PSMLA News Update: Multiple PD Opportunities

Created on Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018 12:20:38

Vermont Foreign Language Association

Please join us this spring for the annual VFLA conference! We will be welcoming

Paul Sandrock, who will help us navigate the new Can Do statements. Members of other NECTFL state organizations will receive the discounted rate that VFLA members receive.

WHAT: Developing the “Can Do” Attitude: Guiding Learners to Grow and Show their Proficiency

WHEN: Thursday, 15 March 2018

WHERE: St, Michael's College, Colchester, VT

WHO: Anyone, members of fellow NECTFL member state organizations receive the discounted VFLA rate (use the code NECTFL to receive the reduced rate)

WHY: The revised NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements provide a roadmap for educators and learners to target essential communication strategies for effective language learning; Paul will focus on the interpersonal and presentational modes through the lens of the culture standards.

Can-Do Statements for Early Language Learners

National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) invites its members to attend a FREE webinar on Tues, Jan 23, 7-8 p.m. EST "Can Do Statements for Early Language Learners" with Nathan Lutz.

Free registration for members:

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With the launch of the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, world language educators now have a tool that helps create a learner-centered classroom in which both teachers and students reflect on the learning process. In shifting the focus to the learners, teachers engender metacognition among their students and encourage them to share responsibility for their learning. The Can-Do Statements provide a clear guide for designing curriculum and units of instruction, for creating classroom assessments of performance, and for teaching daily lessons. These self-assessment checklists are used by learners to assess what they “can do” with language in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. Through multiple opportunities of formative and summative assessment, learners collect the evidence that points toward a specific proficiency level. They also see what lies ahead on their language learning journey. 

In this webinar, we shall look at various Can-Do Statements at the Novice and Intermediate proficiency levels. From there, we will learn to transform your existing curricular goals into kid-friendly language that supports proficiency-based language teaching. Next, we'll look at ways in which you are able to help students document their growth via portfolios. Finally, we shall explore and design activities that will support your program’s personalized Can-Do Statements for elementary and middle school aged learners.

Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey Annual Conference

A professional development opportunity for teachers in our region.

FLENJ Annual Conference

April 13, 2018
Full-day workshop
"Splendor in the Class: Integrating Art into the World Language Classroom"

Reached easily by train from NY, CT and PA, this exciting workshop will be held at the Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutgers University in Newark facilitated by university gallery staff.

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