Institute for Educational Development


Location: COLUMBIA
Date: May 1, 2018


$249.00 per person
Group Price: $229.00
*For 3 or more people regestering at the same time

Increasing Performance in the Target Language to Strengthen Your Students’ Communicative Proficiency

(Grades 6-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Alyssa Villarreal

Outstanding World Language Teacher and Presenter

Specifically Designed for World Language Teachers, Department Heads and Administrators Serving Grades 6-12

  • New, innovative techniques to increase engagement and accelerate communicative proficiency in the target language
  • Time-efficient ways to give feedback and use effective assessment tools and processes
  • Ready-to-use ideas and powerful methods that increase instructional time in the target language that is authentic and meaningful
  • Proven strategies to establish and sustain a motivating classroom environment that accelerates your students’ performance in the target language

Practical Strategies

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages recommends that language educators and their students use the target language as exclusively as possible (90% plus) at all levels of instruction during instructional time and, when feasible, beyond the classroom. – ACTFL Position Statement, May 2010

Are you looking for practical ideas of how to meet the ACTFL recommendation of using the target language 90% of the time in your classroom? Do you have students who do not stay in the target language? Do you have students who are not always motivated? This engaging seminar will answer these questions with ready-to-use, low-prep activities that will help you develop an immersive language learning atmosphere where students feel comfortable using their new language skills to communicate meaningful messages. You will learn to build on the characteristics of today’s millennial students to enhance their performance in the target language. In this outstanding NEW seminar, experienced world language teacher, Alyssa Villarreal will share motivating interactive activities designed to accelerate your students’ use of the target language both inside and outside the classroom.

You will leave this seminar with an extensive world language instruction resource handbook and dozens of strategies you will be able to use immediately to accelerate your students’ use of the target language.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Accelerate Your Students’ Communicative Proficiency
    Learn practical strategies that will develop students’ communicative proficiency in the target language … Discover innovative ways to engage with students and communicate almost exclusively using the target language!
  2. Learn New and Innovative Ideas to Invigorate Your World Language Instruction
    Acquire engaging, highly efficient techniques and activities to increase your students’ motivation and learning in your world language classroom
  3. Increase Your Students’ Performance and Use of the Target Language
    Target language use increases as students personally relate to the topics of study and as they share these connections with each other … Here’s how
  4. Enhance the Interpersonal Mode of Communication
    Experience a wealth of interpersonal activities for developing unrehearsed and spontaneous speaking at all levels
  5. Utilize the Target Language from Day One
    Engage your students in use of the target language from the first day of class … Here’s how
  6. Create a Classroom Where Students Love Using the Target Language
    Learn proven techniques to maximize students’ use of the target language through clear expectations, established processes and structures to sustain a safe, supportive, self-expressive, and resource-rich environment
  7. Engage Students in Innovative Activities that Build Classroom Rapport
    Discover innovative, interactive activities that motivate students to share their background knowledge, experiences and ideas
  8. Build a Language Learning Community Where Students Work Together
    Students enjoy personalized activities where they collaborate to create and problem solve together … Here’s how
  9. Cultivate a Safe and Engaging Language Learning Environment
    Foster a language learning environment where all students are comfortable to experiment and take academic risks using the target language … Leave with an expanded repertoire of proven techniques to motivate all students and avoid impediments to language learning
  10. Receive an Extensive World Language Instruction Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook with ready-to-use materials specifically designed for this seminar filled with a wealth of practical ideas, information and activities that promote use of the target language and can be implemented right away

Specific Topics


Here's what you'll learn:
  • Meaningful activities that will help students develop communicative proficiency by exchanging information, negotiating meaning and expressing their ideas
  • Ways for students to set learning goals and objectives and monitor their progress and effort in use of the target language
  • Highly practical tips for how to motivate all students to want to use the target language
  • Proven ideas to strengthen student performance through self and peer assessment
  • Intentional strategies that scaffold novice students from nonverbal to verbal communication
  • Specific strategies for avoiding common pitfalls in communicative classrooms
  • Engaging, communicative activities that are applicable for all students, from novice to advanced
  • Assessment ideas that align to proficiency-based teaching
  • Innovative ways to elicit effective interpersonal communication skills in any language on any topic
  • How to better empower your students to interact and engage in the target language with intent
  • How to create a classroom culture and community that breeds trust, builds proficiency and creates a desire to continue acquiring language
  • Proven techniques to help students, parents and administrators understand the value of using the target language and developing communicative proficiency
  • Utilizing flipped classroom ideas to build vocabulary and grammar structure knowledge and bring more interaction to the classroom time

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

What is your real goal for your students and for yourself? I am quite sure it is NOT talking about a set of grammar rules or a series of vocabulary lists. I am talking about WHY you truly wanted to be a language teacher.

I am sure that you want your students to love language and culture as well as embrace this learning and carry it on beyond the walls of your classroom as much as I do. You probably also want to feel that as their teacher, you have had a big hand in inspiring them to feel this way. The most important key to making this a reality is to get them to speak in the language to you and to each other!

I know from experience IT CAN BE DONE! In this seminar, I will share a wide variety of meaningful ways we can accomplish this in our classes each day. Connecting with our students as global citizens and on a level that helps them see the importance of their language learning as well as the fun inherent in this experience will be at the heart of our work together during the seminar. I will demonstrate innovative ways to approach feedback and all of you will take part in an interactive experience that will leave us all with practical ideas, proven strategies and tangible activities that will work right away. My favorite thing to do is work with teachers and to take the opportunity to put many creative minds in the same space. The outcomes are always full of excitement and new energy. 
I look forward to meeting you and to sparking original, imaginative and resourceful ideas that only teachers can produce together!

Sincerely,
Alyssa Villarreal

P.S. This seminar is not about theory but instead will focus on practical ideas that I know from my years in the classroom will work for today’s students.

Who Should Attend

World Language Teachers, Department Heads and Administrators Serving Grades 6-12

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive world language resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Simple and effective approaches to assessing interpersonal communication
    • Tips and tricks to personalize students’ learning
    • Concrete strategies and techniques to accelerate proficiency
    • Principles of communicative language teaching that anyone teaching for proficiency needs to know
    • Templates for peer and self-assessment, rubrics and more
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strengthening their students’ communicative proficiency.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Alyssa Villarreal will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own world language program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.