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Welcome to the preliminary schedule for the 2017 FLAM Conference to be held October 27-28 at the St. Charles Convention Center. This schedule to subject to change.

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Friday, October 27
 

8:30am CDT

Best of FLTA: RATS! My students aren't speaking in the target language!
Need some great tips and tricks to help you and your students stay in the target language 90% of the time? Then this is the session for you! Walk away with fast, easy ways to increase the target language use in ALL levels (that's right, even Level 1!). Rats, speaking strips, circumlocution and more!
*FLTA = Foreign Lanaguge Teachers Association of Greater St. Louis

Presenters
avatar for Caitlin Crain

Caitlin Crain

Spanish Teacher, Francis Central High School
I am an advocate for language learning, language teaching and travel. I constantly work hard to better myself and my students, raising the expectations for everyone.
avatar for Amy Roznos

Amy Roznos

French teacher, Francis Central High School
I am a French teacher and language lover. I love to travel and have most recently traveled to Iceland. Constant improvement of my craft is the name of the game!



Friday October 27, 2017 8:30am - 9:40am CDT
Meeting Room 101 One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Best Practices

8:30am CDT

STEMnergizing your World Language Classroom: Ideas to Promote Communication in the Target Language
The purpose of this session is to provide teachers with ideas and hands-on activities that they can use to support communication, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration (the 4Cs of the 21st century skills) in their World Languages classrooms. In addition, the presenter will discuss tools and strategies from Discovery Education that can be implemented within the curriculum to create an engaging learning environment for their students in the target language.

Presenters
avatar for Haydee Taylor-Arnold

Haydee Taylor-Arnold

FLAM Regional Representative, Northeast, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis


Friday October 27, 2017 8:30am - 9:40am CDT
Junior Ballroom D One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Best Practices

8:30am CDT

Preparing for the IPA: Creating Standards-Based Lessons Using Authentic Resources
While many schools are moving toward Integrated Performance Assessments, some teachers might struggle with how best to prepare their students for this type of evaluation. In this presentation you will learn how to use authentic resources to increase students’ proficiency in all three modes, preparing them for success on an IPA.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Shepard

Lisa Shepard

French Teacher, Lee's Summit North High School
I am the author of Madame's Musings, a blog about proficiency-based language teaching. Use this link to follow today's session: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XJBbWWdGqeuIMtCHvu7YxekCm8aK2xmKoqRDmkP96RI/edit?usp=sharing


Friday October 27, 2017 8:30am - 9:40am CDT
Junior Ballroom A One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Curriculum & Assessment

11:00am CDT

To Proficiency and Beyond! - Our Journey to a Proficiency Based Classroom
We will tell you about our journey of transitioning from a traditional classroom to proficiency based instruction sharing what we have learned along the way.

Presenters
avatar for Jackie Allmendinger

Jackie Allmendinger

High School Spanish Teacher, Webb City High School, Crowder College
This is my 33rd year teaching Spanish. I have taught students ranging in age from 4 to 78. Teaching Spanish is my passion! Comprehensible Input is one of the greatest innovations in language teaching I have ever seen. Let's talk about it!!!
avatar for Karla Gollhofer

Karla Gollhofer

Spanish Teacher, Webb City High School
I'm in my fourteenth year as a secondary Spanish teacher. I'm passionate about Comprehensible Input, so please talk to me about how you implement CI.



Friday October 27, 2017 11:00am - 12:10pm CDT
Junior Ballroom A One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Best Practices

11:00am CDT

Explore, Visit, Narrate and Guide with Tour Builder
Looking for a new way to present information? Tired of the same old student presentations? If so, then this session is for you. Connect information, language and place virtually using Google Tour Builder.  This platform allows teachers and students to share information by combining features of Google Earth, Google slides, images and hyperlinks. Session will provide explanation of how to use and create tours, examples of teacher presentations and student work, and hands on assistance in creating your first tour.

Presenters
avatar for Amanda Marvin

Amanda Marvin

Spanish Teacher, The Barstow School, Kansas City
This is my 9th year teaching Spanish at The Barstow School in Kansas City. I teach levels 3, 4, AP Language and AP Lit. I have been an AP Reader these last 2 years. I have also worked with ELL students in KCK and taught English in Mendoza, Argentina for 4 years. My passions: my 3... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 11:00am - 12:10pm CDT
Junior Ballroom D One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Technology

1:50pm CDT

Lead with Languages
How do we inspire our students to continue their language learning? How do we make our classes stand out? How do we bring more students into our programs? How do we integrate our community into the path to proficiency? Join us as we discuss practical answers to these questions and explore ACTFL’s Lead with Languages resources to make your program shine!

Presenters
avatar for Jeffrey Karr

Jeffrey Karr

FLAM Secretary, ELL Specialist, Online Spanish Instructor
I'm an Elementary English Language Learners Specialist in Springfield Public Schools and online Spanish Instructor at Missouri State University. I have also taught IB High School/Middle School French and Spanish. FLAM Secretary
avatar for Lisa Lilley Ritter

Lisa Lilley Ritter

ACTFL Board of Directors, 2010 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, National Board Certified Teacher, ACTFL
Lisa Lilley is a member of the ACTFL Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer as well as the Convention, Finance, and Executive Committees. She is a past president of FLAM and served on the Board of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Lisa is a... Read More →



Friday October 27, 2017 1:50pm - 3:00pm CDT
Junior Ballroom B One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Advocacy & Collaboration

1:50pm CDT

Interactive Input
Are you ready to introduce vocabulary and grammar in new ways that engage students? We will cover 25 different activities to make input an active event for your students. Several have extension activities that lead to output. Be prepared to try some yourself during this hour! Most of these ideas are low-prep, high-engagement, so you will be able to add them to your class quickly.

Presenters
avatar for Caitlin Houston

Caitlin Houston

Spanish Teacher, Valley Park High School
Caitlin won the Best of Missouri Award for her last presentation. She hopes attendees will be as excited about her newest presentation.Stop by and chat about your favorite activities, ways to keep class active and fun travel adventure stories. Let's keep class moving and interest... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 1:50pm - 3:00pm CDT
Junior Ballroom A One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Best Practices

1:50pm CDT

Motivation through Digital Badges
Digital badges are part of our students' culture. Using badges, add elements of fun and motivation to your students' language learning experiences! This is an interactive session to help you start your own digital badging culture for your students. Bring your web-enabled device. Tablets and laptops work best!

Presenters
avatar for Christine Mills

Christine Mills

Liberty Middle School
FLAM Communications Chair


Friday October 27, 2017 1:50pm - 3:00pm CDT
Junior Ballroom D One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Technology

3:50pm CDT

Dúo Dinámico
We will cover a variety of high engagement activities that we use daily in class with students ranging from Spanish to dual-credit students. We will cover various speaking, listening, cooperative games and other things we have come to use regularly in our classrooms. Our session will be jam-packed full of strategies that teachers will be able to start using immediately.

Presenters
avatar for Lauren Hurst

Lauren Hurst

Raytown High School
Currently in 6th year of teaching Spanish at my alma-mater. Love to run, Pin, play golf, and drink chai tea.
avatar for Cassie Reichert

Cassie Reichert

Spanish Teacher, Raytown High School



Friday October 27, 2017 3:50pm - 5:00pm CDT
Junior Ballroom C One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Best Practices

3:50pm CDT

Total Engagement and Technology Strategies for Comprehensible Input
Avoid the Peanuts' teacher trap of "Wah, Wah, Wah" with a few new and some brushed off strategies for increasing comprehensible input, creating classroom community through collaborative structures, and incorporating technology. Participants will experience and practice designing lessons using Window Pane, Volleyball Rotation Line-Up, Turn and Talk, world-wide Shared Google.docs, and Screen-castify, to name a few.

Presenters
CG

Christina Garcia

Associate Professor of Spanish, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures


Friday October 27, 2017 3:50pm - 5:00pm CDT
Junior Ballroom D One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Technology
 
Saturday, October 28
 

8:00am CDT

Creative Engagement in the Target Language
Explore creative ways to engage language learners in the target language and culture. Examples include: decision cards, three actions tournament, celebrity cards, awkward family photos, map reading, concert posters, circuit training, and guided culture projects. This presentation will be interactive. ¡Vamos!

Presenters
avatar for Sean Kembell

Sean Kembell

Spanish teacher, Branson
Hello! I am a 16 year educator and coach at Branson High School. I hold undergraduate degrees in Spanish and International Management, and graduate degrees in Education and Educational Administration, all from Missouri State University. I am married to Cheri, and have three beautiful... Read More →



Saturday October 28, 2017 8:00am - 9:10am CDT
Junior Ballroom B One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Best Practices

8:00am CDT

My Name is Bess...and I'm a TPRS teacher
What does it mean to be a TPRS teacher?  In this session, I will give my personal accounts of being a TPRS teacher, what that means, and how it informs my planning and teaching.  Come with questions and an open mind to see if TPRS is right for you!

Presenters
avatar for Elisabeth Hayles

Elisabeth Hayles

Teacher, Lee's Summit High School
Bess Hayles is beginning her fifteenth year teaching French in Kansas City. She currently teaches all levels, from beginner to IB, at Lee's Summit High School. In addition to classroom teaching, Bess has worked on curriculum and novels with Teacher's Discovery and TPRS Books, presented... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 8:00am - 9:10am CDT
Junior Ballroom C One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Best Practices
  • Audience ALL
  • Examples in... French
  • Presentation Language English
  • Eligible for Best of Missouri Award yes
  • Tags TPRS

8:00am CDT

National Spanish Examinations: Standards-Based Online Assessments
This session will focus on the content and administration of the AATSP's National Spanish Examinations (NSE). The presenter will discuss exam content, how the NSE measures both performance and content standards, test administration procedures, how the exams can be used as formative and summative assessments, and NSE contest scholarships and awards.

Presenters
avatar for Haydee Taylor-Arnold

Haydee Taylor-Arnold

FLAM Regional Representative, Northeast, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis


Saturday October 28, 2017 8:00am - 9:10am CDT
Meeting Room 101 One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Curriculum & Assessment

8:00am CDT

1:1 In The World Language Classroom
In this session, we will explore some ways to incorporate one-to-one technology in your world language classroom. Activity and resource ideas will be organized according to the 5 Cs of language learning. Whether you are new to a one-to-one setup or just looking for a few fresh ideas, this session will provide you with various activities to motivate your students and keep them more engaged during class using technology.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Hemmann

Jessica Hemmann

Spanish Teacher, Selvidge Middle School, Rockwood School District
¡Hola! I live and work in the Ballwin community and have been a middle and high school Spanish teacher for over 15 years. My school became a 1:1 building last year, and I am excited to share some of the ideas and resources that I use daily in class to take advantage of this new... Read More →
avatar for Claire Ryan

Claire Ryan

French Teacher, Lafayette High School
I have been teaching French for three years in Rockwood, and I am very excited to share some of the insights and ideas I have gathered as the district has transitioned into 1:1 technology.



Saturday October 28, 2017 8:00am - 9:10am CDT
Junior Ballroom A One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Technology

9:25am CDT

(C)I eat textbooks for breakfast!
Incorporating comprehensible input methodology and strategies can be challenging if the curriculum is set by the scope and sequence of a textbook. This presentation will give tips on how to include CI strategies within the context of grammar and vocabulary-driven units that traditionally do not utilize comprehensible input. Special attention will also be given to utilizing technology, games and culture through comprehensible input. Make sure to bring your device to participate in the interactive activities!

Presenters
avatar for Allison Zilka

Allison Zilka

2016 FLAM Mini-Grant Winner, St. Dominic High School, O'Fallon
This is my third year teaching using CI (comprehensible input). Although I am not an expert, I am excited to share with you what I have learned!



Saturday October 28, 2017 9:25am - 10:35am CDT
Junior Ballroom D One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Best Practices

9:25am CDT

Interpersonal Communication at All Levels
The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages state that “Learners will interact and negotiate meaning in spoken, signed, or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.” Learn more about options for how to practice and assess the Interpersonal mode from level 1 through 4.  We will address practical aspects of these activities as well as learner motivation, creativity, feedback, engagement, and culture.  Give your students the opportunity to participate in real-world scenarios so they are able to do what they wanted to be able to do when they signed up for your course - Communicate with others in the target language!

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Hill

Rachel Hill

Spanish teacher, Eureka High School; Rockwood School District
¡Hola! I am a 5th year Spanish teacher at Eureka High School. I am also from Eureka and attended EHS, so I definitely adore this community. I love traveling, going out to eat, and spending time with my family. I have an adorable 1 year old son, Joey, whom I love to show off... Read More →
avatar for Kim Lackey

Kim Lackey

2012 FLAM Distinguished Foreign Language Educator, National Board Certified Teacher, Rockwood Summit High School
Kim Lackey teaches Spanish 3 and 4 at Rockwood Summit High School in St. Louis County. This is her 24th year of teaching and she was the FLAM Distinguished Foreign Language Educator in 2012-13. Kim is a National Board Certified Teacher who is currently working on her Maintenance of... Read More →



Saturday October 28, 2017 9:25am - 10:35am CDT
Junior Ballroom A One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Best Practices

10:50am CDT

35 Minutes of Fame
Calling all Elementary teachers!  Many of us have our students once a week for 35 minutes, maybe even less!  How can we make the most of our time and still make learning a positive experience for our language learners?  Make it all about them!  Take your 35 minutes with them and make it memorable, fun , and engaging.  I will take you through what my 35 minutes look like in Kindergarten, 3rd, and even 8th grade.  We are a small but mighty crew, but our time with our students can make a HUGE impact!

Presenters
JP

Jennifer Phillips

Spanish teacher, Immaculate Conception School, Archdiocese of St Louis


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:50am - 12:00pm CDT
Meeting Room 102
  Best Practices

10:50am CDT

Mythbusters: TPRS edition
TPRS is a way to teach in the TL that has been around for years, but many still have reservations about using it. The presenters discuss these perceptions and myths about TPRS and explain how they have used TPRS in their classes at various levels to push students towards proficiency in the TL.

Presenters
avatar for Elisabeth Hayles

Elisabeth Hayles

Teacher, Lee's Summit High School
Bess Hayles is beginning her fifteenth year teaching French in Kansas City. She currently teaches all levels, from beginner to IB, at Lee's Summit High School. In addition to classroom teaching, Bess has worked on curriculum and novels with Teacher's Discovery and TPRS Books, presented... Read More →
JJ

Jeremy Jordan

2016 FLAM Distinguished Foreign Language Educator, 2016 Best of Missouri Award, Independent Educator


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:50am - 12:00pm CDT
Junior Ballroom BC One Convention Center Plaza Saint Charles, Missouri 63303
  Best Practices
 
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