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Improving Student Performance
in the Target Language:

Leveraging Motivation, Mindset and Grit (Grades 6-12)

Presented by Greta Lundgaard
Outstanding World Language Educator and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for World Language Teachers, Department Heads and World Language Administrators Serving Grades 6-12

  • Proven strategies to increase motivation, the development of grit and perseverance and growth mindset in the world language classroom
  • The most useful resources to help students develop a growth mindset about language proficiency development
  • Practical ways to infuse growth mindset into feedback on student performances in the target language
  • Timesaving tips and innovative strategies to light the fire of motivation in your students which will foster a feeling of investment and ownership in their learning

Practical Ideas and Strategies

In this NEW seminar, outstanding world language teacher and nationally-known presenter, Greta Lundgaard, will share practical research-based strategies to address the challenges of working with today’s world language learner. Throughout the seminar, you’ll receive practical tips, strategies, instructional techniques, and activities that will transition your classroom into a student-centered learning environment, engage your students in meaningful ways, promote and develop a growth mindset in your students, and leverage key concepts of motivation that will result in student investment and ownership in their learning. Through interactive activities, participants will deepen their understanding around the importance of effort and the importance of teaching students how to learn from mistakes, improve based on feedback, and persevere in their journey toward the proficiency goals of your course.

You’ll leave this seminar with practical ideas about how to adapt existing lessons and units to promote increased motivation, develop a growth mindset, and emphasize the benefits of persistence and effort in your students. You will be equipped with an expanded “toolbox” of proven strategies that will result in your students becoming more engaged and motivated in ways that will positively impact their language proficiency growth.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Utilize Growth Mindset to Increase Proficiency in the Target Language
    Discover the difference between fixed and growth mindsets … How to utilize growth mindset to increase language proficiency
  2. Utilize Feedback to Improve Performance in the Target Language
    By crafting feedback that sends a positive feedback message, teachers can increase student motivation and ownership while improving student performances in the target language at the same time
  3. Develop Your Students’ Grit and Perseverance to Accelerate Proficiency Growth
    Discover the energizing effects of motivation and ways that grit and perseverance can help impact a student’s proficiency growth … Learn how to cultivate a classroom that allows for risk-taking, vulnerability and intuition in your students
  4. Diagnose Your Own “Teacher Growth Mindset”
    Diagnose your own “mindset” and how to adjust it … Discover how you may be unintentionally impacting your language learning environment
  5. Increase Student Engagement in Your World Language Classroom
    Learn the relationship between creating relevance and existing student interests and how to positively impact motivation
  6. Cultivate Your Students’ Ownership for Language Learning
    Help your students use the “can-do” statements that guide your units and lessons to cultivate their ownership of the learning
  7. Help your Students Link Effort to Success in Target Language Learning
    Let’s re-think extrinsic and intrinsic motivation … Scaffolding for success involves emphasizing effort and banking motivational dividends … Here’s how
  8. Personalize Language Learning Using Powerful Peer and Self Assessments
    Explore strategies for peer- and self- assessment that positively impact motivation and increase student ownership in their learning
  9. Boost Motivation for Language Learning Using Low-Prep, High-Impact Strategies
    Motivation can be increased in all students when teachers focus on entry points that provide for student input, choice, and voice … Return to the classroom ready to put low-prep, high-impact strategies in action
  10. Receive an Extensive World Language Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook filled with practical strategies, frameworks, tools, and resources presented in this seminar.

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • The essential characteristics of growth mindset in world language learners and how to develop them
  • How to make a positive growth mindset a part of the culture in your world language classroom
  • The four major aspects of motivation and how the presence or absence of those aspects looks in the world language classroom
  • The essential elements of a classroom environment that promotes grit in learners
  • Specific differences in types of feedback (praise, evaluative, descriptive) and the purposes for each
  • How your own fixed and growth mindsets impact the cognitive effort and behavior of your students
  • How to purposefully craft feedback to students to reflect growth mindset
  • How motivation links to the affective filter found in language learning and how you can lessen its effects
  • How to teach your students to see the value of risk-taking in growing their language proficiency
  • Proven ways to create a classroom environment that supports risk-taking, intuition and vulnerability in language learners
  • Ways to take an existing unit or lesson and incorporate aspects of motivation to increase meaningful student engagement in the target language
  • Practical strategies to develop productive persistence in language learners

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

A hallmark of student-centered learning is for learners to take ownership of their learning. Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, years of previous schooling has removed students’ motivation to do so. In addition to that, we have many students in our world language classrooms who believe that they’re just “not good at” learning languages. Leveraging aspects of motivation, growth mindset, and the characteristics of persistence, effort, and grit, and embedding them into lesson and unit planning has a significant impact on learning in in the world language classroom. The impact of growth mindset in our students is enhanced when teachers link descriptive feedback on performances with growth mindset. We also know that cultivating growth-oriented mindsets in students can lead to resilience, persistence, intrinsic motivation, and increased confidence in abilities to use the target language. In this seminar, I will share the key concepts that positively impact learner proficiency growth and outline specific strategies connected to each concept. Working together, we will explore four aspects of motivation, connect these aspects to learner characteristics, and associate them to practical tips in lesson or unit design.

It is my goal that this seminar will bring you greater clarity and deeper understanding about the affective factors that can encourage our learners to partner with us in the journey as language learners. I will share research-based strategies, ideas, and structures that will help you transform your classroom environment and instruction in ways that will motivate and empower your students.

I look forward to meeting you and joining together with you as we develop our own growth mindsets around these key concepts and explore the possibilities they can have on our students and their progress up the ACTFL proficiency scale.

Greta Lundgaard

P.S. Did you know that feedback can have a fixed or growth mindset message?  I’ll show you practical ways to craft feedback that will encourage independence in our students and make them aware of the importance of resilience and perseverance.

Who Should Attend

World Language Teachers, Department Heads and World Language Administrators Serving Grades 6-12

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive world language resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Best classroom practices that lead to growth mindsets
  • Strategies to keep growth mindsets in focus in the world language classroom
  • Key ideas in designing units and lessons that promote motivation as well as language acquisition
  • Classroom practices that lead to increased motivation and ownership by learners
  • Essential strategies to build students’ persistence, resilience, and risk-taking in language learning

Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their world language program.

Consultation Available
Greta Lundgaard will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own world language program.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you'll be fully satisfied or you'll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!

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