MaFLA Winter Workshops

Gear up for an engaging 2021 and join us for a series of four interactive workshops focused on right-now strategies to use in any world language classroom! All workshops will be held over ZOOM, and will be led by nationally-known world language teachers who are ready to share practical tips to help engage your students--whether you are teaching in-person, hybrid, or remote. Participants will gain access to a folder of materials from each presenter that include resources and classroom examples to help put your learning into practice. Bundle all four workshops and save! Space is limited, so register early to reserve your spot.

Workshop 1

Interpretive: Engaging Students in Interpretive Tasks, Right-Now Strategies for In-Person, Hybrid, or Remote
Tuesday, January 19, 4:00 - 6:00 PM EST

Intrigued by authentic language posts on platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, but not sure how to use them for purposeful and authentic interpretive tasks? In this workshop, we will discuss how to locate, evaluate, and integrate authentic resources into thematic units and lessons via a variety of activities. Participants will interact with student samples, activity ideas and templates that can be used for a variety of teaching environments and approaches.

Presenter: Catherine Ousselin

Catherine Ousselin teaches French and is a Digital Literacy Coach for Mount Vernon Schools in Washington State. She is a frequent presenter on curriculum development and technology integration. Catherine is the President Elect of PNCFL and the AATF Director of Media Integration and Curated Resources. She was a 2018 TOY finalist for ACTFL, and was the recipient of the Language Instruction Using Technology Award from ACTFL in 2014.



Workshop 2

Interpersonal: Engaging Students in Interpersonal Speaking, Right-Now Strategies for In-Person, Hybrid, or Remote
Tuesday, January 26, 4:00 - 6:00 PM EST

Are you trying to figure out how to have your students communicate interpersonally as you navigate a different teaching landscape? What strategies work to engage students in the virtual, hybrid and face-to-face but distanced settings? This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how to support students to communicate interpersonally. Get ready to try out the strategies yourself and walk away with concrete ideas to use in your own classes!

Presenter: Katrina Griffin

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 has written articles for The Language Educator. In 2017, Katrina was named the ACTFL Teacher of the Year. Katrina is a prolific workshop presenter, invited consultant, and keynote speaker on topics such as student engagement, proficiency-based instruction, AP German, and STEM for languages.


Workshop 3

Differentiated Learning: Engaging All Students, Right-Now Strategies for In-Person, Hybrid, or Remote
Wednesday, February 3, 4:00 - 6:00 PM EST

How do we continue to engage and meet the needs of our language learners when the context keeps changing from in-person, to hybrid, to remote and back? Acquire thinking frames, strategies, and adaptations you can make to your instruction that will translate across learning environments through lesson hooks, choice, pair and small group work, and tiering levels of challenge.

Presenter: 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 is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and nationalconferences, specializing in best practices. She curates and creates resources to support language teaching and learning and shares them through her website ( on Pinterest (grahnforlang). Leslie is the co-author of The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction and serves on the boards of NECTFL, NADSFL and ACTFL.



Workshop 4

Assessment & Feedback: Engaging Students in Reflective Learning, Right-Now Strategies for In-Person, Hybrid, or Remote
Tuesday, February 9, 4:00 - 6:00 PM EST

Assessments and feedback can be a challenge for world language teachers and students, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Learn ways to make your assessments engaging and effective and how to offer meaningful feedback to students. By leveraging the power of student voice and choice in assessments, teachers will see their students engaging in the target language and gaining on their path to proficiency. The ideas and strategies presented in this workshop will work for virtual and hybrid classrooms.

Presenter: Heidi Trude

Heidi Trude is a French teacher at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Virginia. She has thirteen years of experience teaching every level of French and possesses multiple educational technology certifications. Heidi provides technology training for the faculty at her school and regularly presents at national and international conferences on world language education. Heidi serves as a member of the executive board of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Virginia chapter and on the SCOLT Board of Directors. Heidi is the 2017 Region IV Virginia Teacher of the Year; the 2017 FLAVA David Cox World Language Teacher of the Year; the 2018 SCOLT World Language Teacher of the Year and 2019 ACTFL Language Teacher of the Year finalist.




$35/per workshop, members-only
Bundle all 4 and save 10% = $125


All four workshop bundle: January 17, 2021
Workshop #1: January 17, 2021
Workshop #2: January 24, 2021
Workshop #3: February 1, 2021
Workshop #4: February 7, 2021