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2015 Workshops




In addition to the regular conference sessions that are included in your registration fee, the 2015 AATSP Conference Program includes full-day and half-day workshops that are eight-hours, six-hours and 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.


Friday, July 17, 2015

9:00am – 5:00pm

Spanish for Careers in the U.S. Context

Presenters: Mary Risner; University of Florida; Gainesville, FL; Mary K. Long; University of Colorado at Boulder; Boulder, CO; Sheri Spaine Long; University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC

This workshop targets instructors of all levels looking to connect student learning to languages for careers. Focus areas include Spanish for Specific Purposes (i.e., Spanish for business/medicine/non-profit) at the course or lesson level. The workshop features author Laura Sonderup of Hispanic Marketing in the Heartland: A Hands-on Guide (2011), a lunch meeting at the Chipotle headquarters in downtown Denver, and an interactive panel session with professionals working in medicine and non-profits.


Friday, July 17, 2015

1:00pm – 4:00pm


W-2 $30.00
From finishing the textbook to achieving goals: The what and how of goal-oriented instruction 


Presenter: Walter P. Hopkins; Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI 

What are the goals of your language program, your course, or your class time? Are you simply given a textbook and instructed to complete it in a given time frame? Do you have certain grammatical structures that you must cover by the end of the course? Or, will your students achieve a certain level of proficiency at a given point in your program? This workshop will help you to determine what your goals are and help you along the process of achieving desired outcomes. Attendees will see examples of goals and determine how they can achieve them in their context. 


Saturday, July 18, 2015

8:00am – 11:00am


W-3 $30.00
Are you thinking about Going Google? 

Presenters: Elena Meschieri; The Langley School; McLean, VA

Attendees will learn ways to use Google Apps for Education to support and enhance writing strategies such as peer review, research, and publishing. By looking at the effectiveness of Google Apps collaboration tools, attendees will explore and learn how to set up, use, and interconnect Google Apps (Google Classroom, Forms, and more)  when using both laptop and mobile devices.  Participants will take a look at a number of projects that encourage high levels of student collaboration in the Spanish classroom. Participants must bring a laptop or tablet to be able to explore all the tools.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

8:00am – 11:00am


W-4 $30.00
Las necesidades y los retos en la enseñanza del español para hablantes de herencia

PresenterGabriela Moreno; New Mexico State University; Las Cruces, NM

Un programa para hablantes de herencia propone motivar a la población a mantener, valorar y perfeccionar todas las variedades del idioma. El reto más grande es cumplir con las necesidades de una población tan diversa en dialectos y comunidades de habla. Este taller presenta varias áreas de discusión: el currículo, las clases, las necesidades, el proceso de asesoría y ubicación y las herramientas que se implementan y adaptan para servir a esta población estudiantil.  Those receiving credit via MNSU for attending the conference must attend either W-4 or W-6. If you are a NMSU graduate student, please contact Jeff Longwell at for instructions on how to register for this workshop and receive credit.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

8:00am – 11:00am


W-5 $30.00
Are you up-to-date? What everyone should know about second language acquisition

Presenter: Bill VanPatten; Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI

This workshop is for those who haven't had any education in second language acquisition or for those who'd like to update their knowledge. We will review six key topics: 1.  What's in your head isn't necessarily what you think is there;  2. Practice isn't what it's cracked up to be;  3. How mental representation and skill  are distinct;  4. You can't automatically blame the first language;  5. It isn't always about aptitude;  6. There are no shortcuts.  The workshop will involve both presentation and interaction, with lively discussion.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

9:00am – 4:00pm


W-6 $55.00
Hands-on technology workshop - How to turn on the technology in your classroom!

PresenterJeff Longwell; New Mexico State University; Las Cruces, NM

While this workshop is primarily for beginners, attendees of all levels of digital expertise are welcome to attend.  Throughout the day we will begin building our own websites; prepare activities for use with computers, tablets, and SmartPhones; review use of popular programs and apps for use in the classroom, and more! No computers, iPads or tablets, or SmartPhones will be provided. Please Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)!  Internet access will be provided.  Those receiving credit via MNSU for attending the conference must attend either W-4 or W-6. If you are a NMSU graduate student, please contact Jeff Longwell at for instructions on how to register for this workshop and receive credit.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

1:00pm – 4:00pm


W-7 $30.00
Planning and assessing authentic activities in the foreign language classroom

Presenter: Deborah Gill; Pennsylvania State University, DuBois; DuBois, PA; Gayle Vierma; University of Southern California; Los Angeles, CA

Using themes and grammar points commonly taught at all levels, the proposed workshop will explain how to plan authentic activities to meet and assess (using discrete and non-discrete point criteria) specific goals and objectives. Participants will use a sample chapter to work through creating an activity and its possible assessments, with a discussion to follow. Participants will receive a packet of information with step-by-step instructions, examples, and a bibliography of information.

Monday, July 20, 2015

8:00am – 11:00am


W-8 $30.00
Increasing student involvement and achievement through gamification

Presenter: Joe Roberts; International Leadership of Texas; Fort Worth, TX

Most language teachers have used games at one time or another in the classroom, but what does it mean to "gamify" your entire curriculum? Bring your own laptop or mobile device and learn how to engage and motivate your students to greater proficiency by turning your course into a competitive game! Workshop participants will receive an overview of Gamification and how it works, as well as a toolbox of ideas and resources to implement Gamification in their own classrooms. During the workshop, participants will create a complete, gamified lesson to take back to the classroom.




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