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Post-Conference Workshops

Keynote speaker session, Yo Azama

Join ACTFL's Teacher of the Year, Yo Azama, in this energizing workshop as he shares some of the teaching strategies he uses in his classroom. Yo is a passionate advocate of  the importance of language teaching in preparing students for the 21st century. Be prepared to walk away with great ideas for engaging your students and using the target language in the classroom.  

Embassy Suites Board Room
6300 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, 55430

No Passport Required: Developing Intercultural Competence in the Classroom, Mary Lynn Montgomery

Category: Diversity, Pedagogy

As we prepare our students for the 21st Century, intercultural competence is a necessary skill for them to develop.  Have you ever wondered how to teach your students these skills without traveling abroad?  This hands-on workshop will give you ideas and activities that you can use in your world language class to make your students aware of the need for intercultural competence and to help them begin to develop these skills, regardless of their age or language proficiency level.  Participants will come away from this workshop with ideas and activities they can immediately incorporate in their classroom. Any language (examples in Spanish), Middle School - Higher Education.

ISE Office Building
129 North 2nd St., Suite 102
Minneapolis MN 55401
(800) 892-0022

Beyond the Textbooks: Interactively Empowering All Students to Use Language, Darcy Rogers

Category: Pedagogy

Go beyond textbooks and worksheets to create an interactive, motivating classroom where all students are communicating and achieving proficiency through a strong sense of community and solidarity. In this exciting, hands-on session, participants experience what it feels like to be a learner and practice strategies that lead to classrooms where students actually help each other stay in the target language! Participants will learn techniques that guide diverse groups of students to work together to acquire language naturally. Teachers will receive resources to plan and assess student-based curriculum. Any language, any level.

Brookdale Library of Hennepin County
Meeting Rooms A/B/C
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Create language accessibility through culture based storiesBarbara Cartford and Nancy Ledesma

Category: Literacy, Pedagogy

Everyone learns through stories! Two master teachers share their expertise and success in making language accessible through culture based stories worth remembering! Learn how to craft stories that peak the interest of all your students based on culture that explores the diverse world of languages. We'll you take through the steps to create what you need for a cultural based unit. We'll help you adapt your stories for all language levels. We'll discuss literacy strategies used throughout the reading process. Bring your laptop and a cultural based text or story and we'll help you adapt it  for your students.

Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Building
67 8th Avenue, NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Whos Who in the Target Culture?  Using Biography at Every Level, Janice Holter Kittok

Category: Diversity, Pedagogay, Literacy

Who were the movers and shakers who shaped todays culture?  Who is influencing current culture and shaping the future?  Biographies are the stories of peoples lives.  The story format is proven to be a powerful tool for learning in a context that makes for easier recall of both the language components and the information.  Its an ideal genre for deeper understanding of culture and making connections with history, geography, the arts and other disciplines of study.  Join the presenter for demonstration mini lessons and dozens of ideas for using biography at any level, beginner to advanced. Any language, any level.

Maple Grove Library of Hennepin County
Main Street Meeting Room
8001 Main Street North
Maple Grove, MN 55369

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