The Rhode Island Foreign Language Association (RIFLA) is a non-profit group of world language educators. Our mission is to promote and encourage the teaching and study of world languages, literatures and cultures in the Rhode Island area. We provide professional development at least three times a year at our Fall Conference, Winter Workshop, and Summer Proficiency Institute. Our offerings change every year depending on the needs of our membership and the world language teaching community. In the past, they have included: teaching for proficiency, creating performance assessments, student-centered classroom using the ACTFL I Can statements, teaching language through the lens of social justice, and new teaching methodologies such as Comprehensible Input. All of our professional development events are led by a combination of local and national experts. For example, our Winter Workshop this year will be led by LeAnne Spino-Seijas, assistant professor at University of Rhode Island. Our Summer Institute, a collaboration with the CT Council on Language Teaching, will feature Greg Duncan, a nationally recognized world language teacher educator. In the fall, our Conference will feature local WL educators sharing their expertise in the field, as well as Laura Terrill. Ms Terrill is the author of The Keys to Planning for Learning, a world language teaching must-read. Finally, we also focus our work on helping our members maintain their fluency and cultural competence. We offer workshops in a variety of target languages and focused on a variety of cultural topics during our Fall Conference. Our Oral Proficiency Institute pairs teachers of the same language and proficiency level with a mentor to increase or maintain their fluency over a period of 14 weeks.

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Oral Proficiency Institute


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