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Individuals registering for a full-day session or two half-day sessions before September 15th will be invited to attend a complimentary luncheon.

FULL-DAY SESSIONS, 8:30am - 4:00pm

Sponsored Event: Leading the Way to Proficiency in Florida

Michelle Olah & Cristin Bleess, Wayside Publishing, 2022 FFLA Major Event Partner

Wayside Publishing is excited to sponsor a unique opportunity for secondary world language educators to participate in a train-the-trainer workshop. This FFLA pre-conference workshop will not only increase participants' knowledge of proficiency practices, but also their presentation and leadership skills.   

Our goal is to have two participants from each region of FFLA participate in this free PD opportunity.  We would love to see two participants from your region attend. Please see the this flyerInterested candidates must submit an application by August 20th.

While this full-day workshop is complimentary for those invited to participate, it does not include lunch. If you have additional questions, please contact Michelle Olah or Cristin Blees. 

Driving Mastery Using Proficiency-Based Teaching: A Road Map to Success for Newbies

Dr. Pablo Martinez-Torres, World Languages Curriculum Specialist, Polk County Public Schools

This session is intended for teachers with fewer than five years teaching experience.

Everybody talks about proficiency-based teaching, but what does it look like? This workshop is designed for teachers who have been in the profession for less than 5 years. We will deconstruct and explain proficiency-based teaching through a variety of comprehensible input strategies such as Clip Chat, PictureTalk, One Word Image, Storytelling, etc. Supporting strategies to foster fluency also will be modeled (Brain breaks, attention signals, cooperative structures, etc.) Participants will also learn how to create and plan lessons by blending strategies, practices, and methodologies. Several resources to facilitate lesson building will be shared.

Session Objectives

By the end of this full-day workshops teachers will be able to:

-identify different proficiency levels

-implement strategies to make language comprehensible

-Apply comprehensible input-based strategies

-identify instructional resources that foster proficiency

-create a comprehensible input lesson

From Input to Output Magic: Songs as Authentic Resources in Your WL Classroom

Bertha Delgadillo, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School, Savannah, GA

Songs are powerful authentic resources in our world language classrooms! In this two part workshop, you will learn where and how to find a song and transform it to an engaging acquisition experience for your students. Discover new ways to connect your learners to the target culture through leading students to discover new artists, making lyrics comprehensible, and providing interactive acquisition driven activities leading them to output. Participants will examine, experience, and participate in a wide variety of engaging strategies to facilitate a meaningful connections with music in the target language from the target culture. Participants will also create a collaborative library of songs resources to try throughout the school year. Applicable to all languages, but examples and freebies will be in Spanish.

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

The Power of Storytelling in the WL Classroom

Claudia Elliott, 2021 FFLA Teacher of the Year, 2022 SCOLT Teacher of the Year, Paxon School for Advanced Studies and Growing with Proficiency, Jacksonville, FL

What if I tell you that the only thing you really need to do to get your students engaged and acquire the language is to tell them a story? Ok, maybe that’s a stretch, or maybe not. Join me in this session to discover the power of storytelling in our World Language classes. In this session, you will learn the research behind storytelling and how you can bring storytelling to your classes to engage your students while providing a ton of comprehensible input. Also, in the second part of this session, you will collaborate with other incredible storytellers - your colleagues - to create at least one story ready to go for your classes.

This section will be hands-on so get ready to become an extraordinary storyteller!

Comprehensible Input and Grammar Instruction 

Bryce Hedstrom, Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT)

When should you teach grammar, how and why? How will our students fare when they go on to classes that use legacy methods of teaching grammar? When students go to another school or level, they may be in a grammar-based classroom. How do you prepare them? Can both proficiency and grammar approaches be used in the same classroom? Can these approaches be reconciled? Is there a way to do some combination in our classrooms to ensure that students are prepared?

This workshop provides in-depth instruction and demonstrations on methods that can make the transition to grammar-based classrooms easier for students. Teachers will leave the session with ideas and resources to teaching grammar efficiently, naturally and meaningfully.

All session attendees will receive several examples (Spanish) of materials to teach and reinforce grammar communicatively and meaningfully.

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

High-Impact Reading Strategies 

Bryce Hedstrom, Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT)

"My students just won’t read!" 

This is a familiar dilemma. In this session you will learn four ways to teach reading that will differentiate and engage your students. Bryce will provide both the theory and the practice of reading—why it works and how to do it with methods, materials and motivators for reading. You’ll also leave with plenty of assessments that you can put in place tomorrow

All session attendees will receive an abridged version of Bryce’s book, Hi-Impact Reading Strategies.

Breaking Up with Your Textbook: It's Not You, It's Me

Courtney Lee, Viera Charter School Beach, 2021 "Best of FFLA" Winner, Viera, FL

Presented in both English and German, Breaking Up with Your Textbook is designed tor language teachers who are new to Comprehensible Input (CI) or thinking about taking the leap to CI instruction. The transition to teaching without a textbook or prescribed curriculum can be overwhelming. This session will provide strategies and methods that teachers can implement right away in their classrooms. Participants will engage in collaborative and interactive demonstrations that foster language learning through visualization and problem-solving in the target language. An opportunity to ask questions and discuss strategies is built into the program. This is not a "sit and get" workshop.

Must-Have Tech Tools for Teaching with CI

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

This session will cover the latest and best tech resources and platforms for integrating CI teaching strategies to engage world language students.


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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