Annual REFLECTIONS Foreign Language Teachers’ Workshop Set for Monday, February 20

October 25, 2016 at 10:30 am

The World Languages Program of the University of South Carolina Upstate will sponsor its annual REFLECTIONS: World Language Teachers’ Workshop, “The A+ Journey on the Path to Proficiency,” on Monday, February 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom.

The workshop is presented each spring for foreign language professionals teaching in elementary, middle and high schools, and at colleges and universities across the state. Participants will focus on accountability and effective strategies that will foster encouragement among learners to better develop their skills and demonstrate them during assessments.

The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 are a “description of what individuals can do with language in terms of speaking, writing, listening, and reading in real-world situations in a spontaneous and non- rehearsed context” (ACTFL). We would all agree that our main goal or “destination” in language instruction is proficiency. How do our students get there? What kind of experiences will they have?  The 2017 REFLECTIONS Workshop will focus on the journey toward proficiency, what “proficiency” looks like not only in terms of standards, benchmarks and test scores, but also in terms of the true connection of the heart to other languages and cultures that motivates us to become lifelong language learners.

The facilitator is Linda Markley, president of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), former district supervisor and mentor for more than 100 teachers. Markley will help us to create a language journey for our students that keeps them on the path to proficiency.  We will explore what makes an A+ Journey for our students:  AUTHENTIC resources and experiences, the power of the AFFECTIVE domain, ACHIEVABLE goals, language ACQUISITION and empowering ASSESSMENTS. Through hands- on, practical activities, participants in this workshop will experience every step of the A+ Journey, and then, create lessons and materials to implement immediately in their classroom.

The registration fee, which includes continental breakfast and lunch, is $45 for participants and $20 for students before December 16, 2016. Late and limited on-site registration is $55 for participants and $20 for students. No refunds will be given after Friday, January 20, 2017.

Registration forms are available at www.uscupstate.edu/reflections. For more information, contact Dr. June Carter at jcarter@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5881.