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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2012

November 16-18, 2012
Philadelphia Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA
View the conference website.

All sessions take place in the Philadelphia Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pre-Convention Workshop: K-8 Oral Proficiency Assessment (ELLOPA and SOPA)
This workshop will familiarize participants with the Center for Applied Linguistics’ K-8 oral proficiency assessments, ELLOPA and SOPA, and provide a model for developing assessments for their own programs. Presenters will use interactive presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on practice with sample proficiency tasks and rating rubrics.

Presenters: Lynn E. Thompson, Na Liu
9:00 am-12:00 pm
Room 117

Friday, November 16, 2012

Best Practices for Elementary School Language Programs: A Collaborative Model
Learn best practices from the collaboration between CAL and Winnetka Public Schools to redesign its elementary school language program to become a state-of-the-art, articulated, proficiency-focused model. Information and tips from the district and CAL about program review, curriculum revision, and proficiency testing will be shared to inform your program enhancements.

Presenters include: Nancy Rhodes
11:00 -11:50 am
Exhibit Halls D & E, Workshop Room 3

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Increasing Heritage Language Student Engagement Through Literacy
This session features two presentations: "Many Poems: One United Voice" and "Engaging Spanish Speakers in Learning Spanish: Instructional Approaches". Participants will learn about the implementation of a poetry unit and about key instructional principles involved in engaging students. They will also learn about existing resources for further learning.

Presenters include: Joy Peyton
1:15-2:15 pm
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, Room 406

Development and Vitality of Heritage Language Education in the US
This presentation outlines the history of heritage language education in the United States and the impact that STARTALK, with its focus on “critical languages,” has had. Recommendations are made for future initiatives that will continue to build U.S. language capacity, drawing on the strengths of heritage language communities and speakers.

Presenters include: Joy Peyton, Terrence Wiley
2:30-3:30 pm
Room 119 B

Developing Superior Proficiency and Analytical Skills for the Global Workforce
Superior level language proficiency and critical thinking and analytical skills are the keys to professional success in a global environment. This session will demonstrate ways of promoting students’ development of these skills using the example of the English for Heritage Language Speakers Program, which prepares students for the federal workforce.

Presenters include: Deborah Kennedy
5:00-6:00 pm
Room 119 A

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Free Language Teaching Resources from the LRCs
Come see the free resources available for teachers from the Language Resource Centers. Fifteen centers around the U.S., funded by the Department of Education, will share information about their teacher resource guides and manuals, online materials, assessment materials in specific languages, and more for teachers of all levels and languages.

Presenters include: Margaret Malone
8:00 – 9:00 am
Room 103 C

Helping HL Students Succeed in FL Classrooms: Strategies and Assessment
Heritage language (HL) learners often enter foreign language (FL) classrooms with different needs from traditional FL language learners. Participants will learn from this panel about strategies for assisting heritage learners to succeed in foreign language classrooms, as well as how existing assessment instruments can better measure heritage language student progress.

Presenters: Terrence Wiley, Margaret Malone, Na Liu
10:00 – 11:00 am
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, Room 406

Investigating the Efficacy of Strategies for Teaching Assessment Literacy
This session describes a study investigating the efficacy of a hybrid online and face-to-face course for language instructors to learn the fundamental principles of classroom assessment. Researchers analyzed participant assignments and pre- and post-course surveys, and course instructor observations to evaluate strategies worked in the course to increase assessment literacy.

Presenters: Francesca Di Silvio, Anne Donovan, Megan Montee, Lynn E. Thompson
10:00 – 11:00 am
Room 118 A

Assessing Arabic Oral Proficiency: Tools From CAL
Learn about CAL’s suite of innovative oral proficiency resources for Modern Standard Arabic. Tools for educators include a computer-based, semi-adaptive test of Arabic oral proficiency designed for high school learners to adults, and interactive rater training materials. An online tutorial helps students understand, self-assess, and improve their Arabic oral proficiency.

Presenters: Margaret Malone, Anne Donovan, Francesca Di Silvio
1:00 -1:50 pm
Exhibit Halls D & E, Workshop Room 3

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Curriculum and Assessment in Heritage Language Program:
Chinese, French, Spanish

Heritage language programs often face overwhelming challenges when designing their curricula and finding the appropriate assessments. This session discusses current curriculum and assessment models in Chinese, French, and Spanish heritage language programs and makes recommendations that heritage language programs focused on other languages will benefit from.

Presenters include: Joy Peyton
4:30-5:30 pm
Room 119 B

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Trends and Best Practices in World Language Assessment K-16
Participants will learn about trends and best practices in world language assessment and discuss implications for their own program or classroom contexts. Presenters will highlight current world language assessment resources and sample assessments available for different languages, proficiency levels and age groups.

Presenters: Margaret Malone, Lynn E. Thompson
8:00-9:00 am
Room 113 B

A National Foreign Language Initiative for Global Economic Competitiveness
The U.S. should lead a national initiative, supported by an economic competitiveness rationale, to invest in foreign language (FL) education. For economic competitiveness, it is advantageous to speak languages of global markets. FL funding is often limited to ‘critical’ languages that do not include ‘strategic’ languages to promote economic competitiveness.

Presenters: Sarah Catherine Moore, Molly Fee, Terrence Wiley
10:00 – 11:00 am
Room 105 B

Applying Research to Improve Teaching and Learning
How do cognitive and social constructs inform language teaching and learning? By providing practical examples and research-based applications, this presentation will outline ways to include language learning strategies, new online resources, best practices in assessment and specific materials for LCTL teachers.

Presenters include: Margaret Malone
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Room 113 B

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