Spring Conference 2020

2020 IFLTA Spring Conference

We are sorry to report that the IFLTA Pam Gemmer Spring Conference has been CANCELED. We want to sincerely thank the 16 distinguished presenters and all teachers that registered for this conference created in honor of our beloved Pam. We hope we can have the same exceptional line up for a future date.

April 3 – 4, 2020
Indianapolis Convention Center

We are able to participate at this fantastic venue as part of the Beyond Boundaries Indiana Academies Symposium, which is a part of the Indiana University Bicentennial celebration. The registration fee covers keynote speeches, food, and a slate of sessions put together by IFLTA for IFLTA. 

    • Registration for World Language Teachers: 50 dollars (includes buffet, breakfasts and lunches)
    • Free Registration for students. Meals for students: $25 dollars
    • Parking is not included with the registration.



Friday, April 3
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Increasing Student Engagement
Candis Carey, Crown Point High School
At this session the presenter will share tried and true methods of engaging her students to increase student participation. Examples of activities using movement in the classroom, student choice boards, and selfies and student videos among other ideas will be shared. Come prepared to participate and leave with ideas to use on Monday!

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Multil-IN-gual Panel
Discussion about Best Practices for Increasing Participation and Attention in the World Language Classroom Panel’s Chair: Israel F. Herrera, Indiana University Bloomington

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

1. “Beyond the Cloze: Hidden Benefits of Using Music to Teach Culture”
Abby Whicker, Mater Dei High School; JJ Epperson, Gibson Southern High School

We know that music can be used as a hook for a novel or unit, gives us ample opportunities to share grammar in context, helps us hear spaces between the words, and provides a reason to get up and move. But do you know the less obvious, sometimes hidden benefits to music? Learn how using music in your class can help build empathy, provide connections to content outside of school, conjure the magic that makes students run into your class, and more!

2. Do the Inclusive “Thang“: Themes and Diversity in Your Classroom
Presenter: Candis Carey, Crown Point High School

Students often come to our classrooms with preconceived notions of what the German population looks like. At this session you will explore how to help paint a more diverse picture of Germany through using authentic materials. The presenter will share ideas and resources on how to diversify the themes many German teachers already include in their curricula and how these also fit in to the AP Themes. Come prepared to participate.

1:45 pm-3:15 pm

1. The Indiana Language Roadmap Initiative
Teresa Nichols, Indiana University Bloomington; Israel F. Herrera, Indiana University Bloomington; Martha Martin, Global Indiana

The Indiana Language Roadmap Initiative (2017 – present) is launching funding for community projects. During this session, presenters will provide an overview of this funding competition and share additional resources and professional development opportunities for language educators and school districts. Session attendees will also be able to contribute to the development of an advocacy packet for community engagement by sharing commonly asked questions from parents, students, or community members unsure about the importance of language learning.

2. “Students: The most valuable resource in your Classroom”
Christy Lade, Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate Junior High

In this session Christy will talk about how she uses her students to provide comprehensible and highly engaging target language input. Strategies discussed will include card talk, calendar talk, weekend chat, picture talk, special person interviews, and games. Build relationships and a strong class community while staying 90% in the target language. Implement some or all of these to create a positive classroom community based on positive relationships!

3. Reaching Intercultural Competence Through Story Based Methods
Bill Langley, Richmond High School

ACTFL Accepted Session! Where does culture belong in a course emphasizing comprehensible input (CI)? Teaching culture as content can lead to unpredictable L1 conversations. Teaching interculturally, however, is compatible with CI. Participants will leave with activities that can be adapted to enhance traditional storytelling techniques and build intercultural competence.



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