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World Languages

From Skills to Modes - Part 1: Interpretive Communication

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages of the New York State Education Department presents “From Skills to Modes - Part 1:  Interpretive Communication”.

Original workshop date:  Wednesday, March 10th, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Workshop Description:  Get to know Standard 1, Interpretive Communication, an input-focused standard designed to scaffold learners' target language comprehension. In this session, you will take a deep dive into Standard 1 and its elements as well as the resources developed to support you in its implementation. You will see examples of the Interpretive mode applied to various text types at Checkpoints A, B, and C, and you will come away with a set of strategies for scaffolding your learners' Interpretive Communication.

Workshop Facilitation Guide (Word, PDF):  This facilitation guide is designed for use by a facilitator and/or participants engaged in professional learning designed around this webinar and its focus topic(s). Facilitators and/or participants may use the facilitation guide in whole or in part, all at once or spaced out over time. They may additionally customize the facilitation guide to best suit their needs by modifying, adding to, or eliminating suggested discussion questions and/or tasks.  The facilitation guide begins with an overview of the webinar goals and its organization. It follows with suggestions of structured discussion questions and tasks that are organized for use before, during, and after webinar viewing and aligned to the stated webinar goals.

Link to workshop flyer

Workshop presenter:  Dr. Joanne O'Toole is a Professor of Modern Language Education in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at SUNY Oswego. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSED World Languages Content Advisory Panel and the Principal Investigator of the NYS World Language Standards Initiative. Joanne has served in several world language leadership positions including NYSAFLT President and NECTFL Director, and is a regular presenter at national, regional, state, and local conferences. Joanne is a certified teacher of Spanish and taught Spanish for 16 years prior to entering post-secondary education.


At-a-Glance Documents for the Interpretive Mode


Link to Handouts folder from workshop

Link to recording of workshop


Link to post-assessments

Those unable to attend the workshop on March 10th may earn CTLE credit by viewing the recording of the workshop (above) and then answering at least seven out of ten questions correctly on Post-Assessment #1 listed below.   For the convenience of our World Language educators, there are multiple versions of the post-assessment available should the required score not be achieved on the first attempt.  If taking more than one version, participants must take them in order, starting with Post-Assessment #1.  If the desired score is not achieved, the participant may take subsequent post-assessments in order.  It is NOT permissible to choose which version of the post-assessment to take.  Credit will NOT be awarded to participants who take these assessments "out of order".

Workshop Summary

# of attendees: 179

# of CTLE certificates issued:  145

# of certificates of attendance issued:  29

# of organizations represented by attendees:

  • 74 districts
  • 131 schools
  • 2 partner organizations
  • 4 colleges & universities

# of languages taught by attendees: 11

Quotes from Participants of this Workshop

  • “I am excited about this shift and looking forward to more PD opportunities.  It’s a big change from past practice, but one that is needed. Thank you for such an informative session.”  ~Heidi M.
  • “Very insightful workshop that will be perfect for new curriculum writing. Grazie assai!” ~Michelangelo D.
  • “This has been an AWESOME presentation, and should be a must watch for everyone who wants to understand the rationale of the shift. I learned a lot.”  ~Marisol M.
  • “One of the best I have ever attended.  I can’t wait to attend the future ones.”  ~Jenny S.