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

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Friday, October 30
 

8:00am EDT

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... Read More →



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

8:00am EDT

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 EDT
American Grille Restaurant

8:00am EDT

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.

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

8:00am EDT

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, Wellesley, MA
All fired up about proficiency, thematic units, and authentic resources after many, many happy years teaching by the book.



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

8:00am EDT

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.

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

8:00am EDT

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

French Teacher, Enfield Public Schools, Enfield, CT
I am a French teacher in northern Connecticut, and am passionate about preparing students for success in our interconnected world. I have been in the field of education for fifteen years, having worked as a teacher, department coordinator, and teacher trainer. I have returned to teaching... Read More →



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

10:00am EDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Carlos-Luis Brown

Carlos-Luis Brown

Wilmington Public Schools, Wilmington, MA


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

10:00am EDT

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 Modern Foreign Language Education, Boston University, Boston, MA
* Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Modern Language Education at the Boston University School of Education.* Programming Coordinator for the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA).* National Board certified French teacher.* Formerly the World Language Director... Read More →



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

10:00am EDT

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.

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

10:00am EDT

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 EDT
Webster

1:00pm EDT

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

Pete Swanson

Associate Professor, Foreign Language Education, United States Air Force Academy
I investigate language teacher identity and socialization practices.


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

1:00pm EDT

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

French Teacher, Enfield Public Schools, Enfield, CT
I am a French teacher in northern Connecticut, and am passionate about preparing students for success in our interconnected world. I have been in the field of education for fifteen years, having worked as a teacher, department coordinator, and teacher trainer. I have returned to teaching... Read More →



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

1:00pm EDT

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

World Language Teacher, World Language Classroom
Brockwood School


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

2:30pm EDT

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.

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

2:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Board 1

2:30pm EDT

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.

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

2:30pm EDT

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 EDT
American Grille Restaurant

2:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Abbington

4:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Dudley

4:30pm EDT

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.

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Friday October 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm EDT
Heritage Tavern
 
Saturday, October 31
 

8:30am EDT

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

World Language Teacher, World Language Classroom
Brockwood School


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

8:30am EDT

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 EDT
Danforth

10:00am EDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Sherf

Nicole Sherf

Professor, Salem State University
Information and resources to advocate for language learning and language programs.


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

10:00am EDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Vilma Bibeau

Vilma Bibeau

Spanish Teacher, North Andover High School


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

10:00am EDT

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.

Speakers
SB

Sarah Bilodeau

Cambridge Public Schools


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

11:30am EDT

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 EDT
Danforth

11:30am EDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Noah Roseman

Noah Roseman

Spanish Teacher, Brockton High School


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

11:30am EDT

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 EDT
Brimfield