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Curating Authentic Resources for the World Language Classroom

On November 3rd, a noted leader, presenter, author, and blogger in the field of world language education, Leslie Grahn, explored and discussed "authentic texts": what they are; ways to find, organize and curate them; and how to use them for intentional skill-building with students.  This workshop was attended by 612 New York State educators of 10 different languages.  These attendees represented 144 different districts, three colleges & universities, and nine Regional Bilingual Education Resource Networks (RBERNs) or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).

This workshop was presented by the New York State Association of World Language Administrators (NYSAWLA), co-sponsored by the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED).  The Conference Planning committee members were Joan Anderson, Candace Black, Francesco Fratto, Dr. Elaine Margarita, Jennifer Nesfield, and Dr. Joanne O’Toole.   Additional support was provided the day of the conference by Andrea Díaz, Juli Kreichman, Jian Liu, and Tara Tassani.

Link to Shared folder for workshop:


Quotes from participants of this workshop

This has been, by far, the most valuable PD I've been a part of as a Spanish Teacher for Hybrid Instruction.   ~Danielle G.

This webinar is so helpful to ENL teachers too!  ~ Jennifer B.

I think this meeting was 100% meaningful, relevant, engaging, and productive.  Kudos to all of you who arranged it and to these incredible resources, Leslie.   ~ Beth H.

Being a first year teacher; this meeting has been super informative. I was uncertain about how and where to obtain information has been made clearer. Thank you.   ~ Naomi D.T.

Thank you for all of these amazing resources!  ~ Stephanie S.


Workshop Recording and CTLE Credit

World Language educators who were unable to attend the live event may view the recording of this webinar and earn CTLE credit by earning a score of at least 8 out of 10 on an online, multiple-choice post assessment.  This recording and post-assessment are being provided for the exclusive use of World Languages educators that teach at a school, college, or university within New York State.   All public, non-public, religious, independent and charter schools with New York State are eligible.  You will need to enter your work email address from your New York State school to take the post-assessment.  ***Personal emails will NOT be honored.***

The post-assessment should be taken after viewing the entire recording of the Curating Authentic Resources for the World Language Classroom by participants who wish to earn four (4) hours of CTLE credit to be issued by NYSED-OBEWL.  In order to earn this credit, participants need to score at least 8 out of 10 questions correctly.  Different versions of the post-assessment can be taken should the desired score not be achieved in the initial attempt by clicking on the URL at the end of the post-assessment.  Credit will not be awarded by taking the same version of a post-assessment more than once.

Webinar recording - Curating Authentic Resources for the World Language Classroom (2:40)

Post-Assessment to earn CTLE credit

For any questions regarding the recording or how to earn CTLE credit, please contact Candace Black at

(Updated 12/16/20)