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Archived Content from Conference Held in October 2012

Immersion 2012: Bridging Contexts for a Multilingual World

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Saturday, October 20, 2012
Paper Session

Saturday, 1:45 pm
Governors II
Learning to Think Aloud: Action Research on Reading Development
Kristina Speakes, Escola Beit Yaacov

This paper discusses an action research project in a third grade immersion classroom which used audio/video recordings to improve reading skills. Results focus on the students' use of think-alouds, the extent to which the practice resulted in pushed outcomes, and how much languaging occurred during the process.

Paper Session

Saturday, 1:45 pm
Governors III
Incorporating Aspects of a Literacy Program into Immersion Classroom Routines
Mary Bartolini, Fairfax County Public Schools

Writing in the early school years is a challenging task. Students are exposed to the target language for the first time at the same time they are just starting to write and read in their first language. Come and explore ways to teach and promote writing and reading in young students.

Paper Session

Saturday, 1:45 pm
Governors IV
Dissolving Boundaries: Form-Focused Instruction in Experimental Immersion Pedagogy
T.J. O Ceallaigh, Mary Immaculate College

Irish immersion students develop the vocabulary and sentence structures needed to achieve high levels of functional proficiency, but target-like levels in some linguistic features of the immersion language do not emerge in student output. This presentation will consider form-focused instruction and the central role played by teachers in promoting form-focused teaching in experiential Irish immersion pedagogy.

Paper Session

Saturday, 1:45 pm
Governors V
Supporting International Guest Teachers in Dual Language Immersion Programs
Ofelia Wade, Utah State Office of Education
Kaye Murdock, Utah State Office of Education
Sandra Talbot, Utah State Office of Education

This presentation targets primarily school, district, and state personnel who support the integration of international teachers across languages and contexts (one-way/two-way) in immersion programs. Participants will gain a repertoire of strategies and resources addressing issues related to logistics, curriculum, cultural acclimation, and pedagogy necessary to support international teachers.

Paper Session

Saturday, 1:45 pm
Kellogg I
Ensuring Advanced Level Proficiency in Immersion
Myriam Met, 
Michael Bacon, Portland Public Schools

How can we ensure that immersion students grow in proficiency each year? How can we ensure graduates develop advanced level proficiency to study in college or participate in the global workforce? This session will demonstrate how programs have tried to answer these questions, with examples from Chinese, French and Spanish.

Paper Session

Saturday, 1:45 pm
Kellogg II
Homework Help in French Immersion: Parent and Teacher Perspectives
Stephanie Arnott, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT)

This paper examines French immersion parents' needs related to homework, and teachers' views and practices regarding parental involvement in French immersion homework programming. Surveys and focus groups with parents (N=605) and teachers (N=158) showed a range of needs and resources that transcend the French immersion context.

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Paper Session

Saturday, 1:45 pm
Kellogg III
Writing in a Dual Immersion Program: Pedagogical and Academic Challenges
Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante, Utah State University

This presentation will discuss the main pedagogical strategies that have been used to train Spanish teachers to teach writing in the Spanish Dual Immersion Programs in Utah such as Bloom's Taxonomy, the writing process approach, the ACTFL standards, and the focus on the developments of linguistic skills.

Discussion Session

Saturday, 1:45 pm
State I
Pathways to Immersion Teaching: Case Studies from Louisiana and Minnesota
Kimerly Miller, Minnesota Advocates for Immersion Network
Nicole Boudreaux, Lafayette Parish Schools
Michelle Haj-Broussard, McNeese State University

In this discussion session, immersion educators from Louisiana and Minnesota will talk about teacher recruitment and licensure issues in their respective states. Participants will be invited to contribute their own experiences as we all attempt to develop pathways to immersion teaching that will attract and retain the most qualified candidates.

Paper Session

Saturday, 1:45 pm
State II
Dragging and Dropping: Planning and Material Development
Mario Charest, Lafayette Parish School System
Martin Christian, Prairie Elementary School

This presentation demonstrates how new technology allows for a nonlinear approach to planning and creating material for today's student learning-style. Presenters will manipulate an icon-based editing-tool and involve participants in dragging-and-dropping their way to creating classroom material (text, images, sounds, videos files, etc.) and applying transitions and interactivity. No programming needed!

Paper Session

Saturday, 1:45 pm
State III
Our Immersion Journey: A Leap of Faith
Bettye Edgington, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD
Ana Rich, Bedford Heights Elementary
Louann Teel-Pratt, Bedford Heights Elementary

Ten years ago our Texas district took the first tentative steps of a journey, starting as a struggling one-way Spanish immersion program to proudly becoming a quality school of choice. We will share our standards brochures that became the basis for a remarkable turnaround in our students' language proficiency.

Paper Session

Saturday, 1:45 pm
Windows on the River
Activities in the Target Language Outside School
Florence Klein, Prairie Elementary

For immersion students to practice their target language, En Francais A Lafayette, a teacher-initiated organization, is providing after-school activities targeting four- to eight-year old students. This presentation will offer information about the project through a detailed historical view and pictures. Participants will discuss its impact and share experiences.


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