Summer Workshops

Early application deadline (no application fee):

  • May 5, 2017

Regular application deadlines:

  • June 2, 2017 for June workshops
  • July 7, 2017 for August workshops

Below are descriptions of the summer workshops CLEAR will offer in 2017. We like to offer a blend of new topics and "encore workshops," and this summer we are also excited to announce opportunities in both June and August.

Assessment in a proficiency-based language classroom

  • Mr. Matt Kanefsky and Mr. Walter Hopkins
  • Monday, June 26, 2017 - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Are you teaching for proficiency but still giving discrete-point grammar tests? At a loss for determining if your students are meeting proficiency goals? Just interested in better ways to assess your students’ proficiency? If so, this is the workshop for you! In this three-day foray into ways of assessing proficiency, we will look at not only how to develop better formal tests, but also how to integrate oral instruments like can-do statements and oral proficiency interviews (OPIs). Further, we will discuss how testing fits in with the ACTFL standards and what levels of proficiency can be realistically attained in both standard high school and university programs. As participants, you are encouraged to bring assessments that you have used in the past as this will be a hands-on workshop on developing proficiency-based assessments.


Increasing proficiency through World Language Core Practices (Section 1)

  • Ms. Erin Parris-Dallia
  • Thursday, June 29, 2017

Looking to up your proficiency game? World Language Core Practices, recently published by ACTFL, are research-supported “teacher moves” that support language learners in gaining proficiency. The practices include using the target language, providing interpersonal communication tasks, employing functional goals and objectives, teaching grammar use in context, using authentic texts, and providing appropriate feedback. Participants in this full-day workshop will explore the reasoning behind World Language Core Practices, and the how-to of using them, and planning for nurturing more proficient world language students.


Reaching 21st century learners through unit design (Section 1)

  • Ms. Kellye Guzik
  • Friday, June 30, 2017

How do you design units that are relevant and engaging for your students? Is it sometimes a challenge? In this workshop, participants will hear about a successful unit design model used in the language department at a Midwestern high school that decided to ditch their text. The presenter will walk you through the essential questions you need to ask before embarking on unit design, cover performance-based and formative assessments you can use to make sure the students are on track, and discuss authentic activities to keep students engaged. Effective tools including Interactive Notebooks and the TALK system (Talk, Accuracy, Listen, Keep it going) will be introduced. Finally, the presenter will offer suggestions on how to convince colleagues to come on board with creative unit design, and how to implement unit design techniques while still using a preordained text. Come ready to learn and share!


Teaching language with technology: Basic tools and techniques

  • Dr. Betsy Lavolette
  • Monday, July 31, 2017 - Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Technology can help teachers engage language students and develop 21st century skills, for example, through classroom language exchanges via the internet. Technology can also help teachers assess students' progress, keep them motivated toward learning goals, and provide students with timely feedback--without burdening teachers with extra grading. In this workshop, you will learn about tools for accomplishing these purposes, such as language exchange apps, in-class response systems, language games, and CLEAR's Rich Internet Applications. You will also have the opportunity to work with these tools hands-on to develop assessments and activities for your classroom. No tech skills? No problem! You will work with an experienced teacher-trainer who can walk you through the basics.


Increasing proficiency through World Language Core Practices (Section 2)

  • Ms. Erin Parris-Dallia
  • Thursday, August 03, 2017

(NOTE: This workshop is a repeat of one taught in June.) Looking to up your proficiency game? World Language Core Practices, recently published by ACTFL, are research-supported “teacher moves” that support language learners in gaining proficiency. The practices include using the target language, providing interpersonal communication tasks, employing functional goals and objectives, teaching grammar use in context, using authentic texts, and providing appropriate feedback. Participants in this full-day workshop will explore the reasoning behind World Language Core Practices, and the how-to of using them, and planning for nurturing more proficient world language students.


Reaching 21st century learners through unit design (Section 2)

  • Ms. Kellye Guzik
  • Friday, August 04, 2017

(NOTE: This workshop is a repeat of one taught in June.) How do you design units that are relevant and engaging for your students? Is it sometimes a challenge? In this workshop, participants will hear about a successful unit design model used in the language department at a Midwestern high school that decided to ditch their text. The presenter will walk you through the essential questions you need to ask before embarking on unit design, cover performance-based and formative assessments you can use to make sure the students are on track, and discuss authentic activities to keep students engaged. Effective tools including Interactive Notebooks and the TALK system (Talk, Accuracy, Listen, Keep it going) will be introduced. Finally, the presenter will offer suggestions on how to convince colleagues to come on board with creative unit design, and how to implement unit design techniques while still using a preordained text. Come ready to learn and share!


 

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