Rebuilding the Classroom: 

Developing Proficiency & Engagement in a Hybrid Setting


Moving to a hybrid teaching model this fall? Are you a world language educator? This webinar series is for you. Whether you’re not sure where to begin or simply looking for some additional guidance, join us! Each session is led by a rock-star world language instructor. 

This FREE webinar series will be taking place Monday, June 29th through Thursday, July 2nd. 

Note: If you want to attend but can’t make it, don’t worry. By registering for a session you will automatically receive a recording of the webinar and all of the presenter’s handouts! 


Active Learning in the Age of COVID-19: Five Strategies & Tools

Monday, June 29, 11:00 a.M. C.T.


Presenter: Lotus Perry

Preparing for fall classes means to think creatively and to build more flexibility into course plans, allowing teachers and students to function as “normally” as possible. Whether it is teaching in a physically-distanced classroom, or in a virtually-delivered classroom, or in a hybrid of both, maintaining student engagement should still be a priority. In this Webinar, we will explore available technologies (Padlet, Jamboard, Mindmeister, and other APPs and tools) that are easy to use and help facilitate active learning activities in light of social distancing concerns. This session is appropriate for language educators at all levels. (30-minute presentation followed with a 15-minute brainstorming session).

Lotus Perry is a long-time instructor in the Chinese Language and Culture Program at University of Puget Sound. An advocate for the use of instructional technology, Lotus integrates current technologies into her course design and daily teaching. She is the co-author of the intermediate textbook, Taiwan Today. As the faculty liaison for the University of Puget Sound Summer Taiwan Program at Tunghai University, Lotus promotes student learning through study abroad experiences and supervises other semester and year-long affiliated programs in China. Lotus serves as an adviser to the Chinese Language Teachers Association Washington State, and has been an Advanced Placement reader for the Chinese Language and Culture Exam since 2008. She is a member of the City of Tacoma Taichung and Fuzhou Sister City Committees, and also serves on the Board of the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation.


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A Guide to Formative and Summative Assessments in all Communicative Modes for Virtual Learning

Tuesday, June 30th, 12:30 P.M. C.T.


Presenter: Teresa DelGiudice

In the virtual and/or hybrid learning environment; learn how to teach, provide practice, and assess students in the world languages. In this session, we will walk through assessing students; both individually and in groups. (30-minute presentation and then 15-minutes to answer any questions and discuss). 

Teresa DelGiudice is a teacher of French and Italian at Pascack Valley Regional High School District in Montvale, New Jersey. She has 22 years of public school teaching experience, and holds a BA French and MAT Italian from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey); and, a MA French from Middlebury College in Paris; Middlebury, Vermont. Since 2014, she has organized a French-American exchange program with a high school; Lycée Amiral de Grasse, in southern France. She has received a scholarship from the Italian Consulate in NYC to study in Perugia and Florence in 2001 and 2006, and with Rutgers University in Urbino in 2010. She has been an advisor to the French Honor Society, French Club, and a member of professional organizations such as FLENJ, AATF, as well as the Coccia Institute.


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A Summer Refresher: An in depth Extempore training

Wednesday, July 1st, 12:30 p.M. C.T.


Presenter: Sam Slagle

As a tool used in the classroom and for remote learning Extempore brings peace of mind that your curriculum doesn’t need to get interrupted regardless of the situation you might find yourself in. From enrolling students to creating group activities, we will make sure you're up to speed on Extempore and comfortable going into the school year. (30-minute training session with a 15-minute Q/A to wrap things up).

Sam Slagle leads the Customer Success team at Extempore and prides himself on going above and beyond for our users.


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Raising the Academic Bar with ALL Language Learners

Thursday, July 2nd, 3:00 p.M. C.T.


Presenter: Alfredo Varela

Learn how to utilize the unique features of Extempore to enhance ALL language learners’ communicative skills, including English Learners! Get quick tips and engaging ideas that are research-based on language acquisition, as well as how to use Extempore as a Language Placement Tool for the entire school district! (30-minute presentation followed with a 15-minute brainstorming session).

Alfredo Varela is an ELD/Dual Language Immersion TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) at the Santa Paula Unified School District in Santa Paula, California. Prior to this, he taught Spanish for Heritage Speakers, English Language Development, and held the Response to Intervention Coordinator position at Santa Paula High School. He has 18 years of public school teaching experience, and holds a BA in Spanish, a MAT World Languages, and a MS in Educational Administration from National University. Recently, he contributed to the development and review of the 2019 World Languages Standards for California Public Schools as a Standards Advisory Committee member, and he is the President of the Santa Barbara-Ventura Association of World Language Teachers since 2018. He also collaborated with the development of a curriculum guide that accompanies the book Latino Leaders Speak: Personal Stories of Struggle and Triumph. He is a member of professional organizations such as CLTA, SWCOLT, ACTFL, and ASCD.


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