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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

K-12 Summer Language Workshops for Spanish & French Teachers

Registration Now Open

Posted: May 13, 2013
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CES is pleased to offer two foreign language workshops this summer in Spanish and French. Workshops are free of charge and open to all Texas K-12 teachers and CPE credits are available.

Spanish Workshop: A New Model for Spanish Lab Activities at UT

June 15th, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. UT Austin Campus

In this one day workshop, participants will learn about a new approach to integrating and evaluating oral production in language courses. This approach addresses pragmatic issues such as speech acts and fillers in a controlled lab setting. Also, participants will learn the process of creating activities, of guiding students as they complete the activity and of evaluating them.

The class is free but registration is required. We will be using a UT computer lab so seats are limited. Please register early! Lunch and parking are included at no charge.

The June 15th class is currently full. However, there is a waitlist and we will
be contacting people as space becomes available, so please do add your name and
information!
Click here for the workshop waitlist.

French Workshop: Fun Uses for Technology in the French Classroom

June 13th 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. UT Austin Campus

In this seminar, we will provide a brief survey of various free online tools whose applications can liven up any French classroom, by encouraging fun uses of the target language to learn and review new vocabulary, explore different facets of French culture firsthand and interact in real-time with fellow French learners and native speakers from around the world.

Just some of the tools we will be discussing include Quizlet—a site for making class-specific electronic flashcards that students can use to review on their iphones and ipads, Popling—an installable widget that helps teach vocabulary by popping up on the screen and quizzing on words/concepts at programmed intervals, FLEvideo—an online database of short videos and accompanying comprehension questions compiled by French Language teachers in France and CLEAR, an interface by Michigan State that allows students to respond in real-time to pre-recorded questions uploaded by their instructors. 

We will present the highlights and features of each application in the first half of the seminar, and encourage attendees to develop some of their own materials in the second half, using the tools they find to be the most applicable in their own French language classrooms.  

The class is free but registration is required. Lunch and parking are included at no charge.

Click here to register.

All language workshops provided by CES are free of charge. Workshops are made possible through a grant by the U.S. Department of Education and assistance from UT's Texas Language Center (TLC), the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL), and the Department of French & Italian.

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