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2017 Conference Workshops



In addition to the regular conference sessions that are included in your registration fee, the 2017 AATSP Conference Program includes full-day and half-day workshops that are 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.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

8:00am – 11:00am

Innovative technology tools and communicative techniques for the classroom

Presenters: Claudia Kechkian; Oakcrest School; McLean, VA; Elena Meschieri; The Langley School; McLean, VA

Participants in this workshop will be immersed in a dynamic language-acquisition experience in which the key element is a communicative approach integrated with technology. This workshop is specifically designed for world language educators. Participants will leave fully prepared to design materials for immediate classroom use. It is recommended that participants bring their own laptop or tablet in order to fully participate in the workshop activities.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

1:00pm – 4:00pm


W-2 $50.00  The workshop fee includes museum entrance and a docent-led tour
Using art to enhance presentational communication 

Presenter: Kevin Cessna-Buscemi; AATSP; Valparaiso, IN

This workshop will present a model for critiquing works of art by enabling students to produce oral or written communication in the presentational mode. Participants will leave with examples of both assignments and rubrics to assess presentational communication at the novice, intermediate and advanced levels. The workshop will combine a 45-minute pedagogical session with a two-hour visit to Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) where participants will be treated to a docent-led tour of works in the Spanish and Latin American collections. After the docent-led tour, participants may stay at the AIC to explore on their own.

What to wear and bring along: It is strongly recommended that participants wear cool, comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Participants may also want to bring along a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and/or an umbrella in case of rain.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

1:00pm – 4:00pm


W-3 $35.00
Ubicación vs capacidad: el examen de ubicación para hablantes de herencia

Presenters: Gabriela Moreno; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM; Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Distinguir entre un examen de ubicación y un examen que mida la capacidad del estudiante se dificulta cuando no se tiene un examen confiable para el tipo de población estudiantil con el que se trabaja. El siguiente taller propone explorar ítems de varios exámenes de ubicación y capacidad para analizar su efectividad. Se brindan herramientas, recursos y prácticas para que el maestro pueda crear sus propios exámenes y medidas de ubicación efectivas para su población estudiantil. Those receiving credit via NMSU for attending the conference must attend either W-3 or W-7. If you are a NMSU graduate student, please contact Jeff Longwell at for instructions on how to register for this workshop and receive credit.


Friday, July 7, 2017

9:00am – 4:00pm


W-4 $60.00  The workshop fee includes lunch and transportation to the various workshop sites
Bridging classrooms and careers: Chicago professionals' insights into languages, cultures and success

Presenters: Ann Abbott; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Champaign, IL; Holly Nibert; Ohio State University; Columbus, OH

Join us on a day of visits to organizations run by and serving Latinos in Chicago. At our first stop, the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC), we will gain an overview about Latino-owned businesses and learn about IHCC's business programs. Lunch includes a tour of a Latino-owned restaurant. At our next stop, we will visit a Latina-owned business and find out about hiring priorities and practices. Finally, we will workshop the lessons learned during the visits and walk away with activities and lessons you can implement in your classrooms right away.


  • It is strongly recommended that your attire be business casual for this workshop.
  • In the event of an unexpected cancellation of an activity or event, the AATSP reserves the right to substitute another venue or activity.
  • Participants may want to bring along an umbrella in case of rain.


Friday, July 7, 2017

9:00am – 12:00pm


W-5 $50.00  The workshop fee includes the museum entrance and the docent-led tour
Classroom connect: Art in the Spanish and Portuguese classroom

Presenter: Educators from the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) will facilitate the workshop; a representative from the AATSP will accompany participants to the AIC

Join other Spanish and Portuguese teachers for Classroom Connect, the three-hour professional development program for teachers sponsored by the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC). Museum educators will facilitate this workshop customized for teachers of Spanish and Portuguese drawing on works of Spanish, Latin American, and Portuguese art in the AIC collection. Starting with works of art, teachers increase their familiarity with inquiry-based teaching methods, including looking strategies, open-ended questioning, and object-based learning activities that can be conducted in both the museum and the classroom.

What to wear and bring along: It is strongly recommended that participants wear cool, comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Participants may also want to bring along a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and/or an umbrella in case of rain.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

8:00am – 11:00am


W-6 $35.00
Federico García Lorca: vida y obra

Presenter: Alberto García Salinero; Embassy of Spain-Education Office; Washington DC

Durante este taller se hará un análisis de la vida de Federico García Lorca y la relación que tuvo con su obra.  Igualmente, se dará importancia a su pertenencia al grupo de la Generación del 27. Se presentarán diferentes propuestas de explotación didáctica para las aulas de lengua y literatura españolas.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

1:00pm – 4:00pm


W-7 $35.00
Turn on language learning for students by using technology they already have

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

This workshop takes as a starting point that language teachers should not require students to turn off, put away, or set their devices to airplane mode in the classroom. We will discover ways to show students how to use technological devices in class that will then allow and encourage them to extend their curiosity for learning languages outside the classroom and into their everyday lives. Insights, activity samples, and rubrics will be shared for showing students how to use their current technologies, apps, and programs to engage with language learning. Those receiving credit via NMSU for attending the conference must attend either W-3 or W-7. 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 9, 2017

8:00am – 11:00am

W-8 $35.00
Using rich Internet applications to assess formal and informal language production

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

This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the use of Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and how to assess language production using these applications. We will discuss RIAs available, provide examples of activities and different levels, and finally walk through how to assess these activities. Participants will actively participate in the workshop by creating, testing, and assessing an activity. It is highly recommended that participants bring a laptop in order to fully participate in the workshop.  A booklet of materials will be provided to each participant. 


Sunday, July 9, 2017

8:00am – 11:00am

W-9 $35.00
Introduction to Legal Spanish: How to effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking clients 

Presenter: Alison Louise Stewart; Pepperdine University; Malibu, CA

Participants will gain an introductory knowledge of the most common legal concepts and terminology frequently used in advising and representing Spanish-speaking clients in areas of general substantive law. Participants will perform mock question and answer sessions with each other to practice the information learned in the workshop. Those wishing to take this workshop should be comfortable speaking and understanding Spanish at a basic conversational level. Participants will be expected to speak in Spanish when practicing.




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