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December 6, 2017

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8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

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101 Best Strategies for Teaching

(Grades 4-12)

Presented by Alice Kosnik
Outstanding World Language Teacher and Presenter

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Designed Specifically for World Language Educators Serving Grades 4-12

  • 101 highly effective practical strategies to more fully engage students and strengthen their motivation and achievement in world language classrooms
  • Easy-to-implement, proven techniques to create an optimal classroom environment that increases students’ acquisition of vocabulary and structure in world language
  • Practical tips to achieve ACTFL’s goal of at least 90% use of target language – here’s what works!
  • Dozens of motivating activities, apps, websites, and best practices that help all your students develop confidence and skill as they progress from structured to non-rehearsed, interpersonal communication
  • Receive an extensive world language resource handbook filled with 101 practical resources for developing strong language skills: active paired and mixer activities, learning games, creative speaking prompts, techniques using manipulatives and visual strategies – even ways to use smartphones and tablets to enhance communication

Practical Ideas and Strategies

As today’s world language teachers, we face multiple challenges. We want to increase the use of the target language, we hope to provide a brain-compatible classroom in which all students can succeed, and – most importantly – we need practical, motivating and proven techniques to develop our students’ target language communication skills. In this outstanding seminar, teachers of all languages and levels will experience 101 activities that can easily and immediately be used to achieve these goals.

Veteran world language teacher, ALICE KOSNIK, will present 101 practical, research-based ideas to make communication in the target language more engaging and successful for all your students. Her classroom-proven techniques include lively paired and mixer activities, learning games, engaging technology applications, as well as proven techniques using manipulatives and movement to enhance communication.

Throughout the day you will receive a wealth of “right back to the classroom” strategies that will help students develop vocabulary and expand their ability to speak in the interpersonal mode in a nurturing, inviting environment. Best of all, these 101 engaging ideas meet the needs of the broad range of learners in today’s world language classrooms. Since Alice knows first-hand the time demands teachers face, her techniques are easy to develop and can usually be prepared once for use year after year!

Above all, this seminar is practical. Every idea that Alice shares has been used successfully in her own classroom and has been proven successful with hundreds of students. If you want to increase your students’ proficiency by fully engaging them in learning a world language, this seminar is for you!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. 101 Best Strategies from an Outstanding World Language Teacher
    As an experienced teacher who has been working with students for many years, Alice has developed proven techniques to engage students and improve their world language acquisition … Come away rejuvenated and inspired to implement a wealth of outstanding, new ideas and strategiesCreate an Effective
  2. World Language Classroom Where Students Succeed
    Incorporate dynamic strategies that provide your students with supportive learning environment based on brain research … Explore powerful, easy-to-implement lesson planning techniques that incorporate findings of educational neuroscience
  3. Incorporate Effective Techniques for Accelerating Vocabulary Acquisition
    Learn a multitude of classroom-proven, highly enjoyable activities that enable students to acquire and use new vocabulary in meaningful contexts … Go beyond vocabulary lists with meaningful, active and novel strategies that truly engage students in vocabulary acquisition
  4. Involve Your Students in Using the Target Language 90%+ of the Time
    Obtain a wealth of highly effective teaching tips and techniques that actively promote use of the target language … Help your students develop important circumlocution skills and critical “survival” strategies in the target language
  5. Develop Emerging Oral Communication Skills
    Discover dozens of practical ways to develop communicative oral skills … Learn active, yet structured, techniques that provide for a real exchange of information and a true purpose for communicating for all learners – from beginners to advanced
  6. Enhance the Interpersonal Mode of Communication
    Experience a wealth of practical strategies for developing un-rehearsed conversation and negotiating meaning at all levels … Easy-to-implement ways to use role play, brainstorming, games, props, pictures, and “mystery events” to increase spontaneous language use
  7. Increase Active Student Participation
    Experience a wide range of activities, strategies, apps, and websites that increase meaningful engagement time … Tips, strategies and ideas for personalizing your students’ learning while increasing their use of the target language
  8. Use Movement and Manipulatives to Increase Communicative Skills
    Harness the power of touch and movement … Experience a myriad of activities that appeal to learners with varying intelligences and learning styles and keep students focused and cognitively engaged while communicating in the target language
  9. Provide a Meaningful Environment for “Millennial” Learners
    Explore proven techniques to create social contexts for today’s students to interact and solve problems collaboratively … Incorporate meaningful communicative tasks using hand-held technology and innovative online resources that students will love to use
  10. Receive an Extensive World Language Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook with copy-ready materials specifically designed for this seminar … It is filled with a wealth of practical ideas, information and activities that you can implement immediately in your own world language classroom

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • 101 engaging, easy-to-implement strategies to better develop interpersonal communication skills
  • New ways to reach the “Millennial Generation” through social contexts for interaction and problem solving
  • Classroom-proven techniques that incorporate visual cues, tactile activities and manipulatives to enhance acquisition of vocabulary and structure
  • Dozens of active, kinesthetic activities that truly engage students in vocabulary acquisition
  • Techniques supported by recent brain research that provide a comfortable, risk-taking learning environment
  • Highly practical tips to achieve 90%+ target language use
  • Easy-to-implement, effective techniques that develop circumlocution skills
  • Engaging speaking activities that promote a real exchange of information and a true purpose for communication
  • A wealth of practical strategies for developing un-rehearsed conversation through role play, brainstorming, games, props, pictures, and “mystery events”
  • Powerful, innovative lesson-planning techniques based on recent research on how we learn
  • A multitude of proven, back-to-the-classroom activities that enable students to learn and use new vocabulary in meaningful contexts
  • Motivating, enjoyable learning games and kinesthetic activities that reinforce vocabulary and structure development
  • A plethora of activities, apps and websites that appeal to all types of learners
  • Motivating personalized paired and mixer activities to add to your “bag of tricks”
  • Stimulating communicative activities that are applicable for beginning through advanced levels
  • Valuable strategies to help all students – struggling to gifted – achieve success in world language learning
  • Best practices that assist all students’ progress, from structured to non-rehearsed interpersonal communication
  • High-tech and low-tech ways to increase student motivation and participation
  • Routines and techniques to provide comprehensible input and encourage self expression
  • Dozens of motivating multi-sensory activities to enhance your students’ speaking ability
  • Ideas, ideas, ideas that work for any language, level and age!

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

These are challenging times for teachers, especially for those of us who teach world languages. We are required to participate in a myriad of local, state and national initiatives. There is always new technology to explore. We spend a lot of time communicating with parents and assisting individual students. In times of financial insecurity, we must even advocate for our own world language programs.

In the midst of all these important concerns, it can be difficult to find the time and energy to concentrate on the most important thing we do: actually teach our language! That’s why I designed this practical seminar – to provide 101 outstanding tools to enhance our day-to-day teaching and to help us focus anew on the essentials of reaching our students.

The 101 classroom-proven, practical techniques in this seminar can be used immediately in your world language classes. Since you will actually participate in most of the activities, you’ll see how they can be used to better channel the energy of your antsy 4th hour class or to motivate the sleepy students in your 1st hour group!

What are the 101 best strategies? This seminar is designed to emphasize topics that teachers most often request: practical tips and techniques for staying in the target language and for creating a supportive classroom based on recent brain research; easy-to-implement activities that promote lively, engaged learning; and strategies that really work for teaching vocabulary and language structures. Also included are new strategies for student communication in the interpersonal, non-rehearsed mode. In addition, we’ll explore technological tools, websites and apps that enable our “millennial generation” learners to create and interact.

All of these topics – and the 101 strategies that support them – will leave you re-energized and excited. Whether your students are ten or eighteen, you’ll leave with a plethora of resources to enhance your teaching and, most importantly, your students’ learning!

I look forward to spending the day with you!

Alice Kosnik

P.S. Dress comfortably for a fast-paced, highly interactive, enjoyable learning experience that will give you 101 outstanding strategies you can use immediately! We will have an exciting – and possibly surprising – day of “learning by doing.”

Who Should Attend

World Language Educators serving students in Grades 4-12.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive World Language Teaching Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:

  • Practical strategies for actively engaging students in learning world languages
  • Motivating, communicative games that provide students with “safe” ways to learn a world language
  • Engaging activities to increase students’ acquisition of vocabulary and structure
  • Reproducible samples of outstanding paired and mixer activities your students will enjoy
  • Powerful, research-based lesson-planning techniques
  • Highly practical tips to achieve 90%+ target language use
  • Techniques for incorporating movement in your classroom instruction
  • A wealth of activities that appeal to learners with varying learning styles and abilities

Meet and Share with Other World Language Teachers
This seminar provides a great opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strengthening their world language instructional program.

Consultation Available
Alice Kosnik will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions about the unique needs of your own world language program.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four Graduate level professional development credit are available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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