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“Explore More of the Core"- ICTFL Fall Conference 2018

 "Explore More of the Core"

                              Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Fall Conference 2018

                                                  October 26-27  -- NIU Naperville Conference Center

Call for Presentations

Selection Criteria: ICTFL is committed to offering conference sessions that are current and are presented in a professional manner.  ICTFL endeavors to provide professional development that produces credit toward the renewal of teaching licenses.  The committee is seeking a balanced program on the teaching of classical and modern languages, including heritage languages, as well as professional concerns of language educators.  Special consideration will be given to proposals emphasizing the practical application (specifically the “how-to-do-it”) of the Core Practices emphasized at the 2017 Fall Conference.  These were 90% in Target, Grammar in Context, and Feedback.

Procedure:  The committee will weigh the merits of all proposals and determine which are most appropriate to the program’s theme. By April 30, the status of all proposals will be acknowledged.

Successful Proposals:  Up to 2 co-presenters will each receive a one-year complimentary ICTFL membership beginning July 1 of the conference year.  As with ACTFL and Central States, it is the policy of this conference to require presenters to pay the registration fee and their own travel expenses.  If a presenter is not registered by the regular registration deadline, the presentation may not be included in the final program.

Preferred Submission Method:  Online SUBMIT CONFERENCE PROPOSAL HERE.  However, the form below can be downloaded, printed and submitted by mail to ICTFL, P.O. Box 64, Oglesby, IL  61348. Questions can be directed to Sue Johnson at .

Submission Deadline:  March 10, 2018.  


Josh Morrel, 2017-18 ICTFL Fall Conference Chair

Josh Morrel is an Illinois State Certified Modern Hebrew language teacher and Interim Instructional Supervisor for World Languages at Glenbrook North High School, District 225. As a member of ICTFL, Illinois Council for Teaching of Foreign Language, he has served as the Fall Conference Volunteer Coordinator two times, the National Association of Hebrew Teachers liaison to the ICTFL Board, and is an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) training alum. Josh enjoys pursuing the new focus on proficiency in curriculum design and working with colleagues all over the State of Illinois in developing performance based assessments with a focus on the three modes of communication.

Talia Block, 2018-19 ICTFL Fall Conference Chair

Talia Block teaches 3rd-5th grade Spanish at Wescott in Northbrook. Talia serves on the ICTFL board as the chair of National Foreign Language Week and as a member of the technology committee. Talia was one of the initial trainees and teacher leaders of the Training for the Assessment of Language Learning in Illinois (TALL-IL). In addition to teaching, Talia presents on a variety of topics about language learning.