2014 COFLT-WAFLT Fall Conference

The 2014 Fall WAFLT-COFLT bistate conference, Reaching Global Competence, will take place October 9-11, 2014 in Vancouver, WA at the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center.

Conference Fees:

$160 Conference registration fee includes

    • 2014-15 COFLT and PNCFL membership dues
    • Two meals (choice of Friday lunch, Saturday breakfast, Saturday AAT luncheon)
    • Thursday welcome reception (7:30-9:30 pm)
    • Friday awards reception (6:30-8:00 pm)
    • All sessions, except pre- and post-conference workshop
$80 Pre Conference Workshop fee includes
    • Thursday lunch
    • Book: Keys to Planning for Learning
    • 7 CE hours
    • You may attend this workshop independent of conference attendance
$20 Post Conference Workshop fee includes
    • Specific avenues to pursue authentic, 24/7 culture realia
    • Collaboration with colleagues
    • 3 CE hours
    • Please bring a laptop
Membership is required to attend or present at the conference.

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Conference Schedule at a Glance

Pre-Conference Workshop 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Registration Opens at 7:30 a.m.
  • 8:00 Session 1
  • 9:00 Keynote Speaker: Noah Geisel, ACTFL Teacher of the Year
  • 10:30 Session 2
  • 11:30 Session 3
  • 2:00 Session 4
  • 3:00 Session 5
  • 4:00 Session 6
COFLT Awards Reception 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Registration Opens at 7:30 a.m.
  • 8:15 Keynote Speaker: Mary Lynn Redmond
  • 9:40 Session 1
  • 10:40 Session 2
  • 11:40 Session 3
Post-Conference Workshops 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Keynote Addresses

Friday Keynote Address is “Keeping It Real: Reaching Global Competence through Authenticity, ” presented by Noah Geisel, 2013 ACTFL Teacher of the Year.

Reaching Global Competence is more than a beneficial side effect of a high quality world language education; it is one of the primary goals. Noah Geisel will explore the role of engaging students in authentic problems and tasks that intrinsically motivate students to generate real solutions and make useful products.

Noah has been teaching high school English, Spanish and Technology for 13 years. An addict of sharing and collaborating with other teachers, he is a constant on Twitter and a contributing writer to the education blog TeachPaperless.com. His presentations have been selected Best of Colorado, Best of SWCOLT and Best of CSC. He is a traveler, learner and hardcore fan of Duke Basketball.

Saturday Keynote Address by Dr. Mary Lynn Redmond is “Linking Standards and Proficiency to Your Classroom.”

Mary Lynn Redmond is Professor of Education and Coordinator of K-12 Foreign Language Education at Wake Forest University (NC).  She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in K-12 methodology and research and also supervises student interns. Prior to her work at the university level, Mary Lynn taught French in grades K-12.

Mary Lynn is currently president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She has held numerous state and national positions, including president of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC), president and executive secretary of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL).

Mary Lynn is dedicated to the promotion of high quality K-12 proficiency-oriented foreign language programs for all students. Her research covers a wide range of topics in foreign language education, and her most recent book, Action Research in the World Language Classroom, was published in 2013.


Thursday, 9  to 4  

Donna Clementi, co-author with Laura Terrill of The Keys to Planning for Learning: Effective Curriculum, Unit, and Lesson Design will offer an all-day workshop based on their book.

Language educators and experts Donna Clementi and Laura Terrill have created a useful guide to assist teachers, curriculum designers, administrators and professional developers in designing Standards- and performance-based curricula. Starting with an understanding of the 21st century learner, the authors establish a mindset for creating curriculum based on developing learners’ proficiency in language and culture. The authors provide easy-to-follow templates to develop units of instruction and daily lessons that incorporate the Standards for Learning Languages, Common Core State Standards, 21st century skills, and technology integration.

Saturday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Workshop 1: Engaging World Language Students with Culture with Noah Geisel. Interest in culture is what motivated most language teachers to learn another language and it is essential that we share this passion with students and hook them with culture. We will focus on dozens of specific avenues to pursue authentic, 24/7 culture realia. Examples are in Spanish but ideas for all language teachers are shared. Bring a laptop and be prepared to create and collaborate with colleagues.

Workshop 2: Thinking About Syncing? Technology tools for World Language Educators with Catherine Ousselin.

This collaborative, hands-on working session will promote the exchange and development of technology-supported Digital Storytelling and other projects that align to Common Core and the National Standards for Learning Languages. Our discussion will encompass attitudes, experiences, and other challenges in the adoption of technology tools in World Language education. Examples of projects and lessons pertaining to various curricular themes and outcomes will be shared. Participants should bring a laptop computer and should have mastered the basic operations of the device. Any additional mobile devices (iPods/Pads/Tablets) are welcome and will be used. To preview the apps and tools to be used, visit: www.catherine-ousselin.org/technology.html.

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email us: cofltoregon at gmail com
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