USC Upstate Foreign Language Educator Workshop To Focus On Putting Integrated Performance Assessment into Practice

March 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – The foreign language program of the University of South Carolina Upstate presents a workshop called “Reflections” every spring for foreign language teachers, from elementary to university level, from across the state. The theme of this year’s workshop is “Putting Integrated Performance Assessment into Practice:  From Lesson Planning to Implementation and Reflection.” Foreign language educators are invited to USC Upstate’s Campus Life Center Ballroom on Friday, March 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for this workshop.

Regardless of the textbook, methodology, or curricula, all world language teachers share the goal of moving their students forward so they can effectively perform authentic tasks in the target language.  Good assessment tools are motivating because they show students what they can do and encourage them to continue on to increased language proficiency.

This interactive session will help teachers meld the theory of lesson planning through Backward Design into actual classroom implementation via the creation of Integrated Performance Assessments that incorporate the three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational).  Participants will leave the workshop with a wealth of resources including practical rubrics, access to authentic texts, and communicative activities to engage their students.

Lisa Lilley, a National Board Certified Teacher and the 2010 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, will be the workshop presenter. She teaches Spanish in the International Baccalaureate Program at Central High School in Springfield, Missouri where she serves as department chair. Lilley is also charged with providing professional development opportunities to world language teachers in her district. She was previously honored as Missouri’s Distinguished Foreign Language Educator, the Central States Conference Teacher of the Year, and a Teacher of the Year finalist in her district where she has taught for nineteen years. 

She received her bachelor and master degrees from Drury University and has completed study programs in Spain, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

            Highlights of the program include:

  • Meet the Needs of 21st Century Learners through Performance Assessment
  • Learn To Reduce Your Work Load by Integrating The Three Modes of Communication 
  • Create Thematic Units That Capture Students’ Interest 
  • Access Tech Tools, Communicative Activities, Helpful Resources, Tips, and More

A registration form can be downloaded from the web at

A continental breakfast and lunch are included with the registration fee. Registration deadline is February 23 by 5:00 p.m.  On-site registration is available. For further information, contact Dr. June Carter at or (864) 503-5881.