Reflections Workshop for World Language Teachers at USC Upstate

Reflections Workshop for World Language Teachers

The workshop will take place Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom.

At last year’s workshop, a number of participants expressed a desire for a workshop that focused on assessment--formative and summative--in the world language classroom. We are pleased to provide you the 2019 workshop titled “Inspecting What We Expect: Assessment in World Languages."

Workshop Title: Inspecting What We Expect: Assessment in World Languages

Participants click HERE for the 2019 Workshop Agenda

Workshop description: We are teaching our students to communicate in languages other than English, but how do we inspect what we say we expect? How do we take into consideration all of these “buzz words”: proficiency levels, modes of communication, state standards, mastery learning, and can do statements? How do we balance formative and summative assessment in a proficiency based setting? Participants in this workshop will address these questions and learn practical strategies for designing and implementing various types of performance assessments in the World Language classroom. Participants will be able to develop formative and summative performance assessments, aligned to proficiency expectations, that engage students in meaningful language use. Strategies for grading such assessments will also be addressed. Target audience includes educators of all languages teaching all levels of students from elementary through post-secondary settings.

Facilitator: The 2019 Reflections Workshop facilitator is Leslie Baldwin, Ed. D., the World Languages Program Specialist for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina. She is the Past President of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL), a past president of FLANC, and an ACTFL consultant. Dr. Baldwin is also the incoming Executive Director of SCOLT. She is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, and enjoys working with teachers of many languages and program models.

Letter to teachers

For more information, contact Dr. June Carter, professor of Spanish and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

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  • Inspecting What We Expect: Assessment in World Languages

    Leslie Baldwin, Ed.D.

    8:30      Intros/Agenda: State of Languages in SC

    8:45      Types of Assessment: Summative, Formative, Informal, Formal

    9:15       Assessing the 3 Modes

    10:15     Break

    10:30     Aligning Assessment, Proficiency, and Can-Dos

    12:00     Lunch

    12:45    Authentic Assessments

    2:00      Rating Assessments

    2:45      Wrap up/Reflection

  • The Reflections Workshop was founded in 1998 by Dr. June Carter, professor of Spanish. The workshop aims to bring together K-12 and higher education instructors for an intensive professional development experience. Participants earn CEUs and receive an acknowledgement letter to share with their home insitutions.

    The workshop draws on the expertise and resources of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Throughout the past twenty years, world languages have witnessed the transformation of instructional approaches and techniques for helping students reach develop skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking and gain growing appreciation for intercultural skills. In the program, national experts come to South Carolina to share latest research-based practices and strategies for teaching world languages at any level.