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ACTFL Webinars Coffees: Thursdays this Summer

The Language Center and CARLA are co-sponsoring the the full ACTFL Spring 2012 Webinar Series. The six webinars are scheduled to air over the summer. They will air again in early Fall 2012.

Please join us on Thursdays from June 7 through July 12 at 12:15-1:15 PM in Jones 117. Coffee will be served, and attendees may bring a bagged lunch.

Part 1: Maintaining Target Language in the Classroom: Comprehensible Input and Output
The ACTFL Position Statement on the use of the target language in the classroom recommends "that language educators and their students use the target language as exclusively as possible (90% plus) at all levels of instruction during instructional time and, when feasible, beyond the classroom." This webinar series provides practical strategies to implement this goal in world language classrooms, at all levels and with learners of all ages.

Learning Content through the Target Language
Tara Fortune, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Thursday, June 7, 12:15-1:15 PM

Exploring Culture through the Target Language
Donna Clementi, Appleton West High School and Concordia Language Villages, Emerita
Thursday, June 14, 12:15-1:15 PM

Maintaining Communication through the Target Language
Jean LeLoup, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
Thursday, June 21, 12:15-1:15 PM

Part 2: Integrating 21st Century Skills to Engage Today's Language Learners
ACTFL and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills collaborated to produce the World Languages 21st Century Skills Map to guide teachers with examples for improving learners' language performance while developing broader skills. Communication is essential, but to be truly career-, college- and world-ready, today's learners need to develop their creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Identify effective strategies for designing units, assessment, and instruction that prepare students to use their new language in settings beyond the classroom. The team of presenters will provide descriptive examples in each webinar based on their backgrounds teaching at various levels, specifically including examples for elementary grades, middle school and senior high programs, as well as postsecondary levels.

Integrating 21st Century Skills in Curriculum and Unit Design
Lynn Fulton-Archer, Spanish instructor and program coordinator, Richmond Drive Elementary School, Rock Hill, SC
Thursday, June 28, 2012, 12:15-1:15 PM

Integrating 21st Century Skills in Language Assessment
Thomas Sauer, District World Language Curriculum Specialist, Jefferson County Public Schools, Lexington, KY
Thursday, July 5, 2012, 12:15-1:15 PM

Integrating 21st Century Skills in Language Instruction
Cherice Montgomery, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Thursday, July 12, 2012, 12:15-1:15 PM

More information on these webinars is available on the ACTFL website and the Language Center calendar.

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