Summer Seminar Returns to Santa Barbara in 2012
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, 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.
Dear CLTA Colleagues,
The proposal form for the 2013 CLTA Conference in Orange County is now online. Please consider submitting either a one-hour interest session proposal or a three-hour workshop presentation.
Please click here: CLTA Conference form
- Presented by the Caifornia Language Teachers Association and
- The California World Language Project.
“Standards-based Instruction in the Context of 21st Century Skills”
- July 22-27, 2012
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- Download information and registration forms.
Hyatt Regency Orange CountyFebruary 27-March 3, 2013
Submit a proposal today to present at the conference.
Paper proposals available now. Online proposal submissions will be available on May 8.
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.