Washington Association for Language Teaching

Conferences & Workshops

There are numerous workshops and professional development opportunities held across the state. Please check the Calendar for titles and contact information for registration.

Mark your calendars now to attend the WAFLT fall conference, INSPIRE.ENGAGE.TRANSFORM, October 8-10 in Wenatchee, WA at the Wenatchee Coast Hotel and Convention Center! We are pleased to announce that the Friday keynote speaker will be Nicole Naditz. Keynote Title: Teaching to Inspire, Engage, and Transform. Description: Have you ever wondered what makes a big idea big? Or how out of the box ideas go from implausible one day to commonplace the next, from no way to our way day-to-day? ACTFL 2015 National Language Teacher of the Year Nicole Naditz will take you on a journey to unwrap the commonplace origins of some very big ideas (Inspire) and share what we can learn as teachers (Engage) from both their humble beginnings and their impressive outcomes (Transform). Watch this website for more details as they become available!

3-Hour Saturday Fee Workshop #1 Title: Curate the Web: Active Student Engagement with Culturally Authentic Materials. Description: Lead with culture and the language will follow. Authentic documents are a great way to "lead with culture" but how do we use authentic documents effectively with all levels of language learners, including Novice? Join the ACTFL 2015 National Language Teacher of the Year in a hands-on session exploring free web-based tools that allow you to embed questions and interactive activities throughout authentic videos. Engage with these and other tools that allow you to curate multiple resources from the Web and your own computer to create engaging, culturally rich, interactive, authentic experiences for language learners. Participants will leave with access to a program-specific Web site including links to all Web tools used, links to video tutorials, the entire presentation, and a database of activities the participants themselves will have created during the workshop.

WAFLT Pre-conference (October 8, 9 am-4 pm) ACTFL Workshop Title: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Today's Language Learner
Description: This workshop will focus on the design of units and lessons that incorporate the World-Readiness Standards and 21st Century Skills. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of designing performance assessments that allow learners to explore the essential question of the thematic unit while targeting an appropriate performance level. Methods of providing descriptive feedback on learner performance will be shared. Learning experiences addressing the interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes of communication will be also be highlighted. Throughout the workshop participants will have time to discuss implications for curriculum design, classroom instruction and assessment. Participants should bring a copy of the publication co-authored by Laura Terrill (Keys to Planning for Learning). ACTFL is NOT able to provide free of charge the publication co-authored by Laura (Keys to Planning for Learning) this year. Many of the participants may have received it last year for the Donna Clementi workshop. ACTFL has provided a link to receive a discount when you order the book: Code: Enter WAFLT15 to receive 15% off the e-book or hard copy version. You can view the ACTFL book store here. You do need to set up an account to order, but only the information with red asterisks is required. You may leave the others blank.

Presenter Bio: Laura Terrill holds a BA in French from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and a MA in Secondary Administration from Northeast Missouri State University. She taught French at all levels for 21 years before becoming the Coordinator of Foreign Language and English as a Second Language and then, Director of Curriculum. She has taught methods courses in St. Louis and in Indianapolis and continues to present at the local, state, regional and national levels. She has served on the Board of Directors for Central States and ACTFL. She is the recipient of the Founders Award for Central States, has been named as the NADSFL District Supervisor of the Year and has received the ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership. She recently co-authored the ACTFL publication The Keys to Planning for Learning: Effective Curriculum, Unit and Lesson Design. Laura is currently working as an independent consultant.

This is NOT a repeat of the workshop last year, but will focus on classroom implementation of World-Readiness Standards. Whether you participated in the workshop last year or not, this workshop will add to your toolbox of strategies to effectively implement the World-Readiness Standards.

The Registration Form is now available! Please click here.

The link for hotel reservations has been activated by the hotel, but our block of rooms expires at midnight, September 25! Please consider staying at the host hotel, the Wenatchee Coast Hotel. The guest rooms we book and the food we order help pay for the meeting spaces we use. The room rate is $115 single/double and $10 for each additional person. To reserve your room in the WAFLT block, click here.

3-hour Saturday Fee Workshop #2: Language Acquisition in the Beginning Second Language Classroom/Other Ideas Gathered Over the Past Thirty Years. Participants will experience the tried and true methodology that Rick Beck has used in his beginning classes over the past fifteen years. The students are engaged, actively participating and comprehending and speaking the target language. In addition participants will experience classroom strategies and activities gathered in over thirty years of second language teaching.

Meal Selections, WAFLT Fall Conference 2015:

Thursday Workshop Lunch

Lime-Broiled Chicken: 6 oz. marinated chicken breast topped with fresh fruit salsa served with glazed carrots and saffron rice. Includes house salad, assorted warm rolls and coffee, iced tea or lemonade.

Vegetarian option—Stuffed Peppers—Black Beans and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers served with Roasted Seasonal Vegetables.

Friday Lunch

Bourbon Marinated Pork Tenderloin: Marinated pork tenderloin glazed with hoisin sauce, served with braised greens with bacon and garlic mashed potatoes. Served with house salad, assorted warm rolls and coffee, iced tea or lemonade and dessert,chocolate espresso mousse.

Vegetarian option, Vegetarian Lasagna: Fresh vegetables with three cheeses layered and baked to perfection. Served with fresh steamed vegetables and sliced garlic bread.

Saturday Breakfast

Sunrise Scramble: Country scrambled eggs served with breakfast potatoes, apple wood smoked bacon. Served with fresh fruit garnish, chilled apple juice and fresh brewed coffee.

Vegetarian option—Same as regular, but served with vegetarian links or patties.

Saturday Lunch

Chicken Salad Wrap: Spinach wrap with shredded chicken, honey yogurt dressing, apples, cranberries and pecans. Served with sundried tomato and fresh mint tabouli salad. Also included are Tims chips and iced tea or lemonade.

Vegetarian option, Garden Croissant: Layered with heart-smart humus, tomato and cucumber slices, lettuce and sweet onion. Includes a pesto salad and a pickle spear.

Last update: September 24, 2015