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There are numerous workshops and professional development opportunities held across the state! Please add this page to your bookmarks and check back for updates. 

Upcoming Conferences
Fall 2018: "Where Language Educators Meet!"
The WAFLT-COFLT Bi-State 2018 Fall Conference was held on October 11th-13th, 2018, in Portland, OR at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion.

Paul Sandrock, Director of Education at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages - ACTFL
Topic: Can-Do Learning: Developing Communication with Language and Culture
What do learners need to demonstrate consistently over time to show that they are improving their Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational, and Intercultural Communication?  Unwrap the revised NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements and the new Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communication. Apply Can-Do Statements to re-design one unit of instruction by creating effective assessments of each mode of communication, embedding tasks for learners to “investigate, explain, and reflect on” cultural practices, products, and perspectives – all at the targeted level of proficiency.

Friday Keynote speaker: Laura Terrill - Where Language Educators Meet: What are our shared goals? 

Saturday Breakfast Keynote: Dr. Ted Zarrow, 2016 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, - "We Are All Advocates"

Saturday Post-Conference Workshops (2-5 pm): Laura Terrill and Ted Zarrow - $25 

Laura Terrill: "Planning for Learning: Using the IPA as an Instructional Focus"

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the role of proficiency and performance in the classroom and explore the implications for development of literacy skills in each mode of communication by creating lessons that result in mini instructional IPAs. Consider a mindset for working with text so that learners work harder than you do. Explore strategies that require learners to engage meaningfully with both literary and informational texts while acquiring vocabulary and grammar in context. Engage in and discuss evidence-based practices for teaching writing to explain, persuade and convey experience. Consider how interpersonal tasks are designed so that learners must negotiate meaning while increasing fluency, complexity of text and accuracy. Experience several strategies that are easily implemented into daily lessons. 

Ted Zarrow: "Keeping Students Motivated: Practical Strategies for Promoting Ownership in the WL Classroom"


Regardless of the level at which we teach, we are always looking for creative and innovative ways to support and develop students’ skills across the three modes: interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal.  In addition to developing student proficiency, we want our students to be motivated – how to we make that happen?  And once we make that happen, how do we sustain it?  How can we as world language teachers foster and cultivate an environment in which students are motivated and not merely compliant?  And how is motivation related to proficiency?


In this workshop, participants will explore ways to promote student ownership of their proficiency and move from a student centered environment to one that is student driven – one in which they are truly part of the creative process.  If you are looking for storytelling strategies, ways to get ahead of student anxieties, or you could use some alternatives to traditional assignments, assessments, and prompts – ones that give students ownership of their proficiency across the modes – this workshop is for you!

We thank the conference sponsors and invite you to visit their stands at the conference and their Web sites by clicking on the logos:

Past Conference Materials
Looking for a handout or the name of a presenter? Past conference information can be found here.  

Spring Regionals 2018:

The first WAFLT 2018 Spring Regional Conference was held at Kent-Meridian High School in the Library ( 10020 SE 256th St., Kent, WA 98030-6408) on Saturday, March 3, 2018.   Thanks to all who attended!

The second WAFLT 2018 Spring Regional Conference was held at Central Washington University in Ellensburg on Saturday, April 14. Below are handouts, presentations, and links from the day!

The third WAFLT 2018 Spring Regional Conference will be held at Eastern Washington University on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  Registration is now open. Click here!    For conference information, including parking information and the program, please click here.  

Fall Conference 2017: Experience It!

Shared presenter materials - Presenters, please share your handouts and presentations in these folders. If you need help, please contact Catherine Ousselin.

Friday Keynote Speaker:  Linda Egnatz ACTFL TOY 2014

Peak Performance: Proficiency Begins with Design & Innovation 

Saturday Keynote Speaker:  Angela Dávila OSPI World Language Program Supervisor

Thursday, October 12th Pre-conference workshop (9:00 - 4:00)$65 (includes workshop, lunch and 6 clock hours)

Paris Granville:  Authentic Folktales to Spark communication and Culture

  • Explore how to use folktales as the focus of motivating, language-rich thematic units that teach and reinforce language and cultural concepts.  
  • Participate in highly engaging model teaching.  
  • Gain strategies that empower novice learners and teachers to remain in the target language.  
  • Take away curated folktales in Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish, templates, activities and rubrics. 
  • Presenter will model Folktales from Ecuador, Louisiana, and French Polynesia.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to create their own folktale unit.

Saturday, October 14th (2:00 - 5:00) Post-conference workshop: $25 (includes 3 clock hours)

Linda Egnatz: Proficiency as a Tool to Focus Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment


Proficiency is a critical lens for identifying how to help language learners achieve their goal to be able to use a new language.  What teachers assess determines, and may limit, what students believe they have to learn. Discover how using a proficiency filter increases student skills and retention, guarantees vertical articulation and drives performance-based curriculum. Designing for proficiency strengthens classroom instruction by teaching grammar communicatively and by putting vocabulary and structure in a supporting role for purposeful language use. Learn how to make proficiency goals the main focus of both instruction and assessment to ensure that learners experience a smooth transition across a vertical program.

WAFLT Spring Regionals 2017

#1 Saturday, March 18, 2017:  Eastside Catholic High 

#2 Saturday, April 15, 2017: CWU  
Make it real - With a Can-Do attitude!

Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki: Keynote Presentation | LinguaFolio Interpersonal Speaking Activity  and Lesson Plan by Stephanie Knight (CASLS/University of Oregon)

TELL Collab Seattle 2017: Shared conference resource folder
January 21st  - 22nd, 2017 - University of Washington 

COFLT-WAFLT Fall Conference 2016
Shared Session Materials folder Presenters,  please add your handouts and presentations to this folder. Attendees, please make a copy of the materials for your drive.  

WAFLT Spring Regional 2016

The WAFLT 2016 Spring Regional Conferences was held at CWU, Black Hall, in Ellensburg on Saturday, April 2, 8:30am-3:30pm.  The theme was "Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century".  

The schedule and sessions are listed here:  https://docs.google.com/a/plu.edu/document/d/1ZK5Wg7NOwctL5zTblL8MSU6Igtecb5d9iltwNgmZBGY/edit?usp=sharing

Presentations: The following presenters have shared their presentations. 

Angela Davila: Keynote Speaker / OSPI World Language Program Supervisor 

Michele Anciaux Aoki - Seal of Biliteracy 

Lynn Johnston - Art in the World Language Classroom

Catherine Ousselin - Thinking About Syncing? Tools for Listening and Speaking

Kristi Lentz - Take-aways from 2015 ACTFL Convention

Bridget Yaden / AATSP - Idea Share

Eduardo Viana Da Silva - Expanding the Portuguese Classroom with Podcasts

Jorge González Casanova - Pronunciación: Corregir o no Corregir, ésa es la cuestión.

WAFLT Fall 2015 Conference: October 8th-10th - Wenatchee Coast Hotel  - Documents

Past Fall conferences * Indicates a Bi-state conference with COFLT (Oregon)
2017: Pasco, WA
*2016: Portland, OR
2015: Wenatchee, WA
*2014: Vancouver, WA
2013: Yakima, WA
*2012: Vancouver, WA
2011: Pasco, WA
*2010: Seattle, WA
2009: Spokane, WA
*2008: Vancouver, WA
2007:  Wenatchee