TICONDEROGA - Spanish teacher Lynne Lenhart, from Ticonderoga High School, attended the 93rd annual Conference of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT) in Rochester recently.
The theme for the conference was "iGeneration: New Attitudes, New Concepts, and New Ideas." The conference was supported through grant funds made available for professional development, targeting at risk and learning disabled students.
Many foreign language teachers and professionals from New York State attended over 75 workshops on topics such as the NYS Standards, Assessment, and college level language curriculum and differentiated learning strategies. Workshops also focused on the at-risk language learner and providing specialized instruction to students with learning disabilities.
The three-day conference focused on the use of technology in language classrooms and the need for instructional techniques that employ up-to-date computer-based lessons and resources. Master teachers from New York State showcased how technology, the Internet, and specialized educational websites can be part of foreign language learning in the classroom. Specific workshops demonstrated how technology and computer based lessons can assist students who are at risk or who suffer from auditory learning deficits, processing deficits, or ADD.
NYSAFLT is a professional organization dedicated to providing foreign language teachers of New York State with professional development opportunities and promoting the study of foreign languages and cultures. Information about the organization can be found at www.nysaflt.org
Foreign languages are a core subject area in New York State. All students are required to earn on high school credit in a modern or classical foreign language or American Sign Language. The organization NYSAFLT supports an early start to language learning and encourages continued study beyond the minimum requirement.