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.


Spring 2019 LaTeS


Strengthening your Core: Practices to Support Students’ Language Development

Presented by Kristin Davin (University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Department of Middle, Secondary and K12 Education)

Saturday April 6, 2019, 9.a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: University of Arizona campus

FULL, but you can join the waitlist below.

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.


The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) designated six core practices that are critical for effective language teaching because they support students’ language development and occur frequently in instruction across contexts. These practices include: Facilitating target language comprehensibility, Guiding learners through interpreting authentic resources, Designing oral interpersonal communication tasks, Planning with backward design model, Teaching grammar as a concept and use in context, and Providing appropriate oral feedback.

In this workshop, participants will explore these six core practices and the research base of each one. They will dive deeply into two of these practices, Guiding learners through interpreting authentic resources and Designing oral interpersonal communication tasks. Participants will engage in activities that foster their understanding of how to choose appropriate authentic texts and ways to check students’ understanding of those texts. They will also develop and share oral interpersonal communication tasks that foster spontaneous communication and negotiation of meaning. Participants will leave this workshop with a variety of interpretive and interpersonal communication tasks that they can immediately carry out in their classrooms.



Bio: Kristin Davin is the Director of Foreign Language Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her PhD in Foreign Language Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Before becoming a professor, she taught Spanish at the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels. Dr. Davin’s research focuses on second language development and assessment, language teacher preparation, and the Seal of Biliteracy. Her work has appeared in journals such as Foreign Language Annals, Bilingual Research Journal, Modern Language Journal, and Language Teaching Research. She has been the recipient of two ACTFL Research Priorities grants.


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LaTeS 2014 Archive

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