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Fall Conference 2019: October 25-26

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West - Plymouth

3131 Campus Dr, Plymouth, MN 55331


Get to know our 2019 KeynoteMartina Bex

Martina Bex is the Founder of The Comprehensible Classroomwhose 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 Appan interactive library of stories in Spanish designed specifically with language classes in mind.

Martina will offer a workshop session on Friday morning about a Plan for Proficiency as well as a workshop on Friday afternoon about Pique Performance. 

Follow @Martina Bex   

Sessions and Workshops from National Presenters 

Kara Parker


Proficiency + Performance =

Classroom Possibilities: Interpretive


Proficiency + Performance = Classroom Possibilities: Interpersonal & Presentational

Annabelle Williamson


Comprehensible Classroom Management


Compelling Comprehensible Culture and Current Events

Valerie Shull


Core Practices in Elementary Language Teaching


Choice and Independence - What we can learn from Montessori


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

Fall Conference Makes You a Member

Your paid registration to MCTLC Fall Conference automatically begins or renews your one-year membership.

Who do I contact?

Contact MCTLC Membership and Conference Registration Chair with technical questions, to edit registration or to add a workshop.

Contact MCTLC Treasurer with payment questions. 

Presenters, contact President-Elect 

Payment and Refund Policies

Review all policies here.

Tips for Registration and Payment

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

  1. Register online and make payment with credit card.
  2. Register online and receive an invoice for your district. 
  3. Register your colleagues as a group online using the "register a guest" option.
Click here to open and print a paper registration form. Once received, we will confirm your registration via email.

Register on paper and send payment to: 


 PO Box 11926

 St. Paul, MN 55111

The registrants' name must be included so that we know for whom to apply payment.  The MCTLC Treasurer can forward an invoice to the person who will be paying provided that the person's contact information is included. 

Exhibitors / Sponsors

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Friday, October 25, 2019

All Friday workshops are included in conference registration. Please indicate your workshop choice when registering for the conference.

Morning workshops:

Plan for Proficiency - FULL 

Martina Bex (The Comprehensible Classroom)

CI strategies for Reading Stories & Novels

Melanie Bruyers

Comprehensible Classroom Management

Annabelle Williamson (La Maestra Loca)

Core Practices in Elementary Language


Valerie Shull (Proficiency from the Start)

Hmong Heritage Learner Session:

From Culture Arts to Language Arts

Coalition of Hmong Language, Literacy, and Cultures

Yo Pa Cha, Pang Yang, Patrick Vang

Grammar Forms Click in Meaningful Contexts

Amy Hornby Uribe

Moving Culture Center-Stage

Jill Fischer and María Sol Nuño

Performance + Proficiency =

Classroom Possibilities: Interpretive

Kara Parker (Creative Language Class) and

Karen Nickel

Afternoon workshops:

Pique Performance - FULL

Martina Bex (The Comprehensible Classroom)

Choice and Independence - What We Can

Learn from Montessori

Valerie Shull (Proficiency from the Start)

Compelling Comprehensible Culture and

Current Events

Annabelle Williamson (La Maestra Loca)

Design Thinking in Your Language and Culture


Jennifer Brady and Aparna Katre

Digging In: Taking Your Heritage Class to the

Next Level

Adrienne Brandenburg and Mary Beth Johnson

Effective Questioning Strategies to Grow

Proficiency & Peak Engagement

Darcy Rogers and Ericka Traphagen

(Organic World Language)

Hmong Heritage Learner Session:

Finding Voice in Speaking and Writing

Coalition of Hmong Language, Literacy, and Cultures

Pang Yang, Bee Vang-Moua, Patrick Vang

Performance + Proficiency = Classroom

Possibilities: Interpersonal & Presentational

Kara Parker (Creative Language Class)and

Karen Nickel

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Session titles will be announced here as they become available


7:30am Registration/Exhibit Hall opens

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


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


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

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

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


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



Sponsors from 2019

2019 Exhibit Booth Drawings & Giveaways

  • French Teacher goodies and label maker and French mug from AATF
  • Swedish Fish and ASI Pins 1 Intro to Swedish or Finnish class and 2 ASI Family Passes from American Swedish Institute
  • Gift card, Bookmark, Pen/Pencil from Ayusa
  • Scholarship, bag, pen/pencil, stressball from CETA Tour
  • Pen/pencil and cup and book from Concordia College Master of Education in World Language Instruction
  • Pens, luggage tags, stickers, & gift basket from Concordia Language Villages 
  • Subscription on AdiosTextbook. This would be good for Spanish, French, German and Arabic teachers (6th-university/novice and intermediate levels) from Creative Language Classroom
  • Free registration to CSCTFL conference from CSCTFL
  • Shirt from Garbanzo
  • Pen/pencil and gift cards from Language and Friendship
  • Book from Jan Holter-Kittok
  • Program folder and shirt from Minnesota State-Mankato
  • Pen/Pencil from MinneTESOL
  • Pen/Pencil and shirt from Teatro del pueblo
  • Handwoven bracelets from The Pulsera Project
  • 10 trial accounts to ThisIsLanguage website from This Is Language
  • Pen/Pencil, book, A) A complimentary class set of readers (max of 25 copies) published by TPRS Books, B) A complimentary 2 or 3 day TPRS Workshop with our company, C) Our National TPRS Conference will take place July 20-24, 2020 in Minneapolis. They can attend this Conference for half prize from TPRS Books
  • Gift Certificate  from Travel Leaders
  • Gift Card from Vista Higher Learning
  • Bottle of Wine from Xperitas

Stay tuned for more prizes!

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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