Fall Conference 2019: October 25-26

Peak Practice: Peak Proficiency
Preliminary Conference at a Glance coming soon! |  Conference Program coming September 2019  
Presenter Resources available after conference  |  Conference Evaluation available after conference

Get to know our 2019 Keynote: Martina Bex

 Martina Bex is the Founder of 

The Comprehensible Classroom  whose curricula and training materials have been helping language teachers implement proficiency oriented, comprehension based language programs with confidence since 2010. Martina is internationally recognized for her leadership and expertise in the world language teaching profession as a teacher trainer and curriculum developer.  A Spanish teacher by trade with experience in public and private schools and at the university level, Martina balances her work for The Comprehensible Classroom with the needs of her five young children, for whom she is the full-time caregiver. Martina has been published in The Language Educator and presents regularly at state, regional and national conferences in addition to consulting with individual districts and organizations. Her newest project for supporting teachers is the Garbanzo App  an interactive library of stories in Spanish designed specifically with language classes in mind.  Read more about Martina Bex on her website: https://comprehensibleclassroom.com/contact/about-the-comprehensible-classroom/

Sessions and Workshops from

National Presenters 

Kara Parker (Creative Language Class)


Annabelle Allen (La Maestra Loca)  

Valerie Shull (Proficiency from the Start)

About Me

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Registration for the 2019 Fall Conference will be open soon!  Check back.

If you are a future educator, please apply for the Future Educator Award through this link prior to conference registration.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Friday, October 25, 2019

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West - Plymouth,

3131 Campus Dr, Plymouth, MN 55441

Plymouth map Map/Directions

Friday morning workshops:

#Authres So Easy, A Novice Could Do it

Martina Bex

CI strategies for Reading Stories & Novels

Melanie Bruyers

Comprehensible Classroom Management

Annabelle Allen

Core Practices in Elementary Language Teaching

Valerie Shull

Grammar Forms Click in Meaningful Contexts

Amy Hornby Uribe

Heritage Learner Session


Moving Culture Center-Stage

Jill Fischer

Performance + Proficiency = Classroom Possibilities:


Kara Parker and Karen Nickel

Friday afternoon workshops:

Assessment for Acquisition

Martina Bex

Choice and Independence - What We Can Learn from


Valeria Shull

Compelling Comprehensible Culture and Current


Annabelle Allen

Design Thinking in Your Language and Culture


Jennifer Brady

Digging In: Taking Your Heritage Class to the Next


Adrienne Brandenburg

Effective Questioning Strategies to Grow Proficiency & 

Peak Engagement

Darcy Rogers

Heritage Learner session


Performance + Proficiency = Classroom Possibilities:

Interpersonal & Presentational

Kara Parker and Karen Nickel

All pre-conference workshops are included in conference

registration.  Please indicate your workshop choice when

registering for the conference.

Conference Information

Saturday, October 26, 2019

MCTLC Fall Conference Saturday Schedule

Session titles will be announced here as they become available

7:30am Registration/Exhibit Hall opens

7:30am - 8:00am Morning Exhibit Refreshment Break

8:00am - 8:50am Breakout Session 1

9:00am - 10:30am Keynote and Awards

10:30am - 10:45am Exhibit break

10:50am - 11:40am Breakout Session 2

11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch Buffet

11:50am - 12:40pm Breakout Session 3

12:50pm - 1:40pm Breakout Session 4

1:45pm - 2:15pm Afternoon Exhibit Refreshment Break

2:15pm - 3:05pm Breakout Session 5

3:15pm - 4:05pm Breakout Session 6

4:15pm - 5:05pm Breakout Session 7

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West (Plymouth)

3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441

Plymouth Map/Directions

Conference Rates*

Early bird registration through September 21 - $150

Registration through October 22 - $175 Regular Registration

Onsite Registration through October 26 - $200

Future Language Educators (undergraduate students only)

through Oct. 14 - $40

Contact webmaster@mctlc.org with questions.

Exhibitor / Sponsors

Interested in advertising or exhibiting?  Click here to learn more.

Conference Exhibitors from 2018

Sponsorship Advertisers from 2018

Promotional Materials from 2018

Sponsors from 2018

CETA Tours - First-Time Attendee Scholarship

Language & Friendship - Afternoon Exhibit hall
Refreshment break

PCT Colombia - Registration desk bouquet

TPRS Books - Conference pens

Vista Higher Learning - Conference badges

Xperitas - First-Time Attendee Dinner Sponsorship

Tips for Registration and Payment

PayPal Caveats and Workarounds

We use Paypal to process online payments. A PayPal account is not necessary, however currently it requires that the registrant also be the cardholder since it automatically populates that person's name into its system.

For registrants whose organization will make payment, there are three options:

1. Request that a check be mailed to:

 PO Box 11926
 St. Paul, MN 55111

The registrants' name must be included so that we know for whom to apply payment.

2. MCTLC Treasurer can forward an invoice to the person who will be paying but that person's contact information must be in our system. Go here to add your name to our mailing list. That person may then use PayPal to process a credit card.

3. Make payment and request reimbursement.

Register as a Group

Register your colleagues as a group using the "register a guest" option.

The person who registers the group should be the person making payment. In other words, the person whose name is on the credit card should be the primary registrant since PayPal will require that person to be the cardholder. If the cardholder is not in the group use one of the methods outlined above.

Register on Paper

Click here to open and print a paper registration form. Once received, we will confirm your registration via email.

Fall Conference Makes You a Member

Your paid registration to MCTLC Fall Conference automatically begins or renews your one-year membership, including delivery of Language Magazine® to the address on file. To that end, please ensure that you update your profile with your year-round address. 

Who do I contact?

Contact MCTLC Webmaster to edit your registration or add a workshop and with technical questions. 

Treasurer Mary-Fred Bausman-Watkins can help with payment questions. See above for PayPal tips.

Presenters, contact President-Elect Megan Budke.

Payment and Refund Policies

Review all policies here.


Stay right at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West hotel, a new supporter of MCTLC and your place to stay for the 2019 Fall conference. Mention the "MCTLC" conference code when you book!

3131 Campus Drive

Plymouth, Minnesota, 55441

Tel: 1-763-559-6600 

2018 Exhibitor booth drawings that were given away:

  • One membership to MN - AATSP from MN - AATSP exhibitor
  • One membership to MN - AATSP from MN - AATSP exhibitor
  • $100 Scholarship to "Teach the Target Language in the Target Culture" for the two-day Educator in Service workshop offered in January or June 2019 from Educator in Service LLC exhibitor
  • These are updated daily!

Hourly Door Prize Drawings from 2018

  • $10 Starbucks Gift card from Vista Higher Learning exhibitor
  • $10 Starbucks Gift card from Vista Higher Learning exhibitor
  • $25 Target Gift Card from Nexus Holidays exhibitor
  • Handwoven, fair trade pulseras (bracelets) from The Pulsera Project exhibitor
  • CETA travel bag from CETA Tours exhibitor
  • Gift basket from Concordia Language Villages exhibitor
  • Mochila (knit bag) with a pound of Colombia coffee and block of panela (sugar) from PCT Colombia exhibitor
  • One $50 cash prize for a language club from Language & Friendship exhibitor
  • One $50 cash prize for a language club from Language & Friendship exhibitor
  • One $50 cash prize for a language club from Language & Friendship exhibitor
  • One $50 cash prize from a language club from Language & Friendship exhibitor
  • Spanish Whiteboard Activity packages from Pearson exhibitor
  • Spanish Grammar Study Guide packages from Pearson exhibitor
  • Yeti water canteen bottle from University of Wisconsin Superior exhibitor
  • Book from Fluency Matters exhibitor
  • One free Fluency Matters E-course subscription for a class of up to 150 students
  • One free Fluency Matters E-course subscription for a class of up to 150 students
  • $50 Lunds & Byerly's grocery
  • $20 Rudy's Red Eye Grill
  • $35 Manicure, Salon Intrigue
  • $50 Wakame Asian Bistro
  • $25 Victor's 1959 Cuban Café
  • $25 Black Forest Inn
  • $25 Rincón 38 (Spanish restaurant)
  • $25 Hammer Sickle
  • $25 Nico's
  • $25 Ingebretsons' Scandinavian deli
  • Norway House Package
  • Two passes from American Swedish Institute
  • Two passes from American Swedish Institute
  • Four passes from American Swedish Institute
  • Four passes from American Swedish Institute
  • Four passes from American Swedish Institute
  • Four passes from American Swedish Institute
  • More being added daily!

We are thankful for these amazing prizes brought to you by our exhibitors, and our phenomenal Door Prize Chair Barbara Cartford!

Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures
PO Box 11926, St. Paul MN 55111
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