The following is a list of recommended TPRS/CI-friendy sessions.
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FRIDAY, Nov. 21

Inspiring Higher-Order Thinking Using Level-Appropriate Language
Presenter: Carol Gaab
Comprehensible Input is the key to facilitating language acquisition, and compelling input is the key to maintaining student engagement. Learn how to keep input comprehensible and how to simultaneously enhance acquisition by inspiring students to use high-order thinking skills– in the Target Language! Discover practical, yet powerful strategies that will naturally facilitate acquisition and coincidentally meet CCSS. Attendees will receive a voucher for a free reader, redeemable at TPRS Publishing Booth #11031.
10:00 AM  – 10:50 AM  – Exhibit Hall C-D, Workshop Room 1 

Staying in the Target Language…from Day ONE!
Presenter: Carol Gaab
Helping students develop a measurable level of fluency can only be done by providing instruction in the Target Language. Learn specific strategies that will help you keep instruction in the Target Language 98% of the time and that will immediately inspire and enable students to naturally respond in the Target Language…from day ONE!
11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 217 B

Learning Strategies I

TPRS and Project-Based Instruction for Mandarin Chinese
Presenter: Reed Riggs, University of Hawaii At Manoa
Explore 1st-year Mandarin Chinese student portfolios, with story-writing of surprising outcomes. We’ll walk through the web-based technologies students used, and their final self-designed website. Discover student motivations and preferences for content as we tackle the nuts and bolts of aligning an L2 textbook with prior L1 cultural knowledge.
11:40 AM  – 12:00 PM – “Grand Hyatt Room: Presidio A ”

How to Balance Meaningful Lessons with Approved Curriculum
Presenter: Mira Canion, Northglenn Middle School
Co-presenter: Lisa Lilley, Springfield MO Public Schools
A reality of the language teaching landscape is that many districts dictate curriculum that limits student engagement and global competence. In this lively session, the presenters will share strategies for curriculum adaptation and will showcase units derived from textbooks that still allow for student input, critical thinking and creativity.
3:45 PM  – 4:45 PM – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 214 D

Blood, Teeth and Selfies: Engaging Elementary Language Learners
Presenter: Leslie Davison
Word choice, personalization and simple co-created stories can make a HUGE difference in engaging younger language learners. Come see how these simple changes can spice-up your classroom and get your students using the target language faster than ever.
5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 214 A

1311 – “Listen and
 Draw,” Look and Discuss” and “Read and Discuss”
Presenter: Diane Neubauer
“Listen and Draw,” “Look and Discuss” and “Read and Discuss” are methods to increase natural, interpersonal communication in the target language while maintaining student comprehension. Personalized details and differentiated comprehension questions engage all students. Attendees will experience these methods and discuss implementing them.
5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 204 A

Breathe Life into Reading to Increase Student Engagement and Comprehension
Presenter: Cindy Hitz, Palmyra Area High School
 Krista Applegate, Palmyra Area High School
Digital Storytelling, augmented reality, photo apps, sound effects of chapter key words, students actors, and teamwork can add spark to any novel. Come see how these strategies can breathe life into reading with your students, increasing student engagement and comprehension, as well as use of the Target Language.
5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 213 B


The Power of Pinterest!
Presenter: Noemi Rodriguez
Learn how to utilize the website: Pinterest to organize and gather online resources for the world language classroom, all levels.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM  – Henry Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 215

Bullseye: Dozens of Ways to Hit the 90% Target!
Presenter: Carrie Toth
What is your percentage? Is your classroom reaching the 90% target language goal? In this session, participants will explore a variety of ways that they can boost their use of the TL every day. Through authentic resources, cultural units, and reading strategies, participants will learn how hitting the target is both attainable and enjoyable!
2:00 PM  – 3:00 PM  – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 217 D 

Untextbooking: There’s nothing Textbook About It
Presenters: Rachel Ash, Bob Patrick, Miriam Patrick

Language teaching does not need to be chained to a textbook. Whether a teacher is seeking only to add authentic materials or to revise his or her entire curriculum, this session will provide ideas and simple instructional strategies to bring even difficult authentic materials into the grasp of all the students in the classroom.
4:00 PM-5:00 PM – Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 214 A

SUNDAY, Nov. 23

Helping Students Navigate the Can-Do Statements
Presenter: Michele Whaley, West High School
Co-Presenter: Mira Canion, Northglenn Middle School

The NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements provide a clear roadmap for the language learning journey. What strategies and techniques best scaffold student learning? This session will prepare teachers to use the statements so that students successfully monitor their proficiency progress.
10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM  – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 203 A 

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