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This year's theme: “Meeting Challenges, Inspiring Success”

As teachers, all of us face challenges on a daily basis—everything from in-class difficulties (for example, getting the quieter students to talk) to broader issues of advocacy, employment, and inclusion for our learners. Part of our work involves meeting such challenges and inspiring success in our students, colleagues, and communities. Come share your own experiences and ideas for inspiring success with other committed educators in an exciting day of workshops, networking, and professional development.

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The 2018 Symposium will be held Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Photograph of Ms. Ying Jin
Ms. Ying Jin has more 20 years Chinese language and culture teaching experience in diverse settings. 

2018 Plenary Guest Speaker: Ms. Ying Jin (金璎)

"The 5 C’s That Paved My Way: Commitment, Courage, Collaboration, Coaching and Community"

Teaching might be one of the most challenging jobs in the world, and it is even more so for new teachers. Identifying proper resources, struggling with classroom management, and enduring an unsupportive environment are just a few of the challenges language teachers face.

Our plenary speaker, Ms. Ying Jin, will share her journey, commencing with the onset of her teaching career nine years ago as a brand new, rookie teacher, to being chosen the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2018 National Language Teacher of the Year. This keynote presentation will explore the opportunities and challenges new language teachers encounter in the 21st century and discuss crucial key components that can help them to survive and ultimately become future leaders in this profession.

With the aspirations of helping new teachers gain a better understanding of the teaching world and better prepare new generations of educators, Ms. Jin will first reflect upon her personal experience to shed light on the importance of being mentally ready to face challenges and obstacles. More importantly, she will then highlight different practical strategies that have been proven to be successful in her own career in hopes that new teachers will implement these methods in order to survive their first years of the selfless practice we call teaching.

Ms. Ying Jin's background - She is currently a teacher of Mandarin Chinese at the Fremont Union High School District in Cupertino, California. Ms. Jin received her MA degree in Instructional Technologies from San Francisco State University, and BA degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Peking University, China.
Ms. Jin has received 2018 Teacher of the Year from ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and 2016 Teacher Of the Year from CLTA (California Language Teachers Association).

BE SURE TO ATTEND OUR INSPIRING CLOSING PANEL!

Desma Johnson Photo

Cultural Literacy Through Educational Travel

Desma Johnson

Desma Johnson teaches Spanish at Pacific Grove High School. She has a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and a Certificate in Language Program Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies).

Rana Issa Photo

Where’s My Voice?

Rana Issa

Rana Issa began her career in teaching since her migration to the US in 2004. She has extensive experience coordinating language programs, curriculum design, assessment, and teaching Arabic at all levels. Her expertise includes consulting work with DLI, ACTFL, and other organizations. Issa is an advocate of MIIS’s signature pedagogy of "CBI" (Content-Based Instruction), integrating relevant content (international policy, environment, human rights) with the teaching of Arabic.

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Improving Investment and Learner Autonomy for Air Force Adult Second-Language Learners at the Defense Language Institute

Master Sergeant Benjamin Steel

Master Sergeant Benjamin Steel is the Command Language Program Manager at the 517th Training Group. He is responsible for professional development and language training for over 900 Air Force linguists. He holds degrees in Urdu, Hebrew, International Relations, and a Master of Arts in Translation and Interpreting.

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Theatre as a Tool to Motivate Young Learners of Chinese

Sisi Wu

Sisi Wu is currently working as a Chinese instructor at the International School of the Peninsula (ISTP). She was previously the K-8 Chinese program coordinator and instructor at Robert Louis Stevenson school. Graduated from MIIS in 2012, Sisi discovered her passion in working with young learners and began her career at Stevenson in the same year.



SCHEDULE

McCone Upper Atrium

Check In

Please have an I.D. available for check-in
 
Irvine Auditorium

Ying Jin

ACTFL Teacher of the Year, Fremont Union High School

Welcome & Plenary

The 5 C’s That Paved My Way: Commitment, Courage, Collaboration, Coaching and Community
 
Casa Fuente 452

Ragaa Shenouda & Onsy Shenouda

DLIFLC

The Impact of Technology Integration on Differentiated Instructions Practices

Workshop Session 1
McGowan 99

Jonathan Downey

University of California Santa Barbara

Encouraging Learner Engagement with Online Peer Feedback

Workshop Session 1
McGowan 100

Maria Fernandez Canteli

Santa Catalina School

Promoting L2 Speaking Beyond the Walls of the Classroom

Workshop Session 1
McGowan 101

Dr. Maida Dzakula, Dr. Gorge Bebawi & Mr. Bozo Dzakula

DLIFLC

Growth Mindset Strategies in Teaching for Practical Intelligence

Workshop Session 1
McCone 238

Amy Sullivan

MIIS

The World at Your Fingertips: Virtual Cross-Cultural Field Trip

Workshop Session 1
Casa Fuente 452

Daniel Wang

DLIFLC

Let’s Make Lemonade: Turning the Multi-Level Classroom into Indispensable Advantages for Higher-Level Foreign Language Teaching

Workshop Session 2
McGowan 99

Amy Russo & Michelle Hager

San Jose State University

Writing Like a Reader: Cohesion and Self-Editing Technique

Workshop Session 2
McGowan 100

Ondine Gage & Shelley Gage

California State University Monterey Bay & Fisher Middle School Los Gatos

Sisters Face the Challenge of Teaching French and English Vowel Sounds

Workshop Session 2
McGowan 101

Dima Almoamin

DLIFLC

Grit, Motivation, and Attitude

Workshop Session 2
McCone 238

Eve Zyzik

University of California Santa Cruz

Stimulating Content and Effective Pedagogy: Meeting the Challenges of Working with Authentic Materials

Workshop Session 2

Lunch

Casa Fuente 452

Jennifer Dowrie & Claire Eagle

MIIS

Differentiation in Action: Practical Applications for Adult Language Learning Classrooms

Workshop Session 3
McGowan 99

Alex Samuel Vélez

DLIFLC

Learning Contracts: Tools to Negotiate Instruction in Courses without Syllabi or Curricula to Promote Learners’ Autonomy and a Transformative Learning Experience

Workshop Session 3
McGowan 100

Onsy Shenouda & Ragaa Shenouda

DLIFLC

Strategies to Achieve Higher Proficiency Levels in Speaking

Workshop Session 3
McGowan 101

Trina Philpot Montaño

DLIFLC

Creating Proficiency-Based Formative Assessments: A Guide for Foreign Language Teachers

Workshop Session 3
McCone 238

Su Chun Liu & Shuhui Berndt

DLIFLC

Spice Up Classroom Dynamics with Gamification

Workshop Session 3
Irvine Auditorium

Panel Presentation

See detailed bios above.

Cultural Literacy Through Educational Travel
Desma Johnson, Pacific Grove High School

Where’s My Voice?
Rana Issa, MIIS

Improving Investment and Learner Autonomy for Air Force Adult Second-Language Learners at the Defense Language Institute
Benjamin Steel, DLIFLC

Theatre as a Tool to Motivate Young Learners of Chinese
Sisi Wu, ISTP
McCone Upper Atrium

Reception