MAFLA Events

april, 2020

MaFLA Academy2020 MaFLA Proficiency Academy July 20-23, 2020Year Around Event (2019) EST

Event Details

MaFLA regrets that due to the COVID 19 virus we will not be able to offer the Proficiency Academy this year.  Please join us in 2021. 

Academy Pricing Chart 


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

Principles of Proficiency: Proficiency for All Learners
New to Proficiency Academy this year is Leslie Grahn, who will lead our Principles of Proficiency strand, focusing on Proficiency for All Learners. Leslie will lead us through us exploring and using student data to make informed instructional decisions to best support our learners, developing tiered and scaffolded activities for all learners, and integrating authentic resources in communicative tasks. Leslie will also present the Gradual Release of Responsibility Framework, which includes guided instruction, teacher modeling, think-alouds, spiraled questions, and more, all with the goal of empowering all learners to communicative independence. Leslie has twenty-seven years of language teaching experience at the middle and high school levels and twelve years of experience at the central office level, most recently as Coordinator of World Languages for the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. She has been a course instructor on foreign language teaching methods and differentiated instruction and frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, specializing in best practices, specifically hands-on, interactive strategies. She facilitates workshops on the topics of student engagement, rigor, authentic resources, and differentiated instruction. Leslie is also the co-author of The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction and serves on the boards of NECTFL, NADSFL, and ACTFL.

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.


View the MaFLA Proficiency Academy, 2020 schedule & directory.


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Westfield State University

Westfield MA

Core Practices Institute2020 Core Practices Institute March 13-14, 2020Year Around Event (2019) EST

Event Details

We are sorry to announce that due to the current situation regarding the COVID 19 virus we were forced to cancel this event.

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!

Pricing Table

Register HERE

Featured Workshops


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

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.

View the MaFLA Core Practices Institute, 2020 schedule & directory.


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BU Wheelock

180-200 Riverway

MaFLA/ACTFL MOPI Training2020 MOPI Training May 31 - June 1, 2020Year Around Event (2020) EST

Event Details


Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (MOPI) Training

Looking to deepen your knowledge of proficiency levels and more accurately identify your students’ level of proficiency? Two strands, Spanish and All Languages, will be led by ACTFL certified trainers Adrian Massei (Spanish) and Cindy Martin (All Languages). A third, smaller, strand for graduates of the MOPI will extend your training to all levels of proficiency. This Advancement Strand is led by Monica Jacobe. Each strand will introduce basic elements of the Oral Proficiency Interview, extending your knowledge of the sub levels of proficiency. All attendees will watch several interviews and debrief on questioning strategies and topic development. Attendees who select the “interviewer” tier will have the opportunity to interview a Novice or Intermediate language learner as part of the training. The MOPI prides itself on its coaching format and therefore the strand sizes are very small.  Want to know more?  Click HERE.

M/OPI Registration is now open.  Click HERE to register.


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Medford High School

489 WInthrop Street

Summer Institute2020 MaFLA Summer Institute August 14 - 16, 2020Year Around Event (2020) EST

Event Details

Out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling the 2020 Summer Institute.  Hope to see you all in 2021.

2020 MaFLA Summer Institute

MaFLA’s annual Summer Institute offers immersion workshops that allow participants to be immersed in their language during our three-day event. Participants have the opportunity to enhance their language and cultural skills as well as learn new pedagogical strategies and make connections with colleagues.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Registration will open in June.

Full program information coming soon.


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Science & Technology Center

1844 Commonwealth Avenue

Science & Technology Center1844 Commonwealth AvenueLasell College, Newton