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Fall Conference 2018: October 26-27

Reinvention: Pathways to Proficiency

Get to Know our Keynote: Billy McLaughlin

Billy McLaughlin is recognized internationally as a world-class guitarist, composer and inspirational performer who has appeared on Billboard’s TopTen Chart. Previously signed to Virgin Records’ Narada label, McLaughlin has 14 CD releases, 3 National Campus Entertainer of the Year Awards, 5 Minnesota Music Awards and his decades of national concert touring earned him the Hall of Fame Achievement Award.

But in 1999 McLaughlin vanished from sight as his career crumbled due to a little-known neuro-muscular disorder called Focal Dystonia. After suffering several years without a cure, he embarked on an unlikely attempt to regain his career by re-learning his instrument left-handed. His remarkable comeback is captured in the documentary film Changing Keys (airing on PBS 2010) and a concert film called Coming Back Alive featuring McLaughlin with string orchestra and a reunion of his longtime rock band. Be prepared to be inspired during Billy's keynote at the MCTLC 2018 MCTLC Fall Conference.


To register for the MCTLC 2018 Fall Conference sessions and optional Saturday post-conference workshops, click here.

To register ONLY for the full-day Saturday ACTFL workshop, Unwrapping Proficiency with Paul Sandrock, click here.

To register ONLY for all other MCTLC 2018 Saturday post-conference workshops, click here.

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

Conference Information

Friday, October 26, 2018

Earle Brown Heritage Center,

6155 Earle Brown Dr, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Brooklyn Center Map/Directions

MCTLC Fall Conference 2018 Friday Sessions Schedule:

7:30am Registration/Exhibit Hall opens

7:30am-8:00am Morning exhibit refreshment break

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

8:50am-9:00am Exhibit break

9:00am-9:50am Keynote Address (Carriage Hall A)

9:50am-10:00am Exhibitor break

10:00am-10:50am Breakout Session 2

10:50am-11:00am Exhibitor break

11:00am-11:50am Breakout Session 3

11:50am-12:00pm Exhibitor break

12:00pm-1:30pm Awards Luncheon (Carriage Hall A)

1:30pm-1:40pm Exhibitor break

1:40pm-2:30pm Breakout Session 4

2:30pm-3:00pm Afternoon Exhibitor break refreshments 

3:00pm-3:50pm Breakout Session 5

3:50pm-4:00pm Exhibitor break

4:00pm-4:50pm Breakout Session 6

4:50pm-5:00pm Final Exhibitor break 

5:00pm-6:00pm Billy McLaughlin's Concert

Session titles will be announced here as they become available

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Brooklyn Center High School,

6500 Humboldt Ave N, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Brooklyn Center Map/Directions

MCTLC Fall Conference 2018 Saturday Sessions Schedule:

8:00am Registration/Refreshments

9:00am-9:50am Breakout Session 1

10:00am-10:50am Breakout Session 2

11:00am-11:50am Breakout Session 3

12:00pm-12:50pm Breakout Session 4

Saturday Workshops -  Oct 27, 2018

ACTFL workshop, Unwrapping Proficiency, with Paul Sandrock

The MN Department of Education, in collaboration with MCTLC, is proud to also offer a FULL DAY workshop with ACTFL Director of Education, Paul Sandrock.

Location: Minnesota Department of Education 

1500 Commerce St. 

Roseville, MN

Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm

Registration: To attend only this full day workshop click here to register now!

All other workshops for 2018 will be held at Brooklyn Center High School Map/Directions 9am-4pm on Saturday, October 27th.  To attend ONLY the Saturday workshops, click here to register now!

Saturday morning workshops:

ACTFL Core Practices: Weapons of Mass Instruction - Meredith White

Authentic Communication in the Target Language? Yes They Can!  - Amy Hornby Uribe, Rose Potter

Intermediate Workshop: Personalization, Dramatization and Triangling - TPRS Books

Teaching Hmong Heritage Language - Ya Po Cha, Patrick Vang

Saturday afternoon workshops:

Content-Based Instruction with Storytelling (CBIS) - Jan Holter Kittok

Creation and Collaboration Using Digital Tools - Paulino Brenner

Teaching Hmong Effectively: Comprehension, Retention, and Application - Bee Vang-Moua

The 3 Keys to Unlocking a Novel  - TPRS Books


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 Grant Boulanger.

Payment and Refund Policies

Review all policies here.


Adjacent to the Earle Brown Heritage Center is the Embassy Suites, a longtime supporter of MCTLC and your place to stay for the conference and all year long. Mention the "MCT" conference code when you book!

6300 Earle Brown Drive

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, 55430

Tel: 1-763-560-2700 

Exhibitor booth drawings (For these drawings, you must register at the exhibitor's booth in order to enter to win!):

  • 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!

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