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PSMLA Workshop at Chestnut Hill College 2020

Saturday March 7, 2020, 8:30am—12:30pm

Say What? We’re Supposed to Speak the Target Language 90% of the Time Even for Level 1 Learners?

This workshop will assist teachers to implement the high-leverage teaching practice of Facilitating Target Language Comprehensibility (ACTFL, 2017).  First, we will briefly share brain research on WHY it is important for teachers and learners to stay in the TL even for beginning level learners (ACTFL, 2010). Strategies to assist teachers to speak in the target language, as well as incentives to motivate learners to stay in the TL will be shared.  Lastly, via video, we will analyze a Spanish teacher’s performance to decipher how she makes her input comprehensible for Level 1 learners. Workshop includes pair and group activities. Examples in French and Spanish, but applicable to all languages.

Our presenter is Bonnie Adair-Hauck, Ph.D., a world language consultant for K-16 language instructors. Her experience in world language teaching spans the K-16 spectrum, or as she likes to say: “I have had the honor of teaching 3 to 83 years old students!” Adair-Hauck’s professional appointments include serving as a world language researcher at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for European Studies, graduate professor for the University of Northern Iowa’s MAT Teacher Education program in Angers, France, Teaching Fellow for the University of Pittsburgh World Language Education Graduate Program and undergraduate Assistant Professor of French at La Roche College. Moreover, Adair-Hauck realizes that her five years teaching experience at Holy Ghost Academy for urban students was an invaluable teaching/learning experience.


Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19118

Detailed program

Attendees who are PSMLA members will be able to earn three hours of ACT 48 credits. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance to bring to their district to receive Act 48 hours directly from their districts.

Registration rates, including continental breakfast:

  • Non-member, $30
  • Member, $20
  • Student, $10

To register and pay, follow this link. Registration closes on March 1.

Please note our refund policy.

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