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MAIN Event • October 2013

Groveland Elementary School • Minnetonka, MN

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8:30-9:00 Check-in, coffee and social hour

9:00-9:30 Welcome and videos from MAIN and CARLA

9:45-10:45 Break out sessions

Sharing Our Model: Joyce Preschool's Bilingual Curriculum
Joyce Preschool is a two-way English/Spanish bilingual preschool in South Minneapolis, with a satellite classroom at Windom Spanish Immersion Elementary School.  Their unique program model emphasizes literacy and parent involvement to help more children start school with a strong foundation -- in two languages!

How Can I Get Them Speaking? Authentic Language Opportunities for the Immersion Classroom (grades 1-3)
This session will highlight strategies that encourage authentic opportunities for listening and speaking in any target language. Strategies will be shared that promote classroom community in low-risk language environments while increasing language production.

Making Spanish Real (K-4)
This session aims to present practical ideas to use in the immersion classroom to make the language more authentic and motivate students to use the target language daily.  The ideas have been tried at a Spanish immersion classroom but are applicable to other languages, and include the use of technology.

Musical Math (grades 3-8)
Learn how students use math concepts they have learned over the year to compose their own math songs and iMovies.  A variety of techniques for different age groups will be shown as students compose songs to explain such math concepts as polygons and the sum of their angles.  Also, participants will learn how using math songs with students can better help them remember challenging concepts.

Integrating Technology: SmartBoards, iPads, and USB Microphones (elementary)
Smart Board templates for morning meeting, useful apps and links for second language learners, and USB microphones used to build electronic portfolios for students will be among the many resources shared for integrating technology into the elementary immersion classroom.  The many resources will be applicable to any language.

Staffing Immersion Schools: What Can MAIN Do? (administrators)
Finding the right teacher candidates to staff an immersion school is a perennial challenge. As an organization MAIN has already weighed in on the Basic Skills testing law which has effectively narrowed the pool of bilingual candidates for teaching positions. What else could we do as an organization? Request Memoranda Of Understanding with foreign governments to recruit native speakers? Encourage alternative pathways to licensure or advocate for an immersion-specific teaching license? What about growing our own cadre of bilingual teachers from Minnesota institutions of teacher education? Join the discussion to set an agenda for a proactive and coordinated approach to increasing the pool of qualified teachers for immersion classrooms.

Current Research on Facilitating Collaboration in Two-Way Immersion Classrooms
This workshop presents original research analyzing factors that promote collaboration during heterogeneous and homogeneous grouping in two-way immersion classrooms. The session will engage participants in reflecting upon strategies that have been shown to promote collaborative interaction and increase student learning for both native speakers and second language learners.

Current Research on Corrective Feedback
Hear from an elementary immersion teacher and master’s student at Hamline University who is completing a capstone project on the question: What are effective oral error correction techniques in the immersion classroom? The presenter will share findings from existing literature on oral corrective feedback as well as her own case study.

Active Chinese Learning: Games, Songs, and Smartboard Ideas
The importance of creating a communicative environment in language classrooms is more and more recognized in the field of teaching. Songs, games, game-like activities, and Ideas for Smartboard activities increase the chances of class interaction, and provide some natural means for developing a communicative learning context. This session will discuss and present concrete examples of using games, songs, and smartboard to foster language learning in your classroom.

Sequential Approach to Teaching Reading in Chinese Immersion
Reading is the most challenging part in Chinese language learning since it has some very unique linguistic characteristics. This presentation focuses on how Chinese immersion teachers in Minnetonka Public Schools seamlessly collaborate with each other to boost the students’ Chinese reading proficiency. For example, the K teacher will share fun activities about Chinese character and vocabulary teaching to help students build foundations and develop interests in future reading; the 2nd Grade teacher will share how to use reading strategies in three reading phases (before reading, during reading, and after reading) to help students become better readers; the 4th Grade teacher will talk about how to integrate graphic organizers into Chinese reading and use Chinese as a tool to learn literacy. The connectionist models can provide deeper insight into sequential approaching in Chinese reading.

Effective Assessment Tools/Practices for Language Immersion
Participants will learning about the current K-8 Chinese and Spanish Language Immersion Assessment plan.  Assessments to be discussed are the ACTFL Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) , Let’s Go Learn DORA-Spanish, ACTFL AAPPL, AVANT STAMP, and the YCT/HSK assessments.

Spanish Immersion and Mathematics
Teachers will be able to return to their classroom with an example of how to integrate language into their classroom.  They will identify and write language objectives using the formula: Students will use grammar function X to produce Y given Vocabulary Z.  This will also introduce concepts of algebra as early as first grade using the skill of subitzing.  Participants will also brainstorm and share with colleagues language skills they can focus on in mathematics.

11:00-12:00 Grade-level networking with facilitators from Minnetonka immersion programs

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