of Multiple Tenses

Erin Carlson and Stephanie Schenck - University of South Carolina

Frustrated because you're told WHAT to do in an L2 class but not HOW to do it--long- & short-term planning, activity creation and sequence, etc? Teachers of all levels will learn how to scaffold lessons and activities for increased L2 acquisition, how to increase creativity and complexity of L2 output, and how to improve usage and accuracy when combining multiple tenses. Great for no-textbook/bad textbook teachers! Leave with skeleton long- & short-term plans applicable to all levels & units!

Relevant Language(s): Relevant to All Languages

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

Language of Presentation: English


Workshop F

The Biliteracy Experience at Frank Porter Graham Bilingue

Claudia Saavandra and Luz Mery Suarez - Frank Porter Graham Bilingue

As instructional coaches, we will share our experience of growing the Dual Language program at Frank Porter Graham Bilingue. We started as a project-based school and now have shifted to creating and implementing biliteracy units. We will share our trials and errors and the process we followed. Finally, we will share our hopes for the future as we continue to grow this program.

Relevant Language(s): Spanish Focus

Relevant Level(s): Elementary / Supervisor

Language of Presentation: English


Workshop G

Proficiency for Beginners: I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

Karen Tharrington - NC State University

What does it mean to be “proficient”? What skills and knowledge are needed? How can teachers design activities that help students progress in their proficiency? If you have wanted to explore proficiency-oriented teaching more, this workshop will introduce teachers to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, as well as the NCWLES, as a springboard for understanding what proficiency "looks like" in a classroom in order to design student-focused tasks that maximize learning and promote language growth.

Relevant Language(s): Relevant to All Languages

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

Language of Presentation: English


Workshop H

Designing a Chinese calligraphy curriculum in a two/four-year Chinese program.

Bonnie Wang - Durham Academy

This workshop is offered to high school or college Chinese teachers who are interested in teaching or developing a calligraphy course. Sample syllabus, teaching materials, methodology and professional development resources will be introduced.

Relevant Language(s): Chinese Focus

Relevant Level(s): College / University

Language of Presentation: Chinese



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