2005 Conference Workshops

These optional workshops will really help you make the most of your conference experience. Most are "hands-on" experiences, and all will provide plenty of interaction and discussion time. Workshop participants must also be registered for the conference. Pre-registration deadline is September 7.

Workshop 001: Beginning TPRS
Friday, September 22, 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Presenter: Sarah Moran, St. Francis High School
The method now known as "Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling" is sweeping the nation. At this workshop, you will hear a brief overview of the history and transformation of TPRS and participate in a TPRS demonstration (for those who've used TPRS for a while, you'll see that the old "7 steps" are now gone). You will also learn basic steps to organizing a TPRS classroom. This workshop is for true TPRS beginners or those who've had only a brief exposure to the method. Handouts will be provided.

Workshop 002: Advanced TPRS
Friday, September 23, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Sarah Moran, St. Francis High School
This workshop will begin with a TPRS demonstration using a more advanced level story. We will then move into discussion of using TPRS beyond beginning level classes, including how to "teach" grammar, reading, speaking and listening. successes. We will also discuss language acquisition theories and the ACTFL proficiency gudelines and how they relate to TPRS. Teachers who attended workshop 1 for beginning TPRS are encouraged to attend, along with those who have been using TPRS for a while. Handouts will be provided.

Workshop 003: Encore! Zugabe! - Dansons! Tanzen Wir!
Friday, September 23, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenters: Maureen Motsinger & Pam Pennington, Scott High School
Want to prepare for the dance competition at the World Language Festival and incorporate Core Content into your French/German curriculum? You will learn both in this lively workshop -- the dances, On-Demand Writing prompts, and Open Response questions with grading rubrics. Participants will receive CD's and dance instructions.

Workshop 004: Effective and Original Film-Based Activities for the French Classroom
Friday, September 23, 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Presenter: Anne-Christine Rice, Tufts University
This interactive workshop will focus on film-based activities. Participants will acquire concrete and practical tools for the classroom using film trailers, subtitles and French history to improve language acquisition, cultural criticism and film appreciation. Participants will have a chance to develop their own class-appropriate exercises through the analysis of movie stills and the in-depth study of one scene. We will also work together to create cultural units around a few popular films.

Workshop 005: Strategies for Assessing World Languages
Friday, September 23, 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Presenter: Gregory Fulkerson, Jefferson County Public Schools
This workshop introduces assessment strategies aligned with the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, state and district standards, and curriculum and instructional practices. Three case studies with video comments from teachers, students, and experts in the field will illustrate how several teachers are assessing their students' world language skills. Case studies will include examining Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs), proficiency-oriented performance tasks and backward design assessments. Participants will use the information from the case studies to learn about or refresh their understanding of different assessment strategies and discuss the role and function assessments should play in world language instruction K-16.

Workshop 006: Window to the Soul: A Latin Dance Workshop
Friday, September 23, 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Presenter: Jennifer Larson, Daviess County High School
This workshop is designed for Spanish teachers who would like to incorporate Latin dance in their classrooms and clubs. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in dance lessons and observe demonstrations of each dance. The workshop will cover the basic steps of Salsa, Merengue, Tango, Cha Cha, Bolero, and Rumba. Teachers will receive a helpful resource packet containing: each dance's history, suggested songs, useful websites, plus the names of great instructional dance videos and where to get them. Come learn to dance and start sharing this magnificent part of Hispanic culture with your students.