LOTE Institute 2016

Session Presentation (PDF):

The World Language Classroom

Session Handouts (PDF):

Then and Now



The World Language Classroom: Reform, Transform, Perform


Tina Dong, World Languages Coordinator, Austin ISD,

Marie Douglass, LOTE and ESL Curriculum Specialist, Round Rock ISD,

Eva M. Guardiola, District Foreign Language Coordinator, Leander ISD

Excitement is already stirring in the world of foreign language education. Using the Partnership for 21st Century World Languages Skills Map, the presenters will explore the paradigm shift that many language supervisors all over the country have initiated with their teams in order to reform language learning. By unpacking the 15 indicators of a 21st century classroom, teachers will learn to transform how they engage with students. With greater opportunities to perform in the target language, students will become empowered in both linguistic and cultural competence. Emerging from these efforts is a potential synergy that will positively impact overall student achievement while also supporting the newly revised performance-based TEKS for Languages Other Than English.



Irene Hidalgo, Spanish Teacher, Austin ISD,

Desiree Hanson, Spanish Teacher, Austin ISD

Are you struggling with incorporating authentic resources into your lessons? Have a great authentic resource but don’t know how to use it? Learn how to find authentic resources and find creative ways to use them to accommodate themes for any level and enhance the learning experience daily.

Session Presentation (PDF):

Listen Like a Local

Session Handouts (PDF):

Listen Like a Local Handouts

Listen Like a Local: Student Created Authentic Listening Activities


Darcy Johnson, Teacher, Round Rock ISD

The presenter will share a series of strategies and practicum that will lead students to present their own authentic language listening clips and create
accompanying activities for their classmates. Many activities and ideas based on authentic resources in Spanish will be shared, as well as the instructions for the student-produced project. The listening resources target Spanish, levels 2-4, but suggestions are shared for other levels and languages.


Open Educational Resources and Practices for Language Learning


Patricia Kyle Mosele, Senior Programs Coordinator, Center for Open Educational
Resources and Language Learning

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 examine 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.


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App Smashing for Student Engagement & Creativity


Leslie Barrett, Education Specialist: Technology & Library Media Services, ESC Region 13

App smashing is a way to blend capabilities of two or more technology tools to create one end product. If you are working in a BYOD or 1:1 environment or just looking for fun ideas to bring technology-infused activities into your classroom, this is the session for you. We will examine 3 sample activities and deconstruct how each was created, consider the 21st century skill application reinforced with each activity, and have some hands-on tech lab time to play with the apps presented.

Open Learning Materials for Exploring Spanish Language Diversity


Patricia Kyle Mosele, Senior Programs Coordinator, Center for Open Educational
Resources and Language Learning (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.

Collaboration, Seating, and Interactive Notebooks


Jessica Mondragon, Spanish teacher, Leander ISD,

Isabelle Cate, French Teacher, Leander ISD

Would you like to have 100% of your students engaged and collaborating with each other? Have you ever wanted to try seating arrangements that work for your classroom? Have you ever wanted to use effective and easy interactive notebooks in your class? This is the session for you! In this session you will learn different collaborative structures that keep your students engaged while holding them accountable. You will also hear about how structured seating can be created, arranged, and implemented to promote effective collaboration with your students. This session will focus on a few strategies that have been used in multiple language classrooms and have been successful in these classes. This session will also focus on Interactive Notebooks using the input/output method.

Session Presentation (PDF):

The Power of Context!

Session Handouts (PDF):


Pratique des verbes pronominaux

The Power of Context!: Developing Active Learners through Engaging
LOTE Input


Wendy Faz, LOTE Teacher, Pflugerville ISD

In this session, we will be discussing how to create an engaging lesson. How can we utilize the target language to engage learners so that we receive valuable output? What approaches can we take to create engaging and memorable teaching moments as opposed to having a classroom of note-takers? The goal of a LOTE classroom is to have the students speak the language. Through mock mini-lessons, participants will learn the techniques to ensuring their students are retaining the learned content by means of valuable input.

Staying on Target


Telvi Altamirano, Spanish Teacher, Austin ISD

Learn about one teacher’s journey to speak more target language in the classroom. Participants will explore techniques and strategies for using target
language at least 90% of the time with students – and getting students to enjoy and participate more in the language they are learning.

Teaching Culture in the Target Language


John Cadena, Japanese Instructor, North East ISD

In this presentation, teachers of any language will learn how to effectively use tools like infographics, Venn Diagrams, and “Songs of the Week” to meaningfully teach and discuss cultural practices, products and perspectives in the Target Language -- even with Novice classes! “Singletons” and teachers with several preps will find this session especially beneficial, as we will discuss tips for scaffolding the same resource for use across all levels.

Twitter 101 for World Language Teachers


John Cadena, Japanese Instructor, North East ISD

Learn how to take charge of your Professional Development and collaborate with expert Language Teachers through Twitter. This  session will cover the very basics of using Twitter and introduce you to the #Langchat PLN (Professional Learning Network). Discover how World Language teachers across the country and around the globe are using Twitter to share resources, collaborate on lesson plans, and
reflect on their practice. Bringing your own Wi-Fi enabled device is encouraged, but not required. Time permitting, teachers not currently on Twitter will be walked through the process of signing up for an account at the end of the session.


The Wide World of Infographics


Teresa Tattersall, Spanish Teacher & International Languages Dept. Coordinator, Northside ISD

Infogaphics have caught on in classrooms because they are a great tool for instruction! This session will show how you can take an infographic and “layer” several skills throughout--it can be any combination of the four--speaking, listening, reading, and writing. We will also have time to share and brainstorm ideas on how to use ALL of these skills in an infographic.