Summer Seminar returns to Santa Barbara!

Summer Seminar  Returns to Santa Barbara in  2012

By

Lorraine D’Ambruoso

For one week at the end of July, 2012, 103 teachers of World Languages and Cultures took the time to delve into intense professional development programs. Recently, they returned to their classrooms re-invigorated and renewed, ready to face the challenges of the new school year.

There was a wide range of choices for them while at the seminar. Christine Lanphere and Nicole Naditz led their group’s participants through an intense study of the 21st Century kills Map. Don Doehla led his participants into the fascinating world of Project-Based Instruction. Ivan Bertoux and Thierry Soubrié introduced the French strand participants to French for the 21st Century Learner. Hélène Chan, Margaret Dyer-Peterson, Liz Matchett, and Sally Mearns worked with teams of teacher trainers, which included methods professors, cooperating teachers and supervising teachers who will collaborate to assure quality experiences for teacher candidates.

There was a very special program that took place concurrently, thanks to the generosity of CWLP sites and CLTA members and affiliates. This was the student strand, where, under the guidance of Peter Aguirre, retired teacher of Spanish, counselor, administrator and current Language Methods instructor at UC Santa Barbara and Yo Azama, teacher of Japanese and this year’s ACTFL National Foreign Language Teacher of the Year, led 12 language majors through an in-depth study of World Language Teaching as a possible career. It was truly exciting to see them look at our chosen profession as a possible career choice for them.

The 21st Century Classroom was the theme of the seminar, and each morning, one of our keynote speakers, Tom Welch, Francisca Sanchez and Toni Theisen, approached the theme from different perspectives.

We also offered out participants a variety of evening activities. Sunday night saw them making each others’ acquaintances or renewing old friendships at a wine and cheese reception. On Monday night, we hosted an ice cream social to introduce the students to the participating teachers. This was followed by a showing of a French film, courtesy of the French Consulate. Wednesday evening was devoted to a showing of the provocative film American Teacher and a discussion of the film. At the same time, the French teachers enjoyed a meeting with a French mystery writer from Los Angeles. On Thursday, we held a closing dinner, with awards of certificates and thanks to presenters.

All in all, the summer seminar was more than we hoped. After a hiatus of six years, “Summer Camp for Language Teachers is back!”

September 30th is the deadline to submit a proposal for a workshop or interest session

September 30th is the deadline to submit a proposal for a workshop or interest session, or to submit an exhibitor proposal form.  Please don’t delay, submit today!

Online applications can be found at http://clta.net/conference/

CLTA is trying to go as green as possible and is now able to accept your proposals online!  Please follow the link above to access the form where you will submit your proposal.

 

ACTFL News!

 

A Special Invitation to the ACTFL/UMUC Virtual Open House for Online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology IntegrationYou are invited to attend a Virtual Open House hosted by ACTFL and University of Maryland University College (UMUC) on August 14, 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Eastern Daylight Time.Register now for the Virtual Open House.This is your chance to learn more about our new education alliance that gives ACTFL members the opportunity to earn a specialized online graduate certificate in Instructional Technology Integration designed for individuals teaching languages at the K–12 level.The 12-credit certificate in Instructional Technology Integration adapts four courses from the UMUC Master of Education in Instructional Technology program, tailoring the courses for language teachers. Each 3-credit course focuses on incorporating current and emerging technologies into curriculum, instruction, and assessment to maximize K-12 student learning. The semester-length courses are completely online and on your time schedule (two courses begin Fall 2012; two more will be added Spring 2013).

You might ask, “Are these courses specialized for world language educators?” The answer is YES; ACTFL members adapted the courses of the Instructional Technology Integration certificate by embedding throughout all four courses the national standards for learning languages’ emphasis on interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication. The course assignments focus on applications in teaching world languages.

It’s easy to enroll. Just apply for admission to UMUC (you will be eligible for a waiver of the application fee)UMUC will also offer a 25% tuition discount on out-of-state rates for ACTFL members who are not Maryland residents.

The certificate program may be completed within one academic year. Participants also have the opportunity of continuing their studies, enrolling in UMUC’s online Master of Education in Instructional Technology and applying the credits they earned in the certificate program toward the master’s degree.

Join us on August 14 and hear more about the new program. Register for the Virtual Open House.

ACTFL
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Phone: 703.894.2900 Fax: 703.894.2905

 

Register for OPI Assessment Workshops in California and Vermont this summer

ACTFL is offering two installments of its popular Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Assessment Workshop — one at Mills College (“Middlebury at Mills”) in Oakland, Calif., July 5 to 8, and one at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., July 19 to 22. This four-day professional development workshop is designed to introduce language educators to the OPI, the ACTFL rating scale, and the techniques for conducting and rating oral proficiency interviews. Learn more and register.