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Florida Foreign 
Language Association

2018 Conference Schedule - Round 3

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 2:15pm-3:15pm

The Rhythm of Language/Music in the Spanish Classroom Salon A

Rita Chase

Olga Peraza

María Henderson

Spanish Participants will learn how to introduce music and dancing as a crucial piece in the Spanish Language Culture curriculum. Various music will be share, and dancing will follow the music.

Hilal Peker

Jeungeun (Claudia) Kim

Salon B
Effectiveness of Accelerated Integrative Method (AIM) in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language
Spanish The purpose of this presentation is to show the findings of a mixed method study investigating the effectiveness of Accelerated Integrative Method (AIM) in teaching Spanish as a foreign language at a charter school in the U.S.. Presenters will provide a PowerPoint defining activities and detailing specific strategies used in the language classroom for students learning foreign languages. Program structure and teacher experiences will be discussed. The attendees will reflect on the current practices and learn best practices to teach Spanish as a foreign language.
Back to Basics to Build Student Confidence
Salon C
Emma O. Brombin
All Languages

Instructors lament the declining attention given to the sentence components of the English language making the learning of a foreign language even more difficult. Lack of practice or emphasis in the pronunciation principles of a foreign language weigh heavily on students’ ability to communicate clearly. Integrating this combined approach to a traditional foreign language instruction benefits the students’ learning and diminishes their stress of learning a language. Lesson plans and evaluation reports will be discussed and shared with audience. Lecture presentation followed by Q & A session.
Vamos a Aprender: Let's Learn through Engaged Activities
Salon D
Dr. Angélica Pereles-Coleman

All Levels
Many times as teachers were are looking for ideas to engage our students while they are learning. This presentation will allow teachers to create a pile of ideas to use immediately in the classroom. The presenter will give several hands-on activities where teachers can develop engaged activities for their classroom. These activities will be a range of activities using electronic devices as well as apps. In addition, it will include activities where teachers do not need iPads or electronic devices to conduct the lesson. With these activities, the presenter will provide ideas for outside the classroom practice.
Camino de Santiago

Salon F
Generosa González GonzálezSpanish

Speed Dating with Google apps in the Language Classroom

Salon G

Carolina Ramírez

Kelly Fykes


Struggling to meet the needs of the different language proficiencies in the classroom? Use diverse Google apps for Education to create or enhance your own lessons and transform them into interactive lessons that appeal to all levels of language proficiency. Learn from Google For Education Certified Trainers how to use these Google tools to revolutionize the language classroom. Presenters share examples of diverse lessons, including different apps, that have successfully been used with or created by language learners in both Spanish and English. This is a BYOD workshop.

Paris Is Always A Good Idea: A Celto-Roman "Gaullivant"
Azalea A Meredith Kendall
Latin After half a century of mostly staying shelved, the AP Latin exam’s restoration of the Gallic Wars Commentaries as standard reading for Latin students challenged us to relearn, rewrite, and reimagine our instructional repertoire. How are the Commentarii relevant to modern issues? In what ways does the text inspire global connections? How do we find and convey joy in teaching Caesar? The presenter will relate novel ways in which international exchange and local collaboration have enhanced her classroom instruction, promoting awareness of the threads that bind generations and empowering students to engage the world with insight, appreciation, and creativity.
Using the Target Language to create Real World Experiences
Azalea B

Tessa Ward

Kisha Hymes

ASL Using a variety of community partnerships, I will share my experience of getting my students experiences outside of the four walls of the classroom using ASL as a tool to develop literacy mentorships between high school students and middle/elementary students. I will also share peer evaluation rubrics my students have created to develop their own sense of accountability. Lastly, I will share how I developed internships for my students in a variety of settings- Florida Aquarium, Lowery Park Zoo, Outdoor adventure camping, as well as promoting my ASL performance team for community events.
Cultural awareness: the key to learning language and connecting with others
Hibiscus Naoko Komura
Culture Japanese It is rare to have hands on experiences with Asian cultures in Florida. However, learning a language always involves learning a culture. How should we teach cultural awareness in this difficult situation? I have been organizing a cultural event called “Japan Immersion Day” to give students opportunities to learn hands on aspects of Japanese culture. I will explain how to organize this kind of cultural event as a way to connect with students of different age groups and interests and a way to promote enrollment in language programs, improvement of language ability through cultural education, and continuation of language education.
Teaching Chinese in American School Discourses: Characters or Pinyin
Oleander A Huihong Bao
Chinese As Chinese teachers teaching in American cultural school discourses, we all face challenges as the majority of our students do not have any Chinese background at home nor in their communities. Some teachers choose to teach characters while others prefer to teach Pinyin only. What do researchers say about teaching characters and what do they say about teaching Pinyin only? I will synthesize what the current L2 (Second Language) acquisition and learning researchers have found out about each approach and walk you through my own methodology shift and the related rationales to help you make appropriate decision in your teaching practice.
L' Autre Francophonie: La Belgique en Classe de Français
Oleander B

Cyd Anthony

Christel Callahan


High School
While Francophones share a common language; each francophone community reflects a complex combination of culture, lifestyles, economics and perspectives. Belgium has much to offer in terms of complex (and sometimes conflicted) multicultural identity and rich heritage. This presentation by a native Belgian and language acquisition expert, welcomes you to the "le Plat Pays". We present resources and material reflecting vibrant aspects of Belgian culture to encourage students' discoveries and support respectful & meaningful cultural connections and comparisons in the classroom. The methods and material, suitable for thematic units & IPAs, reflect the AP or IB themes & frameworks. Audience participation is encouraged.
The Impact of Can Do Statements on Student Performance and Achievement

Alicia Montijo

Rafaela Romero

All Languages

All Levels
This session focuses on the positive impact of having clear and simple can do statements/learning goals to improve student learning, performance, and achievement in every day lessons. When students know what they are learning and what is expected of them they are more engaged and motivated to learn. Both presenters have been applying this strategy in their classrooms and they have seen a dramatic improvement on student motivation and achievement.
Preparing our Youth for a Better World through Social Action: PISA 2018 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Jasmine Donna Guzzo
Global Education World language teachers already play a crucial role in preparing youth to participate in our interconnected and complex world. However, now with PISA’s global competence framework to explain, foster and assess students’ global competence, teachers have access to a remarkable tool. Presenters will address teachers’ needs by preparing them to formulate clear ideas about global & intercultural issues they wish to address, collaboratively plan the curriculum, and develop confidence to do so systemically. As global competence includes the capacity to act for collective well-being and sustainable development, presenters will also share two relevant case studies.

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