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Collaborative Curriculum Development: Workshop for Heritage Spanish Courses

Workshop Description

The Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC) invites CUNY Spanish language instructors who teach heritage or mixed L2/heritage courses to participate in a year-long workshop aimed at revising curriculum, discussing pedagogical approaches, and evaluating materials and assessment tools.

We at ILETC consider collaboration to be a key aspect of improving language education. The workshop sessions offer organized spaces for participants to work with and learn from each other. There will be group meetings to discuss progress with colleagues, reading groups and lectures from experts to keep ourselves up-to-date on the changing dynamics of language education, and structured activities to facilitate curriculum development. This professional development activity will be led by ILETC Director, Alberta Gatti, and assisted by a graduate student.

Meetings will take place at the Graduate Center on Fridays, with the first meeting scheduled for Friday, September 21st. The group will meet three times in the Fall and three in the Spring, with the last meeting scheduled for May 2019. Additionally, ACTFL will be invited to offer a day-long workshop for participants. The complete schedule will be available in early September.

There are a limited number of spots available. To apply, please fill out the application form (applications now closed) no later than August 30, 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to ILETC@gc.cuny.edu.

Workshop Facilitator

Alberta Gatti is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she directs the Center for Integrated Language Communities (CILC, a National Language Resource Center) and the Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Competence (ILETC, a research and resource center for language education at CUNY). For the past four years she has been conducting research on the proficiency of heritage speakers, which resulted in two publications and multiple conference presentations. Previously, she conducted work on Early Modern Spanish literature. Alberta Gatti holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literatures from Boston University and a degree in Classical Studies from the University of Buenos Aires.

ACTFL Workshops

The Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC) along with the Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation (AISI) invites language instructors to participate in two workshops.

Workshop 1: Modified OPI Assessment Workshop (MOPI)

This two-day workshop is focused on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and introduces the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) rating scale, the structure of the OPI and techniques for administering and rating the OPI including its applications in the language classroom. Participants will observe and conduct live practice interviews at Novice and Intermediate proficiency levels. Participation in a MOPI Assessment Workshop is the first step toward becoming an ACTFL Certified OPI Tester with Limited Certification.

Workshop 2: Developing and Assessing Academic Reading Proficiency

This one-day workshop will address current research in foreign language reading proficiency with respect to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines 2012 – Reading. Questions that will be considered include:

  1. What is the role of reading in world language curricula?
  2. How does reading proficiency influence—and how is it influenced by—listening, speaking, and writing proficiency?
  3. How are academic reading requirements different from everyday reading requirements?

The workshop is comprised of three interrelated issues: text typology; defining comprehension tasks; and building a reading proficiency program that includes the development of formative and summative assessments for departments of languages and literatures in higher education. The ACTFL Reading Proficiency Test (RPT) will be introduced as an example of a valid and reliable summative assessment.

Both workshops will be conducted in English for a mixed-language group, and will be led by Dr. Cynthia Martin from the University of Maryland. Further details on both workshops including cost, dates, times, and how to register can be found on the drop-down menu below.

This program is offered by the CUNY Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context, in partnership with the CUNY Graduate Center’s Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation.

 

ACTFL Workshop: Modified OPI Assessment Workshop (MOPI)

Workshop Cost

  • Instructors affiliated with CUNY: $50 non-refundable fee
  • Non-CUNY instructors: $175 non-refundable fee

Workshop Meeting Information

Meetings will take place at The Graduate Center, CUNY on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:00am – 6:00pm

To register please click this link.

ACTFL Workshop: Developing and Assessing Academic Reading Proficiency

Workshop Cost

  • Instructors affiliated with CUNY: $25 non-refundable fee
  • Non-CUNY instructors: $75 non-refundable fee

Workshop Meeting Information

The workshop will take place at The Graduate Center, CUNY on the following date and time:

  • Thursday, January 23, 2020 9:00am – 6:00pm

To register please click this link.

Lecture and Conversation with Guadalupe Valdés, Ph.D.

April 24th, 2020  
Skylight Room, 9th floor
The Graduate Center, CUNY
4:00pm – 7:00pm

Open to the public

The Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC) invites Dr. Guadalupe Valdés for a lecture and conversation on an online program developed for college-age volunteers to prepare to work with adult English learners in a nearby community. 

Dr. Valdés will speak on the theory and practice involved in supporting adult learners who have enrolled and attended traditional adult ESL 1 courses over many years. She is currently revising the online course to emphasize that students view themselves as language “coaches” rather than as “teachers” or “tutors” who curricularize language.

Dr. Valdés is the Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education at Stanford University. Her research explores many of the issues of bilingualism relevant to teachers in training, including methods of instruction, typologies, measurement of progress, and the role of education in national policies on immigration. Specifically, she studies the sociolinguistic processes of linguistic acquisition by learners in different circumstances–those who set out to learn a second language in a formal school setting (elective bilingualism) and those who must learn two languages in order to adapt to immediate family-based or work-based communicative needs within an immigrant community (circumstantial bilingualism). Her research in these areas has made her one of the most eminent experts on Spanish-English bilingualism in the United States.

Teaching & Learning of Heritage Languages Seminar Series

The Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC) invites language instructors who teach heritage or mixed L2/heritage courses to participate in a year-long seminar series aimed at exploring issues related to the teaching and learning languages.

This seminar series offers organized spaces for participants to work collaborately while learning from one another. Discussions are geared toward understanding heritage learners and their languages with the goal of supporting curricular a pedagogical improvement. This professional development activity will be led by ILETC Director, Dr. Alberta Gatti, with the participation of Maria Carreira, co-director of the UCLA National Heritage Language Resource Center.

Seminar Cost

  • Free for CUNY instructors and graduate students.
  • $110 (includes $10 registration fee) for those not affliated with CUNY.

Class Meeting Information

Meetings will take place at The Graduate Center, CUNY on Fridays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Dates of the courses and topics are as follows:

  • September 20, 2019 4:00 – 6:00pm – Heritage Learners and Heritage Languages “in the Wild” and “in the Classroom.”
  • October 18, 2019 4:00 – 6:00pm- Sociolinguistic Profile of Heritage Language Learners and Critical Pedagogy.
  • November 15, 2019 4:00 – 6:00pm- Proficiency and Literacy.
  • February 28, 2020 4:00 – 6:00pm- Pedagogical Approaches I: Teaching mixed L2/heritage classes
  • April 3, 2020 4:00 – 6:00pm – Pedagogical Approaches II: Successful Pedagogies for Heritage Language Education.
  • May 1, 2020 4:00 – 6:00pm – Placement and Assessment.

Location

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Registration is now closed for this event. Please email iletc@gc.cuny.edu or agatti@gc.cuny.edu about any questions.

Linguistic Diversity in Higher Education Symposium

The CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
New York
Room 9204/9205

May 2, 2019
9.00 am—6.00pm

The symposium is an opportunity for scholars, practitioners, administrators, and students to engage in conversations about the ways in which multilingualism shapes access to higher education and to start collaborative projects such as scholarly publications, teaching materials, and educational programs. Students are particularly welcome.

The symposium is free, however registration is required for lunch. The deadline for registration is April 26th. We will not be able to provide lunch for those who do not register or those who register after April 26th.

Please register at the bottom of this page.

Schedule

9.00-9.15 | Coffee

9.15-10.45 | Session 1: Language Learning and Identity 

The expansion of dual language bilingual education programs: The case of Hebrew in New York City 
Sharon Avni, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY); Kate Menken, Queens College (CUNY)

Ideologies, identity, and investment in a diverse and multilingual Spanish classroom
Beatriz Lado, Lehman College & The Graduate Center (CUNY); Carmín Quijano, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

10.45-11.00 | Coffee Break

11.00-12.30 | Session 2: Policies for Linguistic Equality in a Globalized World 

The use of the minority language at the university level: Between revitalization and internationalization at the University of the Basque Country
Jasone Cenoz, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, Spain

Status planning for language equality: The case of African languages in teacher education
Christa van der Walt, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

12.30-1.00 | Lunch*

*Registration is required for lunch. Participants must register by April 26th. We will not be able to provide lunch to those who do not register or those who register after April 26th. Please  register here

1.00-2.30 | Session 3: Pedagogical Solutions: Questioning Assumptions

Linguistic diversity and language ownership in Nigeria: Implications for access to higher education.
Kingsley Ugwuanyi, Northumbria University, Newcastle, U.K.

Addressing linguistic diversity in South Africa through defamiliarization, critical language awareness, community-building and bilingual practices in teacher training
Liesel Hibbert, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

2.30-2.45 | Coffee Break

2.45- 4.15 | Session 4: Pedagogical Solutions: Learning from Our Students

Reciprocal learning – teaching and epistemic access
Rosemary Wildsmith, North West University, South Africa

What happens when we try to learn our students’ language?
Andrea Parmegiani, Bronx Community College (CUNY)

4.15-4.30 | Coffee Break

4.30-4.45 | Concluding Remarks

4.45-6.00 | Exploration of Collaborative Projects in Special Interest Groups

Again, register here.

Educating Toward Advanced Performance Levels

April 29, 2019
Room TBA
The Graduate Center
10:00am – 1:00pm
Registration required: http://tiny.cc/1eiu3y

Presenter: Heidi Byrnes, Georgetown University

Workshop description:

In this workshop, we will consider how to enhance L2 instructed learners’ ability to attain advanced levels of ability through educational action. We will follow a three-step approach: First, we will lay out broad characteristics of ‘advancedness’ that differentiate that performance level from  intermediate levels of ability; second, using a functional, meaning-oriented approach, we will further specify advancedness in terms of register and genre in order to arrive at broad principles for curriculum construction and pedagogical action; finally, we will locate advancedness within the long-term development process of instructed learners and how programs might conceptualize and facilitate that extended movement. While the workshop will focus on writing, discussion will include all modalities of language use.

Heidi Byrnes is George M. Roth Distinguished Professor of German Emerita at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on adult L2 literacy acquisition, particularly at the advanced level. She has edited and co-edited books and special journal issues on the development of advanced literacy and the link between languaging and thinking, particularly in writing. She is a past president of AAAL, past editor of The Modern Language Journal, and is the recipient of numerous professional association awards, including the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award of AAAL.

Fall 2014 Events

Fall 2014 at ILETC

ILETC anticipates a vibrant semester of dialogue and progress this coming Fall 2014. On the docket so far, with details forthcoming, are:

  • ACTFL OPI training workshops for language faculty, to be held on August 18-21;
  • A Forum on Heritage Language Education, scheduled for October 17 at LaGuardia Community College and organized by ILETC and LaGuardia Community College, which will feature a guest lecture by Kim Potowski followed by a panel of CUNY faculty specialized in the teaching of heritage languages.

For information on events held in past semesters, please visit ILETC Events.

Spring 2019 ILETC Events

We are pleased to offer the following events in Spring 2019:

Lectures

Podcast Projects for Heritage Language Learners
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April 12, 2019
Room 9204
The Graduate Center
11:00am – 1:00pm

This presentation explains how podcasting can be used in heritage language classes as a pedagogical tool for developing creativity and socially-engaged writing, interviewing, and listening skills.

When Heritage and Second Language Learners Come Together
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February 15, 2019
Room 9206
The Graduate Center
10:30am – 12:30pm

Maria Carreira of California State University, Long Beach, presents some foundational principles behind teaching language classes with both second language learners (L2 learners) and HL learners in the same classroom. Applies to all languages.

Workshops

Educating toward Advanced Performance Levels: Theoretical, Curricular, and Developmental Considerations
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April 29, 2019
Room TBA
The Graduate Center
10:00am – 1:00pm

Registration required: http://tiny.cc/1eiu3y

In this workshop, we will consider how to enhance L2 instructed learners’ ability to attain advanced levels of ability through educational action.

Symposia

Linguistic Diversity in Higher Education Symposium
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May 2, 2019
Room 9204/9205
The Graduate Center

9:00am – 6:00pm

The symposium is free, however registration is required for lunch. The deadline for registration is April 26th. We will not be able to provide lunch for those who do not register or those who register after April 26thPlease visit the event page to register.

The symposium is an opportunity for scholars, practitioners, administrators, and students to engage in conversations about the ways in which multilingualism shapes access to higher education and to start collaborative projects such as scholarly publications, teaching materials, and educational programs. Students are particularly welcome.

For more information on any ILETC event, email ILETC@gc.cuny.edu or call 212-817-2083.

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Fall 2018 ILETC Events

We are pleased to offer the following workshops in Fall 2018:

Workshops

Error Correction in Language Classrooms: Balancing Research and Realities
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October 29, 2018
Room 9207
The Graduate Center, CUNY
4:30 – 5:30pm

Lourdes Ortega, a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University and a Visiting Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative, CUNY Graduate Center, discusses best practices for correcting language students’ errors, balancing research findings with the realities of foreign language education.

Crossing Major Borders: ACTFL Workshop
     (Register using link below)
November 9, 2018
Room TBD
LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
9:30am – 5:30pm

This workshop provides an overview of the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Rating Scale and a description of the functions, contexts/content areas, discourse type and accuracy features appropriate to each level. Participants discuss the curricular implications of the proficiency scale and explore strategies and activities that enable students to cross proficiency level borders (i.e., Intermediate to Advanced, Advanced to Superior).

Registration for this event is required. Click here to register.

For more information on any ILETC event, email ILETC@gc.cuny.edu or call 212-817-2083.

ACTFL Integrating Skills and Modes for Curriculum Design

October 6, 2017
10:00 AM–5:30 PM
Room 9204

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016

This workshop focuses on how to build a curriculum that is designed to keep students making steady progress in terms of overall proficiency. ACTFL will customize the workshop to focus on achieving Intermediate level of proficiency in various skills (Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening) and modes (Interpersonal, Presentational, Interpretive) depending on the needs and aims of your program, faculty and students. The integration of Study Abroad experiences into the program of study will also be considered.

Facilitator: Cynthia L. Martin, University of Maryland
Biography/more information.

Registration for this workshop is now closed. Watch the ILETC website for the next workshop opportunity!