2017 COFLT Fall Conference

The 2017 COFLT Conference will take place at the University of Oregon in the EMU (Erb Memorial Union) on October 13-14, 2017.  The theme is "Experience it"  

Conference Registration (click here) 

  • Register by October 1 to Ensure Meals.  We must give the venue final meal counts on October 1.  Any conference registrations received after October 1 will not include meals.  
  • Conference Registration (does not include membership):
    $ 130 member, $ 90 student/retired member
    $ 250 non-member
COFLT Membership
  • COFLT 2016-17 Membership:  $50 regular, $25 student/retired

Hotel and Transportation 
We have arranged for discounted lodging at the Eugene Hilton with a two-night stay minimum with a shuttle service to the conference venue, please follow this link if you would like to see the reduced conference costs to stay at the Hilton.  There are also other lodging options nearby, but COFLT has no other lodging affiliations besides with the Eugene Hilton. 

Conference Address
1395 University St, Eugene OR 97403 (Erb Memorial Union [EMU])

Public Transportation and Parking
There is parking in the Columbia Garage, which is underneath the Ford Alumni Center, and just a block away from the EMU. It is a pay to park area, it’s $2/hr and is open from 6:30am-11pm. ($12 pays for the whole day of parking)

Cancellation procedure
If you need to cancel your conference registration, please send an e-mail to coflttreasurer@gmail.com and we will process your refund.  You will be charged a $15 cancellation processing fee per transaction.

    Click here to see conference material:

    2017 Fall Conference material

    Conference Details at a Glance

    Friday Schedule

    8:15-8:45 Registration and snacks

    9:00-9:55 Keynote: Beniko Mason

    10:00-10:55 Session 1

    11:00-11:55 Session 2

    12:00-1:00 Lunch

    1:00-1:55 Session 3

    2:00-2:55 Session 4

    3:00-3:55 Session 5

    Saturday Schedule

    8:15-8:45 Additional Registration

    9:00-9:55 Keynote: Claudia Holguín Mendoza

    10:00-10:55 Session 6

    11:00-11:55 Session 7

    12:00-1:30 Lunch and Taiko Drums

    1:30-4:30 Optional workshops

    Detailed session descriptions

    Session Schedule

    Professional Development Units 

    Watch for more information

    Keynote Speakers

            Friday Keynote Address: "The Efficient Use of Literature in Second Language Education: Listening to Stories and Reading books"

      Dr. Beniko Mason (and Saturday workshop)

    Beniko Mason, Ed. D. is a faculty member at Shitennoji University Junior College in Osaka, Japan. She first began her Extensive Reading (ER) program in 1984 at a vocational school in Osaka, Japan based on the Input Hypothesis (Krashen, 1981, 1982, 1985).  Her first research question was whether ER was more effective than Intensive Reading (IR), then whether ER alone was better than the eclectic method (ER plus IR), and finally whether ER alone was more efficient. Her research studies using her Japanese college and adult students confirmed that reading alone is not only effective but also efficient, with ER students gaining more per unit time than comparisons. She began to add auditory comprehensible input, “storytelling” into her reading program in 1990. She now calls it “Story-Listening.” She also calls her reading program “Story-Reading” instead of ER, distinguishing her language program from others, which are not fully consistent with current Second Language Acquisition Theory.

    Her current interest is to determine the amount of input needed to help low beginning level students reach the high intermediate or low advanced level of the target language in order to prepare them for academic and business language.  SL and SR are theory-based and supported by research. Also, the methodology reduces the load on both students and teachers; and students don’t need to buy learning materials and textbooks.

       Saturday Keynote Address: "Critical Pedagogies for Spanish Heritage Language Programs: Implementing a Complete Curriculum"

        Dr. Claudia Holguín Mendoza (and Saturday workshop)

      Dr. Claudia Holguín Mendoza is an Assistant Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Oregon and the Director of the Spanish Heritage Language Program at the Department of Romance Languages. She grew up in the Mexico-US border region of Juarez, México and El Paso, Texas. Dr. Holguín Mendoza worked as K-12, and high school teacher in Mexico for 10 years. She obtained her MA at the New Mexico State University, Las Cruces in 2004, and her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2011.

      Dr. Holguín Mendoza’s research is focused on the field of Sociolinguistics; specifically in the areas of socio-pragmatics and linguistic variation. Her focus in Spanish heritage language education encompasses critical pedagogical approaches, the interplay of identity and language, ideologies and representations of language, racial formations in the US, and the sociopolitics of language education.

      Saturday Workshops

      Option 1: "Proficiency In Action: Applying Growth Strategies in Our Classrooms" with Kyle Ennis

      In this workshop, participants will explore the foundation principles of language proficiency and review data and current research that describes expected levels of ability after specified amounts of time in study/learning. We will further explore the following critical questions:

      • How do my students compare to national averages?
      • Are my proficiency targets achievable and realistic?
      • Is all of the time focused on improving my students' productive skills making a difference?
      • How am I applying scoring criteria to my students’ writing and speaking tasks?
      • How can I better lead my students to higher levels in all language domains: Reading, Writing. Listening and Speaking?
      Participants in this workshop will also engage in specialized activities that give specific strategies that can be used in the classroom to help students gain higher levels of proficiency. These activities are based upon data and research that outline critical details that differentiate levels of ability from Novice-High though Intermediate-High levels. 
      These are just a handful of the types of questions this session will explore. At the conclusion of this session, participants will be better equipped to interpret proficiency data and identify areas of focus for improvement. Participants in this workshop will also engage in specialized activities that give specific strategies that can be used in the classroom to help students gain higher levels of proficiency. These activities are based upon data and research that outline critical details that differentiate levels of ability from Novice-High though Intermediate-High levels. 
      This session will include presentation, discussion, and pair and group work.
      Option 2: "Story-Listening Methodology" with Dr. Beniko Mason

      This workshop will explain the theoretical background of Story Listening (SL) and its methodology, and will include the evidence supporting SL. Participants will observe examples of SL instruction, and will be told where to look for stories and how to start an SL lesson. Topics of discussions include: 

      • Fundamental differences between Story-Listening and Story-Telling 
      • Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels of SL – Similarities and Differences
      • Dos and Don'ts in SL – Strategies
      • How much Story-Listening is necessary for significant improvement in language acquisition
      • What stories to tell. How to find a good story
      • How to prepare for an SL lesson
      • How to evaluate students’ progress
      • How many words can we expect students to acquire
      • Can any teacher do SL
      • Can SL be used with college students
      • Can SL be used with beginners
      • What about textbooks?

      Option 3: "Empowering Learners of Spanish: Creating and Adapting Digital Educational Materials for Your Language Learners" with Dr. Claudia Holguín Mendoza and Kelley León Howarth

      In this workshop, we will explore critical pedagogical approaches that equip both teachers of Spanish and teachers of other languages to implement Critical Language Awareness and to develop translinguistic and transcultural competencies in their own classrooms. We will present an online, open-source, 7-unit series based on these critical approaches that we have created to introduce students from diverse backgrounds to a range of concepts in sociolinguistics and critical inquiry into language ideologies. This series is now used in lieu of a textbook in the two intermediate Spanish as a Heritage Language courses, and as supplemental additional teaching materials in other general education and upper-division courses at the University of Oregon, and at Western Illinois University.

      Through the activities in this series, learners of Spanish can engage in (1) critically identifying the social meanings embedded in language uses and (2) developing broader communicative skills. In this workshop, educators will explore many ways in which they can incorporate critical pedagogical approaches into their language classes, and the training provided will prepare educators to create, license, and share their own, original, digital teaching materials. 

      Option 4: "TV5 Monde" with Guy Vandenbroucke

      An exciting new addition to our workshop options, Guy Vandenbroucke is a French Teacher at the Crossroad School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, CA and will be presenting a workshop regarding his work around "TV5 Monde."  (Please note, this workshop is for French Instructors and will be conducted in French). 

      Description de l'atelier:

      Cet atelier a pour objectifs:                            

      - d’apprendre à enseigner avec le document audio-visuel

      - de faire connaître le site ‘TV5Monde’ et ses ressources

      - d’éduquer aux médias

      - de faire comprendre les différentes parties constituant un scénario pédagogique

      note: les participants sont fortement encouragés à se munir d'un ordinateur portable ou d'une tablette.


      Contact COFLT:
      email us: cofltoregon at gmail com
      COFLT,  A-153, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove OR 97116
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