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Foreign Language Teachers’ Workshop 2016

“Assessment in a Learner-Centered World Language Classroom”

Facilitator: Todd Bowen
Monday, February 15, 2016    
Sansbury Campus Life Center Ball Room
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Workshop Description

The REFLECTIONS World Language Teachers’ Workshop is for teachers of all levels, from the elementary to the university level. With the current focus on accountability and effective teaching strategies, the learner-centered classroom encourages the learner and the teacher to focus on productive skills and demonstrate what they can do. Using the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements as a guide for establishing goals and benchmarks, teachers can focus on creating activities for a learner-centered lesson, develop active learning and move into a guiding role in the learning cycle. Workshop participants will examine questions and potential answers as they focus on creating a learner-centered environment where students demonstratethe skills for assessments.

The facilitator of the 2016 Reflections Workshop is Todd Bowen, director of world languages for Niles Township High Schools District 219 in Skokie, Illinois, where he leads a department of 31 people and teaches one section of French. He is also an adjunct instructor of methods at Northeastern Illinois University. Todd is active in several world languages organizations including the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL), the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL), the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) and the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL). He serves on the ACTFL Board of Directors as treasurer and as the convener for the newly created Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL), where he collaborated with national and regional partners to develop the inaugural Leadership Initiative in Language Learning (LILL) in July 2015. Todd is a frequent presenter at state, regional and national conferences and was recently honored as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Ministry of Education.

Facilitators Workshop Schedule

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.Registration
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.Welcome and State of the State
9:00 - 11:45 a.m.The Learner-Centered World Language Classroom
  • Brainstorming the characteristics
  • Contrasting active vs. passive engagement
  • The progression of novice low to intermediate high
  • Exploring the can-do statements as learner-centered benchmarks
  • Creating assessments using a backwards approach
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00-3:15 p.m. Creating the Unit
  • Summative assessments
  • Formative assessment – learning checks
  • Learning activities
  • Cultivating the active, engaged learner
  • Coping with challenges and frustrations
 3:15 - 3:30 p.m.Wrap Up

Registration Information

Registration Fee (includes continental breakfast and lunch): 

  • Early registration: $45 for participants, $20 for students (all payments must be received by December 14, 2015)
  • Late and limited on-site registration: $55 for participants, $20 for students 

No refunds will be given after Friday, January 15, 2016.

Please return your completed registration form with a check or money order made payable to USC Upstate REFLECTIONS 2016.

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Spartanburg, SC 29303

For further information, contact Dr. June Carter, professor of Spanish at jcarter@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5881.

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