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14th CCSU Conference for Language Teachers:

Intercultural Competence in the Classroom: Theory and Practice

Saturday, March 28, 2020
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Modern Languages Department at Central Connecticut State University is pleased to invite you to its 14th Conference for Language Teachers, which will bring together World Language teachers to share experiences, ideas and resources. This year, the conference will consist in three major hands-on workshops and a culture alley where participants will display/present cultural and educational materials.

Workshops: Dorie Conlon Perugini (elementary Spanish teacher in Glastonbury, CT) will be offering a workshop on the theoretical aspects of the development of intercultural competence; Dr. Paloma Lapuerta (Professor Emerita at CCSU) will guide a workshop on the practical applications of movies as tools for intercultural competence; and, Dr. Jessica Rutherford (Assistant Professor of Spanish at CCSU) will lead a workshop on video editing for the language classroom on YouTube.

Ms. Dorie Conlon Perugini is a world language educator, advocate, consultant and author. She has been working as an elementary Spanish teacher in Glastonbury, Connecticut in grades 1-5 since 2006; and is current a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies at the University of Connecticut (Intercultural Competence through world language education). She trains teachers in professional development settings.

Dr. Paloma Lapuerta (Professor emerita, CCSU) taught both at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the Modern Languages Department at Central Connecticut State University. She is an expert on foreign language pedagogy, and has published several textbooks. She will deliver a workshop on the use of video resources to teach intercultural skills in the World Language Classroom.

Dr. Jessica Rutherford is assistant professor of Spanish in the department of Modern Languages, specializing in Latin/x American literature and culture from the colonial period the present with a focus on Caribbean Studies. She also works in video production for the language classroom.

Cultural activities in the Culture Alley!

We invite teachers to share their original classroom activities that build intercultural competence in our debut of Culture Alley, a space in which presenters will set up a table to display their activities to share with conference goers. Tables should include: visual displays of the cultural topic in question along with shareable activities and handouts. The topics might range from teaching cultural videos to learning culture through food. We look forward to celebrating and exchanging creative, hands-on cultural activities that promote intercultural competence in the language classroom. For more information or questions related to Culture Alley, contact Jessica Rutherford.

All languages are welcome!

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Registration Information:

Participant (Attendee):

Fee: $75
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Presenter (Cultural Alley):

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Fee: $250
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Pay by check:

  1. In the check's memo section, write, "14th CCSU Conference"
  2. Make check payable to: "CCSU Language Conference"
    Make the check payable to:

    Dr. Samuel Zadi
    Department of Modern Languages
    Central Connecticut State University
    1615 Stanley Street
    New Britain, CT 06050 

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