AWLA Conference 2019 | February 15-16

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Assessment in the
World Language Classroom


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Opening Plenary

Catherine Ousselin is a graduate of the University of Kansas with an M.A. in French Language and Literature. She is a member of ACTFL, IALLT, WAFLT, and the AATF of which she is the current Region IX representative. Catherine is the AATF Social Media Manager and Curator, the Chair of the Technology Commission, an avid blogger on World Language curriculum development and technology integration as well as a frequenter participant on #langchat and other Twitter Ed-chats. She teaches French at Mount Vernon High in Washington State where she serves as a Digital Literacy Coach for the school district. Catherine was the 2017 PNCFL Teacher of the Year and a finalist for ACTFL Teacher of the Year.

Closing Plenary

Arthur Chou is the founder and managing director at Academic Learning Company, SealofBiltieracy.org and DualLanguageSchools.org.  Starting the Seal of Biliteracy movement in 2009, Arthur has helped 30+ states establish the Seal of Biliteracy, promote dual language schools, and call attention to education equity and global citizenship. 

AATSP Chapter Meeting Presenter Announced

Foreign Language Education from a global and governmental perspective. This meeting will feature Dr. Dieter A. Waldvogel, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former senior Latin America Foreign Area Officer. Dr. Waldvogel also served in tours of duty under the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs—Latin America, the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces and the National Security Agency. He has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia, including military deployments to South West Asia. Currently, Dr. Waldvogel serves as the AATSP Director of Operations and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 


Additional Enrichment & Fun
Tours At The University of Montevallo

Montevallo Ghost Walk 
Friday February 15 at 7:00-8:00 

From College Consensus: ...and truly, the University of Montevallo is one of the most haunted colleges in America – there are more ghosts in Montevallo than you can shake a stick at...

Join Associate Professor Carey Heatherly, Archive & Special Collection Librarian, for a tour of the haunted spots on the UM's campus!

James Wylie Shepherd Observatory
Friday February 15 at 7:00-8:00 

The observatory is located roughly 3 miles from the main campus on the 150-acre Gentry Springs site owned by the university. The site offers excellent dark-sky observing in a convenient locale. It is the most state-of-the-art astronomical facility in Alabama. The JWSO is capable of world-class astronomical telescopic observation and astrophotography, has a dedicated telescope for solar viewing, and is one of very few observatories in the country that is designed specifically to be completely accessible to people of all disabilities.

Dr. Michael Sterner, Professor of Math, will guide this tour.  Assuming clear skies,  there will be opportunity to observe Moon will be waxing gibbous, Orion nebula, the Pleiades.

Tours are offered at an additional charge and space is limited. You can sign up when registering for the conference.



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For questions about local arrangements and travel not answered on the website, please contact 2019 Conference Host Dr. Leonor Vázquez-González   

Tentative Workshop & Session Schedule With Descriptions
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AWLA 2019 Pre-Conference Workshops

Round 1 | 12:00-2:00 PM | Friday, February 15, 2019 

  • Keeping It Authentic: Teaching Grammar in Context
  • Generation Z: Using Role Play to Teach a New Generation
  • Create, Review, Write, Read, Extend, Assess:  Low-Prep, Engaging, Replicable Cycles

Round 2 | 2:30-4:30 PM | Friday, February 15, 2019

  • Keys to Efficient Proficiency-Based Assessment
  • Piñatas! Get your students speaking after a hands on project.


AATF Spotlight Immersion Workshop

1:00-4:00 PM, Friday, February 15, 2019

  • Part I: Engage ACTFL's 6 Core Practices: Thematic Unit Design and Instruction
  • Part II: Thinking About Syncing? Engaging and Thoughtful Technology Tools for Each Mode

Both parts presented in French by Catherine Ousselin.


Campus Maps & Floor Plans Available in Conference Program.


The hotels below are located conveniently on I-65 with many food and shopping options nearby.

Candlewood Suites
Alabaster $89.00/$99.00 Group code: AWL
*Breakfast not included

Hampton Inn 
Calera $ 99.00 Group code: WLA

Holiday Inn Express 
Alabaster $ 105.00 (When making reservation, please indicate attending an event at UM.)

The University of Montevallo no longer offers lodging on campus for conferences and guests. 

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AWLA 2019 or be a sponsor? 

Our Exhibitor Chair would love to talk to you! 

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