2007 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 October 5.

Workshop 001: TPRS Workshop
Thursday, October 11, 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Presenters: Sarah Moran, St. Francis High School & Donna Tatum-John, Kentucky Country Day School
TPR-Storytelling is changing how teachers across the US and around the world are teaching world languages today. "Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling" allows students to rapidly acquire high-frequency structures and grammatical accuracy almost without realizing it. Classes are fun, students learn quickly and teachers are energized by their success.
During this 3-hour introductory workshop, Donna Tatum-Johns and Sarah Moran will teach you the "fun"-damentals of TPRS. With a focus on reading even at the earliest levels, teachers who have been using TPRS for a while will find new strategies to motivate their students. Handouts will be provided. (The presenters strongly urge all participants to later attend a 2 or 3-day training to further their skills in their exciting method.)
$15.00/$20.00 (Early-Bird/Pre-Registration)

Workshop 002: Beginning Teacher Workshop
Thursday, October 11, 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Presenters: Adriana Melnyk, Indiana Department of Education
This workshop provides opportunities for communication among world language teachers new to the profession. Sample topics include, but are not limited to, expectations and realities in the world language classroom, clarifying one's "message," professional development and travel opportunities for language teachers, and issues facing beginning world language educators. Opportunities for brainstorming and idea sharing will be provided. All beginning teachers are encouraged to attend. FREE

Workshop 003: Keeping it REAL in the Spanish Classroom: real-world, real language, real assessment
Friday, October 12, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenters: Alicia Vinson, Fayette County Public Schools & Ginger Robinson, Audubon Area Head Start
Presenters will offer Real-world and virtually real-world ideas and resources in real language to help achieve real student success. Participants will explore strategies for maintaining Spanish in the classroom through standards-based, fun, real-life activities and authentic materials. Information about using authentic assessments like NOELLA, STAMP, and LinguaFolio will be given. Participants will have the opportunity to practice listening and speaking Spanish. With all this plus door prizes and a CD of resources, attendees should have a Real-good time!$15.00/$20.00 (Early-Bird/Pre-Registration)

Workshop 004: Babar, Madeline, Bécassine, Caroline: une mine d'histoires enfantines!
Friday, October 12 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Janel Lafond-Paquin, Rogers High School (Rhode Island)
Children's stories are a wonderful way of introducing students to written texts! Come see for yourself specific literacy strategies, activities, games, and assessment options that can enhance your students' reading of these beloved children's stories. An extensive packet of materials, ready to be used immediately will be given to all those who attend this workshop! Workshop will be conducted in French. $15.00/$20.00 (Early-Bird/Pre-Registration)

Workshop 005: Strategies for Incorporating Heritage Learners into the L2 Classroom
Friday, October 12, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Maria C. Garriga, Thomas More College & Julie James, Centre College
The objective is to identify salient substantive issues among KWLA membership with regards to heritage learners. First, the workshop will present a case study of a heritage learner of Spanish, including theoretical, practical and experiential components of language learning. Second, the group will discuss the benefits and challenges of having heritage speakers in the classroom. Third, the workshop will propose applications to help foster language proficiency in heritage learners of any language -- in Kentucky. $15.00/$20.00 (Early-Bird/Pre-Registration)

Workshop 006: Putting the Spotlight on Student Performance(s)
Friday, October 12, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Susan Marnatti, Beaumont Middle School & Thomas Sauer, Jefferson County Public Schools
This workshop focuses on the importance of using performance-based assessment in the foreign language classroom not only as a way to determine what students know and can do but also to motivate students. The case will be made for the importance of instruction and assessment being mirror images of each other not only in content but also in form. You will have the opportunity to examine a number of assessment options that can be used in the world language class, and you will zero in on the great value of performance-based assessment tasks as a promising vehicle that can show students what they are capable of doing with the language they are learning and can keep them enthused and motivated about their progress. Time will be provided for you to learn how to develop a sound performance-based assessment task that is tied to standards. $15.00/$20.00 (Early-Bird/Pre-Registration)

Workshop 007: Classroom Visits to Louisville Schools
Friday, October 12, 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: various
The classroom site visits offers participants the opportunity to observe powerful classroom teaching and student learning at Louisville area public and private schools. A variety of instructional and assessment practices (including TPRS, performance-based, and more) will be demonstrated. This is a unique opportunity to view best-practices classroom routines across a variety of grade levels. A question-and-answer session with administrators, teachers, and students will be held after each classroom visits. Transportation from the Hyatt to the school sites will be provided. No on-site reservation will be possible for this workshop. $15.00/$20.00 (Early-Bird/Pre-Registration)

Workshop 008: Using PowerPoint for Self Assessment and More
Friday, October 20, 01:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Presenter: Patrick McCarthy, Campbell County High School
This workshop will instruct participants to create PowerPoint presentations allowing students review and self-assessment in a multi-media, website-like environment similar to educational video games. Participants will create hyperlink-rich slides, providing students quiz-like environments with immediate on-screen and spoken feedback. Incorrect answers allow students to return for more study; correct answers provide additional assessment.
Presentations as a result of this workshop would reward students with sights and sounds as they explore back and forth through an interactive presentation authored by their teacher, but that they customize through individual interests and learning needs, aiding language recognition through multimedia displays. Future projects could include lessons in "choose your own adventure" type picture books (on slides), which upper-level students could create for younger or lower-level learners, gaining the teacher a growing library of material from which to adapt and present. This workshop is geared towards teachers comfortable with a mouse, but not necessarily well-versed in interactive slide-show technology. (Workshop held at JCPS Gheens Academy. Transportation provided.) $15.00/$20.00 (Early-Bird/Pre-Registration)

Workshop 009: Free voluntary reading: Why not?
Saturday, October 13, 02:30 PM - 05:30 PM

Presenter: Stephen Krashen, University of Southern California
Free voluntary reading, or recreational reading, is the most powerful tool we have in language education. Those who read more read better, write better, have larger vocabularies, and have better control of complex grammatical constructions. Although free voluntary reading is our most powerful tool, it is also the least utilized. The problem in foreign language education is access to interesting reading material, a problem that should be easy to solve.$50.00/$60.00

Workshop 010: Crafts in the Latin Classroom
Friday, October 12, 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Presenter: Cathy Scaife, Lexington Catholic School; Estelle Bayer & Bari Conder, Madison Central High School, Joan Jahnige, retired
Participants will spend the workshop making artifacts such as wax tablets, spindles, copper bullas, hand-sewn tunics, and Roman pottery to use as props in their classrooms or as patterns for student projects. This will be an active session! All teachers are invited to contribute a craft idea and to share instructions with participants. FREE Sponsored by the Kentucky Classical Association.