Title: Virtual Interactions Foster Cultural and Linguistic Competency
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Webinar Dates: Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Webinar Times: 10:00 AM Eastern Time and 4:00 PM Eastern Time
Length of Webinar: 60 Minutes
Target Audience: K-12 and Post-Secondary Spanish and Portuguese teachers; world language method instructors; supervisors and other administrators
Webinar description: Today’s technology provides opportunities to personalize the learning experience through virtual interactions. Students can now engage in real-world conversations with native speakers in real time, connecting the learning content to meaningful, applied experiences. This webinar describes a standards based approach to integrating language and culture in a natural, authentic context. It includes a rationale for establishing a virtual conversation program, a review of available technology, as well as strategies for organizing and executing a successful program.
Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco is an Associate Professor of Spanish, K-12 world languages teacher trainer and Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She completed her doctoral work in Spanish Applied Linguistics and Teaching Methodology at the University of Pittsburgh. Diane instructs courses in Spanish, Applied Linguistics and Foreign Language pedagogy and has published articles in such journals asHispania, Language Educator, Central States Reports and The NAMTA Journal. Her current book project is a two volume text entitled Experiencias. Diane’s research interests include intercultural communicative competence, immersion and study abroad, content based language learning and integrating technology to enhance language learning. An international presenter and educational consultant for K-12 language programs, Diane has also coordinated study abroad programs in Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru, and has served as a visiting professor in Costa Rica and Spain.