If you’re in California, are your teachers going to this conference?
The ACTFL conference is one of the big language learning conferences of the year and there are lots of workshops focused on immersion. It’s in San Diego this year, so if your schools is nearby, hopefully someone’s going.
2015 ANNUAL CONVENTION AND WORLD LANGUAGES EXPO
November 20-22, 2015
San Diego, California (Pre-convention workshops, November 19)
INSPIRE. ENGAGE. TRANSFORM.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo provides you with an amazing educational journey. Join your colleagues from around the world for this incredible learning experience. You will have the option to choose from more than 700 educational sessions in a variety of formats covering a wide spectrum of the language profession. Visit with more than 250 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest products and services for you and your students. The ACTFL Convention is an international event bringing together more than 6,000 language educators from all languages, levels and assignments. Thought-provoking speakers will inspire you, innovative formats will keep you engaged, and smart practices will allow you to transform your classroom.
– See more at: http://www.actfl.org/convention-expo#sthash.uir1vehy.dpuf
For example, here’s one:
Characterizing Mandarin Immersion Learner Language: A Fine-Grained Analysis
Sunday, November 22
San Diego Convention Center, Room 26A
This session examines research findings on the median oral language proficiency levels attained by 277 Mandarin immersion students in three early total programs. Presenters will also share their analysis of three students’ learner language in terms of complexity, accuracy and fluency and discuss implications for program design and implementation.
Session Presenters: Tara Fortune (CARLA, University of Minnesota), Zhongkui Ju (CARLA, University of Minnesota), Molly Wieland (XinXing Academy, Hopkins Public Schools), and Ping Peng (Minnetonka Public Schools)