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NILA #Collaborate18 Is A Success

Presenter and former ACTFL President Toni Theisen talks with current ACTFL President, Nebraska’s Dr. Ali Moeller at NILA’s Annual Fall Conference in Lincoln. Dr. Moeller and Ms. Theisen are long-time friends and associates.

NILA’s celebrated another successful fall conference.  #Collabor18, Collaboration for Student Success, was held October 6-7 in Lincoln. Approximately 130 World Language educators from around the state gathered to attend sessions, collaboration discussions, an exhibitor hall, and a keynote address.

Toni Theisen presented both the Friday workshop and the Saturday keynote address. Ms. Theisen is a National Board Certified Teacher and Dual Language Teacher on Special Assignment in Loveland, Colorado. Her use of comprehensible input strategies in her French classroom gained widespread recognition and propelled her to leadership positions. Friday’s workshop, “Moving Students Along the Path of Language Proficiency”, addressed how to use focusing lenses and topics to increase learner interaction and motivation. Sample exercises provided ‘take-home’ lessons using authentic texts and leveled activities designed to produce learner-led reading, writing, and dialogue.