Monday, July 27, 2015

The RRVWP co-sponsors 2015 Foreign Language Conference

For the first time ever, the Foreign Language Association of North Dakota is sponsoring a summer conference which will held on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks August 11-13 with a pre-conference welcome reception the evening of August 10. 

Funded by a grant from UND and additionally sponsored by the Red River Valley Writing Project, the 2015 Summer Conference for Foreign Language Teachers is a conference for all current and retired foreign language teachers in North Dakota, as well as pre-service and regional foreign language teachers who choose to attend. This goal of this summer conference is to bring state and local foreign language teachers together on the UND campus to participate in professional development sessions on current best practices in foreign language education, to conduct whole-group and individual language breakout meetings, and to build a community of like-minded professionals. Teachers attending the conference will be able to earn one credit of continuing education through UND. Register at http://educators.und.edu/workshop/?id=TL.2015SC4FLT.CITC.

Participants coming from a distance who need to pay for lodging are eligible to receive a housing stipend. We have up to ten $50 stipends available. If interested, please contact Pam Fisher at <pam[dot]fisher[at]gfschools[dot]org>. Also, indicate if you would like to share a room (and therefore split expenses), and we can facilitate connections.

Register by August 1 to avoid a late fee.

Schedule of Events
August 10 - 13, 2015 
Education Building, UND campus
Eligible for one continuing education credit

Instructor:~Pamela E. Fisher, Spanish Instructor, Grand Forks Central High School, and Co-Director of the Red River Valley Writing Project, Various session presenters

Monday, August 10, 2015
6:30 pm-8:30 pm: Welcome Reception, location TBD

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
10:00 am-12:00 noon: Morning Class session*: Smarter Balanced-Style Activities to Interact with Culture-Based Texts
12:00 noon-12:50 pm: Lunch on campus
1:00 pm-4:30 pm: Afternoon Class session*: Close Reading to Engage with Authentic Cultural Texts
6:30 pm-9:00 pm: Foreign Language Teachers Social, El Roco Bar and Lounge

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
8:00 am-9:45 am: FLAND Business Meeting
10:00 am-12:00 noon: Morning Class session*: Heuristics and Strategies for Deep Viewing of Target-Culture Art
12:00 noon-12:50 pm: Lunch on campus
1:00 pm-4:30 pm: Afternoon Class session* : Literacy and Learning Stations
6:30 pm-9:00 pm: Dinner† and FLAND Awards Ceremony, Gorecki Alumni Center

Thursday, August 13, 2015
8:00 am-9:45 am: AAT (Individual language) meetings
10:00 am-12:00 noon: Morning Class session*: Interacting with Culture through Humor and Brain Twisters
12:00 noon-12:50 pm: Lunch on campus
1:00 pm-4:30 pm: Afternoon Class session*: Breakout sessions on various topics with guest speakers:                                                     
                                                1:00-2:00 Round One (2 options)
                                                2:10-3:10 Round Two (2 options)
                                                3:10-3:30 Break
                                                3:30-4:30 Round Three (2 options)
4:30-5:00 Plenary Session and Evaluations 

*Sessions that count towards the one credit of continuing education.    †Included with registration.