TFLA was thrilled to collaborate with the Baylor University Department of Modern Languages and Cultures for our second annual Summer Institute featuring Greg Duncan.
Over 100 K-16 world language educators spent three intense days examining proficiency levels, setting proficiency targets for the courses they teach and planning pathways to proficiency based instruction for the 15-16 school year!
Theme: Changing Our Focus Language proficiency is all the buzz in our professional community, but how does it effect instruction in the state of Texas? Our Spring Workshop focused on how world language educators can better understand this movement, the standards that guide it, and how it is shaping the future of language instruction in Texas. Participants took a fun and interactive tour through the national standards in the morning and collaborated with others in the afternoon to redesign familiar instructional methods so that proficiency would be the focus. Attendees left with a better understanding of the driving principles of proficiency based instruction and lots of examples of how to take what they currently do in their teaching to promote their students’ communication in the target language right away!
Dr. Borst and Texas Tech University language educators shared the day with us at the 2015 Spring Workshop
Theme:Reaching Global Competence The convention provided 3 days of exceptional professional learning experience for world language educators of all languages and levels. The Program Committee had selected more than 700 professional development opportunities that focused on innovative programs, research-informed practices, and cutting edge technologies. This year’s program offered an extensive array of pre-convention workshops, sessions, interactive roundtable discussions, and electronic poster presentations. Attendees also found special networking activities that include a Social Media Lounge and a series of Career Builder Sessions designed specifically for educators in the first few years of their career.
TFLA 2014 Summer Institute - Arlington, Texas
Featuring Paul Sandrock, Director of Education at the American Council on the
Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), directs ACTFL’s professional development and
initiatives around standards, curriculum, instruction, and performance assessment. Previously,
Paul was Assistant Director of Content and Learning at the Wisconsin Department of Public
Instruction (DPI), coordinating the areas of English language arts, mathematics, international
education, and world languages. He earlier served as the DPI state-wide consultant for world
languages. Paul taught Spanish for 16 years in middle school and high school and authored The
Keys to Assessing Language Performance and Planning Curriculum for Learning World
Languages. Paul previously served ACTFL as a board member and president and received
ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12.
for Learning Languages - ACTFL,
Director of Education