I’m pleased to announce that I’m participating in three sessions you’ll see at the annual conference by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Kick the Vocab Quiz
This session will offer reasons and strategies for eliminating vocabulary quizzes from your classroom, in the interest of fostering real long-term memory and deep vocabulary development. I’ll also address what could replace these quizzes.
The Personalized Language Adventure: Adding Student Choice in Homework
This session I’m copresenting with Bethanie Drew and Laura Sexton will cover ideas for replacing traditional, unmotivating, ineffective homework with the student choice activity I first suggested years ago that has caught on with teachers across the country. Bethanie and Laura’s perspectives will be especially helpful for teachers of novices; my implementation of this idea has been with intermediate and pre-advanced students. We’ll all tell you how we monitor and assess this homework, as well.
#Langchat- Your Always-There Professional Learning Network
I’ll be playing a supporting role in the session that will tell you all about #langchat, the weekly Twitter chat for world language teachers that I co-founded in 2011. We’ll talk about what it is, why you should be a part of it, and how to join in the conversation.
If you don’t catch me at a session, you can stop by the booth for Calico Spanish in the exhibition area and I’ll be there often, also.
I hope to meet many of you in San Antonio this fall!