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Friday, 11/18 ~ 11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM 

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 210C

Join well-known language experts Bill VanPatten and Stephen Krashen as they provide insights from five decades of second language research in order to address common beliefs and second language acquisition and teaching. Come join us for a lively discussion filled with insights and revelations!

Session Presenters: Dr. Bill VanPatten & Dr. Stephen Krashen

Moderator: Dr. Peter Swanson

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PUTTING SLA PRINCIPLES INTO PRACTICE

Friday, 11/18 ~ 12:30  – 1:20 PM 

Boston Convention Expo Center, Exhibit Halls A & B1, Workshop Room #4

Knowing the principles of SLA is fundamental to effective L2 instruction, but what are the implications for the classroom? In this engaging session, you’ll see how insights from SLA inform instructional practice. Join two “SLA Ambassadors” to get unique perspectives on facilitating SLA in the language classroom:  SLA expert, author and university professor, Dr. Bill VanPatten, will share his personal experiences and current lessons he uses in his university-level language classes, while author and language instructor, Carol Gaab, will share various SLA-friendly strategies and lessons she uses to help students of all literacy and cognitive levels achieve success (aka: Proficiency) in the language classroom. Attendees will receive a voucher for a FREE novel redeemable in booth #2118.

Session Presenters: Dr. Bill VanPatten & Carol Gaab

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CONSPICUOUS BY ITS ABSENCE?: TPRS AND CI IN THE COLLEGE METHODS COURSE

Fri, 11/18 ~ 1:15 PM

Exhibit Hall A and B1

What should WL teacher candidates learn and be able to do after their Methods course? Should a college WL Methods course prepare candidates for success with a broad range of good, commonly used practices? Should it specialize in only best practices even if they are not (yet) commonly used? With ever-increasing teacher and student enthusiasm, and with growing support from researchers, has TPRS/CI become the foundation of WL teacher preparation, or is there still hesitation about its inclusion in college Methods courses? Drawing upon personal interviews and social media discussion threads, preliminary research suggests that WL teacher preparation lags behind the K-12 WL classroom in the integration of TPRS/CI as a key component of Methods courses and student teaching preparation. This roundtable provides an opportunity for K-12 teachers and higher education faculty to contribute their perspectives and experiences to this preliminary research.

Session Presenter: Carol Dean

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ASSESSMENTS THAT GUIDE INSTRUCTION AND REWARD GROWTH IN PROFICIENCY

Fri, 11/18 ~ 2:30 PM  – 3:30 PM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 259A

Say goodbye to assessments that encourage memorization and say hello to those that more accurately assess students’ proficiency. The presenters will share their on-going journey in implementing formative assessments that guide instruction and summative assessments that recognize and reward students’ growth in proficiency.

Session Presenters: Cynthia Hitz Mrs. Krista Kovalchick, Palmyra Area School District

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 WHAT’S THE PASSWORD? STARTING CLASS BEFORE CLASS

Presented During:  ACTFL Roundtable Presentations III

Fri, 11/18: 2:30 PM  – 3:30 PM

Roundtable Boston Convention & Exhibition Center  ~ Exhibit Hall A & B1

Learning a new language is like becoming a member of a club. Requiring a “secret password” to enter the classroom is a concrete example for students of the idea of exclusive membership.

Roundtable Presenter: Bryce Hedstrom, Roosevelt High School

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IMPACTING FLUENCY WITH LISTEN & DRAW, ROLE-PLAYING, AND TPR + STORY

Fri, 11/18: 2:30 PM  – 3:30 PM

Room 253B

The goal of this session is to provide a variety of teaching tools, such as “Listen & Draw”, “Role-play” and “TPR + Story” to help teachers to increase students’ engagement and creativity, enhance their interpersonal communication and involve them actively in their learning. The presenters will purposefully immerse attendees in each activity.

Session Presenter: Haiyun Lu, Blaine Ray Alina Filipescu

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CANELA: A MOVIE UNIT FOR SPANISH 1 

Fri, 11/18 ~ 3:45 PM  – 4:45 PM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 259A

This session will share a Spanish 1 unit wrapped around the movie Canela. This movie is rich with cultural products, practices and perspectives from Mexico and provides the teacher with an engaging “story” to focus on Teaching with Comprehensible Input and staying in the Target Language. Essential questions and evaluations will also be shared.

Session Presenter: Kara Jacobs, Governor Wentworth School District

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PARTY LIKE IT’S MMXVI: THE FUN AND THE FRUIT OF 21ST-CENTURY LATIN TEACHING

Fri, 11/18 ~ 3:45 PM  – 4:45 PM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 255

In this entertaining “annotated” Latin class, an expert teacher models and coaches participants in research-informed techniques that give learners compelling, comprehensible input in Latin. Honoring the nature of both the language and the brain, the strategies help students move beyond mere decoding to truly understand and enjoy Latin as Latin.

Session Presenter: Justin Bailey, North American Institute for Living Latin Studies

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MOVIE-MAKING WITH SR. WOOLY: HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN VIDEOS AMAZING

Fri, 11/18: 3:45 PM  – 4:45 PM

Room 205C

Creating videos is an accessible tool to provide input for students, yet many teachers find it intimidating. In this session, the maker of hit videos like “Guapo” will demystify low-budget filmmaking and give practical tips that will improve the quality of your videos. Attendees should bring a smartphone or other device to practice recording.

Session Presenters: Jim Wooldridge, Senor Wooly, LLC  & Kelly Ferguson, LaFollette High School

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READING PROFICIENCY: ONLINE SELF-ASSESSMENT (RUSSIAN EXAMPLE)

Fri, 11/18: 3:45 PM  – 4:45 PM

Westin Boston Waterfront – Room: Hale

This session will show teachers how to create a learner-friendly, online reading assessment. The resulting reading task will allow learners to self-assess what they “Can Do” in terms of reading at their proficiency level.

Session Presenter: Michele Whaley & Jane Shuffelton

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CREATING IMPACT WITH IPADS

Fri, 11/18: 3:45 PM  – 4:45 PM

Room 258A

This session shares best practices on using iPads to impact students’ confidence and competence in the target language. Free and paid iPad apps are presented that can be used for all languages at all levels both inside and outside of class. The session also outlines technological and pedagogical strengths and challenges of using iPads for learning.

Session Presenter: Theresa Schenker, Yale University & Angelika Kraemer, MSU

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THE ART OF UNPACKING A SHORT NOVEL: TEACHING WITH COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT

Fri, 11/18: 3:45 PM  – 4:45 PM

Room 254B

Novels are not just for reading! Unpack a short novel to explore authentic materials and culture while expanding opportunities for interdisciplinary connections. This session will offer comprehensible input activities, project ideas, and a template on how to backward design units from a novel for a Standards-Referenced curriculum.

Session Presenter: Anna Matheson

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THE COMPELLING INPUT HYPOTHESIS AND THE EVOLUTION OF TEACHING METHODS 

Presented During:  ACTFL Paper Presentations on Instructional Strategies I

Fri, 11/18 ~ 5:00 PM  – 5:20 PM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center  =- Room: Room 155

Optimal input for language acquisition is not only interesting, but “compelling,” so interesting that we forget it is in a second language. The history of beginning language teaching methods since the 1960’s can be characterized as a progression toward more compelling comprehensible input.

Paper Presenter: Stephen Krashen, USC School of Education

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TEACHING LATIN WITH THE ACTFL PROFICIENCY GUIDELINES: IT CAN BE DONE!

Fri, 11/18: 5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM

Room 255

The presenters will discuss their experiences incorporating Standards Based Grading (SBG) and ACTFL performance and proficiency guidelines into their middle and upper school Latin classes at the Latin School of Chicago and Parkview High School in Georgia. They will share tips and guidelines for incorporating SBG in any language classroom.

Session Presenter: Rachel Ash & Elissabeth Legendre

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SATURDAY

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ONE GOAL, ONE SEQUENCE, TEN POWERFUL LESSONS

Sat, 11/19 ~ 8:00 AM  – 9:00 AM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 102B

Comprehensible Input (CI) is the critical link to 2nd language acquisition (SLA). Learn how to provide CI to achieve specific proficiency goals and discover how to use a simple series of events as a catalyst for a wide range of CI-based lessons that will engage students, inspire interpretive and interpersonal modes of language and result in SLA.

Session Presenter: Carol Gaab

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POWERHOUSE CI STRATEGIES

Attend this session & receive a voucher for a FREE novel!

Sat., 11/19 ~ 9:30 am – 10:20 am

Boston Convention Expo Center, Exhibit Halls A & B1, Workshop Room #4

During this exclusive session, our award-winning teacher-authors will share their favorite activities found to be highly effective for developing communicative and cultural competence. Learn innovative activities and powerful strategies (for all levels) sure to inspire you, engage your students and lead them down the path to proficiency. Attendees will receive a voucher for a FREE novel redeemable in booth #2118. 

Presenters: Carol Gaab & Kristy Placido

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MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE: ENGAGING STUDENTS GLOBALLY AND LOCALLY

Sat, 11/19 ~ 10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 104A

How big is your classroom? Is it defined by its four walls? In this session, participants will explore a variety of ways that every classroom, at every level, can model global engagement. Through authentic resources, cultural units, and global giving, participants will learn how opening doors to the world can be both engaging and rewarding!

Session Presenter: Carrie Toth, Carlyle High School

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HOW TO TEACH A NOVEL

Sat, 11/19: 10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 258C

In this session, the presenter will guide you through the backward planning process of teaching a novel specifically designed for language learners. She will demonstrate novel reading strategies and Comprehensible Input (CI) methods that connect content to the national standards. Participants will collaborate to create their own lessons to share.

Session Presenter: Darcy Pippins, Norman High School

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IMPACTFL VOICES: LANGUAGES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Sat, 11/19 ~ 2:00 PM  – 3:00 PM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 206A

This session features three speakers who have managed to create spaces where language learning lives beyond the four walls of their classroom. How do you build a program that becomes “our program”? How do we prepare students to use language authentically beyond the classroom? What kind of projects make language truly come alive? All of this and more will be shared in the stories of these three pioneers.

Moderator: Juan Carlos Morales, Miami Dade College

Session Presenters:

Lynn Sessler Neitzel, Clovis Grove Elementary; Carrie Toth, Carlyle High School; Joshua Cabral, Brookwood School

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BREAKOUT EDU: IMMERSIVE LEARNING GAMES FOR THE WORLD LANGUAGE CLASSROOM

Sat, 11/19 ~ 2:00 PM  – 3:00 PM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 258C

Looking to ESCAPE from a traditional session? Participants work together to save New Year’s Eve in Madrid by playing a mysterious Breakout EDU game full of puzzles, locks and technology designed to teach Spanish Language and Culture, critical thinking and teamwork. Participants will also learn how to create their own games with their students.

Session Presenter: Leslie Davison, Summit School District

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TEA WITH BVP 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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WELL-KEPT SECRETS TEXTBOOK PUBLISHERS DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

Sat, 11/19 ~ 3:30 PM  – 4:20 PM

Exhibit Hall A & B1  – Room #4

We will dispel five myths that keep teachers anchored to ineffective instruction: Textbooks…

– “teach” language;

– help students “practice” language;

– determine the order of mastering rules;

– help students reach higher levels of competence;

– are essential.

Discover ways to help students acquire language without textbooks, ways that are more effective and more pleasant for students and teachers.

Session Presenters: Dr. Stephen Krashen & Carol Gaab

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SPROUTING A GARDEN – SIMPLE STEPS TO GROW A COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT CLASSROOM

Sat, 11/19 ~ 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 254B

This workshop provides the seeds needed to grow a culture of target language use that will flourish in your classroom. Comprehensible Input (CI) is personalized and compelling; it motivates students to express themselves naturally in the target language. Pick strategies that will grow best in your classroom and will fit your teaching style.

Session Presenters: Brigitte Kahn, Massapequa School District & Janice Kincaid, Massapequa Public Schools

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STORYTELLING 101:

HOW TO CREATE COMPREHENSIBLE STORIES FOR YOUNG LEARNERS

Sat, 11/19 ~ 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 258A

Stories are an effective way to acquire language skills in a contextual setting. This session will focus on tools and techniques to write comprehensible and compelling stories for young learners. Attendees will learn how to use high frequency vocabulary structures to write their own stories using differentiated digital storytelling tools.

Session Presenters: Rebecca Collora & Niki Tottingham

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CHINESE LITERACY: COLD CHARACTER READING IN THE THREE COMMUNICATIVE MODES

Sat, 11/19 ~ 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM

Westin Boston Waterfront – Commonwealth Ballroom C

This presentation explores two years of observations and experience with Cold Character Reading (Waltz, 2015) in four levels of Mandarin classrooms. Student feedback and learning outcomes will be on display. Attendees will experience using a checklist to create a sample story that many learners will find comprehensible and engaging.

Session Presenters: Reid Wyatt, Canterbury School 

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SUNDAY

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FROM COMPELLING COMMERCIALS TO COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT

Sun, 11/20 ~ 8:00 AM  – 9:00 AM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 260

Authentic resources such as commercials and other short videos are readily available, highly engaging, and provide real-world listening opportunities. However, they can be incomprehensible to novice and intermediate learners. With pre-teaching, storytelling, effective questioning and scaffolding these resources are within students’ reach.

Session Presenter: Kristy Placido, Fowlerville High School

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PUTTING THE BIG C (COMMUNICATION) BACK INTO IMMERSION PROGRAMS

Sun, 11/20 ~ 8:00 AM  – 9:00 AM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 206B

This session will give practical ideas to infuse MORE language learning into a new or veteran Dual Language Program. Participants will leave with the skills to ignite the culture of language teaching and learning for all stakeholders: students, teachers, principals and parents. Participants will leave connected with other Dual Language educators.

Session Presenters: Gayle Westerberg & Leslie Davison

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CONTENT-BASED STORYTELLING: REDEFINING K-8 LEARNER OUTCOMES

Sun, 11/20: 8:00 AM  – 9:00 AM

Room: Room 211 

Presenters share professional journeys into Content-Based Storytelling with surprising results. FLES/FLEX students acquire language and learn geography, history and biography via comprehensible stories and texts. Action research using word count on timed target language writings suggests that elementary programs can go far beyond current practice.

Session Presenter: Barbara Cartford, Janice Kittok, Karen Lichtman

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SHIFTING TO A MUCH-NEEDED PROFICIENCY-BASED GRADING SYSTEM

“ASSESSMENTS THAT GUIDE INSTRUCTION AND REWARD GROWTH IN PROFICIENCY”

Sun, 11/20 ~ 10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center – Room 101

Grading & Assessment are among the most varied of teacher practices. Trending topics (e.g. the role of errors, explicit instruction, standards, etc.) require a paradigm shift in such practices that few have been able to make. Participants will be presented with an ACTFL-aligned complete grading system, and collaborate in groups to create their own.

Session Presenter: Lance Piantaggini, Independent Scholar
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MAKING MOVIE CLIPS COMPREHENSIBLE FOR CULTURAL IMPACT

Sun, 11/20: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Westin Boston Waterfront ~Room: Commonwealth Ballroom A

Chinese movies and videos are an excellent way to introduce students to Chinese culture and life in an engaging way. How can we use them more effectively? Demonstrating ways to harness the power of movies for natural culture learning, while making the movie comprehensible to students without English subtitles, is the goal of this presentation.

Session Presenters: Diane Neubauer, Pu-mei Leng & Haiyun Lu

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CREATING CULTURE: SPEAKING BEFORE THEY CAN

Sun, 11/20: 10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM

Room 261 

Learn to elicit and assess effective interpersonal communication skills in any language, on any topic. Empower students to prepare, interact and engage with intentionality in a CI classroom. Build confidence and self-awareness appropriate to the proficiency level. Create class culture that breeds trust and honors the TL. All with one simple rubric.

Session Presenter: Grant Boulanger & Robert Patrick