LaTeS: Language Teacher Symposium




CERCLL hosts a biannual day-long symposium at which K-12 language teachers can share ideas and issues that are specific to their community. Arizona Continuing Education is available.

CERCLL is grateful to the University of Arizona’s College of Humanities for its contribution to LaTeS.


Fall 2019 LaTeS


Genre Matters in Contextualized World Language Learning 

Presented by Francis John Troyan (The Ohio State University)

Saturday November 16, 2019, 9.a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: University of Arizona campus

A certificate for 6 hours of Arizona Continuing Education will be provided to attendees.

LaTeS is free to attend (including lunch), but registration is required. It is currently full, but you can add yourself to the waitlist by clicking on the button:

Eventbrite - Language Teacher Symposium (LaTeS), Fall 2019

Note to UA faculty and students: Troyan will be presenting in the SLAT colloquium series on November 15 as well (4pm in McClelland Hall), and that would be a better venue for UA faculty and students to attend. His presentation there is, Expanding Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Content and Language Integration: A Functional Linguistic Perspective on Pedagogical Discourse.



As global assessment frameworks the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning, and the Can-Do Statements have helped teachers to shift instruction and assessment toward functional ability in the target language. However, these frameworks do not describe the specific linguistic and organizational features of communication in context.

Situated within the recent scholarship on contextualized, task-based performance assessment and instruction of world languages that addresses the Can-Do Statements, this workshop introduces participants to a genre theory and pedagogy that views spoken and written texts—all instances of communication—as genres that can be made visible and systematically taught to students. Participants will learn how to integrate genre into a backward design (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005) approach for the assessment and instruction of a world language that is centered on the development of the learner’s ability to communicate in written and spoken genres.

Bio: Francis John Troyan is Assistant Professor of World Language Education at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus. A former classroom teacher of French, Spanish, and ESL, his teaching and research focus on world language teacher development, genre and functional linguistics in K-12 world language education, and teacher practices in dual language immersion education. His research has appeared in Teaching and Teacher Education, International Multilingual Research Journal, The Canadian Modern Language Review, Foreign Language Annals, and Language and Sociocultural Theory. He is a co-author of Implementing Integrated Performance Assessment.


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LaTeS 2018 Archive

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LaTeS 2017 Archive

Pamela Wesely, Social Justice in the Language Classroom: A New Lens on Learning; and Toni Theisen, Activating Communication: Designing Learning and Creating Meaningful Assessments. Fall 2017 LaTeS Social Justice in the Language Classroom: A New Lens on Learning...

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LaTeS 2016 Archive

Jennifer Wortzel, Learning Stations: From Impact to Application; and Brenda Gaver, You don't Need to be High Tech to get your Students Engaged!   Fall 2016 : Learning Stations: From Impact to Application Presented by Jennifer Wortzel (Basha High School, Chandler,...

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LaTeS 2015 Archive

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LaTeS 2014 Archive

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