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57th Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL)
March 25 - 27, 2010
New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on Broadway, NY

Presentations by NCLRC staff:

Presentation Presenters Date Time Room Topic
Simply Irresistible: Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom Masha Lekic, American Councils; Kenneth Petersen, American Councils; Jill Robbins, National Capital Language Resource Center; Richard Robin, George Washington University
Friday March 26th 10:15-11:30

Majestic 6th Fl


This panel will describe best practices in the use of technology in foreign language classrooms at a variety of different levels and will discuss the use of interactive software, audio, video, podcasting, and more. The presenters will give examples of electronic resources for Russian but will address effective uses of technology as they apply to all languages.

Beyond Sputnik Moments: A 50-year History of Language Policy James E. Alatis, Georgetown University; Nicole M. Coomber, University of Maryland Friday March 26th

2:15-

3:30

Winter Garden 6th Floor Numerous foreign language policies have appeared during the past 50 years, beginning with the reaction to Sputnik and continuing through the NSLI in 2006. The reliance on “policy windows” dominated policy conversations. By understanding US language policy history, we can create future policy that grabs the attention of the public, of politicians, and creates a new and more expansive and effective narrative for the field.
Making & Using Webcasts for Critical Languages Rana Kanaan Casteel, Richard Robin, George Washington University; Jill Robbins, National Capital Language Resource Center Saturday March 27th 12:45-2:00 Olmstead7th Floor

Presenters share how they develop online Arabic and Russian listening materials and comprehension activities, and discuss teaching strategies for successful integration of this listening material with classroom activities. The National Capital Language Resource Center provides Russian, Chinese, and Arabic Webcasts, aimed at intermediate learners. Combined with online Quia activities, the free webcasts give intermediate learners practice in listening to simplified news stories on current events. In English with examples in Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. Of special interest to postsecondary educators.

Presented by: Rana Kanaan Casteel, Teaching Instructor in the Arabic Language The Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University. Richard Robin, Russian Language Program Director; Associate Professor of Russian and International Affairs, The Elliot School of International Affairs, The George Washington University.

For more details you can go the NECTFL online schedule

 

Previous NECTFL Presentations:

2008 NECTFL presentations by NCLRC staff

Presentation Presenters Date Time Room Topic
Interacting with Chinese Language and Culture: Tools for the iGeneration Phyllis Zhang, NCLRC, George Washington University Friday March 28 10:45-12:00 Columbia Room 7th Floor The iGeneration expects, indeed, demands, interaction with authentic target language and cultural resources. Chinese teachers seek to integrate technology and the teaching of culture in a holistic approach to instruction. Freely available tools to create engaging activities for high school and university levels are presented. Development of technology-assisted materials and activities (e.g. cultural content, language activities, and games) is explained and demonstrated. Presented in English and Chinese and of interest to high school and college educators. This session may be used as an introduction to the three-hour workshop of the same title, but attendance at both is not required.
Communities and Connections: Hardest Standards to Meet or Greatest Opportunities Anna Chamot, NCLRC/GWU; Sheila W. Cockey, NCLRC Friday March 28 10:45-12:00 Uris 6th Floor

"What are the hardest standards to incorporate in your teaching?" we asked teachers nationally. 58% answered Communities, and 24% said Connections. Discuss and see ways of meeting these standards and thus moving from the isolation of the language classroom to involvement with the community and with other content classes, strengthening your school’s language program and increasing your career horizons. Presented in English with examples in Spanish and French and of interest to PreK-16 educators. Download PPT presentation.

Interacting with Chinese Language and Culture: Tools for the iGeneration Phyllis Zhang, NCLRC, George Washington University Friday March 28 1:30-4:30 Informed upon registration for workshop Workshops involve a fee in addition to conference registration. See registration form for prices: http://alpha.dickinson.edu/prorg/nectfl/reg08.html
Some workshops will be available for on-site registration, but are on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited. To ensure enrollment in your workshop of choice, please pre-register now. Early registration also ensures that workshops will not be cancelled due to low enrollment.

The iGeneration expects, indeed, demands, interaction with authentic target language and cultural resources. Chinese teachers seek to integrate technology and the teaching of culture in a holistic approach to instruction. Freely available tools to create engaging activities for high school and university levels are presented. Technology-assisted materials and activities (e.g. cultural content, language activities, and games) are explained, demonstrated, and developed. Participants are encouraged -- but not required -- to bring laptops and/or digital cameras. Presented in English and Chinese and of interest to high school and post secondary educators. The 75-minute session of the same title may be used as an introduction to this workshop, but attendance at both is not required.
Bringing Teachers Together for an Immersion Experience Sheila W. Cockey, NCLRC Friday March 28 2:00-3:15 Gotham 7th Fl.

Is conducting an immersion experience for colleagues or students in your future? Learn how to plan, execute, and evaluate a successful immersion experience. Learn from experienced facilitators about how to avoid pitfalls through careful planning. See photos of actual immersion days and ask all of your questions. Presented in English with examples in French and Spanish and of interest to middle and high school educators. Download ppt presentation

"A mission to learn": Strategy Advice from Intermediate LCTLs Students Jill Robbins, NCLRC Friday March 28 3:30 -4:45 Palace 6th Fl.

Presenters introduce video clips of candid guided interviews and think-alouds with second-year university learners of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Students reveal their strategies for meeting the challenges of these languages and reflect on their motivations and ideas for improving instruction. Differences are discussed between heritage and nonheritage learners approach to target culture. Teachers may use these videos to communicate advice to their own LCTL students. Presented in English with examples in Chinese, Arabic, Japanese and Korean and of interest to college faculty.Click here to download Jill's presentations.

Arabic K-12 Curriculum Development Dora Johnson, NCLRC; Christine Brown, Glastonbury Public Schools; Iman Hashem, NCLRC Saturday March 29th 10:00-11:15 Hart 4th Fl.

Arabic K-12 is at a juncture where attention to curriculum development has become crucial. In this session, we will share experiences and materials from the summer 2007 curriculum development institute in Washington, DC. Presenters will share lessons learned and provide samples of curricula developed during the institute. Participants will be given an opportunity to try their hand at developing a curriculum of their own. Presented in English with examples in Arabic and of interest to PreK-12 educators.

ES: NCLRC: How to Find and Use Free Internet Resources from NCLRC Catherine Keatley, NCLRC Saturday March 29th 10:00-11:15 Ziegfeld 4th Fl.

This session provides participants with a tour through the free, downloadable internet resources of the National Capital Language Resource Center: The Language Resource, a monthly newsletter, the Culture Club, The Essentials of Foreign Language Teaching, a research-based guide to FL instruction, Sailing the 5 Cs with Learning Strategies, Learning Strategies of Elementary Immersion Foreign Language Students, The Arabic K-12 Teachers’ Newsletter, and the NCLRC website. Presented in English with examples in several languages and of interest to all.

iKid: Funny Resources for Foreign Language Candice Michalowicz, NCLRC; Abbe Spokane, NCLRC Saturday March 29th 11:30 - 12:45 Duffy 7th Fl.

Research on SLA has shown that humor in the classroom lowers students' affective filter, lessening anxiety and making learning less stressful. Using authentic resources such as comic strips, online videos, chats, and games, teachers can engage and entertain students in a comfortable, fun, and educational environment. Learn ways for students to gain confidence in their language studies while having a laugh. We're not kidding! Presented in English with examples in various languages and of interest to PreK-16 educators.

Arabic Standards in Action: Ways of Classroom Applications
Muhammad Eissa, National Capital Language Resource Center / Eissa and Associates Saturday, March 29, 2008 3:30-4:45 Hart 4th Fl. Attendees will be able to grasp the idea of linking classroom activities to the 5 C's of the Standards of Arabic as a Foreign Language. Samples of learning activities for multiple levels will be presented, discussed and analyzed to illustrate how Standards could be implemented in AFL classrooms. Interactive discussion will encourage exchange of ideas among the audience. Please bring some of your best examples to share. Presented in English with examples in Arabic and of interest to PreK-16 educators.

For more details you can go the NECTFL online schedule

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