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Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

Region 4 Languages Other Than English (LOTE) provides information, services, products, and professional development to improve student achievement.


Languages Other Than English (LOTE)/ World Languages Contact Information:

Phone: 713.744.4487





Teaching Languages with Standards and Proficiency in Mind: The Vision within TEKS for LOTE
December 3, 2018 | Session ID: 1420248
Presenter: Greta Lundgaard, ACTFL
Unpack the key concepts that every LOTE teacher needs in order to implement the TEKS for LOTE effectively. Build your repertoire around intentional planning for language learning.
Participate in discovering answers to these key questions:
  • To move along the proficiency continuum as identified in the TEKS, what do learners need to be able to do with what they know?
  • If higher levels of proficiency are not tied to vocabulary lists and grammatical structures, how do I organize units of instruction?
  • How do I assess learners to gather evidence of their increasing proficiency?
  • To effectively guide learners to higher levels of proficiency, what are some essential high-leverage teaching practices?
Greta Lundgaard taught English, Biology, and all levels of German before becoming the Coordinator of Foreign Languages for Lewisville ISD and Plano ISD. During her 30 years in public education, Greta’s instruction, planning, and leadership always focused on student learning, and as she worked with world language programs, her focus was on developing a proficiency-focused curriculum designed to develop communicative competence, building L2 literacy, and developing strategies leading to teacher and learner efficacy.  Greta was the 2016 recipient of the ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in FL Education and was named the NADSFL Supervisor of the Year in 2014. Greta is a senior associate for STARTALK, a project of the National Foreign Language Center and is a consultant to school districts and schools as well as a frequent session and workshop presenter at state, regional and national foreign language conferences. 



High-Leverage Teaching Practices for LOTE
January 14, 2019 | Session ID: 1420249
Presenter: Paul Sandrock
How can I engage my learners to do more with what they know? Learn how to effectively support target language acquisition through a variety of high-leverage teaching practices. Experience and analyze these strategies for learning and assessing language:
  • Facilitate target language comprehensibility (What does it mean to immerse students in the target language and how can I support learners to be successful?),
  • Coach student-to-student conversations and small group tasks, and
  • Lead text-based discussion with authentic resources.
lote-presenter-3-sandrockjpgPaul Sandrock, the Director of Education at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), leads this national organization’s professional development and initiatives around standards, curriculum, instruction, and performance assessment. Sandrock taught Spanish for 16 years at the middle and high school levels and authored The Keys to Assessing Language Performance as well as Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages.






Vocabulary and Grammar: Tools for Developing Learners' Performance
January 24, 2019 | Session ID: 1420247
Presenter: Laura Terrill
Explore the connection between language structures, vocabulary and functions by considering what it means to teach both in context.
  • Consider the role that accuracy and precision of vocabulary play in the development of proficiency.
  • Allow language functions and context to determine the vocabulary and structures that learners need to accomplish real-world performance tasks.
  • Techniques for presenting and organizing new vocabulary and structures will be highlighted and participants will experience strategies that allow for contextualized practice in each mode.
  • Finally, active and passive strategies for formative and summative assessment of vocabulary and grammar will be discussed.
lote-presenter-1Laura Terrill is a national consultant who taught French at all levels for 21 years before becoming the Coordinator of Foreign Language and English as a Second Language and then, Director of Curriculum. She recently worked as a Content Specialist for the National Foreign Language Center working with the STARTALK program. She is the recipient of the Founders Award for Central States, has been named as the NADSFL District Supervisor of the Year and has received the ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership. She recently co-authored the Second Edition of ACTFL Keys to Planning for Learning: Effective Curriculum, Unit and Lesson Design. 


7 Steps to a Language Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom
April 30, 2019 | Session ID: 1392241
Presenter: Anna Matis from Seidlitz Education
7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom is a collection of research-based strategies designed to increase students’ comprehensible input and provide low-stress opportunities for language output and interaction. 7 Steps creates a foundation from which to build an energizing classroom environment where students are motivated to participate and gain access points to numerous target languages comprehensively scaffolded for various language levels. Participants will learn:
  • Experience-based classroom strategies (via simulations) in multiple foreign languages
  • Innovative ways to use visuals and vocabulary as tools for building comprehension
  • Easy-to-implement structures for speaking, reading, and writing in the target language
  • Research-based, practical techniques from the new book, 7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Foreign Language Classroom: Strategies for Teachers of Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
This training was created for novice and seasoned LOTE teachers to transform the foreign language classroom into an interactive environment in which students are engaging in target language academic structures from day one. 







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