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Florida Foreign

Language Association

2018 Conference Schedule - Round 4

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 3:30pm-4:30pm

RHYTHM OF LANGUAGE/Music in the Spanish Classroom Salons A & B

Rita Chase

Olga Peraza

María Henderson


Middle & High School
BRING YOUR DANCING SHOES! All participants will be introduced to a one-hour presentation on how to achieve total success through teaching the various rhythms and movements of Latin American music. Differentiated instruction will be utilize providing all classroom participants with the feeling of a spectacular learning experience. All participants will learn how to practice instruction with the rhythm of the language.
Lunch and Learn : Connecting the 21st century and the Foreign Language classroom
Virmared Santiago
All Languages Tutorial presentation on how a Lunch and Learn event could become an excellent opportunity for creatively connecting our Foreign Language classrooms with the 21st century designing real and authentic learning experiences.
MAKE THEM SPEAK! Using FLIPGRID to connect World Language students globally & to improve their presentational speaking skills from novice to superior levels.
Salon C

Vanessa Spallone

Kathleen Escano


All Levels
The free Video Discussion Platform FLIPGRID will allow students to share their voices, engage in meaningful spoken exchanges in the target language with a global audience, and practice their presentational speaking skills inside or outside the classroom in a peer-to-peer collaborative learning environment. FLIPGRID can be used in any World Language classroom, and this session will offer practical examples of scenarios for all levels, from novice students to AP. The audience will experience FLIPGRID as a student by leaving a video response on a grid, and as a teacher by creating a grid and a topic.
Before TPR: Using Movement to Develop Phonemic Awareness
Salon D
Lynn Peate

Elementary & Middle School
I will discuss the use of movement and activities to introduce and reinforce phonemic awareness to teach pronunciation and decoding, to introduce and review vocabulary, and to offer "silent" corrections and assistance while students are speaking. My presentation will be targeted to teachers of 4th - 6th (or even 7th) grade Spanish students who are non-native speakers. I will discuss how this has helped my students with reading, speaking and even grammar, and I will lead the group through a sample lesson.
Intercultural Communication Can-Do's in the classroom articulated from level 1-AP

Salon F

Parthena Draggett

Cheryl Kincaid


All Levels

All Languages
After a presentation and explanation of the Intercultural Can-Do’s and a Reflection Scenario the participants will work in groups to create an articulation of one of the Intercultural Can-Do’s. The participants will then write a Reflection Scenario for the Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. The participants will have access to all scenarios to apply in their classes.

The Graphic Novel in German

Salon H Dr. Nancy Decker
German Erich Kästner’s Emil und die Detektive has long provided German teachers with a means to cajole the intermediate language learner into reading a complete work of fiction. Now the graphic novel version of this story -- the theft of funds meant for Emil’s grandmother and the group detective work carried out by Berlin children -- makes it possible to involve students of German even earlier in this classic of Weimar literature. On the other end of the study of crime set in Berlin in the Weimar Republic stands Haarmann, the story of the infamous serial murderer of young boys in Hannover 1919 to 1924. This presentation will provide information on how these graphic novels -- among others briefly mentioned -- can be used in the German classroom and how they can be tied to rich subject areas beyond language acquisition.
TransFORM your Classroom with Google Slides and Forms
Salon G

Kelly Fykes

Carolina Ramírez

Technology In language classrooms, teachers deal with many levels of language proficiency. Google Forms and Slides allow teachers to design better lessons and activities that meet the needs of all students. Presenters will show examples of differentiated lessons, assessments, and Choose Your Own Adventure Stories that have been used or created by language learners in both Spanish and English. Presenters will model and teach participants how to create their own lessons, assessments, and stories. Participants will need access to a device with G Suite apps. This session is best for those who have beginner to intermediate knowledge of G Suite products.
A visit to Spain - 50 years ago, today, and the next 50 years
Azalea A Judith Hahn
Latin Whether you plan to visit Spain or take a group of adults or students to Spain, this presentation is for you. How has visiting Spain improved in the past 50 years? Transportation? Hotels? Food? Sites? What are Spain’s future plans for tourism? In addition to answering these questions, the presenter will use her own slides from 1968 and 2018 from Merida, Cordoba, Sevilla, Toledo, Segovia, and Madrid with an emphasis on Roman sites.
Activities to Promote Target Language Usage
Azalea B Barbara Chaves
ASL This presentation will include the demonstration of activities used to encourage students to turn off their voices and turn on their signs! Participants will also have time to share engagement strategies from their own classrooms.
Preparation homework and learner autonomy in Japanese classrooms

Yasuo Utate

Japanese Do students come to class prepared and ready to engage in classroom activities? This session will open with a discussion on homework and learner autonomy. The presenters will share two types of assignments that prepare learners to access the lower levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, Understanding and Remembering prior to class. They will also show results of student questionnaires regarding the assignments and learner autonomy. The participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts at any time. During the last ten minutes of the session, the participants will explore the potential to develop their own preparation homework.
Perspectives and Practices of Chinese Teachers Teaching Chinese at an After-School Foreign Language Exploratory (FLEX) Program
Oleander A

Liying Feng

Song Wenting

Hilal Peker


The purpose of this presentation is to show the findings of a mixed-method study investigating teacher perspectives on teaching Chinese as a foreign language through different methodologies, and examining the foreign language teaching methods, including Accelerated Integrative Method (AIM), used at an after-school Foreign Language Exploratory (FLEX) Program. 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 languages in FLEX programs.
Les publicités : parlons de produits, practices et perspectives
Oleander B Betsy Taylor, Tennessee TOY

Middle & High School
Wine, cheese and that glorious baguette! Hockey, Bonhomme and poutine! We love these products. They symbolize so much of their respective countries. They always come to mind when talk about culture. But have you ever struggled to help students find the connections between these classic products and the practices and perspectives associated with them? Learn how commercials in the target language can help students develop a deeper understanding of the target culture. Attendees will explore strategies and techniques to engage students with these authentic resources and build a cultural competency.

Samantha Radovich

Christine Jauregui

Curriculum Design
This session provides a foundation for school leadership to proactively prepare for new program implementation and strengthen department cohesiveness. Participants learn how to build a shared vision of learning and teaching, strategize with their department on ACTFL guidelines and a communicative classroom, and promote a reflective environment.
GLOBAL SERVICE: Using Service Learning in the Foreign Language Classroom
Jasmine Diana Medina
Global Education This session will focus on dynamic ways to integrate service learning into the foreign language classroom. Service learning connects educators and their students with the broader community and industry careers outside of education. Furthermore, it allows educators to authentically assess students’ learning of the target language and help students develop important leadership skills. By the end of this session, audience members will leave with an action plan of how to integrate service learning into any K-12 classroom and help their students become global leaders.

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