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“I Can!”: Ensuring Language Learner Proficiency

  • 22 February 2020
  • 08:30
  • 23 February 2020
  • 16:00
  • International Community School of Addis Ababa

This world language institute is designed specifically to support those K12 educators developing and/or refining curriculum aligned to the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning (connected with International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement themes). Employ backward design principles to re-envision a unit of instruction to focus on effective assessments and instructional practices leading to increased language proficiency for your learners. Unpack the elements that develop learners’ proficiency as they interpret, negotiate, and express meaning.


KEY AUDIENCE: K-12 Teachers of Languages, Curriculum Coordinators, Learning Coaches

Participants will:

  • Re-design one unit of instruction, focusing on the development of learners’ proficiency (what learners can DO with what they KNOW)
  • Identify the essential question that learners will explore through a unit of study, connecting interculturality with the Modes of Communication
  • Identify and/or refine the learning targets for the unit of instruction, to guide choices of instructional strategies and design of summative assessments
  • Describe the differences in the major levels of Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Proficiency, focusing on what changes as learners move across the continuum of proficiency
  • Design the summative assessments for the unit of instruction to provide evidence of learners’ progress to a higher level of proficiency, integrating the modes of communication


     Membership  Full Affiliate  Individual 
     Early-Bird Rate  US$ 415  US$ 435  US$ 435
     Full Registration  US$ 435  US$ 460  US$ 460

    Early-bird Deadline: 24th December 2019
    Cancellation Date: 22nd January 2020

    Paul Sandrock is the Director of Education at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), directs this national organization’s professional development and initiatives around standards, curriculum, instruction, and performance assessment. Previously, he was Assistant Director of Content and Learning at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), coordinating the areas of English language arts, mathematics, international education, and world languages. He earlier served as the DPI state-wide consultant for world languages. Mr Sandrock taught Spanish for 16 years in middle school and high school and authored The Keys to Assessing Language Performance as well as Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages. He previously served ACTFL as a board member and president and received ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12.



    International Community School of Addis Ababa
    Mauritania Rd, Addis Ababa,

    Visa and Health
    Visitors to Ethiopia require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Visit the Ethiopian evisa website to find out about the country's entry requirements and apply for your visa.

    The visa can be obtained prior to travel or on arrival. A 30-Day entry visa costs US$52


    Hilton Addis Ababa
    Physical Address: Menelik II Avenue, Addis Ababa, 1164, Ethiopia.
    Phone No: +251-11-517-0000
    Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 140
    Booking Process: Book directly via the hotel website
    Airport Transfers: US$ 10 per way

    Hotel – School Transport
    The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.

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