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Lori Langer de Ramírez

Director of World and Classical Languages and Global Language Initiatives, The Dalton School, NYC
Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez

Programme:
Educators' Conference
Area of Specialty:ESL

Biography

Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez began her career as a teacher of Spanish, French and ESL. She holds a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently Director of World and Classical Languages and Global Language Initiatives for the Dalton School in New York City.

Lori is the author of several books, including Empower English Language Learners with Tools from the Web and Take Action: Lesson Plans for the Multicultural Classroom and Voices of Diversity, as well as several Spanish-language books and texts. She has contributed to many textbooks and written numerous articles about second language pedagogy and methodology. Her website (www.miscositas.com) offers virtual picturebooks, videos, thematic units and other curricular materials for teaching Chinese, English, French, and, Spanish. Lori has presented workshops at local, regional and national conferences and in schools throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Lori is the recipient of the Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture, NEH grants, and a Fulbright Award. Her areas of research and curriculum development are diversity education, folktales and authentic materials, and technology in language teaching, with an emphasis on Web 2.0 tools.

 
 
Full Day Institute
Title Empower Language Learners with Tools from the Web
Programme Educators' Conference
Days Offered Monday October 22, 2012 (10:00-17:00) and repeated Tuesday October 23, 2012 (10:00-17:00)
Description

We will explore web-based tools such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, VoiceThreads, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and social bookmarking sites like Delicious. The presenter will share an overview of different tools available to language educators, briefly explain how each tool works, and discuss a rationale for their use in teaching languages. The workshop will situate web-based tools within the framework of differentiated instruction and 21st century learning skills.

During the second half of the workshop we will focus on the use of webtools like PhotoStory as a means of designing and creating simple digital stories for the classroom. Teachers will view an example of a digital storytelling lesson, and learn how to use PhotoStory to create their own digital stories.

The central purpose of the workshop is to de-mystify webtools and inspire teachers to use them to for creating and sharing digital stories as a means of teaching and assessing language learners.

Objective
  • De-mystify webtools for teaching languages
  • Inspire teachers to leverage the power of webtools for getting students to create in the target language
Target Audience Administrators and Educators
Conference Material None.
 
3-Hour Workshop
Title Language, Identity, and the Multicultural School
Programme Educators' Conference
Days Offered Wednesday October 24, 2012 (10:00-13:00)
Description

In this presentation, we will explore the role that culture and language play in a multicultural educational setting. Through activities and real-world examples, we will examine issues such as teacher identity, 21st Century Skills, and world language education as essential components for building a multicultural/multilingual community of excellence.

Objective
  • To promote thoughtful discussions around issues of identity and diversity.
  • To inpire educators to "unpack" their "virtual knapsack" and consider our own identities and how they impact teaching and learning in our classrooms and schools.
Target Audience Administrators and Educators
Conference Material None.
 

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