Virginia Levine Second Language Educators’ Conference

Conference Details

Date: Sept. 23, 2023
Location: Sperry Center on the SUNY Cortland campus
Time: 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Bill Heller, SUNY Geneseo
Program Theme: “World Language Education: Supporting Our Students, Supporting Each Other”

Workshop Topics:

  • Teaching Foreign Languages in Context: Storytelling as a Teaching Method
  • Identity Beyond the Selfie: Using the Target Language to Reflect and Connect
  • The Rookie Years
  • Latin American Civilization, History and Culture through Music
  • Remembering the Critical Life Skills of Listening and Speaking: Advancing Oral Language in the Times of AI-assisted Writing
  • And What About Grammar?
  • Engaging, Differentiated, and Inclusive Strategies for the World Language Classroom
  • Supporting ENL Students’ L2 Development through Literacy Instruction
  • Connection before Content: How Focusing on Relationships Can Help Students Access Your Content

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This conference is free, but registration is required.

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Conference Resources

Conference Coordinators

  • Patricia Martinez de la Vega Mansilla, Lecturer of Spanish, SUNY Cortland
  • Paulo Quaglio,  Ph.D.,  Associate Professor: TESOL and Applied Linguistics, SUNY Cortland
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Hosted by: Modern Languages Department, SUNY Cortland

Co-sponsored by Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC), SUNY Cortland’s International Programs Office, Clark Center for Global Engagement, and SUNY Cortland Modern Languages Department, SUNY Cortland

About the Conference

The Virginia Levine Second Language Educators' Conference (VLSLEC) 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 New Language (ENL) 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 offered through mid-day, and culminates with brief closing remarks.