Pause to Reflect: Learners Take the Lead

Presented During:

Saturday, November 19, 2022: 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM EST
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center  
Room: Room 253C  

Proposal No:



In-Person Session 

Applicable Language:

Non-language specific 

Language of Presentation:


Lead Presenter:

Donna Clementi  
Lawrence University


Donna Clementi  
Lawrence University

Additional Presenter:

Paul Sandrock  

Content and Purpose:

The presenters share how engaging learners in reflection throughout a unit of instruction (not just as a final step) builds learners' communication skills and cultural understanding. As teachers design lessons and units to emphasize certain language functions in a cultural context, they also incorporate opportunities for learners to reflect on their learning. Learners are empowered to take the lead using the language purposefully to document their knowledge and understandings of the target language and culture(s).
Starting with the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements as a roadmap, teachers identify how specific functions are developed from the Novice to the Intermediate to the Advanced levels of proficiency.
Next, the presenters share how they adapted the NCSSFL-ACTFL Intercultural Reflection Tool to encourage learners to express their ideas and understandings related to the target culture(s) using targeted language functions in increasingly sophisticated ways.


Participants will be able to:
• Guide learners to develop the language functions targeted in a unit through focused tasks and reflection

• Design tasks to engage learners in reflection throughout a unit

• Describe how reflection can help learners develop their Intercultural Communicative Competence.

Strategies for Engagement:

Presenters walk participants through one sample unit of instruction highlighting the Essential Question and learner objectives. From a list of language functions, participants select functions to emphasize in the sample unit and compare their choices to those identified in the unit Toolbox of Functions and Supporting Structures. Next, presenters share sample tasks for the unit. Participants refer to the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements to put the sample tasks in a logical order to gradually achieve the targeted proficiency level for the unit. With this foundation, participants review the adapted NCSSFL-ACTFL Intercultural Reflection Tool to explore how learners can use this tool throughout this sample unit to use the target language purposefully. Participants then suggest prompts for reflection that encourage learners to use the targeted functions to share their knowledge and understandings about the target language and culture(s) and growth in Intercultural Communicative Competence.

Program Guide Description:

Empower your learners to pause often to apply their learning and reflect on their growth in both communication and intercultural competence. Focus on the language functions learners need to move to higher levels of proficiency in all three modes of communication. Engage learners in reflection on both language and culture woven throughout each unit.

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