EVENTS

MAFLA Events

february, 2019

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

Event Details

REGISTRATION is now open.  Click HERE  

FOUNDATIONS OF PROFICIENCY

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

Thomas Sauer is the Director of Design and Communication for AdvanceLearning and an independent consultant. He previously held positions as world language specialist in the Fayette County Public Schools and Jefferson County Public Schools for almost ten years and taught German at the University of Kentucky, Georgetown College and Kentucky Educational Television. He has directed a variety of state and federal grants, most recently as program director and consultant for several successful STARTALK programs. Thomas has served as President of the Kentucky World Language Association as well as on the Board of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages and the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Named the 2011 Pearson/NADSFL Supervisor of the Year and a 2010 Global Visionary by the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, Thomas is passionate about helping educators making the shift from teaching to learning.

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  

Schedule:

View the MaFLA Proficiency Academy schedule & directory.

Time

Year Around Event (2019) EST

Location

Westfield State University

Westfield MA

Core Practices Institute2019 Core Practices Institute March 15-16, 2019Year Around Event (2019) EST

Event Details

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.

Registration NOW OPEN!  Click HERE!

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! For details check out the  Core Practices Flyer 2019.

Featured Workshops

Leslie Grahn

Leslie Grahn 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. Leslie 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. Leslie is the co-author of The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction and serves on the boards of MFLA, NECTFL, and NADSFL.

Using Authentic Resources to Teach Grammar as a Concept in Context
(Workshop A, Friday)

The “Core Practices for Language Learning” by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) includes, “teach grammar as a concept and use in context.” In this workshop, we will explore routines and strategies for finding examples of grammar in context, processes and protocols that lead students to inductively analyze how language structures function, and ways to make grammar in context a natural part of learning content in the target language.

Tiering Tasks and Texts to Challenge All Learners
(Workshop B, Saturday)

In this workshop, we will explore how to adapt tasks for authentic texts to meet the needs of all learners across the proficiency continuum through tiering, providing scaffolding and support for struggling learners, and open-ended more challenging tasks for advanced learners. We will also explore how to tier text on the same themes and how to create generic tasks that span the tiers to challenge all learners.

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.

Beyond Language Exposure: Proficiency in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom
(Workshop C, Friday)

“Exposure to language” is often heard as the goal in elementary and middle school language classrooms. But we can foster proficiency from the start, regardless of the amount of time we have with students. Proficiency and acquisition are most productive and effective in a classroom community that makes learners feel safe, valued and successful. In this workshop, we will look at procedures, routines, and activities that provide a supportive classroom environment that focuses on authentic communication and increases proficiency. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a creativity lab (listed as a Break-Out session in the below schedule) where you’ll use the content from the workshop to develop activities to use in your class right away.

Schedule:

View the MaFLA Core Practices Institute schedule & directory.

Time

Year Around Event (2019) EST

Location

BU Wheelock

180-200 Riverway