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“Explore the Core, the World Language Core: Motivate, Measure, Maximize”

“Explore the Core, the World Language Core:  Motivate, Measure, Maximize”   --  REGISTER NOW!

ICTFL Fall Conference 2017      October 20 - 21 • Tinley Park Convention Center

My conference co-chair Josh Morrel and I invite you to join us as we  “Explore the Core, the World Language Core” at the ICTFL Fall Conference located in the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, IL   (Harlem Ave. and I-80)

At the beginning of the conference which takes place on October 20 -21, I will provide a brief overview of all of the six world language core practices. Following this overview, our  guest speakers will focus on three of the most challenging practices.  Kristopher Morehead will speak about why and how using the target language maximizes the minutes of instruction, Sara Merideth will discuss the importance of appropriate and effective feedback, and Todd Bowen will describe benefits and strategies for teaching grammar in context.  Each speaker will present three times over the two days so you can attend all three workshops in addition to the more than 50 other sessions offered.

The schedule is carefully organized to maximize the Professional Development hours each day---6 1/2 PDs on Friday and 5 1/2 PDs on Saturday.   In addition to accumulating PD’s, you will have opportunities to network with colleagues both in and out of your region,  to learn about other  ICTFL sponsored  programs planned for 2018, to participate in our cyber lounge, and just  to relax with friends.

I am very excited for the conference we have planned and look forward to seeing and meeting you at Tinley Park this October.

Have a great beginning of a new school year!

Bonne rentrée.  ¡Buen regreso!

Jane Swisher

Check out the Conference Workshop & Sessions descriptions and grids below and start designing your own Professional Development Workout.  Registration is now available online or by mail (download and mail registration form below).


Meet our Core Practices Presenters


Todd Bowen - Grammar in Context

Todd Bowen serves as Director of World Languages at Niles Township High School District 219 in Skokie. A veteran French teacher and experienced leader in Illinois, Central States Conference and at the national level, Todd served on the ACTFL Board of Directors and as its Treasurer, on the CSCTFL Board of Directors and as its Treasurer as well as the ICTFL Board of Directors in various capacities including President and currently as the Professional Learning Chair. Todd was one of the chief organizing partners for the national Leadership Initiative in Language Learning (LILL) and continues his work with the Organizing Partners. In addition to organizing professional learning at the local and state levels, Todd presents on a variety of topics about language learning.


Sara Merideth – Appropriate Oral Feedback

Sara Merideth is the immediate past president of Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA) and the former World Languages department chair at The Lexington School in Lexington. She is currently a Middle School French teacher at SCAPA Bluegrass (School for the Creative and Performing Arts) and serves as the Kentucky coordinator of Le Grand Concours National French Exam. In 2012, she was selected as the American Association for Teachers of French-KY French Teacher of the Year. She also represented KWLA as the Kentucky representative for ACTFL’s Leadership Initiative for Language Learning in the first Cohort.


Kristopher Morehead – 90% Target Language Usage

Kristopher Morehead teaches French at Pipkin IB/MYP World School, a Title I school in Springfield, MO. He is President of the Foreign Language Association of Missouri (FLAM), and two-time nominee for the ACTFL Leo Benardo Award for Innovation in K-12 Language Education. Among the many resources in his teaching toolbox is a proficiency based learning model known as Accelerative Integrated Methodology (AIM). Kristopher is a masters candidate in Applied Second Language Acquisition at Missouri State University.


Jane Swisher, 2016-17 ICTFL Fall Conference Chair

Jane Swisher is a National Board Certified Spanish teacher and world language coordinator at Deer Path Middle School, District 67 in Lake Forest, IL. She has taught for 38 years in both the United States and overseas. As a member of ICTFL, Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, she was one of the original TALL-IL Teacher-Leaders and is an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) training alumni. Jane has also attended the ACTFL sponsored LILL Conference in the summers of 2015 and 2016. She applauds the new focus on proficiency in many schools and frequently attends conferences and workshops both as a participant and a presenter.

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.