3-Hour Workshops - Saturday, October 23, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Workshop 7 -  Intercultural Citizenship in Practice

Manuela Wagner


Participants will engage in hands-on activities and discussions to learn how to
advocate for all language learners and for language education by using the framework of intercultural communication,
apply Michael Byram's (2008) model of intercultural citizenship in order to help students use their intercultural competence to solve problems in the here and now,
modify a unit that integrates intercultural citizenship.

Wagner M

Manuela Wagner holds an M.A in English studies and Marketing and a Ph.D. in English Studies with a specialization in linguistics from Graz University, Austria. During her graduate studies she spent 2 years in the baby lab of Psychophysics in the Department of Neurophysiology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. She also spent 3 years in the Department of Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Workshop 8 -  Developing Authentic Lessons

Kara Parker & Megan Smith


Let’s talk about how to reinvigorate your next thematic unit - inspired by culture and authentic resources! Experience communicative lessons to jump-start your planning. You’ll see how to quickly create new lessons based on common daily objectives. Learn different ways to combine engaging authentic resources with our favorite adaptable activities. Walk away with inspiration and templates to build your own lessons for any thematic unit.

Parker & Smith

Kara Parker is the co-creator of teacher websites like AdiósTextbook and Creative Language Class. She is enthusiastic about proficiency-based instruction inspired by culture in order to positively impact students’ language learning experiences. She has taught Spanish and ESL in Louisville, KY and is National Board certified. Currently she lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Megan Smith is the co-creator of teacher websites like AdiósTextbook and 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 with real world tasks to develop 21st Century skills. She taught high school Spanish in Louisville, Kentucky and now lives and works in Charleston, South Carolina.