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Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education

Downstate IL AATSP Chapter Workshop: From textbook activities to communication tasks
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When: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Where: Stevenson Hall (STV) 211 Illinois State University
100 N University St.
Normal, Illinois 
United States

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Downstate IL AATSP presents…

 From textbook activities to communication tasks.


Despite the push for communicative teaching practices in the teaching of foreign languages, textbook authors still include many activities that do not foster real communication between learners. In this workshop, we will review what communicative language teaching is all about and will explore the use of communication tasks as a way to promote authentic communication exchanges in the classroom. We will learn to identify textbook activities that presumably focus on oral communication but in fact, do not resemble authentic language use.  In order to ´experience´ communication tasks, attendees will become learners of Catalan, the language spoken in Catalunya, Spain, as I teach a mini-Catalan lesson. We will finally work on how to transform textbook activities into communication tasks.  (Please, come with one of the language textbooks you currently use in your classroom).

Featuring Dr. Montserrat Mir 

Dr. Montserrat Mir is Associate Professor of Spanish and Applied Linguistics and the Director of the Spanish Language Program at Illinois State University. She earned her Ph.D. in the prestigious SLATE program at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1994. A frequent presenter on foreign language pedagogy, pragmatics, and topics in sociolinguistics at national and regional conferences, Dr. Mir is a certified ACTFL OPI tester and NCATE program reviewer.                                                                                                                                                                                   

-3 PDs (formerly CPDU’s) will be issued

-Certificate of Participation will be issued

-Breakfast will be provided.



Stevenson Hall (STV) 211

Illinois State University*

100 N University St.

Normal, IL 61761


Saturday, March 19, 2016


8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Schedule (3/19/16):

8:00-8:30                 Breakfast

8:30-11:30               Workshop

11:30-12:30            Share teaching concerns: what technique(s) do you use in the classroom that is/are successful and what would you like to improve on; short survey


3 PDs (formerly CPDU’s) to be issued after evaluations are completed.

For more information, contact:  Jeremy Bachelor, Downstate IL AATSP President.  Phone 309-696-8412 or email



                 REGISTRATION FORM FOR MARCH 19, 2016



Language taught____________________________________________

Phone Number________________ e-mail _______________________

AATSP Member___                 Non-Member___ 

Cost:    $40 Members              $60 Non-Members

Please note any dietary restrictions:  ____________________________


***Registration is due by March 17, 2016***

Please make checks payable to Downstate Illinois AATSP and mail together with registration form to:

Jeremy Bachelor

808 Hester Ave.     

Normal, IL 61761









*Parking is allowed in red and green lots without a permit (free) on Saturdays and Sundays.

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