Regardless of the level at which we teach, we are always looking for creative and innovative ways to support and develop students’ skills across the three modes: interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal. In addition to developing student proficiency, we want our students to be motivated – how to we make that happen? And once we make that happen, how do we sustain it? How can we as world language teachers foster and cultivate an environment in which students are motivated and not merely compliant? And how is motivation related to proficiency?
In this workshop, participants will explore ways to promote student ownership of their proficiency and move from a student centered environment to one that is student driven – one in which they are truly part of the creative process. If you are looking for alternatives to traditional assignments, assessments, and prompts, strategies for getting ahead of student anxieties, and approaches to developing high-value experiential learning opportunities for students – ones that give them ownership of their proficiency across the modes – this workshop is for you!
Before earning his PhD in Classics and Ancient History from Yale in 2007, Dr. Edward “Ted” Zarrow received an M.St. in Greek & Roman History from Brasenose College, Oxford, and an M.A. in Classical Languages from Boston College. In 2007, he also made the transition from teaching in college to the high school environment, and he is currently in his 10th year teaching Latin (and sometimes Greek) at Westwood High School in Westwood, MA. He is the past-President of the Classical Association of Massachusetts (CAM), the Coordinator of Educational Programs for the Classical Association of New England (CANE), Advocacy Coordinator for the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA), and the incoming MA representative to the National Council of State Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NCSSFL). He has won numerous teaching awards at both the high school and college levels for his unorthodox approaches to teaching language, history, & culture. He was the ACTFL 2016 National Language Teacher of the Year.