Foreign Language Teaching Conference | St. Lawrence University Modern Languages

Foreign Language Teaching Conference

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
Eben Holden

The Professional Development Conference for language teachers invites language teachers from the St. Lawrence and surrounding counties to attend and share their favorite methodologies for teaching foreign languages.

Foreign Language Teaching Conference

Professional Development Day

By the end of this conference, teachers should have more knowledge about the following topics:

  • Practical applications of technology to teaching languages and cultures;
  • Designing a World Language lesson using Breakout EDU,
  • Google tools in the classroom,
  • Integrating language and culture,
  • Relationship building in the foreign language classroom, Strategies to improve proficiency and engagement,
  • Dabbling in Comprehensive Input (CI),
  • Arpilleras – Forging Memory in the Spanish Classroom
    and more!

Keynote Speaker: Françoise Piron “Building Connections”

In an era of fake news and alternate facts, we owe it to our students, the future citizens of our world, to question what they see and what they hear. In a world where everything is interconnected, technologically and otherwise, we need to help our students make sense of these connections while expanding their horizons and gleaning new perspectives. At a time when a serious teacher shortage is looming in our country, let us try to inspire our students to leave an imprint on the world by embracing the teaching profession themselves, by influencing others in a positive way, or at the very least by becoming lifelong learners. The underlying theme of this talk being the necessity for meaningful connections, the presenter will illustrate the topic with examples of strategies and activities that provide rich learning experiences; she will offer suggestions that align with ACTFL’s 3 modes of communication and that have proven successful in her classroom. To that end, the following acronym will serve as a focus point to justify and expand upon the many-faceted aspects of this theme:  (CLICK)2

  • Create Connections
  • Love Language
  • Inspire Individuals
  • Consider Context
  • Know your Kids

Tentative Schedule 8:00-3:00

  • 8:00-8:30 Registration and coffee
  • 8:30-9:00 Welcome and Overview
  • 9-10 Keynote Speaker
  • 10-11 Table reflections and report
  • 11-12 Lightning round session (preview of afternoon sessions)
  • 12-1:00 Buffet lunch and discussion
  • 1:00-1:45 Breakout Session I (4 separate sessions running simultaneously)
  • 1:50-2:35 Breakout Session 2 (4 separate sessions running simultaneously)
  • 2:35-3:00 Closing reports and evaluations

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