Upcoming Events & Workshops
FLAVA 2012 Conference - Williamsburg, VA - October 4-6
ODU Center for Learning and Teaching, TeachFAIR - October 2012
GLOBALEDCON, Global Education Conference - Online, November 12-16, 2012
ACTFL Annual Convention and World Language Expo - Philadelphia, November 16-18, 2012
Penn Language Center - University of Pennsylvania, December 8, 2012
NECTFL - Baltimore, March 7-10, 2013
CALICO Conference - Hawaii, May 21-25, 2013
IALLT Conference - Ft. Lauderdale, FL, June 11-15, 2013
Description: Despite claiming to be communicative in nature, beginning and intermediate language classrooms often include an extensive grammar component. So how can we strike a balance between drill, where the focus may appear to be entirely on grammar and communication is ostensibly forgotten, and communicative language practice, where learners may forget to incorporate the very grammar structures that were taught just moments before? Are we talking about separate and discrete skills, or a continuum on the second language learning curve?
In this Webinar presented by Drs. Theresa A. Antes (University of Florida) and Véronique Anover (California State University - San Marcos), we'll explore ways to move seamlessly from skill-getting to skill-using activities, with a central focus on expressing meaning accurately.
Description: In this webinar series installment, we will explore together the importance of input in the classroom (i.e., its role and place). In particular, we will discuss helpful strategies on how to provide good input and how to guide students to discover this good input so that they can begin to connect language and meaning. We will also draw on the use of media (film, television, video, Internet, etc.) as sources of authentic input and review together many media-based or media-inspired input activity examples.
Description: In all language programs, there is a big gap between what students know about the language and what they can actually DO with it. We can reduce this gap by designing syllabi and lesson plans that integrate functions, content, accuracy and text type. This webinar will demonstrate how to do just that in two contexts: first-year French courses where the goal is to get students to Intermediate Low to Mid, and the problematic 4th semester Intermediate French course, where the goal is to bring students closer to Advanced-level proficiency.