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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2013 Annual Convention

November 22-24, 2013
Orlando, FL
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All presentations take place in the Orange County Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Program Quality of Heritage Language Programs
Heritage language programs operate in different education sectors and have different features based on the language taught and the sector. This session describes program quality features based on research-based program quality rubrics. Representatives from three languages and program types (French, Chinese, and Spanish) describe programs in light of these features.

Presenters include: Na Liu, Joy Kreeft Peyton
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room W203C

How CAL Can Help With Your Language Program Evaluation
Program evaluation is a critical component for improving language learning and teaching at every level, from elementary schools through university settings. The session will outline the purposes, methodologies, and benefits of program of evaluation, highlight a successful elementary school program, and describe services available from CAL.

Presenters: Margaret E. Malone, Nancy Rhodes
2:00 - 2:50 pm
Exhibit Halls WA1 and WA2, Workshop room #5

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Effective Formative and Summative Assessment for K-8
Effective formative and summative assessment should support and enhance classroom learning. This session will focus on designing effective formative and summative proficiency assessments for children learning a second language. CAL summative oral proficiency assessment instruments, as well as exemplary formative assessment tasks will be featured.

Presenters: Lynn Thompson, Anne Donovan, Victoria Nier
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Room W311C

Using Learning Targets to Personalize Language Learning
This session will demonstrate the use of outcomes-based techniques to personalize student language learning. Participants will review and develop learning targets that address student goals and align with established standards, and will learn how targets can promote realistic expectations, monitor progress, and determine the best paths to attaining learning goals.

Presenters include: Deborah Kennedy
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Room W304D

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Assessing Oral Proficiency: Tools from CAL
Learn about CAL’s suite of innovative oral proficiency assessment resources. Computer-based products include the Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI), soon to be available in Mandarin Chinese and currently available in Spanish and Modern Standard Arabic, and the Multimedia Rater Training Program (MRTP), available in Arabic, French, German, and Spanish.

Presenters: Francesca Di Silvio, Margaret E.  Malone, Anne Donovan, Victoria Nier
10:00 - 10:50 am
Exhibit Halls WA1 and WA2, Workshop room #5

Modeling Personalized Learning Strategies with Instructors Through Professional Development (Research Roundtable)
This roundtable will share the experiences of one professional development program in providing personalized learning for participants and encouraging participant adoption of these strategies. This process is made possible by responding to feedback from external evaluators, participant surveys, action research, and instructor reflections. Feedback and experience-sharing will be encouraged.

Presenters: Anne Donovan, Lynn Thompson, Victoria Nier
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Rosen Centre Hotel, Grand Ballroom C

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Free Standards-Based Language Teaching Resources from the LRC
Come learn about free standards-based resources for teachers available from 15 Language Resource Centers funded by the Department of Education: no-cost teacher resource guides and manuals, online materials and assessments in specific languages, and more for teachers of all levels and languages. URLs for downloadable resources are provided.

Presenters include: Margaret E. Malone
10:00 – 11:00 am
Room W311D

Promoting Oral Proficiency Gain in Study Abroad: A Three-year Study
This paper describes results from a study investigating training designed to promote oral proficiency gains in study abroad homestay placements. Host families in semester-long programs in Peru, Chile, China, and Russia were trained in strategies to increase meaningful conversational exchange with students (n=30/language). Analyses of ratings and transcriptions of pre and post oral proficiency tests and recordings of student-host conversations are used to examine student language gains compared to a control group with untrained families (n=20/language). Results of attitudinal surveys explore what students and hosts believe was effective about the training and homestay environment.

Presenters: Francesca Di Silvio, Meg Malone, Anne Donovan
10:30 - 11:00 am
Room W310 A

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