The fall COFLT conference will be held online from October 8-9, 2021. This year's theme is "Moving Ahead Together." There will be keynote speakers, recorded teacher-led presentations, live roundtable discussions (critical friends), and more!
Conference Registration (Register here)
Conference material will be made available upon receipt from presenters
Conference at a Glance
Note: the COFLT schedule has been collapsed to FRIDAY ONLY - For more details scroll below.
9:30-10:00 Welcome and COFLT updates
10:00-11:00 Keynote Speaker
11:00-11:30 Exhibitor Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Critical Friends Group 1, Interactive Workshop
12:30-1:30 Critical Friends Group 2, Round Table Presentation
Additionally, Portland State University offers 1 credit available for $265. Please inquire with COFLT Vice-President Bernd Ferner at firstname.lastname@example.org to be provided with the appropriate information and requirements.
Friday Keynote Address: Roomies, Zoomies, and Everywhere In Between: Moving Ahead Together
In this keynote, attendees will reflect on the lessons from the past year and a half with students, proficiency, priorities, and how it all fits together going forward. What went well that we've continued doing? What lessons did we learn as a result of a pandemic that would've benefited us before? What cracks in the system were illuminated, never to be ignored again? Meredith will reflect candidly on 1) what has changed, 2) what we can't go back to, and 3) what is currently working going forward. Framed in the context of planning, assessing, grading, and high-leverage habits, let's really talk about how we can move ahead together.
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Using Free Editable Japanese Textbook/Slides and Worksheets-OER Japanese materials for first-year college levels and high school students: with Yoko Sato (Mt. Hood Community College)
This presentation is geared toward high school and lower college level Japanese language teachers who are looking for free textbooks and workbooks that can be modified digitally with ease and be used on classroom screens immediately. The presentation will start with the benefits of Open Educational Resources, explanation of how the OER textbooks and worksheets are used at Mt. Hood Community College, how they are organized, and how they can be modified including how to give attributes.
COVID-19 Engineering Design Challenge 2020-2021: with Teresa Kennedy (University of Texas at Tyler)
The Challenge follows the Phenomenon-Based Learning (PHBL) approach and provides students of all ages, with a platform to identify and design solutions to challenges and world-wide problems related to the pandemic. Students identify areas of need, brainstorm, design solutions, and community their designs. Students from 9 countries participated in the 2020 Challenge. Materials are translated into Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, plus Japanese, Portuguese, and Turkish. Learn how to involve your language students in the Challenge this Fall!
Real World Opportunities to Boost Language Skills, Develop Cultural Awareness and Become World Citizens: with Sherry Dickerson (Crescent Valley High School)
Learn how to leverage student language skills and link them to future growth by exploring free StoveTeam International Sessions for Spanish classes. Students learn cultural information about Central American Cultures, analyze the issues with open-fire cooking in homes and take action to help improve the lives of people in another country. Through this unit, students develop proficiency skills as well as cultural competence, allowing them to use their Spanish for more authentic purposes and to make a positive difference in the world.
We Are on Your(way)Side with Proficiency: with Alexis Buschert (Wayside Publishing)
Are you ready to transition from legacy practices to more proficiency-based ones? ACTFL's Core Practices are a great guide to follow when making a shift. Join us to learn more about how these practices are integral to Wayside Publishing's Spanish and French textbooks, EntreCulturas and EntreCultures, whether you use them as a stand-alone curriculum or a supplement to your existing one.