Come strengthen the core of your teaching at the MaFLA Core Practices Institute! This two-day institute will deepen your understanding of core teaching practices essential for developing student
Come strengthen the core of your teaching at the MaFLA Core Practices Institute! This two-day institute will deepen your understanding of core teaching practices essential for developing student proficiency in a communicative classroom. Teachers of all languages and levels — whether beginning teachers or seasoned experts — will want to attend. 15 PDPs available with an option for one graduate credit.
Choose from a combination of the following workshops to meet your needs. Our featured workshop presenters will be supported by facilitators to lead break-out time, where you can put your learning to work in a small group setting. You’ll leave with concrete material to bring back to your class on Monday!
Megan is a World Language consultant, curriculum writer, and blogger with Creative Language Class. She studied International Business and Spanish and has a Master’s in Education. Her time working and studying abroad inspired her to create more authentic lessons that develop students’ 21st Century skills. She taught Spanish for 7 years in public schools in Louisville, KY. While there, she was awarded Kentucky’s New Teacher of the Year in 2011. She was also a part of JCPS’ district shift toward proficiency and led her school’s world language department in the same direction. Megan is from Michigan, but currently lives near Charleston, SC with her husband and two little boys.
The Art of Lesson Planning: Making Your Masterpiece! (Workshop A, Friday)
Be inspired to plan engaging lessons driven by current culture and authentic communication. We will walk through complete lessons in various languages for novice and intermediate students that you can replicate or reimagine to fit any thematic unit. Learn to blend relevant authentic resources and low-prep tasks to promote proficiency growth at any level.
More Than Words: Introducing, Expanding, and Recycling Vocabulary (Workshop B, Saturday)
Rethink how to teach and grow vocabulary by considering student proficiency first. See simple strategies to teach vocabulary in context of culture-based lessons, provide more options for students to choose and expand their vocabulary, and recycle high-frequency words and structures throughout the year. More than words is all you have to do, to make it real.
Joshua Cabral has a BA in French and an MA in Applied Linguistics, specializing in psycholinguistics and second language acquisition. He has been teaching French and Spanish at the elementary, middle and high school levels for 22 years and regularly presents workshops on language proficiency and cultural competence at state, regional, and national conferences. He also works with schools and districts as they work toward building proficiency-based language programs. Joshua is passionate about access to education in developing countries and works closely with schools in Haiti and Nicaragua where he often travels to work with teachers and students.
Planting Seeds of Proficiency in the Elementary Classroom (Workshops C, Friday)
Students’ language proficiency increases in the elementary classroom when instruction is aligned with key principles of child development. During these early years children learn best through physical and social experiences, and play is an important medium for children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. Language learning is most productive and effective when learners feel safe, valued and successful. Learn procedures and activities that provide a supportive context for risk-taking, build community, and focus on authentic communication that follows language proficiency guidelines. You will also learn concrete ways to assess language proficiency at the elementary level.
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