Virtual Workshop co-sponsored by CLIC and the Downstate Illinois Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP):
"Pedagogical considerations and practical tips for teaching mixed classes"
Description: Mixed classes, composed of both heritage language (HL) and second language (L2) learners, present educators with the unique challenge of implementing differentiated instruction strategies to help each student develop their language skills while being equally challenged and engaged. In this online workshop, we will first discuss the characteristics of these two types of learners, and we will delineate some general dos and don'ts when it comes to pedagogical practices in mixed classes, which will help participants make informed decisions for their own instructional contexts. The workshop will conclude with suggestions for projects and activities, including technology-enhanced ideas, that build on the strengths of each student and help them expand their abilities.
The presentation is in English. Some of the examples provided in this workshop are for Spanish classes, but the information will also prove useful for educators of other languages.
This event is free and open to all language educators.
Presenter: Dr. Florencia Henshaw
Florencia Henshaw has a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is now the Director of Advanced Spanish. One of her main research interests is the interaction of heritage and second language learners in mixed classrooms. She has designed six fully-online Spanish courses, including a composition course for heritage learners. She has published and presented on technology integration, heritage language instruction, and research-based pedagogical practices. She is a certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview tester, and the author of two Spanish textbooks. In 2018, she received the "Excellence in Language Instruction" Award within the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, and in 2019 she was the recipient of the Academic Professional Award within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is currently serving as the Vice-President of the Downstate Illinois Chapter of the Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. https://spanport.illinois.edu/directory/profile/henshaw2
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm Central / 4:00 pm Pacific
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Online (via Zoom). When you register, you will receive an email from Zoom (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a link to join. Attendees will be able to ask questions and participate via text chat or microphone.
To register, please go to: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/vpIrcOuqrT4q9324nwsS7_SKrSD9777nwQ