Lee’s Summit R-7 School District teachers recently attended the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages annual Convention and World Language Expo, held Nov. 18-20 in Boston. Teachers attending included Elisabeth Hayles, Lee’s Summit High School French teacher; Jeremy Jordan, Lee’s Summit High School Spanish teacher; Rachel Benson, Lee’s Summit High School German teacher; and Julie Hume, Lee’s Summit West High School German teacher.
Mrs. Hume and Mrs. Benson were also featured presenters at the event with a session titled “In the Director’s Chair: Creating Short Films to Learn About Culture.” Their presentation also included how to use iPads, Chromebooks, green screens and other tools for student research on the German culture as well as information on music videos, short documentaries, travelogues and short films.
Mrs. Hayles participated in Tea with BVP, a weekly call-in talk show which features comedy and focuses on second language acquisition and language teaching.
The annual conference included more than 7,000 language educators. The goal of the event is to provide a comprehensive professional development experience that will have an impact on language educators at all levels of teaching and in turn help their students to succeed in their language learning process.