Previous LTSI Workshops

The Center for European Studies has provided the Language Teacher Summer Institute (LTSI) since 2005. Up to 15 middle and high school foreign language teachers from across the state can cultivate new skills and ideas for creating a more exciting and interactive classroom environment. The two-week workshop includes both classroom and computer lab time.


Program Dates: 

July 11th-22nd, 2016

“And while a solid foundation in subject matter content is clearly important for any teacher, research suggests that it is not so much what the teacher knows but what the teacher does in the classroom that maximizes student achievement” – In search of defining “Best Practice:” A K-16 Connection, Susan M. Knight

How do you define teacher effectiveness? What are the key behaviors and characteristics exhibited by effective world language teachers? This year the University of Florida Language Teacher Summer Institute (LTSI) addressed these questions with guidance from experienced world language professionals through a dynamic, technology-rich professional development experience.

LTSI 2016 Curriculum

Calendar Week 1ThemeTopicHands on Tech Tools (list subject to change)
Day 1 and 2Preparing for Student LearningEnvironment and Planning
Microsoft Onenote, Office Mix and Office Sway
Day 3, 4 and 5Advancing Student LearningLearning Experience and Learning Tools
Authentic Resources
Edpuzzle, Picktochart, Blubbr, Goanimate,, 3Dpen, Google Cardboard, Aurasma - Augmented Reality, etc
Calendar Week 2ThemeTopicHands on Tech Tools (list subject to change)
Day 1 and 2Advancing Student LearningPerformance and Feedback
IPA (Integrated Performance Assessment
ACTFL World readiness Standard
Threering, Socrative, Tiny Tap, Thinklink, Bulbapp, Atavist, StoryWars, Inklewriter, TEDed, etc
Day 3Support Student LearningProfessionalism and CollaborationThreering, Socrative, Tiny Tap, Thinklink, Bulbapp, Atavist, StoryWars, Inklewriter, TEDed, etc
Day 4Final Project Work DayImplementationOffice Mix or Sway
Day 5Presentation and EvaluationSharing and Celebration

The Philosophy Behind LTSI
With a quote from Gene Bedley, 1986 PTA National Educator of the Year and 1994 Milken Foundation National Educator

“Professional educators are value-driven, guided by principles, passion, and a purpose bigger than themselves.
Professional educators are need analysts – competent to diagnose and prescribe options for educational success and significance.
Professional educators believe their work is a vocation and calling rather than an occupation where one merely occupies space.
Professional educators recognize that change is the norm. They are growth-oriented and consider themselves life-long learners and contributors.
Professional educators are climate creators, recognizing that the conditions that surround learning contribute to learning.
Professional educators are catalysts in promoting calculated risks that advance their profession and enable everyone access to success.
Professional educators promote cohesiveness, collaboration, and team-building. They promote a “we are better together” philosophy.
Professional educators create a climate of ownership by ensuring that everyone involved in the educational process is invited to participate.
Professional educators are accountable to their clients, community, parents and students, providing a quality educational program for all children.
Professional educators belong to an organization that promotes their profession above personal gain.”

Highlights from LTSI 2016:

A 1-day workshop with Dr. Julie Sykes
Director of the Center for Applied Second Language Studies, University of Oregon

photo0Julie Sykes earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with a focus on applied linguistics and second language acquisition. Julie’s research focuses on the use of digital technologies for language acquisition with a specific focus on inter-language pragmatic development and intercultural competence. She has taught courses on second language teaching and learning methodology and research, language learning and technology, Hispanic linguistics, and inter-language pragmatic development. Julie’s experience includes the design, implementation, and evaluation of online immersive spaces and the creation of place-based, augmented-reality mobile games to engage language learners in a variety of non-institutional contexts. She has published various articles on CALL-related topics, including synchronous computer-mediated communication and pragmatic development, gaming and CALL, and lexical acquisition in digitally mediated environments. Julie serves as the UO Scholar-in-Residence and also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon.

Using 3D Pens and Virtual Reality Viewers


To see LTSI participants’ final presentations, please visit the following links:

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Karla Arzuza – Lesson plan (Spanish): De compras

Erin Clendening – Lesson plan (French): Breakfast foods

Michael Francisco – Lesson plan (Spanish): La Familia

Wendy Furphy – Lesson plan (Spanish): La Vivienda

Sonia Morgan – Lesson plan (Spanish):Mi Patria

Martha Vorhees – Lesson plan (Spanish): La Familia

Kitty Wang – Lesson plan (Chinese): Education

Click here for The Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Personal Growth Plan

A big thank you to Cari Jiménez and Dámaris Mayans-Ramon for leading this year’s institute! Cari, adjunct lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Dámaris, an ABD PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, have backgrounds in applied linguistics, language pedagogy, instructional technology, mobile learning, and integrated performance assessment.

Please consider joining our Language Teacher Summer Institute public Facebook group to catch up on this year’s seminar and learn about future opportunities and classroom resources.

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In 2015, the Language Teacher Summer Institute at UF was held from July 13 – July 24. Lodging & tuition was paid for by the Center for European Studies.  UF Spanish lecturers Caridad Jiménez and Kathryn Dwyer-Navajas did a great job running this year’s program.

The goal of the LTSI is to help language teachers cultivate new skills and ideas for creating a more exciting and interactive classroom environment through the incorporation of new pedagogical techniques and new technological tools. This goal will be accomplished through daily discussions on theoretical pedagogical and methodological practices, open and guided conversations, peer microteaching sessions, introduction to technological tools and approaches, daily reflection, and activity design, creation, and critiquing. In order to earn credit for having participated in the workshop, teachers will be required to:

  1. Engage fully in discussions and activities
  2. Participate in the discussion board project
  3. Design and share two activities
  4. Create and present a final project:

At the end of the workshop, we will post interactive lesson plans, accounts, and other highlights to share with the teaching community.  We will also post links to view the class videos online, so please check back with us!

Past  LTSI Experiences

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