The Art of Integrated, Literacy-based Lesson Planning
Presented by Cherice Montgomery (Brigham Young University)
Teaching students to how to communicate in the interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes can be a challenge. This workshop offers a step-by-step process for designing multidimensional, literacy-based lessons that skillfully transform textbook materials into artfully integrated masterpieces of language, content, and culture. Workshop participants will learn to: (1) engage learners with the academic content embedded in culturally authentic texts; (2) employ interactive simulations and other content-based activities to develop learners’ critical thinking and discussion skills; (3) expand the complexity of students’ language by counterbalancing attention to language and content in informational texts (4) encourage students’ success with practical strategies for scaffolding language production. Participants are encouraged to bring several culturally authentic texts for the classes they teach, along with a laptop, tablet, or iPad.
Cherice Montgomery holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy with an emphasis in Learning, Technology, & Culture from Michigan State University. Her research explores the potential of design-based pedagogies, 21st century skills, and social technologies for affecting change in world language teacher education and professional development.
Montgomery’s professional endeavors have included the design and facilitation of a variety of grant-funded summer institutes and webinars aimed at helping world language educators to develop skills in mentoring, leadership, pedagogy, project-based language learning, and technology. Her work is informed by a diverse array of K-16 teaching experiences, and she has been honored with several awards for excellence in teaching. She has also served as co-chair of the ACTFL Pimsleur Research Award Committee, as an advisory board member for several different Language Resource Centers, and as a member of the New Visions in Foreign Language Education Task Force and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Inquiry Into Curriculum & Instruction. She currently coordinates the Spanish Teaching Major Program at Brigham Young University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in assessment, language teaching methods, literacy development, and technology. Her current projects include extensive pedagogical work in literacy development and scaffolding, and grant-supported research in four different immersive language learning environments: (1) Dual Language Immersion (DLI), (2) Foreign Language Student Residences (FLSR), (3) online, Playable Case Study simulations (PCS), and (4) Project-based Language Learning (PBLL).