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PSMLA Annual Fall Conference 2013
October 18-19, 2013
October 17, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Friday, October 18 at noon
Assessment in Foreign language Learning: Curse or Cure?
Bonnie Adair-Hauck, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
Bonnie Adair-Hauck, Ph.D. is a second language research professor for the University of Pittsburgh’s European Studies Center and the European Union Center of Excellence where she also serves as a language consultant for educational institutions both nationally and internationally. Adair-Hauck has taught French at the middle school, high school and university levels. She has also taught masters and doctoral level language methodology/acquisition courses world language teachers. She is a co-author of the ACTFL
Since, 2001, she has served as the Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s French Immersion Institutes designed to broaden middle and high school teachers’ cultural understanding of French speaking countries while concurrently strengthening their French speaking/listening skills. Her research interests include classroom discourse analysis, the benefits of story-based language learning, standards-based instruction and performance-based assessment. She has published articles in Foreign Language Annals, Language Awareness, The Canadian Modern Language Review, CALICO, Pages d’Ecriture, Northeast Conference Reports, The French Review, PSMLA Language Forum and Teacher’s Handbook: Contextualized Language Instruction. Adair-Hauck collaborated on an ACTFL/US Department of Education research project regarding the design of integrated performance-based assessments (IPA) for the Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Adair-Hauck is a certified SOPI tester (Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview) and SOPI trainer in French. She has made numerous presentations on articulation and assessment for k-16 language learners. Adair-Hauck has served on the board of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association from 1990-2002, and was the President from 1998-2000. She is presently the President of “Le Centre Francophone de Pittsburgh. In 1998, she received the American Association of Teachers of French Outstanding Educator of the Year Award (university level), and she was a co-recipient of the Edouard Morot-Sir Pedagogical Prize for her article published on the teaching of French language and culture in the French Review in 2002. In 2004 and in 2006, she was the co-recipient of the Northeast Conference’s Stephen A. Freeman Award for Best Published Article on Language Teaching Techniques. She served as a co-editor for an AATF volume entitled: Making Global Connections Using French Language and Culture: Standards-Based Units K-16 released Fall, 2007. She is presently working on an article entitled: The Feedback Loop in Integrated Performance Assessment: Keys to Improving Language Performance. In 2012, Adair-Hauck received the ACTFL Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.
Pre-Conference Workshop: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Digital Storytelling Apps N'at
Silvina learned English in her home country, Argentina, where she became certified to teach it. In 1996, she applied for a Group Study Exchange with Rotary International. She came to southwestern Pennsylvania with the program, met her future husband and Spanish teacher, Mark, got married a year later and moved to the United States. She was immediately hired as a Spanish teacher at a private school, and continued to learn about language teaching by taking classes and attending workshops and conferences. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology which helped her look for creative ways to integrate technology tools into her daily teaching. In 2011-2012, she had the honor of representing PSMLA as a NECTFL Sans Inc/Mead Fellow with an online professional development project that brought several colleagues from all parts of the state together to learn about innovative technology integration tools for the language classroom. Recently, she was nominated and selected as a member of the Executive Board of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, role that she will serve until 2017. Silvina currently teaches Spanish at the University of Pittsburgh in Greensburg. She also trains other educators to enhance their lessons with emerging technologies through her work with Pearson and as an independent instructional technology consultant.