Date: October 28, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: The University of Arizona



Title: Small Changes – Big Impact, Classroom Strategies for More Inclusion

Presenter: Sara Lee (Arizona State University)


LaTeS is normally a biannual in-person workshop at which K-12 language teachers can share ideas and issues that are specific to their community, and leave with methods and materials that they can implement into their own classrooms. Arizona Continuing Education is available. We are excited to be back in-person with LaTeS, see more details about our presenter below!


Limited funding for travel is available. The application deadline was October 16. Thank you to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Middle Eastern StudiesCenter for Latin American Studies, and Arizona International for their contributions to these awards!


Registration is FREE! Registration deadline has been extended, October 25th at 11:59 PM.


Click here to see what Arizona teachers had to say about Fall LaTes 2023.


Dyslexia, ADHD, autism – shall we even bother to learn a second language?


Learners with disabilities often worry that their struggles will be multiplied in the world language classroom. However, the opposite can be true. Learning a second language means focusing on communication and culture instead of spelling tests and reading speed.

How can we as teachers help these learners reach their potential and minimize the impact that their disabilities have on language learning?

This workshop will focus on strategies that teachers can use to support students with different disabilities in the classroom. We will also examine how assessments can be adjusted and what ‘fair’ grading looks like.

Teachers are invited to share their experiences with learners with disabilities, and we will discuss how to create a more inclusive classroom and achieve this with just minor changes to our daily routine.


About the Presenter:

Sara Lee is an Associate Teaching Professor at Arizona State University for German in the School of International Letters and Cultures. She is a dyslexia consultant for the AATG and a Coach and GEM (German Educational Multiplier) for the Goethe Institut. As a certified K-12 teacher, she has taught elementary to high school students and developed a program for dyslexic middle school children to learn German. Her research and teaching focus is learning languages with disabilities and bilingual teaching and learning. In addition, she is the director of the CEFR language tests through the Goethe Institut in Arizona. Her current research project is the development of an error analysis to determine dyslexic tendencies in language learning based on the neurological and linguistic fundamentals of language learning.

Congratulations, Sara, for being awarded 2023 AZLA’s Teacher of the Year!