Creative Writing in World Languages

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Walk-In's Welcome on Saturday!!

with Janis Hennessey

Sponsored by SERESC

What Attendees Have Said about this Presentation

  • Janis is Very Engaging!
  • This presentation would be helpful for any teachers of any languages at any level. It was very empowering-Thanks!
  • Ideas are useful to me now and the CCSS tie in is so helpful.
  • Covered all levels of language learners and gave specific lessons and examples

Who Should Attend:

All World Language teachers K-12

About the Presentation:

This is a hands-on teacher workshop. Teachers will leave with actual writing activities that THEY did and can do the next day in class. This workshop aligns with the Common Core and Writing Across the Curriculum.

Teachers will also learn how to improve their own creative writing.

  • What are the basic elements of good creative writing?
  • How does a teacher instruct levels 1-5 to write creatively in another language?
  • What are various writing assignments that will excite students?
  • How can the entire class write ONE story?
  • How can levels 3-4 write a novel in the target which takes the entire course?

  • How do levels 1-5 learn about art, history, culture and geography through creative writing?


Participants will identify,compare, differentiate and design activities for creative writing in a World Language based on NH and ACTFL national World Language Standards.

About the Presenter

Janis “Jan” Hennessey has recently retired from her position as French teacher and Academic Coordinator of the World Language Department at Dover High School. She has also taught French in Newton MA, and at UNH.

As a leader in her field, Jan has served in many capacities to support New Hampshire educators including NHDOE committees for ASL Certification, Praxis II NH representative, writing NH Competencies for World Languages, and coordinator of the writing of the NH Guidelines for World Language Learning. She has been President of the NH Association of World Language teachers three times and is currently a Board member. She has presented at state, national and international conferences. She has authored many published articles in national journals on topics of teaching World Languages.

Jan has published 9 children’s books, 4 of which are in French.

Jan holds a BA in French from Ursuline College in Kentucky, Diplome-La Sorbonne, Paris, France, and MA in French Literature from the University of Kentucky. She has received the NH Edies Award in World Languages, was a “Best of NH” conference presenter, and NH World Languages Teacher of the Year.

**Walk-ins welcome on Saturday**

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Cancellation should be made in writing. A full refund will be made for cancellations postmarked, or sent via email, 7 days before the event.

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If minimum requirement enrollment is not met prior to the early registration deadline, the event may be postponed or canceled.


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Bedford, NH 03110


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