Webinars

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Archived Webinars

Below are links to recordings of past webinars. 

Youth & Parents

Webinar Title Presenter Description
Representatives from Concordia Language Villages
Our four-week High School Credit programs are offered in 14 languages and provide students entering grades 9-12 an extraordinary opportunity to advance their language and cultural skills while earning a year of high school credit on their transcripts. Listen to this webinar to hear the answers to some of our parents' most frequently asked questions. 
Representatives from Concordia Langauge Villages and Xperitas
We're pleased to be offering three new High School Credit Abroad programs for summer 2017 for students ages 16-18 who are studying French, German or Spanish. Listen to this informative webinar to learn more about the programs. 
Ben Benito Galina, MA; Ph.D. candidate, Vanderbilt University, Asst. Dean, El Lago del Bosque-Bemidji
We've got a lot going on during our 51st summer at El Lago del Bosque! Already, we've played petanca from Spain, danced the cuarteto from Argentina, and experienced a lot of Minnesota nature. We can't forget our delicious meals from all over the Spanish-speaking world, either! This webinar will give you a brief glimpse into what really goes on during the day at the Spanish Language Village and provide you with an opportunity to get your questions answered.
Dan Karl Hamilton, dean of Waldsee, the German Language Village
As the academic year draws to a close, it is time to celebrate the learning that has taken place during the year. At this webinar we will share ways to encourage students to reflect on what they have learned and the progress they have made towards greater proficiency in the target language. And we will share ways to showcase those student successes with school, home, and community.
Denise Phillippe, associate director for program and staff development, summer programs, Concordia Language Villages
Participants in a summer four-week “high school credit” session earn credit equivalent to an entire school year. This webinar will help students, parents, and teachers understand how it works: the balance of academics and fun, the schedule, typical content and activities, and determination of class level. We’ll talk about how credit is awarded and how to talk with teachers and school officials about it.
Linda Ebner Erceg, RN, MS, PHN, associate director for health & risk management at Concordia Language Villages
If you’re like many parents, you wonder about your child’s health and safety while s/he is at the Language Villages. This webinar, hosted by Linda Erceg, associate director of health & risk management, will discuss the Language Villages’ processes for child safety, provide you with coaching tips to help prepare your child, and tell you how to our staff should you have further questions. A must for parents who are new to our program!

Staff

Webinar Title Presenter Description Extras
Caring for Yourself and Others Dr. Chris Thurber Camp expert Dr. Chris Thurber explains how counselors can take great care of villagers and staff colleagues while not overextending themselves.  
Arts in the Villages Masha Bleeker, Arts SIG Facilitator This webinar covers information on teaching and exploring the arts in the Villages for staff members and Village arts leaders.   
Q&A For Potential Staff Members Mark Chen, Group Director at Concordia Language Villages Are you interested in working at Concordia Language Villages as a summer staff member? This webinar will answer your most frequently asked questions.   
Q&A For International Staff Members Mark Chen, Group Director at Concordia Language Villages Are you interested in working at Concordia Language Villages as a international staff member? This webinar will answer your most frequently asked questions.   
Effective Teaching through Historical Simulations Mark Chen, Group Director at Concordia Language Villages Join Natasha, Karl, Berndt and Koyomi to learn how to plan, lead and debrief effective simulations in your program.  

 

Educators

Webinar Title Presenter Description Extras
Teaching World Language Textbook Topics Through the Lens of Social Justice Cassandra Glynn, Ph.D., Director, Master of Education in World Language Instruction This webinar is based on the 2014 book published by ACTFL, Words and Actions: Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice. The webinar will begin by providing tips for teachers on how to integrate social justice into their world language classes. This will be followed by a step-by-step process for adapting typical topics in traditional world language classes to be taught in a contextualized manner through the lens of social justice. Examples will be provided for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of language learning in Spanish, French and German. Presentation Slides
Using Short, Authentic Film to Teach Culture Carolyn Gill, Graduate Student at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. This webinar will discuss the benefits and implications of using short, authentic film in the classroom and illustrate the impact it has on students' cultural competence and knowledge of the perspectives of the Spanish-speaking world. Presentation Slides
The Power of Imagination
Donna Clementi, Ph.D., Appleton West High School and Concordia Language Villages, Emerita
As learners cross the threshold into their language classrooms, they use their imagination to transport themselves to new places or situations where they can use the target language. Join us to explore how to use the power of imagination to make communication in the target language "real" and memorable. Presentation Slides
Marcus Marcos Erickson, Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University
What do native US Spanish speakers believe about dialects of Spanish as spoken around the world? Are there dialects they believe are better or worse than others? What may be the reasons behind these beliefs? This webinar will explore these questions by presenting findings from studies that use methods from folk dialectology, a branch of linguistics. This session may be of particular interest to teachers who want to include more information about US Spanish in their courses and teachers of heritage Spanish speakers.
Donna Clementi, Ph.D., Appleton West High School and Concordia Language Villages, Emerita
In this webinar we will consider how language functions can help students move from short, simple sentences to longer, more sophisticated ways to express their ideas.
Donna Clementi, Ph.D., Appleton West High School and Concordia Language Villages, Emerita
When groups of students work as members of a team to find possible solutions to real-world problems, engagement among all participants increases. This webinar will provide suggestions for successful teamwork in the world language classroom.
Donna Clementi, Ph.D., Appleton West High School and Concordia Language Villages, Emerita
In this webinar, we will discuss the power of context in helping learners understand and use the target language successfully. We will share ideas for using authentic texts as contexts for meaningful and memorable communication.
 
Jingbo Wang, M.Ed. student, Second Languages and Cultures, University of Minnesota, Administrative Fellow at Confucius Institute, University of Minnesota
What comes to your mind when you are thinking about teaching culture in your Chinese classroom? Chinese New Year? Paper-cutting? Peking Opera? Dumplings? While those topics are truly very unique to the culture and easily designed, it is important to realize and reaffirm that much more culture exists beyond the realm of foods and festivals. In the webinar, we will rethink and explore Chinese culture and look at some examples of content-based, highly-interactive, provocative-yet-interesting ideas of "another culture in the classroom", while discussing how to integrate those ideas to your curriculum.
Jaclyn Jacqueline Mauer, credit facilitator for Lac du Bois, the French Language Village
The French language is used in schools, government, and any professional setting in Haiti, yet the country is rarely mentioned in French textbooks. In this webinar, the presenter will discuss the importance of including Haiti in the curriculum, as well as offer many concrete activity ideas for French teachers who may not be familiar with Haitian culture and history.
 
Donna Clementi, Ph.D., Appleton West High School and Concordia Language Villages, Emerita
As the academic year draws to a close, it is time to celebrate the learning that has taken place during the year. At this webinar we will share ways to encourage students to reflect on what they have learned and the progress they have made towards greater proficiency in the target language. And we will share ways to showcase those student successes with school, home, and community.
Donna Clementi, Ph.D., Appleton West High School and Concordia Language Villages, Emerita
Bring the world into your classroom through activities that use the target language to connect to our global community. These activities are designed to build your students’ knowledge of geography, current events, and contemporary culture.