Teaching and Assessing for Acquisition - Ballston Spa, NY, August 2023

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Teaching and Assessing for Acquisition - Ballston Spa, NY, August 2023

Teaching and Assessing for Acquisition: Ballston Spa, New York

By Martina Bex, The Comprehensible Classroom

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Date and time

August 14 · 8:30am - August 15 · 1pm EDT


Ballston Spa High School 220 Ballston Ave Ballston Spa, NY 12020

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About this event

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Join our Director of Training, Elicia Cárdenas, for a two-day* workshop in Ballston Spa, New York! We are thrilled to support teachers in their journey toward teaching for proficiency.


With the adoption of the updated New York State Standards for World Languages, many teachers are eager to learn more about how to integrate a proficiency driven, acquisition based approach to their classroom practice. This workshop will specifically focus on communication standards in the World Language Classroom.

The transition away from designing language courses based on a traditional grammar syllabus requires a shift in thinking as well as a shift in instruction. In this workshop, attendees will consider both the theoretical basis for Proficiency Oriented, Comprehension Based™ teaching and its practical application. Attendees will explore these concepts through interactive demonstrations .

On our second day, we will take a deep dive into standards-based assessment practices for a comprehension based classroom, examine and discuss relevant research pertaining to language acquisition and assessment, see examples of practical assessment solutions, and delve into grading practices that increase motivation, decrease bias, and promote equity. There will be additional opportunities to build your confidence through coaching.


Monday, August 14, 2023 : 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 : 8:30 am -1:00 pm

**Tuesday, August 15, 2023 : 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm Optional Coaching

Who is this workshop for?

  • Teachers interested in learning about teaching for language acquisition with a focus on comprehension
  • Teachers who are already using Comprehension-based methods of teaching language
  • Teachers who are currently using a Comprehension-based curriculum such as Somos or Nous sommes
  • Teachers who are looking to incorporate more acquisition-focused methods into an existing scope and sequence
  • Teachers who want to learn what assessment looks like in an acquisition-focused teaching model

Registration Includes:

  • Monday workshop attendance
  • Monday boxed lunch
  • Tuesday morning workshop attendance
  • Tuesday afternoon optional coaching

Travel and lodging is NOT included.

Graduate Credit:

Graduate credit (1-2 credit hours) can be earned by completing additional reading and classwork outside of sessions.

Please note:

To register for graduate credit, you must register with the University of the Pacific and pay an additional fee.

For more information and to see the credit requirements, please visit this web page and select the course "In Person 2 Day Training: Teach for Acquisition and Assess for Acquisition."

Need Lodging?

Conference Hotel: Home2 Suites by Hilton Saratoga Malta

103 Saratoga Village Boulevard, Malta, NY 1202

Please book your hotel stay through our event booking link for the group rate.

*The hotel includes breakfast, parking and wifi.

*Transportation between the hotel and the event venue is not included.


You can connect with other teachers to find a roommate within the Somos Curriculum Collaboration Facebook Group.

*Workshop will be conducted in English with demonstrations in Spanish.

*Workshop is not geared toward elementary levels.

*No refunds after July 20, 2023.


Is this suitable for Elementary?

-This workshop will be focused on secondary classrooms (middle and high school), but elementary teachers are welcome to join us.

Is this workshop suitable for me if I don't teach Spanish?

-Yes! All are welcome! Elicia has experience working with teachers of a variety of different languages, including Mandarin Chinese, and the content of the workshop will be relevant.

Is this workshop suitable for me if I don't teach with Somos, Nous Sommes, or Sumus?

-Yes! Elicia will be using demonstration lessons from a variety of free and created resources rather than demonstrations from the Somos family of curricula.

Can I earn credits or hours for attending this workshop?

Yes, workshop attendees will receive a certificate of participation for 13 hours of Continuing Education. Attendees will also have the option to register for 2 Graduate Credits through University of the Pacific. Attendees may choose to register for the credits after they have registered for the workshop and for an additional fee of $62.00 per credit.

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