Archive of Past Workshops

FLAVA Interactive Workshops 2017-2018

FLAVA Workshop #1, Oct 26th : ¿ Hablas Minecraft? Gamification in the World Language Classroom

Description: Have you thought about using Minecraft in your world language classroom but are struggling to figure out what you would do? This session will give you practical, standards-based lessons you can implement immediately. Students will be inspired to create not only in the Minecraft worlds, but also with their second language. Minecraft is available in many languages, not just Spanish.

Presenter: Glen Irvin 


FLAVA Workshop #2, Dec 7th :  Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communicative Competence: Investigate, Interact, Reflect.

Description: How can educators help learners develop their intercultural competence and communication skills while maintaining use of the target language? Explore the new Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Competence and the updated Can-Do Statements for Language and learn how they provide a framework for goal setting, lesson building and student reflection. Self-assess your own intercultural competence in a target language and reflect on how you integrate cultural opportunities for your learners. Collaborate by using the new Can-Do Statements to create sample cultural lessons and reflections in the target language, aligned to your learners’ proficiency level.

Presenter: Kathy Shelton


FLAVA Workshop #3, Feb 15th : Integrating STEM Topics in the World Language Classroom

Description: This session will show how science, technology, engineering, and math topics can serve as the content and discussion framework for world language classes. Research shows that students learn language best when engaged in hands-on activity. Content-based language teaching simultaneously promotes language acquisition and advances content knowledge. By selecting STEM topics, world language teachers can foster language learning by engaging students in important, real-world projects, while having students utilize their second language knowledge, skills, and abilities to complete the work. Project-based learning integrates all four language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing), incorporates collaborative teamwork, and challenges learners to use the target language in different capacities inside and outside the classroom.

Presenter: Nathan Lutz


FLAVA Workshop #4, Mar 22nd : Arts in the World Language Classroom


Learn how to incorporate the arts in your language teaching. Be it painting, music, or poetry, art can be a fun and memorable tool when learning languages. From quick tips to full activities, you will discover how easy it can be to add the arts, even if you are not an artist yourself.

Presenter: Allison Carneiro da Silva


FLAVA Workshop #5, May 3rd: Using Technology to Enhance Your Comprehensible Input Classroom  

In this session, you will learn some useful technology programs that you can implement to help deliver more comprehensible input to your students and to help students demonstrate what they have learned in class.  We will look at programs such as ActivelyLearn, EdPuzzle, PearDeck, Seesaw and Flipgrid and learn how to incorporate these into your classes.  Each program is extremely engaging for students, and they frequently comment how much they enjoy using these platforms.  In addition, these programs are all free to use for educators, so you can start using them the next day!

Presenter: Maris Hawkins

FLAVA Mentorship Training

The FLAVA Mentorship Program connects early career language educators to collaborate with master teachers in developing and expanding their skills. This is the recorded training session, from the workshop facilitated by Dr. Linda Szwabowski, World Language Instructional Specialist, Chesterfield County Public Schools. We will have a follow-up meet and greet on October 5th, at our annual FLAVA fall conference, at the Double Tree Hotel, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

2016-17 Workshop Recordings

Workshop 1: October 20th – Foreign Language for All: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners  Presenters: Dr. Lisa A. Harris, Specialist for Foreign Languages at the Virginia Department of Education, and Dr. Teresa S. Lee, Educational specialist for the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in the Office of Special Education Instructional Services.

Workshop 2: December 8th – Yes, we are reading teachers! Presenter: Karen Heist. The session will focus on how we can help our students become proficient in a second language through reading. Topics such as: affect, attitude, motivation, comprehensibility, background knowledge, pre-reading, during reading and post-reading strategies will be discussed.  Potential problems and possible solutions to reading dilemmas will be shared.

Workshop 3: February 23rd – Engaging All Language Learners at All Times. Presenter: Michaela Claudia-Nix, Program Specialist for World Languages and Work Force Development, Georgia Department of Education

Workshop 4: March 23rd – Engaging Technology Tools for the Foreign Language Classroom, Presenter: Heidi Trude, selected French Future Leaders Fellowship program participant and Google Certified Educator Trainer

Workshop 5: May 4th – Why is Interculturality at the Heart of Learning Languages? Presenter: Janet Parker, the College of William and Mary, Foreign Language Supervisor to undergraduate and graduate students in the world language cohort.

2015-2016 Workshop Recordings

Workshop 1: PALS 2.0: The Fairfax Interpersonal Speaking Assessment and Writing (22 October 2015) video 

Workshop 2: Ready, Set …. Wait (12 November 2015) video

Workshop 3: Personal, Engaging, Portable: Multimedia and Digital Stories in the World Language Classroom (4 February 2016) video

Workshop 4: Engaging Students with Language Learning through Technology: Focus on the Interpretive Mode (17 March 2016) video

2014-2015 Workshop Recordings

Workshop 1: All Things Considered: Language Classroom Edition
Workshop Leaders: Khadijah Luqman and Alice Ann Mahoney.
Workshop 2: Skills-Centric Teaching
Workshop Leader:  Warren Warsaw
Workshop 3: Score Big with Strong Language Goals
Workshop Leader: Marleny Perdomo.


2013-2014 Workshop Recordings

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 4, Winter 2014, “Ten Take-Home Activities to Engage and Inspire your Language Students” Ginny Ogden describes practical activities and related websites that teachers can incorporate into their curriculum planning at all proficiency and learning levels. Recorded March 20, 2014. Click here.

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 3, Winter 2014, “Using the Target Language in Meaningful Contexts with Success” Ellen Mayock explains methods for using the target language to teach language, literature, culture and civilization, as well as encouraging the use of target language outside the classroom. Recorded February 27, 2014. Click here.

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 2, Fall  2013, “Making Technology Have Relevance in the Language Classroom:  Moving Toward Proficiency” Kathryn Murphy-Judy discusses infusing lessons with increasing digital proficiencies and applying these ideas across a broad range of language proficiency-based lessons. Recorded November 7, 2013. Click here.

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 1, Fall  2013, “Grading for Proficiency” Jennifer Carson tells how to update your gradebook to correlate with ACTFL proficiency guidelines and Virginia SOLs at Washington and Lee University on September 17, 2013.

2012-2013 Workshop Recordings

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 1, Winter 2013, “Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning: More Than Just a Concept” Dr. Lisa Harris discusses “Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning: More Than Just a Concept” at Washington and Lee University on February 7, 2013.

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 2, Winter 2013, “Why Assessing Your Students Beings with Assessing Yourself” Sheila Cockey discusses Why Assessing Your Students Beings with Assessing Yourself at Washington and Lee University on February 28, 2013.

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 3, Winter 2013, “Planning for Success in the Language Classroom” Ms. Helen Small discusses “Planning for Success in the Language Classroom” at Washington and Lee University on March 26, 2013.

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 4, Winter 2013, “Teaching the Lesson with Meaningful Input Strategies”
Dr. Sharon Hahnlen discusses “Teaching the Lesson with Meaningful Input Strategies” at Washington and Lee University in late April 2013.[/wptabcontent]

2011-2012 Workshop Recordings

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 1, Fall 2011, “Tried and Proven Conversation-Building Activities”
Peter Vlaming discusses Tried and Proven Conversation-Building Activities for Language Learning at Washington and Lee University on October 11, 2011.

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 2, Fall 2011, “Learning Activities for the Inhibited Language Learner” Norah Jones discusses Learning Activities for the Inhibited Language Learner at Washington and Lee University on November 10, 2011.

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 3, Winter 2012, “Teaching Language With (Not Through) Film”
Katie Chenoweth discusses Teaching Language With (Not Through Film) at Washington and Lee University on January 19, 2012.

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 4, Spring 2012, “Kessel and Waggoner: True Differentiated Instruction” Presenters: Isidoro Kessel and Annette Waggoner. Although planning and delivering “one size fits all” instruction may be convenient for teachers, it does not meet the learning needs of students. The workshop helped to develop a greater understanding of differentiating instruction to analyze methods of assessing students as a means of designing instruction to increase student achievement and to establish a foundation for continued work on differentiation.