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AM SESSIONS, 8:30am - 11:30am

Creating an Empowering Classroom for All

Presented by the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN)

Increasing numbers of LGBTQIA+ students are out when it comes to their sexual orientation and gender identity. For teachers who do not share a common orientation or identity with their students and even for some who do, navigating through a culture of new terminology and pronouns can feel uncomfortable. This session will provide participants with a new lexicon of culturally appropriate nomenclature, dispel common misconceptions, and offer specific classroom strategies to create an inclusive environment where students do not feel marginalized due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Comprehensible Input 101

Bertha Delgadillo, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School, Savannah, GA
Claudia Elliott, Paxon School for Advanced Studies and Growing with Proficiency, Jacksonville, FL

This session will be divided into three parts:

  • In the first part of this session participants will understand the basics of Second Language Acquisition, the role of comprehensible input and the main implications for our World Language classes.
  • In the second part, participants will acquire a versatile repertoire of powerful skills and strategies to stay on the target language while facilitating a learning experience. From the moment students walk into your classroom through the door to the moment they exit, achieve 90% or more. Stay on the 90% target through the most simple class transitions and apply activities that make the 90% an achievable goal.
  • In addition, participants learn powerful low prep strategies to incorporate CI in their classes.

Gamification in the World Language Classroom

Santiago Di Bernardo, Atlantic Coast High School, Jacksonville, FL

This presentation is designed to talk about the relevance of Gamification in education as a way to enhance students┬┤ learning experience and boost motivation and engagement. We will explore online and offline strategies that can be used in different settings and teaching styles.

Incorporating Internet Memes & Augmented Reality into the Second Language Classroom

Fatima Raafat, University of South Florida, PhD Student, Tampa, FL

The main focus of this session is to introduce new techniques for language teachers to use in their classrooms. Teachers will have hands-on activities to help them apply these applications in their classrooms. In this session, we will have an open discussion about the challenges we face in the language classroom and the gap between theory and practice. I will propose different ways to overcome these challenges. Additionally, we will have fun creating activities for our classrooms to share with our students on Monday.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Comprehensible Input Lab

Bertha Delgadillo, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School, Savannah, GA
Claudia Elliott, Paxon School for Advanced Studies and Growing with Proficiency, Jacksonville, FL

Do you want to see some of the most powerful CI strategies in action?

In this lab, you will observe Spanish teachers using high leverage strategies to deliver comprehensible and compelling input to real Spanish students while building connections with them.

You will be able to observer several sessions followed up by short debriefs where you will be able to share your observations with other teachers and ask questions.

Lessons in Transparency: Proficiency, Organization, and Change

Meredith White, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Suwanee, GA

In this workshop, attendees will reflect on the lessons in transparency from the 2020-2021 school year with students, proficiency, organization, and how it all fits together going forward. What went well that we'll keep doing? What lessons did we learn as a result of a pandemic that would've benefited us before? What cracks in the system were illuminated, never to be ignored again? Using these three questions as a guide, as well as humor and candor for levity, Meredith will get very honest in chronicling her successes and failures with all (editable) resources/tools provided during and after for attendees' use. Come ready to contemplate what did and didn't work for you as well as your direction going forward for 2021-22!

Digital Tools to Build Community in your Hybrid Classroom

Rachel Lucas, Julia Landon College Preparatory and Leadership Development School and Tech for World Languages, Jacksonville, FL

Teachers will learn tools and strategies for getting student buy-in, engagement, and create a warm classroom. The strategies and tools used can be implemented for the following, classroom teaching, online teaching, hybrid teaching.

Incorporating Mindfulness into World Language Instruction

Lei Cohen, The Benjamin School, Palm Beach, FL

We are living in an unprecedented time, we have seen the rising level of depression, stress, anxiety and learning disabilities in schools. It is high time to introduce mindfulness to educational institutes. Mindfulness is an art to let administrators, teachers and students pause, look inwards, rewind, rest, rejuvenate, rebound, watch our breathing so we can handle the daily lives with a peaceful mind. But just like everything else, mindfulness needs practice. In this session, I will introduce the science and philosophy of mindfulness, the breathing techniques, meditation skills, mindfulness games and conversations and we will concentrate on the ways we can bring mindfulness to schools. We will also dive into the inner connection of mindfulness with the languages and cultures we are teaching. Since the number “eight” is the lucky number in Chinese culture, I will share with you 8 techniques of mindful breathing, 8 methods of mindfulness, 8 mindfulness games for you and your students, 8 Zen stories, two sets of 8 gentle classroom yoga stretches, 8 mindful philosophies of how students behave outwardly in the world and inwardly toward themselves so we can put the student’s mind into the right place.

How wonderful it will be if we are great educators not only for teaching the students the subjects and knowledge, but also for guiding them through and towards mindfulness--the life skill that everyone should have for the challenges we are facing now.

According to internet research, the average human attention span is now eight seconds, less than that of the goldfish with nine. Regular people have 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts a day and 70 percent of our energy depletion is from the mind, and now you know why students and teachers are exhausted at the end of day--- the knowledge we teach and learn, the daily obligations we must accomplish, sports, activities and so on. Mindfulness provides a way for peace and clarity, it draws from ancient wisdom, and has been proven to work in various situations. Harvard Medical School found out that practicing mindfulness can help people become more engaged in the daily activities, lead to improvements in concentration and happiness, lower the blood pressure and heart rate, balance the body’s stress hormones, reduce depression and anxiety, and it also helps with learning disabilities from ADHD/ADD to anxiety, from autism spectrum disorders to dyslexia, and processing deficits.

Mindfulness also helps working with difficult emotions, and it is a self help and self compassion tool for teachers. Mindful teachers bring out mindful students. Let’s work together to make our communities healthy, peaceful, happy, strong and resilient.


The Florida Foreign Language Association, Inc. is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to FFLA are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. FFLA's tax identification number is 65-0736242.

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