FLTA Program

August 10-14, 2019 Schedule
 
Saturday August 10, 2019 - Arrival:
 
All day - Arrive on Saturday, August 10 at Tucson International Airport (7250 S Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85756). Upon arrival you will check -in with the FLTA team at the Marriott. Two peer facilitators will be available to help you register and get settled in. 
 
7:00pm - Group Area Tours (optional)
 
Sunday August 11, 2019 - Core Program Day 1:
 
7:30 - 8:30 - Breakfast at the Marriott 
 
8:45 - Meet in Lobby and follow guides to UA Union
 
9:00 - 9:10 - Opening Remarks with Brent White, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, and Benjamin Fortna, Director of School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies.
 
9:10 - 9:15 - Welcome and Overiew of the Orientation with Sonia Shiri, Arabic Flagship Director from the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies.
 
9:15 - 11:00 - IIE Presentations - This presentation introduces ECA, IIE and Fulbright including an explanation of the role of the U.S. Department of State, a description of IIE’s role as an administrative agency and a general overview of the Fulbright FLTA Program.
 
11:00 - 11:15 - Coffee Break
 
11:15 - 12:00 - Diversity of U.S. Campuses and U.S. Academic Evaluation System- An overview of how campuses vary from one US region to another or as a result of size, location, demographics, etc. (inclusion of HBCUs, community colleges, rural area institutions, etc. with an explanation of food and an emphasis on transportation challenges and solutions). In addition, this session will explain the US grading system, including taking courses on an audit or credit basis, academic penalties for poor performance, student and cultural expectations regarding grading, and resources such as office hours for students in need of extra help.
 
12:00 - 12:45 - Developing a Perosnal Community and Maintaining Proessional Relatinships- This session will address potential points of conflict that FLTAs may experience as it relates to their working relationships with supervisors, other faculty, and students within their department. Also, it will raise awareness of social etiquette when initiating friendships, using humor, finding community, joining activities and clubs on campus. This session will involve skyping with FLTA Alumnus as well as a panel of UA students who experienced study abroad to provide FLTA with their own insights.
 
12:45 - 2:00 - Lunch and Experiential Leaning with Peers 
 
2:00 - 3:00 - Traditional Survival Skills -This session will provide an introduction to the signs and solutions of culture shock, tools for dealing with stress control, time management, banking/money management, selecting a meal plan, nutrition, diet, and planning affordable intercession travel. This session also will provide FLTAs with an introduction to HIPAA and FERPA to clarify students’ rights to privacy, as well as an introduction to community service and its benefits.
 
3:00 - 3:30 - Breakout Sessions: Q & A with Former UA FLTAs - Cross-cultural conversations and tips from former FLTAs
 
3:30 - 4:30 - Exploring U.S. Campuses: Walking Tour of UA Campus and Visit to Mirror Lab - This walking tour provides an overview of on-campus facilities and resources generally found at universities and colleges across the U.S. The visit to the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab offers an opportunity to learn how innovative engineering, pioneering optical technology and unparalleled manufacturing techniques are used to produce the next-generation of monolithic honeycomb mirrors that will revolutionize astronomy and explore deep into outer space to produce cutting-edge scientific research.  
 
4:30 - 7:00 - Board bus to visit “Old Tucson” film set and explore Southwest culture. Accompanied by peer facilitators.
 
7:00 - Free Time and Dinner on Your Own - Explore downtown Tucson!
 
Monday August 12, 2019 - Core Program Day 2:
 
7:30 - 8:30 - Breakfast at the Marriott 
 
8:45 - Meet in Lobby and Follow Guides to UA Union 

 

9:00 - 10:30 - Foreign Language Teaching Methodology: Communicative Approach, Proficiency, and National Standards - This session will cover the basics of foreign language teaching methodology, including communicative methods in the second language classroom. FLTAs will practice pedagogical techniques with peers in a small group setting where they will learn about multi-literacies, intercultural competence (ICC), and strategies for enhancing Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT). Participants in this workshop will learn about the National Standards & Proficiency Guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language and how to motivate and fully engage language learners collaboratively. Participants will work in small groups for maximum engagement.

10:30-10:45 - Coffee Break

 
10:45-12:15 - Group A: Curriculum Development and Creating and Using Foreign Language Materials- This session will address identifying, creating and integrating appropriate material to support learning objectives, choosing suitable pedagogical practices and activities, and establishing effectual feedback mechanisms. This session will discuss identifying objectives, creating and structuring a course syllabi and effective lesson planning.

 

10:45-12:15 - Group B: Using Technology for Increasing Students’ Engagement, Collaboration & Digital Literacy in the Foreign Language Classroom- The ever-increasing number of tools and free multimedia software can be confusing and even daunting for teachers. Choosing an appropriate technology-based tool to use in the classroom should not be random. Every tool that the teacher uses should serve a specific, clear goal. Participants in this hands-on workshop explore a variety of strategies and digital tools that are designed to build students' communication skills and to encourage personal responsibility for learning within the language classroom. These strategies address the 21st century skills and the ACTFL’s World-readiness standards such as communication, collaboration and culture.
 

12:15 - 1:30 - Lunch (use your meal card at one of the Union's many resturanrts)

1:30-3:00 - Group A: Using Technology for Increasing Students’ Engagement, Collaboration & Digital Literacy in the Foreign-The ever-increasing number of tools and free multimedia software can be confusing and even daunting for teachers. Choosing an appropriate technology-based tool to use in the classroom should not be random. Every tool that the teacher uses should serve a specific, clear goal. Participants in this hands-on workshop explore a variety of strategies and digital tools that are designed to build students' communication skills and to encourage personal responsibility for learning within the language classroom. These strategies address the 21st century skills and the ACTFL’s World-readiness standards such as communication, collaboration and culture.
 
1:30-3:00 - Group B: Curriculum Development and Creating and Using Foreign Language Materials-This session will address identifying, creating and integrating appropriate material to support learning objectives, choosing suitable pedagogical practices and activities, and establishing effectual feedback mechanisms. This session will discuss identifying objectives, creating and structuring a course syllabi and effective lesson planning.
 
3:00-3:30 - Coffee Break
 
3:30-4:30 - Classroom Management-This session will focus on configuring a suitable physical setup of the classroom, promoting specific learning objectives and pedagogical tasks, promoting constructive teacher-student interactions, the value of proper lesson pacing, proper error correction techniques and class management issues.

 

4:30 – 5:00 - Breakout Sessions: Reflections on Today’s Sessions and Q & A Regarding Lesson Preparation for Microteaching (scheduled for tomorrow afternoon)

5:00 - Follow Guides to Hotel
 
5:15 – 7:00 - Free Time
 
7:00 – 9:00- BBQ (Barbecue) for Dinner 
 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - Core Program Day 3:

 
7:30 - 8:30 - Breakfast at the Marriott 
 
8:45 - Meet in Lobby and Follow Guides to UA Union 
 
9:00 - 9:15 - Announcements 
 
9:15 - 10:45 - Sexual Harrasment and Discrimination Policies - This session will cover sexual harrasment and discrimination policies on U.S. campuses and will include visuals to help participants understand the difference between intent and impact.  LGBT and studnets with disabilites considerations will be discussed. It will include skits performed in front of the FLTAs as a discussion starter about key issues realted to the topic.
 
10:45 - 11:00 - Coffee Break
 
11:00 - 12:15 - Performance Assessment 
 
12:15 - 2:00 Lunch 
 
2:00 - 4:00 - Microteaching -FLTAs will be divided into small groups by langauge or groups of langauges for this session. Participatns will create and present a short lesson.  UA teaching faculty will lead feedback sessions in response to each lesson. 
 
4:00 - 4:15 - Coffee Break
 
4:15 - 5:15 - Social Media Best Practices - This session will focus on challenges that can arise when navigating media platforms in new spaces and cultures. It will provide FLTAs with the resources needed to think critically about information found online and how to use these media platforms responsibly. 
 
4:45 - 5:15 - Breakout Sessions (mixed languages): Reflections on Orientation 
 
5:15 - 5:45 - Orientation Evaluation
 
5:45 - 6:00 - Follow Guides to Hotel
 
6:00 - 7:00 - Free Time
 
7:00 - 9:30 - Farewell Dinner Celebration
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - Departure:
 
5:00 - 8:30am - Boxed Breakfast
 
All day - Depart on Wednesday, August 14 at Tucson International Airport. The Marriott offers free hourly shuttles to the airport. You will check out from the hotel (Marriott) on the 14th before noon (12pm).
 
Lodging
 
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All FLTAs will stay at the Marriott located at the University of Arizona. It is an 8-minute walk from the Student Union, where the orientation will take place. Each FLTA will be sharing a room with an FLTA colleague (of the same gender). The hotel offers many amenities including free wifi and a 24/7 fitness center. 

All rooms provide internet access, private bathrooms, and other amenities consistent with a hotel of this level. Upon arrival, every FLTA will be greeted by a UA peer representative at the entrance to help them check in and answer any questions they might have. They will also receive their backpack which will contain some snacks as well as other materials such as the map, sunglasses for the Tucson sun, and a tram pass.

The University of Arizona is paying for lodging (including breakfast) for 4 nights (August 10-14) only. If you decide to fly into Tucson earlier or stay longer, it is at your own expense.

 

Marriott Tucson University Park

880 East 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85719

520-792-4100

 
Food
 
Please fill out this survey (Arizona FLTA: Basic Information) asking for your basic information and dietary restrictions if you have not already done so! <SURVEY>
 
Breakfast:
Breakfast will be served at the Marriott from Sunday, August 11 - Tuesday, August 13. A boxed breakfast will be provided on the day of departure. 
 
Lunch:
A lunch will be provided each day near the Student Union where the sessions are held.
 
Dinner:
On Sunday, dinner will be on your own. We are giving you the opporunity to explore downtown Tucson - minutes away from the Univeristy of Arizona and the Marriott. 
On Monday, we will be taking you to a farm where they will be serving BBQ ( barbecue). BBQ tpyically includes grilled chicken and beef and vegetables on the side. Veggie burgers will be an option for those who cannot eat meat based products or strictly eat halal. 
On Tuesday, we will have a our farewell dinner celebration. 
 
Allergies:
Please let us know if you have any allergies by filling out the portion of the survey asking for any known allergies. Thank you!