L1 Use in the Language Classroom
Jun.19, 2017 to Jun.20, 2017
Presenter: Kevin McManus (Penn State)

This workshop tackles head on current debate about the status and appropriateness of L1 use in foreign language learning and teaching. Grounded in current research and practice, we explore how a refined understanding of L1, L2, and their relationship can promote language learning and the teaching of complex and difficult language features. In particular, participants will enhance their understanding and implementation of the Comparisons goal area of ACTFL’s World Readiness Standards for Languages Learning. 

Registration will open on February 15, 2017.


Teaching Social Meaning in Language
Jun.21, 2017 to Jun.22, 2017
Presenter: R. Adam van Compernolle (Carnegie Mellon University)

This workshop focuses on practical ways to raise students’ awareness of social and cultural meanings of language in the classroom and to support learners’ use of language in social-contextually appropriate ways. The workshop will consist of four components: 1) understanding to place of social meaning in language learning and teaching; 2) teaching socially meaning through concept-based instruction; 3) supporting appropriate language use in communicative activities; and 4) assessing learner development. Examples will be drawn primarily from French and Spanish, but are relevant to all languages. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own materials and tasks.

Registration will open on February 15, 2017



L2 Vocabulary Teaching and Learning
Jun.23, 2017
Presenter: Gabriela Appel (Penn State)

In this workshop we will explore essential aspects of the nature of vocabulary, present important findings from vocabulary studies that help us understand how words are organized and learned, offer informed pedagogical suggestions for teaching vocabulary, and share usable activities and strategies to help students accelerate in learning words. Some of the questions we will address include: What does it mean to know a word? Which words should I teach my students? What are some of the best ways to teach words?  What strategies can students use to learn new words?

Registration opens on February 15, 2017

Chinese Program and Curriculum Design
Jun.23, 2017 to Jun.24, 2017
Presenter: Jie Zhang (University of Oklahoma)

This is a CLTNet Pedagogy Workshop for Teachers of Chinese

This workshop will center on two topics of great interest to Chinese teachers: program development and curriculum design at the tertiary level. We will survey Chinese programs of different sizes regarding curriculum design, course offering and sequencing, and textbook selections. Using case studies, we will discuss ideas for student recruitment and successful practices in program building. We will conclude with an open discussion on meeting students’ needs in becoming global citizens. 

Registration will open on February 15, 2017.