PSMLA Fall Conference (CfP); Professional Opportunities

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PSMLA Central PA Spring Workshop - April 4

PSMLA invites you to attend our annual spring workshop on Saturday, April 4, at Messiah College.  Join 2018 PSMLA Teacher of the Year Rich Madel for an interactive workshop on promoting intercultural competence through accessing target cultural perspectives in the target language via Glisan and Donato’s (2017) IMAGE Model. Rich will demonstrate how compelling images, realia, and authentic resources can be used in this model to explore and compare cultural products, practices, and perspectives in the world language classroom.

Breakfast and lunch included.  PSMLA members can earn 3 Act 48 credits.  Visit the workshop webpage for details and to register.

Sat. March 7th - Southwestern PA AATSP - Immersive Swap Shop and Latino Cooking Demonstration

Earn Act 48 credits and enjoy a day of Spanish immersion! 8th Annual Immersive Swap Shop and Latino Cooking Demonstration: Seton Hill University, Saturday, March 7, 9:15am-2pm:

  • 9:15am-10:15am: Continental breakfast, introductions, and a brief AATSP meeting.
  • 10:30am-12:30pm: Swap Shop Presentations: 10 min. mini-presentations by K-16 faculty with handouts and digital files for some of their most successful teaching activities. 
  • 12:30-2:00pm: Colombian and Venezuelan cuisine made by our renowned Latino chef Alberto Ortega. Time for immersive conversation and networking!

The event is free and open to AATSP members as well as area Modern Language teachers. Please come if you are looking for new and creative teaching ideas and interested in participating in an immersive Spanish environment. We are also pleased to offer ACT 48 credits

RSVP via email to by Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

PSMLA Workshop at Chestnut Hill College:

Saturday March 7, 2020 8:30am—12:30pm

Say What? We’re Supposed to Speak the Target Language 90% of the Time Even for Level 1 Learners?    

This workshop will assist teachers to implement the high-leverage teaching practice of Facilitating Target Language Comprehensibility (ACTFL, 2017).  First, we will briefly share brain research on WHY it is important for teachers and learners to stay in the TL even for beginning level learners (ACTFL, 2010). Strategies to assist teachers to speak in the target language, as well as incentives to motivate learners to stay in the TL will be shared.  Lastly, via video, we will analyze a Spanish teacher’s performance to decipher how she makes her input comprehensible for Level 1 learners. Workshop includes pair and group activities. Examples in French and Spanish, but applicable to all languages.

Our presenter is Bonnie Adair-Hauck, Ph.D. is a world language consultant for K-16 language instructors. Her experience in world language teaching spans the K-16 spectrum, or as she likes to say: “I have had the honor of teaching 3 to 83 years old students!” Adair-Hauck’s professional appointments include serving as a world language researcher at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for European Studies, graduate professor for the University of Northern Iowa’s MAT Teacher Education program in Angers, France, Teaching Fellow for the University of Pittsburgh World Language Education Graduate Program and undergraduate Assistant Professor of French at La Roche College. Moreover, Adair-Hauck realizes that her 5 years teaching experience at Holy Ghost Academy for urban students was an invaluable teaching/learning experience.

For questions or concerns, please contact John Grande.

3  Act 48 hours available to PSMLA members only. ALL will receive a certificate of attendance to bring to their district to receive Act 48 hours from their districts.

Costs: PSMLA member: $ 20.00

            Non-member:     $ 30.00

             Student:              $ 10.00

Please click here for details about PSMLA’s refund policy

Continental breakfast included!

Click  here to view the day’s program and to register, please click here.  

Call for Proposals – PSMLA Fall Conference 2020

PSMLA invites all members to submit a proposal for the annual PSMLA Fall Conference, which will take place near Philadelphia on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2020. 

To find out more about the conference and to send in a session proposal please go to:  

You are invited to propose a session in any pertinent area such as: technology, methodology, materials, techniques, assessment, standards, and connections to other disciplines or the local and world community. We also encourage sessions presented in target languages. Exhibitors are welcome to submit pedagogical, but not marketing proposals. Sessions on both days are 45 to 60 minutes in length, with a limited number of half-hour sessions as well.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is March 15, 2020.

Please direct any questions concerning PSMLA proposals to Sister Mary Helen Kashuba:

Association of World Language Educators' Spring Workshop

Developing Intercultural Competence: Strategies for Planning, Teaching, and Assessment

Register today and join the AWLE and your colleagues at Manheim Central High School in Manheim, PA on Saturday, March 14, 2020 to learn and share some favorite strategies and activities for the world language classroom. Workshops led by local high school teachers will include practical ideas and time for discussion and collaboration.  For more details and to register, visit our website

*Act 48 Hours available for PSMLA members!

Kutztown University Workshop

Kutztown University’s Department of Modern Language Studies is hosting a dynamic workshop presented by PSMLA 2018 Teacher of the Year and 2020 NECTFL MEAD fellow Cherie Garrett

WHEN: Saturday April 18, 2020 8:15am-12pm (breakfast and registration 8:15-8:45am)

WHERE: Viewpoints, South Dining Hall, Kutztown University of PA

TITLE: Creating excitement and boosting achievement with movement and technology

DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn firsthand how to use movement to teach and review information, to provide brain breaks and to build class cohesion. Also, a variety of technology tools such as Flipgrid, Quizlet Live, PearDeck, Kahoot, Quizizz and Pechaflikr will be presented to practice vocabulary, grammar, culture and speaking. Participants should have a fully charged cellphone, iPad or laptop so they can partake in the fun! Appropriate for all languages and levels.


FEE: $15 (includes breakfast buffet)

Register online at:

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