2-Hour Workshops - Friday, October 22, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Workshop 3 - Let's Give Them Something to Talk About

 Katrina Griffin


Ever feel like you have taught your students a lot of vocabulary, but they still aren't speaking in class? Do some students speak all the time and others never say a word? Wondering what you need to do to motivate students to voluntarily talk to each other in the target language at all times and at all levels? This ACTFL Teacher of the Year will show you step by step what to give students in order to empower them to take control of their own learning. Students at every level can be successful at achieving meaningful output when provided appropriate supports, and soon you won't be able to get them to stop! Experience many low-prep strategies first-hand as a participant, watch videos of students using the target language in various settings, and leave with a greater understanding of what steps to take to cultivate oral proficiency in the classroom.

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Katrina Griffin is a nationally recognized leader and award-winning German teacher at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland. She is an ACTFL Board Member and Mentor and was named the ACTFL Teacher of the Year. From 2013-2017 Katrina served as chair of the Maryland Foreign Language Association’s Advocacy Committee, and since 2016 has lobbied for support of languages on Capitol Hill during the annual JNCL-NICLIS Advocacy Day. Her collaboration with both ACTFL and JNCL-NCLIS leadership was instrumental in getting the Seal of Biliteracy passed in the state of Maryland in 2016. Katrina holds a Master’s degree in German from Middlebury College, a B.S. in Secondary Education from Bloomsburg University, and B.A. degrees in International Politics and German from Penn State University.

Workshop 4 - Teaching Languages Younger:  Intercultural Projects for Elementary School Language Teachers

Karen Marie Sasky Hughes


This presentation is geared toward world language elementary school teachers that want to incorporate intercultural projects into their teaching. Often elementary school language classes are focused on teaching the language, but it is essential to broaden our lessons to include cultural elements that relate to the various peoples and the countries where the languages are spoken. At the end of this presentation participants can: 1) Identify intercultural project ideas where students participate in the target language 2) Develop strategies for cross-disciplinary cooperation to promote intercultural learning at school 3) Identify ways to bring in diverse people for experiential learning in the schools and classrooms 4) Collaborate with other workshop participants to share ideas.

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Karen Marie Sasky Hughes, MBA, M.Ed., is an experienced FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) educator and presenter with over twenty years of experience teaching and promoting language learning at all levels. Karen is the Advocacy Chair for NNELL, The National Network for Early Language Learning. She currently teaches elementary and middle school Spanish at Lincoln Public Schools and Hanscom AFB Schools in MA. Before teaching, she was an international marketing executive working in Europe and the US for multinational corporations. Her website is TeachLanguagesYounger.org.