A Workshop for German Teachers
Building Oral and Written Proficiency: Tips for Improving Instruction and Assessment
Workshop Leader: Laura Buder, Vestavia Hills High School, AL
This workshop is aimed at German language teachers who want to help their learners improve their oral and written proficiency. At the same time, we will look at how language production can be assessed to allow for student growth and risk-taking.
In the workshop you will:
Please note: Participants should come with a unit and or an assessment in mind to work on improving.
Please register with firstname.lastname@example.org by September 17th, 2018.
- Get practical tips and resources for adapting instruction and assessment to promote student growth in oral and written proficiency
- Learn about methods for building student confidence in speaking and writing at a higher level
- Create proficiency-based assessments and rubrics and standards-based grading to support student growth.
About the workshop leader:
Laura Buder grew up moving around the U.S. and settling in Alabama. She studied German and International Trade at Auburn University and then decided she wanted to become a teacher. She completed graduate school at The University of Alabama to become certified in Second Language Acquisition of German for grades 6-12. In her six years at Vestavia Hills High School, Buder has collaborated with her colleagues to restructure the German curriculum, implement learning targets and standards-based grading in the World Language department, and develop the Seal of Biliteracy program at her high school, which is the first in the state of Alabama to offer it. Her energetic, fun-filled teaching style, combined with exposure to authentic German media, has made her classroom a model of learner-centered, proficiency-based language instruction. She enjoys sharing and collaborating with other teachers in her district, state, and region by serving on her state chapter's AATG board, attending and presenting at annual conferences, and offering workshops for world language teachers.