Welcome to the WIKI for Workshops for World Language Instruction,

a series of workshops for World Language Teachers.

Dear Educator,

The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages have revolutionized what we teach, how we teach and how we assess student progress. Experience how a standards-based thematic curriculum grounds instruction by emphasizing what students WILL BE ABLE TO DO as they navigate the challenges of the 21st century.

We are two world language teachers who have experienced the value of the shift in focus that the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages provide in our own classrooms. We are inspired to empower other teachers to design and deliver effective instruction that is based on what students can do in a meaningful cultural context. Our workshops incorporate the latest research regarding language acquisition and global competence. We give workshop participants the opportunity to apply these concepts to curriculum planning and day–to-day instructional delivery through concrete examples and interactive practice.

The Standards (Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) focus what we do in our classrooms. Workshop participants discover what a standards-based classroom is like in daily practice. They explore the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) to provide opportunities for students to use their new language. From the mindset of the Standards, teachers learn to design performance tasks rich in culture that allow students to demonstrate their ability to communicate in the target language.

Please contact us to begin planning in-service opportunities for the upcoming academic year.

Karen Luond Fowdy and Lisa Hendrickson


Lisa Hendrickson

Phone 608 558-0091

Karen L. Fowdy

Phone 608 325-2594