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World Languages

Understanding Vocabulary Development in Standards-Based Teaching

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

Date & Time:  Thursday, January 13th, 2022, 4:00—5:00 p.m.

Maximum capacity:  950 attendees

1 hour of CTLE credit offered

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The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) presents the first workshop in its 2022 Professional Learning Series:  Understanding Vocabulary Development in Standards-Based Teaching.  This online workshop is offered free of charge for world language educators and administrators working or studying in New York State schools, colleges, universities, BOCES/RBERNs, or other educational institutions.

Workshop description:  Vocabulary knowledge is the key to communication. No one can understand or be understood without it. In this session, participants will examine the role of vocabulary learning in proficiency development and explore the importance of vocabulary development in designing and implementing thematic units. Participants will learn research-informed strategies for identifying, presenting, and spiraling vocabulary to facilitate acquisition. 

A recording of the workshop will be uploaded to the OBEWL website for on-demand viewing by those unable to attend virtually.  Attendees of the online workshop will be provided with either a certificate of attendance or a CTLE Certificate.  Those unable to attend the workshop on January 13th may earn a certificate by viewing the recording of the workshop on the OBEWL website and answering at least seven out of ten questions correctly on a multiple-choice post-assessment.  No registration is necessary to view the recording of the workshop.

Registration process:  A maximum of 950 pre-registrations will be accepted for this live workshop.  Registration will close by January 11th; there will be no same-day registrations.  Only pre-registered attendees will be admitted into the workshop.  Requests will be processed on a rolling basis.  Once the registrant's email address has been verified as being from a New York State school, college, or university, an email confirming their registration will be sent.  Twenty-four hours prior to the event, all registered individuals will receive login instructions with the link to join the workshop.

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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.

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).