Workshop Descriptions

Workshop 1: L1 Use in the Language Classroom, June 19 – 20, 2017

This workshop tackles head on current debate about the status and appropriateness of L1 use in foreign language learning and teaching. Grounded in research and practice, participants will explore how a refined understanding of first language, second language, and their relationship can promote language learning and the teaching of complex and difficult language features of the second language. In particular, participants will enhance their understanding and implementation of the Comparisons Goal of the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning.
Presenter and Facilitator: Kevin MacManus

Workshop 2: Teaching Social Meaning in Language, June 21 – 22, 2017

This workshop focuses on practical ways  to raise students’ awareness of social and cultural meanings of language in the classroom and to support learners’ use of language in social-contextually appropriate ways. The workshop will consist of four components: 1) understanding the place of social meaning in language learning and teaching; 2) teaching social meaning through concept-based instruction; 3) supporting appropriate language use in communicative activities; and 4) assessing learner development. Examples will be drawn primarily from French and Spanish, but are relevant to all languages. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own materials and tasks.
Presenter and Facilitator: R. Adam van Compernolle

Workshop 3: L2 Vocabulary Teaching and Learning, June 23, 2017

In this workshop we will explore essential aspects of the nature of vocabulary, get familiar with some important finding from vocabulary studies that help us understand how words are organized and learned, offer informed pedagogical suggestions for teaching vocabulary in a systematic way, and share usable activities and strategies to help students accelerate in learning words. Some of the questions we will address include: What does it mean to know a word? Which words should I teach my students? What are some of the best ways to teach words? What strategies can students use to learn new words?
Presenter and Facilitator: Gabriela Appel

Workshop 4: Chinese Program and Curriculum Design, June 23 – 24, 2017

Chinese programs of different sizes will be examined according to their curriculum design, their course offering and sequencing, and their textbook selection. Using case studies, we will discuss: 1) ideas for how to recruit students; 2) how to build a successful Chinese program; and 3) how to expand or enrich a program. We will conclude with an open discussion on meeting students’ needs in becoming global citizens.

This is a CLTNet workshop for teachers of Chinese. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies at The Pennsylvania State University.
Facilitator: Jie Zhang


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