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ACTFL Convention and Expo 2020

Alberta Gatti, Director of ILETC, will lead a pre-convention workshop with Cynthia Martin from University of Maryland. The workshop will be held on Thursday, November 19th, 2020.

W02 Guiding Learners to Higher Levels of Writing Proficiency: Adapting Strategies to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

What practices are most effective to strengthen the writing skills of our language learners? Explore the characteristics of Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced writing proficiency and the instructional implications for differentiating strategies to help diverse learners, both heritage and non-heritage, improve their writing proficiency. Become familiar with or refresh your knowledge of the characteristics of the various levels of writing proficiency according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines; share general principles and specific strategies to improve writing proficiency; and draft the tasks and assessments for a single unit of instruction that will support progress toward improving learners’ writing proficiency. Each participant leaves with a draft to serve as a template for developing additional units of instruction to build learners’ writing skills from level to level across the curriculum.

Presenters: Cynthia Martin, University of Maryland, and Alberta Gatti, City University of New York

For more information on the workshop, please click here.

ACTFL Convention and Expo 2019

Presentations by CUNY Faculty

Professors

Eckhard Kuhn-Osius and Yoko Sakurai, (Hunter College), Jennifer Eddy, (Queens College), Evelyn Duran Urrea, (Lehman College), and Alberta Gatti (The Graduate Center) will be presenting in DC next week.

For details on their presentations, see below.

PROMOTING LITERACY THROUGH RESEARCH-DRIVEN GRAMMAR INSTRUCTION

The research on L2 grammar teaching, learning, and acquisition is vast. This panel will present how-to approaches to implementing the practical and theoretical research in classroom teaching, focusing heavily on the link between the development of grammar abilities and the development of literacy.

Session Presenter

Scott Windham, Elon University

Co-Presenter(s)

Eckhard Kuhn-Osius, Hunter College, CUNY
Marianna Ryshina-Pankova, Georgetown University

 

CONSTRUCTING EDTPA COMMENTARIES: HOW DO WE USE RESEARCH FOR PRACTICE?

This session focuses on EdTPA Commentaries, in which teacher candidates must justify planning, instruction, and assessment decisions using SLA and educational theory. Research data from all stakeholders on research and practice as well as strategies for preparing and mentoring candidates for the edTPA will be shared.

Session Presenter

Jennifer Eddy, Queens College CUNY

Co-Presenter

Dr. Mary Curran, Rutgers University

 

WRITING PROFICIENCY DEVELOPMENT OF SPANISH HERITAGE LEARNERS

This paper presents results of a pilot study intended to gauge the writing proficiency development of Spanish heritage learners through a four-semester heritage Spanish college course sequence. The study used an assessment tool modeled after the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test, and had the goal of delineating recommendations for curriculum design.

Researcher(s)

Alberta Gatti, CUNY Graduate Center
Evelyn Duran Urrea, Lehman College

 

CAN-DO CRASH COURSE:  MAKE YOUR CLASSROOM MORE COMMUNICATIVE!

Have you tried to use Can-Do Statements, but can’t figure out where to start or how to implement them effectively in your class? This session will help you explore the possibility of redesigning activities based on real life situations and with an authentic and meaningful communicative purpose.

Session Presenter

Yoko Sakurai, CUNY, Hunter College

Co-Presenter(s)

Takami Taylor, University of West Florida
Mrs. Eiko Williams, University of Miami
Naoko Komura, Florida International University