“Innovations in Language Teaching”

24th annual HALT Conference

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Keynote Speaker: Christine Lanphere
ACTFL National Language Teacher of 2007
Natomas (CA) High School French teacher

Christine Lanphere teaches all levels of French at Natomas High School in Sacramento, CA, where she is World Language Department Chair. She studied French at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, and received her California Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. In 2004, Christine was awarded the California Language Teachers Association (CLTA) Quebec Government grant and completed a 5-week program of coursework at Université Laval in Quebec.

Christine is a member of the Board of the Foreign Language Association of Greater Sacramento (FLAGS), and is also one of the Site Directors of the Capital Foreign Language Project (CapFLP). In 2004, she served on the California Subject Matter Advisory Panel for Languages Other Than English (LOTE) which revised standards for beginning teachers of languages, as well as the SMAP which developed a new credential for American Sign Language in California.

Christine received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the California Language Teachers Association (CLTA) in 2005, and was selected by the CLTA Board to represent California at the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) Regional Teacher of the Year competition the following year where she was chosen as Regional Teacher of the Year for 2006. Christine subsequently competed against four other regional winners at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language conference in November, 2006, where she was named ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year for 2007.

Christine acted as a national spokesperson for language education throughout 2007, attending regional and state conferences and speaking to local, state, and national leaders about the importance of language education. In 2008, she began a 4 year appointment to the California Curriculum Commission, a body that recommends curriculum materials for adoption by the State Board of Education.

Christine Lanphere will also present a session on:
Using the Target Language: Tips for Increased Communication and Proficiency
We know that if we want our students to use the target language, they must be surrounded by it. That means we have to model real communication by using the target language from the very beginning of language learning. While this is certainly a challenge, if you give your class a rich target language atmosphere, you will avoid confusion and minimize anxiety for your students. Come learn practical tips for how to train yourself and your students to be loyal to the target language.

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