Pre-Convention Workshops: Thursday, November 16

Heritage Language Teaching in Action: Essential Tools and Strategies for Meeting the Needs of All Learners

9:00 – 12:00, Music City Center, Room 105B

What are the learning needs of heritage language (HL) learners and how can these needs be served in the language classroom? Guided by these driving questions, this workshop provides an overview of the research on HL learners, focusing on their linguistic and socio-affective needs. Three pedagogical approaches for meeting these needs are: (1) discourse based Macro-based approaches teach grammar and vocabulary as dictated by function or context; (2) The From-to Principles build on HL learners' functional skills and global knowledge of their heritage language and culture; (3) Differentiation addresses the issues of diversity in HL and mixed classes. Workshop participants will practice applying these approaches for a range of languages, levels, and teaching contexts.

Session Presenters: Maria Carreira, Olga Kagan



Friday, November 17

Special Pavilion Presentation: What Central Asia Means to You

10:15 – 10:25, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: Öner Özçelik, Rahman Arman and Amber Kent


Special Pavilion Presentation: SEELRC Activities and Summer Institutes

10:45 – 10:55, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: Jessica Dougherty


Roundtable: Key Issues in Designing and Implementing Heritage Language Programs

11:00 – 12:00, Music City Center, Conversation Corner, Exhibit Hall

Teachers, administrators, and parents looking to establish or grow an HL program can choose from different options to respond to their unique needs and strengths. We will consider these options in the context of featuring HL programs from different countries and spanning a wide range of languages, instructional settings, and educational levels,

Session Presenters: Claire Chik, Olga Kagan, Maria Carreira,


Social Justice and Language Learning: Exploration via Digital Technologies

11:00 – 12:00, Music City Center, Room 207D

The exploration of issues connected to social justice is fundamentally important in language learning. Digital games and augmented reality experiences offer unique affordances for exploration of these complex issues. In this session, digital approaches to language learning with social justice at their core are explored and evaluated.

Session Presenters: Julie Sykes, Stephanie Knight


Teaching Different Levels of Chinese Language Courses through TV Series

11:00 – 12:00, Music City Center, Room 103B

This panel discusses teaching Chinese language courses through TV series. Based on intermediate and advanced level Chinese courses offered at different institutions in the US, three presentations demonstrate different pedagogical models and methods, evaluate their effectiveness, address problems encountered, and offer solutions.

Session Presenters: Litong Chen, Bing Mu, Dr. Chi-ying Wang


Special Pavilion Presentation: Resources for Assessment and Evaluation from the AELRC

11:45 – 11:55, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: Meg Malone and Anne Donovan


Special Pavilion Presentation: Assisting Learners to Reach Advanced Levels of Performance: Assessment Tools and Teacher Training Videos

12:45 – 12:55, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: Galal Walker


Developing the Writing Proficiency of Spanish Heritage Learners

1:15 – 2:15, Music City Center, Room 104B

This session offers pedagogical strategies for the teaching of writing to Spanish heritage learners (HLs), in both language and content courses. The strategies, framed within critical pedagogy literacy theories, are developed from research that examined the linguistic profile of 90 Spanish HLs using the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test.

Session Presenters: Alberta Gatti, Teresa O’Neill


Effects of an Initial Silent Period on Beginning Learners’ Oral Production

1:15 – 1:35, Omni Nashville, Cumberland 6

This presentation presents an empirical study of the effects of an initial silent period on the oral production of beginning-level learners in a Chinese study abroad program. It presents ideas for using comprehension-led learning activities during a silent period and for designing an initial speaking activity to activate recently acquired language.

Session Presenters: Yu Miao, Crista Cornelius


The Relevance of Explicit Instruction for Successful Language Development

1:15 – 2:15, Music City Center, Room 202A

This session argues for the relevance of high quality meaning-based explicit instruction to maximize language development. Examples of effective pedagogical explanations and linked practice activities will be presented. Participants will explore ways of formulating explanations and designing practice activities for the languages they teach.

Session Presenters: James Lantolf, Kevin McManus


ACTFL Research Initiatives: Innovations and Studies

2:30 – 3:30, Music City Center, Room 209B

Come hear a panel discuss research approaches and findings from the language teaching and learning profession. They will present their methodologies, results and best practices gleaned from their work. These projects were supported by ACTFL's Research Initiatives grant program.

Session Presenters: Margaret Malone, Fernando Rubio


Experiencing Language Learning through Simulations

2:30 – 3:30, Music City Center, Room 207D

Learn how to design engaging language learning experiences based on simulations that include compelling scenarios that suit learners' interests and professional goals. Simulations can help learners build a repertoire of strategies to overcome complex situations that require a sophisticated use of language and understanding of the culture.

Session Presenters: Julio Rodriguez, Der-lin Chao, Madeline Spring, & Stephen Tschudi


Special Pavilion Presentation: World Languages Day Toolkit

1:45 – 1:55, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: Bill Nichols


Mission and Achievement: Assessing Higher Education Foreign Language Goals

3:45 – 4:45, Music City Center, Davidson Ballroom, Salon C2

The session reports on a three-year project administering over 8,000 ACTFL proficiency tests in speaking, reading, and listening at three institutions sponsored by the Language Flagship Proficiency Initiative: ACTFL results, discussion of factors contributing to proficiency, and effects of systematic testing on curriculum and institutional climate.

Session Presenters: Daniel Soneson, Susan Gass, Jane Hacking, Margaret Malone, Erwin Tschirner, Paula Winke


Why Students Opt Out from Their Own Heritage Languages?

3:45 – 4:45, Music City Center, Music Row 3

This presentation analyzes the choices heritage language (HL) learners make when enrolling in language courses by comparing data on those who take courses in their own HL and those who don't. The data for this study come from a survey of 1,756 students taking language courses at 101 community colleges across 33 states in the U.S.

Session Presenters: Eric Ketcham Alex Funk, Tomonori Nagano


Special Pavilion Presentation: Keep Calm and #GoOpen

1:45 – 1:55, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: Carl Blyth, Nathalie Steinfeld Childre, Sarah Sweeney


Developing Interculturality by Experiencing Project-based Language Learning

5:00 – 6:00, Music City Center, Room 202B

Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) is an integrative approach that enables students to develop various types of skills and abilities through student-centered learning experiences. This session explains the essential project design elements and discusses the benefits of PBLL by showing examples of students' projects.

Session Presenters: Noriko Fujioka-Ito & Junko Tokuda Simpson


Lead with NCSSFL: I CanDo It-A mini Workshop on LinguaFolio

5:00 – 6:00, Music City Center, Room 208A

LinguaFolio/LinguaFolio Online and their focus on meaningful language use have the potential to transform the language classroom. Session participants will receive tools related to goal setting, reflection, and backwards design that support the integration of the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements and the successful implementation of the portfolios.

Session Presenters: Ryan Wertz, Stephanie Knight


A Qualitative Study on Assessments in Dual Language Immersion Schools

5:20 – 5:40, Music City Center, Room 101A

This presentation provides the results of a large-scale survey study about language teachers' perceptions of the proficiency and experiences of heritage language learners across a variety of languages and contexts. Using robust data, the study will provide insight into language teachers' beliefs about their learners and their experiences.

Session Presenters: Mina Niu

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Saturday, November 18

Engaging Pedagogical Materials for Heritage Arabic Learners

8:00 – 9:00, Music City Center, Music Row 1

This presentation discusses the Arabic Heritage eBook project at the Center for Integrated Language Communities (CILC), a National Language Resource Center. The presentation offers a first look at excerpts from the open-source Arabic pedagogical materials produced for heritage learners in higher education.

Session Presenters: Alexander Elinson, Stephanie Love


Free Standards-based Language Teaching Resources from the LRCs

8:00 – 9:00, Music City Center, Room 205B

Come learn about free standards-based resources for teachers available from 16 Language Resource Centers funded by the Department of Education: no-cost teacher resource guides and manuals, online materials and assessments in specific languages, and more for teachers of all levels and languages. URLs for downloadable resources are provided

Session Presenters: Mandy Gettler, Carl Blyth, Joy Campbell, Karin Larson, Margaret Malone


Improving University Students’ Experience Through Program-wide Assessment

8:00 – 9:00, Music City Center, Room 106B

Program-wide proficiency assessment has the potential to define successful articulation and improve students' experience in post-secondary programs. The presentation discusses such a project for Spanish and French programs. Results provide insights into articulation within the program and beyond. Logistical issues of implementation are discussed.

Session Presenters: Linda Forrest, Robert Davis


Special Pavilion Presentation: Got Heritage Language Students?

8:45 – 8:55, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: Olga Kagan, Maria Carreira


Special Pavilion Presentation: Teleplaza Portal for Heritage Spanish and Latino Studies Courses

9:45 – 9:55, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: Alberta Gatti


Parents’ Perceptions of Dual Language Immersion Programs

10:20 – 10:40, Omni Nashville, Music Row 3

Dual language immersion programs across the nation aims to support content literacy in multiple languages. This study examines factors that influence parents’ perceptions of a less commonly taught dual language immersion program, a critical component in parents’ decisions to enroll their children in dual language immersion programs.

Session Presenters: Natalie Tran, Renae Bryant, Dawn Person, Shannon Villanueva


Special Pavilion Presentation: Integrating Language, Culture, and Literacy: Teaching Resources from CERCLL

10:45 – 10:55, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: Beatrice Dupuy, Chantelle Warner


CLASS Forum: Importance and Benefits of Learning Chinese with K-20 STEM

11:15 – 12:15, Music City Center, Room 101C

One of NCLCC's (a collaboration of CLASS, CSAUS, NCACLS, facilitated by NEALRC) core missions is to bring awareness to the importance and benefits of learning Chinese into the American education system. This Forum focuses on the promising career opportunities and multiple benefits of learning Chinese in the context of STEMM curriculum.

Session Presenters: Yu-lan Lin, Galal Walker


Infinite Language: Using Digital Games for Cross-Curricular Learning

11:15 – 12:15, Music City Center, Room 207D

Cultivating meaningful language learning within cross-curricular contexts and approaches to learning is a complex undertaking. In this session, participants will explore, evaluate, and experience digital games that facilitate the examination of connections across disciplines while maintaining the high-level standards of the language classroom.

Session Presenters: Stephanie Knight


Meaningful Communities: Novice-level Authenticity and Sustained Inquiry

11:15 – 12:15, Music City Center, Room 205B

ACTFL's Communities standard stresses connecting learners with communities. But how can beginning learners, with limited functional communicative capacity, pursue meaningful inquiry that makes a difference in the communities they engage with? Come learn strategies for supporting authenticity of purpose and sustained inquiry at the Novice level.

Session Presenter: Stephen Tschudi


Rethinking Writing Instruction in the Lower-level French Classroom

11:15 – 12:15, Music City Center, Room 103A

Based on the conversational data collected from 19 American students and 19 Chinese roommates, this presentation identifies the types of conflicts that emerged in these peer interactions, and the strategies used to solve them. Two strategies became particularly salient: 1) making personal differences cultural, and 2) using language of ambiguity.

Session Presenters: Wenhao Diao


Special Pavilion Presentation: Exploring the Nexus of World Language Instruction and Technology: NRCAL’s Professional Development for K-12 Teachers

11:45 – 11:55, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: Natalie Tran, Bang Lang Do


Rethinking Writing Instruction in the Lower-level French Classroom

11:55 – 12:15, Music City Center, Room 104A

This session focuses on how genre-based writing instruction facilitates integration of interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication in the lower-level language classroom. Presenters share sample activities and findings from a 2017 study of instructor and learner perspectives on writing in French.

Session Presenters: Lauren Goodspeed, Kate Paesani, Heather Willis Allen


Special Pavilion Presentation: Lost in Translation? LingroToGo

12:45 – 12:55, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: Julie Sykes, Stephanie Knight


Special Pavilion Presentation: Immersion Education Resources from CARLA

1:45 – 1:55, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: Tara Fortune


Heritage Learners of Spanish: Self-Ratings of Oral and Writing Proficiency

2:00 – 3:00, Music City Center, Room 104A

How do heritage learners (HLs) self-evaluate their language proficiency, and how accurate are their ratings, as compared to the results of the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and Oral Proficiency Interview? This presentation reports on a study of the self-ratings of Spanish HLs, and discusses implications for placement and curriculum design.

Session Presenters: Teresa O'Neill, Alberta Gatti


An Online Certificate in Heritage Language (HL) Teaching

2:00 – 3:00, Music City Center, Room 104C

This presentation features an online certificate in HL teaching developed and recently launched by the National Heritage Language Resource Center with support from STARTALK. Addressing key concepts and best practices in HL teaching, the certificate lends itself to a number of applications and uses, including pre-service and in-service training.

Session Presenters: Olga Kagan, Claire Chik, Maria Carreira


Designing Assessments for Online Language Learning

2:00 – 2:20pm, Music City Center, Room 101A

Online platforms pose challenges, but create unique affordances, for language learning assessment. Come learn about a professional development module on this topic created by the Hawaiʻi National Foreign Language Resource Center and North Carolina Virtual Public Schools as an open educational resource for online language teachers.

Session Presenters: Hui-Ya Chuang, Ellen Hart, Ruslan Suvorov, & Stephen Tschudi


Towards Research-based Heritage Language Pedagogy

2:00 – 2:20pm, Omni Nashville, Cumberland 6

In this presentation we will provide a comprehensive survey of sociolinguistic, linguistic, and psycholinguistic research pertaining to language knowledge of heritage language speakers and we will discuss how this research can be translating into effective teaching practices.

Session Presenters: Irina Dubinia, Olesya Kisselev


Language Teachers’ Perceptions of Heritage Learners: A Survey Study

2:20 – 2:40, Omni Nashville, Cumberland 6

This qualitative study uses semi-structural interviews with administrative and instructional staff in DLI programs in Washington, DC. The data collected reveals their understanding and perceptions of summative language assessments used in their schools. The results provide valuable insights into future training needs relating to assessments.

Session Presenters: Anne Donovan, Margaret Malone


Special Pavilion Presentation: How to Enhance Explicit Instruction

2:45 – 2:55, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: James P. Lantolf


Special Pavilion Presentation: Project-based Language Learning (PBLL)

1:45 – 1:55, Music City Center, Exhibit Hall, Booth 1333

Presentation Presenters: Julio C Rodriguez, Stephen Tschudi, Ruslan Suvorov, Hui-Ya Chuang


Easily Teach the Quijote with Free Open Ed Curriculum and Resources

4:00 – 5:00, Music City Center, Room 106C

Does Siglo de Oro literature intimidate you as much as your students? Discover free online resources that personalize learning, promote critical and creative thinking, motivate learner autonomy and offer academic support. Diverse activities build reader confidence and encourage a deep exploration and understanding of 11 chapters of the Quixote.

Session Presenters: Betsy Arnold, Rose Potter


Free Innovative Technology Tools from the Language Resource Centers

4:00 – 5:00, Music City Center, Room 202C

The panel will bring together four Title VI Language Resource Centers to showcase free technology projects with a live demonstration. The tools will address various areas of interest to k-16 language instructors including professional development, project-based learning, cultural literacy, reading proficiency, and online education.

Session Presenters: William Nichols, Carl Blyth, Julio Rodriguez, Chantelle Warner


Go Global: Project-based Learning with Foreign Partners

5:15 – 6:15, Music City Center, Room 209B

The session outlines a Project-Based Learning module protocol and findings from an exchange program that uses an online platform to connect Chinese learners at high school and college levels with partners in China. The goal is to extend learning beyond the classroom, develop linguistic skills and intercultural competence for 21st-century learners.

Session Presenters: Lily Childs, I-Ling Hsu, Xiang Kong, & Li Zhou

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Sunday, November 19

Intercultural Communicative Competence: Concepts, Components, Assessment

8:00 – 9:00, Music City Center, Room 201B

In this session, participants explore concepts of intercultural communicative competence and their components. They will also become acquainted with a framework for identifying resources and strategies to address ICC components as well as approaches for monitoring and measuring their development.

Session Presenters: Alvino Fantini


Strategies for Building Local and Global Communities

10:00 – 11:00, Music City Center, Room 201A

Immersion into a language is the best way to motivate language learners to use the target language in real-life situations. Participants will be shown strategies to integrate language, culture and content through curriculum design and through establishing local and global communities.

Session Presenters: Reham Aly


Designing a Methods Course for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

11:15 – 12:15, Music City Center, Room 101C

Enrollment in Chinese programs is expanding and with it the need for accomplished Chinese teachers. Traditional methods courses often do not address specific issues related to teaching Chinese language and culture. The purpose of this session is to present components of a methods course dedicated to the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language.

Session Presenters: Yuanhao Hua, Richard Donato


Early Total Mandarin Immersion Learners’ Use of Reading Strategies

11:15 – 12:15, Music City Center, Room 101E

This multi-case study explores the reading strategy use of more- and less-skilled Gr. 4 readers (N=12) who are becoming biliterate in Chinese and English. Researchers will compare the types and frequency of strategies used by more- vs. less-skilled readers. Cross-language reading strategy development for immersion students will also be discussed.

Session Presenters: Tara Fortune, Zhongkui Ju


Making Multiliteracies Real: A Tool for Analyzing Instructional Materials

11:15 – 12:15, Music City Center, Room 207B

This session focuses on implementation of a tool for analyzing literacy-based teaching materials. Presenters explain the multiliteracies principles underlying the tool's creation, describe its implementation with supporting empirical data, and consider implications for materials creation, curricular change, and teacher development.

Session Presenters: Kate Paesani, Mandy Menke


Teaching French for Change: Social Entrepreneurship in the FSP Classroom

11:15 – 12:15, Music City Center, Room 104A

This session focuses upon how an emphasis on social entrepreneurship within the context of a French for Special Purposes classroom can not only prepare students to use French professionally, but can also be a powerful tool for social change. Participants will come away with useful concepts and activities that they can adapt to their own classrooms.

Session Presenters: Heather McCoy, Deborah Reisinger


Using Telecollaborative Models in Chinese Mixed (Heritage-L2) Courses

11:15 – 12:15, Music City Center, Room 103B

How can instructors create effective modules for working with international partners? How successful are such modules in advancing proficiency and intercultural competence in mixed heritage/L2 classes? This session uses a pilot experience between Chinese language learners in the US and English learners in China to answer these questions.

Session Presenters: Wei-Yi Cheng

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