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Florida Foreign

Language Association

2018 Conference Schedule - Round 7

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:15am-11:15am

"Unlocking the Text: Close Reading Strategies in the World Language Classroom" SiestaDr. Deborah Horzen German How do we prepare students to read complex texts independently in the target language? How do we select complex texts that are also interesting and relevant to our students’ language learning goals? Current research identifies close reading strategies as key to interacting with and unlocking complex texts in the target language. This session looks at strategies for developing the analytical and problem-solving skills students need to decode authentic texts in the target language in preparation for IB /AP reading comprehension assessments. We will also take a look at teaching strategies that spark interest, build confidence, and engage students with texts that are accessible, meaningful and challenging.
Big Ideas, Small Steps
Salons A & BKen Stewart

All Languages

All Levels
In this interactive session, participants will learn step-by-step how to design a thematic unit, scaffold instruction and back-map planning and assessment. Student sample work and a thematic unit planning template will be shared. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of how to integrate authentic sources, learning targets and give meaningful feedback on formative assessments for a variety of levels. Applicable to all modern languages (grades 6-12).
How to get the best Performance out of your students using IPAs
Salon C

Stephanie Shepherd

All Languages

All Levels
What do you want them to be able to do? How will they get there? How will they show they’ve got it? In this workshop we will be using backward design, authentic documents, real world tasks, the IPA, and student engagement all wrapped up in a tidy package that can be used on Monday!
Music and Language Acquisition
Salon D

Sonia Remy

Carmen Chávez

All Languages

All Levels
Who doesn’t love music? The connection between music and language acquisition is powerful. Connect with students through music in a way that textbooks cannot. Music adds an element of culture as well as vocabulary and grammar practice real world context and make the experience a lot more fun. Participants will be introduced to innovative ideas and resources for incorporating music into their curriculum to enhance student enjoyment and the concepts being taught. Participants should attend with laptop, iPad, or tablet and headphones.
See it, Say it, Know it - Maybe Not: A Better way to Vocabulary Acquisition

Salon F Deborah Espitia
All Languages

All Levels
In this session, we will examine five instructional strategies that use non-linguistic representations to assist students in acquiring content. We will experience applications of those five strategies applied to the learning of vocabulary in context through authentic resources. The session will open by tapping into the expertise of participants, build on the research, and then present the five strategies and fifteen applications with examples in French and Spanish. Participants end the session with a reflection on action steps for their classroom.
Thinking “Despacito” with Technology
Salon G

Janet Robles

Yasmin Cruz Mejias

Technology This presentation will focus on implementing Higher Order Thinking strategies using technology tools, especially useful for flipped classrooms or when time is limited. Presenters will give examples of Technology tools that students can use for Applying, Creating, and Analyzing lessons learned. Tools discussed will include Microsoft Whiteboard, Coggle, Flipgrid, Formative, Factile, Mentimeter and more!
Practical Insights on Application of Digital Technologies as Assessment Tools
Salon H
Mariam Manzur -Leiva
Technology Assessment
New Digital Technologies are becoming an intrinsic part of the teaching/learning daily practices in Higher Education. Educators are incorporating these tools in order to offer innovative classes that are more suitable to the Digital Learners from this century.  In this interactive presentation, a set of digital tools will be explored from an Assessment perspective. The audience will become acquainted with different practical approaches in implementing these technologies as instruments to create an effective Assessment System in the Foreign Language classroom.

Recursos para la Enseñaza del Español

Azalea A Federico Alonso Alonso
Asesor Técnico Docente
Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
Consulado de España, Miami

All Levels
Un breve repaso y presentación de algunos de los recursos más útiles para la enseñanza, aprendizaje y práctica del español.

Ethnographic Research Into the BYUH VOICE Program: the Need for Intercultural Competence in Conversation Tutoring

Azalea B

Mary Morton


Language teachers assume international students gain communicative competence more quickly surrounded by target-language speakers. However, when students encircle themselves with like-language peers, gains are hampered. A program called VOICE allows students to practice language conversational skills with volunteer speaking partners. The presentation will present research on VOICE, showing student uptake, engagement, and script initiation. Our research explores: to what degree international students engage with the VOICE Program as revealed by demographic data of participants, what student scripts (topics/language functions) are manifest in observational data of random full VOICE Program sessions, and how the time is allocated during the VOICE session between student participants and VOICE Program volunteers. Two categories of research methods were used: demographics, and ethnographic data observation and participant observation. The data obtained will provide insights into further sociolinguistics support of conversation tutoring.
Can You Get Out of a Rut? Yes! With 4R Strategies Hibiscus Mieko Avello Japanese Teachers often reuse old materials without revision. Some materials are timeless; however, it is critical to evolve in order to meet the needs of digital natives, who are fast learners. This session proposes the following powerful 4R strategies (Reflect, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) in order to rejuvenate current practices. The presenter will provide some solutions to the most problematic areas of teaching (kanji, adjectives, etc.), and transform learners into critical thinkers. Through an interactive PPT presentation, the presenter explains up-to-date teaching approaches and many activities usable in daily teaching. Participants will leave with techniques that invigorate repetitive practices.

FCTA Business Meeting

Oleander A

Charlene Chang

Shu Min Yu


Business Meeting for FCTA. Elections, memberships, general business of the association.

Magnolia Daniela Rozanes
Travel Abroad

AP Curriculum
Participants will gain an understanding of the Harkness method, a philosophy where the student is the protagonist, and through inquiry and discussions, the student will be able to achieve the goals of the course and get the skills to take his place as a global citizen. Participants will receive practical and authentic examples of activities to guide Harkness discussions in the global classroom. Additionally, audience will gain insight into how to design a practical study abroad program as part of the curriculum.
The Highlight Reel or Highlight The Real?
Jasmine Meredith White
All Languages

All Levels
Participants will be charged reflecting on the structure, routines, and high-leverage habits that make their class a memorable experience for students, not memorized content. In the context of large, diverse classes, the presenter will share some hacks that still make can-do and proficiency-based language teaching enjoyable and effective. In this session, the presenter will share tried-and-true habits that have allowed her to curate, innovate, and assess in her classroom while also managing 35+ students in a large, diverse metro-Atlanta school. Classroom artifacts, student feedback, and materials will be shared during and afterward.
Making Authentic Resources ComprehensibleOleander B
Claudia Elliot
Authentic materials are full of culture and rich content that can spark motivation in all our students even our novice learners. However, these resources may be challenging for our novice language classes unless we make them comprehensible. We know that our novice learners have limited communication skills, so how can we use these resources without creating frustration? During this session, we will explore different methods and strategies, such as movie talk, embedded readings and story listening, to make songs, videos, even articles engaging and comprehensible to our students.

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