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From Skills to Modes - Part 4 - Planning for Learning: Integrating the Modes of Communication

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages of the New  York State Education Department presents "From Skills From Skills to Modes - Part 4 -  Planning for Learning:  Integrating the Modes of Communication."

Original webinar date:  Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Webinar description:  Build on the previous presentations on each mode of communication by developing a mindset for working with any authentic text using strategies that move learners from input in the interpretive mode to output in the interpersonal and presentational modes.  Strategies for working with text in the interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes will be modeled using various text types appropriate for Checkpoints A, B, and C.  Acquisition of vocabulary and grammar in context will be modeled. Establish purpose, create focus, ensure relevance, and make your learners work harder than you.

Webinar presenter:  Laura Terrill taught French at all levels for 21 years before becoming the Coordinator of Foreign Language and English as a Second Language and then Director of Curriculum in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO. She has taught methods courses at Washington University in St. Louis and at Butler University and IUPUI in Indianapolis and continues to present frequently at the state, regional, and national levels. She has served on the Board of Directors for Central States and ACTFL. She is the recipient of the Founders Award for Central States and has been named a NADSFL District Supervisor of the Year. She leads numerous workshops and projects for ACTFL and is currently the  Senior Associate for Professional Development for the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland working with STARTALK programs.

Link to Handouts folder from webinar

Link to recording of webinar

Link to post-assessments

To receive a certificate of completion (including a CTLE certificate), NYS educators must view the recording of the webinar (see link above) in its entirety and then answer at least seven out of ten questions correctly on the post assessment.  If the minimum required score (7 out of 10) is achieved, the educator will receive a certificate via email within an hour.  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.  Educators may take each version of the post assessment once.

Important notes:

  1. Educators may take each version of the post assessment once.  Credit will not be given for taking a single version of the post assessment more than once. 
  2. Credit will not be given for more than one passing score on any of the post assessments for a webinar (listed below) in a single academic year.  
  3. Educators may receive credit for viewing the webinar recording and passing a post assessment once in each academic year and are encouraged to take a different version of the post assessment on a yearly basis to review and test their knowledge of the webinar's content. 
  4. It is the responsibility of the individual educator to keep track of the information on the professional learning they complete each year, including the number of CTLE hours.
  5. Questions about this webinar or the post assessments, should be directed to Candace Black at (585) 356-0951 or at

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Webinar Summary

# of attendees: 266

# of CTLE certificates issued:  212

# of certificates of attendance issued:  54

# of organizations represented by attendees:

32 districts
52 schools
4 partner organizations
5 colleges & universities

# of languages taught by attendees:  7

Quotes from Participants of this Webinar

  • “Thank you very much! This has been so helpful and informative.”  ~ Ruth C.
  • “I'm always looking for soooo many resources.  I appreciate the fact that I heard it was acceptable to dive deep into one or a couple!”  ~ Lindsay P.
  • “Thank you, so much!!!  Another excellent presentation and awesome resources!”  ~ Tiffany C.
  • “That helps me tremendously in better understanding how to implement interpretive and interpersonal without reverting to traditional methods!!”  ~ Jennifer R.
  • “So many great ideas - hard to choose just one.  Looking forward to trying many of these strategies beginning in the fall.  Thank you so much for all these great ideas.”  ~ Kathryn E.
  • “Thank you so much for this wonderful presentation. It's very useful!”  ~ Fumei T.
  • “Very actionable!”  ~ Deirdre K.

(last updated 9/4/2022)