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Massachusetts Foreign Language Association 2015 Fall Conference, October 29-31, Sturbridge, MA.
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Thursday, October 29
 

9:00am

Atelier pédagogique: Creating Thematic Units and Assessing for Proficiency
Lead your own Révolution française by moving away from textbook-driven teaching toward proficiency-based, thematic units. Learn how to devise essential questions for a thematic unit; write Can-Do Statements appropriate for students' proficiency levels; select authentic materials for interpretive assessments; and create proficiency-focused interpersonal and presentational assessments. Bring an existing unit and textbook for reference. Come away with templates for unit design and lesson planning, websites for French thematic units, and sample performance assessments and rubrics.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Blouwolff

Rebecca Blouwolff

French teacher, Wellesley Middle School
All fired up about proficiency and authentic resources after a long and successful career teaching by the book. My gurus are Laura Terrill, Chantal Thompson, and Greg Duncan.



Thursday October 29, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm
Sturbridge

9:00am

Design Beyond the Modes: Performance to Proficiency with IPAs for Transfer
We will design IPAs in the three modes of communication and then go beyond the modes. Using the Turnarounds to Transfer model, learn the characteristics of transfer to turnaround tasks you already designed and create new ones. These tasks align with the Common Core and help students think beyond themselves, building critical thinking skills. Please bring culturally authentic material and tasks you wish to turnaround!

Speakers

Thursday October 29, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm
Brookfield

9:00am

If Not Proficiency, What?
Language programs that are guided by principles of proficiency are better able to give their students what they want, and students are more inclined to stay with language study for a longer time. In this workshop, we will learn how to describe the different levels of speaking proficiency; we will be able to spot them when we see and hear them; and we will spend time learning how we plan to make proficiency happen.

Speakers
GD

Greg Duncan

An internationally recognized expert in World Language education, Greg Duncan, will lead the Academy. Serving first as a high school teacher of Spanish for 12 years, and concurrently for seven of those years as department head of the Georgia public schools’ largest foreign language program, he later held the position of Coordinator for Foreign Languages and International Education in the Georgia Department of Education. Greg is also the founder... Read More →



Thursday October 29, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm
Abbington

9:00am

Organizing and Supporting Your Students' Developing Proficiency: The New Teacher Guide
This workshop will overview the nationally recognized characteristics and standards for highly effective foreign language teaching and advocacy. Tools will be provided to implement a proficiency-oriented and context-based approach to teaching, assessment and programming, with the goal of having a strong impact on student learning and documenting evidence to demonstrate it. Technological tools will be presented to spark student interest and engage learners in communicative and culturally-based classroom activities. Bring a device and a textbook if it isn't available online.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Sherf

Nicole Sherf

Professor/Secondary Education Coordinator, Salem State University
Information and resources to advocate for language learning and language programs.



Thursday October 29, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm
Danforth

9:00am

Go Slow to Go far without Textbooks
Every class should be a story. Put away your textbook and instead design units so interesting that students will get lost in the stories and forget that they are acquiring the target language. This workshop will explore ways in which Total Proficiency in Reading Storytelling can make input more comprehensible and language acquisition more compelling and fun. This workshop is geared to Spanish teachers and will be conducted mostly in Spanish.


Thursday October 29, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm
Executive 1

3:00pm

4:30pm

Create a Rich Learning Environment for Student Interaction: 90% Plus
What makes for a truly rich environment for language learning? Consistent target language use plus student performance! Explore practical strategies for target language use by teachers and learners in the context of performance-based instruction: connecting with learners through their own demonstrably successful language use. In an interactive format, we will illustrate, brainstorm and demonstrate activities and techniques that promote positive conditions for language learning through 90%+ target language use and that help students develop proficiency and confidence.

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Gifford

Charlotte Gifford

Chair, World Languages, Greenfield Community College


Thursday October 29, 2015 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Abbington

4:30pm

Solutions for Online Translators
This is a follow-up workshop to the Best of MAFLA t session of the 2014 Conference. Last year, participants explored activities for students to avoid internet translation and encourage creativity. In this workshop (for people who attended the first one and first-time attendees), teachers will explore how to scaffold the writing process, structure rubrics, and teach students to evaluate translators and to use online dictionaries. Participants will be given time for discussion and to personalize learning.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Robustelli-Price

Amanda Robustelli-Price

Newington, CT
I was a teacher for ten years, and a department coordinator for two of those years. I left the classroom to be home with my son, Owen. I am passionate about world language education, and stay connected to the field through social media and conferences. I would love to talk with you about integrated performance assessments, project-based grading, TPR/TPRS, and how you are focusing on communication in the classroom. I have much to learn! I'm... Read More →



Thursday October 29, 2015 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Brookfield
 
Friday, October 30
 

7:00am

Volunteers' & Workshop Presenters' Breakfast
By invitation only.

Friday October 30, 2015 7:00am - 7:45am
Heritage Tavern

7:00am

Cash and Carry Breakfast
Friday October 30, 2015 7:00am - 8:00am
Exhibit Hall

7:00am

8:00am

Becoming Comprehensible: Easy, Practical Ways to Use Second Language Acquisition Research
This session will present a series of small, easy, practical and usable tweaks that any Latin teacher can start implementing immediately in order to begin to better align their classroom with the realities of language learning as demonstrated by Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research. Emphasis is on helping teachers easily and painlessly integrate research-driven best practices into their own classroom and style to improve students' Latin proficiency. Activities will be modeled, with examples provided and discussion encouraged.

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Stringer

Gregory Stringer

Latin Teacher, Burlington High School
I am constantly working to improve my “Immersive Latin Classroom” in which students reap the unquestionable benefits of cultivating all four of the communicative modes - reading, writing, listening and speaking in Latin - but without eschewing the benefits of a traditional Latin class, such as metalinguistic knowledge of grammar and structures, English derivatives, etc. I do so via collaboration with colleagues at professional conferences... Read More →



Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 9:15am
Executive 1

8:00am

Art as a Means to Cultural and Linguistic Learning
In this session, participants will learn to use famous works of art as authentic resources in the classroom, and subsequently strengthen students' cultural, linguistic and visual literacy. They will also receive a list of resources for creating art-based lesson plans and supplementing their own knowledge of art. This program will focus primarily on French Impressionism, but lessons may, of course, be adapted for other languages and artistic genres.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Zachary

Anne Zachary

French and Spanish Teacher, Ottoson Middle School
Anne Zachary is a linguist, educator and travel show host. She has received a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright Hays grant for study in Japan and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for study in Mexico. She was also recognized by Senator Elizabeth Warren for her participation in the National Gallery of Art’s Summer Teacher Institute in 2014. Her YouTube channel, “Wanderlust with Anne Zachary,” aims to inspire... Read More →



Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 9:15am
Southbridge

8:00am

Bringing About an Awareness of Social Justice in the Foreign Language Classroom
Social, political, and cultural events in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean have long attracted the public's attention, via the various media. The presenter will discuss social justice issues, across languages and cultures, and show how they can be integrated into the foreign language classroom. The session will bring about an awareness of how social justice can take center stage while still achieving classroom objectives. The themes of identity, immigration, and the environment will be explored.


Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 9:15am
American Grille Restaurant

8:00am

Building Proficiency by Focusing on Learners: Styles- and Strategies-Based Instruction (SSBI)
In order to build proficiency, students need to understand what they are learning well as how they can learn more efficiently, with better results. Whether working with struggling learners, or students who do fine but could do better, there are specific instructional and learner strategies that can help to improve students' learning and engagement. Participants will learn some background on SSBI as well as a number of strategies that they can use right away.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Eagan

Tim Eagan

Department Head, Classical & Modern Languages, Wellesley Public Schools



Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 9:15am
Danforth

8:00am

Bye-Bye to Teaching by the Book
Do you teach "by the book"? Have you thought about trying something else but don't know where to start? Begin to move your teaching away from a traditional, textbook-centered, grammar-based model toward a theme-based, proficiency model with proficiency-based assessments. Presented by an old dog who is learning to love new tricks, this session will prompt self-reflection, share a little inspiration, and connect you to many helpful resources such as blogs, planning templates, and authentic materials.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Blouwolff

Rebecca Blouwolff

French teacher, Wellesley Middle School
All fired up about proficiency and authentic resources after a long and successful career teaching by the book. My gurus are Laura Terrill, Chantal Thompson, and Greg Duncan.



Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 9:15am
Sturbridge

8:00am

Interactive Visual Technology: Using 'Thinglink' in the Foreign Language Classroom
Are you looking for new ways to incorporate technology into the language classroom? This presentation will focus on three different methods of using the interactive images of 'Thinglink' that stimulate student communication and encourage cultural understanding. The simplicity of 'Thinglink' and its ability to foster student creativity make it an immensely valuable tool for second language acquisition.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 9:15am
Board 1

8:00am

Productive Group Work
Do you want students to work productively in groups but aren't sure how? This session will give sample structures to use within the classroom so that students are more engaged, use the target language, and accomplish tasks within a student-centered activity. Teachers will have the chance to try various activities and then personalize them for their own classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Robustelli-Price

Amanda Robustelli-Price

Newington, CT
I was a teacher for ten years, and a department coordinator for two of those years. I left the classroom to be home with my son, Owen. I am passionate about world language education, and stay connected to the field through social media and conferences. I would love to talk with you about integrated performance assessments, project-based grading, TPR/TPRS, and how you are focusing on communication in the classroom. I have much to learn! I'm... Read More →



Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 9:15am
Heritage Tavern

8:00am

Student-Generated Activities
This session offers a hands-on demonstration of how to guide students to design their own activities. Most teachers spend many hours developing exercises that reinforce the material presented in their textbooks. Student-generated activities are created by students for other students with guidance from the teacher. This concept allows students to be more involved in the lesson, to motivate other students, to use language in a purposeful way, and to recycle a lot of information. In Spanish.

Speakers
LP

Luisa Piemontese

Southern CT State University


Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 9:15am
Seminar 1

8:00am

Google Apps in the Foreign Language Classroom
Goal: Spend less time creating slides. Solution: There are free resources to copy and paste! Goal: Start "flipping". Solution: YouTube is loaded with great videos! Goal: Spend less time catching up absent students and recovering from snow days. Solution: Post on a website! Goal: Use less paper. Solution: Go paperless with Google classroom! Goal: Collect data. Solution: Use Google Forms! Goal: Get students to communicate in the target language. Solution: Use Google applications!


Speakers
avatar for Amy St. Arnaud

Amy St. Arnaud

Spanish Teacher, North Reading High School
I am a Spanish teacher at North Reading High School and work with the SEEM Collaborative (Salem State University).



Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 9:15am
Dudley

8:00am

Integrate Engaging Activities to Advance Mandarin Chinese Proficiency
Focusing on increasing students' language proficiency, this interactive workshop will present activities that have been used with successful results by the presenter. Participants will take part in pair and group activities to experience how to actively engage students to support language development. In Mandarin.

Speakers
NL

Na Lu-Hogan

Mandarin Chinese Teacher, Arlington Public Schools
Ottoson Middle School


Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 11:00am
Seminar 2

8:00am

Activités engageantes à la québécoise
This workshop will be hands-on and will contain grouping, vocabulary, cooperative, speaking, reconstructive, circumlocution and white board activities to name a few. Participants will complete the activities so that they are comfortable with them and will be asked to give suggestions for using these activities to suit their own curricular needs. These ideas will be noted and sent to participants via email after the workshop. In French.


Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 11:00am
Brimfield

8:00am

Fostering Critical Thinking Through Authentic Materials
This interactive and hands-on workshop draws on the AP framework for World Languages and translates a theme-based approach to first-year language instruction. Attendees devise their own module based on these methods. Learn how to create engaging, content-based modules for the first year classroom structured around the six global themes. Tap into students' background knowledge and foster their developing critical thinking through the use of reflective journaling. Didacticize challenging authentic materials for the beginner.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 11:00am
Oxford

8:00am

Contemporary Italy: What To Learn, How To Teach It
In this workshop, we will explore the new social, cultural, and artistic aspects of Contemporary Italy and develop teaching strategies to expose students to global understanding of cultural differences and stereotypes. Authentic resources and ready-to-use activities based on these resources will guide participants to raise students’ intercultural awareness and to reflect on the factors that shape their individual views. Activities for students will be develop in groups and shared among participants.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 11:00am
Webster

8:00am

Let Your Students Sell Your Program: Latin Projects Beyond the Classroom
As Latin teachers, we can often face questions about the usefulness of what we do or how the knowledge of Latin can be a job advantage in a multi-lingual, global economy. In our individual districts, our programs are only as strong as our ability to forge meaningful connections with the community at large. We cannot do this alone. Our students themselves are the best advertisement for our programs, and in this workshop, the presenter hopes to share some of the ways that he tries to harness his students’ humor and channel their Latin exhibitionism in constructive ways. Participants will leave this workshop having explored a series of projects which they can adapt for their own programs - projects in which students can take their knowledge of Latin to the people, so to speak, and perform for a wider audience beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Speakers
avatar for Edward Zarrow

Edward Zarrow

Westwood High School
Father, husband, Latin teacher @WestwoodHS, language advocate, ACTFL 2016 National Foreign Language Teacher of the Year, President of the Classical Association of MA, 2014-2016, CANE Coordinator of Educational Programs, 2014-2018



Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 11:00am
Charlton

8:00am

Move up the Ladder with Confidence and Clear Goals
Students climb the ladder of language proficiency best when they feel safe, confident, successful and have fun in the process. In this workshop, participants will learn and practice activities that provide a supportive context for risk-taking, build community, focus on authentic language use, and follow language proficiency goals and standards. Participants will also learn how to guide students in self-assessing their language proficiency so they can set, monitor and assess their goals.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Cabral

Joshua Cabral

French and Spanish Teacher, Brookwood School
Brockwood School


Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 11:00am
Cheshire

8:00am

Using Proficiency Data for Program Improvement
Exemplary world language programs are guided by principles of proficiency. One of those important principles is using external data to reflect on student progress and to determine needed modifications in instructional delivery. This session will focus on what our external assessments can tell us about proficiency attainment and how we can use that information to enhance teaching and learning.

Speakers
GD

Greg Duncan

An internationally recognized expert in World Language education, Greg Duncan, will lead the Academy. Serving first as a high school teacher of Spanish for 12 years, and concurrently for seven of those years as department head of the Georgia public schools’ largest foreign language program, he later held the position of Coordinator for Foreign Languages and International Education in the Georgia Department of Education. Greg is also the founder... Read More →



Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 11:00am
Abbington

8:00am

Integrating Global into World Language Instruction
It is said that you can’t separate language and culture. For language teachers it is not always as easy as it sounds. How do you ad-dress both language objectives as well as discuss global and cultural issues with your students? In this session, participants will examine globalizing strategies and ideas, and practice integrating them into world language lessons. Participants will also explore and receive exemplar global language lessons and resources. In Spanish.

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Allen

Jorge Allen

Coordinator, English Language Learners & World Language Programs, Andover Public Schools



Friday October 30, 2015 8:00am - 11:00am
Brookfield

9:15am

10:00am

Promoting French Through Films
The Co-Editor of Volume 1 Allons au Cinema: Promoting French through Films published by AATF in 2014, will preview the 15 francophone films soon to be published in Volume 2 in an interactive session. Participants will discover how to incorporate these films into thematic units on global challenges, such as alienation and prejudice, family structure and values and gastronomy. Activities, resources, web quests, projects, socio-historical contexts and performance assessments will all be presented. In French.

Speakers
JB

Joyce Beckwith

Wilmington High School (ret)
Former MaFLA President, Chair of Professional Development and Hospitality Coordinator for MaFLA, former AATF New England Regional Representative and Treasurer of AATF E. MA Chapter, Co Editor of Volumes 1 & 2 of "Allons au Cinema: Promoting French Through Films," published by AATF. Presenting on Films at 2015 Conference.


Friday October 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Sturbridge

10:00am

Carmina et sacra quibus melius Latinam docere possis
Because songs and rituals enter the brain differently from what is read or spoken, using them in the Latin classroom enables better teaching of Latin. The presenter will share songs she has written, based on Broadway and old standards, to make Latin more accessible through a different, amusing, and engaging pathway. In addition, she will also share how she celebrates a calendar of events from the equinox in September to honoring seniors in June to make a coherent group of each class.

Speakers
avatar for Alice Lanckton

Alice Lanckton

Latin teacher, Newton South High School
Come sing some songs only a Latin teacher would love. | Here are the first words of one: | (to the tune of "Guys and Dolls") | When you see a verb and it's more than one verb | you can bet . . . . Come learn the rest and 20 other songs that make Latin accessible. Terrible voices welcome.


Friday October 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Executive 1

10:00am

Answers Will Vary
Teachers of world languages can get caught in the trap of using just workbooks, fill-in-the-blanks, and matching and the communicative purpose of our lessons gets lost along the way. This session will help teachers use the tools of these kinds of assignments to build up to communicative assessments, measuring oral and written production. Teachers will leave with communicative objectives for their classes, building on what they already know how to assess.


Friday October 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Board 1

10:00am

Assessing Performance: Moving from Chapter Tests to Authentic Assessments
It's time to let go of chapter tests and focus on what really matters - what students can do with language! In this session, the presenter will look at how to transform assessments into meaningful, authentic, and engaging ways to capture student progress. Integrating Can-Do statements and proficiency targets, and focusing on the three modes of communication, the presenter will share examples of performance assessments and practice transforming some typical language topics and developing assessments for use in any language classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Ritz

Catherine Ritz

Director of World Languages, Arlington Public Schools
I am a National Board certified teacher and the World Language Director in Arlington Public Schools, as well as the President of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA).



Friday October 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Seminar 1

10:00am

Let's Get (Inter)personal!
Silence is golden unless one is in a world language classroom. If a person is looking for ways to raise the decibel level of the classroom, this session will offer the ways to do so! The presenter will highlight authentic interpersonal tasks at various proficiency levels that can be adapted to any spoken language.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Heritage Tavern

10:00am

The WHYs, HOWs, and WHAT THENs of Flipping your Classroom
By moving teacher-centered content outside of the classroom, face time is freed up for a more in-depth focus on the three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational. This session looks at the reasons why one might choose to go this route, some practical options for making the flip, and some ideas for how to address the three modes of communication using authentic materials. The session will be conducted in English with examples primarily in Spanish.

Speakers
avatar for Sue Griffin

Sue Griffin

Senior Lecturer, Master Level - Spanish, Boston University
I'm interested in all things technological, teaching to proficiency, and teacher training.


Friday October 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Webster

10:00am

Flipping the Spanish Language Classroom
Flipping the classroom, or Aula invertida, allows for class time to be used to engage in student-centered activities. In this session, participants will learn how to move the lecture outside the Spanish classroom, all facilitated by the use of technology with free and/or low cost websites and specific apps available for educators while learning the vocabulary and gaining confidence to talk in Spanish about this current educational trend. Bring a device. In Spanish.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Figarella-Zawil

Diana Figarella-Zawil

Spanish Teacher & Curriculum Designer, Brooks School/freelancer
Diana Zawil is a dedicated and creative language consultant, a curriculum designer, and an instructor of Spanish and Visual Arts with over 15 years of experience in education (both art and Spanish). Always a language learner, Diana has studied French and Arabic. | | She has taught art and Spanish in a variety of settings including private tutoring for AP examinations, all K-12 levels in public schools, graduate and undergraduate university... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
American Grille Restaurant

10:00am

Hispanic Cinema: Creating Thematic Units with Films from the Spanish-Speaking World
This session will describe teacher-developed thematic units built around various authentic films from the Spanish-speaking world. Students who have taken this course develop an awareness of such topics as the history and politics of Latin America and Spain, famous Hispanics, immigration, and realismo mágico. Participants will receive fresh ideas on activating students' interest by engaging activities in the target language structured around the films they view. An iPad or laptop is suggested. In Spanish.

Speakers
MJ

Matthew Jones

Spanish Teacher, Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School


Friday October 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Danforth

10:00am

¡A Compartir! Raising Proficiency in the AP Spanish Class
Presenters will share two curricular units based on the novella Macario and the film Mar Adentro in order to increase students' proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking. On Macario, all the big topics of the AP exam will be addressed while focusing on cultural comparisons. On Mar Adentro the focus will be on standing and defending a point of view, a skill necessary to write a persuasive essay. Participants should bring materials to share with colleagues. In Spanish.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Southbridge

11:00am

Buffet Lunch
Pre-registration required.

Friday October 30, 2015 11:00am - 1:30pm
Courtyard

11:00am

Cash and Carry Lunch
Friday October 30, 2015 11:00am - 1:30pm
Exhibit Hall

11:15am

Exhibit Hall Break
Friday October 30, 2015 11:15am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall

12:00pm

The Formula for Success: Learners at the Center
Speakers
GD

Greg Duncan

An internationally recognized expert in World Language education, Greg Duncan, will lead the Academy. Serving first as a high school teacher of Spanish for 12 years, and concurrently for seven of those years as department head of the Georgia public schools’ largest foreign language program, he later held the position of Coordinator for Foreign Languages and International Education in the Georgia Department of Education. Greg is also the founder... Read More →



Friday October 30, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Grand Ballroom

1:00pm

Holding the Ladder: Guiding Teachers in Proficiency-Based Assessment
This session, especially suited to Department Chairs of World Language Departments, will demonstrate how a few districts have been pushing and helping teachers assess production skills via DDMs and other benchmarks. Samples of student work and rubrics will be shared. Together, the group will begin the process for widespread collaboration to help administrators build on each other's work and make DDMs and benchmarks more meaningful.


Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Southbridge

1:00pm

Developing Linguistic and Cultural Fluency in AP Courses Using Graded Texts and Authentic Genres
As students advance in their study of Mandarin Chinese, they are tasked with developing cultural competency in order to fully communicate. Incorporating graded texts and authentic language materials can simultaneously build linguistic and cultural fluency. This presentation will demonstrate how to strengthen the teaching and learning of cultural literacy in the Advanced Placement course through the use of supplementary materials.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Board 1

1:00pm

Fun Activities Based on Critical Thinking Skills
This presentation will provide practical methods to help students obtain 21st Century skills such as critical thinking skills. The presenter will introduce how to categorize thinking strategies into routines for introducing and exploring ideas, for synthesizing and organizing ideas and for digging deeper into ideas. The presentation will provide rationale behind every routine, appropriate content selection, process of each step, and assessment and tips. These methodologies will make the class activities more interesting. In Chinese.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Seminar 2

1:00pm

Reading Paintings, Reading Poems: Strategies to Build Proficiency in the French Classroom.
Visual art is one of the best ways to capture students' attention and get them to express their opinions. This session will focus on the use of art and poetry in the language classroom. It will show through specific examples how paintings can be used as a tool to teach poetry, develop linguistic competence and explore cultural and historical contexts. Participants will be provided with activities they can use in their own classroom. In French.


Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Sturbridge

1:00pm

Not So Grimm: Teaching Language and Culture Through Folklore
Versions of popular folktales exist in all languages, illustrate cultural values and human desires, and are continuously reinvented in advertising, literature, media and art. Folklore-based activities allow learners to compare, contrast and analyze their own and German communities, gain insights, and perform, narrate, and interpret figurative language. Hands-on assignments for all proficiency levels range from grammar practice and intercultural analysis to creative writing and can be adapted to any instructional level. In German.


Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Oxford

1:00pm

La scrittura e gli errori: come e quanto correggere la produzione scritta degli studenti
Should teachers correct errors in L2 student writing? When should teachers respond to students' grammatical errors and how should they provide feedback?
These are important questions that teachers face when correcting students' writings. In this session the presenter will explore methods to improve students' writing skills by analyzing direct versus indirect corrective feedback and comprehensive versus selective feedback. In Italian.


Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Webster

1:00pm

Bringing Latin and its Vivacity into the 21st Century
Boo! Clues and mystery! People magazine! This session will explore active student-centered projects and activities that make antiquity alive for modern audiences and learners. Participants will explore projects that bring students together, get them up and moving, and connect life two thousand years ago to life now by looking at Halloween Hades; Rome and Pompeii scavenger hunts; and Ovid's Heroides in the 21st century. Participants will brainstorm and create projects for their own students as well.

Speakers
MK

Maureen Keleher

Teacher of Latin and English; Freshmen Class Co-Dean, Thayer Academy
I have been teaching Latin and English since 1994, both middle school and high school. Right now I am teaching high school, both regular level classes and honors and AP level classes. I strive to make the students master the Latin, love the language, see and feel the relevance of Latin and of the Classics. | | In my workshop, I want to work with teachers both to share my own stories of what has worked with high schoolers and to collaborate... Read More →



Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Executive 1

1:00pm

Characteristics and Practices of Highly Effective Language Teachers
Over the past several decades educational reform in the United States has focused on student outcomes. In general, scholars agree that teacher quality is probably the most important school-based factor affecting student achievement. Studies focusing on the characteristics of highly effective language teachers suggest the importance of teachers’ identity as it relates to the workplace, communicative competence, motivational orientation as well as one’s sense of humor and sense of efficacy have positive effects on students and instructors alike. Grounded theoretically, empirical research on these five teacher characteristics as they are related to student outcomes will be presented. Afterward, the presenter discusses high-leverage teaching practices that have been shown to improve teaching and learning of languages. This research has implications for world language teachers and district administrators.

Speakers
PS

Peter Swanson

Associate Professor, Foreign Language Education, ACTFL & Georgia State University
I investigate language teacher identity and socialization practices.


Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Brimfield

1:00pm

Experience an Integrated Performance Assessment
Do you keep hearing about Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs) but feel overwhelmed whenever you try to get started? During this session, participants will experience an IPA, including activities to prepare students for the three different assessments and grading with rubrics for the interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational tasks. After acting as "students," teachers will have time in small-group discussions to personalize their learning for classroom use.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Robustelli-Price

Amanda Robustelli-Price

Newington, CT
I was a teacher for ten years, and a department coordinator for two of those years. I left the classroom to be home with my son, Owen. I am passionate about world language education, and stay connected to the field through social media and conferences. I would love to talk with you about integrated performance assessments, project-based grading, TPR/TPRS, and how you are focusing on communication in the classroom. I have much to learn! I'm... Read More →



Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Charlton

1:00pm

Language Proficiency + Cultural Intelligence (CQ) = Global Citizen
How do we teach culture? Facts are a helpful start, but teachers need to use this knowledge to develop Cultural Intelligence (CQ) that will help them to engage appropriately and respectfully with different cultures. In this session, participants will learn a framework that uses the ten Cultural Value Dimensions commonly used to explore and understand cultures. Participants will leave with concrete ideas for preparing students to be global citizens with a strong CQ.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Cabral

Joshua Cabral

French and Spanish Teacher, Brookwood School
Brockwood School


Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Seminar 1

1:00pm

Google Classroom: On-the-Go Proficiency
This session will provide an integrated view of Google Classroom. Mobile technology and its application to language instruction and learning are the focus. Participants will create a class, invite students, create assignments, and convert from Microsoft Office. Resources and mobile apps will all be addressed. Participants should bring a laptop or tablet. In Spanish.

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Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Heritage Tavern

1:00pm

Learning About Culture and Current Events in the Target Language
How can we expose our students to cultural aspects and societal issues while maintaining 90% target language use? The presenter will show how she incorporates these topics while infusing lessons with rich vocabulary and opportunities to practice the four language skills. Examples will include film, music, photographs and readings. While the examples relate to Spanish-speaking countries and are geared toward middle school, they can be easily adapted for use with other levels and languages. In Spanish.

Speakers
AV

Ally Van Laethem

Ally Van Laethem is a Spanish teacher at Masconomet Regional Middle School in Boxford, MA where she teachers both 7th and 8th grade. Ally brings authentic films, photos, music, and readings into her classroom in order to teacher culture, grammar, and vocabulary. Her focus is on bringing authentic material into the lower level classes and making learning possible in the target language! She will be presenting with her friend and colleague... Read More →



Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Abbington

1:00pm

Digital Professional Development: Twitter, Google+, and More
Do you ever wish you could get more professional development than what is offered in your district or surrounding area? Expand your Professional Learning Network (PLN) to include teachers from around the world. Using Twitter and other digital means opens you up to some of the best professional development possible. You'll feel invigorated, rejuvenated, and ready to start each day with new ideas. Teachers are always ready to lend each other support or ideas. Come meet some "tweeps!"

Speakers
avatar for Alison Nelson

Alison Nelson

Spanish Teacher, Sandwich High School/STEM Academy
I am a Spanish teacher for grades 7-12 in Sandwich MA. I love using technology in my lessons and daily life. I'm just beginning in the world of TPRS/TCI , but I'm loving it already.


Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Brookfield

1:00pm

“NEW” Introducing LIVE powered by SANSSpace: The web based Language Lab for Chromebook’s, iPad’s, Mac’s and PC’s and portable environments
LIVE is a “NEW” web based Language Learning solution that can be used by any Platform/ OS,  I.E. Chrome books, iPads, Mac’s or PC’s  LIVE “in class” Instruction Development from this Summer/Fall will be introduced for the first time. LIVE Instructional features discussed will be Interpersonal Random Pairing, Live Oral testing and AP Exam practice and administration tools. “Out of class”- at home- Comparative Audio and Video Recording, Student Oral Portfolio’s , Oral Proficiency Interview’s, YouTube Import are all contained in one location, accessible from anywhere with a simple user Interface. Teachers can be extremely creative using all Content they want and need from ANY publisher.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
American Grille Restaurant

1:00pm

Achieving Proficiency Goals for Global Competence
In this workshop, participants will explore multiple ways of building proficiency in a foreign language classroom. Key strategies and activities that lead from performance toward proficiency will be demonstrated as a means of helping students to cross major proficiency borders. A focus on building intercultural competence as a means to encourage growth across skill areas within the target language will be highlighted. Participants will be provided with suggestions for classroom strategies.

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Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Danforth

1:00pm

Literacy and Proficiency: Making the Connection
Research confirms that study of another language can reinforce literacy gains in the native language, a powerful claim for World Language study as part of the core curriculum. Our classes can become learning environments where students simultaneously move up the proficiency ladder in the target language and make gains is literacy in both languages. Participants will study/review key documents from both fields, making connections notably between the Common Core standards for ELA and our field’s national standards and proficiency guidelines. We will examine how effective use of authentic materials foster students’ performance in all communicative modes. Working within the framework of Backward Design, participants will learn how to review and readjust curriculum to make these potential gains a reality.

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Gifford

Charlotte Gifford

Chair, World Languages, Greenfield Community College


Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Dudley

1:00pm

Unfolding Curriculum with Backward Design
How do I design from the Standards with performance as the goal? What does performance assessment look like? This workshop guides participants through a model protocol, aligning backward design specifically with the World Readiness Standards (5Cs). Teachers will learn how to design an articulated, thematic curriculum using Culture as the framer with transfer tasks that go beyond the communicative modes. Participants leave with tools to continue design work in their schools.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Cheshire

2:00pm

Retirees' Reception
By invitation only.

Friday October 30, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presidential Suite

2:30pm

It's Elementary! Planning and Implementing World Languages in K-6
Interest is growing across the state and the nation in developing K-12 language programs. How does one approach designing a sustainable, research-based and proficiency-based model? This session will provide a thorough overview of requirements for a successful elementary program from the perspectives of a long-established program, a program in its second year, and a brand new program. The discussion will include rationale, vision, planning, scheduling, hiring, as well as curriculum, assessment and instruction.

Speakers
DC

Dawn Carney

Brookline Public Schools


Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Charlton

2:30pm

Learning by Doing: Engaging Students in Chinese Language Learning & Engaging Activities to Increase Student Interest in Chinese Language and Culture
In this combined session participants will have the opportuni- ty to take part in different games and engaging activities and learn how to incorporate them in class to help students improve Chi- nese proficiency. They will also have the chance to help students increase proficiency by using hi-tech or no-tech and exploring real- life tasks that support target language use by students. In Chinese.




Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Seminar 2

2:30pm

Cartoons, Comics and Satire as Prompts for Conversations
In this session, the presenters will use realia to start conversations about contemporary French culture using grammar and vocabulary in context. The examples will focus on French cartoons, comics and satire to analyze thematic social and cultural issues. The presenters will show activities and games where students will work on their language proficiency while learning about specific issues, making analyses and comparisons with the society in which they live. In French.

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Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Sturbridge

2:30pm

AP-Style Assesments at Any Level
To adequately prepare students for the AP exam, teachers need to start exposing them to the style of the exam at the lower levels. In this session, participants will become familiar with the format of the exam and practice creating lower level assessments that compliment their curriculum and utilize the format of the exam.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Oxford

2:30pm

Creating Materials for AP Italian Language and Culture
This session will present strategies that teachers of AP Italian can use to create instructional and assessment materials based on authentic resources that draw from the six course themes and their recommended contexts, and that will help students to address essential questions. Participants will learn how to identify and find suitable resources, how to contextualize them, and how to use them to create opportunities for students to engage in the three modes of communication. In Italian.


Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Webster

2:30pm

Reading Strategies: Summarizing with a Purpose
In this interactive session, presenters will demonstrate several ways in which students at any level might interact with and show their understanding of a new passage of Latin ... without translating.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Cain

Sara Cain

Latin Teacher, Monomoy Regional Middle School
A second-year Latin teacher who believes that all students of Latin grow exponentially as a result of their studies. Let's see how we can show ourselves and our students the degree of that growth!


Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Executive 1

2:30pm

Adding Some Spice: Making Everyday Activities Interactive
In this session, the presenter will share ways to make activities more engaging, including vocabulary review, grammar and cultural topics. Attendees will have a chance to practice some of the activities shared in the presentation. Participants should bring a laptop to get started in creating something fun for Monday.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Brookfield

2:30pm

AFS Presents: Weaving Intercultural Education into your Curriculum
Bring the world to your classroom and expose your students to intercultural experiences! Learn how to utilize AFS' Intercultural Learning content to seamlessly incorporate global learning through the Common Core Standards into your curriculum. AFS Intercultural Programs will focus on four key ways that you can foster cross-cultural skills and understanding by encouraging diversity, promoting cultural dialogue, embracing technology and participating in a cultural exchange experience. AFS lesson plans and activities will be provided. Exhibitor session.


Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Board 1

2:30pm

America's Languages in the 21st Century: The National Commission and what MaFLA Can Do
As the Language Enterprise engages with the Commission on Languages of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, state teacher organizations need to ensure that they are ready to present themselves to the broader public and policy makers as essential components of responsible 21st century world citizenship. The language industry occupies a central place in the world economy; addressing global geopolitics, demographic change, and emerging global challenges such as climate change requires linguistic and cultural human capital. This presentation discusses the state of language in the US in light of the upcoming Commission, and provides concrete steps for MaFLA leaders and members to take to ensure that the they have a voice in policy decisions at the local and national level.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Seminar 1

2:30pm

Introducing  ELAG - The European  Languages Advocacy Group
ELAG, the European Languages Advocacy Group, was recently created to promote the teaching of 5 European languages (French,German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) and the benefits of bilingualism in New England.  In this session, representatives from the Consulates of France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain will present on resources and support which are available to foreign language departments.  Come and learn what ELAG, a unique initiative in the US, can do for YOU!

Speakers
MB

Magali Boutiot

French Cultural Services
Advocating for the teaching and learning of European languages.


Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
American Grille Restaurant

2:30pm

Ten Steps to a Successful Career
Are there only ten steps? No, but these will get you off to a great start! If you're a new teacher, you need these! If you're more experienced, see if you've already checked them off your list. The presenter will offer many useful ideas for transitioning into your new job.

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Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Abbington

2:30pm

Common Core Standards in the Spanish Classroom
Participants explore the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the Spanish classroom, its alignment with the National Language Standards, the Common Core en español, the ACTFL/CCSS Crosswalk and how instructional materials must support the CCSS. The presenter will also share information about a new Program and Student Certification and Summer Inservice Abroad Program. Exhibitor's Session.

Speakers
S

Santillana

Educational Sales Consultant, Santillana USA Publishing
Santillana offers the largest selection of culturally authentic K-12 Spanish resources: instructional programs, children's and young adult books, reference materials, and professional development. We collaborate with Santillana offices worldwide to bring teachers and students the best in Spanish language and culture.


Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Heritage Tavern

2:30pm

Contextualizing U.S. Latino Literature for AP Spanish Literature and Culture
This interactive session will model interdisciplinary instructional strategies for AP Spanish Literature and Culture that engage and challenge students to contextualize U.S. Latino Literature (specifically Tomás Rivera's ...y no se lo tragó la tierra). The session will include formative and summative assessments that directly connect to the themes and learning objectives to effectively prepare students for success on the exam. Handouts provided. In Spanish.

Speakers
CS

Cameron Stephen

Department Chair, Cypress Fairbanks ISD


Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Southbridge

2:30pm

Technology Meets Hands-On Learning
Whether you have been teaching the same material for years or have only been in front of a class for a few months, this session offers tools teachers are craving to liven things up! A focus on blending technology with hands-on experiences will provide ideas on how to rejuvenate creative writing prompts, and participants will also learn about art by MAKING art and use technology to make a big impact. This session includes a "how to" on Prezi and Blendspace. Participants should bring an electronic device.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Brimfield

3:45pm

Exhibit Hall Break
Friday October 30, 2015 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Exhibit Hall

4:30pm

Finding a Balance Between Paper and Pencil and the iPad
The presenter will share and compare her own practices of using paper and pencil activities and the iPad in Chinese class. Topics discussed in this session will include different ways of teaching and learning through traditional and paperless methods. Participants will review the advantage of both methods and be able to choose the ideal approach to balance the use of mobile devices and paper and pencil in their own Chinese classrooms. In Chinese.

Speakers
avatar for ChinHuei Yeh

ChinHuei Yeh

Shrewsbury Public Schools
A passionate Chinese instructor who loves to explore learning and teaching with technology. She also loves to share her experience with others.



Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Seminar 2

4:30pm

The Proficiency Cohort: Making Shift Happen, District-Wide
Working in isolation, teachers can find it overwhelming to develop a proficiency-based curriculum. But working in a collaborative cohort, teachers are willing to take risks and feel confident trying out new methods. The result of this on-going, job-embedded work is curricula with integrated performance assessments that support the development of student proficiency in meaningful, authentic, and engaging ways. Come learn about this process and hear the experience of one district that's making shift happen!

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Ritz

Catherine Ritz

Director of World Languages, Arlington Public Schools
I am a National Board certified teacher and the World Language Director in Arlington Public Schools, as well as the President of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA).



Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Charlton

4:30pm

Perform the Culture: Integration of Behavioral Culture into Instruction
This session presents a hands-on implementation of Performed Culture Approach in Chinese language instruction. The presenter will use concrete examples to demonstrate how to provide the learners the personal experience of doing things in class in a specific context. Through repeated rehearsal and evaluated feedback, learners can internalize and transfer both linguistic forms and behavioral norms from short-term to long-term memory and become successful participants in Chinese culture using Chinese as their primary language.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Seminar 2

4:30pm

Study Abroad: Choose France!
This session will explain the key points of the higher education system in France. It describes the advantages of studying there and how U.S. high school students can register to be enrolled full-time at a French university. In French.

Speakers
EM

Emmanuelle Marchand

Cultural attaché, Consulate general of France in Boston


Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Sturbridge

4:30pm

Songs, Games and Activities for the French FLES Classroom
In the FLES classroom, engaging young students and motivating them to communicate in French is facilitated by incorporating music and games in the lessons and by establishing entertaining traditions to reinforce what has been presented.  Music is an excellent teaching tool as it enhances memory in a special way, and gestures help students associate French words with meaning.  Songs will be presented, so participants should come prepared to sing. TPR (Total Physical Response) effectively helps students associate actions with words.  Participants will learn and engage in a number of TPR activities and games. Participants in this session are encouraged to bring their own favorite French FLES songs and activities to share. In French.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Jeon-Chapman

Judith Jeon-Chapman

Full Professor, Worcester State University
Although I have been teaching French at the university level since 1981, I taught French FLES classes for 12 years to K-5 students in Seattle and in Worcester. I will be sharing some of my favorite activities, including many songs and games. My presentation will be interactive, so come ready to sing, play games, and share some of your favorite FLES activities. Feel free to record us singing various songs so you will be able to sing them in the... Read More →



Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Southbridge

4:30pm

Creating and Incorporating Proficiency and Performance Speaking Assessments Throughout the Curriculum
In this session, teachers will learn the difference between proficiency and performance assessments and what that means in terms of speaking. Teachers will learn how to help their students bring their level of speaking up to match (or even exceed!) their level of writing at every level of language while still maintaining grammatical and contextual accuracy. Teachers will learn 4-5 different methods they can use and adapt for any and every level of language. Teachers will see examples performed as well as participate in speaking activities so that they will leave knowing exactly how to most effectively incorporate it into their lesson plans and classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Devon Ellis

Devon Ellis

German Teacher, Wellesley High School
My name is Devon Ellis, and I have been teaching German and French at Wellesley High School for the past 10 years. I am very excited to be presenting at MaFLA for the first time! I have been focusing on converting all of my classes over to a proficiency based learning environment, while maintaining high expectations and a rigorous curriculum. I also run the German Exchange program at our school, so I'm happy to talk to anyone about starting... Read More →


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Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Seminar 1

4:30pm

My Kids Are Learning?!? Energetic Songs for Teaching German
In this session, participants will get to know energetic songs that have been especially written for learning German as a second language. The subjects are relevant, the verses short and quickly learned, new words are often repeated, and the melodies are catchy. Many studies have shown how important music is to brain development and everyone knows how much children love music. Come learn how to incorporate singing into the German class! In German.

Speakers
avatar for Susanne Powers

Susanne Powers

Music Teacher, German Saturday School Boston



Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Oxford

4:30pm

Mythology Role-Playing Games in the Latin Classroom
This presentation will show how to make students active participants in mythology through table-top role-playing games (RPG). The presenter will share ways RPG can foster continued cooperation and enthusiasm for Latin and will also explain the mechanics of an Aeneid based RPG. Participants will then play a portion of the game. All RPG materials will be provided. This activity can be adapted to any textbook and has been thoroughly play-tested in the Latin classroom with grades 7-12.

Speakers
avatar for Jocelyn Demuth

Jocelyn Demuth

Latin Teacher, Whitcomb School
I've spent my 20+ year career finding and cultivating those activities and stories that make students reluctant to leave the classroom. The mythology RPG, the subject of this workshop, is one of the best ways I have found to create interest in all things Latin. It draws students into the world of mythology with an intensity greater than the promise of free pizza. I've taught everybody: grade 6 -12, levels 1 -A.P. Talk to me. I love to... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Executive 1

4:30pm

Activities Your Students Will Love!
The presenter will show activities that can easily be done in the classroom as well as different ways to do activities that teachers are already doing. These activities work with all age groups and all languages. Participants will see and experience first-hand activities that will get students interacting and engaged tomorrow.


Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Dudley

4:30pm

Leading Student Trips to Europe
Do you want to lead a student trip to Europe, but have been afraid to try this? In this session, the presenter will provide material, ideas, and information on how to organize and lead a trip to Europe. Participants will learn all the steps and gain useful information not only to plan but to make their trips a reality. The presenter has led many trips to Spain, France, and Italy and can offerways to increase the confidence a leader needs to make the trip a reality.

Speakers

Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Heritage Tavern

4:30pm

¿De qué hablamos cuando hablamos de realismo mágico?
You think you know what it is, but can you define it? More importantly, can you teach it? Magical realism is a truly trans-cultural yet slippery concept with a history far longer and more international than most realize. This session will move beyond the noise to trace the story from 1920s Germany, to Latin America, and to the rest of the world. In Spanish.

Speakers
KR

Kenneth Reeds

University offering a Master of Arts in teaching Spanish.


Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Brimfield

4:30pm

Appy Hour + (75 mins of Appy Fun)
Join me for Appy Hour! In this session, participants will learn to mix up some cool Apps to move students from consumers to creators. The presenter will share easy-to-use recipes to create multimedia presentations, projects, and products to showcase what students can do as they climb the proficiency ladder. Some sample recipes: Tellagami + Thinglink = Interactive engagement; Tellagami + Pic Collage + Book Creator = Digital Portfolio to document growth. Bring a mobile device: iPad preferred.

Speakers
KS

Kevan Sano

6-12 Curriculum Coordinator for Foreign Languages, Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School
Hamilton-Wenham High School


Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Webster

5:30pm

MaFLA Member Reception
Complimentary food and beverages for all attendees. Come relax and discuss your day.

Friday October 30, 2015 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Grand Ballroom
 
Saturday, October 31
 

7:30am

Immersion Breakfast Buffet
Pre-registration required.

Saturday October 31, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
Courtyard

8:15am

Connecting Practice to Assessment in the Foreign Language Classroom
In this workshop, participants will examine a wide variety of local and external foreign language assessments used in Glastonbury Public Schools. Data gathered from these assessments will be used to spark conversation around performance activities that help to support building proficiency in a foreign language classroom. Teachers will have time to review data in order to reflect on ways to set appropriate benchmark goals for their own curricula, instruction and assessments.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 8:15am - 11:15am
Brookfield

8:15am

Curriculum Design with Culture at the Core
This session guides participants through a model protocol, aligning Understanding by Desing (UbD) specifically with 5Cs. Teachers and administrators will learn how to design program level, articulated, curriculum using Culture at the heart of the Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions in Stage One, Performance Assessment Student Statements in Stage Two, and Intercultural Competency Can Dos in Stage Three. This session is hands-on and interactive with presentation, examples, and discussion. Participants leave with tools to continue design work in their schools.

Speakers

Saturday October 31, 2015 8:15am - 11:15am
Cheshire

8:30am

Data Analysis Makeover: From 4-Letter Word to 4-Star Practice
They are students, not numbers! Sound familiar? It's time to reframe. The presenter will share one district's journey as common student learning experiences, common assessments, and common grading are commonplace among our teachers who, with their students, remain the focus of teaching and learning by USING multiple data sets to craft goals and improve performance. Participants will examine their own
journeys toward reframing state mandates, and gather the necessary resources to move forward.

Speakers
KT

Kim Talbot

Director of Global Education, K-12, Melrose Public Schools
Bio: I have over 20 years of French/Spanish teaching experience in private, urban, and suburban districts. Melrose Public Schools supports 5 languages (French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish) at both the middle school and high school levels - through Advanced Placement in all languages. A late-comer to data analysis, my core belief is that all children have the capacity to learn language and every teacher has the capacity and... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am
Dudley

8:30am

Skit as Proficiency-oriented Summative Assessment
This presentation explores proficiency-based teaching techniques in a Chinese classroom. Students' learning difficulties can emerge from structural differences between L1 and L2. L1-to-L2 feature borrowing may be spotted early in formative assessments but can remain obscure at a later stage of learning. An end-of-semester group skit is suggested as a summative assessment with which the outcome of formative instruction and learner language as expression can be examined to inform teaching. In Chinese.

Speakers
avatar for Cheng-Fu Chen

Cheng-Fu Chen

Assistant Professor, Framingham State University



Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am
Seminar 2

8:30am

Language and Identity: le français au Québec
Explore the unique aspects of the French language as it is spoken in Québec. Participants will engage in activities to understand the differences between standard French, le français québécois and le joual. The presenters will explore poems and songs that reveal the importance of language to Québécois identity. Participants will learn how to present this central aspect of Québécois culture to students in their French classes. italicize le français québécois and le joual (foreign words) Can we ask presenter to present in French?

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Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am
Sturbridge

8:30am

STEM in the German Classroom: Language Across the Curriculum
Since Germany is a world leader in technology, students of German have the ideal context for simultaneously gaining language and STEM skills. The presenters will share their experiences in attending STEM / MINT workshops and in organizing week-long STEM / MINT projects in their schools. They will demonstrate how to integrate science, technology and math all in the target language into the German curriculum. Participants will acquire STEM mini-lessons and ideas for larger STEM projects. In German.

Speakers
JC

Joan Campbell

German Teacher & Department Coordinator, Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School
German language and cultural resources.


Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am
Oxford

8:30am

Using Songs to Develop Cultural Awareness and Oral Proficiency
Music and rhythm are an important part of language learning. They encourage memorization, imitation and more advanced language production, depending on the songs' topics and linguistic objectives. This interactive session introduces creative ways of using Italian and Spanish songs in the classroom. Participants will discuss techniques to engage students in activities that promote speaking and listening skills through developing cultural awareness and creative writing. Participants will receive materials with suggested songs and activities.


Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am
Charlton

8:30am

Nunc Est Scribendum: Writing for Mastery
Research shows that active use of a language is the surest way to reinforce knowledge of vocabulary and syntax. In addition to providing opportunities for speaking in the classroom, teachers can engage students in writing activities, which can be a highly effective tool for acquisition, particularly those that allow for student creativity. This session will involve the participants in a series of writing activities that can be adapted to various levels of Latin instruction.


Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am
Executive 1

8:30am

Planting the Seeds of Proficiency in Elementary and Middle School
Students are successful in the elementary and middle school classroom when instruction is aligned with principles of child development. Learning is most productive in a classroom community that makes learners feel safe, valued and successful. In this session, participants will learn and practice activities that provide a supportive context for risk-taking, build community, and focus on authentic language interaction. Proficiency levels and Can-Do Statements are not just for older language learners.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Cabral

Joshua Cabral

French and Spanish Teacher, Brookwood School
Brockwood School


Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am
Brimfield

8:30am

Students as Teachers: Using Teaching Assistants in Immersion Language Classes
At the Parker Essential School in Devens, Massachusetts, juniors and seniors participate as teaching assistants in the Introductory Séptimo program. Session attendees will engage in a kinesthetic, immersion experience led by intermediate Spanish students. Students and teachers will model how they engage novice-level learners in community-building activities that facilitate language learning. Participants will learn how students at the intermediate level deepen their language skills while acting as coach, instructor and camp counselor to novice learners.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Whalen Crockett

Ruth Whalen Crockett

Director of the New Teachers Collaborative, Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School



Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am
Danforth

8:30am

Preparing for the AP Cultural Comparison Task in Spanish III, IV and AP

This presentation will show how to support the AP curriculum by preparing for the cultural comparison task beginning in Spanish III and IV. The presenters have designed practical routines for the third and fourth year curricula so that students arrive at the AP course already experienced with this component of the AP exam. Participants will receive practical materials, experience specific activities and have the chance to share new ideas.

Speakers
AT

Adrienne Talamas

Belmont High School


Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am
Seminar 1

8:30am

Transform Your Level I into a 90% Target Language Class!
Managing 90% target language usage and good class behavior can be derailed by transitions. Create a "daily tech-guide" that keeps transitions and activities in the target language supported by strong visual cues. This interactive session will help participants to extend paired practices and integrate authentic audio, video, and textbook accessories with seamless transitions, improving classroom management, student behavior, and creating a 90% target language classroom. Even a teacher's lowest-ability classes will transform!

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Shrager

Ellen Shrager

Spanish Teaacher, Minute-by-Minute Spanish with Ellen Shrager
I believe in using Visual Comprehensible Input for those difficult-to-manage classes and for striving for the 90% target language goal. I'm presenting on Saturday morning on this very topic at 8:30. Come join us and fall in love with your job again!


Saturday October 31, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am
Abbington

10:00am

Fun Chinese Class with Paper-Folding
Teaching Chinese is not only teaching language; introducing culture is the other essential component in the Chinese class. Paper-folding is one of the most effective ways to demonstrate an important aspect of Chinese culture. In this session, participants will learn to make different products of paper-folding based on the Ni Hao textbook series. Participants will be able to bring their products back to enrich their Mandarin program as well as to decorate their classrooms. In Chinese.


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Seminar 2

10:00am

Alliance Française of Boston Award for Middle School Teachers of French
The Alliance Française of Boston is sponsoring an annual award for middle school teachers of French to support projects that will help promote their language programs. Three 2015 winners will present the results of their projects. Suggestions will be welcomed for ways in which the award can be improved.

Speakers

Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Sturbridge

10:00am

Winning AP Tools and Techniques for Both French and Spanish
In this session, participants will gather a trove of easy-to-implement tips and tricks that will help their AP French or Spanish students tackle AP tasks with confidence. The presenter will share French and Spanish rubrics, resources, and other materials digitally with all participants through Dropbox. This session is intended for both current and future AP teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Shee

Jon Shee

World Language Department Head, St. Luke's School
Jon Shee has been a French teacher for 20 years and a World Language Department Head for 15 of those.  He currently works at St. Luke's School, a secular private day school in New Canaan, CT where he leads a team of 13 other WL teachers and also serves as Technical Director of the theatre program.  Jon has presented sessions on technology for the World Language classroom at many regional and national conferences and has served as a consultant... Read More →


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Brimfield

10:00am

Multicultural Germany: Teaching with Afro-German Texts
This session introduces a variety of Afro-German texts that can be used at different levels of German to teach about this important minority group in Germany. Session participants will get to know poems, short stories, novels, interviews, and other texts which can be included in units on multicultural Germany. Suggestions about the appropriate level for their inclusion will be given. The session concludes with summarizing a teaching unit on Afro-German poetry for intermediate German. In German.

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Theresa Schenker

Yale University


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Oxford

10:00am

Misconceptions about the Importance of the Italian Language
Altough Italian is not spoken in as many countries as some other Romance Languages, it has a special place in the world regarding many aspects of our lives, history, work, and language. As teachers of Italian, we know the importance of Italian and the connections it has with work, careers, travel, language learning. It is more than a language spoken only in a few countries. In our world, students need to know what learning Italian will do for them in terms of jobs, economy, interests, etc. In this workshop, we will discuss and learn how to educate students, parents and other teachers about the importance of Italian and its connection to many areas of study, work and personal satisfaction.


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Heritage Tavern

10:00am

NUMMI ET HISTORIA
Coins can be an excellent window through which to teach lessons on Roman culture and history.  In this presentation, the presenter will share a unit on Nero and Agrippina and show how he integrated numismatics to engage students and enhance their learning.  Participants will come away with a complete unit and ideas for adapting other historical or cultural units.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Executive 1

10:00am

Data-Driven Foreign Language Teaching, Assessment and Programming
In this session, the presenters will describe a variety of approaches to collecting and using data to inform teaching, assessment and programming. Ultimately, the goal is to produce functionally proficient and eager life-long language learners, and student involvement in this process is critical. The presenters will work with participants on a mutual goal of bringing students up the proficiency ladder by looking at data in a different way.

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Nicole Sherf

Professor/Secondary Education Coordinator, Salem State University
Information and resources to advocate for language learning and language programs.


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Charlton

10:00am

Replacing Traditional Assessments with Group Projects by Using Authentic Materials
This session will provide participants with tips on how to replace traditional assessments with group projects by using authentic Spanish, Italian and French documents to increase cultural knowledge and to promote communication in the target language in class. In addition this session will offer practical advice regarding how to set groups and how to improve the use of class time while working on a project. Examples of resources along with class activities will be provided.

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Vilma Bibeau

Spanish Teacher, North Andover High School


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Abbington

10:00am

The Importance of Literature in Foreign Language Classes of All Levels
In this presentation, participants will explore the important role of literature in foreign language acquisition. As students of all ages embark on their climbing of the proficiency ladder, it is important that they encounter literature as early as their first weeks of enrollment in their course. The session will focus on concrete examples of recommended literary works and lesson plans that incorporate them into the curriculum for first through fourth year secondary French and Spanish classes.

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Sarah Bilodeau

Cambridge Public Schools


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Dudley

10:00am

Puerto Rico: Building Cultural Competence Through Different Genres
In this hands-on session, participants will develop lessons with authentic input from a variety of genres, including informational texts, literature, songs, and audio-visual materials. Emphasis will be placed on how to integrate the development of linguistic proficiency with intercultural communication. The presenter will select a textual corpus centering on topics related to past and present Puerto Rican realities, such as ecology, diaspora, and identity. In Spanish.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Danforth

10:00am

Teaching Culture
Sometimes it is difficult to know how to integrate meaningful cultural lessons into curricula using the target language, particularly when teaching beginners. Participants will learn different strategies to incorporate culture into all levels of instruction using 90% target language. Examples will use a variety of cultures in the Spanish-speaking world but can be applied to many languages.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Southbridge

10:00am

The Use of Technology and Culture in the Spanish Classroom
How can we engage and motivate students in the 21st century in Spanish classes with technology and culture? Culture is the base of any language that we learn and it is very important to teach it to our students. This session will provide great ideas to help teachers reach all students in different ways and allow them to work at their own pace. In Spanish.

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Wendy Cahill

Spanish Teacher, Concord-Carlisle High School
Music and Technology.


Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Seminar 1

10:00am

World Languages: Full STEAM Ahead
Although the letters "W" and "L" do not appear in the acronym STEAM, that does not mean that World Languages cannot be integrated with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. This session will provide teachers with fun and engaging lesson ideas and projects that integrate STEAM principles into the World Languages classroom.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Webster

11:30am

We Are All Foreign Language Teachers of Literacy
The goal of this session is to provide foreign language departments with a format for teaching culture and writing for literacy simultaneously. Participants will be given packets of information with graphic organizers, a rubric, and a methodology for teaching writing based on a prompt as well as articles on a cultural topic of relevance for French and Spanish. Participants will collaborate to write prompts that address the articles and share results.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Charlton

11:30am

Using Images and Topic-Specific Rhymes to Improve Chinese Teaching
This session is designed to further explore the effectiveness of image and rhyme in Chinese teaching. The presenter will discuss how teachers can use narrative images linked with topic-specific rhymes to engage students in high-level language learning. Through the chanting of the rhymes, students are able to increase the fluidity of their sentence building. With this engaging method of practicing basic phrase patterns, students become more confident in their essay writing. Detailed images are utilized as reference points for the rhymes, thus creating a multi-modal learning technique. In Chinese.

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Tianxu Zhou

Tabor Academy


Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Seminar 2

11:30am

AATF Presents: Advocacy, Activities and Action
The presenter, President of the AATF Chapter in Connecticut, will offer an interactive, multi-media presentation on advocacy resources and strategies, exciting cultural and academic activities for students, building an "Exemplary French Program" in your district and creating community connections to promote French via public relations efforts. All French teachers are encouraged to atttend. A ne pas manquer! In French.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Sturbridge

11:30am

AATG Massachusetts Chapter Annual Meeting
Members meet with officers of our local AATG chapter and the German Cultural Institute of New England to make announcements, discuss upcoming events and strategies for keeping German vibrant in the schools and colleges in Massachusetts, air concerns, and network with colleagues. In addition, non-members are welcome to join us and find out about membership benefits. (Panel Discussion

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Joan Campbell

German Teacher & Department Coordinator, Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School
German language and cultural resources.


Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Oxford

11:30am

MITA Annual Meeting
MITA invites all Italian teachers to its annual meeting. Anna Tirone and Gina Maiellaro will facilitate this meeting and update teachers on MITA and AATI and how these two organizations are working together. Dr. Domenico Teker, the Director of Education Office of the Italian Consulate will be a guest speaker and will inform us on upcoming events and programs.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Webster

11:30am

Classical Association of Massachusetts (CAM) Fall Meeting
The Classical Association of Massachusetts will hold its annual Fall Meeting. The MaFLA Battling Award winner will report findings from Summer Study. Please join us. New members are welcome! Dr. Edward “Ted” Zarrow, CAM president, MaFLA and NECTFL Teacher of the Year, will preside.

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Edward Zarrow

Westwood High School
Father, husband, Latin teacher @WestwoodHS, language advocate, ACTFL 2016 National Foreign Language Teacher of the Year, President of the Classical Association of MA, 2014-2016, CANE Coordinator of Educational Programs, 2014-2018


Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Executive 1

11:30am

If I Were You: Connecting Linguistic Proficiency and Intercultural Competency
In this session, participants will receive a sampling of authentic cultural digital materials and create model lesson plans that ask students to reflect on the construction of cultural identity and values, comparing and contrasting their own experiences and perspectives with those of others. Expressions such as "If I were you" not only lead to the use of the advanced-level function of hypothesis, but also cultivate cultural empathy in the students.


Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Danforth

11:30am

MathLA at MaFLA
Participants will learn ways to help students climb the proficiency ladder while infusing weekly lesson plans with math! The presenter will show how to incorporate graphing, calculations and a variety of reasoning skills during this interdisciplinary session. Participants will be able to support their math departments and boost scores on MCAS, PARCC or whichever standardized test kids must face today.

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Noah Roseman

Spanish Teacher, Brockton High School


Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Dudley

11:30am

The Self-Driving Classroom or: How I Learned to Love Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
This year, the presenter's advanced Spanish elective became a self-sustaining machine, powered by perpetual conversation. Proficiency-based language and proficiency-based practices created an environment in which risks were taken and embraced and learning extended far beyond the classroom. Participants will leave with techniques to foster meaningful communication and promote deeper inquiry in the language class.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Brimfield

11:30am

SWAP-SHOP/Anuncios de la Embajada de España/Recepción
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Joy Renjilian-Burgy

Wellesley College


Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Cheshire

11:30am

Proficiency Guidelines Through a Task-Based Approach and Web Tools
This session will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn diverse uses of new technology to conclude with a multimedia project. It consists of writing and recording a text using Blogs, WordPress, Wiki pages, Moodle, GarageBand/Audacity, and Google Drive. Participants should bring a laptop or a mobile device to experience the benefits of using Web tools inside and outside the classroom.

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Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Seminar 1

1:00pm

MaFLA Business and Awards Luncheon
Pre-registration required.

Saturday October 31, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Grand Ballroom