Iowa World
Language Association

IWLA 2016 Keys to the World Language Classroom

List of Accepted Sessions (Subject to Change; Full schedule posted soon)

Cale Roe, Jonnie Becker: Iowa Learning Online

Iowa Learning Online (ILO) offers school districts an opportunity to provide rigorous online course offerings, including 5 different World Languages (Spanish, French, German, Chinese & Latin). Students develop online skills for future learning and are in cohorts with peers from across Iowa. All classes are taught by Iowa licensed and appropriately endorsed teachers. Learn more about Iowa Learning Online’s services at this interactive demonstration.


Carol S. White: MINT-­Flavored Instruction in Your World Language Classroom

MINT (Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaft, Technik), otherwise known as STEM in the US, is a hot topic in the US and abroad. Integrating it into world language instruction is not only desirable, but necessary in today's world. Students need to see language acquisition as an extension of deeper learning and as a means to make them highly marketable in today's workforce. Several examples will be given and yes, hand-­outs available for immediate use (for the Germans).


Carrie Morris, Stacy Amling: Going Beyond Review with Online Tools

Students of all levels and language proficiencies enjoy playing games in class as part of their educational experiences. Online sites, including Kahoot, Socrative, Quizizz, Poll Everywhere, and Pear Deck, among others, have shown great potential for reviewing material and formative assessment, but they can also serve as a means to introduce new material, too. During this session, participants will try out these online interactive resources to experience first-­hand their effects on participation and engagement.

Carrie Stockman: 0 to 4.0 in the WL Classroom (Standards Based Grading)

Examples of how Standards Based Grading can be incorporated in the Foreign Language classroom. The progression of a unit will be modeled in this fast paced session, from simple 2.0 vocabulary to incorporating it into reading, speaking, listening, writing, and global connection. I have been teaching Standards Based in the Spanish classroom for 4 years and will give examples of formative and summative assessments plus 4.0 project examples.

Chinatsu Sazawa, Frances Rockey, Eduardo Garcia Villada: Action Research for World Language Classrooms

Action research in education is an inquiry process conducted by teachers and/or administrators to improve teaching practices and learning outcomes. In this session, presenters will share their experiences with their ongoing action research regarding world language instruction. Following an explanation of the theory and process of action research, presenters will discuss their research focus, data, and potential changes they will make for future classes.

Christine McCormick: Visual Thinking Strategies

Visual Thinking Strategies is an EASY way to give comprehensible input with THREE easy questions. Learn how to use this strategy with any visual and be ready to give it a try on Monday. It is very low prep and encourages all students to participate.

Christopher Arp, Emily Long: Unit Design and Activities for a TPRS / CI Classroom

Christopher and Emily will discuss how to plan, teach, and backwards design a TPRS unit with examples given. They will share their favorite reading and classroom activities.

Corinne Stanley: Workplace Spanish: A Growing Need

Three years ago Staff Language and Culture Services at the University of Iowa launched a Spanish series for employees: Spanish for Medical Personnel. The initial course was 8 hours of class taught over the lunch hour. Now SLCS teaches Health Care Spanish, Call Center Spanish, and Spanish for Social Workers. This session will discuss the need for short classes to fit the language and culture needs of a workforce which interacts with a growing Latino population.

Craig Klein: Profe, why do we always do the same thing?

Avoid monotonous routines that can lead to students being bored and complaining about always doing the same thing. In this session you will see how I add diversity, or at least an illusion of diversity, to reading, writing, speaking and listening activities using comprehensible input.

Douglas Bowman: Mambo and Company

Experience a hands-­on approach to music in support of 90-­10 and interpretive and presentational modes. Add culture and higher participation through the stages of Novice –low to Novice high with low affective filters. It is a look at dissecting songs to model concepts to effective learning.

Douglas Bowman: Mi primer millón – Poster Session

Scientific background to support the 1 Million Word Initiative. Exposure to recent research into language learning and how the brain works. Reasons to support 90-­10 and go beyond.

Douglas Bowman: Oye mi canto, mi son, Part 1

Solidify the curriculum with strategic application of popular songs. With a low affective filter, use music to help your students with sound-­symbol correlation and decoding (pronunciation) and vocabulary building. Songs used in presentation come from day 1, level I Spanish (Novice-­low through Intermediate-­low ACTFL). With deliberate choice of songs, your lesson plans provide an environment that encourages confidence in learners to demonstrate evidence of skills needed for presentational modes.

Douglas Bowman: Oye mi canto, mi son, Part 2

Continuation from Part 1. Strategic use of popular songs. Use music as strategies for presentational modes. An exposure from grammar comprehension and practice through modeling, thematic story lines and literacy. Extend music to aid the learner in the interpretive modes and move into presentational modes. Start exposure not only to culture but to literature through music: José Martí, García Lorca, magic realism, etc. (Novice-­high to Intermediate-­high ACTFL). Support for 90-­10 and beyond, learn about a 1 Million Word Project.

Dr. Anne-­Marine Feat, Alexander Davis, Megan Oliver: Increasing Student Participation in the Language Classroom – Part 1 & 2

This panel will introduce participants to the Reacting to the Past (RTTP) pedagogy which offers unique, innovative, high impact experiences targeting language immersion and engaging students in cultural ideas. The curriculum consists of simulations based on seminal texts to encourage the development of confidence and communication skills. The presentation will include guided participation of the audience and be followed by a round-­table with students involved in designing language-­based simulations.

Dr. Brittany Garling: Foreign Language Teachers' Technology Beliefs and Implementation Factors

This study investigates Iowa K-­12 foreign language teachers’ beliefs about technology and implementation factors. The study employs an Explanatory Design with two phases, where ninety-­nine teachers from across Iowa responded to the Modified Technology Implementation Questionnaire and ten participated in follow-­up interviews. The findings suggest both internal and external variables impact teachers’ reported uses of technology. However, internal factors were more influential than external factors in reported technology integration.

Eileen Walvoord, Sheila Conrad, President AATF of Iowa: French is in their Future

With many college French programs increasingly in danger based on budget cuts and an emphasis on the number of French majors, this session will focus on how high school teachers can help reverse that trend. The presenters will discuss how high school French teachers can increase enrollment in their own upper levels and in college classrooms by showing their students what lies ahead.

Elizabeth Dentlinger: Gamifying the Novel

This session is for experienced CI teachers who currently use novels that want to up their teaching game with technology. The presenter will show how she gamified a novel for language learners using Classcraft. The presenter will share ideas and materials for preparing students, ideas to modify the platform to connect to experiences related to the novel, and both student and teacher reflections of the process.

Elizabeth Zwanziger: Integrating Service-­Learning into French Courses – Poster Session

Service-­based learning projects linking world language students to native speakers right in their home community enhance the development of both communicative and cultural competence. Students enjoy working in all five C’s, and the mutually beneficial relationships reach beyond the classroom, fostering ties across cultures. Student insights on the impact of a French service-­learning project with the Congolese population in the Cedar Valley integrated into university French courses will be shared.

Emilia Kaczynski, Barb Thees: How to Establish and Gain Approval for a Cultural Immersion Program

A cultural immersion program can bring incredible benefits to your students and community, but it may seem like a challenge to get a program off the ground or gain approval from your board or district. This session will walk you through the process of planning a travel abroad or international hosting program for your students and provide you with clear guidelines and recommendations for gaining approval for your program. You’ll leave feeling empowered to establish and recruit for a cultural immersion travel program or to bring the world to your community by hosting international students.

Erik Ladner: The Camino de Santiago

This presentation, based on first-­hand experience, will give an overview of the geography, history and culture of the Camino de Santiago, as well as explore ideas for how the Camino experience can be applied to classroom activities in either virtual or real-­life applications.

Gregory Child, Wyatt Brockbank: EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! Language Students Publish Newspapers Online in Target Language

World language teachers are invited to bring their laptops and tablets to start using to create an online class newspaper in an engaging model of collaborative writing. Students (re)read and (re)write to create a class bulletin that they and their teacher will be proud to publish. The model is easily adapted to class size and local mixture of TL abilities.

Ines Lormand: Working Towards Success in Upper Level Spanish/French/German Courses Starting in Level 1

The presenter will demonstrate ways to include and expand the AP themes starting at the beginning level. Examples include on how to keep students engaged and growing through authentic videos and a variety of interpersonal and presentational communication activities. Teachers will walk away with a better understanding on how to start preparing students to expand their language study through an extended sequence of study.

Jesus Jurado: Online Resources to Teach Spanish and in Spanish

The idea of this presentation is to present the Programs the Education Office of Spain offers in the state of Iowa and to focus on online resources for K-­12 teachers of Spanish and for those who are teaching content areas in Dual Language Programs. It will be a practical workshop where the audience will suggest ideas about how to use some of the online resources offered by the presenter. All the resources have been collected from Visiting Teachers who are currently teaching in K-­12 schools in the Midwest.

Jordan Ashwood, George Stewart: Transforming Language Learning through Student Narrative

Explore an approach to immersive language learning that supports students in crafting their personal narratives. Brainstorm how to help students identify how their narratives change through connections with a new culture in the target language. Collaborate with fellow educators to construct lesson units that guide students in composing these narratives.

Kat Akers, Tricia Applegate: The Planning & Implementing of SBG in a WL Classroom

From the perspectives of a teacher and a Master Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator, we will share how the process of Standard Based Grading in a World Language Conference took place in our school. We will talk about the planning process, some snags, and what we are learning from our students along the way.

Kate Falvey: 2 Wochen in Freiburg

Was bedeutet "Dreiländereck"? Tourismus in und um Freiburg wird vorgestellt. Kate präsentiert auch ihre eigenen Erfahrungen von ihrer Zeit im Sommer 2015 beim Goethe Institut Freiburg.

Kate Falvey: The 6 Core Practices of Language Educators

Based on what she learned from the Leadership Initiative for Language Learning conferences in 2015 and 2016, Kate will be presenting on the 6 Core Practices recommended by ACTFL: what they are, how to implement them yourself, and some strategies for how to "sell" these best practices to administration or hesitant colleagues.

Kerisa Baedke: 30 Years of Teaching: Reflecting on What Works

This is my 30th year of teaching world languages. I have taught English, French, and Spanish in grades 6-­12. In this session I will share what has worked well in my classroom, including classroom management, reading, a focus on culture, assessment, incorporating music, technology, etc. Join me for a fun-­filled session. I know you will leave with ideas to use on Monday and the rest of the year!

Laura Catherine Carruthers-­Green, Alicia Cosimo, Emma George: Upper-­level/AP Strategies in Lower Levels

Who says students in lower levels can't do upper-­level/AP activities? Building a successful upper-­level/AP program requires introducing and practicing the necessary skills starting in year one. The AP world language test builds on important skills for any curriculum – interpersonal, presentational and interpretive communication. Regardless of whether your school has AP or whether you teach upper level language, come learn about one district’s experience with introducing upper-­level skills with years 1-­3.

Libby Schwade: Where to Even Start?: How to Transition to Standards-­based Grading

Want to implement SBG but struggling with the actual how-­to? Libby shares her journey to standards-­based grading in her secondary Spanish classroom. The presentation emphasizes motivation for moving classes to SBG, non-­negotiables, and a step-­by-­step guide to transitioning a unit from percentages and points to standards. Bonus material may include utilizing PowerTeacher, SBG with Martina Bex’s SOMOS curriculum, & converting to a letter grade.

Lisa Brown-­Olsen, Chrystan Ferrell: Why and How to Begin an Early Childhood Second Language Program

Which of these do you want for your children? Better problem solving skills, improved school performance, higher standardized test scores, increased ability to multitask, greater earning power and job opportunities? Current research indicates that all of these are connected to early childhood second language acquisition. Learn about the brain research driving this movement and how you can implement a second language program at your school or organization that will benefit not only your children but improve your institution’s overall performance and attract new families.

Marcia Powell: Middle School Advocacy for Your World Language Program

Building partnerships with middle school teachers can help your 9-­12 program grow. We'll explore how global education and cultural knowledge can integrate with middle school literacy and the C3 Framework. How can we grow relationships and strengthen our outreach?

Mark Bates, Olivia Anderson: La experiencia de dar una presentación en Argentina

Esta sesión presenta la experiencia de Mark Bates y Olivia Anderson cuando los dos dieron una presentacion entitulada "Militancia universitaria en las elecciones estadounidenses" en la Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina el 22 de junio de 2016.

Mark Looney, Sandra Looft: Professional Student? Global Student!: Languages & Cultures for Professions (LCP) at ISU

We will share information about our LCP program at ISU and how it is a pathway for language students to continue learning language even if they choose a more professional degree in college.

Megan Fandel: Embedded Reading

Embedded reading is a powerful reading strategy used to increase fluency, vocabulary and confidence while decreasing the affective filter of language barriers. Any age, level or language session.

Melinda Van Slyke: Guatemala Update

Melinda Van Slyke of Heart of the Sky Fair Trade has been involved in Guatemala for the past 20 years. This session will focus on the current political situation in Guatemala as well as how Guatemalan community leaders are organizing in defense of their rights.

Merri Lea De Wit: APPlications in world language classrooms

You have been given the iPad as a tool, so how do you APPly it to your world language classroom. My Spanish class has been 1:1 for two years. This session will share my go to APPS for project based learning, visual vocabulary, not your parents’ flashcards and digital interactive notebooks. Apps will include: Explain Everything, Inspire Pro, Stick Around, Flashcards and Notability.

Michelle Reimers: ¡Vamos al cine!

Movies can help our students learn new words, give them exposure to culture and help them see other points of view and how other people live. In this session, participants will watch short clips of movies I am using or have used in Spanish 1-­4. Activities that go along with each movie or sources for activities will be included.

Nicole Kaplan: ‘Just’ playing games today? The effective use of games in the French classroom.

How can we use games in order to promote interaction, thinking, learning, and problem solving strategies while enhancing student language learning? This session focuses on the relevance of game use, their educational value and benefits as well as recommendations on how to incorporate and use games into a learning environment. Extensive examples of games to play from beginning to advanced-­level French class will be presented.

Pam Wesely, Jason Noble: Introduction and Discussion of the Iowa World Language Competencies

In this session, the presenters will offer a brief overview of the new Iowa World Language Competencies, published in 2016 (­World-­Language-­Competencies). The different parts of the Competencies document will be described and explained to the participants. The presenters will then offer suggestions as to how to use the Competencies in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes. Finally, participants will share their own experiences and ideas.

Pilar Marcé: Teaching LSP in the Secondary Schools: Possible, Practical, and Popular

In this session activities related to using the Language for Specific Purpose(LSP) model will be presented to demonstrate how the secondary foreign language teacher can create meaningful lessons related to travel, medicine, and business. Models will be presented in Spanish but can be generalized across languages.

Regina Schantz: Bell Ringers and Exit Tickets-­-­Quick Checks for Understanding

What are quick ways to check if students are understanding? See how to use online tools, such as Socrative, Padlet, Quizizz, and more, for immediate formative assessments. This session will also include tools for bell ringers to kick off classes each day. Additional non-­electronic ideas will be included, as well. Attendees will learn easy ways to give a fresh start-­-­and end-­-­to their classes.

Reuben Vyn: Designing a Comprehensible Input Curriculum

Participants will be guided through the challenging process of designing a CI-­friendly curriculum. Whether you have complete autonomy in your instruction, or you are required to follow an established curriculum, this workshop will enable you to take practical steps toward integrating a structured approach to teaching language in context. High-­frequency word lists, ACTFL proficiency guidelines, and state standards will serve as the framework for this introduction to CI curriculum design.

Rusty May: Around the world in 180 days: Making the most of every minute

Imagine where you could take your students if you could focus ALL your energy encouraging students to explore their world rather than you managing their behavior. Join us if you are interested in decreasing behavioral challenges with powerful tools and strategies you can use immediately to teach to expectations, create an energizing, productive classroom culture, and maintain composure in challenging situations giving you more time to teach!

Sam Finneseth: Make Planning Easier: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Poster Session

Planning time is always on short supply;; teaching multiple levels makes it even harder. This session demonstrates how reusing materials within and between levels to creates community, increases student engagement, and decreases planning time. Students accustomed to CI/TPRS methods excel at this; let them work for you! Examples also help with sub planning and on days when teachers need to re-­group.

Sharon Wilkinson, Steffie Kronek: Quels enseignements tirer du système scolaire français?

Au premier abord, les systèmes scolaires français et américains peuvent se ressembler. Si les similitudes sont nombreuses (la cantine, la récréation, le regroupement des élèves en classes, les responsabilités des enseignants, etc.), les différences, elles, sont très révélatrices quant aux valeurs culturelles des deux pays. Cet atelier dévoilera deux de ces perspectives fondamentales à travers l’étude de produits et pratiques de chaque pays. Venez découvrir comment enrichir vos leçons sur l’école en France.

Thomas Cotter, Danielle Heefner: Schoology: Online assessments/tools to foster student achievement

Schoology is an online platform and app that allows students to complete assignments and activities that can be used to show growth towards target goals. Students receive immediate feedback and can learn from mistakes throughout the learning process.

Tom Wilkinson: Interactive Strategies for a Student-Centered Classroom

How do we get students up and moving and talking in the target language? Attendees will actively participate in activities and strategies to get students up, moving and communicating in the target language. Presenter will share best practices from a German Teacher Seminar at the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt this summer.

Tom Wilkinson: How to get started with making a German school exchange – Poster Session

Drop in and find out why German schools are so eager to work with American schools. What is your first step?

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