Get Your Students Speaking! Intentionally Raising Oral Proficiency in the Language Classroom

Online in Zoom
Nina Wilson, UTeach Liberal Arts (The University of Texas at Austin)

Participant Learning Objectives

  • Gain practical strategies and tools to reach ACTFL’s goal of 90% target language use by the students and teachers
  • Discuss the “why” behind the “what” for each strategy and tool to maximize its effective use and placement within learning cycles
  • Discover ways to build the confidence and expectations of students to perform in the target language in the LOTE classroom

About the facilitator

Nina Wilson is a decorated, life-long educator and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish as well as her LOTE K-12 teaching certification. She returned to her alma mater as a UTeach Liberal Arts professor, working primarily with preservice LOTE teachers. Ms. Wilson has taught Spanish and AVID for over twenty years. She is a current National Board Certified Teacher and has been since 2004. She has designed and facilitated a host of learning opportunities both locally and nationally, and served as a Demonstration Classroom Teacher for her school district. Ms. Wilson has dedicated her career to developing her own skills while also enhancing those of her colleagues.

Video segments

Workshop introduction
00:00:00 - 00:06:14 Introduction and Welcoming Ritual
00:06:15 - 00:08:38 Focus Questions
00:08:39 - 00:13:22 Agenda
00:17:21 - 00:22:57 Agreements
00:22:58 - 00:39:49 How the Brain Learns teaching philosophy

Proficiency Based activities and tech tools
00:39:50 - 01:03:37 Info-gap
00:03:38 - 01:15:01 A picture is worth a thousand words
01:15:02 - 01:27:59 Battleship
01:28:00 - 01:39:30 Partner predictions
01:44:46 - 02:12:50 Connecting the dots /foursquare
02:12:51 - 02:31:55 Four clues
02:31:56 - 02:40:29 Charades and pictionary
02:40:30 - 02:47:23 Circumlocution/heads up
02:46:32 - 02:57:52 Flipgrid
02:57:53 - 03:04:56 Voki
03:04:57 - 03:09:17 Flyswatter game

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