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March 14, 2020 Conference Update – Conference Cancelled

 

It is with very deep regret that we must announce that the 2020 SWCOLT/CLTA conference on April 2-5, 2020 in Anaheim, CA has been cancelled due to the current situation with COVID-19. Although we had hoped to continue with the conference as previously planned, events this week have forced the SWCOLT Board to reconsider. Many teachers, presenters, and exhibitors are unable to attend due to institutional and state travel bans, and we do not want to risk spreading or exposing anyone to the Coronavirus. The health and safety of all attendees is our top priority. This is an unprecedented situation which none of us could have predicted.
The Board of Directors of SWCOLT appreciates the hard work and dedication that have been put into planning for this conference. Our CLTA partners have been wonderful to work with, and we know that our workshop and session presenters have put great deal of time and effort into their preparations.
We are appreciative of the generosity and support of our exhibitors and sponsors. We will post the SWCOLT/CLTA 2020 program and ads on the SWCOLT website, and the Sched conference site will remain live so that everyone can access information regarding the products and services that are available.
SWCOLT will honor refund requests through Sunday, March 29, 2020. Please understand that the refund process is a complex undertaking, and it will require some time to work through all of the details. We ask that you consider donating your registration fee to SWCOLT to help offset the financial impact to the organization. In addition, if you have made a reservation at the Disneyland Hotel or the Paradise Pier Hotel, you will need to cancel your room reservation.
Thank you for understanding the complexities of this situation and for your support of SWCOLT and CLTA. We hope that you will make plans attend the SWCOLT 2021 conference in Reno, Nevada on March 25-27, 2021 to be held in conjunction with the Professional Language Association of Nevada (PLAN).
Sincerely,
Jody Klopp, SWCOLT Executive Director
Susan Dworaczyk, SWCOLT 2020 President


Updates on refunds for cancellation of SWCOLT due to Covid-19 - April 25, 2020


The deadline has passed to receive a full refund for SWCOLT/CLTA 2020 that was to be held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California on April 2-5. We will still offer a 50% refund until May 10. No refunds will be given after May 10, 2020.

If your district paid for your SWCOLT/CLTA registration, please contact your administrative office and alert them of the May 10 deadline.

If you have not already requested a refund, we ask that you consider donating your registration fee to SWCOLT to help offset the financial impact to the SWCOLT organization.
All registrants who do not request a refund will be listed as 2020 members of SWCOLT and will have access to our 2020 series of webinars.
For partial refund requests, contact us at jodyklopp@swcolt.org
Please visit https://www.swcolt.org to view the SWCOLT/CLTA 2020 printed program and the SCHED conference agenda for information about our presenters, award and scholarship winners, exhibitors, sponsors, and advertisers.
Thank you for understanding the difficulties of this situation, and for your support of SWCOLT.
Sincerely,
Jody Klopp
SWCOLT Executive Director


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Sunday, April 5 • 8:00am - 9:00am
What Makes Here Special? Using the Target Language to Learn about Local History and People

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Wages (2012) describes culturally responsive pedagogy as a student-centered approach to teaching in which the students’ unique cultural strengths are identified and nurtured to promote student achievement and a sense of well-being about the students’ cultural place in the world. However, content in language classrooms often focuses on idealized interactions in distant places, such as ordering food in France or China, reading street signs in Spain or Japan, and so on. This presentation argues for, and shows thorough a live teaching demonstration, how the people and history that are distinct to the places where we teach can connect learners with their immediate environments in terms of ways of living, doing, and knowing, the people who lived and still live there, and language to use immediately and even more frequently than for a brief trip to a distant land in the future, including local job opportunities where multilingual professionals are in growing demand.

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Alohilani Okamura

Faculty, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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Dr. Reed Riggs

Special Instructor, Chinese, Brigham Young University–Hawaiʻi
I have been working with language teachers in communicative & comprehension-based approaches since 2014 in Honolulu, HI, providing learning demos in Mandarin Chinese and in Vietnamese. My research works to tie comprehension-based teaching practices to theoretical questions in SLA... Read More →


Sunday April 5, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Congo - Adventure Tower