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Saturday, October 6
 

8:00am CDT

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 CDT
ROOM 146
  Session

11:00am CDT

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

Speakers

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

1:15pm CDT

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 CDT
ROOM 146
  Session

1:15pm CDT

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 CDT
ROOM 132
  Session

2:15pm CDT

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 CDT
ROOM 146
  Session

2:15pm CDT

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 CDT
ROOM 134

2:15pm CDT

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 CDT
ROOM 132

2:15pm CDT

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 CDT
ROOM 142
  Session

3:15pm CDT

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 CDT
ROOM 146
  Session