Latest technological, economic, social, and environmental changes are making today’s world increasingly interconnected and interdependent. We, as educators, have the role to tailor our learners’ educational experiences so that they engage in more powerful, relevant, and transformational learning to meet these continually evolving demands and opportunities. In the quest to help students achieve high levels of language proficiency, language instructors play a crucial role in providing opportunities for meaningful interaction and engaging students in authentic communication. Framed around ACTFL’s three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational), the webinar will provide opportunities for participants to engage in sample activities, discuss their classroom application as well as challenges associated with them.
About the presenter
Dr. Vesna Dimitrieska is the Coordinator of Global Education Initiatives in the School of Education at Inidana University. Her work focuses on expanding the world language programs in K-12 education across Indiana as well as internationalizing P-16 education. Dr. Dimitrieska’s research interest include language teacher cognition, language teacher identity, reflective practices of teacher educators, as well as instructional practices and professional development of language teachers in foreign/second language contexts and dual language immersion programs. She has published articles and book chapters and leads joint IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies NRC Title VI Centers/IU School of Education teacher workshops and other professional development events. Dr. Dimitrieska is the 2020 national recipient of the Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the 2020 national award winner of the National Network for Early Language Learning, and the 2014 Paul Simon Award recipient for the Promotion of Language and International Studies (group award for the work on the Indiana University NRC’s Title VI Project, Bridges: Children, Languages, World).