DATE: February 22, 2020

LOCATION: Chandler-Gilbert Community College (2626 East Pecos Road, Chandler, Arizona 85225-2499) - See also MAP OF CAMPUS / WORKSHOP LOCATION (Click here)

PRESENTER: Ryan Smith, M.Ed.


Ryan Smith is a former teacher of Spanish, Ryan Smith is currently the Career & Technical Education Coordinator and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) District Director for the Washoe County School District, located in the Reno/Lake Tahoe region of Northern Nevada. Ryan is also the Past President of PLAN (Professional Language Association of Nevada), Nevada’s 2015 World Languages Teacher of the Year, and most recently NADSFL (National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages) 2018 Supervisor of the Year. Ryan advocated for the Seal of Biliteracy in his state, led the statewide implementation of the Seal, and served on the committee to rewrite the Nevada Academic Content Standards for World Languages. Ryan is extremely involved in world languages on a local, regional, and national level. He is the NCSSFL representative for Nevada, an active member of NADSFL, ACTFL, and SWCOLT, and was a member of the first cohort of LILL (Leadership Initiative for Language Learning). Now, Ryan is an active participant of LILL by creating and facilitating the annual summer institute.


Putting InterPERSONALITY into the Interpersonal Mode of Communication: Let’s Get Them Speaking!

When students are asked why they chose to take a language course, often the answer is, “I want to be able to speak (language).” In order to develop meaningful and engaging interpersonal activities, we must know how to differentiate the tasks to meet the needs of the students. Novice, intermediate, and advanced students have very different needs, which educators must take into consideration when planning lessons. We will examine differences between proficiency levels in order to better understand the needs of our students. Participants of this workshop will learn how to plan engaging tasks that encourage students to speak, while building and increasing their proficiency levels in the interpersonal mode. Participants will also explore new ways of building students’ vocabulary, making for better interpersonal skills.

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