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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention

Hynes Convention Center
November 19 - 21, 2010
Boston, MA

Visit the ACTFL 2010 Conference website.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Administrators: Gateway to District Excellence in Foreign Language Programming
Frederick Jackson and Margaret Malone will outline a comprehensive strategy for a National Framework that serves as a valuable resource for administrators seeking support for articulation, scheduling, assessment and advocacy issues that all districts face. A panel of experts will respond to the strategy from a variety of district perspectives.

Presenters include Margaret E. Malone
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 101

Connect With CAL: Learn How We Support Language Learning
Proficiency in languages other than English is critical in our global society. Experts at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) focus on world language education and assessment at all levels of instruction. Join us to learn about CAL and our innovative resources designed to promote second language learning.

Presenters: Margaret E. Malone, Lynn Thompson, Deborah Kennedy
Time: 1:00 – 1:50 pm
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, Workshop Room 3

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Culture in a K-3 Chinese Curriculum: Helping Children Understand China
Culturally-rich thematic units are shared to bring alive the focus on culture in an innovative Chinese curriculum. Culturally-appropriate learning materials, activities, and strategies for using them in Chinese language classrooms are highlighted to show how they motivate and engage young learners in exploring and understanding the Chinese culture.

Presenters include Chengbin Yin
Time: 1:15 – 2:15 pm
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 105

Heritage Languages in America: A Decade of Research and Beyond
The Heritage Language Research Priorities Conference (2000) set a broad research agenda, “to explore the diverse aspects of heritage language maintenance and development.” This session reviews the major research areas and questions identified in 2000, the research conducted during the past 10 years, and future research needs and directions.

Presenters include Donna Christian and Joy Peyton
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 304

Early Language Assessment for Professional Development and Accountability
Federal grants require schools and districts to demonstrate that their students -- even very young learners -- are developing language proficiency. While accountability is one good reason to assess student proficiency, the experience in Washington State has shown that early language assessment is also a powerful tool for professional development.

Presenters include Lynn Thompson
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Gardner

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Heritage Languages in America: Field Development Initiatives
This session will report on three national initiatives in support of heritage languages in the United States: (1) a comprehensive survey of all Chinese community schools; (2) DesiLearn, designed to document and describe all K-12 South Asian language programs; and, (3) STARTALK, the summer program that includes several heritage languages.

Presenters include Jacqueline Lopez
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 200

Community-Based Heritage Language Programs in a Multilingual Society
The U.S. government has taken steps to build a multilingual society, and states and school districts are seeking to develop strong language programs. Presenters describe the role of community-based heritage language programs in this effort, and other language representatives will have time to make brief statements about their programs.

Presenters include Joy Peyton
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Independence Ballroom East

Promoting Oral Proficiency Gain in Study Abroad (poster session)
This poster describes the methodology and results of a pilot study of structured training designed to promote oral proficiency gain in study abroad homestay placements. Students and their host families were trained in increasing meaningful conversational exchange, with quantitative and qualitative analyses used to determine language gains.

Presenters: Francesca Di Silvio, Margaret Malone, Anne E. Donovan
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Boylston Hallway, 3rd Floor

Building a Gateway for Language and Culture: Lessons from STARTALK
This session describes transformations for teaching and learning of a four-year effort to teach language and culture and provide professional development to instructors during short-term summer programs. By examining quantitative and qualitative shifts in participant (N=6,000) enrollment, attitudes and motivations, this session details how STARTALK programs adapt to learner needs.

Presenters include Margaret E. Malone
Time: 5:15 – 6:15 pm
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 208

Young Students’ Attitudes and Chinese Language Proficiency: A Longitudinal Study
This presentation reports on research results from a longitudinal study of new, non-intensive elementary school Chinese programs. These results address the evolving attitudes of young students and their development of Chinese language proficiency, as measured in Grades K and 2 by the Student Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA).

Presenters include Chengbin Yin
Time: 5:15 – 6:15 pm
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Back Bay Ballroom A

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Developing Oral Proficiency in a Long-sequenced World Language Program
Recently a study of the effects of early language learning on oral proficiency development was completed in the Spanish program in Westport, CT. When eighth graders in the K - 8 program were compared to those in the grades 5 - 8 program, the K - 8 cohort performed significantly higher.

Presenters include Beverly Boyson
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 207

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