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World Languages

Standards in Action: Presentational Communication Strategies

Presenters:  Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, Dr. Joanne O’Toole, and Bill Heller

Original webinar date & time:  Tuesday, March 12, 2024

1 hour of CTLE credit offered

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) presents this next webinar in its 2024 Professional Learning Series:  Standards in Action: Presentational Communication Strategies. This webinar is offered free of charge for world language administrators and leaders working and studying in New York State educational institutions.

Webinar description:  What does Presentational Communication look like in action? This session provides in-depth and practical suggestions for planning and facilitating Presentational Communication. Learn about task designs to enable learners to engage in real-world tasks for authentic audiences with particular attention to the Presentational language functions: describe, inform, narrate, explain, and persuade. Come away with new insights into Standard 3 and multiple strategies to guide lesson planning in the Presentational mode.

Click here to download the webinar flyer.

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 about 24 hours.  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 our office at (518) 473-7505 or at

Webinar Summary

# of attendees: 243
# of CTLE certificates issued:  183
# of certificates of attendance issued: 60 
# of organizations represented by attendees:   118

220 participants from district schools
4 participants from charter schools
6 participants from non-public schools
4 participants from colleges or universities
8 participants from BOCES or RBERNs
1 participants from a government agency

Quotes from participants 

"Great suggestions today. Also refreshing to be reassured that much of what I do is already aligned.” ~ Mark R. 

“Great presenters, useful handouts and  presentations connected to practice. Thank you!!!” ~ Gabriela A. 

“Fantastic!  Thank you for your hard work and for sharing your insights and talents!” ~ Caroline A. 

“This is extremely helpful and insightful! Many thanks to you all. It’s great to have the content for different levels.” ~ Gigi B. 

“Thank you all for your hard work, vision, organization, and kindness. This was a wonderful session, and I look forward to attending the next webinars.” ~ Jennifer C. 

“Thank you for your hard work and organization. These webinars always flow so nicely and time flies. You leave us wanting more examples!” ~ Beth B.

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.







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.







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).