Conference Sessions

The conference committee has been working diligently since the spring to bring you an enjoyable and professionally rewarding conference. There is a wide variety of sessions with something of interest for everyone.

Special Session I (Friday, September 24: 4:30PM - 5:30PM)

Can Your Students Outplay, Outwit, Outlast? Who Will Be the Ultimate Survivor?

Presenter(s): Suzanne Albrink & Mimi Hagedorn, Bishop Brossart High School

A fun way to motivate your students to perform at their highest level. It's an ongoing game for the entire class based on the hit TV show. Come and see how to incorporate this game with your lessons and make your students excited to come to class every day.

Special Session II (Friday, September 24: 4:30PM - 5:30PM)

Building Bridges Between Universities and Secondary Schools

Presenter(s): Sarah Moran, Louisville Collegiate School

High School seniors are the future of colleges and universities. While this statement might elicit a "Duh" from you, there have been few attempts to build the bridge between secondary schools and universities with regards to world languages. As fewer and fewer college students choose to major or minor in a world language, we ALL face a huge problem: what will happen to our university programs? Who will be qualified to teach world languages in secondary schools in the future? This round-table discussion is for anyone interested in exploring this issue and forming plans to implement quickly. University people are especially encouraged to attend.

Special Session III (Friday, September 24: 4:30PM - 5:30PM)

How to Develop s Unit of Study

Presenter(s): Jennifer Bernhard & Jacque Bott Van Houten, Kentucky Department of Education

Learn how to enhance your teaching and align with state standards by developing a standards-based unit of study. Unit and lesson design templates will be provided, along with a sample unit of study.

Special Session IV (Friday, September 24: 7:00PM - 7:45PM)

World Language Teacher Academy: Kentucky-Bourgogne Integrated, International Academy of Inquiry

Presenter(s): 2004 Academy Participants

Come hear about the three-week teacher academy that Teachers of French participated in Louisville, Kentucky and Dijon, France, from June 19-July 2. The Academy, entitled Kentucky-Bourgogne Integrated, International Academy of Inquiry, will address the Program of Studies, Academic Expectations and Core Content for Assessment bullets of each participant's choosing. Teacher participants investigated cultural products and practices in order to understand more fully cultural perspectives. Participants, themselves, engaged in a unit of study centered around the essential question: How can using inquiry process skills to examine cultural practices and products help me analyze problems and communicate solutions from multiple perspectives? Using this framework, teachers identified an essential question based on the Core Content for Assessment in an area targeted by their school's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and, collaborated with their Dijon partners to develop an inquiry-based project.

Special Session V (Friday, September 24: 7:00PM - 7:45PM)

Navegando: Using Technology to Live the Language

Presenter(s): Sarah Vailancourt, EMC/Paradigm Publishing

What can you do to ensure your students' cultural knowledge in Spanish is authentic? See a demonstration of technology components of EMC's new Navegando series featuring exciting, on-location videos and Internet-based programs, games, and songs to revitalize your classes! Learn about NewsTicker, featuring five news articles daily from the target culture; and i-Catcher, a monthly video offering streamed through the Internet. Session door prize will be a complete first-level video or DVD program!

Special Session VI (Friday, September 24: 7:00PM - 7:45PM)

College Students Becoming Language Teachers 1

Presenter(s): John Secor, Morehead State University

These Special Sessions are devoted and dedicated to college students in the process of becoming World Language teachers. With an ever-growing demand for WL teachers, it is increasingly important to nudge those proficient sophomores, juniors and seniors into the area of teaching. How can the profession make teaching a more attractive career choice? What specific types of training, school observations, mentoring, simulations, experience in the target language countries, and so forth would best serve the TEP candidate? How can KWLA better serve this nucleus of leaders of the next generation?

Special Session VII (Friday, September 24: 7:35PM - 8:35PM)

Session: Two Thumbs Up For Treffpunkt Berlin

Presenter(s): Sarah Vailancourt, EMC/Paradigm Publishing

This session provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the newest teenage soap opera, Treffpunkt Berlin, continuing the Deutsch Aktuell series' reputation for innovative, contemporary story lines. These exciting video episodes were professionally filmed in Berlin. Door priz will be the entire first-year video or DVD program!

Special Session VIII (Friday, September 24: 7:35PM - 8:35PM)

Session: World Language Teacher Academy--Three Periods, Three Places, One Mexico: Defining a Culture through the Evolution of its Visual Arts

Presenter(s): 2004 Academy Participants

Come here about a three-week Teacher Academy for Spanish teachers that took place in Louisville, Mexico City and Morelia, Mexico. Through a collaboration with the Kentucky Institute for International Studies, the Kentucky World Language Association and the Jefferson County Public Schools, this Academy modeled a KDE standards-based unit of study based on middle school Arts & Humanities core content. Participants studied the art, architecture and culture of three distinct peoples during three distinct periods: pre-Columbian, Spanish colonializationand 20th century and discover how Mexico's visual arts have envolved over the centuries. Participants collected authentic materials in order to recreate the experience for their students.

Special Session IX (Friday, September 24: 7:35PM - 8:35PM)

Session: College Students Becoming Language Teachers

Presenter(s): John Secor, Morehead State University

This forum is open to students from any and all Teacher Education Programs in Kentucky. Participants will meet other undergraduates as well as experienced teachers, for discussion of current trends in teacher preparation, and professional needs for insertion into the field. Every September the KWLA Conference showcases the best aspects, thinking and collegiality of WL teaching. It is the purpose of these sessions to introduce pre-service teachers to our conference and to weave them into the fabric of our profession.

Sessions I (Saturday, September 25: 10:30AM - 11:00AM)

S01: Spanish FLES for ALL Children

Presenter(s): Ines D. Lormand, Wright Group/McGraw-Hill

Research shows that the amount of time exposed to the target language is the vest indicator on how well students are progressing in the new language. If this is of concern to you, come take a closer look at Español para ti an innovative, video based Spanish program that allows students to continue developing their Spanish skills in those circumstances where the Spanish teacher only sees them once or twice a week. The presenter will give an overview over the lesson layout and the scope and sequence of the program as well as hints on how to increase FLES advocacy in your district.

S02: Understanding Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Michèle's Lalonde's "Speak White"

Presenter(s): Brian Arganbright, Transylvania University

In this presentation I wil discuss the evolution of the French language within the context of the poem "Speak White" vy the Québecoise poet Michéle Lalonde. I will include in this talk ideas for developing lesson plans that treat French as a point of reference for understanding cultural diversity.

S03: Exploring the CEO Process

Presenter(s): Alice Spagnola

Are you planning a rank change? Don't want to take 30 hours of graduate credits that have little to do with what is going on in your classroom? Would you like to finish in as few as 18 months? And at a fraction of the cost? If you who would like to achieve a Rank II or Rank I by designing an individualized professional development program this may be the program for you. You can design a plan that connects your needs with those of your students and school. The Continuing Education Option (CEO) for Certificate Renewal and Rank Change is offered by the EPSB and can be completed in as few as 18 months and for a cost of less than $2,000. Put professional growth and earnings on the fast track. Take 30 minutes to find out more about the CEO.

S04: Student Involvement in Community Related Outreach Programs

Presenter(s): Bénédicte Bossut & Tim Straubel, Western Kentucky University

The presenters will discuss the implementation and outcomes of an outreach program designed for students to bridge and complement their language skills into an applied experience in the local community. Developing such programs addresses and increases the multi-cultural awareness within the larger community.

S05: A Roman Wedding

Presenter(s): Joan Jahnige, Kentucky Educational Television

In reenacting a wedding students increase their language skills while building their understanding of women's role, the structure of the family, and the many modern traditions have their roots in Roman culture. The purpose of this presentation is to assist teachers and students with a video example and print materials.

S06: Growing German Programs Across the State: Advocacy and Articulation

Presenter(s): Laura McGee, Western Kentucky Univ. & Linda Zins-Adams, Highlands HS

German programs won't grow without strong teachers who are all-around advocates for language learning. The presenters are both participants in TraiNDaF, an AATG- and German government-sponsored leadership training program. They present concrete strategies for advocacy and articulation that can be applied at various levels.

Sessions II (Saturday, September 25: 11:10AM - 12:05PM)

S08: Putting Films to Work: Movies in the Communicative Classroom

Presenter(s): Jeff Rogers, University of Kentucky

This session will examine ways in which to use popular films as the basis for communicative exercises in the world language classroom. Step by step didactization of scenes as well as sample exercise at varying levels, from Run Lola Run and Goodbye Lenin!

S09: Linguafolio Kentucky

Presenter(s): Jacque Bott Van Houten, Kentucky Department of Education and Kristin Hoyt-Oukada, Indian Department of Education

Ever want your students to think about how they learn language? World Language consultants from Kentucky and Indiana will show you how to use Linguafolio Kentucky! -- A tool for self-reflection on language growth and interculturality, and a chance to participate in a national pilot study.

S10: Creating Learning Opportunities for Every Student

Presenter(s): Patty Bohannan, McDougal Littell

Language students in the 21st century represent great diversity in learning styles and ability levels. Strategies and activities to provide teachers opportunities to facilitate instruction and motivate students will be demonstrated. Examples in French and Spanish will be distributed.

S11: Integrating Spanish Across the Elementary Curriculum

Presenter(s): Maryann Hayslip, St. Aloysius School

This session will look at ways to integrate Spanish language and culture studies into core curriculum subjects such as Social Studies, Science, Language Arts, etc. Grades K-8 will be addressed. Handouts will include project guidelines, grant ideas, rubrics, and reproducibles that can be immediately used in the classroom.

S12: Advocacy and World Languages

Presenter(s): Sarah Moran, Louisville Collegiate School

This session is for those interested in what is facing world languages nationally and in the state. We'll look at legislation and talk about how we can be better advocates for world languages. We'll also look at who in our state government can become an advocate for our cause. Come prepared to share ideas for letters.

Sessions III (Saturday, September 25: 1:30PM - 2:00PM)

S13: Writing Monologues in the World Language Classroom

Presenter(s): Judy Thomas, Louisville Male High School

Learn about how the French education system has evolved from Napoleon to today, and how schools are addressing the demands of a changing society.

S14: L'Education en France: Au Passé et Aujourd'hui

Presenter(s): Jacque Bott Van Houten, Kentucky Department of Education

World Language classrooms provide the ideal setting for writing portfolio-friendly monologues. This easy-to-do lesson asks students to research, write, and perform all in one package. Participants will receive teaching materials and samples of student writing.

S15: ¡Arte y más!

Presenter(s): Alicia Vinson, KET/JCPS

Enter the world of ¡Arte y más!, the new video series developed by Jefferson County Schools in collaboration with The Kentucky Educational Network (KET) and the Kentucky Department of Education. This content-based, literacy-focused distance-learning course offers Spanish instruction to K-3 students who would otherwise have no access to a language experience.

S16: C'est à toi! Using Technology to Live the Language

Presenter(s): Sarah Vailancourt, EMC

What can you do to ensure that your students' cultural knowledge in French is authentic? See a demonstration of technology components of EMC's C'est à toi! series, featuring videos and Internet-based programs, games, and songs to revitalize your classes! Session door prize will be a complete first-level video or DVD program.

S17: Ways to Get Beginning World Language Students Speaking in Class

Presenter(s): Amy Scott, Ballard High School

This session is designed to give ideas to get beginning students speaking. It will also offer suggestions for upper level students and for differentiated instruction. Ideas will consist of how to make students feel comfortable, ways to correct speaking errors, ways to keep the entire class on task during speaking, and different ways of assessing speaking tasks. If time permits, attendees can also share their own suggestions for speaking in the World Language classroom.

S18: Two Angry Heros: Achilles and Gassire

Presenter(s): Shannon N. Byrne, Xavier University

I would like to discuss the similarities between Gassire in the West African epic Gassir's Lute and Achilles in the Iliad as I do in my World Mythology classes. Anger motivates both heroes and each withdraws from what is normal until anger gives way to tears and recovery.

Sessions IV (Saturday, September 25: 2:10PM - 3:05PM)

S19: Creating Web-Based Languae Activities using Hot Potatoes

Presenter(s): James Sutherland & Hardy McKenzie, Assumption High School

Learn how to create your own web-based foreign language activities, quizzes, crossword puzzles, readings and more using Hot Potatoes, a straightforward yet versatile software program available free of charge to educators in public schools and universities. No knowledge of computer programming languages is necessary.

S20: Using the Euro in the World Language Classroom

Presenter(s): Lawton Davis & Jason Kelley, University of Kentucky

In this session, particpants will be given materials and ideas on how to use the Euro as a tool for cultural education. We will discuss the history of the Euro and the reaction of Europeans to its arrival, as well as doing some possible classroom activities. This topic is relevant to most teachers of European foreign languages.

S21: Open Forum to Discuss Block Scheduling and the World Language Festival

Presenter(s): Jeff Rogers, University of Kentucky

Come discuss new ways to involve more schools in the KWLA World Language Festival around Kentucky. At what level should students on block scheduling compete? What categories lend themselves to students on block scheduling? These and other questions will be discussed. Come with questions and suggestions.

S22: What's Hot, What's Not: German Pop Culture in the Classroom

Presenter(s): Laura McGee, Western Kentucky University

What are German teens and twens hearing, seeing, and doing? Which music groups, TV shows, and sports figures are in? Update your knowledge of German popular culture and gain ideas for learning activities that will increase your 'cool' factor among students. The presenter will share highlights from a 2004 Goethe Institut Seminar.

S23: Introducing Spanish Culture Through Picture Books

Presenter(s): Maryann Hayslip, St. Aloysius School

This session will introduce projects inspired by trade picture books. Projects include weaving, cooking, holiday celebrations, and much more. Attendees will be able to look through classroom artifacts and books as well as receive a handout containing all the necessary information to reproduce the projects in their own classrooms.

S24: How to Start a Chapter of the Spanish Honor Society at Your High School

Presenter(s): Ruth Pascal, Male High School

Learn about La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica and how forming a chapter can benefit your students and help your Spanish program grow. SHH offers scholarships, recognition, and travel grants. Kentucky SHH sponsors a statewide convention where high school students have fun and learn about culture, practice conversation, and compete for scholarships.

Sessions V (Saturday, September 25: 3:15PM - 4:10PM)

S25: Acting French: Using Performance in the Classroom

Presenter(s): Simonetta Cochis, Transylvania University; Molly Stevens, East Jessamine High School; Lydia Kohler, Pendleton High School

The purpose of this session is to present performance as a key interpretative activity for the study and appreciation of drama, and to offer an engaging and entertaining model of the use of performance in language teaching. The session involves the performance of two short dramatic pieces, a presentation of performance issues inherent to the plays, and a question/answer discussion period in which the audience participates in the analysis of the plays.

S26: Something New for FLES

Presenter(s): Ines D. Lormand, Wright Group/McGraw-Hill

Differentiated instruction, special attention to heritage speakers, and extensions through integrated fiction and non-fiction classroom libraries, are some of the features the new Viva el español Spanish series has to offer. Attendees will find out how to accommodate different learners in the FLES classroom with activities ready to use in the classroom.

S27: Similarities through Differences: Teaching Cultural Relativism through Literature and Film

Presenter(s): Adriana Mylnyk, Newport High School

This session addresses the use of literature and film as media through which to instill in students the ideals of respecting and accepting world cultures. The session presents various methods and techniques of teaching cultural relativism to students, tailored specifically to Chicano, Latino, and Hispanic culture.

S28: Hands-On Fun and Learning in the Foreign Language Classroom

Presenter(s): Yvonne Cadiz, Prentice Hall School Group

This interactive session will focus on how to use practical, hands-on activities that will help teachers reach all language learners. Teachers will participate in activities that will help build aural/oral, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing skills while enabling all students to communicate more successfully. Teachers attending session will receive materials that they can use with their students.

S29A: The Medea of Countee Cullen

Presenter(s): Edmund P. Cueva, Xavier University

Countee Cullen's Medea demonstrates the classical influence on the author's work, which I divide into four stages. First, it serves as erudite inspiration; then race and identity dominate; thirdly the classic elucidates these matters. Lastly, Cullen stops including classical allusions and writing in the gengres that he had previously composed.

S29B: Fortune and Divine Providence in Apaleius' Metamorphoses

Presenter(s): Cynthia Shiroma, University of Kentucky

Fortune is uncertain. Providence is bestowed by the gods. Fortune lead Lucius to Divine Providence. Lucius' sufferings as an ass are part of his initiation into the cult of Isis. Fortune is the thread the unites the novel into a cohesive story.

S30: Romanus Ipse Dixit: The Cambridge Latin Course

Presenter(s): Norah Lulich Jones, Cambridge University Press

Experience how the Cambridge Latin Course integrates the words and world of classical authors for exciting, effective, and motivating learning and instruction. We'll explore Cambridge's research-based story line and approach to grammar, which use the vocabulary, syntax, and works of key Roman authors from the opening days of class so that students read, analyze, and enjoy Latin within authentic and meaningful cultural settings.