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Reflections Workshop 2017

World Language Teachers’ Workshop 2017

"The A+ Journey on the Path to Proficiency" 

Facilitator: Linda Markley, president of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching
Monday, February 20, 2017          
Sansbury Campus Life Center Ball Room
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Workshop Description

The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 are a “description of what individuals can do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non-rehearsed context” (ACTFL). We would all agree that our main goal or “destination” in language instruction is proficiency. How do our students get there? What kind of experiences will they have? The 2017 Reflections Workshop focused on the journey toward proficiency—what “proficiency” looks like not only in terms of standards, benchmarks and test scores, but also in terms of the true connection of the heart to other languages and cultures that motivates us to become lifelong language learners.

The facilitator, Linda Markley, president of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), former district supervisor and mentor for over 100 teachers, helped us create a language journey for our students that keeps them on the path to proficiency. We explored what makes an A+ Journey for our students: authentic resources and experiences, the power of the effective domain, achievable goals, language acquisition and empowering assessments. Through hands-on, practical activities, participants in this workshop experienced every step of the A+ Journey, and then, created lessons and materials for immediate implementation in their classroom.

A letter acknowledging your participation in the workshop was be printed on USC Upstate letterhead and presented to you at the close of the workshop.

Workshop Agenda
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration 
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome and State of the State 
9:00 - 11:45 a.m. 

The Current Teacher's Journey and Path

  • Accountability - what’s the checklist?
  • Assessments - Standards, performance and proficiency
  • Achievable goals - how to get there (it’s all about the 3Ps
  • Affective domain - the role it plays in teaching and learnin
  • Authentic resources and experiences - their power and impact
  • Accessibility - comprehensible INPUT
  • Acquisition - SLA is indeed our destination!
 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.Lunch 
1:30 - 3:15 p.m. 
  • Model hands-on and interactive activities for an A+ Journey
  • Participants create activities to make and take for immediate implementation into their A+ classrooms
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.Wrap up 

The presenter shared some authentic materials with participants. However, each participant was encouraged to bring some authentic resources in the target language of choice that align to any themes currently being taught. These authentic resources could be any print material found during travel or even a children’s game or book. Authentic print resource can also be found on the internet, so access to a computer would be helpful. Authentic audio resources should also be accessible such as podcasts, songs, commercials, YouTube videos, etc.

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Humanities and Performing Arts Center, Room 222
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303

For further information, contact Dr. June Carter, professor of Spanish at jcarter@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5881.

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