MaFLA Winter Workshops


If you have registered for Winter Workshop #1, you should have received an email with the link to the Zoom session.

If you need help at all, please contact Ronie


Join us for a series of virtual professional development for world language teachers.


Tuesday, January 16
Tuesday, January 23
Tuesday, January 30
Tuesday, February 6
On Zoom



Registration closes 3 days before each workshop

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.

Bundle registration ends on January 13.

Workshop #1:  Building Your Teacher Toolbox:  Interpretive Strategies with Matt Coss
January 16, 4:00PM - 6:00PM

In this workshop, we will try out and then debrief a variety of strategies and activities to engage novices and intermediates in interpretive listening, viewing, and reading for any language. Each of these low-prep strategies allows us to “change the text, not the task” and includes differentiation possibilities for a variety of learners. You will leave with new tools as well as a refreshed understanding of important details of interpretive communication for world languages at all levels.

Workshop #2:  Building Your Teacher Toolbox:  Interpersonal and Presentational Strategies with Matt Coss
January 23, 4:00PM - 6:00PM

In this workshop, we will try out and then debrief a variety of strategies and activities to engage novices and intermediates in interpersonal and presentational communication for any language. Each strategy is low-prep and usable for any content or theme. In addition to trying the strategies, we will discuss some of the most important planning details for successful implementation of high-impact interpersonal and presentational activities.

Matt Coss has been a Chinese and Spanish teacher for 11 years, and is currently completing a PhD in Second Language Studies at Michigan State University. Matt’s work focuses on making language teaching and assessment more effective and equitable, and to make connections between second language acquisition and educational psychology research and classroom language teaching.
Prior to joining the SLS program in 2021, Matt taught Chinese and Spanish for 11 years in a variety of K-16 contexts. Matt also worked for 4 years at the National Foreign Language Center (University of Maryland) as a Graduate Assistant and Second Language Specialist on the STARTALK project. Matt earned his BA in Hispanic Linguistics & Asian Studies from UNC Chapel Hill and his MA in SLA from the University of Maryland College Park.

Workshop #3:  Unlocking Language Learning:  A Workshop on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in World Language Education with Dr. Danja Mahoney 
January 30, 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Join us for a dynamic and engaging workshop designed to empower language educators with the tools and strategies to make world language learning accessible and engaging for all students. In this two hour workshop we will focus on the principles and foundations of UDL in World Language classes.
Whether you're a seasoned language educator or just starting your teaching journey, this workshop will provide you with practical strategies, inspiration, and the confidence to create an inclusive, vibrant, and effective world language learning experience for all students. Don't miss this opportunity to transform your teaching and make language learning accessible to everyone.

Workshop #4:  Designing Inclusive World Language Materials:  A UDL Workshop with Dr. Danja Mahoney 
February 6, 4:00PM - 6:00PM

This hands-on, interactive workshop is tailored to empower language teachers with the skills and knowledge needed to develop engaging, accessible, and diverse teaching materials using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.
By the end of this workshop, you'll leave with the skills and confidence to design world language materials that cater to the unique needs of your students, foster engagement, and promote language proficiency for all. Join us for "Designing Inclusive World Language Materials: A UDL Workshop" and embark on a journey toward creating an inclusive and vibrant language learning experience for your students.

Dr. Danja Mahoney is a language educator with more than 25 years experience teaching in public and independent schools. Her experience teaching Latin, French, Spanish, English, and ESL informs her understanding of diverse pedagogies and supporting all learners in language acquisition. Her doctoral research focused on the intersection of second language learning and learning disabilities, with particular attention to the attitudes and needs of educators in supporting all learners in the classroom. She has presented at numerous conferences, including MAFLA, ACTFL, CAM, CANE, and Learning Disabilities Worldwide. She is a member of the MAFLA Board of Directors and currently serves as the Board Clerk. She is the World Language Department Chair at Reading Memorial High School in Reading, Massachusetts.


POs will be accepted for these workshops if you are a member.  You must submit a detailed PO.  The PO must include the names of the individuals who will be attending and the exact workshop(s) that are being purchased for each individual.  POs that are not detailed will not be accepted. 

POs will be not be acccpted for non-members.  

POs need to be in by January 5.

Submit your PO here.

Questions?  Contact Mike