MaFLA Core Practices

MAFLA Core Practices Institute 2024

Join us to refresh and build upon ACTFL's Guiding Principles!

Friday, March 15, 2024
8:00 - 4:30
Location:  Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Choose ONE of the Two Featured Workshops

Thanks to our event sponsor

Option A:  Scaffolding Communicative Tasks Across the Modes with Charlotte Gifford

As teachers work with different proficiency-based practices, teachers understandably ask the pragmatic questions: how can we design communicative, day-to-day tasks that support students to reach the target proficiency level. When we target proficiency levels appropriately, we can identify key areas of needed growth for the next level.  In this workshop we will offer concrete strategies to target, scaffold and release: show learners the way, lend a hand as needed, and then let them go!  We will demo, brainstorm and develop a variety of scaffolded techniques, including explicit proficiency targets, pre-speaking and pre-writing organizers and frames, language walls, level-up challenges and incentives, and feedback and self-reflection. Teachers will leave with resources and examples for how to create appropriate scaffolds across all of the modes.

Charlotte is Chair of World Languages and Professor of French and Spanish at Greenfield Community College, Past President of MaFLA and Past Chair of NECTFL. She presents regularly at state, regional and national conferences, most recently on the use of authentic materials, performance assessment, teaching with films, Backward Design, common departmental assessments, and proficiency levels and targets.


Option B:  All Hands On Deck:  Curriculum Writing For Proficiency-Based Teaching with Mike Travers

 As many districts continue to adopt the Seal of Biliteracy and teach for proficiency it is resulting in a need for putting textbooks aside and writing curriculum. But how does a teacher, team or department go about this process? In this workshop, we will start by exploring why changing curriculum is important and then go into some steps of how to go about writing thematic units where communication is at the forefront. Teachers will leave with resources to help them choose themes, write unit performance objectives, plan performance assessment prompts and write daily learning targets to unpack a unit. Join us individually or with your department to dive deeper into the world of curriculum writing that you can implement in your classrooms.

Mike Travers is a Spanish teacher at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts and has taught learners both Spanish and French at the novice and intermediate levels. Mike is very active in professional learning communities through MAFLA, NECTFL, and ACTFL, where he presents, facilitates or participates in conferences and workshops to continue learning more about proficiency-based teaching. Mike’s favorite topics include grammar in context, task design and curriculum development. He has worked with districts across the state of Massachusetts as well as other larger districts in Chicago, Omaha and Baltimore helping teachers implement proficiency based curriculum and strategies into their classrooms. Mike is the president elect of the MAFLA Board of Directors, a member of NECTFL’s advisory board and the recipient of multiple awards for his presentations.



Pre-arranged Parking can be purchased at $15.00
POs will be accepted for this event.  A detailed PO must be submitted here.  The PO must include detailed information - name of individual(s), specific workshops desired for each,  and remember that all included on the PO must be members.  If someone is not a member, a separate membership PO should be submitted on the PO Portal here.  

Cancellations: Any registrant who needs to cancel their registration while registration is still open is able to do so with a 15% fee. Once registration for the event has closed, the amount of the refund is at the discretion of the Program Director.

Please Note Registration Fees are Non-refundable After 2/24/2024


7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Registration
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Featured Presenter (Part 1)
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Mid-Morning Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Featured Presenter (Part 2)
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Facilitated Break-Out Session
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Featured Presenter (Part 3)

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