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Second Language Educators Conference

                                                                                 Twenty-Third Annual

                       Second Language Educators Conference

                    was held Saturday, September 28, 2013

Second Language Educators Conference (SLEC) is a professional development platform for Second Language teachers and teachers-in-training.  The annual event is open to students and all area Foreign Language, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and English as a Second Language (ESL) colleagues.

The free event is held on the SUNY Cortland campus.  The conference fosters an environment of socialization, education, and professionalism.  The program presents: a keynote speech delivered by a distinguished member of the Second Language community, a variety of classroom workshops that have ranged from titles such as "Oral Proficiency Exams" to "Connecting with Culture" offered through mid-day, culminating the conference with brief closing remarks.




                                                       2013 PROGRAM THEME:

                "LOTE and ESL on the Cutting Edge: Meeting the Challenges of Increased Accountability"

 Conference hours:   8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

 Keynote Speaker:

                                             TERRY CACCAVALE                                                          


                 Theresa Sullivan Caccavale, NNELL - National Network for Early Learning    

             K-12 Foreign Language/Immersion Specialist for Holliston, Mass. Public Schools


Keynote Presentation: "Using Formative Assessments to Highlight Student Achievement and    Celebrate Our Summative Successes  or  The Beauty of Developing District-Determined Measures"


This session will highlight the advantages of developing district-determined measures of success in foreign language learning, and illustrate how each of us as classroom teachers can use achievement data to demonstrate teacher effectiveness related to course content objectives.  By learning how to match objectives to assessments in ways that promote the development of real language proficiency, teacher candidates and even experienced teachers will better understand the advantages of not teaching to a statewide, uniform test in the discipline of foreign languages.  Included in this address will be suggestions for how to align all foreign language instruction, beginning at the elementary level, to the themes of the new AP Foreign Language Exams in ways that promote critical thinking and 21st Century Skills across the developmental span.


Conference workshops:

  • Socially Responsible Accountability with English Language Learners
  • You are (still) allowing us to use our smartphones in class?!:  Defining and Reflecting on Best Practices in Technology Integration in the Second Language Classroom
  • A Supervisor’s Perspective:  What Student Teachers Need to Do and Know
  • Teaching Students How to Listen:  Skills and Strategies to Accelerate ELL’s Communicative Competence
  • Accountability by Design
  • Facing the Big Changes in AP Exams and the Common Core
  • Text Complexity in the Common Core Standards: What does It Mean for ESL Reading Instruction?
  • Wading through the Alphabet Soup: APPR, SLO, CCSS, CCLS, and NLAP
  • Deaf Students as ESL Learners


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Conference Coordinators

Patricia Martinez de la Vega Mansilla,  Lecturer of Spanish, SUNY Cortland
Paulo Quaglio,  Ph.D.,  Associate Professor: TESOL & Applied Linguistics, SUNY Cortland

Hosted by

Modern Languages Department of SUNY Cortland

Sponsored by

Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC)
International Programs Office of SUNY Cortland