ACTFL Conference Highlights Are you smarter than a language teacher? http://www.discoverlanguages.org/files/public/DL_teacherquiz.pdf
ACTFL Conference Highlights • Key position of ACTFL: • 90% of instruction in the target language • *”language educators and their students use the target language as exclusively as possible (90% plus) at all levels of instruction during instructional time and, when feasible, beyond the classroom."
Ways to GET STUDENTS TALKING!! • Turn to your partner • Avoid lecturing and using English to derive meaning for the students • Have students use circumlocution • Paraphrase and give opposites • Comprehensible input (gestures/symbols/pictures) • TPR and circle questioning
Instead of English • Can I simplify or use pictures, materials or props? • Can I substitute a different concept? • Can I delay the topic?
“Using English to teach students a language is like learning to swim without water!”Janine Erickson ACTFL President, 2009
Lesson Planning Failing to plan is planning to fail
What do students expect from a foreign language class? • The majority expect to actually use the language. • Motivation is a rational decision; people make a decision to engage in something or not. Richard Sagor - ASCD Education Update, January 2008
What keeps students motivated? Keller’s Theory of Motivation: • Attention (Interest) • Relevance (Why?) • Confidence (Expectancy) • Satisfaction (Outcome)
The difference between traditional planning and backward design Traditional Planning • ✤ Goals & Objectives • ✤ Activities • ✤ Assessments Backward Design ✤ Goals & Objectives ✤ Assessments ✤ Activities
-"Not paying attention to the needs of the learner is like leaving for the airport without the passenger...so that you’ll get there on time." - Madeline Hunter