ACTFL Pre-Convention Workshops
Focus on Culture: ACTFL Pre-Convention Workshops
Make it a Full Day of Professional Learning in Orlando! Join us on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center (West Bldg.) in Orlando, FL for a special day of intensive professional development. You can spend the morning in the culture workshop applicable to all languages, and in the afternoon, immerse yourself in a specific workshop presented entirely in the target language you teach.
The morning and afternoon presenters have coordinated their culture workshops to provide a morning half-day devoted to general principles for embedding culture at the heart of language learning followed by an afternoon half-day to apply the ideas in the specific context of your language teaching (through separate culture/language immersion workshops conducted in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish). You are encouraged to attend both the morning and afternoon session; however, you do not need to attend the morning session in order to attend an afternoon session.
Developing Cultural Proficiency, 9am-12pm
What is cultural proficiency and how is it acquired? The National Standards for Language Learning identify the key focus for teaching culture as understanding the major perspectives of a culture and then helping learners make connections to the various cultural products and practices. Participants in this workshop will examine components of cultural proficiency and the types of learning experiences that develop the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to both understand and function within another culture. Educators of any language at any level will be able to apply strategies experienced through examples from a variety of cultures.
Afternoon Workshops 1-4pm (Separate offerings for Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish):
Through each of these five immersion workshops, participants will experience specific strategies and examples to link the learning goals for culture with those for developing language proficiency. While immersing in the target language and culture throughout the workshop, each participant will come to better understand cultural perspectives that permeate the practices and products of the target cultures. Educators will access and examine a variety of resources to help prepare language learners at all levels to understand, communicate, and function within another culture.
Register today for either a half-day workshop or both. If you have already registered for the Convention and would like to add a pre-convention workshop, call Convention Data Services at 508-743-8561. Make sure to register before October 30 to save, and don't forget to book your housing before October 24 to take advantage of discounted room rates. We'll see you in Orlando!
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