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Understanding the Role of Grammar in Proficiency Development - Parts 1 & 2

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) presents "Understanding the Role of Grammar in Proficiency Development - Parts 1 & 2".

Original workshop date:  Part 1 - Thursday, February 24th, 2022 from 4:00-5:00 pm, Part 2 - Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Workshop description:  Increasing control of grammatical structures is essential to language proficiency development. Participants will first discover how proficiency descriptors for checkpoint proficiency targets and the language functions embedded in each of the NYS Learning Standards for World Languages help teachers identify which language structures to include in thematic unit design and implementation. Participants will then explore strategies that draw on both implicit and explicit approaches to help learners develop increasing control of grammatical structures.

Link to workshop flyer

Link to Handouts Folder for Part 1

Link to Handouts Folder for Part 2

Please note:  this is a two-part workshop.  A certificate of completion or a CTLE certificate documenting 2 hours can be earned by one of the following three methods:

  1. by attending both virtual workshops on February 24, 2022 and March 3, 2022;
  2. by attending the virtual workshop on February 24, 2022 and watching the recording of the Part 2 workshop held on March 3rd (see below) and scoring at least a 7 out of 10 on one of the post assessments for the Part 2 workshop; or
  3. by watching the recordings of both of the Parts 1 and 2 workshops and scoring at least a 7 out of 10 on both of the post assessments for the Parts 1 and 2 workshops.


Links to Recordings

The Role of Grammar in Proficiency Development Part 1 (February 24, 2022)

The Role of Grammar in Proficiency Development Part 2 (March 3, 2022)


Post Assessments - Workshop Part 1

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 of the post-assessment, 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 post-assessments "out of order".

Post Assessments - Workshop Part 2


Workshop Summary (Coming soon!)

# of attendees:  216
# of CTLE certificates issued:  174
# of certificates of attendance issued:  42 
# of organizations represented by attendees:

participants from district schools
participants from charter schools
participants from non-public schools
participants from colleges or universities
participants from BOCES or RBERNs
participant from a government agency


Quotes from Participants of this Workshop

Co-presenters:  Bill Heller, Dr. Joanne O'Toole, & Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez

Bill Heller has taught in public elementary, secondary, community college and undergraduate classrooms for 40 years, including 24 years teaching Spanish at Perry High School. He has been a methods and Spanish instructor at SUNY Geneseo since 2001.  He is a frequent presenter of workshops, webinars and keynotes. Bill served as Conference Chair for the 2018 Northeast Conference (NECTFL) and is currently a member of the Executive Board and Content Advisory Panel for World Languages at the New York State Education Department (NYSED).











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.







Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez began her language teaching career as a teacher of Spanish, French and ESL. She holds a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently the Director of World and Classical Languages & Global Language Initiatives at the Dalton School in New York City. Lori is the author of books, texts and articles about language teaching and learning and multicultural education. She presents workshops at local, regional and national conferences and works with teachers in schools throughout the U.S. and around the world. Her website ( offers free materials for teaching Chinese, English, French, and Spanish.