Dive Deep into the Interpersonal Mode: Mapping the Novice Level Presenters: Jeanne Hanson & Carol Hartmann How do we build oral proficiency at the novice level, especially when contact time is often limited? First, we’ll consider how best to share the concept of proficiency (even with very young learners), so that our students can see and get excited about the path ahead of them. Then, we’ll fill our treasure chests with ideas and tools for creating interpersonal activities that get kids talking and moving forward on their way to proficiency.
Hunt for Gold: Treasuring Books Presenter: Lynn Sessler Neitzel How can we unearth the many treasures buried in books and help learners discover and nurture their love of reading? We'll delve into how to find and choose books (in print and digital formats) that enrich how we understand ourselves, others, and our interconnected world. We'll see how books can be the anchor for thematic units and how we can support literacy and strengthen the interpretive skills of learners of all ages.
Chart It Out: Learning by Doing with Thematic Units Presenters: Lisa Hendrickson & Karen Fowdy How does a thematic curriculum help your students find their way to meaningful communication in the classroom and beyond? We’ll explore planning by design firsthand by examining a sample unit and then collaborating to develop a second partially completed one. You’ll leave this session with two units you can adapt to your program. No matter where you are on your thematic unit design journey, you will feel better prepared to take the next steps.
Go All In: Reigniting Your Language Quest through a Mini-Immersion Experience Presenter: Anita Alkhas How does it feel to be a novice learner plunged into the target language? We'll immerse ourselves in a Farsi lesson to reconnect with how we felt when we first began to study languages. With renewed empathy, we'll be better able to guide and support our students as they embark on their own language learning quest with its many thrills, challenges and rewards.