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Idaho’s 55th Annual Association of Teachers of Language and Culture Conference Held at Idaho State University

Idaho State University held the 55th annual Idaho Association of Teachers and Language and Culture Conference titled, “Quality of the World Language Classroom,” on Oct. 6 and 7 to help educate language teachers across Idaho on ways to communicate more effectively in their classrooms.

Idaho’s 55th Annual Association of Teachers of Language and Culture Conference Held at Idaho State University

 

Idaho State University held the 55th annual Idaho Association of Teachers and Language and Culture Conference titled, “Quality of the World Language Classroom,” on Oct. 6 and 7 to help educate language teachers across Idaho on ways to communicate more effectively in their classrooms.

The goal of the conference was to encourage participants to learn new ways of teaching a foreign language in a traditional classroom. Nearly 90 teachers from across Idaho were in attendance and learned ways to influence and shape aspects of teaching foreign language to create a more open dialogue. This event allowed attendees to earn professional development credits, meet new colleagues and share new ideas.

“More than 20 presenters did an excellent job sharing with the audience their teaching experience,” said Valia Tatarova, president of the IATLC and ISU instructor in the Department of Global Studies and Languages. “It was definitely a big success. The number of presentations to choose from for the two days was dizzying.”

Sessions included varying topics such as, "How To Plan Your Year In A Summer Day," which stressed how important it is to have a plan for what is going to be taught and what your objective is as a teacher to reach the kids most effectively. Another session titled, "A Who Dun It," was interactive and had attendees write down words in another language and paste them onto the part of the body that they belonged. 

“In two days I learned so many things that I can immediately employ in my classroom to get my students to use the language more,” said David Swenson, Spanish teacher at Pocatello’s Highland High School.

The keynote speaker of the event was ISU’s professor of anthropology Christopher Loether.  He spoke on the National World-Readiness Standards for teaching and learning world languages, and explained how the standards fall under five categories known as the five C’s: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities. Loether gave valuable information from his experiences with other languages and cultures, incorporating anecdotes with the specifics of the standards and emphasized the impact culture has on language.

“National World-Readiness Standards are necessary in order to be able to monitor and measure the progress that learners of a second language are making,” said Loether. “This helps teachers and other educators in planning second language curricula by giving them benchmarks along the way indicating where their students should be, and what they should be able to say and understand at each level.”

This event was funded by a grant from the ISU Diversity Resource Center and from ISU Credit Union.

 

Written by Nic Tarbet, College of Arts and Letters Intern

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