Call for Session and Workshop Proposals
TFLA Fall 2015 Conference
Proposal Deadline: April 1, 2015
Proficiency and Beyond: Global Competency through Language, Culture and Literature
Houston Marriott Westchase
October 15 – 17, 2015
Conference Abstract: With global competency as our focus and language proficiency as our goal, our challenge as world language educators is to find innovative, enriching ways for our students to communicate with others, interact with cultures besides their own and gain literacy while exploring art and literature from around the world. Whether by using technologies, authentic resources, performances or projects, our task is to broaden our students’ views and stretch the boundaries of their experience so the potential for their futures nears limitlessness. The world they live in demands a skill set that no longer boxes them into a single job or career path, but rather shapes them into multi-faceted professionals who are qualified for a rapidly evolving job market. This year’s TFLA Annual Conference will promote building students’ language and cultural proficiency by focusing on research based principles and strategies proven to aid in second language acquisition, grooming 21st century skills and developing higher order thinking through the study of languages and literature.
Strands: Choose one strand with which your proposal best aligns. Our conference strands are directly influenced by the TELL Project domains. For a more in depth description of each strand please visit http://www.tellproject.org/framework/.
- The Learning Experience
- Performance & Feedback
- Learning Tools
Proposal Expectations: To provide a quality, meaningful experience for participants at the conference, it is expected that all sessions and workshops:
Relate clearly to one of the seven strands.
Reflect current, research-based, best practices in the field.
Incorporate standards-based language instruction.
Promote a communicative approach to language teaching and learning.
Include a plan for assessing participants’ learning that takes place in the session or workshop.
Focus on qualities of effective teachers and strategies that help participants to become more effective.
Provide resources that participants can use to reference in the future or to immediately implement into their instruction.
Notes to Prospective Presenters
Sessions are 75 minute presentations that all conference participants may attend.
Workshops are 3 hours long and are limited to the number of participants that can register for them. To attend a workshop, conference participants must pay an additional fee.
Presenting and Membership: Presenters are required to be members of TFLA, and must register online for the conference. Formal acceptance of proposals is contingent on confirmation of current membership status. Non-members may submit proposals, but must become TFLA members online prior to registering for the conference. The registration fee is waived for one presenter from each workshop or session. Upon acceptance of your proposal the deadline to join TFLA is July 31, 2015.
Out of State Presenters: Any potential presenter from out of state who is a member of another state’s language organization can submit proof of current membership of their state’s organization and that membership will be honored.
Proposal Evaluation: The TFLA Proposal Review Committee reserves the right to request clarification on and/or revision of proposals under review to ensure their alignment with the vision and theme of the conference. All session and workshop proposals are reviewed and evaluated by a committee in an effort to provide the highest possible quality of content to our attendees.
Proposal Submission Anyone interested in presenting either a session or a workshop should please submit the form below. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2015. Acceptance to workshop proposals will be notified around May 5th and session porposals around Jun 15.