the 2019 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo

the 2019 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo

Academic Year:
2019 - 2020 (June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020)
Funding Requested:
$500.00
Project Dates:
-
Applicant(s):
Chair Uniqname:
Overview of the Project:
I would like to attend the 2019 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, where language educators from around the world meet to learn about foreign language education. The conference goal is to provide a comprehensive professional development experience that will have an impact on language educators at all levels of teaching and in turn help their students to succeed in their language learning process. By attending the research-oriented paper session on study abroad programs, I will be able to become better at guiding students to social networks and helping them become language learners who can set learning goals and chart their progress towards language and intercultural proficiency while in Japan. The other session I would like to attend is titled “Tips and Tools to Promote Learner Agency in the Japanese Language Classroom.” Student agency refers to learning through activities that are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests, and often self-initiated with appropriate guidance from teachers. I have been trying hard to obtain such skills to improve my communication with my students as well as my teaching methods, but I am not confident in them yet. Thus, I believe that this presentation will aid me in achieving my goals. Attending this conference will be meaningful for myself, my students, and the Japanese program at the University of Michigan.
Number of Graduate Students Affected Annually:
10 graduate students
Number of Undergraduate Students Affected Annually:
300 undergraduate students
Proposal PDF:
Additional Supporters:
mayoka@umich.edu
Budget Administrator:
enb@umich.edu
Final Report Fields
Project Objectives:

I attended the 2019 ACTFL (The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, where language educators from around the world meet to learn about foreign language education. It was held on November 22-24, 2019 in Washington D.C. The conference goal is to provide a comprehensive professional development experience that will have an impact on language educators at all levels of teaching and in turn help their students to succeed in their language learning process.

Project Achievements:

I attended some oral presentations about the impact of studying abroad. I learned a lot of important aspects. For instance, it was eye-opening to learn how to enhance intercultural competence through a study abroad program. It will enable me to help my students prepare to study in Japan.

Continuation:
It was a conference so it will not continue, but I can bring my knowledge and what I learned to my classes.
Dissemination:
It helped me prepare for the "Study Abroad Fair" of the Japanese program with my colleagues. We can share some methods and experience of this fair with other language instructors in my department.
Advice to your Colleagues:
I learned it is very important to listen to oral presentations on a specific topic (study-abroad in my case). Attending a national/international conference helped me learn what has been discussed and what has been done recently in the specific field.