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-COFLT bistate conference, Reaching Global Competence, October 9-11 in Vancouver, WA at the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center! Friday's keynote speaker will be 2013 ACTFL Teacher of the Year Noah Geisel. Noah has been teaching high school English, Spanish and Technology for 13 years. An addict of sharing and collaborating with other teachers, he is a constant on Twitter and a contributing writer to the education blog TeachPaperless.com. His presentations have been selected Best of Colorado, Best of SWCOLT and Best of CSC. He is a traveler, learner and hardcore fan of Duke Basketball. His keynote is Keeping It Real: Reaching Global Competence through Authenticity. Reaching Global Competence is more than a beneficial side effect of a high quality world language education; it is one of the primary goals. Keynote speaker Noah Geisel will explore the role of engaging students in authentic problems and tasks that intrinsically motivate students to generate real solutions and make useful products.

Noah will also present a post-conference workshop: Engaging World Language Students with Culture. Interest in culture is what motivated most language teachers to learn another language and it is essential that we share this passion with students and hook them with culture. We will focus on dozens of specific avenues to pursue authentic, 24/7 culture realia. Examples are in Spanish but ideas for all language teachers are shared. Bring a laptop and be prepared to create and collaborate with colleagues.

Linking Standards and Proficiency to Your Classroom is the title of Saturday's keynote address by Dr. Mary Lynn Redmond. Mary Lynn Redmond is Professor of Education and Coordinator of K-12 Foreign Language Education at Wake Forest University (NC). Mary Lynn teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in K-12 methodology and research and also supervises student interns. Prior to her work at the university level, Mary Lynn taught French in grades K-12.

Mary Lynn is currently president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She has held numerous state and national positions, including president of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC), president and executive secretary of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL).

Mary Lynn's contributions to the profession have been dedicated to the promotion of high quality K-12 proficiency-oriented foreign language programs for all students. Her research covers a wide range of topics in foreign language education, and her most recent book, Action Research in the World Language Classroom, was published in 2013.

Thanks to the support of ACTFL and PNCFL, we will also be able to offer our pre-conference all-day workshop on Thursday, October 9. It will be available as a "stand-alone" workshop, or as an addition to regular conference registration. This year the workshop is: The Keys to Planning for Learning--An effective curriculum must bring all required elements together creating an articulated scope and sequence that allows learners to advance to the highest possible levels of proficiency given the type of program. The documents need to be written in a format that is easily understood and accessible to teachers. Enduring understandings offer a starting point for curriculum development. Language educators and experts Donna Clementi and Laura Terrill have created a useful guide to assist teachers, curriculum designers, administrators and professional developers in designing Standards- and performance-based curricula. Starting with an understanding of the 21st century learner, the authors establish a mindset for creating curriculum based on developing learners' proficiency in language and culture. The authors provide easy-to-follow templates to develop units of instruction and daily lessons that incorporate the Standards for Learning Languages, Common Core State Standards, 21st century skills, and technology integration. Presenter will be Donna Clementi. NOTE: $80 includes lunch, copy of the book and 7 clock hours. (Note: There isn't a reduced rate if you already own the book--ACTFL is actually providing the book as a courtesy. Normally the workshop is $140, but we (WAFLT-COFLT) are only charging $80 to cover our expenses. We are so lucky to be able to have a national workshop right here in our state, so we are keeping it just to expenses! If you already own the book, why not share the one provided with a colleague!)

The Tentative Program At a Glance is now available. Click here.

The Registration Form is now available. Click here.

Post Conference Workshop #2: Thinking About Syncing? Technology tools for World Language Educators--This collaborative, hands-on working session presented by Catherine Ousselin will promote the exchange and development of technology-supported Digital Storytelling and other projects that align to Common Core and the National Standards for Learning Languages. Our discussion will encompass attitudes, experiences, and other challenges in the adoption of technology tools in World Language education. Examples of projects and lessons pertaining to various curricular themes and outcomes will be shared. Participants should bring a laptop computer and should have mastered the basic operations of the device. Any additional mobile devices (iPods/Pads/Tablets) are welcome and will be used. To preview the apps and tools to be used, visit: www.catherine-ousselin.org/technology.html.

For Vendor/Exhibitor Registration, please contact our colleagues in COFLT here.

The Hotel Reservation Link is still available. Please make your reservations through this link, since our meeting space is paid for by the block of guest rooms we reserve and the meals we provide. The cutoff date for our block is September 22, even if the hotel's link has not been updated. This is a rate lower than their usual rack price and we will not get any credit for rooms booked outside this link! Click here to reserve now!

Meal Selections are now available.

The The formal proposal deadline has passed. If you are interested in presenting, there may be a limited number of spaces open. Please contact Bridget Yaden (byaden@plu.edu).

Last update: September 15, 2014