Workshop Descriptions

Workshop 1: Designing Tasks, Prompts, and Feedback Protocols in L2 Writing, June 18, 2018

This workshop provides hands-on interactive activities for teachers to use in guiding L2 students to take more risks in their writing and to venture out beyond the comfort of convention, structure, and basic grammatical rules. To this end, we explore the importance of writing task development, writing prompt design, and instructor/peer feedback. Using actual L2 writing samples and multi-modal materials for teaching and thinking, participants will engage in activities that zero-in on all three areas of writing pedagogy. Presenter and Facilitator: Susan Strauss (Penn State)

Workshop 2: Project Work in Language Courses, June 19, 2018

In this workshop, we present the fundamentals of project work as a way of creating student-centered learning environments that allow to strengthen the link between content and language instruction. We address the rationale, design, development, and the implementation of project work. Participants will begin to construct a project work learning unit for their own instructional contexts. Style will be mini-presentations, discussions, and hand-on activities. Presenter and Facilitator: Gabriela Appel (Penn State)

Workshop 3: Language ePortfolios, Badges, and Seals, June 20 & 21, 2018

In this workshop we will explore an innovative approach to assessing communicative and cultural proficiency using ePortfolios and mini-credentials. We will discuss Lafayette College’s LaFolio initiative and showcase samples of transcurricular student ePortfolios, the badges awarded for achievement, and their corresponding assessment rubrics, as well as the technologies employed to construct, implement, and disseminate these learning materials. Special attention will be paid to the use of ePortfolios and corresponding rubrics as an important part of the new Seals of Biliteracy initiative. Small presentations and hands-on activities. Info on “How-to set-up portfolios” using free or open-source technologies will be provided. Presenter and Facilitator: Mary Toulouse (Lafayette College)

Workshop 4: Effective Use of Technology in K-16 Chinese Classrooms, June 22 & 23, 2018

This two-day workshop introduces a wide range of resources and tools that are useful for Chinese language learning and teaching, facilitates discussions and provides hands-on practice on how to apply the technologies effectively in K-16 Chinese language classrooms for the purpose of improving student Chinese proficiency and empowering them with 21st century world language skills. This is a CLTNet workshop for teachers of Chinese. Presenter and Facilitator: Shijuan Li (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Workshop 5: Designing Articulated Performance Assessments in the Three Modes of Communication, June 25 & 26, 2018

This workshop will guide participants in designing performance assessment tasks in the three modes of communication, articulated across three levels. We will explore Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational mode tasks and design integrated assessment around a theme and context. We will also develop specific Can-Do Statements from them, a key implementation piece, keeping transfer and intercultural competence in mind. Examples of integrated tasks with novice high, intermediate mid, and advanced low performance targets will be presented and explored. Presenter and Facilitator: Jennifer Eddy (Queens College, CUNY)

Workshop 6: Evidence-based Grammar Teaching in the Language Classroom, June 27 & 28, 2018

In this workshop, we will address the current debate about grammar teaching and the different ways in which teachers can design classroom activities to increase the effectiveness of learners’ grammatical development. Participants will learn about critical research evidence about grammar learning with an emphasis on what we know about how learners’ process and use language. We will implement this research evidence to explore with examples how evidenced-based grammar teaching can significantly benefit learners’ grammatical development in the language classroom. Presenter and Facilitator: Kevin McManus (Penn State)

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