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Presenter: Leila Ranta, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, Canada

Date: November 9, 2019


What's in your grammar teaching toolbox?

Every educator has a conceptual "toolbox" of teaching techniques that can be deployed for different subject matter. Grammar teaching has long been dominated by traditional techniques such as deductive explanations that have passed the test of time. More recently, second language researchers have come up with innovative ideas for teaching grammar and put them to the test in terms of their effectiveness. The aim of this session is to provide an overview of these old and new techniques so that participants can expand their own grammar teaching toolboxes. The session will include the following: a brief review of the rationale for highlighting grammar; a presentation of examples of a wide range of grammar teaching techniques; and an illustration of different options for integrating a focus on grammar within communicative or task-based lessons.  

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Presenter: Dr. Netta Avineri, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Date: Oct 20, 2018


How to ACE Your Language Classroom

In this workshop, we will explore how language teachers can enhance student learning in their classrooms through action research. Based on my recently published book Research Methods for Language Teaching: Inquiry, Process, and Synthesis, we will discuss the eleven steps for conducting classroom research, reflecting upon & taking action to improve practices in your language classroom. A key component will be a walk-through to create Applicable, Collaborative, and Empowering (ACE) classroom-based research projects. There will be tips, approaches, and hands-on activities, as well as opportunities for discussion and Q. & A.



Presenters: Richard Donato, University of Pittsburgh

                 Eileen W. Glisan, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Date: Oct 28, 2017

Abstract: Current research in teacher education focuses on the identification of specific practices that all foreign language teachers need to enact to enable learning to occur in their classrooms. This workshop will lead participants in understanding more about this work of teaching by exploring a set of foreign language practices that are based on second language acquisition theory, research on student learning, and the wisdom of classroom practice. Participants will learn how to enact selected practices by analyzing and examining their various instructional moves and understanding the relationship of these moves to learning goals. After a brief introduction about the work of teaching, four high leverage practices will be introduced: 1) Using the target language comprehensibly during instructional interactions, 2) Developing a discourse community through interpersonal communication, 3) Focusing on cultural products, practices, and perspectives in a dialogic context, and 4) Providing feedback in oral communication. Pedagogical tools for planning instruction will be provided for each of the four practices. Discussion, collaboration, and hands-on practice will be the vehicle for understanding the selected practices, how they can address specific teaching challenges, and how the practices serve larger instructional purposes.