AISA Online Deep Dive: Best Practices in Joyful Language Teaching and Learning

The aim of this deep dive is to explore research-based best practices in the teaching of world and classical languages and determine ways to incorporate new strategies, tasks, and thematic units into current practice.
  • Deep Dives
  • K-12 Teachers of world and classical languages
  • Virtual
  • September - 2021
  • This Deep Dive session will run over a period of 5 weeks



In this deep dive, we will explore best practices in the teaching of world languages with a focus on ways to make language learning both effective and fun for all students! We will discuss high-leverage teaching practices, comprehensible input techniques, and research-based strategies for successful student learning.

We will learn how to leverage digital tools, authentic cultural materials, and communicative tasks to support language learning for students of all proficiency levels. Participants will design and develop their own thematic units with accompanying performance assessments for use in their own classes. We will also learn from each other, as there will be opportunities for sharing tips and tricks, as well as the curriculum resources we create and curate.

This is an opportunity for language educators to learn from and alongside other professionals in an atmosphere of growth and the joy of learning languages!

As a result of attending this deep dive, participants will:

  • be exposed to best practices and methodologies in language teaching & learning;
  • benefit from insights from peers who practice in similar settings;
  • utilize practical tips and tactics that can be applied to their classes;
  • design and develop sample lesson and curricular plans for use in their home schools;
  • network with colleagues from across Africa in a friendly and scholarly setting.

The AISA online Deep Dives are a balanced mix of Synchronous (interactive online learning involving external expert and peer to peer collaboration) and Asynchronous (distance, self-paced and peer-to-peer learning) learning facilitated over a period of 5 weeks.

1 Tue. 14 Sept. 2021 10:30 – 11:30 Introductory Meeting
2 Tue. 21 Sept. 2021 10:30 – 11:30 Interactive Workshop
3 Tue. 28 Sept. 2021 10:30 – 11:30 Interactive Workshop
4 Tue. 05 Oct. 2021 10:30 – 11:30 Interactive Workshop
5 Tue. 12 Oct. 2021 10:30 – 11:30 Summative Meeting



  • Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez
    The Dalton School
    Director, World and Classical Language Department

    Dr Lori Langer de Ramirez began her career as a teacher of Spanish, French, and ESL. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently the Director of World and Classical Languages & Global Language Initiatives at the Dalton School in New York City.

    Lori is the author of several books, including Empower English Language Learners with Tools from the Web and Take Action: Lesson Plans for the Multicultural Classroom and Voices of Diversity, as well as several Spanish-language books and texts. She has contributed to many textbooks and written numerous articles about second language pedagogy and methodology.

    Lori is the recipient of the Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture, NEH grants, and a Fulbright Award. Her areas of research and curriculum development are diversity education, folktales, and authentic materials, and technology in language teaching.

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