SWCOLT 2025 - Presentation Proposal Form

CONFERENCE DATES: Friday-Saturday, January 24th - January 25th, 2025 (Pre-conference workshops on Thursday, January 23)

THEME: Discover Your Language Teaching Oasis- Quench your thirst with like-minded Native and World Language educators

Compelling proposals address the needs of today’s learners and educators by focusing on innovative programs, emerging trends and research-informed practices.

                                                         FOCUS AREAS
Below are the focus areas for submitting proposals. Please read the descriptors carefully before you submit your proposal.

Proposals under this focus area may address topics such as national standards, articulation, learner variables, 21st Century skills, instructional design, curriculum, horizontal and vertical articulation, resources and learner variables, instructional design, instructional resources, choosing of resources, creating objectives/outcomes, 21st Century Skills Map, personalized learning, unit design or curriculum, and online or hybrid learning.

Proposals under this focus area may address areas such as authentic materials/resources, immersion education, use of target language, cultural competence/interculturality, instructional strategies, learning tasks, project-based learning, culture or policy/legislation.

Proposals under this focus area may address areas such as the Integrated Performance Assessments (IPA), proficiency targets, Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI), performance assessment / performance tasks, teacher evaluation and accountability, performance/proficiency, formative or summative assessment, research, classroom-based action research, Can-do statements, developing rubrics, assessment practices or educator effectiveness.

Proposals under this focus area may address areas such as stakeholder engagement, study abroad, international partnerships/partner schools, technology, advocacy, articulation, connections to other content areas, teacher preparation, international projects and legislation/policy actions.

                                               PRESENTATION SUBMISSION TYPES
If you want to submit multiple proposals, please submit a separate proposal for each one you wish SWCOLT to consider for the program. You may submit to one of these formats:

1. INTEREST SESSION (60 min. total): Interest sessions should describe a plan for no more than 60 minutes total of input/presentation. Interest sessions should address a topic of interest to attendees within one of the four focus areas. In your session submission, clearly define the valuable information you will share in your 60 minutes of input, and describe how you will present it in an engaging and/or interactive format. Then, if you plan collaborative time, describe the collaborative task you will facilitate with your audience - please remember that any collaborative time is part of your 60 minutes.

2. ROADRUNNER SESSION (15 min.): This is a 15-minute presentation. Sessions will group at least 3 different presentations together and participants will stay in one room for the full session but will split up and move from presenter to presenter in a "station format". Each presenter uses their own laptop and materials to present and discuss classroom tested, ready-to-use tips and techniques and will present the topic 3 different times to the attendees, who  move from station to station. There will be no projector or speakers available for the presenters.  At the end, there will be Question/Answer time open to all presenters. Attendees will leave the session with 3 fabulous lesson ideas.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION: Proposals must be in a publishable format. Since you are entering your submission into a database format, avoid using symbols, marks or letters that do not appear in English because they may not translate into the final published session description. All proposals must be written in third person format avoiding the use of “I” and “we.” All accepted proposals will be printed in the SWCOLT Online Program as submitted during the Call for Proposals; however, SWCOLT reserves the right to edit when necessary.

Please complete ALL of the following information. Before you click SUBMIT, we recommend that you print a copy of this submission for your records.

  • Please submit your proposal via the same form below. 
  • For-profit individuals and entities must submit as an exhibitor/vendor and must be registered as an exhibitor (see SWCOLT Exhibitor page for exhibitor registration form) for the conference and pay an exhibitor fee. Workshop and regular session presenters must be practitioners from the field, and presentations must be non-commercial in nature.

Please direct any questions to Melissa Carson SWCOLT Program Chair, at mcarson@swcolt.org 

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