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CT COLT Professional Learning Series: Creating a Communication-Focused Classroom

  • March 23, 2023
  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


  • This registration level is for membership. Workshop registration is free but you will need to login to your membership profile using the credentials for your CT COLT membership. If you are not yet a member, you can become one as part of this registration process. Note: Be sure to enter the email you have registered with CT COLT to access this free rate.
  • NECTFL State organizations can register for free. Contact CT COLT PD coordinator for special code.
  • This event is free to members of NECTFL state organizations and $10 for non-members.

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Join us for the fourth event of our 2022-2023 Professional Learning Series! We are thrilled to have Heather Sweetser, ACTFL’s 2022 Language Teacher of the Year, She received her M.A. in Arabic at Ohio State in 2012. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, she joined the Army in 1998 and learned Arabic at the Defense Language Institute, becoming an Arabic interpreter. Experiences with languages in the U.S. Government inspired her to become a language instructor focusing on intercultural competence as a core part of language fluency. Currently Heather teaches beginning through advanced Arabic at The University of New Mexico, and is one of the co-creators of the website. The workshop will begin with a live presentation, which will be recorded and available afterwards. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity to connect with the presenter as well as other participants. 

Session abstract:

Are your students struggling with the most basic of grammar concepts? Do students run to your classroom, excited to get started? Or is it hard to get them to focus? Whatever is going on in your classroom, come join us to explore ways that can make the K-16 language classroom a fun, focused place that reconnects everyone (both teachers and students!) with people, practice, and purpose by moving from a grammar-focused classroom to a more communication-focused classroom. Participants will walk away with ideas that can be immediately used in the classroom as well as some long-term ideas to implement.

Registration for this workshop is free for CT COLT members. If you are not already a member, you can join through the registration process or by clicking here

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