Six instructors from the Department of World Languages presented at the Idaho Association of Teachers of Language and Culture (IATLC) conference held in Meridian on Oct. 5-6.
Kelly Arispe: “Project Based Learning with the Adobe Spark Suite”
From instructional design, to implementation, Arispe taught foreign language teachers how to design a project based assessment using one of three tools in the Adobe Spark Suite. Alignment to the ACTFL Can-Do Statements and Performance Descriptors was also a key component of this presentation.
Fatima Cornwall: “Lesson Plans Anchored on the NCSSFL/ACTFL Can DO Statements”
Participants creatined a lesson plan anchored on the Can Do statements (Novice/ Interpersonal Communication and Intercultural), with activities that were engaging, learner-centered, communication purposeful and infused with culture
Cornwall also had the opportunity to interpret for the Mexican Consul to Boise, Delgado-Ramirez.
Amber Hoye: “You’ve Been Challenged…”
When it comes to using apps and websites, less can be more. In her interactive presentation, Hoye showcased several tools to increase classroom engagement and practical strategies for incorporating them into instructor’s existing lesson plans. Language instructors from across the state of Idaho were challenged to incorporate one new technology tool into their classroom this academic year.
Hoye was also one of three instructors nominated for the 2018 teacher of the year.
Marino Perea: “How to Create a Lesson that Aligns with the College Board Guidelines and Also Interests Students”
Instructors were presented with tips on how to create thematics units that are relevant to students so they can make connections with them, their own community and the world. Perea provided examples of lessons created for his existing students to see how to start a lesson and encourage students to participate in a meaningful way.
Sharon Wei: “New Ideas for Teaching Chinese”
Wei outlined teaching approaches that have been shown to create enjoyment in class while also encouraging students to dedicate themselves to the new language in a student-centered classroom. Sharon Wei provided examples including songs, riddles, story-telling with pictures, use of the Nearpod app and assigning students to work in pairs and in small groups that foster development of personal language communication skills that are perceived by the students as relevant to practical real-life situations.
Becca Sibrian: Moderator for the Keynote Panel – “Teachers as Ambassadors”
The panel included Celson Humberto Delgado Ramírez, consul for the Mexican Consulate in Boise, Zeze Rawasama, director, College of Southern Idaho Refugee Center, Jean Charconnet, French language advisor, Consulate General of France, Natascha Milde, German language advisor, German Consulate, Travis Mantha, global solutions manager, Micron Technology, Finia Dinh, computer science program manager, Idaho STEM Action Center and Erika Liebel, dual-immersion and traditional track Spanish educator, Blaine County School District. Sibrian asked the distinguished panel members questions about the roles that teachers play in preparing students to be culturally aware citizens of the 21st Century.