Annual Meeting

Register for one of these intensive 3-hour workshops as an add-on to your conference register or, if you are unable attend the conference, as a stand-alone event. 

9:00-12:00 on Saturday, October 25, 2015 in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, announced soon


Preparing students for study abroad

Stacie Berdan, Keynote Speaker and author of A Student Guide to Studying AbroadRaising Global Children, Get Ahead by Going AbroadGo Global!, and now A Parent Guide to Studying Abroad.

This workshop will prepare you as the teacher of students planning to travel abroad with all the tips and information you will need to take your global children abroad.


Talking about Things that Matter: Preparing for Success in the Interpersonal Mode

Karen Fowdy and Lisa Hendrickson, Independent Consultants from Monroe, WI

We want our students to leave our programs with the confidence to interact with native speakers and the curiosity to explore other cultures. How can we prepare our students for the challenge and satisfaction of having a spontaneous conversation about a meaningful topic? Presenters demonstrate steps for designing instruction that moves from teacher-supported practice to independent student language use in the interpersonal mode within a thematic unit.


Keeping Students in the Target Language

Talia Block and Lisa Perez

Keeping novice level students in the target language can be a struggle. Come gain some key knowledge around creating a classroom community that encourages risk-taking and target language use. You will walk away with this session with activities and ideas for upping student target language usage in a fun and engaging way. This session will focus on our early language learners.


Reading Activities Sure to Inspire a ‘LIKE’

Carol Gaab, Teacher trainer of Comprehensible Input-based strategies

Reading is the perfect platform for facilitating language acquisition, and novel CI-based reading activities are an ideal way to turn an ordinary reading into CCCI (Compelling, Contextualized, Comprehensible Input). Learn how to deepen comprehension, engage even your most reluctant readers and accelerate acquisition through powerful activities that are easy to implement and sure to leave students looking for the ‘LIKE’ button!


Feeling Like a Citizen: Engaging Students and Building Community in the Classroom

Grant Boulanger & Bryce Hedstrom

Learn how get students to buy into the classroom with engaging activities and student interviews. When students know one another they feel accepted, relaxed and ready to acquire the language. Learn how to interview students at any level in the TL and keep the mojo going all year long, increasing the complexity as students grow and helping them to learn real facts about one another with real language.

"You're going to love this class. We all know each other and we all get along."  That is how a transfer student was talked to by a classmate as they left class on her first day.  That kind of camaraderie is built by impactful activities and ongoing personal interviews--all in the TL. With a series of carefully designed classroom activities and spiraling questions you can draw out the personality of even reluctant students. Attendees at this session will get a template for questioning and have the opportunity to practice in their TL.  


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