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2016 Spring Conference

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Upper Merion Area High School,  435 Crossfield Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406      Directions

3:00:  Registration and check-in

4:00-6:00:  Workshop presentation

What Can Kindergarten Teach Us? The Interactive Read Aloud in the FL Classroom

The Interactive Reading Aloud, sometimes referred to as reading circles, are heavily ingrained in the

fabric of elementary L1 classrooms as a way to model language, build vocabulary, reinforce 

comprehension, and bring literature to life. Learn how to go back in time in your classroom and make 

authentic texts accessible for any age group with this dynamic, research-based approach that was 


Reading (literacy) circles are an already well-developed method to encourage literacy, critical thinking, 

and vocabulary development in L1 elementary classrooms. Participants will be provided with research to 

support its efficacy, examples of how it has been used in the L2 classroom, and ideas to be implemented 

upon leaving the session.




Richard Madel

Rich Madel is a Spanish teacher from Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, the Chairperson of the Department of World Languages in the Colonial School District, and a member of the Executive Council of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association. In his district, he has been inducted into the Master Teacher Program which promotes an exclusive selection of teachers to serve as mentors around the district for items pertaining to the efficacy of our craft.  As a Department Chair, he has focused on creating an entire program from Exploratory to AP with a foundation of authentic resources and preparation directed toward authentic communicative scenarios. For that reason he is very excited to be here to share with you a strategy to allow students to gain access to authentic texts relevant to your curriculum as well!


Learning objectives for the participants

 All participants are encouraged to bring a reading that they use in class already. There will be time in the second hour to prepare how to present the reading, and there will be time to practice with the other participants.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to…

  *   Participants will be able to incorporate new ways to model the target language.
  *   Participants will be able to utilize a variety of new strategies to check for comprehension of target material.
  *   Participants will energize their students by providing a safe, low-stress interpretive environment.

Participants will be given the opportunity to both develop and demonstrate their application of the strategies discussed in the workshop. There will be an opportunity for all participants to receive individualized feedback.

Participants should bring a book or other reading that they have used or might use for interactive reading with students.

Act 48 Professional Development Credit

PDE requires that we provide a minimum of 3 hours of learning experience in order to report credit.  Participants who wish to receive 3 hours of Act 48 credit with have 2 options:

1. do a homework assignment for the 3rd hour.

2. stay a 3rd hour at the workshop.  (MCATFL will provide sandwiches for mini-supper for those staying from 6:00 to 7:00. For planning purposes, please let us know with the form below, if you intend to stay.)

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Apr 9, 2016, 10:05 AM