"How and Why to Maximize Input and Differentiation in Diverse Classrooms"

Overview

Whether you are a veteran or a beginning language teacher, you likely have thought about the following questions:

How can I maximize my students’ acquisition of the language?

What do I do when I have heritage speakers mixed with L2 learners?

This workshop presents a mix of basic theory to motivate us, suggestions for useful resources, and hands-on activities to best meet the challenging needs we all face in today’s diverse classrooms.

The workshop will take place in English. Many examples will be in Spanish and French, but teachers of other languages and of ESL will find concrete information, strategies, and references to materials in other languages.

Two principal sources we will be drawing from are the books Common Ground and Teaching Heritage Speakers (both highly recommended but not necessary for the workshop).

Presenter Bio

Kim Potowski is Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on Spanish in the United States: Who uses it, with whom, and for what purposes? What changes is it undergoing? How does it connect to identity and to promoting social justice?

She began directing her campus’ Spanish Heritage Language Program in 2002 and is the founding director of its summer study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico, where she spent a year as a Fulbright scholar.

Her advocacy for the value of education in two languages for all U.S. children was the focus of her 2013 TEDx talk “No child left monolingual.” She has authored and edited over 12 books including:

El español de los Estados Unidos

Heritage language teaching: Research and practice

Language and identity in a dual immersion school

and Conversaciones escritas

She is currently writing a methods book about teaching Spanish as a heritage language.

Whether you are a veteran or a beginning language teacher, you likely have thought about the following questions:

How can I maximize my students’ acquisition of the language?

What do I do when I have heritage speakers mixed with L2 learners?

This workshop presents a mix of basic theory to motivate us, suggestions for useful resources, and hands-on activities to best meet the challenging needs we all face in today’s diverse classrooms.

The workshop will take place in English. Many examples will be in Spanish and French, but teachers of other languages and of ESL will find concrete information, strategies, and references to materials in other languages.

Two principal sources we will be drawing from are the books Common Ground and Teaching Heritage Speakers (both highly recommended but not necessary for the workshop).

Presenter Bio

Kim Potowski is Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on Spanish in the United States: Who uses it, with whom, and for what purposes? What changes is it undergoing? How does it connect to identity and to promoting social justice?

She began directing her campus’ Spanish Heritage Language Program in 2002 and is the founding director of its summer study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico, where she spent a year as a Fulbright scholar.

Her advocacy for the value of education in two languages for all U.S. children was the focus of her 2013 TEDx talk “No child left monolingual.” She has authored and edited over 12 books including:

El español de los Estados Unidos

Heritage language teaching: Research and practice

Language and identity in a dual immersion school

and Conversaciones escritas

She is currently writing a methods book about teaching Spanish as a heritage language.

Schedule of Activities
Time Programing
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

The basics of input-driven classrooms, heritage speakers, and differentiation.

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Round table share: Compare our student demographics and challenges using some of the terminology just presented.

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Overview of the three “stations” we will be working in today: Maximizing input, differentiating, and examining existing curriculum.

Station 1: Participants will collaborate in one of the three “stations” and prepare a product to share with the group.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

On-site, catered lunch

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Station 2: Participants will collaborate in one of the three “stations” and prepare a product to share with the group later.

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Station 3: Participants will collaborate in one of the three “stations” and prepare a product to share with the group later.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Share-out of work completed in Stations 2 and 3.

Wrap-up discussion.

Contact Us

For more information about the workshop, please contact languages@esu.edu

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall 208
Phone:
(570) 422-3407
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair, Modern Languages, Philosophy, and Religion
Name
Jeff Ruth
Phone:
(570) 422-3419