2017 FLANC Conference – October 21st in Hayward

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IMG_20130209_120824FLANC 2017 conference and workshops will be in Chabot College, Saturday October 21st in Hayward.
“Live many languages” is our motto.

Both interest sessions and workshops will be on Saturday.

Presentation Proposal for Fall Conference


Conference program – FLANC 2016

Berkeley City College – October 29, 2016



9-9:50 | Teaching Beginning Language Online: Questions and Possibilities – (Room 212)
by Carol Copenhagen
Fact of life or wishful thinking? Can students learn a beginning foreign language online? Are there innovations that we can use to teach conversational competence? Please bring your concerns, experience and ideas and join the discussion.
Level of Education: Community College, perhaps high school or other higher education
Main Language of Presentation: English ─ Examples in Spanish

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9-9:50 | Teaching Writing through Translation and Teaching Translation through Writing – (Room 33)
by Frances Sweeney
Abstract: This presentation explores the popular topic of translation, and how it can be used to help students get excited about translating and writing.  First, we will have a brief overview of the field of translation and its theories, and then consider how they relate to main practices in writing development. The majority of time is spent on interactive practice and exercises that can be used and modified by teachers to help their students understand translation, and improve their writing at the same time. A side benefit is exploring cultural variations in language use, across genres such as songs, commercials, poetry, and essays.
Level of Education: Secondary and post-secondary
Main Language of Presentation: English ─ Examples in Spanish

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9-9:50 | Teaching Culture in a Foreign Language Classroom: The Example of Free Speech Movement – (Room 32)
by Vesna Rodic
Abstract: This presentation includes a review of current theories on teaching culture as well as a series of practical exercises intended to build students’ cultural competence in L2.  Using the example of the Free Speech Movement, this session shows how instructors can rely on local resources and a comparative approach in order to incorporate the teaching of culture in language courses. The example serves to examine ways of including questions of social change in a language classroom as a way of building students’ trans-cultural and trans-lingual skills.
Level of Education: secondary, post-secondary
Main Language of Presentation: English ─ Examples in French

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9-9:50 |  OMG … Oh My Game! An integrative Method to bring Motivation to Foreign Language Classroom – (Room 31)
by Haitham S. Mohamed
Abstract: This paper explores the types of games that can be used and what can be considered a game. Moreover, it is necessary to know when and how to use a game. With hands-on games, focusing on vocabulary and grammar, this paper will also discuss how to design an in-class game and what is the recipe that can be used to create a pedagogically successful game.  The games suggested in this paper are an application on Arabic language in Arabic as a foreign language classroom.
Level of Education: secondary, post-secondary
Main Language of Presentation: English ─ Examples in English and Arabic

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9-9:50 | How can neuroscience inform the use of technology in language education?  – (Room 54)
by Ali Bolgün and Tatiana McCaw
Abstract: Given the speed with which technology is evolving and the large number of applications that are available, there has been a sentiment and a common intuition that technology must be helping to increase students’ language proficiency levels. This presentation reviews various technologies that have been used in the language classroom, and offers a neurolinguistic perspective on the distinction between learning and acquisition for building a mindset that leads to more beneficial use of technology.
Level of Education: All levels
Main Language of Presentation: English


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Fall Workshops and Conference – Saturday, October 29 at Berkeley City College

Important information for the conference participants:

Fall Workshops and Conference will be Saturday, October 29 at Berkeley City College2050 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704 (google maps)

Special Presentations / Keynote Addresses:

Yo Azama

11:00-11:30: Yo Azama

“The Teacher as an Artist. Inspire and Engage Learners in the 21st Century World Language Classroom”

Azama currently teaches Japanese at North Salinas High School and World Language Teaching Method course at California State University, Monterey Bay is a team leader of the Monterey Bay World Language Project. He has conducted numerous presentations and seminars regionally, nationally, and internationally on various topics including; Motivational Curriculum & Syllabus Design, Classroom Management,and Effective use of Technology in World Language Classroom. In 2003, he served as a member of the Instructional Materials Advisory Panel for the California Department of Education.

He has also served as a College Board Advisor for AP Japanese Language and Culture Development Committee. He has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the 2012 ACTFL Language Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Teacher of America Award by Carlston Family Foundation, the Robert J. Ludwig Distinguished Leadership Award, and Elgin Heinz Teaching Excellence Award just to name a few. His teaching has been featured in the Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 Video Library by WGBH Boston in 2003.


img_018111:30-12:00: Mark Kaiser

“Teaching Languages in Context: How foreign languages can survive in the digital age”

Mark Kaiser received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1989. He has taught Russian at Brigham Young University and Illinois State University, where he was the director of the Russian Studies program. He came to Berkeley in 1996, where he has served as Associate Director of the Berkeley Language Center and occasional lecturer in Russian.

He is the project director of the “Library of Foreign Language Film Clips”, an online database of film clips for teaching language and culture in the foreign language curriculum.



Special-Interest session (AATSP-NC)

1:30-2:20 | Book presentation: Brujos, espiritistas y vanguardistas. – (Room 212)
by Fabián Banga, in conversation with Anne Fountain, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese President, and Sandra García Sanborn, FLANC President.

The title is Brujos, espiritistas y vanguardistas (Witches, spiritualists and avant-garde) and was published by Editorial Leviatán  (Argentina). The book explores the representation of esoteric traditions in the aesthetic projects of the avant-garde literary movements in Latin-American and Spain of the early twentieth century.
Main Language of Presentation: Spanish-English

Fall Workshops and Conference will be Saturday, October 29 at Berkeley City College2050 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Where is Berkeley City College located? (google maps) / Public Transportation – City of Berkeley

BCCAll presenters must be current (2016-2017 Academic Year) members of FLANC. Become a member!
All presenters receive automatic conference registration. Sessions will be 50 minutes in length.

Students and teacher candidates are specially welcome!  Bring a colleague!

Before October 16: regular members registration is $50, non-members is $65 and students $15.
After October 16: regular members registration is $65, non-members is $85 and students $25. (Please note that after October 16 registration will be on-site only)

FLANC membership is: individuals $35, retired $25 and students $10.


General Information to Exhibitors

Exhibitor Reservation Form