2022 World Language Professional Learning Series

OBEWL is proud to release the following schedule of professional learning workshops beginning in September 2022 for the first semester of the upcoming school year.

**All OBEWL webinars are offered free of charge to educators working in NYS schools.  Educators can earn CTLE credit by attending live events or viewing the recording and scoring at least a 7 out of 10 on a multiple-choice post assessment.**


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Thursday, April 28 — 4:00 PM (1 hour)

Authentic Resources as Primary Sources for Cultural Inquiry

Presenters: Bill Heller, SUNY Geneseo and Joanne O’Toole, Ph.D., SUNY Oswego

Authentic resources can be an ideal primary source to initiate exploration of cultural products and practices. Authentic resources reflect the voices of members of target cultures as they engage in real-world communication with one another. For learners to make cultural as well as communicative meaning from authentic resources–in other words, to successfully enact NYS World Language Standards 4 and 5–teachers need confidence, skills and strategies. This webinar will explore ways to leverage the interpretation of authentic resources as a vehicle for uncovering cultural perspectives in the target language appropriate to the learners’ proficiency range.


Bill Heller has taught in public elementary, secondary, community college and undergraduate classrooms for 40 years, including 24 years teaching Span

ish at Perry High School. He has been a methods and Spanish instructor at SUNY Geneseo since 2001. He is a frequent presenter of workshops, webinars and keynotes. Bill served as Conference Chair for the 2017 Northeast Conference (NECTFL) and is currently a member of the Executive Board and Content Advisory Panel for World Languages at the New York State Education Department (NYSED).


O'Toole, Ph.D.

Joanne O’Toole, Ph.D., is Professor of Modern Language Education at SUNY Oswego. She currently serves as principal investigator of the New York State World Language Standards Initiative, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSED OBEWL Content Advisory Panel. Joanne has held several world language leadership positions, including NYSAFLT President, is a regular presenter at local, state, and national conferences and is currently serving on the NECTFL board of directors. She previously taught secondary Spanish for 16 years.



2022 World Language Professional Learning Series







Understanding Standards-Based Curriculum Planning

Thursday, May 19th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.



Recorded and can be viewd at NYSED - World Languages: Professional Development


Understanding Vocabulary Development in Standards-Based TeachingThursday, January 13th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.


Understanding the Role of Grammar in Proficiency Development Parts 1 and 2, 

Thursday, February 24th and Thursday, March 3rd, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.


Understanding Standards-Based Lesson Planning

Thursday, March 31st, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

**All OBEWL workshops and conferences are offered free of charge to educators working in NYS schools.  Educators can earn CTLE credit by attending live events or viewing the recording and scoring at least a 7 out of 10 on a multiple-choice post assessment.**

Tuesday, March 22 — 7:00 PM (1 hour)

The Five Facets of Leadership

Presenter: Lyanne Terada, Horizon High School, Thornton, Colorado

Every person is uniquely qualified to lead like a multifaceted diamond. With five leadership principles based on the industry standards of diamonds known as the 4 C’s, this webinar will help polish and refine each participant’s leadership skills so that everyone can sparkle more brightly in all areas of their life.


Lyanne Terada is a Spanish teacher at Horizon High School in Thornton, Colorado. A National Board Certified Teacher and 2008 Hawai`i World Language Teacher of the Year, she infuses passion and joy for language, travel, and multiple perspectives in her classroom to inspire her students and help them develop global, linguistic, and intercultural competencies for immediate use and growing proficiency. She was an ACTFL LILL Emerging Leader in 2015, is currently facilitating LILL Cohort 4, and represents Colorado/CCFLT on the SWCOLT Board of Directors.


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Wednesday, February 16 — 7:00 PM (1 hour)

Writing to Grow: Building Blocks to Proficiency


Presenter: Greta Lundgaard, Consultant, Dallas, TX


LundgaardAn intentional writing plan provides opportunities to process, practice, and apply new learning in context. A writing plan enables teachers to teach grammar in context while moving students across proficiency borders. This session will highlight the connection between writing and proficiency growth and explore output and revision strategies that deepen and expand writing performances and grow language proficiency.

Greta Lundgaard is a World Language Consultant who works with world language educators at local, state, regional, national, and international schools. She taught German at all levels before serving as the Coordinator of Foreign Languages for Lewisville ISD, Texas and Plano ISD, Texas. She gives workshops on behalf of ACTFL and PEARLL and previously contributed at the National Foreign Language Center as a Senior Associate for Professional Development. Greta has served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Board for SWCOLT, as President of NADSFL, and as President of the Texas Association for Language Supervision.


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Information provided in this section is attributed to Candace Black and is an exurpt from the OBEWL December Newsletter



Unit Plan Exemplar Development for World Languages at the Checkpoint A Level

The NYS World Language Standards and Professional Learning Initiative will be conducting a Unit Plan Exemplar Development Program for World Languages at the Checkpoint A level from January through April of 2022.  NYS educators who are teaching a world language other than English at the secondary level (Grades 7-12) and who can commit to collaborating with regional colleagues from January through April of 2022 are invited to complete and submit an online application by no later than December 31, 2021.  Educators from district, charter, and non-public schools are welcome to apply.  OBEWL is seeking at least three (3) teachers in each world language in each of seven (7) regions of New York (Capital-East, Hudson Valley, Long Island, Mid-State, Mid-West, New York City, and Western NY) for this program.

Selected applicants will participate in three (3) after-school virtual meetings once a month from January - March 2022 and one (1) in-person meeting in their region during a school day in April 2022.  If there are not enough applicants in a single region, then a multi-region or statewide group will be created for that language.  In the latter case, all four (4) meetings would be virtual to avoid extensive travel by participants.  Prior to completing this application, prospective participants must secure permission from their building principal to be able to attend the one (1) in-person meeting in their region during the school day. 

To be considered for this program, applicants must complete and submit the online application by no later than December 31, 2021.  Applications will be reviewed the first week in January.  Selected candidates will be notified no later than January 8, 2022, along with the dates of each meeting.  Those participating in the program must attend all four (4) meetings and submit a Checkpoint A Thematic Unit Plan for the language they teach by no later than April 30, 2022.  In return, participants will receive CTLE credit for all meeting times and a fixed stipend of $225.

OBEWL plans to run similar Unit Plan Exemplar Development Programs for Checkpoint A at the elementary school in the fall of 2022 and for Checkpoints B and C in the winter/spring of 2023. 


Click here to apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSclH595YOJcRhUKPe-kZex9K8i3-IQ0DOg6oRdp2Aa3z0_9pA/viewform



NYSAFLT VIirtual Workshops 2022~ First in a Series

Kitty to Lion: Building Learners’ Interpretive Skills and Confidence

Tuesday, January 18 — 4:00 PM (1 hour)

Presenter: Rebecca Blouwolff, Wellesley Middle School, Wellesley MA

BlouwolffBuild up learners’ toolbox and confidence in the interpretive mode. While reading and listening tasks rely on students’ existing literacy skills and willingness to take risks, there are many practical strategies that teachers can share with students to expand their repertoire and independence. Come learn a set of concrete steps for guiding learners to interact with authentic materials with confidence. Explore sample interpretive tasks for Novice Mid, Novice High and Intermediate Low targets. Never again feel that you and your students “can’t handle” authentic resources!

Rebecca Blouwolff has taught French at Wellesley Middle School in MA since 1998, but fell in love with middle schoolers while serving as a Fulbright teaching scholar at a collège in Saint-Omer, France. Novice students inspire her to create engaging, age-appropriate lessons focused on global awareness. She earned a B.A. magna cum laude in American Civilization and Judaic Studies at Brown University, and an M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, 2019 MaFLA and NECTFL Teacher of the Year, 2020 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, and a certified MOPI tester.


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                NYSAFLT Annual Conference 2021


NYSAFLT 2021 will be a hybrid conference with

on-site,virtual, and pre-recorded options.


Location: Ramada by Wyndham (Formerly Holiday Inn) Syracuse/Liverpool, NY

Date: October 22–23, 2021



Conference Logo


Jenny Delfini,Chair
New Paltz CSD


AATF NAtional Convention


The AATF National Convention is underway! The theme of this year’s convention is “Laissez les bons temps rouler: Explorer la diversité du monde francophone.”,  and is taking place virtually.  Many topics will be addressed during these exciting sessions including sessions on professional development, instructional practices, program growth and advocacy, just to name a few.


The main sessions of the convention will take place June 29th through July 15th on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Sessions begin at 10am.


In addition to the mains sessions, Pre-Convention Workshops will take place June 15th, 22nd & 24th. Dates for Post-Convention Workshops are July 27th, July 31st, August 10th and August 12th.


Special events include a Welcome to the Convention Evening”on June 29th, An Evening Concerton July 6th and a Soirée Divertissante” (Awards Ceremony) on July 15th.


Earmark Wednesday, June 30th at 11:30 am EST as our own webmaster, Kimberley Harter will be presenting her version of National French Week.


Also, on Thursday, August 12th at 5:00 pm SHF president Regina Symonds, and SHF Teacher Representatives Tracy Rucker and Kimberley Harter will be hosting a back-to-school workshop for SHF sponsors.


Information regarding the full program and registration can be found by clicking on the link below:




The AATF National Convention is free to all AATF Members. 





Dear World Language Educators,
The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) will hold a webinar, available in six different time slots, to explain how the June 2021 Exemptions from Diploma Requirements apply to Languages Other Than English (LOTE) courses. 


This informative session will explain in plain language the guidance issued from NYSED in March regarding the June/August 2021 exemptions as they relate to LOTE and the Seal of Biliteracy.  Participants will be able to speak directly with an OBEWL staff member and/or submit their questions via chat. While the session will not be recorded, a PDF of the presentation will be made available to all attendees and will be posted on the OBEWL website following the final session.

The webinar is open to all NYS educators and no registration is required.  The sessions will be available on the following dates and times:
  Click on any of the links above to join the webinar at the time indicated.
Best regards,

Candie Black



Rethinking Grading Practices in a

Communicative Classroom


Monday, March 22nd - 4:00pm (1 hour)

Presenter: Melanie Thomas, Spencerport CSD, Spencerport, NY

As teachers shift their classrooms to focus on communicative proficiency, we need to look at our grading practices. How can we modify our grades to reflect students’ skills and abilities with the language? Students need to be graded on what they know and can do in the target language. Do our grades reflect that?

ThomasMelanie Thomas teaches Spanish at Spencerport CSD. Her experience includes levels I, III, IV and V in conjunction with Syracuse University. She holds her WL National Board Certification. Her MATL from the University of Southern Mississippi focused on the knowledge, skills, and theories in language, language acquisition, and language instruction. This background in SLA supports her strive to teach with Comprehensible Input to help learners acquire the language they study. @senoramthomas
senoraMThomas.blogspot.com Find me on YouTube: bit.ly/CIvids


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Joshual Cabral - World Language C lassroom


Language and Culture: The Path to Global Citizenship


Virtual Workshop: March 20th  - March 30th, 2021



NYSAFLT Spring Conference

AKA - NYSA-Fair  Online Conference


Friday, March 5th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm and 

Saturday, March 6th from  9:00am -3:30pm


Live and Pre-Recorded Sessions


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Thursday, February 25 — 4:00 p.m. (1 hour)

Anchor Standard 2: Accessing Culture through Language Functions

Joanne O’Toole, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY
Bill Heller, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY

“Use the language to…” are the words that both introduce Anchor Standard 2, Culture, and define the relationship between language and culture embedded in the revised New York State Standards. Examine how joining the key language functions with content from authentic resources provides a cultural context for communicative tasks in any mode. Explore how the performance indicators inform culturally-contextualized target-language task design at each proficiency checkpoint.


Joanne O’Toole, Ph.D.is a Professor of Modern Language Education at SUNY Oswego. She has held several world language leadership positions, including NYSAFLT President and NECTFL Director. She currently serves on the NYSED OBEWL Content Advisory Panel Executive Committee. She is a regular presenter at local, state, and national conferences. She previously taught secondary Spanish for 16 years.
Bill Heller has taught students at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels for 40 years including 24 years as the high school Spanish teacher at Perry Central Schools. He has been a methods and Spanish instructor at SUNY Geneseo since 2001. He has done workshops, preconferences and keynotes at local, state, regional and national conferences for World Language teachers. He is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the NYSED Content Advisory Panel for World Languages. Bill has served on the NYSAFLT Board of Directors and as Conference Chair for the 2017 Northeast Conference (NECTFL). He and his rescue pup, Sadie, live in Warsaw, NY.


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LECNY Winter Warm-Up Work-shop

February 6, 2021  10:00am-11:30 am

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 10am-11:30am for our "Winter Warm Up" Workshop! We will not be having a traditional LLL-LECNY this year. Those of you who attended our Regional virtual workshop/collaboration session in the Fall said that you could have chatted so much longer! Our hope with this winter warm up is to give you a chance to collaborate with colleagues from other districts about what is working and what isn't for distance learning. We are asking you to provide with at least one topic you would like to discuss and we will be using these to create a list of possible topics and breakout rooms. We are hoping to give a little more time in each break out session as well!

Registration is free and open to any current LECNY member! Please just fill out the attached registration form if you plan to attend. There is a spot in the form to write your topic ideas.



      On Saturday, November 5th, we had the pleasure of having Dr.
Mahadevi Ramakrishnan, professor from Colgate University,
present an extraordinary workshop- Bienvenue en Martinique: L’île
aux Fleurs. Dr. Ramakrishnan began the workshop by providing a
comprehensive history of the island and the current status of the
island as Collectivité territoriale de Martinique. She shared with us
many similarities that Martinique has with France- the set-up of the
grocery stores, the specialty stores, etc. Numerous cultural artifacts
were referenced; video clips from the film Sugar Cane Alley, music
clips from Esy Kennenga, as well as poetry in creole with French
translation. Dr. Ramakrishnan continued by presenting to us an
itinerary of a trip that she has taken with her university students.
She has traveled with them on several occasions and the students
have all expressed how much they have enjoyed their time in Martinique with a little time spent at the beach. She enticed us with a trip filled with kayaking, hiking through a rain forest, visiting a school, and many other activities. At the end of the workshop, attendees and presenter enjoyed Chicken Colombo with rice and salad while discussing an affordable and exciting visit to Martinique.




"La Voix Maghrébine"

Presenter:  Beth Ait Oumessaoud


youtube source for songs, lyrics, and accompanying activities

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Aicha - Cheb Khaled.pdf
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Banlieue - Karim Kacel.pdf
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Dernière Danse - Indila.pdf
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Divisés - Zaho .pdf
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Je t'ecris d'un coeur - Houari le Dauphi[...]
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L'ambiance du bled - Mohamed Lamine Ol'[...]
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l'olivier - Wallen.pdf
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Mon Pays - Faudel.pdf
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Ptit beur - Rachid Ferrache.pdf
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Tonton du Bled - 113.pdf
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Tout ce temps - Idir Zaho.pdf
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analyse de chanson.pdf
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art maghrébin.pdf
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Artistes maghrébins à explorer.pdf
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book cover template - workshop.pdf
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le foot 1.pdf
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maghreb proverbs.pdf
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sports webquest.pdf
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tweet sheet.pdf
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Vocabulaire Football.pdf
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Websites to look for music:












www.lesvictoires.com - France


http://www.adisq.com/index.html - Félix(Québec)





http://la-vie-en-chansons.blogspot.com/ - classée par thème






AATF Advocacy Toolkit April 20, 2013.ppt[...]
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