Norwood Hosts GWATFL Fall Conference on November 3

The 2018 fall conference of the Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Language was held at Norwood School on Saturday, November 3, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The conference provided the opportunity for teachers of world languages to discover new strategies and resources, as well as the opportunity to network with colleagues. The keynote address, "Making It Real!," by Leslie Grahn, explored ways for world language teachers to make their instruction real, relevant, and rigorous through real-world resources, contexts, tasks, and assessments. A highly experiences language teacher, Ms. Grahn is also the co-author of The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction.

Sessions included:
  • Amplifying Student Voice in the World Language Classroom
  • Más allá del aula: Learning Language and Culture through Service in the Community
  • Reinvigorating the Heritage Language Learner Curriculum
  • Tools for Connection: Innovative Can-Do Statements Cultivating Collaboration and Empathy
  • Using Authentic Text with Novice Language Learners
  • More than Artists: Arts Integration in the World Language Classroom
  • Making Thinking Visible: Use of Thinking Routines to Teach Vocabulary
  • People, Place and Time: How Art Reflects Culture with the Smithsonian Learning Lab Collections
  • The Importance of Language Acquisition & Language Objectives for Authentic Learning and Communicating in Target Language
  • Lessons from My First Time AP Reading
  • Gaining Confidence in a Foreign Language: Lessons from Theatrical Performance.
  • Making Input Comprehensible in a Beginner Russian Classroom
  • Making Language Real: Music for Writing Accuracy and Cultural Pride
  • Documentation in the EC Immersion/Dual Language.
  • Exploring Cultural Masterpieces is Like Making a Great Sandwich
  • Authentic Resources in the Early Levels
  • Humanizing Classroom Observation: Communication Tools that Enhance Harmony in Schools
  • Learn to Use the Language, not Learn the Language
Complete information about the conference can be found here.

Click here to view a video with highlights from the conference, and here to see photos.

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The Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Language (GWATFL) is a non-profit organization focused on advocacy and professional development for world language teachers in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland. GWATFL has been serving world language educators in the D.C. area for over 50 years and provides two conferences a year, one in the fall and another in the spring. 
Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.