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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





















A Day with Wink Smith, Jr.: Workshop for ASL LOTE Teachers
November 15, 2019  |  Session ID: 1465500

Experience two workshops in one with Wink Smith, Jr. This workshop will consist of the following two trainings, presented in American Sign Language (ASL).

Working Proposal for Expansions Using Depiction
The meanings of words do not reside in the words themselves. Word meaning is dynamically created while we hear/see/feel/create utterances. This inevitably causes problems when communicating, especially communicating something that was originally created in a completely different language. There are multiple problems that can arise, including minimal utterances that communicate a maximal amount of information conceptually and how to manage the conceptual transfer into another language. In other words, when should I expand when using depiction? Relying on cognitive studies we see how language works in the mind.

Classifyers/Depicting Verbs Reduced to Three
How many classifiers/depicting verbs are there? Would you be surprised to know the list of classifiers can be simplified to only three different types? How do they work? Come and see a different approach to classifiers using cognitive linguistics. Within this workshop, focus will be given to whole entity constructions and how location, manner, and path are combined to construct depicting verbs. Instrument depicting verbs and size and shape specifiers differ from whole entity depicting verbs. But how? One cognitive explanation can be found in what they foreground and what they background.


lote-wink-smithPresenter: Wink Smith, MA, MBA, NIC Master, enjoys researching and creating various workshops that focus on skill building through deliberate practice, which he wrote about in the Winter 2012 issue of RID’s VIEWS magazine. Over the past 10 years, Wink has gained experience that allows him to enhance applications for interpreters of all levels by presenting at workshops including national conferences (NAD, RID, Silent Weekend), regional conferences (RID I, II, III, IV, and V), state conferences, and local workshops across the nation. Wink is widely noted for the comfortable atmosphere he creates in his workshops and the passion he exudes. Currently, Wink travels full time performing, presenting workshops, and managing Winkshop, Inc., through which he has developed a dozen training DVDs.








Heritage Language Learners: Amplify and Extend Instruction in the LOTE Classroom

Date: January 14, 2020 | Session ID: 1465406
Explore what it means to be a heritage language learner of Spanish. Consider sociolinguistic needs, the role of proficiency, and best practices in the heritage language classroom. Analyze the factors that influence language proficiency and use these as starting points for sequencing curriculum and designing appropriate classroom instructional goals. Integrating research, best practices, and practical ideas, participants will delve into curriculum design focusing on the three modes of communication as a guiding tool. This session will be conducted partially in Spanish.

lote-cecilia-laraPresenter: Cecilia Lara is currently the LOTE Curriculum and Instructional Specialist for Katy ISD. Before this role, she spent 10 years in the classroom teaching everything from Spanish II to AP Spanish Literature and Culture. However, she specializes in AP Spanish Language and courses for heritage language learners. She is passionate about providing the best possible environment and outcomes for heritage language learners as she is one herself. She earned her BA at the University of Texas at Austin, where she specialized in Spanish Language Teaching, and she earned her MA in Spanish at the University of Houston with a focus on Heritage Language Learners and US/Latino literature.








Planning for Learning: Moving from Unit Plan to Lesson Plan
Date: April 14, 2020 | Session ID: 1465433
Lesson planning is the most important piece of the curriculum, instruction, and assessment triangle. How do teachers deconstruct a unit plan and decide what happens daily in the classroom? Developing skills, strategies, and tools to move from unit learning goals and can-do statements to lesson-level implementation is the goal of this hands-on and interactive workshop. Experience, analyze, and acquire strategies for planning lessons that result in increasing independence and ownership by learners and effective integration of the modes of communication. Watch and examine easily implemented checks for learning that participants will incorporate appropriately in model lesson plans they will design.

lote-greta-lundgaardPresenter: Greta Lundgaard has been involved in world language education for over 30 years, with 15 years as a German/Biology/English teacher and 15 years as a district supervisor. As the world language supervisor in Plano, Texas, Greta led a multi-language curriculum revision that resulted in a proficiency-focused, performance-based curriculum with an embedded literacy plan and provided professional learning experiences to a staff of 125 teachers in support of this shift. She has served both on the Board of Directors and as president of the Texas Association for Language Supervision, the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages, and the Southwest Conference of Language Teaching.


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