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Saturday, October 6
 

7:00am

Registration, Refreshments, and Vendor Pavilion
Welcome to NILA's 2018 Fall Conference! This year we will begin registration at 7:00. In the Vendor Pavillion you'll find the refreshments. Make sure to say hi to vendors.

Saturday October 6, 2018 7:00am - 8:45am
Vendor Pavillion

8:00am

Assessing Proficiency
Presenters will give strategies on using I Can statements and ACTFL based proficiency rubrics to assess student proficiency throughout the year.


Saturday October 6, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
ROOM 136

8:00am

Comprehensible Input is a 2-Way Street
The presenter will discuss why comprehensible input coming from the side of the non-native speaker is just as important as the one coming from a native or native like interlocutor. Looking at interpersonal communication the presenter will show some exciting technology that allows students to independently work on getting their message across, thus enhancing their overall language proficiency.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
ROOM 132

8:00am

Criminal Collaboration
We will explore how to set a up (and solve) a crime in the school while incorporating teachers and staff from
around your building, even those who don't speak the target language. We will focus on getting students excited about solving the mystery and using the target language in all four modes of communication. Designed for language level 2-3. Examples from a German classroom, copies provided in German and English.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
ROOM 134

8:00am

Discussion with the Nebraska Department of Education WL Specialist
Topics such as new NDE WL Standards, as well as many other topics will be brought to the forefront!

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
ROOM 142

8:00am

Making the “Incomprehensible” Comprehensible
The recent resurgence of world language curricula devoted to comprehensible input begs a reexamination of the theory behind this construct. This session will define comprehensible input as well as explore its practical and theoretical limitations based on historic and current research in the field of second language acquisition. In addition, the presentation will consider the practical and theoretical benefits of what might be termed “incomprehensible” input. Finally, the presentation will close with practical ideas and classroom activities that teachers can use to make “incomprehensible” input not only “comprehensible,” but also beneficial.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
ROOM 146

8:45am

Vendor Pavillion
Grab some coffee and explore our vendor area. Don't forget to put through your name in to receive door prizes!

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 8:45am - 9:15am
Vendor Pavillion

9:15am

Keynote
Toni Theisen, the 2013 ACTFL President and the 2009 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, taught French at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado for over 40 years. She is currently the Thompson School District World Language Curriculum Representative and TOSA for the Dual Language Immersion Programs. Theisen is a National Board Certified Teacher with a M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching and a M. A.  in Education of Diverse Learners. She is also a Google Certified  teacher.

Very active in the foreign language profession, Theisen has presented many workshops, keynotes and webinars for national, regional, and state conferences and has authored articles on Multiple Intelligences, Differentiated Instruction, Technology for the World Language learner and strategies that help design proficiency-based curriculum and assessments. Theisen presented “Activating Communication” as part of the first ACTFL Webinar series. She works with the California Foreign Teachers’ Association Summer Seminar as part of the instructional team for the STARTALK Teacher Leadership Program.

Theisen has participated on many committees including the revision of the World Languages teacher standards for licensure. She served on the Colorado World Language Task Force for the 2018 Revision of the Colorado World Language State Standards and she chaired the committee for the development of the Colorado World Languages Academic Standards. She served on the committee for the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards and was the co-chair for the revision committee of the NBPTS Teacher Standards for WLOE. She chaired the ACTFL 21st Century Skills Map committee in collaboration with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

Theisen served as President of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Teachers. As an ACTFL Executive Board
member, Theisen served as the program chair for two ACTFL conferences. She was also the Local Chair for the CSC, SWCOLT and CCFLT Joint Conference and the Program Chair for the Central States Conference.
Toni has received many honors including the ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for the Teaching of Culture, The
Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SWCOLT Excellence in Teaching Award and the
Genevieve Overman Memorial Service Award from the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers, and the SWCOLT Honorary Lifetime Member Award.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Commons

10:20am

90% Target Language or Better
In this session we'll discuss reaching 90% target language use in your classroom: What's working well in your classroom?

Saturday October 6, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
ROOM 134

10:20am

Authentic Resources
In this session, we'll discuss finding and using Authentic Resources in your classroom.

Saturday October 6, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
ROOM 134

10:20am

Comprehensible Input
In this session we'll discuss comprehensible input strategies: what's working in your classroom?


Saturday October 6, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
ROOM 134

10:20am

IPAs & IPA Management
In this session we will discuss IPAs and IPA Management.

Saturday October 6, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
ROOM 132

10:20am

Proficiency-based Learning & Teaching
In this session we'll discuss proficiency-based learning and teaching.

Saturday October 6, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
ROOM 146

11:00am

Cooking in the Classroom
Julie Jahde Pospishil has been cooking with kids for the past 20 years in her Spanish classrooms and camps.
She will share some of the joys and fails. She will also show some of her food network style kids cooking videos in Spanish. Julie will share stories and ideas for cooking simple Hispanic recipes in a classroom without even a kitchen sink. Recipes and examples will be in Spanish with mostly elementary students but all languages and levels are welcome.


Saturday October 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
ROOM 136

11:00am

Dual Language Immersion Discussion
Come learn and discuss the path to Dual Language Immersion.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
ROOM 146

11:00am

Fancy Free with Freewrites and Free Reading: How to Assess Reading Comprehension and Writing in a Comprehensible Input Classroom
In this session, presenters will discuss how they use timed freewrites and weekly free voluntary reading to
assess comprehension in a non-targeted Comprehensible Input classroom. This will include background
information on methodology, practices, and extensions to others in the field who have practiced this assessment technique.


Saturday October 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
ROOM 132

11:00am

La présidentielle: Une élection au lycée
How do you make politics in France accessible to your students? Why, you hold your very own Présidentielle, that's how. In this presentation, you'll see the results of a yearly "présidentielle", and how it increases students awareness and international-mindedness.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
ROOM 134

11:00am

Zoom into the Future: Online Intercultural Exchange (OIE)
Do you ever wish you could make the target language and culture more relevant to your students? What if your students had a friend they could practice the target language with and ask questions to learn about their culture? And what if this could all happen for free? Zoom is a free online and smartphone app that makes an online intercultural exchange easy. Come learn the basics of using Zoom and learn how you can connect your students with others around the world to boost their motivation and proficiency!

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
ROOM 142

1:15pm

Becoming a More Knowledgeable Global Citizen Using Language, Culture and Social Justice
Exploring topics of social justice that frame the world in which they live naturally piques student curiosity. The presenters will demonstrate ways to explore essential questions of social justice, using authentic materials and frameworks that develop critical thinking, problem solving as well as build learners linguistic and intercultural competence.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
ROOM 136

1:15pm

Career Prep Spanish for Levels 1-4: CONNECT Students' Career Interests to Spanish
How many times have you heard your Spanish students say: Spanish? When am I ever going to use it? In this
workshop, implement NEW resources designed for students to learn the Spanish vocabulary EXACTLY as they would in careers in the many fields. Make a compelling argument for why Spanish is relevant!!!

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
ROOM 142

1:15pm

Everybody Needs a Break!
Give your students (and yourself) a quick break in rigor while building a positive classroom culture, sustaining attention and building vocabulary. Brain breaks energize students (and teachers) by increasing blood flow and sending oxygen to the brain. This increases attentiveness, participation and retention of content. Brain breaks range from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, and can be totally in the target language. Presenters will demonstrate a variety of quick breaks guaranteed to get your students up and moving, and will share resources to find more ideas.


Saturday October 6, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
ROOM 146

1:15pm

FVR - Free Voluntary Reading in the World Language Classroom
FVR, or maybe SSR to you, is a research-proven strategy; in exchange for a just a little planning and
investment, it pays huge dividends to language acquisition, no matter the level of the learner. We'll explore the basics and beyond about what makes the most successful FVR programs work, preparing you to implement free, voluntary, reading in your classroom.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
ROOM 132

1:15pm

Google-Sweet - Collaboration at its Finest
When you're trying to collaborate across levels, across languages, and across disciplines, keeping everything going smoothly can be rough. But, with GoogleDrive and the rest of the Google Suites, things can go much smoother. Collaboration can become an easy thing to do! Come explore Google Drive!

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm
ROOM 134

2:15pm

It's In The Past... Teaching Past and Imperfect at The Same Time
In this presentation, the presenters will talk about their experiences teaching el pretérito and el imperfecto in Spanish and the passé composé and imparfait in French at the same times, giving students the ability to speak about past events all at once. Let's discuss it, and find ways to implement or change what we did.


Saturday October 6, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
ROOM 146

2:15pm

Research-Tested Instructional Techniques for Building Communicative Competence
In this session, I will present a summary of current research findings on instructed second language acquisition drawing mainly from Shawn Loewen’s book, Introduction to Instructed Second Language Acquisition, with an emphasis on instructional techniques and activities that research has shown to be beneficial for second language acquisition in adolescent and adult learners. Participants will have an opportunity to apply the information to create activities for their classes. Sample activities will be provided.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
ROOM 134

2:15pm

The Awesomeness of Reading
Presenters will share reading strategies and resources to support student acquisition and fluency. From novels to embedded readings, through current news and cultural connections, participants will learn to extend and enhance student reading for more engagement and deeper comprehension and retention of the target language.


Saturday October 6, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
ROOM 132

2:15pm

The Technology Infused Language Classroom
Technology, in the hands of our students, opens up a world of opportunity for language learning! In this
presentation, teachers can see how the google suite products along with web-based applications and websites can enhance the language classroom. The presentation will show how collaborative lessons can be created and enhanced through the use of live documents, various applications, and chrome add ons. Rachel Twist is a Spanish teacher in a 1:1 school that utilizes iPads and the google apps for education products.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
ROOM 136

2:15pm

What Can I Do Tomorrow?
We have all attended conferences and come home with great ideas we would love to try, but in our busy lives they get put on the back burner and forgotten. The goal of this session is to give you ideas to engage your students, get them up and moving and use technology (I used Ipads) that you can use tomorrow! Low prep or no prep is the goal.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
ROOM 142

3:15pm

Assessing Proficiency
Presenters will give strategies on using I Can statements and ACTFL based proficiency rubrics to assess student proficiency throughout the year.


Saturday October 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
ROOM 136

3:15pm

Comprehensible Input is a 2-Way Street
The presenter will discuss why comprehensible input coming from the side of the non-native speaker is just as important as the one coming from a native or native like interlocutor. Looking at interpersonal communication the presenter will show some exciting technology that allows students to independently work on getting their message across, thus enhancing their overall language proficiency.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
ROOM 132

3:15pm

Criminal Collaboration
We will explore how to set a up (and solve) a crime in the school while incorporating teachers and staff from around your building, even those who don't speak the target language. We will focus on getting students excited about solving the mystery and using the target language in all four modes of communication. Designed for language level 2-3. Examples from a German classroom, copies provided in German and English.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
ROOM 134

3:15pm

Discussion with the Nebraska Department of Education WL Specialist
Topics such as new NDE WL Standards, as well as many other topics will be brought to the forefront!

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
ROOM 142

3:15pm

Making the “Incomprehensible” Comprehensible
The recent resurgence of world language curricula devoted to comprehensible input begs a reexamination of the theory behind this construct. This session will define comprehensible input as well as explore its practical and theoretical limitations based on historic and current research in the field of second language acquisition. In addition, the presentation will consider the practical and theoretical benefits of what might be termed “incomprehensible” input. Finally, the presentation will close with practical ideas and classroom activities that teachers can use to make “incomprehensible” input not only “comprehensible,” but also beneficial.

Speakers

Saturday October 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
ROOM 146