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I’ve noticed a recent trend among other TPRS/CI type folks to put together a list for big conferences like ACTFL of all the sessions that may be of special interest to those of us focusing on COMPELLING, CONTEXTUALIZED COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT.
So, for those similarly-minded folks, here are a list of sessions at the upcoming annual conference of the Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers that might be of interest. These are sessions presented by CI teachers, as well as some personally recommended sessions by presenters who have good stuff to say, regardless of their CI-ness. Of course, there are lots of other good sessions too…so don’t assume things off my list are not worth seeing! And if you see any sessions I should add, let me know!
Thursday Pre-Conference Workshop: 10a-4pm “Moving Along the Road to Proficiency: Where Do We Need to Go? How Do We Get There?” by Helena Curtain, Jessica Bradley, Carol Hartmann, Theresa Kruschke-Alfonso
The Greendale Schools have got their stuff TOGETHER! It’s worth seeing if you’re able to attend Thursday.
Friday Workshops 8:30am-11:30am ($ extra cost)
FW-1 “Looking Forward, Planning Backward” by Carrie Toth
FW-10 “Using Children’s Books in the Target Language…” by Jean Hindson *Disclaimer: I don’t know about Professor Hindson at all. But usually reading sessions have value for CI folks.
Friday Afternoon Sessions 1:45-2:45pm
A-9 “Let’s Breakout” by Jennifer Peterson & Paula Meyer *Okay, not really truly CI, but a LOT of CI teachers use Breakouts, so you may want to experience one!
A-10 “Social Media? For Professional Development? Yes, really!” by Kelly Ferguson *Yep, it’s me!! And while CI things might get even more of a mention, this session really is for anyone!!
A-12 “Strategies for Building or Activating Background Knowledge” by Melody Leung *It’s an ESL session, and ESL people tend to really get language acquisition/comprehensibility stuff. I don’t actually know Melody personally.
Friday Afternoon Session 3:15-4:15pm
B-1 “Taking the Lead: Proficiency-Oriented Programs in Practice” by Lisa Hendrickson. *I love Lisa. We all love Lisa. Go watch Lisa.
B-5 “Boost Creativity & Proficiency with Augmented Reality” by Deana Zorko. *Come see why Deana was a CSCTFL Teacher of the Year.
B-10 “National Board Certification in World Languages” by Meg Graham. *Might wanna think about it. Also, if you’re in the Madison area, we’ve got great mentorship going!
Friday Awards Ceremony & Keynote
Come hear Carrie Toth speak! DO IT!!
Saturday Morning Sessions 8:00am-9:00am
C-1 “Breakout EDU! Break Into Classroom Creativity” by Andrea Behn *Another chance to check out breakouts. I don’t know if this session lets you actually experience one though.
Saturday Morning Sessions 9:30-10:30am
D-13 “Warm Up With Culture in the Target Language” by Nicole Thompson & Taylor Rutter *I don’t know these teachers, but I bet there are some ideas for comprehensible authentic resources in this session!
Saturday Afternoon Sessions 1:30-2:30pm
E-1 “TOYs Talk Proficiency” by Josh LeGreve and several former WAFLT Teachers of the Year (TOYs).
E-7 “Inclusive Pedagogy for the Language Classroom” by Joshua Brown, Connor Zielinski, Tristan Devick *Okay, I don’t often want to recommend sessions by University folks, and I don’t know ANY of these presenters, but diversity, inclusion, and culturally-relevant teaching is kind of a “thing” for me, so fingers crossed this session does its topic justice!
E-9 “CI Tailored for Classicists” by Daniel Tess
Saturday Afternoon Sessions 1:30-3:00pm
T-4 “Can you Breakout EDU?” by Kari Ewoldt *Yep, another breakout session. This one includes doing a breakout and debriefing, then talk about how to connect to your curriculum.
Saturday Afternoon Sessions 2:45-3:45pm
F-2 “Life Hacks: Classroom Edition” *Woo-Hoo! Me again! An assortment of tips and tricks to make every minute filled with language from even before students enter your room!
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