Online Workshop

Target Audience: This workshop is designed specifically for World Language and Cultures teachers using examples from middle and high school learners. Educators at other levels can benefit from the workshop if they are comfortable extrapolating from the examples provided.

The workshop will explore the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements at the Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels that are specifically focused on the needs of WL learners rather than ESL learners.

How can teacher feedback directly influence learners’ language growth? The key to evaluating language and providing impactful feedback is a deep understanding of the performance domains and indicators. After exploring the ACTFL Interpersonal and Presentational language performance indicators at the Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, workshop participants will have the opportunity to evaluate world language learner samples at the middle through high school level. Working together, participants will determine feedback that highlights what learners can do and that nurtures hope, builds efficacy, and promotes growth.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • identify performance indicators for the interpersonal/presentational modes;
  • assess a learner’s performance using the given indicators; and
  • provide learner feedback to encourage growth.


Karen Nickel is a consultant and coach for World Language and K-12 educators. She recently served as a peer coach in the Wayzata Public Schools (MN). As an educator for 34 years, she has experience teaching Novice - Advanced German and as a world language curriculum coordinator. She was the 2021 president of the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC) and continues to serve on the MCTLC board.

Sarah Strauss is a National Board Certified Teacher in World Languages. She is currently a Spanish teacher at Minnetonka High School as well as an Adjunct Professor at Normandale Community College (MN). She has experience teaching Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced language learners, including Spanish immersion.

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