USC Upstate Foreign Language Educator Workshop March 18

Published 11:39 am Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The foreign language program of the University of South Carolina Upstate presents a workshop called “Reflections” every spring for foreign language teachers, from elementary to university level, from across the state.

The theme of this year’s workshop is “Putting Integrated Performance Assessment into Practice: From Lesson Planning to Implementation and Reflection.” Foreign language educators are invited to USC Upstate’s Campus Life Center Ballroom on Friday, March 18 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. for this workshop.

Regardless of the textbook, methodology or curricula, all world language teachers share the goal of moving their students forward so they can effectively perform authentic tasks in the target language. Good assessment tools are motivating because they show students what they can do and encourage them to continue on to increased language proficiency.

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This interactive session will help teachers meld the theory of lesson planning through Backward Design into actual classroom implementation via the creation of Integrated Performance Assessments that incorporate the three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational).

Lisa Lilley, a National Board Certified teacher and the 2010 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, will be the workshop presenter. She teaches Spanish in the International Baccalaureate Program at Central High School in Springfield, Missouri where she serves as department chair.

A registration form can be downloaded from the web at

A continental breakfast and lunch are included with the registration fee. Registration deadline is Feb. 23 by 5 p.m. On-site registration is available.

For further information, contact Dr. June Carter at or 864-503-5881.