Annual Conference 2021

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NYSAFLT 2021 will be a hybrid conference with on-site, virtual, and pre-recorded options.

Ramada by Wyndham (Formerly Holiday Inn) Syracuse/Liverpool, NY
October 22–23, 2021

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Delfini

Jenny Delfini, Chair
New Paltz CSD

Covid Precautions

Vaccination Requirement

In order to make our on-site conference as safe as possible for attendees, staff, presenters and volunteers, we are requiring that all attendees show proof of vaccination. You may upload an image of your vaccination card or a screenshot of your Excelsior pass on our registration form OR you may bring it with you to show to our registration desk staff. If you are not vaccinated you may register for the virtual portion of the conference only.

Masking

We at NYSAFLT are monitoring the Covid situation closely. From the Onondaga County Covid guidance website:

“With the increase in transmission due to the Delta variant, masks are recommended in all public indoor settings.”

Therefore NYSAFLT will ask all attendees to wear a mask in conference settings. Presenters will be at least 6′ from attendees and may remove their mask when speaking. Lunches will be served in a large-group setting and we will have fewer seats per table than usual. In order to even further mitigate any risk to attendees, NYSAFLT will require proof of vaccination in order to attend the on-site conference.

Quick Links

Registration

Click here to view complete registration details.

Membership

You must be a NYSAFLT member in order to attend the NYSAFLT Annual Conference. If you are unsure of your membership status, please login to the Members Only are of our site to check your account. If your membership is not current, you may renew it separately and then register for the conference.

Vaccination Requirement

In order to make our on-site conference as safe as possible for attendees, staff, presenters and volunteers, we are requiring that all attendees show proof of vaccination. You may upload an image of your vaccination card or a screenshot of your Excelsior pass on our registration form OR you may bring it with you to show to our registration desk staff. If you are not vaccinated you may register for the virtual portion of the conference only.

Payment

Use our online form to pay by credit card or upload a PO. We’re sorry, but due to limited in-office staffing, we are not able to accept paper registrations or registration by check. If you need a paper registration form in order to request a Purchase Order from your school, please click here.

Virtual and On-site Options:

On-site registration includes:

  • Access to all on-site sessions, keynote, exhibits, etc., Friday and Saturday, October 22–23
  • Access to virtual sessions, Monday and Tuesday, October 18–19
  • Access to all recorded and pre-recorded sessions through November 30
  • Up to twelve hours of CTLE credit with any combination of onsite, virtual or recorded sessions
  • The option to add a three-hour pre-conference workshop ($25)

Virtual Only registration includes:

  • Access to virtual sessions, Monday and Tuesday, October 18–19
  • Access to all recorded and pre-recorded sessions through November 30
  • Up to five or up to ten hours of CTLE credit with any combination of virtual or recorded sessions

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General Information

Pre-registration and Confirmation

You may pre-register for the conference online with the registration form available at https://nysaflt.org/annual-conference/. Please note cut-off dates, fee schedules, and refund information on the registration form. Confirmation of conference registration will be made by email only to the address you provide on your form. If you do not receive a confirmation email, it may be in your spam folder. If you are unable to locate our confirmation email, let us know and we’ll resend it.

Arrival and Conference Check-in

Conference materials (programs, badges, banquet tickets) will be pre-packaged for those participants who have pre-registered and will be available at the conference registration desk in the Ramada. The registration booth will be open during the Annual Conference from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Conference Overview:

The Annual Conference will run from Friday morning 8:30 a.m. through Saturday afternoon 5:00 p.m.:

  • Three-hour, ticketed workshops are scheduled for Friday only, 8:30–11:30 a.m. A separate fee applies.
  • Regular 60-minute sessions begin Friday afternoon. There are three 60-minute session time slots on Friday and five on Saturday.
  • The General Session, Annual Business Meeting, and Keynote Address will be held Saturday morning from 10:00–11:00 a.m.
  • Exhibits: The exhibit area will be open Friday afternoon and in the morning on Saturday.
  • Recognitions of the year’s scholarship, grant, and award winners will take place during Friday’s lunch.
  • Our Annual Awards Banquet will be held Friday evening.
  • Our Service Award Luncheon will be Saturday.

Badges

Attendees at the conference are asked to WEAR THEIR BADGES AT ALL TIMES. You will not be permitted to attend workshops or enter the exhibit hall without your name badge.

Schedule and Locations

All workshops and sessions, unless otherwise noted, will be held in the Ramada by Wyndham Syracuse/Liverpool. The schedule will be determined prior to the Annual Conference and will be posted at https://nysaflt.org/annual-conference. Please note that the listing of workshops and sessions is subject to change. All attendees are asked to be at sessions and workshops on time and to remain until the end. Please silence your cell phone while in workshops.

Exhibits

Exhibitors are present for consultation and to demonstrate and/or sell their materials, which include texts, journals, digital media, literature, games, fundraisers, authentic resources, travel services, and more. Most exhibitors accept cash, checks, or credit cards. The grand opening of the exhibit hall will be after Session A, 1:30–2:15 p.m. on Friday, followed by our traditional wine and cheese hour Friday evening 4:45–5:30 p.m. On Saturday, the exhibit hall will be open 8:30–11:30 a.m. Participants will have ample opportunity to examine a variety of materials. Raffles for valuable prizes will be held in the exhibit hall. 

Directions and Parking

Ample parking is available in the hotel parking lot.

Keynote

Leslie Grahn
Leslie Grahn, Howard Co. Public Schools, MD, retired

Leslie Grahn has twenty-seven years of language teaching experience at the middle and high school levels and twelve years of experience at the central office level, most recently as Coordinator of World Languages for the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. Leslie has been a course instructor on foreign language teaching methods and differentiated instruction and is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, specializing in best practices. She curates and creates resources to support language teaching and learning and shares them through her website (www.grahnforlang.com) and on Pinterest (grahnforlang). She has experience in teacher and leadership development and leads training on instructional coaching, mentoring, leadership, and communication skills. Leslie is the co-author of The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction and serves on the boards of NECTFL, NADSFL and ACTFL.

Hotel

RAMADA BY WYNDHAM – LIVERPOOL/SYRACUSE

441 Electronics Parkway
Liverpool, NY 13088
PH: 315.457.1122

Please use this link to book your reservation or you may call the hotel front desk at (315) 457-1122 and use the block code “FLT” to receive the group rate.

Single/Double rate: $160

Reservation Cut-off Date: September 21, 2021. Requests after this date will be taken on a space available basis.

Meals

Meal Information

  • Breakfast will be on your own. There is a restaurant in the hotel lobby.
  • Lunch will be included in conference registration Friday and Saturday.
  • Friday NYSAFLT Awards banquet dinner tickets ($75) can be purchased with conference registration.

CTLE

NYSAFLT is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) pursuant to Section 80-6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2026, CTLE Identification number: 23167. Attendees will be able to submit a request after the conference via our online form (below), in which you will verify which sessions you attended and/or viewed, if recorded. Submission of the form will generate an email confirmation of attendance. Certificates are only available upon request.  It is attendees’ responsibility to maintain accurate records, including a copy of the program with session details, presenter names, etc. Credit-bearing components of the conference are as follows:

  • Virtual sessions, Monday and Tuesday, 1 hour each
  • Recorded sessions, up to 1 hour each*
  • Three-hour pre-conference workshops, 3 hours (Friday)
  • General session, keynote address, and annual business meeting, 1 hour
  • Regular sessions A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H, 1 hour each, (Friday and Saturday)

*Presenters recording their sessions have been asked to record for at least 45–50 minutes, to be able to round up to one hour. If a recording is shorter, please count the actual amount of time in calculating your CTLE request.

Please refer to your local school district guidelines for professional development credit. If your school requires a certificate format, please submit the online request form first and then contact us at info@nysaflt.org to request a PDF certificate.

If you have completed all of your hours, click here to submit for CTLE credit.

Scholarships

2021 Scholarship Information – Deadline September 24

There are THREE types of scholarships available:

Option # 1: The Mentor Scholarship Program (10 scholarships and 10 stipends)

The Language RBERN at NYU funds ten new-teacher scholarships and ten $50 stipends for experienced-teachers. The ten new teachers are paired with a mentor to help guide them through their first conference experience!

Click here to apply.

Option # 2: NYSAFLT-funded Annual Conference Scholarships (4 full scholarships)

For teachers who have not attended any of the past three Annual Conferences (2018–2020): There are 4 scholarships given annually, divided between 2 categories: Teachers who have been teaching 3 years or less, and teachers who have been teaching more than three years. Each scholarship covers conference registration and will be awarded to world language teachers at any grade level from elementary to post-secondary who are members of NYSAFLT, have full-time world language teaching responsibilities. Winners are expected to attend the entire Annual Conference from Friday through Saturday.

Click here to apply.

Option # 3: Heidi Connell Memorial Scholarship (1 available)

If you are a Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes-area French teacher, consider applying for this award, which was funded by a donation from the AATF-Rochester Chapter and other donors in memory of former board member Heidi Connell. Heidi was a curious, fun-loving and adventurous individual. She loved to travel, experience all that life had to offer and forge lasting friendships wherever she went. After having spent many happy years at home with her husband and three children, Heidi began her teaching career in the Canandaigua City School District in 2012. She is remembered fondly by her students and colleagues as an innovative and inspiring teacher. Heidi demonstrated her passion for education through her membership and active participation with the PEO Chapter CJ in New York as well as in NYSAFLT. Heidi was a long-time member of the NYSAFLT Rochester Regional Planning Committee and also served as the Western New York Director for NYSAFLT from 2016–2018. Throughout her teaching career, Heidi offered numerous professional development workshops for her colleagues on such topics as student engagement and technology integration. She would be pleased to know that this scholarship will promote the next generation of language educators. This award includes one year of membership to NYSAFLT.

Click here to apply.

2022 Conferece

NYSAFLT 2022 105th Annual Conference:

Reflecting, Regrouping, Realigning with the World Language Standards

Call for proposals coming soon!

Syracuse

Preliminary Program

(subject to change)

Table of Contents



Virtual Workshops, Monday and Tuesday, October 18–19

Open to all registrants: virtual and on-site, recordings available through November 30


1. Using Nearpod in an Integrated, Engaging Way

Monday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Gracia Guzmán, Evergreen Charter School

During this one hour session the presenter will provide an overview of Nearpod and its features and how to use the different tools to create engaging and inclusive, differentiated assignments for the world language classroom. After that, she will provide specific examples and ideas to develop communication skills with activities suited for the different proficiency levels and, while doing that, cover different topics and cultural aspects. The presenter will share assignments targeting and integrating the communication skills as a way to review class content or assess students performance at the end or start of a unit.

Language of presentation: English and Spanish
Examples in: English and Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Technology
Levels: FLES/Early Language, Middle/Junior


2. Teach Big Ideas, Even with Small Words

Monday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Chela Crinnion, Nightingale-Bamford School

One challenge that students face when learning a new language is feeling limited in their expression. Simplistic vocabulary can constrain learning to concrete ideas, centered on one’s own experience. By reframing units with essential questions and powerful key words, teachers can maintain target-language instruction while inviting deeper learning. Even beginner-level classes can explore topics such as having vs. being and luxury vs. necessity. From quick bell-work prompts to more in-depth activities and projects, this session will provide ideas and resources for teaching about identity and diversity, as well as global and social issues.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English and Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Diversity/Equity
Levels: Middle/Junior, Secondary


3. Approaches to Teaching & Learning in AP & IB

Monday, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Kerri Titone, Ed.D., North Shore High School

This workshop will focus on the framework of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, including the approaches to teaching and learning in each. Presenter will review the curricular requirements and the examinations in each subject area (IB SL, HL, ab initio, and AP language and culture). Teachers can implement methods and modified materials at all levels.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Several
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Secondary


4. Let’s Get Cozy with Can-Do Statements

Monday, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Anna Domingo, H. Frank Carey High School
Margaret Krone, Commack Union Free School District

The Can-Do Statements are an invaluable tool in guiding teaching and students’ learning. Through this workshop the presenters will show you how to use the statements in a way that makes them truly effective. They will showcase a variety of activities that will get your students talking and using the target language while also meeting their diverse needs as learners and leave you feeling cozy about their implementation! Activities presented will cover all three modes of communication and can be adapted to various levels.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Italian
Applicable to: Italian
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: All Levels


5. First-Aid for New Teachers – Curing the Burnout

Tuesday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Alexis Porcelli, Massapequa School District

Stressed? Tired? More like exhausted! There is no doubt that teaching is a difficult job. Being a first year teacher has its own unique challenges. This workshop is designed to give you the tools to be the best teacher and advocate that you can be for your students. Learn to overcome obstacles such as creating engaging lessons, building relationships with parents and most importantly, supporting your students. The presenter will provide tips and tricks that helped her stay inspired throughout her journey as a new teacher. Teacher burnout is NOT inevitable!

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Spanish and Italian
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: FLES/Early Language, Middle/Junior, Secondary


6. Early Language Programs: Making Connections to an Equitable World

Tuesday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Bárbara Barnett, Wellesley Public Schools
Ruth Ortiz Collazo, Wellesley Public Schools
Cristina Álvaro Sánchez, alvarosanchezc@wellesleyps.org

A sustainable elementary language program does not live in isolation. It’s all about connections! While the curriculum makes relevant connections to Common Core Standards, Learning for Social Justice Standards, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and language proficiency goals, the elementary language educator must also personally connect with all stakeholders, including students, parents, other educators, and administrators. It’s a symbiotic circle of constant connections that must be continually re-energized and re-sparked as new trends and challenges emerge. Are you ready to connect and experience how all these connections work together? Join this session to experience first-hand a developed Spanish elementary language program that thrives in making connections.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: FLES
Levels: FLES/Early Language


7. Exploring Identity through Writing with Heritage Spanish Learners

Tuesday, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Jen Lopez, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School – Twin Cities

Are you looking for ways to increase student investment in your heritage learner classes? Do state standards make it hard to get creative in class? Meet those standards while giving students the chance to explore their rich identities through targeted writing units. Adolescents like to talk about themselves, so why not give them the opportunity to do just that? The presenter will bring examples of identity work through writing units in genres such as narrative, poetry, and more. Participants can expect to leave with one complete unit, including quick writes, mentor texts, lesson examples and a simple single-point rubric.

Language of presentation: English and Spanish
Examples in: English and Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Heritage Language Instruction
Levels: Secondary, Middle/Junior, Post-secondary


8. Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Doors: Representation in World Languages

Tuesday, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Rhashida Hilliard, Ph.D., Horace Mann School
April Broussard, Town School

The concept of belonging posits that human beings have a primordial urge to form bonds with one another. This idea of belonging is predicated on meaningful social connections, which may also include belonging to a place or experience. While the idea of belonging is unique to each individual or society, the absence thereof [rejection, isolation, and ostracism] may have injurious psychological and physical consequences to all of those affected. To this end, representation in the curriculum may contribute to an individual’s or a group’s sense of belonging: how much do I really matter? This presentation seeks to explore ways world language educators can identify literature representative of their diverse classrooms and communities.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Several
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Diversity/Equity
Levels: All Levels


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Pre-recorded Sessions, Available, October 18–November 30

Open to all registrants: virtual and on-site


101. Promoting Cultural Learning Through an Art-focused Unit

Presenter(s):
Alex Bakke, University at Buffalo

In this session the presenter will explore unit and lesson planning with a focus on art. Learn how to incorporate the ACTFL Standards, and Can-Do statements within the context of cultural learning goals. The lesson modeled will focus on how to use a piece of art to help students explore and gain perspective on Mexican beliefs.

Language of presentation: English and Spanish
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Cultural and/or Community Connections
Levels: Post-secondary, Secondary, Middle/Junior


102. Authentic Materials to Assess 21st Century Students’ Communication Skills

Presenter(s):
Norka Delgado, Floral Park Memorial

Teachers will learn how to create lessons to assess their students’ skills through higher order thinking interpretative questions, engaging interpersonal tasks and presentational read-to-write activities based on authentic resources. There will be a focus on activities that will fulfill the Communication Standards for Checkpoints A, B and C in preparation for world language assessments. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to create elements of an Integrated Performance Assessment based on provided authentic materials and discuss how to implement the activities into their curriculum and differentiate to their students’ level. Participants will also receive copies of discussed lessons.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Assessment and Feedback
Levels: Secondary, Middle/Junior


104. Rethinking Student Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

Presenter(s):
Andrea Hernandez Gallegos, Jericho High School

Teaching and learning in the virtual classroom can be very overwhelming for students and for us as educators. So imagine, if we as educators become frustrated with learning new technologies to make sure we deliver effective lessons, think about how disappointing and unnatural this feels for our students. In this session, educators will review the components of virtual engagement such as emotional, behavioral, and cognitive engagement paired with some technological tools to make sure our students learn world languages in the most efficient and dynamic way as possible so they feel intrigued by the new norm and still participate in communicative tasks in the virtual classroom.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Secondary, Middle/Junior, FLES/Early Language


105. Student Engagement Strategies for Hybrid, In-person, and Fully Remote

Presenter(s):
Sarah Hopper, Horseheads High School

In this session, the presenter will share strategies and tools to help you bond with your students whether you are in person, hybrid, or fully remote. Creating these bonds with your students will increase participation, reduce classroom-management problems, and let you have fun in the classroom again! The presenter will share relationship building lessons, activities and remote learning games, and will discuss how to get the most out of your chat, encourage students to turn on cameras, and more!

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Cultural and/or Community Connections
Levels: Middle/Junior, Secondary


106. Using Pear Deck to Teach and Assess Language Proficiency

Presenter(s):
Viviana Milazzo, National Academy Foundation School of Baltimore

Explore various features in Pear Deck to engage students in learning and community-building. Gain an understanding of how Pear Deck facilitates formative assessment.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Several
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Assessment and Feedback
Levels: Secondary, Middle/Junior, FLES/Early Language


107. Une image vaut mille mots: Focus sur le paratexte

Presenter(s):
Nelly Ossia, Ph.D., Lexington High School

This presentation aims at widening the scope of literacy instruction by focusing on the concept of the paratext when interacting with authentic resources in the world language (WL) classroom. The paratext, as explained by the French literary critic Gérard Genette, is a ‘’threshold’’ into the realm of reading and text analysis. In the WL classroom, the analysis of the paratext fosters students’ critical reading lens and improves their comprehension skills. In this presentation, the presenter will walk teachers through pre-reading and pre-listening activities to titillate students’ curiosity by becoming literacy detectives. The presenter will also model how teachers can explicitly teach students how to make inferences when reading pictures and visualizing images.

Language of presentation: French
Examples in: French
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Curriculum
Levels: All Levels


108. Examining Raciolinguistic Ideologies and Reimagining Spanish Heritage Learner Curricula

Presenter(s):
Erica Saldivar Garcia, Ed.D., New York University

The needs of bilingual Latinx students (BLs) in Spanish classrooms are often narrowed to reading and writing skills. This focus often leads to the equation of literacy with standard Spanish forms, a simplification that supports raciolinguistic ideologies. These raciolinguistic ideologies manifest themselves in curricular materials. This workshop uses curricular materials as an entry point for examining the constructs of proficiency and literacy as they apply to BLs in Spanish language classrooms. The presenter will introduce a curricular analysis process to determine the ideological commitments of curricula. Participants are invited to analyze Spanish curricular materials and collaborate to reimagine alternative realities for BLs in Spanish classrooms.

Language of presentation: English and Spanish
Examples in: English and Spanish
Applicable to: Spanish
Keyword: Heritage Language Instruction
Levels: All Levels


109. Learning Language Outside

Presenter(s):
David Schultz, North Shore Central School District

Teaching under the extremely stressful conditions of a pandemic, this presenter has discovered a silver lining that will inspire and inform his teaching long after the pandemic subsides. To promote social distance and prevent viral spread, many classes during the 2020-21 school year were forced to be conducted outside. Through this experience, the presenter discovered that teaching outside offers a plethora of foreseen and unforeseen benefits, including greater student engagement, socio-emotional benefits, and curricular advantages. In this presentation, he will share some of the above-mentioned advantages, as well as some practical learning experiences and activities that make language learning possible and – better – outside.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Chinese
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: FLES/Early Language, Middle/Junior, Secondary


110. SEL (Social Emotional Learning) in the World Language Classroom

Presenter(s):
Jennifer Schwester, Brick Memorial High School, NJ

By helping students identify their emotions, acknowledge them, and work on ways to deal with them, teachers give students valuable life skills to be more effective and productive learners, as well as strengthen the classroom community. By encouraging students to use their words, teachers help them become aware of their own emotions, which encourages an increase in self-esteem and self-regulation. When students are able to acknowledge and have tools to deal with their emotions, they are provided with a safe space in which they can lower their affective filter and be even more receptive to learning and participation. Attendees will participate in SEL activities and see how to use them in the classroom.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English, French, and Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Learner Variables/Personalized Learning
Levels: All Levels


111. Taking Care of Teachers First

Presenter(s):
Jennifer Schwester, Brick Memorial High School, NJ

Take some time for yourself and learn ways to help navigate your own stress and anxiety during this “new normal”. You cannot pour from an empty cup, so let’s take some time to refill and recharge. Attendees will be provided with the opportunity to learn and practice various self-care tips.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Issues in the Profession
Levels: All Levels


112. Language Advocacy — Strongly Rooted in Values and Growing in Impact

Presenter(s):
Kathleen Stein-Smith, Ph.D., Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus, NJ

While world language advocacy is strongly rooted in our core values and belief in the value of multilingualism, the need for advocacy and the number of methods available are growing. Just as the COVID pandemic has changed life in general, it has also increased the need for advocacy for language learning and use, and for the defense of programs presently or potentially at risk. In a challenging budget environment, any world language program may be at risk, and it is important for advocates and other language stakeholders to be proactive, using all the in-person, online, and social media methods available, and perhaps most importantly, working together and in support of local, state, regional, and national campaigns for languages.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English and French
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Advocacy and Leadership
Levels: All Levels


113. The Happy Capybara: An Interdisciplinary Unit for Novice Spanish Learners

Presenter(s):
Lori Langer de Ramírez, Ed.D., Dalton School, New York City

This thematic unit and accompanying materials take students on an exploration of the South American capybara and all his many friends. Through images, videos, picturebooks, a printable student handout and an interactive PearDeck/Google Slide presentation, students learn about the capybara’s habitat and debate the benefits of protecting this fascinating wild animal. Students reinforce novice level vocabulary around themes like las actividades, la comida, la ropa, and los animales through interpretive reading and viewing activities, presentational speaking and writing, and interpersonal speaking activities.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Spanish
Keyword: Methods/Techniques
Levels: FLES/Early Language, Middle/Junior, Secondary


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Pre-conference Workshops, Friday, October 22, 8:30–11:30 a.m. ($25)

Open to on-site attendees only – not recorded


201. Using Authentic Resources to Teach Grammar as a Concept in Context

Friday, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Leslie Grahn, Independent Consultant

The “Core Practices for Language Learning” by ACTFL includes “teach grammar as a concept and use in context.” In this workshop, we will explore routines and strategies for finding examples of authentic resources for grammar in context, processes and protocols that lead students to inductively analyze how language structures function, and ways to embed grammar in context in learning experiences in the target language.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Several
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: All Levels


202. Developing Proficiency through Language Functions and Forms

Friday, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Bill Heller, SUNY Geneseo
Joanne O’Toole, Ph.D., SUNY Oswego

Each of the five NYS World Language Learning Standards (2021) identifies one or more language functions for students to carry out. As language functions–the purposes for language use–remain the same across proficiency levels, it is through differentiated and increasingly sophisticated lexical forms and grammatical structures that students progress. In this session, participants will explore ways to select and develop lexical items and grammatical structures appropriate to each checkpoint proficiency level, to support students in carrying out the language functions specified by each standard.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Several
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: All Levels


203. Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education in Action

Friday, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Diana Clark Perez, Syracuse City School District
Ingrid Paredes, Syracuse City School District

Cultural intolerance, racism, and biases can show up in our schools, communities, and daily lives. To challenge and address this, teachers must develop skills in creating classrooms that are culturally responsive and sustaining. In this session, participants will explore the contexts, terminologies, and their own personal experiences in order to address their biases and their impact on students. The session will allow for opportunities to dialogue and create an initial action plan.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English and Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Diversity/Equity
Levels: All Levels


204. These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Leveled Up!

Friday, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Erin Johnson, Penn Yan Academy

As a twist on last year’s presentation, this year the presenter will focus on some of her favorite tools, strategies and frameworks used for vocabulary, writing, and speaking practice. These ideas range from no-prep to major projects; some are tech-based while others require no materials at all. Attendees will learn about the presenter’s favorites and get to experience some of them as their students would. There will be time for attendees to pick out their favorites and start creating so they are ready to go for class next week!

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Several
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Secondary, Middle/Junior


205. Proficiency-Based Goals and Curriculum Development Using Backward Design

Friday, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Walter P. Hopkins, Houghton College

What are the goals of your language program, your course, or your individual class period? Are you simply given a textbook and instructed to complete it in a given time frame? Do you have certain grammatical structures that you must cover by the end of the course? Or, will your students achieve a certain level of proficiency at a given point in your program? This workshop will help you to determine what your goals are (or help you establish goals) and help you along the process of achieving desired outcomes. In addition, participants will consider how to use backward design to develop curriculum based on the goals that are established in their context.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Spanish and French
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Curriculum
Levels: All Levels


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On-site Sessions, Friday and Saturday, October 22–23

Open to on-site attendees only – not recorded


207. Exhibitor: Supporting Teacher Growth through Instructional Coaching

Friday, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Carolyn Taylor, Ph.D., Wayside Publishing

Research indicates that beginning teachers are far more likely to remain in the profession if they receive instructional coaching. Effective instructional coaching draws upon evidence-based practices designed to support teaching and learning, ultimately leading to student success. Furthermore, it promotes the professional growth of both parties. Ready to hone your skills for supporting new teachers? Participants will receive access to helpful resources, including a framework for instructional coaching centered around world languages standards and proficiency. A resource page of publications, training modules and organizations will help further guide you on your path to reaching your potential as instructional coach.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Advocacy and Leadership
Levels: All Levels


208. Languages are Rooted in Culture

Friday, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Victoria Gilbert, Ed.D., Saint David’s School

Understanding products, practices and perspectives forms the basis of interculturality. When students investigate and interact with items and people from the target culture, they are beginning what many teachers hope is a long relationship with a new way of thinking and connecting. Learn how teachers can turn everyday items, exchanges and more into encounters that engage student curiosity and language use. See model performance tasks for novice levels of proficiency and brainstorm with colleagues to create your own for novice level and above by rooting units in culture.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Cultural and/or Community Connections
Levels: All Levels


209. Stepping into the World of CI at the Secondary Levels

Friday, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Nicole Alberico-Farr, Baldwinsville CSD

In this session, the presenter will share how and why her department made the switch from grammar driven instruction to Comprehensible Input based instruction at our high school. She will give some tried and true tips, offer advice about how to transition, and discuss strategies to get both administrators and students on board.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English and Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Secondary, Middle/Junior


210. Teacher Residency and First-year Teaching in the WL Classroom

Friday, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Cristina Mata, Ed.D., Buffalo Public Schools

The aim of this session is to share insights on entering the profession, especially during a global pandemic where inequities and the need for anti-racist teaching & curriculum are crucial. As a first-year Spanish teacher, I’d love to share about my experience with teacher preparation, building connections with students, and of course tackling first-year teaching in a not-so-normal school year. As part of UB’s Teacher Residency Program’s first cohort, I would like to share the benefits of co-teaching and being in the classroom before taking on the profession, as well as the importance of teacher preparation, maintaining a connection between school and university, and working towards equity in historically under-served communities.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English and Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Diversity/Equity
Levels: All Levels


211. Public Advocacy Committee Meeting

Friday, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Marie Campanaro, Spencerport CSD, retired
Barbara Patterson, Liverpool CSD, retired

This is an open meeting of the NYSAFLT Public Advocacy Committee. Hear about the recent progress world language education has made in NYS and become part of our next action plan. Please join us to learn more about how you can help advocate for world language education K-postsecondary.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Advocacy and Leadership
Levels: All Levels


212. The Muxes and the Vigil of the Intrepids

Friday, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Patricia Martínez de la Vega Mansilla, SUNY Cortland

So many times, teachers wonder how to infuse culture into our classes. They constantly search for topics that would be of interest to students and worry about how to integrate them into classrooms. In the Southeast of the Mexican State of Oaxaca, people are not divided into the traditional dichotomy of male and female; there is a third category, the muxes (men that live as women). The Vigil of the Intrepids is a festival in Oaxaca where the ambiguity and mixed gender identities are celebrated. Come learn about the muxes and talk about how to insert this cultural aspect into your classes.

Language of presentation: Spanish
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Spanish
Keyword: Diversity/Equity
Levels: Middle/Junior, Secondary, Post-secondary


213. NYS World Language Supervisors Round Table: Looking to the Future

Friday, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Cristina Santiago-Campbell, Brooklyn Technical High School NYC DOE

In this round table discussion, NYS World Language Supervisors will share ideas on how to make the instructional shift to proficiency-based instruction in their respective departments and districts as we adopt new NYS World Language Standards. Other topics that will be discussed are: world language teacher retention and recruitment, supporting the attainment of the NYS Seal of Biliteracy within schools and districts as well as expanding World Language Programs.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Advocacy and Leadership
Levels: All Levels


215. Exhibitor: National Spanish Exams: Contests and Assessments

Friday, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Lisa Greenman, National Spanish Exam

This session will focus on the content, administration, and awards available from The National Spanish Exam (NSE) and National Portuguese Exam (NPE) for secondary students and the new National Spanish Challenge (NSC) for elementary students. This session will also suggest the National Spanish Assessment (NSA) as a way to test students twice in one academic year to assess gaps from fewer instructional hours during the pandemic and chart a course forward.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English, Spanish, and Portuguese
Applicable to: Spanish and Portuguese
Keyword: Assessment and Feedback
Levels: All Levels


216. Voices Connecting to Voices – Focus on Youth

Friday, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Abigail Cleary, Lansing High School

This workshop focuses on voices and how to incorporate the voices of young hispanohablantes into our classrooms to help students develop their “voices” in Spanish. Using voice recordings and group conversations, students can generate responses to the ideas of young people their age and simultaneously build their own interpersonal conversation skills while developing stronger intercultural competence. This workshop will provide examples of how to connect Spanish language learners to the everyday realities of young hispanohablantes using YouTube videos as authentic sources of young voices on topics such as pandemic life, climate change, gender identity, and the immigrant experience as a young person.

Language of presentation: Spanish
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Spanish
Keyword: Cultural and/or Community Connections
Levels: Secondary


218. Differentiation Learning Through Can-Do-Statements at Checkpoint C

Friday, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Marisol Manríquez-Weiner, AP for ALL-Office of Equity and Access, NYCDOE

Engage all learners in your upper-level language course! In this session, attendees will reflect on how to differentiate in an upper-level language course (Checkpoint C) by identifying each learner’s profile regarding language performance through the different modes and using NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements to design tasks and differentiate outcomes, targeting specific modes and proficiency levels. The examples will include but not be limited to the AP Spanish Language and Culture course.

Language of presentation: English and Spanish
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Curriculum
Levels: Secondary, Post-secondary


219. Teach Like a Rebel!

Friday, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Brenda Buckley, Syracuse City School District

Ditch the textbook! Get on those feet and teach like a rebel! This session is sure to get you to move with these interactive activities. Learn multiple strategies to engage students and learn how to create activities with a purpose. Session attendees will experience the activities together, reflecting and then creating with a team to turn around and use on Monday. It’s time to step it up a level and get the brain flowing!

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Secondary, Middle/Junior, Post-secondary


220. Moving the World Language Department Toward Proficiency

Friday, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Elcie Douce, Ed.D., Nyack Public Schools

The adoption of the NYS revised standards has compelled World Language departments to take a look at their curriculum and practices to make the shift from a traditional way of teaching to a proficiency-based approach. It can sometimes be a challenge to get all teachers on board in a department. It is also important to educate administrators, parents, students and the entire school community about these important changes. This session will give World Language department chairs/directors a step-by-step approach for supporting and leading the department in adopting the new standards. The session will also explore ways to provide ongoing support to teachers in order to help students move forward on the proficiency ladder.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Curriculum
Levels: All Levels


221. Exhibitor: Let Our Story Help Your Students Find Success

Friday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Erin Almeranti, Voces Digital by Teacher’s Discovery

How will students fare in the post-pandemic classroom? In language class, by accepting students’ proficiency levels and working to support language acquisition in unique and engaging ways, teachers will not only help students find success, but will do so in a just and equitable way. Let the story-based, pre-AP “Our Story” curriculum series for Spanish, French, Italian, and German be your guide! These online textbooks support students with meaningful Comprehensible Input, and allow teachers to scaffold lessons, customize the material, and share their successes with other teachers, building a brighter future for all. *Attendees will leave with special trial access to Voces!

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Several
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Curriculum
Levels: All Levels


222. Classroom Management in the World Language Classroom

Friday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Shannon LundgrenNBCT, Bethlehem Central School District

How do you build routines in the world language classroom, keep it in the target language, make sure you are using enough formative assessments AND monitor the tech? Seems like a headache? With 22 years in the world language classroom, the presenter has a few tips and tricks to keep it in the TL, keep the tech in its place and manage the controlled chaos that designates a happy classroom! This session is geared to the needs of new teachers.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Secondary


223. Reaching High with Novice Low

Friday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Jeri Gosier, Watertown City School District

If you want your students to speak spontaneously, they will! It’s all about confidence, eustress (or good stress), and achievability. Creating achievable targets is foolproof through a combination of gamification, Comprehensible Input, and the basics of repetition. Old school technique meets new school in this blended model, and the newest novice comes out on top of the world.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Middle/Junior, Secondary


224. Post-secondary/Methodologists Roundtable

Friday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Erin Kearney, Ph.D., University at Buffalo

This session will address issues relevant to teacher preparation programs such as the edTPA, teacher certification, NYSED updates, recruitment and retention of new teachers, curriculum, assessment, standards, K-16 articulation, CAEP, world language methodology, pre-service teacher preparation and more. Open to all who are interested, especially full-time and adjunct faculty in higher education, this roundtable provides an opportunity to brainstorm ideas, share solutions, and to continue important dialogue following the conference.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Several
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Issues in the Profession
Levels: Post-secondary


225. Teaching Writing: Effective and Efficient Strategies that Enhance Learning

Friday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Amy Pento, Liverpool Central Schools

Do you know good writing when you see it but aren’t sure how to break things down to help all students improve? Are you willing to incorporate more writing into your classes but don’t know where to start? Do you worry about the time that writing instruction takes away from teaching course content? In this workshop you will learn effective and efficient writing strategies that can be applied to any level, any language, any unit — tomorrow. These strategies will help students acquire skills that not only help them become better writers and thinkers but also aid reading comprehension while enhancing their knowledge of the content.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English and Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: All Levels


226. Tools and Strategies à la Mode

Friday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Erin Johnson, Penn Yan Academy

In this session the presenter will introduce some of her favorite tools and strategies used to practice skills across the different modes: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational. We will look at tools and strategies, from no-prep to completely digital that cover all skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking — as well as vocab practice.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Several
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Secondary, Middle/Junior


300. Exhibitor: Opportunities for German Teachers at the Goethe-Institut

Saturday, 8:30–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Eva Baker, Goethe-Institut NY
Ajkuna Hoppe, Goethe-Institut NY

A leading German cultural nonprofit organization operating in 159 locations worldwide, the Goethe-Institut’s mission is to promote German culture and advance the teaching and learning of German as a world language. Six institutes in the U.S. in Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco work together with local, state, and federal partners to ensure high quality standards in the teaching and learning of German. This presentation will focus on presenting the latest professional development opportunities for German teachers, as well as educational programs for German learners.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: German
Keyword: Issues in the Profession
Levels: All Levels


301. Flipping for Flipgrid and Flippity

Saturday, 8:30–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Elisabeth Lorentzsen, Lowville CSD

Whether virtual or in person, Flipgrid and Flippity are two sites that you cannot live without. This session will demonstrate some of the cool tools to use with Flippity that are quick and easy. If you aren’t familiar with Flipgrid, you are missing out! Flipgrid works for any level, and any language. The presenter will share ideas on how this great tool can encourage speaking and engagement in world language classes. Attendees will leave with lesson ideas that they can use the next day.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Technology
Levels: All Levels


303. Building Proficiency Through Technology Integration in the Three Modes

Saturday, 8:30–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Elcie Douce, Ed.D., Nyack Public Schools

Technology can help develop and enhance students’ 21st century skills while assisting them in moving up in their language proficiency levels. Participants will learn how to integrate technology effectively into lessons in order to foster the three modes of communication, engage students, and maximize their language proficiency. They will be introduced to technology tools to integrate each of the three modes of communication and see an example of Lingt (interpersonal), Lingro (interpretive) and Storyjumper (presentational). Participants will have the opportunity to engage in some of the activities as students, in order to experience technology integration in the three modes of communication firsthand.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: French
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Technology
Levels: Middle/Junior, Secondary, Post-secondary


304. Comprehensible Input in IB/AP/College-Credit Courses

Saturday, 8:30–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Sarah Hopper, Horseheads High School

This workshop will present many strategies to increase your students’ vocabulary and grammar competence. Teachers often think that CI strategies are geared towards younger learners but they can be very helpful for advanced students as well. IB/AP and College-Credit teachers often worry about the end results. These strategies will build your students’ vocabulary and grammar competence. The session will address topical picture talks, clip chats, advanced one word whole images, grammar in context, and speaking strategies.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: French, English, Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Secondary


305. Getting Published in the Language Association Journal

Saturday, 8:30–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Mary Caitlin Wight, Ph.D., SUNY Geneseo

As we focus on grounding our work in the new NYS standards, one way to share your innovative teaching is through NYSAFLT’s very own Language Association Journal. NYSAFLT’s premier journal welcomes a range of topics, including but not limited to teacher to teacher articles, scholarly research, and reports. Join the Language Association Journal editor for this session in order to add “published author” to your resume!

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Advocacy and Leadership
Levels: All Levels


306. Decem Annos Mirabiles: A Retrospective on 10 Years of Teaching Latin

Saturday, 8:30–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Catherine Stevens, Hamburg High School

The session will provide reflections on approaches to teaching, defending, and propagating Latin over the presenter’s 10 years as an educator through four different school communities in Buffalo, NY. Communicative strategies in language teaching will be shared as an illustration of the methods and teaching philosophy, especially in the face of public opposition to a language perceived to be old-fashioned or irrelevant.

Language of presentation: English and Latin
Examples in: Latin
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Secondary


307. Lessons Learned: How Remote Instruction Might Change Live Practice

Saturday, 8:30–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Amy StJohn, North Syracuse Central School District

A discussion-based workshop where panelists and attendees can talk through the strategies gathered during pandemic teaching. Topics include: using interactive slides for formative assessments and acquisition, using readers for contextualized language, mechanical translators, and proficiency grading. Come share successes and hear from colleagues across the state.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: All Levels


308. Aligning with the Standards to Advance Language Learning in Higher Ed

Saturday, 8:30–9:30 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Marisol Marcin, Ph.D., Binghamton University

Post-secondary school is slowly aligning with the new approaches to world language teaching, but there is still a deep attachment to teaching about the language and assessing linguistic competence through the lens of grammar. This session addresses the development of courses and units at different levels to promote a more culture-oriented and communicative classroom and encourage language learning beyond the requirements. The presenter will also share best practices for world language teaching with a focus on culture and communication.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English and Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Post-secondary, Secondary


309. General Session and Keynote

Saturday, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Presenter(s):
Leslie Grahn
Leslie Grahn, Howard Co. Public Schools, MD, retired

Leslie Grahn has twenty-seven years of language teaching experience at the middle and high school levels and twelve years of experience at the central office level, most recently as Coordinator of World Languages for the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. Leslie has been a course instructor on foreign language teaching methods and differentiated instruction and is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, specializing in best practices. She curates and creates resources to support language teaching and learning and shares them through her website (www.grahnforlang.com) and on Pinterest (grahnforlang). She has experience in teacher and leadership development and leads training on instructional coaching, mentoring, leadership, and communication skills. Leslie is the co-author of The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction and serves on the boards of NECTFL, NADSFL and ACTFL.


310. Exhibitor: Making the Most Out of Multimedia

Saturday, 11:30–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Ken Stewart, Duke University

Too often videos and audio selections are a “one-off” in the classroom. Students either do not have a clear understanding of their purpose or they are used for entertainment or rewards. The take-aways in this session will go beyond the usual movie talks or cloze activities that accompany music and news videos. Stimulus material will be sourced from TV commercials, public service announcements, cultural & news interviews and unscripted dialogues. Using guided listening and viewing strategies, role-plays, images and gestures to accompany authentic media allow the students to become the protagonists in these valuable authentic sources. Learn how interpretive skills can be taught to grow the learner’s linguistic and intercultural competencies.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Several
Applicable to: Spanish, French, Italian & German
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Secondary, Middle/Junior


312. Leaders of Tomorrow 2021

Saturday, 11:30–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Elizabeth Slocum, Genesee Valley BOCES
Melanie Thomas, Spencerport CSD

Have you heard about the NYSAFLT Leaders of Tomorrow program? This initiative encourages participants to explore leadership opportunities within their own spheres of influence as well as within the NYSAFLT organization. Join this year’s emerging leaders to learn more about the program and their on-going projects. Learn how you can apply to be a part of this exciting NYSA-initiative.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Advocacy and Leadership
Levels: All Levels


313. Designing Formative Performance Tasks

Saturday, 11:30–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Leslie Grahn, Independent Consultant

Using backward design, participants will gain thinking frames and processes for creating performance tasks aligned to unit learning targets that provide both the teacher and students valuable data about student growth in proficiency. Emphasis will be placed on the use of authentic resources and the development of real-world scenarios in the design of performance tasks.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Several
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: All Levels


314. Teaching Culture or Cultural Teaching? It’s a Mindset!

Saturday, 11:30–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Ingrid Paredes, Syracuse City School District
Diana Clark Perez, Syracuse City School District

Culturally Responsive Teaching is not about just “teaching culture” in our classrooms. Through Culturally Responsive Teaching we must empower students to understand, integrate, connect and expand their learning by leveraging their cultural assets in order to become independent learners and active citizens. In this professional learning experience, participants will reflect and explore how the levels of culture and intersectionality impact student engagement and how embedding a Culturally Responsive mindset can support independent learners.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English and Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Diversity/Equity
Levels: All Levels


315. Advocating for Our Students: Establishing the Seal of Biliteracy

Saturday, 11:30–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Alexis Thornton, Putnam Valley High School

This workshop will lead participants in the process required to offer the Seal of Biliteracy for a district. The presenter will lead attendees through the steps that she took to set up the committee and put into place the Seal of Biliteracy at her high school for the first time. (This project was undertaken as part of the presenter’s time as a NYSAFLT Leader of Tomorrow. Information about this opportunity will also be discussed.)

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Assessment and Feedback
Levels: Secondary


316. Everyday Advocacy

Saturday, 11:30–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Anna Cartwright, Orchard Park High School

As language teachers, we often find ourselves struggling to attract students to our program as they build their schedules for the following year. But if we built advocacy techniques into our regular routines, would we have to fight as hard for their attention? In this session, attendees will examine a framework for setting advocacy goals for themselves, for ther schools and for their departments. They will explore ways to inform students and parents of opportunities to practice language skills in their communities. Suggestions will also be provided about how to reach out to administrators, politicians and other influencers about the importance of multilingualism in our world.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: French
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Advocacy and Leadership
Levels: All Levels


317. FLES Roundtable: Benefits of an Early Start

Saturday, 11:30–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Flor Berman, St. David’s School

This session is open to all FLES NY Language Teachers interested in discussing the advantages of starting language education early. Let’s talk about what is working for your FLES program, brainstorm best practices for assessing our younger learners towards proficiency and share ideas on how we can best support each other.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: FLES
Levels: FLES/Early Language


318. Lessons Learned: Teaching Communication Skills in Distance Learning

Saturday, 11:30–12:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Adelia Williams, Ph.D., Pace University
Geraldine O’Neill, , Ph.D., Pace University

The abrupt transition to the remote educational environment owing to the pandemic forced many of us to improvise and experiment with new digital technologies. In teaching elementary language (Italian and French), the presenters developed solid pedagogical techniques which target the active skills of speaking and writing to enhance the classroom experience. We will focus on two modalities: a fully online model that is both synchronous and asynchronous; and a hybrid model that combines in-class learning with online meetings. Using successful examples from their experiences, the presenters will offer attendees effective teaching strategies that incorporate remote modalities to enrich and support beginning language learners, and that will remain valid beyond the pandemic.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Italian and French
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: All Levels


320. NYSED-OBEWL Update

Saturday, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Candace Black


321. Context, Connection and Communication: Meaningful Purpose in L2

Saturday, 2:45–3:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Elizabeth Slocum, Genesee Valley BOCES

NYS is rooted, strong and growing with our new standards. Bring the new standards to life in your classroom with powerful interdisciplinary connections to the Next Generation Learning Standards. This session will explore the core practices with a focus on establishing a meaningful and purposeful context for L2 instruction. Materials will focus on useful literacy strategies for interpretive communication. Add to your educator’s toolbox with L2 examples that connect to Core Practices, provide meaningful context for communication and align with Next Gen Learning standards. Make meaningful connections across the content areas through world language instruction.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English and Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Curriculum
Levels: All Levels


322. The Three Modes in 40 Minutes

Saturday, 2:45–3:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
TinaMarie DeFalco, Three Village CSD

This session will guide educators on how to organize a forty-minute lesson that focuses on differentiating student-centered instruction through the application of and activities within all three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. Educators will collaborate within groups. Model examples will be provided and will display how incorporating this instructional model can be applicable to multiple learning intelligences as well as useful in strengthening formative assessments.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: French
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Secondary, Middle/Junior


324. Implementing the New NYS Culture Standard Using Core Practices

Saturday, 2:45–3:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Erin Kearney, Ph.D., University at Buffalo

The revised NYS Standards place a strong emphasis on cultural learning. Expanding our range of instructional practices to meet this priority requires that we identify multiple, context-specific intercultural learning goals and also expand our toolkits of classroom practices and strategies. In this session, core practices that support cultural learning will be presented and illustrated with examples. Attendees will then work together to identify cultural learning goals for the classroom and generate specific instructional strategies for pursuing them.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Several
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Secondary, Middle/Junior, Post-secondary


325. Student Showcase: A Celebration of Language and Culture

Saturday, 2:45–3:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Kathryn Inhelder, AuSable Valley Middle-High School
Dr. Margaret Leone, SUNY Plattsburgh

Students are doing amazing things in the classroom! Wouldn’t it be cool to collaborate with colleagues and students from different school districts? Wouldn’t it be great to share what they are doing with the community? If you answered yes, then join the presenters to plan your first “Student Showcase: A Celebration of Language and Culture”. The presenters will share how they started hosting their “Célébration de la Culture Francophone,” how they created a virtual celebration due to COVID-19, tips for connecting with colleagues, and tips for getting students interested.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English and French
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Cultural and/or Community Connections
Levels: All Levels


326. Au-delà de Paris; vers une francophonie plus inclusive

Saturday, 2:45–3:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Françoise Piron, South Jefferson CSD, retired
Joy Cumming, South Jefferson CSD

Would you like to broaden your horizons when it comes to the francophone world and its rich diversity? Are you interested in including a wider variety of authentic resources in your everyday lessons? This workshop is for you! Inspired by our new World Language standards, we will present some of our latest and greatest finds, including (but not limited to): diverse visuals, online stories from Africa and the Caribbean, 21st century resources to inspire genuine dialogue and up-to-date authentic pronouns and language. Vous êtes tous et toutes BIENVENU.E.S!

Language of presentation: French
Examples in: French
Applicable to: French
Keyword: Diversity/Equity
Levels: Secondary, Middle/Junior, Post-secondary


327. Keeping it Real: Readers Across All Levels

Saturday, 2:45–3:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Pamela Russell, North Syracuse Junior High
Erica Stark, North Syracuse Junior High

Have you been wondering about readers? The presenters will talk about how they implemented readers across multiple levels to increase engagement and student language output. The teachers led with culture as they provided students with quality input and compelling content that aligned to the newly adopted NYS Standards. The presenters will address activities used to introduce novels, pre-reading activities, formative assessments, accommodations for students, and summative assessments. Students not only gain confidence in their reading comprehension skills, but they also feel proud to say they read a whole book in the target language and understood it.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Middle/Junior, Secondary


328. Developing Strong Partnerships through Telecollaboration

Saturday, 2:45–3:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Angelika Kraemer, Ph.D., Cornell University
Theresa Schenker, Yale University

This session will present examples for successful telecollaboration projects to connect language learners online with native speakers or other learners of the same language. Based on ten years of telecollaboration experience, the presenters will outline best practices, effective platforms, collaborative tasks, and ways to find partners for virtual exchanges. Projects for different language levels and goals will be introduced, along with feedback from students. The session will conclude with tips for successful implementation along with a step-by-step guide and leave ample time for the audience to ask questions and share ideas.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: German
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Technology
Levels: Post-secondary, Secondary


329. (Re) Think Resources to Increase Student Engagement

Saturday, 2:45–3:45 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Kate Kagan, Ph.D., Russell Sage College

Teaching is a fascinating profession; instructors are witness to the complete intellectual transformation and success of their students. It is vital to use innovative instructional delivery methods, and technology will equip instructors with 21st century skills. By using technology, instructors boost students’ engagement and intercultural competence. Students are taught to find, analyze, understand, and store information online, and they apply and demonstrate their technological expertise by completing assigned projects. Come to this session and learn about some great online tools and how to efficiently incorporate them into any world language classroom!

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Technology
Levels: All Levels


330. Group Games and Good Times in the Post-Pandemic Classroom

Saturday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Valerie Greer, Bay Shore Middle School
Wendy Mercado, Bay Shore Middle School

When schools shut down due to COVID, educators had to completely change their mindset regarding teaching. Gone were the days of doing things the way they had always been done. Teachers were exposed to a vast amount of different tools and techniques and had to approach teaching from a new perspective, while learning an entirely different method of delivering instruction. During this session, the presenters will share their favorite activities and tools that they used during the pandemic and that they will continue implementing post-COVID. Join them for this hands-on session to see which fun and engaging activities they are keeping in their teacher toolbox and how they helped students thrive during hybrid and virtual learning.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: FLES/Early Language, Middle/Junior, Secondary


331. Virtual Reality in World Language Teacher Education

Saturday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Erin Kearney, Ph.D., University at Buffalo

Virtual Reality (VR) is making its way into language classrooms, and it has been used for training and education purposes in many professions. Use of VR in teacher education, however, is only now emerging. To explore the potential VR tools for preparing teachers in NYS, this session invites participants to come experience some VR modules piloted at one university program and to brainstorm collaborative tool development and research surrounding VR in world language teacher education.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Several
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Research
Levels: Post-secondary


332. Elimination: The CI Role-playing Game

Saturday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Deirdre Kelly, Clarkstown South High School

Elimination (also known as Hitman, Asesino, Loup-Garou and formerly Mafia) is a multi-player, role-playing game that is engaging, suspenseful, and full of opportunities to provide comprehensible input for students in a world language classroom. During this session, participants will learn the ins and outs of leading a game in their class, will have the chance to play a full game of Elimination, and will be provided both the opportunity to create their own script and develop further online resources.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Secondary, Middle/Junior


333. That’s Not Fair! Bringing Social Justice Issues into the WL classroom

Saturday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Ann Elyse Foltz, South Jefferson Central School District

Learning a world language has grown beyond skills and practice. Through careful planning, students’ eyes can be opened to social injustices in the world around them, and they can be empowered to act. Each person can have a valuable impact. The presenter will give examples of how she has used photos of current events to spark meaningful conversations in the WL classroom, incorporated the UN’s 17 sustainable development objectives in WL lesson plans, and explored fair trade purchases and environmental justice issues with her students.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: English and French
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Diversity/Equity
Levels: Middle/Junior, Secondary


334. Market Day: A Full-Class Simulation

Saturday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Janis Labroo, Oneonta City School District

One of the more relatable activities for students is to enjoy the energy of shopping at an open-air market. Be it for food, clothes, holidays or something else, preparing and simulating a market day can be a rewarding opportunity for students and teachers alike. A market situation provides students an occasion to practice addressing others, asking and answering questions, using money, negotiating price, understanding basic cultural norms of a specific region and more. Come and see how a successful market has been implemented in a French class: Linguistic and cultural engagement are guaranteed.

Language of presentation: English
Examples in: French
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: Methods/Instructional Techniques
Levels: Middle/Junior, Secondary


335. Fun Proficiency-based Activities in the Early Language Classroom

Saturday, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenter(s):
Kenya Paterra, Dobbs Ferry School District

Are you tired of doing the same activities in your classroom? Looking for some ideas to refresh your lessons? Do you want to bring more fun into your classroom? During this session, the presenter will share various activities and games that engage their elementary world language students, including information-gap interpersonal activities, circumlocution games, friendly competition during interpretive listening activities, and many more!

Language of presentation: English and Spanish
Examples in: English and Spanish
Applicable to: Any
Keyword: FLES
Levels: FLES/Early Language, Middle/Junior, Secondary



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