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2013 Annual Conference Workshops



In addition to the regular conference sessions that are included in your registration fee, the 2013 AATSP conference program includes half-day workshops that are three-hours in length. Workshops are included in the program in order to provide participants with an interactive and in-depth exploration of a specific topic related to the teaching of language, culture, or literature. Workshop participants generally receive handouts of materials that can be readily adapted to the classroom.

Workshops are ticketed events and require conference registration and a separate fee to attend. Participants may attend only those workshops for which they have registered.





Monday, July 8, 2013

8:00am – 11:00am


W-1 $30.00

Hands on Technology Enhanced Language Learning Workshop


Presenter: Jeff Longwell; New Mexico State University; Las Cruces, NM

This is a hands on workshop utilizing programs, websites, and apps for use with all types of computers, ipads and other tablets, and smartphones. Emphasis will be on how to use different programs and apps as we create actual activities during the workshop to enhance the language learning experience. Participants need to bring their own laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones. Those receiving credit via NMSU for attending the conference must attend this session. If you are a NMSU graduate student, please contact Jeff Longwell for instructions on how to register for this workshop.







W-2 $30.00

When drama helps: Applying drama techniques in the L2 classroom


Presenter: Denise Osborne; University of Arizona; Tucson, AZ

Participants in this workshop will explore the teaching of a second language through drama techniques, in which creating a sense of community, encouragement to openness and concentration, as well as movement, full contextualization of the language, and collaborative work are emphasized. The drama activities are learner-centered, since creativity, imagination, and personal connections are involved. The goal is to give learners a sense of agency, encouragement to take risks, approach new perspectives, and release the imagination.



Monday, July 8, 2013

1:15pm – 4:15pm


W-3 $30.00
Creating and assessing authentic alternative assessments


Presenters: Deborah Gill; Pennsylvania State University, DuBois; DuBois, PA; David Zarazua; University of Southern California; Los Angeles, CA; Gayle Fiedler-Vierma; University of Southern California;

 Los Angeles, CA

This workshop will begin with a discussion of how to create and assess authentic alternative assessments using current technology tools such as YouTube, Glogster, Twitter, Google Docs, Videocams, and others. During the second part of the workshop, participants will work in small groups to create an activity along with the guidelines for assessing it. All activities will be shared with the entire group and materials will be provided. Laptop computers are optional, but recommended for use in the groups.





Tuesday, July 9, 2013

8:00am – 11:00am


W-4 $30.00

Practices, tools and activities for showcasing student work


Presenter: Mercedes Meier; Coastal Carolina Community College; Jacksonville, NC

Using the educational version of Weebly participants in this workshop will learn to create a site to showcase student work and portfolios. Participants will work with tools such as Chirbit, Vocaroo, QR codes, Eyejot, MailVu, and VoiceThread in order to engage students in a meaningful and entertaining way. At the end of the workshop, one participant will win a professional Weebly account.




Wednesday, July 10, 2013

8:00am – 11:00am


W-5 $30.00

Travel in the curriculum


Presenter: Ana López Sánchez; Haverford College; Haverford, PA

This workshop explores the use of travel narratives (including narratives of immigration) at all levels of the curriculum to create critical language awareness, while also exploring the aesthetic, historical and political aspects of texts. The audience will be guided through activities that reflect a multiliteracies-based approach, and that make use of many kinds of expressive forms––including essays, fiction, poetry, drama, journalism, political rhetoric, and music.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

1:45pm – 4:45pm


W-6 is cancelled.






Thursday, July 11, 2013

8:00am – 11:00pm


W-7 $30.00
Interaction and Spanish heritage language learning: Theory in practice


Presenters: Jesse Abing; University of Texas; Austin, TX; Claire Parrish; University of Texas; Austin, TX;

Participants in this workshop will examine various components of heritage language learning such as linguistic variation, register, proficiency, and identity as well as the role of interaction in the language classroom. Participants will use a hands-on approach to learn about these topics through the presentation of and participation in five activities designed specifically for use with Spanish-English bilinguals. Each activity and assessment presents an interactive approach to cultural understanding, register expansion and language use.

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