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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2007

November 16 – 18, 2007
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX
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Friday, November 16, 2007

What Every Foreign Language Teacher Should Know About Assessment
Language instructors can benefit from accessible guidelines for test selection and test use. This interactive workshop focused on understanding assessment and applying test results to teaching. Presenters offered participants an overview of testing terms and concepts and improved understanding of testing approaches, interpretations, and uses.

Presenters: Margaret Malone, Meg Montee, and Colleen Gallagher
10:45am – 12:00 noon, Convention Center, Room 207B

ACTFL AAPPL Project: Framework for a National Language Assessment
In 2006, ACTFL conducted and reported on a national survey of foreign language assessment of uses and needs. This session introduced the resulting framework, designed to describe a national PK-16 assessment model that measures and reports student performance aligned with National Standards and ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

Presenters: Elvira Swender (ACTFL, Professional Development Office),
Martha Abbott (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages),
Margaret Malone (Center for Applied Linguistics),
Dan Conrad (Independent Consultant),
Robert Vicars,
Hollie West (ACTFL, Professional Devepment Office)
1:45pm – 3:00 pm, Convention Center, Room 008B

What is Fluency? Applied Research on Gain in Study Abroad
This session focused on research methodology in the investigation of fluency. Presenters used simulated oral proficiency interview data from a study of university level Spanish students to illustrate quantitative and qualitative approaches to analyzing fluency. The presentation explained each approach in detail and highlighted the results.

Presenters: Larry Thomas, Christina Cavella, and Jeff Connor-Linton
3:15pm – 4:30pm, Convention Center, Room 008A

U.S. Foreign Language Assessment Practices: Insights from Online Survey Research
This session presented the results of a large-scale 2006 survey of foreign language professionals and their assessment practices. By examining survey respondents reported assessment practices and needs, presenters explored how foreign language professionals perceive testing. This information holds important implications for assessment literacy efforts, test development, and teacher education.

Presenters: Meg Malone, Elvira Swender, Hollie West, Colleen Gallagher, Meg Montee
4:45pm – 6:00pm, Convention Center, Room 207A


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Share Your K-12 Arabic Language Materials: A Swapshop
This interactive session allowed presenters and participants to share print, electronic materials as well as realia that have been have been adapted or developed by teachers for use in Arabic classrooms. Participants were provided with materials that they can use in their own classrooms and programs.

Presenters included Dora Johnson
1:15 - 2:30 pm, Convention Center, Room 003

Critical Issues in Heritage Language Education
The field of heritage language education is emerging and complex. Programs face critical questions as they seek to establish excellent programs for heritage language speakers and develop their language proficiencies to high levels. This presentation described language policies and programs that promote heritage language development. It was designed for those who wanted a review of the issues related to heritage language speakers and heritage language education and of programs that develop heritage language proficiency.

Joy Peyton (Center for Applied Linguistics)
Adriana Val (University of Maryland Baltimore County)
Jamie Lepore Wright (Georgetown University)
Erin Haynes (University of California, Berkeley)
Anne Kelleher (University of California Davis)
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Workshop 2

Learning to Assess and Rate Oral Proficiency in Grades K-8
Effective assessment of oral proficiency in Grades K-8 is key to providing the most effective second language instruction. Those who attended this workshop learned about the training options for CAL’s Student Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA), including our new online training modules, our live workshops, and our customized solutions.

Presenter: Lynn Thompson
3:00 pm – 3:50 pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Workshop 2

Computerized Oral Proficiency Assessment: Test Development and Test Selection
In an age of accountability, foreign language educators increasingly assume testing responsibilities. Addressing this shift, this session explored aspects of test development using an external assessment, the Spanish and Arabic Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument, as an example. Participants can apply this knowledge about test development to their test selection needs.

Presenters: Christina Cavella and Larry Thomas
6:15pm – 7:30pm, Convention Center, Room 201

Arabic Language Teacher Training: Lessons Learned
Collected and documented questions and concerns teachers of Arabic K-12 raise in summer teacher training programs were discussed. Solutions and venues that have been proposed were described. Various approaches to Arabic language teacher training programs were also presented.

Presenters included Dora Johnson
6:15pm – 7:30 pm, Convention Center, Room 102B


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Kindergarten - Grade 5 Mandarin Chinese Framework
Participants reviewed a (draft) K-5 Mandarin Chinese Framework developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics and the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center at Iowa State University. The draft framework identifies Mandarin Chinese outcomes for kindergarten through grade 5 students and was developed using national and international documents. Examples of Mandarin Chinese curriculum-based thematic units, based on the framework, were presented.

Presenters included Eileen B. Lorenz
10:00 am – 11:15 am, Convention Center, Room 202A

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