Foreign Language Department Workshop:
Foreign Language Teaching for 21st Century Learners.

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21st Century Learners in the Foreign Language Classroom 

This foreign language workshop series presented at UC Blue Ash College is dedicated to inform teachers and students about how changes in technology have impacted foreign language education and instruction. There are so many great new tools and ways to integrate technology that can make a difference in your classroom. 

About the Workshop

Who should participate?

Educators and students have the opportunity to participate in this certificate rewarding workshop. 

What should participants bring?

Participants should bring a textbook, a laptop or tablet, have a google account and ideas of themes or lessons in which you want to integrate technology.


  • Leah Henson and Jill Gomez from Miami University
  • Katie Gilding from Beavercreek High School

Event Details


Saturday, October 21, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. (breakfast available at 7:30 a.m.)


UC Blue Ash College
Flory Center
9555 Plainfield Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45236

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Registration Cost

Early Bird Online Registration by Saturday, October 14, 2017

  • $45 Teacher
  • $35 Student (Present Student ID at door)

Registration after Saturday, October 14, 2017 online or at door

  • $55 Teacher
  • $45 Student (Present Student ID at door)

*Fees include breakfast and lunch
*No Refunds Available

Morning Workshop : Think Outside the Book

Are you frustrated with your language textbook?  Not sure how to use it with current standards and methodologies?  Is the thought of creating your own curriculum overwhelming?  This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how to use a text as a framework for creating thematic units with essential questions, can-do statements, authentic resources, and integrated performance assessments.  Presenters will show how to build and expand units gradually until you’re ready to lose the text for good (or at least keep it in its place)! Presenters will share sample units, activities, and assessments from their classes. Participants will share their ideas and experiences related to using language textbooks.  They will also discuss real and potential challenges related to transitioning to text-based thematic units and will explore possible solutions.  Participants will be able to access these resources via Google Drive throughout the workshop and beyond.

About Presenter Leah Henson:

Leah Henson has been teaching Spanish at Miami University since 1999.  She is currently a Senior Lecturer on the Regional campuses, where she has also worked with eLearning as an Instructional Designer.  In 2008, she piloted the inverted or “flipped” classroom approach in her Intensive Basic Spanish courses, which then led to the development of hybrid and online language courses.  Leah acts as her department’s online coordinator and assists faculty in training, course set-up, and course facilitation.  In 2009, Leah was a co-recipient of a Howe Writing Center development grant to revamp the writing component of the basic Spanish language courses.  This was her first introduction to the world of proficiency-based assessments! Since that time, she has moved from a traditional grammar approach to one that blends technology, achievement, and performance to build students’ proficiency.  Leah has presented numerous sessions at OFLA, CSCTFL, and ACTFL and enjoys sharing information and collaborating with her fellow educators!

Leah Henson

About Presenter Jill Gomez:

Jill Gomez is a Senior Lecturer at Miami University’s Regional campuses, where she has been teaching Spanish since 1997.  She regularly teaches face-to-face, hybrid, and online proficiency-based Spanish courses, including the gateway composition course for Spanish majors and minors.  In addition to these language courses, Jill is certified to teach occupational Spanish courses and has worked with area police, teachers, and emergency personnel to better communicate with the Spanish-speaking population.  Jill has co-designed a course for Criminal Justice majors about Hispanic community relations in the U.S. justice system. Jill acts as the social media liaison for her department.  She enjoys presenting and attending local and national language-teaching conferences to learn and share ideas.

Jill Gomez

Afternoon Workshop Description:
1,2,3 Proficiency Through Technology

Teaching a second language to 21st century learners requires a bit of tweaking on the instructional side to keep students engaged and working toward language proficiency and technology can be a great tool to do that. This working session will give teachers ready-made ideas on ways to integrate technology into their lessons with authentic resources such as department store websites, supermarket websites, housing options and current events to allow students to delve into the culture while learning the language. It will also address interactive and engaging technology applications and sites that can be used in the classroom to practice, speaking, reading, writing and listening in the native language as well as grammar and vocabulary.

About Presenter Katie Gilding:

Katie Gilding is a Spanish Teacher at Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek Ohio. She received her master’s degree, teaching license and reading endorsement from the University of Dayton and her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Journalism and Spanish from Central Michigan University. She has experience teaching in both a middle school and a high school setting as well as levels 1-4 Spanish. Her areas of interest include using Integrated Performance Assessments in the Classroom, teaching the 3 modes of Communication and integrating technology to meet the needs of all students.

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Certificate of Completion

A certificate of completion will be given for your participation in the workshop.

Contact Information

Sheri Barksdale