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Contraseña Conversations Virtual Workshops

Past Workshops

Friday, March 27, 2020 1:00 PM-1:40 PM Eastern

Getting real: How can we help beginning level students approach authentic content? How do we prepare language students to approach authentic content? Dr. Gillian Lord will focus on how text-driven language learning and task-based instruction, paired with detailed receptive and productive strategies, can prepare students to engage in higher-level authentic materials, as early as the second semester. Samples from Contraseña will be shared.

Friday, February 28, 2020 1:00 PM-1:40 PM Eastern

Backward design: what is it and how can it lead to student success? Backward design is a method of designing a foundational curriculum by setting goals before choosing instructional methods and forms of assessment. Join Dr. Amy Rossomondo to discuss the benefits of this approach. How can we motivate students not only to do more but to gain better insight into their learning? Samples from Contraseña will be shared.

Friday, January 31, 2020 1:00 PM-1:40 PM Eastern

Truly Transformed and Fully Flipped: Examples from a 21st Century Foundational Spanish Course. Join Drs. Amy Rossomondo and Gillian Lord as they explore experiences and outcomes from students using their new foundational Spanish program, integrating self-assessment and reflection and designed to foster translingual and transcultural competence. Initial findings and data will be shared. A version of this workshop was presented at ACTFL in November 2019.

Friday, October 11, 2019 1:30-2:20 PM Eastern  

Engaging Our Students: Social Learning and Project-Based Assessment.  An estimated 74% of 21st-century students spend over 2+ hours on social media every day. How can we leverage this in our language courses? In this 40-minute talk, Dr. Amy Rossomondo will propose some benefits of social learning and project-based assessment as ways to motivate greater student and instructor engagement and performance. She’ll share sample student ePortfolio projects from varying points in the Introductory Spanish course and ideas on how instructors can facilitate opportunities for students to become participant users of Spanish in foundational courses across all modalities.