2018 WAFLT-COFLT Fall Conference

The WAFLT -COFLT 2018 Fall Conference will be held on October 11-13, 2018, in Portland, OR at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion. The theme of the conference is "Where Language Educators Meet".  

Conference Registration

  • Register by October 5 to Ensure Meals 
  • We must give the hotel final meal counts on October 5.  Any conference registrations received after October 5 will not include meals.  

  • Conference Registration (does not include membership):
    $ 130 member, $ 90 student/retired member
    $ 250 non-member

Pre-and Post-Conference Workshops:  

  • Registration for pre-conference workshop is limited to 100 participants.  Register soon to reserve your spot. 
    COFLT Membership
    • COFLT 2018-19 Membership:  $50 regular, $25 student/retired

    Hotel and Transportation 
    Please plan to stay at the conference hotel.  We have arranged a special room rate for conference attendees.  Using the conference hotel registration link (link coming soon) is the only way to both guarantee our conference rate as well as give COFLT-WAFLT the "credit" towards our minimum hotel room commitment.  Staying in the hotel helps COFLT keep the conference rates lower.  The conference hotel rate is available until September 23 and is subject to availability.Rooms include complimentary wi-fi.

    Room rates: 
    Discounted rate of $135/night when you make the reservation by phone with the key phrase "WAFLT-COFLT." The Jantzen Beach Red Lion phone number for reservations is (503) 283-4466.

    Conference Address:

    909 N Hayden Island Dr

    Portland, OR 97217

    Public Transportation and Parking
    Parking is complimentary both for those staying at the Red Lion and day use for those attending the conference.

    Cancellation procedure
    If you need to cancel your conference registration, please send an e-mail to coflttreasurer@gmail.com and we will process your refund.  You will be charged a $15 cancellation processing fee per transaction.

      Conference Schedule at a Glance

      Thursday, October 11
      • Pre-Conference Workshop 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with Paul Sandrock
      • Welcome Reception 7:30-9:30 p.m.

      Friday, October 12
      Registration Opens at 7:30 a.m.
      • 8:00-8:50 Session 1
      • 9:00-10:15 Welcome, Announcements, and Keynote Laura Terrill
      • 10:20-11:10 Session 2
      • 11:20-12:10 Session 3
      • 12:15-1:45 Lunch and Visit Exhibits
      • 1:50-2:40 Session 4
      • 2:50-3:40 Session 5
      • 3:40-4:00 Visit Exhibits
      • 4:00-4:50 Session 6
      • 5:00-5:50 Session 7
      • 6:00 Language Association Meetings
      COFLT Awards Reception 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

      Saturday, October 13
      Registration Opens at 7:30 a.m.
      • 7:40 WAFLT and COFLT General Membership Meetings
      • 7:45 Breakfast
      • 8:00-9:15 Announcements Keynote Ted Zarrow
      • 9:20-10:10 Session 8
      • 10:20-11:10 Session 9
      • 11:20-12:10 Session 10
      • 12:15-1:45 Language Lunches
      • 2:00-5:00 Post Conference Workshops with Keynoters Laura Terrill or Ted Zarrow

      Graduate Credits and Professional Development Units 

      (Watch for more information)

      Friday Keynote Speaker

      Laura Terrill (click here for bio) - Topic: "Where Language Educators Meet: What are our shared goals?"

      Saturday Keynote Speaker

      Dr. Ted Zarrow (click here for bio), 2016 ACTFL Teacher of the Year - Topic: "We Are All Advocates"

      (Optional) Thursday Pre-Conference Workshop: 9am-4pm

      Paul Sandrock (click here for bio), Director of Education at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages - ACTFL


      Topic: "Can-Do Learning: Developing Communication with Language and Culture"

      What do learners need to demonstrate consistently over time to show that they are improving their Interpersonal, Interpretive, Presentational, and Intercultural Communication?  Unwrap the revised NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements and the new Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communication. Apply Can-Do Statements to re-design one unit of instruction by creating effective assessments of each mode of communication, embedding tasks for learners to “investigate, explain, and reflect on” cultural practices, products, and perspectives – all at the targeted level of proficiency.

      (Optional) Saturday Workshop Speaker

      Dr. Ted Zarrow (click here for bio): "Keeping Students Motivated: Practical Strategies for Promoting Ownership in the WL Classroom"


      Regardless of the level at which we teach, we are always looking for creative and innovative ways to support and develop students’ skills across the three modes: interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal.  In addition to developing student proficiency, we want our students to be motivated – how to we make that happen?  And once we make that happen, how do we sustain it?  How can we as world language teachers foster and cultivate an environment in which students are motivated and not merely compliant?  And how is motivation related to proficiency?


      In this workshop, participants will explore ways to promote student ownership of their proficiency and move from a student centered environment to one that is student driven – one in which they are truly part of the creative process.  If you are looking for storytelling strategies, ways to get ahead of student anxieties, or you could use some alternatives to traditional assignments, assessments, and prompts – ones that give students ownership of their proficiency across the modes – this workshop is for you!




      Contact COFLT:
      email us: cofltoregon at gmail com
      COFLT,  A-153, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove OR 97116
      COFLT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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