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Workshop Descriptions

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8:00 am – 3:00 pm


Presenter(s): Alice Miano, Stanford University; Krishauna Hines-Gaither, Mount Saint Mary’s University; Sophia Khadraoui-Fortune, California Lutheran University; Liz Matchett, Gunn High School & Stanford University; Bhavya Singh, New York University & CLTA; Marie Bertola, Santa Clara University

This workshop equips participants with tools to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the language classroom, including key concepts, effective strategies for all proficiency levels, and hands-on activities. Participants will come away with practical ideas for incorporating DEI in the curriculum and approaches to help stakeholders understand the value of DEI in language learning. 

Appropriate Level(s): Elementary (K-8),Secondary (9-12),College/University       Conducted in: English

Major Focus: Global Competence, Social Justice           Language Focus: All languages

12:00 – 3:00 pm

E02 Mindfulness & Movement for World Language Classrooms       

Presenter(s): Jennifer Schwester, Brick Memorial High School

Teachers will work on mindfulness strategies that they can use daily. This interactive workshop will allow teachers to take some time for self-care and share those techniques with students in the target language. Learning how to be in the present moment helps to create a greater sense of community in the classroom​​ and help teachers and students to navigate the ever-changing world. 

Appropriate Level(s): Elementary (K-8),Secondary (9-12),College/University       Conducted in: English

Major Focus: Communication Standards, Connections Standards           Language Focus: All languages

4:30-7:30 pm

F06 How to Cultivate and Promote a Sense of Belonging in a Chinese

Presenter(s): Baocai Jia, Cupertino High School

Want to establish a sense of belonging among students from the first day of school in a Chinese classroom? This workshop brings a vertical articulation across levels by applying AP Chinese themes. Participants will have opportunities to explore strategies about how to address those culture themes, what basic skills learners will need, and how to implement those strategies in hands-on activities. 

Appropriate Level(s): Elementary (K-8),Secondary (9-12)          Conducted in: English

Major Focus: Communication Standards, Cultures Standards     Language Focus: Mandarin

Deadline has been extended for the following opportunities:

Dice Salamanca Study Abroad Grant (Spain–for Spanish teachers only)

Centro MundoLengua Study Abroad Grant (for upper level Spanish teachers)

Sidney Gorman New Teacher Scholarship (to defray conference costs) 

The new deadline is February 12th.    
Here is the form for nominations/submissions.  

Apply here!

Calling for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for
Outstanding Teacher Award

The Outstanding Teacher Award is bestowed on a world languages and culture educator who exemplifies exceptional qualities of an educator that demonstrate passion for teaching and learning.

Affiliates and CLTA members may nominate a CLTA member colleague for Outstanding Teacher.  In addition interested teachers who have been a CLTA member for at least 2 years are encouraged to approach a fellow CLTA member or affiliate rep. to ask to be nominated. Please contact Angela Martínez at for help finding a member near you. 

Nominate your extraordinary world language and culture educator today!

For more information see Awards.

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