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.


Save the Date for Spring, 2019:

April 6 with Kristin Davin (the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Department of Middle, Secondary and K12 Education), presenting on ACTFL’s core practices.

Fall 2018 LaTeS

Leveraging the Power of the Language and Intercultural Can-Dos


Presented by Jacque Bott Van Houten (Jefferson County Public Schools; past president of ACTFL, the National Network for Early Language Learning, and the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages)

Saturday November 3, 2018, 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.

The event is free to attend (including lunch), but registration is required.


As language educators we know from research that certain practices have a positive impact on students’ progress to become more proficient language users. But these practices, such as maintaining an immersive language environment, teaching grammar in context, and embedding culture and cultural interaction with native speakers are challenging for many teachers. So, too are consistently offering opportunities for personalized learning and organizing Project-based Language Learning scenarios around meaningful, real-life issues.

Believe it or not, implementing the NCSSFL-ACTFL Language and Intercultural Communication Can-Do statements and their accompanying reflection tool provides a pathway to help teachers develop strategies that will improve their instructional effectiveness and develop learners’ intercultural competence.

The original NCSSFL-ACTFL Can Do statements for Language simplified and clarified goal setting for learning and instruction. The revised version provides a tool that helps everyone—teachers and learners—better understand language progression across the proficiency levels. The new Intercultural Communication Can-Dos reframe how we think about unit organization and lead us in a natural way toward a more PBL-friendly curriculum.

Participants in this workshop explored the new Can-Dos, the changes and the new format, the theories upon which they are based, and the examples created for diverse learners. They engaged in activities that increase their knowledge of the ACTFL proficiency scale and how it can be used to assess what learners know about culture through their use of language. They used the new document to inform their level expectations, unit planning and daily lessons. Finally, they created  a unit overview and supported it by developing an activity based on an authentic resource. This workshop reflected what the powerful new Can-Dos can mean for teachers and their learners!




Bio: Jacque Bott Van Houten is a leader in the development of national self-assessment tools for language and interculturality, such as LinguaFolio and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do statements for Language and Intercultural Communication. Currently world language Specialist for Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, KY), Jacque taught French in K12 schools and university, and for 14 years was World Language consultant at the Kentucky Department of Education. She has served as president of ACTFL, the National Network for Early Language Learning and the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL). She has a BA, MAT from the University of Louisville, an MA from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Miami University of Ohio. Jacque was awarded the French government’s Palmes Académiques, ACTFL’s Florence Steiner award for Leadership in K12 Foreign Language Education, and Pearson’s State Supervisor of the Year.


LaTeS 2018 Archive

Spring 2018 LaTeS Planning with the End in Mind: Performance Towards Proficiency Presented by Donna Clementi (Lawrence University) Click here for Dr. Clementi’s PPT [PDF] Saturday April 21, 2018, 9.a.m. to 4 p.m., on the University of Arizona campus. The event was...

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LaTeS 2017 Archive

Fall 2017 LaTeS Social Justice in the Language Classroom: A New Lens on Learning Presented by Pamela M. Wesely (University of Iowa) Saturday November 4, 2017, on the University of Arizona campus. Description: Teaching for and about social justice positively influences...

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LaTeS 2016 Archive

Fall 2016 : Learning Stations: From Impact to Application Presented by Jennifer Wortzel (Basha High School, Chandler, AZ; Arizona Language Association Outstanding World Language Teacher at the Secondary Level; 2015-16 Arizona World Language Teacher of the Year)...

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LaTeS 2015 Archive

Fall 2015: Technology Tools that Build Language and Interculturality Join an award-winning world language teacher in an exploration of online tools that allow teachers to use authentic video more meaningfully with her students, and tools that help teachers curate the...

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LaTeS 2014 Archive

The first LaTeS event took place on March 8, 2014, on the University of Arizona campus in the Integrated Learning Center (ILC) room 119, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A certificate for 7 hours of Continuing Education was offered. Speakers in 2014 were: Carmen King de Ramírez,...

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