ACTFL 2019: Early language sessions
Early language educators, it’s ACTFL week! This Thursday kicks off the 2019 Annual Convention & Expo for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). It’s an enormous conference that’s enormously fun and some of the best professional development around. This year, the ACTFL Convention is in Washington, D.C. Calico Spanish is not exhibiting in the exhibit hall, but I’ll be presenting twice (that’s COO/storyteller Sara-Elizabeth): a full-day workshop on the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can Do Statements, and a Friday morning session on whether comprehensible input and project-based language learning have a future together.
If you’re an early language educator, you may want to prioritize ACTFL sessions that focus on that area of interest. Recently participants from the ACTFL Language Learning for Children Special Interest Group offered suggestions from their members presenting, and we’d like to curate them here for you in one place, adding several sessions tagged in the ACTFL Convention online program for the elementary-teacher audience.
Elementary-aligned ACTFL19 sessions: Friday
TURNING THE PAGE: READING SHORT NOVELS AT THE NOVICE LEVEL
GO REAL: CREATE AUTHENTIC LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR NOVICE YOUNG LEARNERS
WEWCC Room 209C
K-8 LANGUAGE PROGRAMS: ONE TEACHER – 400 STUDENTS. MAKING IT COUNT!
PLANTING SEEDS OF ECOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE WORLD LANGUAGE CLASS
Cristiana King, Head Royce School
LEADING WITH THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: MEANINGFUL BILITERACY
Nathan Lutz, Kent Place School
The UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development can serve as a robust framework for structuring a globally-minded, enlightening, and impactful curriculum. This also encourages the development of essential problem-solving skills. Learn how to create a global focus across all areas of instruction and within your existing curriculum.
KEEP THEM TALKING! MAXIMIZE TIME, ENGAGEMENT, AND RISK-TAKING OPPORTUNITIES
NNELL Panel: Rethinking FLES Programs for the 21st Century
Join experienced elementary educators as they explore Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) program outcomes and future directions. The panel will engage the audience in a lively discussion, using outcome data and comparisons with past programs, to explore optimal models for the 21st century. Bring your questions and observations!
USING PROFICIENCY-BASED CENTERS IN THE WORLD LANGUAGE CLASSROOM
Betsy Basom, Village School
GREATEST HITS: THE MAGIC OF MUSIC IN THE EARLY LANGUAGE CLASSROOM
KINDERUNI: A CLIL-BASED APPROACH FOR GERMAN AND STEAM IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
WHAT ABOUT PINYIN? A SYSTEMATIC K-6 ELA-BASED APPROACH
Ms. Liping Zheng, Weber School District
LIVEN UP YOUR TEACHER TOOLBOX WITH GAME-BASED LEARNING
Valérie Greer, Bay Shore Middle School