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10/3/2015 to 10/4/2015
When: Oct. 3-4, 2015
Where: Binghamton University
Binghamton, New York 
United States

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Navigating the 5 "C's": Charting a Course for the 21st Century

Share your love of language and collaborate with others!

Join us at Binghamton University in 2015 for the 3rd Annual Binghamton University Conference on Foreign Language Teaching!

Saturday (10 a.m.- 6 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.), October 3 – 4, 2015

Sponsored by Binghamton University's Department of Romance LanguagesHarpur College of Arts and SciencesGraduate School of Education and and Department of Judaic Studies.


Keynote Speakers

Erin Kearny

Erin Kearney, PhD University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY

Core Practices in Culture Teaching: Developing Classroom Routines

Abstract: Culture is at the core of foreign language education, yet the specific instructional practices and routines teachers can employ to effectively create opportunities for cultural learning are little studied and rarely addressed in teacher education programs. Drawing on eight years of classroom-based research in pre-school, high school and university-level foreign language classrooms, Dr. Kearney presents several core practices in culture teaching, illustrates these with video examples from the classrooms she has studied and suggests a professional development process through which new and more experienced teachers can develop their classroom routines to enhance students' cultural learning. Specifically, she will help teachers and teacher educators to see and understand these core practices. Then, the group will focus on articulating specific culture teaching objectives and matching particular teaching practices to these goals.

Bio: Dr. Erin Kearney is Assistant Professor of Foreign and Second Language Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she works with novice language teachers and future applied linguists. Erin's research seeks to closely analyze and ultimately transform discourse and interaction in foreign language classrooms so that they more effectively expand learners' ability to make meaning with language and their opportunities to engage with culture. Her work, ranging from preschool settings to K-12 schools and university-level classrooms, appears in the Modern Language Journal, Language Awareness, the Journal of Second Language Writing and a forthcoming book to be published with Multilingual Matters. Most recently, her ACTFL-supported study of instructional discourse practices of high-performing novice language teachers in K-12 classrooms offers insights for teacher education.

Tracy Brady

Tracy Brady, MSEd East Syracuse Minoa Central High School East Syracuse, NY

Brought to You by the Letter C

Abstract: The critical role of a World Language Teacher in preparing our students to succeed in our ever-shrinking new world surely amounts to more than a few key buzzwords assigned by the Department of Education. However, the 5 Standards identified by ACTFL go much deeper than buzzwords, as do the skills identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. These are the concepts, as well as some key elements to her personal philosophy of teaching World Language that Tracy Brady will address in her keynote.

Bio: Tracy Brady is a middle and high school French and Spanish teacher in a suburb of Syracuse, NY. She has 19 years of classroom experience, and tries to make the best educational use of cutting edge technology on a daily basis. She has presented at conferences for Language Educators of Central New York (LECNY), New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT), New York Computers and Technology in Education (NYSCATE). She is Past President and Newsletter Editor of LECNY, and was on the 2015 NYSAFLT Nominations Committee. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters.

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