Building Blocks of Proficiency

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020


Registration for our annual conference is open!

Check back as we update you with conference information.

Click HERE for our Save the Date Flyer.

Keynote Speaker

Amanda Seewald, M.Ed. | MARACAS Language Programs / Learning Kaleidoscope Educational Consulting

Amanda Seewald is the owner of MARACAS Language Programs and Learning Kaleidoscope Educational Consulting.   She is the author of the MARACAS curriculum and the upcoming MARACAS La Clase del Mundo easy reader series.

​Amanda has been teaching children, coaching educators, and developing curricula for over 20 years. Her expertise is in multilingual/multicultural curriculum and instruction, focused on early language learning as well as dual language immersion education.  Amanda works with educators and schools across the country as well as in Europe to develop meaningful language programs founded in globally engaged curricula and strong interactive instruction. Amanda is a regular presenter at national, regional, and state conferences.

As an advocate for language education, Amanda has been actively involved with JNCL-NCLIS as the official delegate for the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ) and as a small business member.  In New Jersey as well as at the federal level, Amanda works with legislative offices to garner support for legislation and funding. Her advocacy led to the signing of the N.J. Seal of Biliteracy into law in 2016 and to the development of pending legislation for dual language immersion grants.

Amanda is the Immediate Past President of FLENJ and President-elect of JNCL-NCLIS.  She is the N.J. State Representative for the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) and has also served on the board of the Northeast Conference for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL).  Most recently, Amanda joined the Board of Directors for the Pulsera Project to develop their education committee. Amanda is a speaker of Spanish, French, and Japanese.


Thank you for your interest in our conference!


Please note that if you are paying by PO, you must ask your Business Office to create a new vendor,

as our organization name has changed and we are no longer accepting checks/POs made out to FLACS.

Click here for our w-9: NYSAWLA w-9 and if you have any questions, please contact dhannaoui@nysawla.org

Conference Schedule and Workshop Listing

This year’s NYSAWLA workshops include……

Title of Workshop
The Use of Formative Assessments in the Language Classroom
Engaging Learners: Using Protocols to Enhance World Language Instruction
Sit in a language class again (What does a university language class really look like in 2020?)
Authentic Text Based Discussion in a World Language Class
Using FlipGrid to Take Language Beyond the Classroom
The Care and Feeding of a Student Teacher
WICOR-ize your World Language Classroom: Strategies for ALL Learners
Build Proficiency through Communication!
Using Hyperdocs in the Foreign Language Classroom
Make the Transformation to Communication
Our Journey toward Proficiency: Embedding the Modes of Communication as a District
Incorporating Differentiated Assessments Using TASK Rotation & Google Tools
Liven Up Your Teacher Toolbox with Game Based Learning
Building Proficiency through technology integration in the three modes of communication
Using Sentence and Paragraph Frames with ELLs for Essay Writing and Regents Exams
Spice it up! Activities that engage students in communicating in the target language
Teaching Academic Language in the World Language Classroom
Effective Co-Teach Strategies for the World Language Classroom
Es FLESy (enhancing your FLES students’ experience with technology

Aligning Your French Classroom with the New Learning Standards



NYSAWLA – 2020 World Language Conference Exhibitor/Vendor Registration
Call for vendors!
Conference Date: March 13, 2020
Location: Hofstra University, Sondra & David S. Mack Student Center
Hempstead, New York, 11549
Please email jnesfield@nysawla.org if you are interested in participating in our event.
Click on the following link to register as a vendor/exhibitor:  VENDOR REQUEST
In case you need a w-9, click here >  NYSAWLA w-9
NYSAWLA- 2020 World Language Conference
Conference Date: March 13, 2020
Location: Hofstra University, Sondra & David S. Mack Student Center
Hempstead, New York, 11549

Thank you for your interest in presenting! Click HERE to submit a workshop proposal.

Please email jnesfield@nysawla.org if you have any questions about our event.