Goal setting and reflective practices are critical components of improved outcomes in world language classrooms. In the first part of this institute, participants will examine the reflective cycle developed by the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL), empirical findings related to goal setting and language portfolio use, and a series of practical approaches to implementing reflective practice in the classroom. Next, participants will experience, examine, and design their own learning scenarios that yield higher-order cognitive and social engagement for learners. They will then draw explicit connections between these scenarios and language portfolio use.

Sponsorship Statement: This summer institute is generously co-sponsored and co-staffed by the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon.


Stephanie KnightStephanie Knight holds an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico. Stephanie is motivated by increasing educational access for under-represented populations of students in advanced secondary contexts and post-secondary contexts. She has presented nationally and internationally on best practices for planning, instruction, professional collaboration, and the intentional incorporation of digital tools in the world language classroom.

Julie SykesJulie Sykes earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She is the Director of CASLS and an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on applied linguistics and second language acquisition with an emphasis on technological and pedagogical innovation for interlanguage pragmatic development and intercultural competence. She has taught courses on second language teaching and learning, methodology and research, language learning and technology, Hispanic linguistics, and interlanguage pragmatic development.

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