EARCOS - Guiding language learners to grow and how their proficiency

DATE: September 8-9, 2018
TIME: 8:30am - 3:30pm
COST: $100 USD for two days
REGISTRATION DUE: Friday, August 31, 2018
LOCATION: Shanghai American School, Pudong Campus, 1600 Lingbai Road, Pudong District, Shanghai, China 201201


Does our language program deliver functional levels of proficiency? How can our program best ensure differentiation for beginners, learners with some prior language skill, and native or near-native speakers?

Identify benchmark proficiency levels for each stage of your language program – and backward plan to provide a clear progression from Novice, to Intermediate, to Advanced ranges of proficiency.

Focus language instruction by drafting learning targets to describe what each learner “can do” at the end of a daily learning episode and the end of a unit of instruction, as learners explore richer and more engaging content.

How do I know what my learners can do with what they know? Build your repertoire to check for learning throughout a lesson; design formative assessments for daily feedback to you and your learners; and create effective summative assessments that showcase learners’ growth to their next higher level of proficiency.

Learning Targets for this workshop:

  • I can explain the difference between performance and proficiency and apply that to planning for learning
  • I can identify learning targets for a lesson and for a unit, to guide choices of instructional strategies
  • I can redesign the assessments for one unit of instruction and provide feedback on progress toward the learning targets
  • I can differentiate for learners’ needs based on their level of proficiency in different modes of communication

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PAUL SANDROCK, Director of Education at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), directs this organization’s professional development and initiatives around standards, curriculum, instruction, and performance assessment. Previously, Paul was Assistant Director of Content and Learning at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), coordinating the areas of English language arts, mathematics, international education, and world languages. He earlier served as the Wisconsin DPI state-wide consultant for world languages. Paul taught Spanish for 16 years in middle school and high school and authored The Keys to Assessing Language Performance as well as Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages. Since 2011, Paul has worked with several international schools in the EARCOS network.



This workshop is full. No further registrations can be accepted.


Please wire $100 USD to Shanghai American School by August 31, 2018.

Please identify that the wire transfer is for the EARCOS Developing the “Can-Do” Attitude Workshop.

Please be aware that fapios can only be issued in the name of the person/organization making the payment.

USD Account Name: Shanghai American School
Account Number: 121909916032103
Bank Name: China Merchants Bank Head Office
Bank Address: China Merchants Bank, Shanghai Xu Jia Hui Sub-Branch Floor 38, No.18, Cao Xi Road (N), Shanghai, China, Post Code: 200030
Bank telephone: +86 21 64273890
RMB Account Name: Shanghai American School
Account Number: 121909916010803
Bank Name: China Merchants Bank, Shanghai Xu Jia Hui Sub-Branch
Bank Address: Floor 38, No.18, Cao Xi Road (N), Shanghai, China, Post Code: 200030
Bank telephone: +86 21 64273890-171 / 64279653

人民币帐号信息如下 (招行-徐家汇):
开户行户名: 上海美国外籍人员子女学校
开户行帐号: 121909916010803
开户行名称: 招商银行上海徐家汇支行
开户行地址: 上海市漕溪北路18 号38 楼, 邮编:200030
开户行电话号码:+86-21-64273890-171 / 64279653


Visa: You will need a visa if you are coming to Shanghai from outside of China. A simple tourist visa is sufficient for the trip.

Transportation: Transportation will be provided from the recommended hotel to the Puxi campus. Participants are responsible for their own transport to and from the airport.

Recommended Hotels: Shanghai Marriott Pudong East, 15 Xinjinqiao Rd, Pudong, Shanghai, China 201206. Phone: +86 21 6036 8888. 

Registration Fee Includes:

  • Transportation to and from the Marriott Hotel and Pudong campus
  • Lunch and coffee breaks each day of the workshop
  • All workshop materials

Weather: The average temperature for September is 27°C/81°F.

This workshop is full. No further registrations can be accepted.

If you have any questions please contact Janet Claassen at janet.claassen@saschina.org.