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Mona Mulhair

Foreign Language Teacher, Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek
Ms. Mona Mulhair

Programme: Educators Conference

Mona has taught French at Gavilan and Cabrillo Community Colleges and presently teaches AP French Language and Literature and Spanish at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, California. She has been the foreign language mentor for the district and is presently department chair at Las Lomas. She has been a reader and consultant for the College Board since 1995. She was a member of the test development committee and has been a table leader since 2001. Mona has conducted several curriculum and grading workshops nationwide as well as internationally; in Paris, France and Montreal, Canada. She has presented five- day institutes in Monterey, San Diego, Stanford, and Redondo Beach, California; Bellevue, Washington; Tucson, Arizona; Colorado; Maine; Texas; Montana; Hawaii; and Paris France. In 2002, Mona presented the French AP Language and Literature at the first AP National Conference in Chicago and was certified as a National Consultant Leader for the College Board. She was teacher of the year for the Acalanes District in 1994 and has been the recipient of numerous Awards of Excellence in her field. In 2013 she received the Academic Distinguished Award from College Board

Full Day Institute I
TitleFrench Language and Culture : The 21st Century Approach
Programme Educators Conference
Days Offered Monday October 21, 2013

The integration of the six essential themes, authentic material, different websites to build a strong vertical curriculum. The preparation of the students from the novice level to the most advanced IB, AP, College Prep levels. An overview of the cultural aspects of the French Speaking World. The importance of communication as the main objective in teaching the target language. Learning strategies from AP French Language and Culture.

  • Present the tools and techniques to facilitate and simplify the reading comprehension.
  • Provide practical methods and strategies for students’ reading interpretation.
  • Discuss practical and proven methods of reading strategies that emphasize analysis, synthesis, and critical thinking.
  • Explore choices of cultural excerpts from the websites demonstrating how the methods can be adapted for all levels.
  • Present some Literature excerpts from different French speaking countries.
  • Discuss the choice of listening material and documents from website sources.
  • Present listening documents showing the diversity of French accents from the different French speaking countries.
Target Audience Educators, Grades 6-12
Conference Material None.
Full Day Institute II
TitleFrench Language and Culture : Speaking and Writing across the curriculum
Programme Educators Conference
Days Offered Tuesday October 22, 2013

The interpersonal and Presentational modes of communication in speaking and writing. The different techniques and strategies to encourage the students’ speaking habit from the very basic level of instruction. The writing skills and techniques from simple sentences, short paragraphs, cultural comparison, critical analysis to persuasive essays. The analysis of different cultural sources and the connection to the students’ own community. The preparation of all students to experience the rigorous program, leading to the Advanced Placement Program (AP), IB, and CIE. Learning strategies from AP French Language and Culture.

  • Discuss the importance and relevance of teaching writing in the target language from the basic level.
  • Demonstrate writing strategies for formal and informal documents.
  • Present the interpersonal and the presentational modes of verbal communication.
  • Demonstrate how to express, and incorporate point-of-view into writing and speaking.
  • Provide practical methods of writing strategies that emphasize analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
  • Discuss the importance of the cultural understanding of the French speaking countries and its connection to the students’ own community.
Target Audience Educators, Grades 8-12
Conference Material None.
3-Hour Workshop
TitleFrench Language and Culture : Evaluation, rubrics and sharing
Programme Educators Conference
Days Offered Wednesday October 23, 2013

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share their program which includes strategies that they use from year to year. This workshop will expand on the previous two days institutes by demonstrating how listening, speaking, reading and writing strategies in French can be integrated from grades six through twelve. It will demonstrate techniques that will help build a "vertical" integration in any curriculum leading to the Advanced level.

  • Discuss the importance of speaking the target language from the novice level.
  • Present the websites available for listening and reading practices in all levels.
  • Provide practical techniques to teach culture in a French language class, and in all levels.
  • Share the different methods of evaluation, the criteria and the rubrics used for the assessment of students’ progress.
  • Provide the time for participants to share their own experience and the opportunities exchange successful techniques.
Target Audience Educators, Grades 8-12
Conference Material None.
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