january, 2019

MaFLA Academy2019 MaFLA Proficiency Academy July 22-25, 2019Year Around Event (2019) EST

Event Details

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Back by popular demand, Greg Duncan–an internationally recognized expert in World Language education–will lead the Foundations strand of the Proficiency Academy. In the Foundations strand, Greg will guide you through the ACTFL Proficiency levels, show you how to set proficiency targets for your program or course, help you design engaging and authentic performance assessments and rubrics, connect proficiency to course units and lessons using the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, and prepare you to be an empowered educator with the support of the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Project. In addition to Greg’s high-quality sessions, you will join a smaller break-out group during the Academy led by facilitators experienced in teaching for proficiency. Hands­on and interactive, you will leave the Academy invigorated and with concrete materials to use when you return to school! Relevant to teachers of all languages. If you have not attended Proficiency Academy before (regardless of your background experience as a teacher), be sure to sign up for this strand. Come join the Proficiency movement!

PRINCIPLES OF PROFICIENCY: Advanced Curriculum & Lesson Design

Back by popular demand, Thomas Sauer will be returning this year to lead the Principles of Proficiency strand, with a focus on advanced curriculum design. Thomas will help us move beyond topics to engage our learners in themes that are relevant and make real-world connections. Can-do statements will be explored in detail to develop clear and measurable pathways for student growth. Thomas will also deconstruct lesson design integrating learning targets, outlining vocabulary and language chunks (grammar!) needed for the lesson, and checks for learning. Additionally, Thomas will share a multiple lesson plan format and classroom activity repository to make planning in a proficiency-based classroom a reasonable task for all teachers. Join us and take your unit and lesson planning to the next level!

Due to the advanced nature of this strand, only returning attendees will be allowed to register. Anyone who has not previously attended Proficiency Academy will automatically be moved to the Foundations strand.

Check out the videos of the

Proficiency in My District

presentations from the Academy.

MaFLA wishes to express a big THANK YOU to Carlos Brown, MaFLA’s unofficial official videographer.

For detailed information and pricing see the Proficiency Academy Flier 

REGISTRATION is now open.  Click HERE  


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Year Around Event (2019) EST


Westfield State University

Westfield MA

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