2020 COFLT Summer Learning Series

COFLT recognizes that the transition to remote learning due to Coronavirus has been a challenge for students and teachers alike. In order to help prepare for the start of the upcoming school year, COFLT is offering free webinars with opportunities for question and answers, PDUs, and graduate level credit, all for free to COFLT members! Here is the information for the first series we are offering.  The first three webinars we have planned for you are:

  1. Happy Hour - July 29th, 4pm-6pm - 

Language Learning Online: 5 Key Concepts for Implementing Effective World Language Experiences (for all language teachers) Session presenter: Julie Sykes

  2. Morning Coffee - August 4th, 9am-11am - 

From Brick and Mortar To Online Learning (for all language teachers) Session presenters: María Calvo and Claudia Raffaele

  3. Late Lunch - August 14th, 2pm-4pm -

The Language Classroom in the Distance Learning Environment: a Lesson Experience (Dual language Spanish teacher specific-in Spanish) Session presenters:         Marisol Kreuzer and Miles Rooklyn

Webinar Registration Fees:

  • $0 COFLT and WAFLT members
  • $0 COFLT student
  • $0 COFLT retired teacher
  • $30 non-members (reminder, COFLT membership is only $50 and all Summer webinar sessions are included with membership)

COFLT 2020-21 Membership (Active thru Aug 31, 2022): 

  • $50 regular
  • $25 student/retired

    ---You will receive your zoom invitation one day before the event.---

    Interested in graduate level credit for attending your workshop?

    You can earn 1 graduate level credit from Portland State University for attending the workshop for $265.  If you are interested, please contact our graduate credit coordinator, Bernd Ferner, at "FernerB@pdx.edu"

    Session 1: Language Learning Online: 5 Key Concepts for Implementing Effective World Language Experiences

    In this session, we will explore five key components of online/remote/hybrid world language teaching and learning. During this interactive digital workshop, we will explore each of the five components and then take time in small groups to discuss, ask questions, and create goals and materials. At the end of the session, participants will be able to apply each of the key concepts in their own teaching and learning contexts.

    Learning outcomes 

    After this workshop, participants will be able to: 

    • Articulate five key concepts for effective online/remote language learning
    • Apply those five concepts to their teaching and learning context

    Participants will work in small groups to create one classroom practice/activity that can be used in the next course they teach.

     Dr. Julie Sykes

    Julie Sykes is the Director of the Center for Applied Second Language Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics. Her research focuses on applied linguistics and second language acquisition with an emphasis on technological and pedagogical innovation for interlanguage pragmatic development and intercultural competence. 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. Julie is the recipient of the 2018 University of Oregon Research Award for Impact and Innovation.

    Session 3: The Language Classroom in the Distance Learning Environment: a Lesson Experience (in Spanish)

    Experience a Dual Language Spanish lesson taught 100% online. Using the digital tools provided in the Google Suite, see how students can interpret, interact, and present in the partner language from home, all while engaging with meaningful content and authentic contexts through a social justice lens. Participants will first actively experience the lesson as students, and afterwards will have the chance to reflect on the experience with colleagues, and ask questions of the presenters.

    Learning outcomes

    After this workshop, participants will be able to:

    - identify the structures and routines of an online lesson 

    - review Social Justice standards and add them to their own lessons 

    Participants will experience a lesson that can be adapted and used in the next course they teach.


    Marisol Kreuzer & Miles Rooklyn 

    are Secondary Dual Language Immersion (DLI) /Humanities TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) in Portland Public Schools (PPS). Their experience includes teaching, coaching K-16 students, and instructors.  Miles and Marisol's work include and it's not limited to coaching, designing, and supporting the implementation of units of studies that increase students' engagement. They currently coach new World Language/DLI teachers in PPS. 

    Session 2: From brick and mortar to online learning

    A morning coffee to share experiences transferring from brick and mortar to online learning. We will share synchronous and asynchronous activities to engage students and build community. We will utilize in classroom active participation techniques applied to virtual synchronous learning combining Zoom and paper/pencil activities. We will share asynchronous learning experiences with video lessons, Flipgrid, Quizlet and Kahoot.

    We will look at course organization, assessment and feedback to maximize students’ learning and wellbeing. We hope to foster a collaborative conversation that will help us provide our students with best possible online learning experience.

    • Learning outcomes

      After this workshop, participants will be able to:

      • Modify/adapt in-person lesson plans to remote teaching
      • Organize the lesson in a student friendly manner
      • Create interactive activities for remote learning
      • Participants will engage in conversations to discuss current and future best practices.

    María Calvo

    María Calvo has a Master degree in Education and a Master degree in teaching Spanish as a second language.  She has experience teaching Spanish elementary and middle school students.  She is currently teaching Spanish at Jesuit HS and it is an adjunct professor for Portland State University. 

    Dr. Claudia Raffaele

    Claudia Raffaele is an award-wining Spanish teacher who has been working in education for over 20 years. She has taught all levels of high school Spanish as well as Spanish 201, 202 and 203 with the Portland State University Challenge Program. Currently she is an instructional coach and a mentor teacher to new faculty. Additionally, Claudia has ample experience teaching adult learners. She developed a Spanish curriculum and imparts classes for Police personnel and city employees. 

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