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7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom

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Designed to increase comprehensible input and provide low-stress opportunities for language output and interaction in the foreign language classroom.

Language Builders for LOTE: Activities for an Interactive, Foreign Language Classroom

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Practical methods to help non-English readers accelerate their literacy in the target language.

Moving ELs Forward on the ELA EOC

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An opportunity to examine the required elements of EOC essays and learn how to help students incorporate these elements into their writing, as well as specific strategies for improving reading comprehension and responding to multiple choice items on the assessment

Narratives & Norms: Teaching Students from Diverse Cultures

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Provides an innovative approach for designing and implementing culturally responsive instruction, while also emphasizing the importance of self-reflection to clearly define who we, the educators, are.

Rapid Literacy: ELL Strategies for Secondary Emergent Readers

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Practical methods to help non-English readers accelerate their literacy in the target language.

Teaching Science to English Learners

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Highlights key strategies that are designed specifically for science and are targeted to support the four domains of language while making science content comprehensible for all learners.

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7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom

The 7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom are research-based strategies designed to increase comprehensible input and provide low-stress opportunities for language output and interaction. These practical techniques provide an essential foundation that ensures students are motivated and engaged, while offering access points to any target language in a way that is easy to implement and comprehensively scaffolded. This training was created for both novice and seasoned LOTE teachers to transform the foreign language classroom into an interactive environment in which students are engaging in the target language from day one.


Participants will learn:
• Experience-based classroom strategies (via simulations) in multiple foreign languages
• Innovative ways to use visuals and vocabulary as tools for building comprehension
• Easy-to-implement structures for speaking, reading, and writing in the target language
• Research-based, practical techniques from the new book, 7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom: Strategies for Teachers of Languages other Than English (LOTE)


Upon completion, we also offer 38 Great: Target Language Builders for LOTE, and  Talk, Read, Talk, Write for LOTE

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Language Builders for LOTE: Activities for an Interactive, Foreign Language Classroom

This training offers effective strategies that can be used to build vocabulary as well as reading, writing, and conversation skills for students in an authentic and engaging way. During the training, participants will experience activities to help students: build conversations in the target language, navigate reading from authentic texts and writing in meaningful ways, and become independent learners of new vocabulary.

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Moving English Learners Forward on the ELA EOC

This workshop outlines simple steps that will make both the essay writing and multiple choice portions of the EOC assessment less threatening. Participants will explore approaches for secondary ESL and ELA teachers to scaffold instruction and to boost students’ performance on both parts of the EOC. The workshop includes an opportunity to examine the required elements of the essays and learn how to help students incorporate these elements into their writing, as well as specific strategies for improving reading comprehension and responding to multiple choice items on the assessment. As a culminating activity, we will dissect two essays and analyze specific attributes that helped intermediate English learners earn the perfect score. 


Participants will receive a resource that includes items such as: 

  • Sample Persuasive or Expository Writing Unit with 8 lessons 
  • Sample Graphic organizers, sentence stems, and paragraph frames 
  • Sample Color-coding and revision activities 

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Narratives & Norms: Teaching Students from Diverse Cultures

Our cultural ‘lenses’ significantly impact our daily interaction with our students. Achievement of all students in our classrooms increases when we, as teachers, take into consideration not only students’ cultural narratives and norms, but ours as well. Cultural intelligence and cultural competence can be learned, practiced, and systemically implemented to better serve diverse students, their families, and their communities.
The framework presented in this workshop utilizes research, best practices, and evidence-based teaching strategies to provide an innovative approach for designing and implementing culturally responsive instruction, while also emphasizing the importance of self-reflection to clearly define who we, the educators, are. In knowing how to draw from both our own backgrounds and theirs, we can more effectively serve students from ethnically, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.


THE TRAINING WILL

  • clearly define the components of cultural proficiency,
  • explore specific strategies for providing effective culturally responsive instruction,
  • outline the cultural proficiency continuum,
  • provide participants with ideas on how to maximize their cultural proficiency and cultural intelligence (CQ),
  • enhance teachers understanding of their own cultural backgrounds and lenses.

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Rapid Literacy: ELL Strategies for Secondary Emergent Readers

Do you serve English learners who struggle to decode text at grade level? Decoding is an essential skill, because it is the foundation in which all other reading is built upon. Come hear practical methods to help non-English readers accelerate their literacy in the target language. Secondary teachers deserve training in foundations of literacy that make sense for the secondary classroom. Learn strategies that are based on research and Carol Salva’s classroom experience.


The training will include:

  • Hands-on techniques educators can start using tomorrow.
  • Overview of balanced literacy and foundations of literacy development.
  • Practical methods that build decoding skills while supporting students at grade level.
  • Modeling of sheltered instruction practices that boost achievement of all learners.

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Teaching Science to English Learners

The language of science curriculum is complex, abstract, and can be quite a challenge to pronounce. Supporting all learners, especially English learners, as they internalize these terms is a complicated challenge for modern science teachers. Teaching Science to ELs highlights key strategies that are designed specifically for science and are targeted to support the four domains of language while making science content comprehensible for all learners. 


Participants in this training will explore different types of questioning, options for designing and scaffolding open-ended questions, strategies for leading students (i.e., young scientists!) to formulate their own questions, and structures to facilitate productive discussions about their learning. Participants will receive and interact with a copy of the book, Teaching Science to ELs, which includes more than twenty activities designed to get kids reading, writing, speaking, and thinking as scientists.


This training is ideal for:

  • Science teachers of ELs, bilingual learners, and English-only learners K-12
  • ESL teachers 
  • Campus/district administrators
  • Instructional coaches and specialists 
  • District science and ESL coordinators