USC Upstate News

REFLECTIONS: Foreign Language Teachers Workshop 2010

01- 07- 2010

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Foreign Language Program at the University of South Carolina Upstate will host REFLECTIONS: Foreign Language Teachers Workshop 2010 “Integrated Language Assessment: Evaluating Real Language In Use” on Friday, March 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Great Room of the University Readiness Center, located on North Campus Boulevard. The cost of the workshop is $20.00 for students and $55.00 for teachers.

“Participants will get to experience teaching and assessing their world language as they have always dreamed,” said Dr. June C. D. Carter, professor of Spanish/Romance Languages at USC Upstate and founder/coordinator of the REFLECTIONS conference. “The purpose of this conference is to teach participants faster lesson planning, activities that flow and make sense, more responsibility on students, more evaluation information with less work for you, increased language and cultural understanding and use, and getting all students engaged and involved.”

The REFLECTIONS conference consists of two segments. The first segment focuses on how to bring real language into classroom instruction and assessment. Participants will learn about communication modes (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational) and how to easily and effectively fit into your current instruction and assessment; planning and managing activities and assessment with the time and materials you already have; meaningfully integrating language and culture for a real-life experience in the classroom; and developing simple, effective grading rubrics to fit your needs and your students’ understanding at each stage and for a variety of purposes. The second segment focuses on preparing an integrated performance assessment you can use right away. Participants will learn to identify upcoming topics/contexts in your classes and how to connect integrated performance assessment with what you already are planning on covering; prepare an integrated performance assessment scenario from scratch on one of your topics; and develop rubrics for each assessment step – and see how to do this also with your students to make evaluation faster, easier, and more effective for you and for your students.

Norah Lulich Jones with Fluency Professional Development will serve as facilitator of the conference. Jones has served as a teacher and world language supervisor for over 20 years in public schools in Virginia. She is certified in and has taught Spanish, French, Russian, ESL, English, and History. Jones has served as a trainer for the Virginia Department of Education in the areas of National Standards planning and curriculum development. She is the president of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) and served as president of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT, 2008).  She is a member of ACTFL, ASCD, and Phi Delta Kappa, a contributing writer of Spanish and French instructional materials for various publishing companies, and a presenter and trainer for sessions and workshops at schools, school districts, and state, regional, and national conferences.

Click here to download the REFLECTIONS Registration Form. For more information, contact Dr. June C. D. Carter at (864) 503-5881 or jcarter@uscupstate.edu.