Friday, Nov. 17  10:30–11:30 AM  90% Target, 100% Success  Gaab, Placido, Toth 90-100 FM-Handout

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 Saturday, Nov. 18  8:00–9:00 AM Igniting the Language Classroom with HOT Strategies  Carol Gaab


90% Target, 100% Success

In this highly engaging session, you will learn how to use culture, content, and fiction to facilitate language acquisition. Learn how to refine input and create lessons to sustain 90+% interaction in the target language that is 100% conducive for language acquisition.

Presenters: Carol Gaab ~ Kristy Placdio ~ Carrie Toth

Fri, 11/17 10:30 – 11:30 AM Workshop Rm 1 – Exhibit Hall

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How to TPRS with Picture books at the Elementary Level

The presenter will demonstrate how to select and adapt picture books to conceive TPRS-based lessons using various tools, including: backward planning, storyboards, Reader’s Theater and Movie talk. Lessons shown are based on “Little Blue and Little Yellow” by Leo Lionni, used in K and “The Three Robbers” by Tomi Ungerer used in 2nd grade.

Presenter: Anne-Sophie Roure

Fri, 11/17 1:15 – 2:15 PM 104A

Keeping it in the Target Language: Tips and Tools for the Classroom

How in the world can I keep my classroom 90% in the target language…even with novice learners?! In this session, I will share some of the ways that I offer comprehensible input in my classroom. From techniques to use before they enter class to special games in the TL, you will leave this session with several tools to take back home.

Presenter: Elisabeth Hayles

Fri, 11/17 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Room 208B

Reaching 90% in the Target Language

Every minute with students matters! This session will share practical and positive ideas for layering Comprehensible Input in any language class. Come learn about innovative ways to engage in various modes of communication with ideas on lessons, routines, class discussions and more…all designed to build a completely interactive classroom.

Presenter: Michael Coxon

Fri, 11/17 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Room 106C

Tilting at Windmills: Teach The Quijote From Level 1 (SP, FR, ENG, Latin)

Enchanted giants, damsels and swashbuckling knights can be simplified, accessible literature for beginning students.. Using reader’s theater, music from Man of la Mancha, cartoon videos our department made Don Quixote, the bestselling novel of all time, comprehensible, compelling, exciting and fun. Examples in Spanish, French, Latin and English.

Presenter:  Karen Rowan

Fri, 11/17 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Room 108

The Transformative Power of Story:  Advocating for Language Learning

Are you struggling with recruiting and advocating for your program? Come learn about an innovative advocacy approach championed at Michigan State University. You will find out how to use storytelling and social media to craft compelling experiences and communicate messages and values that are relevant to your target audience.

Presenter: Luca Giupponi

Co-Presenters:  Angelika Kraemer, Daniel Trego

Fri, 11/17 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Room 209A

Tasks and Communicating in the Comprehensible Input Classroom

Lesson plans that force students to stop thinking about language and use it instead are possible and even easy using task-based lesson planning! Presenters will demonstrate how they added tasks to their Comprehensible Input lessons to make them even more meaningful and compelling.

Presenter: Miriam Patrick
Co-Presenter: Rachel Ash, Robert Patrick , Keith Toda

Fri, 11/17 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM Room 208A

Maximizing World Language Experiences Through Storytelling

This session highlights the value and the instructional outcome of storytelling as it relates to world language education. It also introduces language teachers to effective strategies of utilizing storytelling to enhance students’ language and cultural experiences. Finally, it provides teachers with unit plans at multiple proficiency levels.

Presenter: Dr. Nabila Hammami
Co-Presenter(s): Nawf Abou-dib, Rafef Saed

Fri, 11/17 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM Room 204

Save Time: Start Using Proficiency Assessments

The presenter will share a student friendly proficiency guidelines explanation, convert proficiency levels to a grade, and show how scores will be consistent among teachers. Participants will be AMAZED at how much faster they can assess student progress and how students’ understanding of their language acquisition and development grows.

Presenter: MaryLee Belanger-Gonzales
Co-Presenter: Olga Tovar

Fri, 11/17 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM Room 201A

Connecting Classroom Discourse for the Novice Learner

Novice learners bring unique challenges when maintaining a 90% target language classroom. However, teachers can plan so that every student interaction can lead to more language proficiency and foster deeper relationships within the class. Learn and apply the five step protocol that connects and enriches classroom communication for Novice learners.

Presenters:  Laurie Clarcq and Mira Canion

Fri, 11/17 5:00 – 6:00 PM Room 104C

Repetition That Isn’t Repetitious

Comprehensible input is proven to lead to language acquisition, and for it to be most effective many repetitions of that input are a must. How can language teachers get students to reconsider input multiple times without boring them? This session will explore strategies and activities that create repetition that isn’t repetitious for students.

Presenters:  Amy Lenord

Fri, 11/17 5:00 – 6:00 PM Room 208B

Teaching Culture in the CI Latin Classroom

More and more teachers recognize the benefits of using Comprehensible Input to help students maximize acquisition of Latin. However, many teachers struggle to maintain focus on the practice of teaching Roman culture while using CI. This workshop will show teachers how to use CI and Standards-Based Grading with a curriculum that is culture driven.

Presenters: Mark Pearsall and Kevin Ballestrin

Fri, 11/17 5:00 – 6:00 PM Room 206B


Igniting the Language Classroom with HOT Strategies

Comprehensible Input is the key to facilitating language acquisition, and compelling input is the key to maintaining student engagement. Learn how to keep input comprehensibly compelling and how to simultaneously enhance acquisition by inspiring students to use high-order thinking skills– in the Target Language!

Presenter: Carol Gaab

Sat, 11/18 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Room 104B

Attend this session and get the morning Trivia Ticket for a chance to spin to win and a chance to win a grand prize!

Facilitating Language Acquisition With Film And Television

Authentic film and television programs from Spain and Latin America are in abundant supply, and offer high-interest insight into contemporary as well as historical perspectives, practices and products. The obstacle to using these resources in the classroom is comprehensibility. Learn how to exploit film and television as everyday acquisition tools

Presenter: Kristy Placido

Sat, 11/18 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Room 106A

Attend this session and get the morning Trivia Ticket for a chance to spin to win and a chance to win a grand prize!

Experiencing Culture in Literacy: How to create novice Chinese Stories

Why are there so few novice-level readings that teach culture? In this session, we offer a home-grown step-by-step approach to planning and writing chapters based on Chinese historical people, products, and events. We will show how complex histories were read by our novice-level learners, with clear guidelines on our writing process worked.

Presenter: Reed Riggs ~ Diane Neubauer ~ Reid Wyatt

Sat, 11/18 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Room 101C

Creating Comprehensible Cultural Input

Beginning learners can successfully investigate culture even with very limited proficiency. See how to develop comprehensible language and strategies that help students notice culture through the presentation of three cultural topics: fine art, daily life, and human migration.

Presenters: Mira Canion & Kelly Ferguson

Sat, 11/18 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Room 207C

Listen Up! Engaging Students in the Story Listening Experience

Stories surround our daily lives in the form of legends, newspaper articles, children’s books, jokes, and personal experiences. The presenter will share various approaches to scaffold the story listening experience for our students with the end goal for students to read and comprehend the story in text form.

Presenter: Cindy Hitz

Sat, 11/18 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Room 202A

Attend this session and get the morning Trivia Ticket for a chance to spin to win and a chance to win a grand prize!

Blooming Language: Asking Questions that Inspire Higher Order Thinking

What does proficiency look like in the language classroom? How can we be sure that we are not allowing our students to stagnate at the novice level? It is all about assessing well and giving the right types of feedback. In this session we will explore Bloom’s taxonomy as a way to create a “bloom” in student language in the classroom. From action verbs to different types of discussions, this session will explore the ways that comprehensible input can be followed by discussions appropriate at each level of study.

Presenter: Carrie Toth

Sat, 11/18 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Room 104B

Attend this session and get the afternoon Trivia Ticket for a chance to spin to win and a chance to win a grand prize!

Encouraging Meaningful Discourse : CI in the World Language Classroom

In this session, teachers will examine Dr. Krashen’s Comprehensible Input (CI) hypothesis and its relevance to standards-based outcomes and proficiency goals. Teachers will grasp the “what” and “why” of CI in order to stimulate meaningful discourse in the world language classroom and ultimately inspire proficiency gains.

Presenter: Michelle Kindt

Sat, 11/18 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Room 207C

Attend this session and get the afternoon Trivia Ticket for a chance to spin to win and a chance to win a grand prize!

CI in Pre-Kindergarten – 4th Grade FL Programs

Comprehensible Input (CI) is necessary to acquire a language. How can teachers provide enough CI when instruction time is short and the students so young? This session will discuss these and other challenges. The presenters will share different strategies to engage young students, use compelling stories and connect with other subjects in the TL.

Presenter: Mercedes Catalina Sanchez and Mrs Amparo Viscounte

Sat, 11/18 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Room 106B

Promoting Language Acquisition Through Literacy in the Classroom

What literacy strategies can teachers use to promote language acquisition? In this session, participants will experience a sampling of CI-friendly literacy strategies and become equipped with ideas to support their students’ developing literacy skills.

Presenter: Karina Magee

Co-Presenter:  Margaret Corral

Sat, 11/18 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Room 209B

Secrets, Stories, and Scandals in the French Language Classroom

Fascinating stories of History captivate French people still today. The Man with an Iron Mask , Angelique Arnaud or les “Poilus d’Alaska” are among the exciting discoveries that students and participants will make. This course content brings together language-learning, history, and culture.

Presenter: Catherine Savell

Sat, 11/18 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Room 104B

My! Oh My! We Need CI!

What is the best way to provide CI (comprehensible input) every day in multiple ways? How can we be sure that our students have truly understood? How can CI support and scaffold output and uptake? How can CI become an integral part of classroom culture? Find the answers to these and other relevant questions in any world language

Presenters: Arlene White and Debra Callihan-Dingle

Sat, 11/18 2:00 – 3:00 PM Room 208A

Making a Successful Transition into the American Mandarin Classroom

Welcome to Mandarin class! Now what? Great learning can only happen when teachers are prepared, know what is expected of them, and have supports to help them learn and implement teaching practices aligned to U.S. standards. Come engage in discussions and learn ways to support teachers to maximize quality instruction and have extraordinary programs. (This session delves into various CI-based approaches to teaching language.

Presenters: Pamela Rose, Hope Loveland and Shianguu Hsieh

Sat, 11/18 2:00 – 3:00 PM Room 205B

Get Them Moving!  Language Acquisition Through Kinesthetic Activities

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn a variety of strategies that will get their students moving! From running dictation to simultaneous acting to reverse charades, these strategies will personalize second language acquisition for the diverse needs of learners.

Presenters: Rebecca Pruente

Co-Presenter:  Suzannah Wood

Sat, 11/18 5:15 – 6:15 PM Room 207A


Teach to the Eyes – A Compelling Language Class with Comprehensible Input?

This workshop provides the seeds needed to grow a culture of target language use that will flourish in your classroom. No prior experience with Comprehensible Input (CI) is needed. 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.

This workshop provides a first hand experience to participate in a comprehensible input classroom, where eyes and ears are tuned into the target language. Educators can select and practice strategies that will promote contextualized communication and accelerate proficiency. No experience with Comprehensible Input (CI) is needed.

Presenters: Deena Christophorou, Brigitte Kahn, Janice Kincaid

Sun, 11/19 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Room 204

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