LOTE Institute 2015

Session information and Handouts


Session Presentation (Thinglink)

Tech Tools Odyssey



Tech Tools Odyssey

Leslie Barrett, Region 13

Curious about what technology tools are available to help you create engaging activities with your students, encourage 21st century skill development, and grow professionally?  The Tech Tool Odyssey is an exploration of technology-based tools that can enhance and support teaching and learning in your classroom.  It is not a traditional session.  It is a self-selected, self-paced, self-guided exploratory session where you choose the tools to explore. You can use your time to become familiar with the tool(s) and create something you can use in your classroom tomorrow. A session guide will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the tools on the odyssey, and collaboration and networking with other teachers is encouraged!


Using AVID Strategies to Engage Your Students

Jessica Mondragon and Isabelle Cate, Leander ISD

This session will discuss how to take effective Cornell Notes in the foreign language classroom and how to process those notes. We will also discuss how to effectively use Interactive Notebooks using the input/output methodology.


Interactive Notebooks in the Proficiency-Based LOTE Classroom

Tina Dong, Austin ISD

If you like the idea of using interactive notebooks in the LOTE classroom, but would like to know how to use them to support standards-based and proficiency-based instruction and assessment, then this workshop is for you! Come see how INBs are not just for notes and dictations but can be integrated on a daily basis through activities that provide students with ample time to practice and perform in the target language. Attendees will walk away with ideas on how to take input and transform it into more meaningful and personally relevant student output!


Online Learning Materials for Exploring Spanish Language Diversity

Rachael Gilg and Jacqueline Larsen Serigos, The University of Texas at Austin, COERLL

Local varieties of Spanish and their speakers are important resources for learning about language and culture. However, language variation is rarely represented in language learning materials. This session will introduce educators to authentic video-based materials that represent the diversity of the Spanish language, and offer tools and strategies for integrating these materials into language-learning classrooms. Among the materials to be discussed is a new online reference grammar featuring oral language samples from the Spanish in Texas collection.


Session Presentation (Google Doc)

Balancing the Modes


Balancing the Modes

Desiree Hanson and Irene Hidalgo, Austin ISD

Could you use more ideas for integrating all three modes of communication into your lessons? Are you familiar with all three modes and do you incorporate them daily? Learn strategies for incorporating the interpretive mode using authentic videos and infographs, the interpersonal mode where students communicate spontaneously and the presentational mode using technology. ​


Open Educational Resources for Language Learning

Carl Blyth, The University of Texas at Austin, COERLL

The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) at The University of Texas at Austin provides free, high-quality open educational resources (OER) for the teaching and learning of foreign languages. Participants in this session will learn about the Open Education movement and the ethos of participation and sharing that has driven its success and sustainability over the past decade. We will also demonstrate a variety of websites, online repositories, and collections that feature a wide range of OER that can be freely used in or adapted to a classroom setting.


Circle Up! Staying Student-Centered in a Crowded Classroom

Brooke Maudlin, Austin ISD

When your classroom has more than 35 students you have to think outside the box in order to engage everyone! From creating community to embracing mistakes, teachers can learn how to manage and engage large classes without being the center of attention.


Session Handouts (PDF)

Progressing the Novice Learner

Progressing the Novice Learner to an Advanced Student

MilyBett Llanos-Gremillion, JJ Melgar, and Judith Kemp, Round Rock ISD

In this session, participants will work with a variety of strategies to help students at all levels work with the different modes of communication: Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational. Activities will include
the thematic approach for both AP and IB. Adaptable examples and resources in Spanish, German, and English.


Session Presentation and Handouts (Google Drive Files)

Project-Based Learning - LOTE 2015



Project-Based Learning

Nila Ornelas

It is said that projects create meaningful learning, but as we face the new challenges of meeting curriculum expectations or managing students using translation applications we find ourselves not wanting to incorporate projects into our curriculum. Come see how presentation, activities, and expectations prior to a project can facilitate the implementation of project-based learning in beginning levels of foreign language.


Session Handouts (PDF)

Making My Classroom Accessbile

Making My Classroom Accessible Through Differentiation and Accommodations

JC Sanders, Region 13

In this session we will define differentiation and accommodations. We will discuss accommodations for students with disabilities along with ways to make your curriculum and classroom accessible to all students. You will walk away with strategies to help all your students be successful.




Academic Conversations & Visual Media: Supporting Your Lesson with Quality & Relevant Videos

Tammy Nettles, Leander ISD

Armed with a class set of Lenovo Thinkpads and the desire to move toward the paperless classroom, one teacher set out to redefine the role of videos in her curriculum. In this workshop, teachers will tour the wide array of video clips available at TV5monde, step inside the Google Classroom environment and see how students are learning to listen with purpose.