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Engaging our Students with Activities and Strategies that are Deep and Rich

May 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sponge, in partnership with the Confucius Institute and the Washington Association for Language Teaching, is proud to offer a 3-hour Workshop for Language Teachers on 10 May 2017 5:00-8:00 pm at Medina Elementary School 8001 NE 8th St, Medina, WA 98039.

Dr. Helena Curtain, an internationally known expert on second language teaching methodology, curriculum development, and bilingual immersion education, will help us examine effective activities and strategies in language teaching.

  • We will be exploring the aspects that we must consider in implementing communication-focused early language learning programs that is deep, rich, and engaging, for both students and teachers.
  • We will examine ideas on how to employ strategies that are at a minimum intrinsically interesting, but that also incorporate elements that are cognitively engaging and culturally connected.
  • Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, we will focus on practical ways to deepen activities in the early language learning programs so that they have maximum impact on the learner.

*Earn 3 Clock Hours by attending this workshop. Sign up in the registration form:


About the Speaker

Helena Curtain, Ph. D. is an internationally known expert on second language teaching methodology, curriculum development, and bilingual immersion education. Her special interest is in teaching language to young learners.  She is the co-author of Languages and Learners:  Making the Match, and is now working on the fifth edition– a book used in universities throughout the USA for preparing language teachers to work in grades K-8.

Dr. Curtain directed the English as a Second Language and World Language teacher preparation programs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for ten years.  Previously she coordinated the foreign language and ESL programs grades K-12 in the Milwaukee Public Schools, and taught at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. In the Milwaukee Public Schools she started three full immersion programs in German, Spanish and French and was one of the pioneers of the immersion movement in the United States. She has broad experience working with schools and school districts, teaching and conducting workshops throughout the United States and internationally in thirty-four countries.



May 10, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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