2016 COFLT-LiM Spring Workshops

The 2016 annual COFLT Spring Conference will take place at Lewis and Clark University in Portland, OR on March 12, 2016.  The conference is hosted jointly with Language in Motion Northwest.

The annual COFLT Spring Conference is following a workshops- only format this year.  When you register you will choose one of four full-day workshop tracks:

    1. Comprehensible Input/TPRS
    2. ACTFL OPI Familiarization
    3. Social Justice in the Language Classroom
    4. Proficiency in Action

All workshop run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one hour break for lunch (included in registration fee).

Conference Fees:

Workshop Registration:

  • $100 COFLT or WAFLT members
  • $50  COFLT student or retired members
  • $200 non-members
COFLT 2015-16 Membership (Sept 1-Aug 31): 
  • $40 regular, $20 student/retired

    Conference Schedule at a Glance

    • 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Light Breakfast
    • 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and COFLT updates
    • 9:00 – 12:00 p.m Workshop Morning Session
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
    • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Workshops Afternoon Session

    0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, Portland, OR 97219

    Parking on Saturday on the Lewis and Clark Campus is free.  

    Lewis and Clark University Campus Map

    Workshop 1:
    Comprehensible Input/TPRS

    An Introduction to Comprehensible Input Storytelling in the Second Language and ELL Classroom

    Stories are the oldest and most universally interesting teaching tool.  This workshop will introduce participants to story creation in the second language/ELL classroom.  Participants should plan on attending both morning and afternoon sessions, and will leave with easy, concrete and low-prep strategies which work well with all learners in any language.

    Workshop Resources

    Chris Stolz
    Chris teaches Spanish, English and Social Justice at Tamanawis Secondary in Surrey, B.C., Canada.  He uses comprehensible input strategies in his Spanish class: TPRS and narrative paraphrase.  He writes the blog TPRS Questions and Answers,  which deals which deals with SLA practice and research at http://www.tprsquestionsandanswers.wordpress.com.  Chris  style="line-height: 1.3;">tweets as @srstolz, and has presented TPRS and second-language acquisition workshops in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, and in the U.S.  He was trained in comprehensible input teaching by Blaine and Von Ray and Carol Gaab.

    Workshop 2:
    ACTFL OPI Familiarization

    ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Familiarization

    Intended as an introduction to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, the ACTFL Rating Scale, and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), this workshop includes viewing of recorded interviews conducted by a trainer in English or the common language of the group. Participants discuss the implications of the ACTFL Proficiency Scale and the Oral Proficiency Interview for establishing program goals, and for planning curriculum, instruction, and assessment

    Chantal Thompson
    Chantal Thompson is a native of Brittany, France. She is a teaching professor of French at Brigham Young University in Utah where she is also a coordinator of first-year courses. Chantal is also the founder of the African Studies Program at BYU and has directed 4 study abroad programs in Senegal, West Africa. She has received many awards at the Department, College, and University levels. Chantal has been an ACTFL Certified Tester and Trainer (in French and English) since 1986. Since then, she has also been very involved in revising the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines; she contributed to the 1999 revision of the ACTFL Speaking Guidelines and the 2001 revision of the ACTFL Writing Guidelines. In addition, Chantal has written three French text books, Mais oui!, a first-year program based on higher-order learning, Moments littéraires, an anthology for intermediate courses, and Ensuite, a second-year College text. Chantal is also a national long jump champion of France!

    Workshop 3:
    Social Justice in the Languages

    Language Acquisition, Social Justice, and International Volunteer Service

    How can educators intentionally use language acquisition as a tool for developing critical thinking, emotional resilience, and cultural humility?  Can curricular integration promote a platform that advances social justice, inclusion, human rights, and peace?  We will explore these questions and generate ways to use international volunteer service to add value to the classroom experience.

    Carlton Rounds

    Carlton Rounds is the Director of Campus Engagement for Cross Cultural Solutions for over 20 years. CCS has special Consultative Status with the United Nations and is a founding sponsor with the Brookings Institution's Bridge Building Coalition for best practices in international volunteer service.
    Carlton has been working in the fields of international education, volunteer service, and proactive social inclusion and diversity for nearly 30 years. He has traveled, served, and taught all over the world in areas of democratic transition with the intention of expanding the rights of marginalized people and communities.  

    Digital Games, Language Learning, and Social Justice: From Design to Classroom Implementation

    In this session, participants will be introduced to a series of digital games for use in the the language classroom to promote language proficiency as well as critical thinking around social justice issues.  The workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the use of digital games for language learning. This will be followed by hands-on activities in which participants will have the opportunity play sample games and experience classroom activities associated with each of the games. Curriculum packets for classroom implementation will be provided. 

    Workshop Resources

    Julie Sykes

    Julie Sykes earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with a focus on applied linguistics and second language acquisition. Julie’s research focuses on the use of digital technologies for language acquisition with a specific focus on inter-language pragmatic development and intercultural competence. She has taught courses on second language teaching and learning methodology and research, language learning and technology, Hispanic linguistics, and inter-language pragmatic development. Julie’s experience includes the design, implementation, and evaluation of online immersive spaces and the creation of place-based, augmented-reality mobile games to engage language learners in a variety of non-institutional contexts. She has published various articles on CALL-related topics, including synchronous computer-mediated communication and pragmatic development, gaming and CALL, and lexical acquisition in digitally mediated environments. Julie serves as the UO Scholar-in-Residence and also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon.

    Workshop 4:
    Proficiency Oriented Teaching

    Proficiency in Action

    The morning session will focus on the notion of Proficiency in Action. We will explore the nature of language proficiency and explore how assessment can assist in achieving higher levels of proficiency in our learners. We will look at national data trends and explore best practice in instruction that will improve learners proficiency levels. This session will include presentation and pair and group discussion. 

    The afternoon session will then build upon the foundation of best practice and will be focused upon how to build quality tasks (writing and speaking tasks) that will help bring focus to our lessons and clear outcomes for our students. We will utilize the power of "Can Do" statements to direct the development of the tasks. The goal for this session is to develop 3-4 quality tasks and share these with all participants in the session. Please bring any curriculum materials that you are using. This will assist in identifying the topics for the tasks to be developed. 

    Kyle Ennis

    Kyle leads Avant Assessment's efforts in managing the development of assessment products. Working directly with clients, content developers and technology developers to produce Avant's high quality assessment instruments, Kyle is passionate about pushing the limits of technology to improve learning through measurement. Before becoming part of the Avant team in 2002, Kyle previously held positions teaching English in Japan, teaching Japanese at Aloha High School in Beaverton, OR and working as a high school Technology Coordinator. Kyle completed his Educational Leadership and Administration Master of Science at Portland State University and received a B.A. in English Education from Utah State University. Kyle currently resides in Springfield, Oregon.

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