Oakland Schools Webinar Series

Reading in the World Language Classroom

Reading in the world language classroom is a process, not an event. The Interpretive Communication Standard of the Michigan World Language Standards requires students to read for comprehension at increasingly higher levels of proficiency. Examples provided in Spanish only.


This webinar workshop series is designed to:

• Explore reading as a process

• Identify appropriate levels of reading selections/texts

• Identify strategies to activate prior knowledge

• Develop exercises and activities to use before, during and after reading

• Provide hands-on practice to improve your teaching of reading


In addition to six one-hour synchronous virtual sessions, participants should expect to complete 3 hours of asynchronous assignments in Moodle.


Who Should Participate?

K-12 World Language Teachers


COST:

$60.00 for entire series.


SCECHs: (pending)

$10.00

You MUST attend all six sessions to earn SCECHs.

Webinar Schedule

Topic 1: Pre-reading and Advance Organizers

Facilitator: Dr. Emily Spinelli, AATSP

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 4-5pm

Follow up discussion Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 4-5pm

  • The first webinar in the series Reading in the World Language Classroom focuses on the importance of reading as a process. After a brief overview of the role of reading within the various standards documents that guide the profession, participants will learn about the characteristics of reading. Participants will learn how to analyze reading selections according to text type and function which in turn determine the type of reading strategies that students should be taught to use. Finally, participants will learn how to begin to approach the teaching of a reading selection by activating student background knowledge through the use of advance organizers and other pre-reading exercises and activities that are taught and practiced in advance of the actual reading of the selection.


Topic 2: Reading Informational Texts

Facilitator: Dr. Emily Spinelli, AATSP

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 4-5pm

Follow up discussion Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 4-5pm

  • The teaching of reading is a dual task. World language educators need to teach students how to read and also teach them content that is accessed by reading. Authentic materials from the target culture serve that dual purpose and can bridge the gap between language learning and using the language to learn. In this second webinar, participants will learn how to use authentic materials to teach students to read for information. Participants will learn how to develop pre-reading, during-reading, and post-reading exercises and activities that teach the process of reading. The focus will be on using a variety of advance organizers and reading strategies to help students unlock the text and comprehend the selection.


Topic 3: Reading Literary Texts

Facilitator: Dr. Emily Spinelli, AATSP

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 4-5pm

Follow up discussion Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 4-5pm

  • The current model for the teaching of world languages centers on a curriculum in which language, culture, and literature are taught as a continuous whole. This contemporary view of the role of literature reinforces the notion that literary texts can be used to teach language beginning at the earliest levels. In addition to providing language models for students, literary selections also provide authentic cultural information, help develop critical thinking skills, and emphasize historical and literary traditions. In this final webinar in the series, participants will learn how to select literary texts that are appropriate for novice and intermediate-level learners. Participants will also learn strategies for teaching literature and how to develop pre-reading, during-reading, and post-reading exercises and activities for literary texts.



Oakland Schools

2111 Pontiac Lake Rd.

Waterford, MI 48328


For more information contact Irma Torres at irma.torres@oakland.k12.mi.us or 248.209.2055.