2018 Summer Institute


2018 WAFLT Summer Institute

July 30 – August 1, 2018
Lowell Center
Madison, WI

Digging Deep

CI and Content-based Storytelling
Authentic Resources: Using technology to design and implement assessments
Instructors as Model Engaged Language Learners

Workshop participants will:

  • Learn to stay in the target language AND be understood
  • Design Comprehensible Input (CI) lessons
  • Create an environment that encourages student output
  • Put cultural knowledge at the very heart of a curriculum
  • Teach grammar in a natural, whole language context
  • Learn how to spiral AP themes throughout the curriculum
  • Work with authentic resources for assessment
  • Integrate specific language (and cultural) learning practices for self-directed professional development

Links to Summer Institute 2018 Presentations here . .  

Monday July 30, 2018
8:00 – 9:00 Registration Lowell Center
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CI and Content-Based Storytelling

Janice Holter Kittok is known for engaging, unique, insightful and fun seminars. Janice presents at state, regional and national conferences, in districts across the country and abroad. She has 30 years of language classroom and educational leadership experience. Colleagues have honored her with the Central States Founders Award, the Minnesota Emma Birkmaier Award and the MN-AATSP Ricardo Narváez Award. Her presentations have been named Best of Minnesota and Best of Central States.

You’ve heard it: stay 90% in the target language, engage all learners, embed lessons with meaningful cultural content, get your students speaking and writing accurately but let go of the way you were taught grammar. Whew! Today’s professional standards set a high bar for world language teachers. This workshop will go beyond talking about these topics to showing you HOW. A master teacher models mini lessons in Swedish that engage the participants through experiential learning as novice language learners. Every strategy is followed by research-based insights and step-by-step explanations so teachers can immediately adapt ideas to their own classroom – any age group, any language or any language level.

What is CI?

Comprehensible Input (CI) is understanding what you hear and read, the key to language acquisition.

What is Content-Based Storytelling?

Content-Based Storytelling (CBS), created by the workshop presenter, is a combination of strategies to teach cultural knowledge while staying in the target language (geography, history, biography, current events, legends, literature…).  CBS combines strategies from CI, Content-Based Instruction, Sheltered Content Instruction, Immersion, TPR, Natural Approach and TPRS. Teachers of any grade, level or language can use these strategies immediately.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on your own (NOT included in workshop registration)
Tuesday July 31, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Authentic Resources: Using technology to design and implement assessments

Kathy Varda, Spanish Teacher, Beloit Turner High School; Erin Nienas, Spanish Teacher, Neenah Joint School District.  Named BEST OF WISCONSIN at the Fall 2017 WAFLT Conference.

How can you maximize student engagement and learning through thematic units and authentic resources? Participants will learn about thematic units and how to spiral AP themes throughout all levels of curriculum, for any language. Discover the importance of using authentic resources formatively and summatively in your classroom.  Explore ways to find new resources using technology and how to develop assessments for each mode of communication. There will be time throughout the session to work with other teachers of your language to collaboratively design and share resources based on classroom needs.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on your own (NOT included in workshop registration)
Wednesday August 1, 2018
9:00 – 12:00 Anita Alkhas, French Professor, UW Milwaukee and Bret Lipshutz, French Teacher, University School of Milwaukee will model how instructors can weave into their personal and professional lives efficient, engaging, and inexpensive practices that will help them steadily improve their linguistic and cultural proficiency. In an interactive format, the presenters will share a wide variety of creative yet practical high and low tech strategies and resources, all geared toward helping instructors to rekindle their love of language learning, to increase their linguistic confidence, and to strengthen their knowledge of the language and cultures they teach. Additional benefits include infusing new content into the curriculum as well as being able to serve as stronger role models to their students, thereby increasing motivation.
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on your own (NOT included in workshop registration)
1:00 – 4:00 Unconference and Collaboration Time

Unconference – Meet in small groups to discuss targeted topics or learn more about the tech tools addressed during the workshops.

Collaboration Time – Work with colleagues to apply the Summer Institute presentations and plan for the upcoming school year.

WAFLT Member Non-Member Special:
WAFLT members only
Full time students
Retired Teachers
TWO Day Conference: $120.00 $170.00 $95.00
THREE DAY Conference: $145.00 $195.00 $120.00

*See special registration instructions


*TEAM DISCOUNT:  Before registering as a TEAM, contact Lisa Hendrickson at wafltsi@waflt.org for special instructions.

Bring a TEAM of two teachers or more from your school district and receive a 20% discount on registration.

All teachers on your TEAM must be WAFLT members to qualify for the group discount.

After contacting Lisa Hendrickson, each TEAM member will receive a coupon that entitles him or her to the TEAM DISCOUNT.

Lunch is NOT included in Registration. Lunch is on your own.

PAYMENT PROCEDURES After making your selections on the online registration form, you may choose to pay by:

  • MC/Visa
  • Mail-in check payment. Print registration receipt (generated online) and mail with check to: Kellie Michels, Treasurer, 1438 S. 81 Street, West Allis, WI 53214
  • Purchase orders are NOT accepted
  • Late or on-site registration: additional $10.00


  • WAFLT Summer Institute refund requests must be made in writing by July 6, 2018, and sent to treasurer@waflt.org and wafltsi@waflt.org .
  • A service charge of $25.00 is applied to all refunds unless the request is made within forty-eight hours of initial registration.

LODGING: The following facility has set aside a block of rooms with workshop pricing.

The Lowell Center
610 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53703-1195
Phone: 608 256-2621

Group name: WAFLT

Cut off date: June 29, 2018 (Rooms are released from workshop block after this date.)

To reserve a room on-line: http://bit.ly/waflt29jul

PARKING: Parking fees are not included in workshop registration. The closest ramp is the Lake Street Campus Garage, 415 N. Lake Street. Parking available for Lowell Center guests.

QUESTIONS? Contact Debby Bowe-Wielgus at wafltsi@waflt.org

Links to Summer Institute 2018 Presentations here . . .

You can check out previous summer institutes here…

Questions? Contact: wafltsi@waflt.org

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