SAILN Past Events

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Building Proficiency Across Communication ModesJune 15, 2019Presenter: Joshua Cabral
The “4 skills” of reading, writing, speaking and listening have been redefined in the communicative language classroom. These “4 skills” were often taught and used in isolation prior to proficiency-based approaches to language instruction. These skills are now imbedded in the interpretive, presentational and interpersonal communication modes. The modes keep the skills communicative, which is essential in building proficiency. We will unpack the modes and explore classroom activities, lesson planning and assessment that put the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in an authentically communicative context.
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Thematic Unit Design: Performance Towards ProficiencyJune 14, 2019Presenter: Dr. Donna Clementi
The workshop will open with a discussion of the characteristics of proficiency at the Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Instructional strategies that move learners from the Novice to the Intermediate and Advanced levels of proficiency will be shared. Next, participants will follow a step-by-step approach to design an Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) thematic unit of instruction that emphasizes purposeful communication in real-world contexts. Participants will learn how to write customized Can-Do statements to meet the learning goals of the unit they design. Sample learning activities, formative assessments, and suggested rubrics to evaluate student performance will be shared.
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CI for Spanish TeachersMay 11, 2019Participants will see demonstrations of simple ways to engage their students in the target language, in personal discussions and in learning about cultural, historical, and geographical content, including current events.Participants will see demonstrations of literacy strategies that put grammar and spelling in context, from the very first day of class. Participants will have time to debrief, time to work with a learning partner, and time to discuss second language acquisition and ACTFL performance indicators.English Flyer
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Module A - Foundation Level1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27. 6/8Focuses on principles, standards, and strategies of the Second Language Acquisition for learning world languages.Flyer
Module A1 - Integrated ELD1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27. 6/8Focuses on the principles and strategies of Second Language Acquisition with a focus on English Language Development.Flyer
Module C - Production Level1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27. 6/8Curriculum and Unit Design, Assessment, and Material Evaluation.
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The Bishop's School PresentationMarch 11, 2019On Monday March 11th, from 10 am to 12 pm, in room 204, the Bishop's School's world language teachers (French, Spanish, Latin, and Chinese), who are refining their curricula, will present the unit they developed to an audience of world language teachers and specialists. Then, from 12 pm to 2 pm, the Bishop's teachers will receive detailed feedback on their work from Dr. Mat Schulze, Areana Chen, and Dr. Cecile Nedellec.
The Bishop's School Presentation - Understanding by DesignFebruary 1st, 2019On February 1st, 2019, Dr. Mat Schulze, Areana Chen, and Dr. Cecile Nedellec conducted a presentation on Understanding by Design and supported Bishop's world language teachers in modifying or creating year at a glance documents as well as developing a new unit for the level 3 of each of their languages (French, Spanish, Latin, and Chinese). View Images
Dual Language and English Learner Conference 2019January 16-18, 2019The annual Dual Language and English Learner Conference will inspire and equip preschool, elementary, and secondary educators with the tools to transform systems and outcomes for their students. Join us January 16 at local school sites and Jan. 17-18 at SDSU’s Conrad Prebys Aztec Union. Participants will learn, collaborate, and network around current research and innovative practices to improve academic and social-emotional outcomes for dual language and English learners in challenging times. Flyer
Community of Practice (CoP)December 8, 2018International Networking and Cultural EventFlyer
Arabic Community of PracticeDecember 2, 2018On December 2nd, Dr. Cecile Nedellec presented strategies to enhance language learning to the Arabic teachers at the Arabic Center
Module D (Tier 4)June 29, 2018Mrs. Veronika Lopez-Mendez, principal at a Spanish immersion school, presented an overview of Dual Language Programs that serve K-12 students, highlighted the foundations of well implemented program- guiding principles, and identified key components to lead effective professional development for language programs. This presentation allowed participants to understand how they can identify, recruit, and expand teachers’ leadership (CSMP goal 1).
Oral Proficiency Interview Familiarization WorkshopJune 22, 2018Dr. Mildred Rivera-Martinez conducted a one-day ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Familiarization training. The training was intended for all language professionals. The one-day workshop familiarized participants with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, ACTFL Rating Scale, and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview. They discussed the implications of proficiency for academic and professional purposes. K-12 administrators, language coordinators, and teachers attended this training. Participants learned how the OPI assessment could provide them with evidence of students’ proficiency levels, which could help in informing teachers’ practices (CSMP goal 1).Flyer
Dual Language Leadership SummitMay 29, 2018Participants collaborated through Design Thinking and resourced were shared with other local Dual Language leaders. The summit included professional learning around the new Dual Language Education Social Justice and Equity Framework developed by Ana Hernández (CSUSM) and Cristina Alfaro (SDSU) et al. Participants and leaders were able to envision 2018-19 events, ideate connections to world language practitioners through SAILN, previewed revisions to the 2019 WL standards, and brainstormed solutions for challenges facing new and experienced DL programs in K-12 schools.Flyer
Filipino Community of Practice EventMay 25, 2018The SAILN team connected with the Filipino Community of Practice (CoP) and attended their monthly meeting at Chula Vista High School. The Filipino CoP had contacted SAILN on May 8th in order to obtain information on developing an AP Filipino Language test. The SAILN team reported their findings to the CoP. Furthermore, the SAILN team forwarded documents sent by the AP College Board after the SAILN team had contacted the AP College Board. These documents contained information on what information the CoP needs to provide in order for the College Board to consider creating an AP Filipino Language test. This shows how the SAILN team sustains collaborative communities of practice within its project (CSMP goal 1).
Teaching Intercultural Communication May 8, 2018Dr. Uwe Baumann, did a free presentation focusing on the rationale that
intercultural communication skills form an important part of the skills set language learners and graduates need. During the presentation, Dr. Baumann briefly described the framework of intercultural communication and its uses in a European context. He also discussed the approach the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University in the UK has taken to foster intercultural communication skills amongst the students and the way they are integrating intercultural communication systematically in the Language Studies curriculum. Throughout his presentation, Dr. Baumann demonstrated how their innovative learning design implements the framework and supports the development of skills that are important for graduates in the 21st century and the job market. This presentation targeted all secondary level world language professionals. This presentation increased world language professionals’ content and pedagogical knowledge (CSMP goal 1).
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Module B (Tier 2) WorkshopJanuary 27 – May 19, 2018Mrs. Shahnaz Ahmadeian-Fard and other presenters supported Tier II participants in learning about understanding by design (UbD), differentiation and grouping strategies, the role of grammar in a foreign language classroom, standards-based integrated performance assessment (IPA), the importance of a peer-coaching process, and the incorporation of technology within the lessons. Participants were also able to practice the use of a lesson plan generator. Flyer
Module A (Tier 1) WorkshopJanuary 27 – May 19, 2018Dr. Cecile Nedellec conducted five sessions at the foundation level during which participants were able to become more familiar with principles of second language acquisition, differentiated instruction, and the fundamentals of communication-based instruction. Participants were also able to familiarize themselves with classroom writing competency assessment, formative, and summative assessments. Participants were able to create activities they could use in their classrooms. Flyer
Iranian School of San Diego WorkshopsFebruary 20 to June 24, 2018Mr. Alan Svidal provided teacher training and professional development at the Iranian School of San Diego. The training took place over 5 sessions, during which participants were able to learn about new instructional strategies to effectively teach Persian to their students. Classes were interactive and participants were able to create hands on activities.
Dual Language and English Learner Conference 2018January 11-13, 2018The annual Dual Language and English Learner Conference is set to inspire and equip preschool, elementary, and secondary educators with the tools to transform systems and outcomes for their students. Participants learned, collaborated, and networked around current research and innovative practices to improve academic and social-emotional outcomes for dual language and English learners in challenging times. Flyer