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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2008

November 20 – 23, 2008
Disney Swan and Dolphin Hotels
Orlando, FL
Visit the 2008 ACTFL Convention Web site


Friday, November 21, 2008

Effective Long-term Professional Development for Second Language Teachers
This session presented an innovative 5-month professional development course for second language teachers piloted by the Center for Applied Linguistics and the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center in 2007-2008. The professional development course uses a blend of online and face-to-face instruction to provide comprehensive training in oral proficiency assessment.

Presenter: Lynn Thompson
Building/Room: Swan Hotel / Swan 9
Time: 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Download the handout from this presentation. (PDF, 988 KB)

ACTFL Assessment for the Performance and Proficiency of Language Update
AAPPL, the ACTFL Assessment for the Performance and Proficiency of Languages, is a federally funded project to develop and validate appropriate assessments to measure competencies of National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. This session provided an overview of the project and reports on the events of the third year.

Presenters include Margaret E. Malone
Building/Room: Dolphin Hotel / Asia 5
Time: 3:15pm – 4:30pm

Beyond the Arabic Language Textbook
The ability to select, adapt and develop Arabic teaching material that is standards-based, age-appropriate and culturally authentic is crucial given the meager resources that are available. Sample teaching material for different age groups and proficiency levels illustrated how and why the Arabic teacher can and should go beyond the textbook.

Presenters include Dora Johnson
Building/Room: Dolphin Hotel / Europe 1
Time: 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

National K-12 Foreign Language Survey: Preliminary 2008 Results
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) presented the results of the National K-12 Foreign Language Survey of public and private elementary and secondary schools, providing a detailed profile of current language instruction in the US, comparing results with the past two decades, and looking into the future. Session participants received a preliminary results brochure and Fingertip Facts sheet with key survey results.

Presenters: Nancy Rhodes and Ingrid Pufahl
Building/Room: Dolphin Hotel / Southern Hemisphere III
Time: 4:45pm - 6:00pm

Oral Language Proficiency Development in a Spanish Partial Immersion Program
Presenters discussed the development of this articulated program, including the assessment component and its impact on instruction. Brief video clips showed classroom teachers in conversations with students in Grades 1–5, illustrating the oral proficiency levels that can develop as native English speakers learn curriculum content through Spanish.

Presenters include Beverly Boyson
Building/Room: Dolphin Hotel / Europe 11
Time: 4:45pm – 6:00pm


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Language Tests: Test Users and Developers in Cooperation
This session outlined the cooperative process between test developer and test user that emerged during the development of a speaking test of Arabic and Spanish. Participants gained an understanding of the principles of testing and real-world applications for their own work.

Presenters: Margaret E. Malone, Megan Montee, Victoria Nier
Building/Room: Dolphin Hotel / Europe 2
Time: 10:00am – 11:15am

Valuing All Voices: Cultivating Heritage Language Resources
The Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages is documenting efforts to develop heritage languages of immigrants, refugees, and Native Americans. Presenters described documentation efforts, resources developed for programs, and questions such as, Who are heritage language speakers? What programs are available? What resources are needed?

Presenters: Joy Kreeft Peyton
Building/Room: Dolphin Hotel / Exhibit Hall Workshop 2
Time: 11:00am – 11:50am

50 Years of Title VI Programs: Analysis and Impact (Poster)
This poster described an 18-month project to organize information about and evaluate the impact of 50 years of federal funding for foreign language efforts.

Presenters include Margaret E. Malone and Dora Johnson
Building/Room: Dolphin Hotel / Northern Foyer
Time: 1:15pm – 2:15pm

Survey of Schools Teaching Arabic in the U.S. in 2008
Since 2004 the NCLRC has conducted a survey of U.S. K-12 schools that teach Arabic. The results included data on students, teachers, materials, teachers’ and administrators’ concerns and needs, and on changes that have occurred 2004 - 2008. Presenters and participants discussed the significance of the findings and implications

Presenters include Dora Johnson
Building/Room: Dolphin Hotel / Oceanic 2
Time: 4:45pm – 6:00pm

Online Resources for Selecting Foreign Language Assessments
This session provided hands-on experience with a free, Web-based tutorial on understanding assessment that was developed to provide language instructors with guidelines for test selection and use. The session yielded an inventory of participants' assessment needs, an overview of testing terms, and improved understanding of testing approaches, interpretations, and uses.

Presenters: Margaret E. Malone, Megan Montee, Victoria Nier
Building/Room: Dolphin Hotel / Southern Hemisphere III
Time: 6:15pm – 7:30pm


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Listening Comprehension and Oral Proficiency Assessment for K-8 Language Learners
Participants learned about the ELLOPA and SOPA, developmentally appropriate instruments developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics for assessing the listening comprehension and oral fluency of K-8 students studying a second language. The instruments and their rating rubrics were introduced through video-taped samples, hands-on activities, and discussion.

Presenters: Lynn Thompson, Beverly Boyson
Building/Room: Swan Hotel / Parrott 2
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 Noon