February 20, 2021

Online via Zoom


8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Developing and Assessing Student Proficiency

through Standards-based Integrated Performance Assessments


In this workshop participants will (re)familiarize themselves with ACTFL’s and Arizona’s Proficiency standards along with the World Readiness Standards before designing their own standard-based Integrated Performance Assessments (IPA). Traditionally, IPAs are used to assess students’ proficiency in all three modes of communication - interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational - at the end of a unit. Participants will have a beginning draft of an IPA to use in their classroom or course.

PRESENTERS: Linda Burrows and Melanie Mello


  Melanie Mello, has been teaching German as a Foreign Language at the middle school, high school, and the collegiate level since 2008. Currently, she teaches German I through AP/IB-HL at Chandler High School in Chandler, AZ. 2019 Melanie was one of the five finalists for ACTFL’s Teacher of the Year Award after being chosen as the SWCOLT and Arizona Teacher of the Year. In her roles as GAPP coordinator, coach in the Goethe-Institut’s Coaching Program, and Past-President of the Arizona Chapter of AATG and the Past-President of AZLA, she promotes and supports the teaching and learning of world languages and their cultures, customs, and traditions here in the USA.

  Linda Burrows has taught public school for 20 years in grades 7-12. She has taught Spanish, French, and English to middle school students and social studies for grades 7-12. She has taught all levels from co-taught, on level, honors, AP, and dual-enrollment classes. She has received many awards and received a Fulbright-Hays Summer Project Abroad Program to Bosnia where she learned BCS. Linda is currently the K-12 Social Studies and World and Native Languages Specialist for the Arizona Department of Education where she provides professional development and support to Arizona teachers as they implement the Arizona World and Native Languages Standards.


12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Creating Confident Communicators


In this workshop, participants will examine ways to pave the way for students to become confident communicators by planning for opportunities where students build skills in social language in the elementary world language classroom. Focus will be placed on the interpersonal mode, scaffolds and supports, and designing lesson openings that invite interpersonal exchanges.

Outcomes: Participants will be able to…

  • Scaffold and support student communicative skill building

  • Implement strategies to build students’ interpersonal communication skills

  • Plan for using lesson openings to provide time for social language. 

Plan for using lesson openings to provide time for social language.



Leslie Grahn has twenty-seven years of language teaching experience at the middle and high school levels and twelve years of experience at the central office level, most recently as Coordinator of World Languages for the Howard County Public School System in

Maryland. Leslie has been a course instructor on foreign language teaching methods and differentiated instruction and is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, specializing in best practices. She curates and creates resources to support language teaching and learning and shares them through her website (www.grahnforlang.com) and on Pinterest (grahnforlang).

She has experience in teacher and leadership development and leads training on instructional coaching, mentoring, leadership, and communication skills. Leslie is the co-author of The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction and serves on the boards of NECTFL, NADSFL and ACTFL.

    Registration is now closed.  Contact arizonalanguageassociation@gmail.com with any questions.

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