At Klett World Languages, we are driven to help change foreign language education for the better, day after day. For that reason we are strongly committed to offering educators the best practices with fellow professionals and experts.

We are proud to announce our inaugural conference, Honing Our Craft, in Chicago this fall. This conference aims to provide world language educators of all levels with a forum to dissect, discuss, and discover the up-and-coming trends in world language teaching and learning. 

Honing Our Craft is a hybrid event, open to both online and in-person participation. The program includes 3 plenary sessions, 1 round table, 9 hands-on workshops, and other interactive formats we will announce in the coming weeks. Participants will leave with practical takeaways that they will be able to implement in their own classrooms and educational environments.

Join us for a weekend of development, networking, and fun this October 1st and 2nd!


You’re Invited

Join us Saturday, Oct 1st – Sunday Oct, 2nd in-person or online!

Meet Our Keynote Speakers



Rosi Freeman

Kim Potowski

Professor of Linguistics, University of Illinois-Chicago

Teaching heritage speakers for social justice

About the presenter

 Kim Potowski is Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on Spanish in the United States: Who uses it, with whom, and for what purposes? What changes is it undergoing? How does it connect to identity and to promoting social justice? She began directing her campus’ Spanish Heritage Language Program in 2002 and is the founding director of its summer study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico, where she spent a year as a Fulbright scholar. Her advocacy for the value of education in two languages for all U.S. children was the focus of her 2013 TEDx talk “No child left monolingual.” She has authored and edited over 12 books including:

  • El español de los Estados Unidos 
  • Heritage language teaching: Research and practice 
  • Language and identity in a dual immersion school 
  • and Conversaciones escritas
Rosi Freeman

Toni Theisen

ACTFL President 2013, ACTFL Teacher of the Year 2009, French teacher at Loveland High School, Colorado

Be Bold: Cultivating Leadership Skills and Advocacy Strategies for Strong Language Programs

About the presenter

 Toni Theisen, the ACTFL 2013 President, currently teaches French at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado where she is also the Thompson District World Languages and Cultures Curriculum Representative and the World Languages and Cultures department chair at Loveland High School. She is a National Board Certified teachers and has a Masters of Arts Degree in Foreign Language Teaching and French from the University of Northern Colorado and a Masters of Arts Degree in Education of Diverse Learners from the University of Phoenix. Very active in the foreign language profession, Toni has presented many workshops for the national, regional, and state conferences and has authored several articles on Multiple Intelligences, Differentiated Instruction language learning strategies and technology and tools for the 21st century learner. She has participated on a variety of professional committees including the task force for the Colorado Model Content Standards Project and the teacher standards committee for Colorado Teacher Licensure. She chaired the 2009 revision of the Colorado Model Content Standards for World Languages. She is currently chairing the Colorado Department of Education’s Assessment Review Committee and the Curriculum Units project. She also served on the standards writing committee for the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards for World Languages Other Than English in 2000 and most recently in 2008, acted as the co-chair for the revision committee of the standards the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards for World Languages. Toni also has spent many summers in France organizing and leading student travel/homestay programs. She is the co-author of Bon Voyage and a co-author of the EMC/Paradigm French I and II series, C’est à Toi. She is also a co-author of the EMC/Paradigm French I-III series, T’es Branché. Toni has received many honors and awards including the ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for the Teaching of Culture, The Colorado Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT’) Outstanding Teacher Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2002 Genevieve Overman Memorial Service Award from the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT). She has served as President of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Teachers in 1988-89. As an Executive Board member for the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) from 2001-2005 Toni served as the national program chair for the 2004 and 2005 annual conferences. She was the Local Arrangements Chair for the CSC, SWCOLT and CCFLT Joint Languages Conference in 1988. In 1991 she served as the Program Chair for the Central States Conference (CSC) in Indianapolis. She was the Assistant Local Chair for the CSC, SWCOLT, PNCFL, and CCFLT joint conference in 1995 and the Co-Chair of Local Arrangements for the CCFLT/SWCOLT Joint Languages Conference in Denver 2003. She was selected as the SWCOLT Foreign Language Teacher of the year in March of 2008 and became the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Language 2009 World Languages Teacher of the Year in Orlando, Nov. 2008. She currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her dachshund, Coney.

Aisha Khan

Claudia R. Fernández

Clinical Assistant Professor of Spanish and Director of the Spanish Basic Language Program at the University of Illinois-Chicago

Teaching students to use the language: What gets in the way?

About the presenter

Claudia R. Fernández is Clinical Assistant Professor of Spanish and Director of the Spanish Basic Language Program at the University of Chicago, Illinois. With more than 20 years of experience as a professor of Spanish as an additional language, her investigation focuses on task- based teaching, materials research, and processing instruction. She has presented both nationally and internationally and her work has been published in several journals and book chapters. She is the co-founder of the Facebook group, Spanish Language Pedagogy in Higher Education, and of the Symposium on Language Pedagogy in Higher Education (SOLPHE), as well as the author of the Input Destacado y Adquisición de la Gramática (Arco/Libros, 2016), and co-editor of Using Language Learning Materials: Theory and Practice (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, in press).

Conference Program 


Saturday, October 1st

9:00 Registration

9:30 Welcome speech

10-10:45 Speaker 1

“Teaching heritage speakers for social justice,” plenary session by Kim Potowski (University of Illinois Chicago)

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 Speaker 2

“Be Bold: Cultivating Leadership Skills and Advocacy Strategies for Strong Language Programs”, plenary session by Toni Theisen (ACTFL President 2013, ACTFL Teacher of the Year 2009, French teacher at Loveland High School, Colorado)

12 Lunch break (included)

13 – 14:15 Speaker 3

“Teaching students to use the language: What gets in the way?”, plenary session by Claudia Fernández (University of Illinois Chicago)

14:15 Coffee break

14:30-15:45 Round table

“Reflections on post-pandemic education: Takeaways for future innovations in teaching and learning”, round table/Q&A moderated by Denise Bouras (Northwestern University)

16:00-16:20 Presentation (TBD)

Sunday, October 2nd

Workshop Session 1 (9:15 – 10:15)

Room 1 : Cecile Nedellec

Room 2: Natalia Valencia

Room 3: Valentina Morello

Workshop Session 2 (10:30 – 11:30)

Room 1 : Liliana Paredes/Sandra Valnes Quammen

Room 2: Britta Kallin

Room 3: Cecile Nedellec

Workshop Session 3 (11:45 – 12:45)

Room 1: Natalia Valencia

Room 2 : Liliana Paredes/Sandra Valnes Quammen

Room 3: Reyes Morán/María J. Barros

Workshop Session 4 (14:00 – 15:00)

Room 1: Reyes Morán/María J. Barros

Room 2 : Britta Kallin

Room 3: Valentina Morello

Closing Ceremony and Certificate Presentation

Workshop Presentations

Cecile Nedellec

San Diego Unified School District

“Using Authentic Materials to Create Interpretive Activities at All Levels of Proficiency”

Britta Kallin

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts


Natalia Valencia

Loyola University Chicago

“Yours, mine, and ours: Community Building in the Language Classroom”

Liliana Paredes & Sandra Valnes Quammen

Duke University

”Quienes somos / qui sommes-nous?’: From collaborative projects to translanguaging in introductory language classes

Valentina Morello

University of Wisconsin–Madison

“The use of songs as a tool to teach culture in the WL classroom”

Reyes Morán & María J. Barros

Northwestern University

“Developing the Intercultural Communicative Competence of Language Learners”

Special News

Early Bird Registration Open Now

Register for the KWL Conference now and receive 25% off for both online and in-person tickets!

Offer ends June 20th!



Klett World Languages is having a special contest to send a K-12 Spanish teacher to Costa Rica! The winner will be announced at our KWL conference in October! Details below:

Klett World Languages If I were a Reportero/a/e contest

We at Klett World Languages value heritage, culture, and community. Our series, REPORTEROS, upholds these values by inspiring students to be at the very center of language learning as doers and creators. 

We’re looking for an educator of K-12 Spanish to step into the role of a Reportero/a and show us the empowering process of exploring a community and experiencing culture firsthand. 

We are offering a 6 day trip to Costa Rica to the educator who shows us what it is to be a true Reportero/a


What is a true Reportero/a/e?

In order to show us that you have what it takes to be the KWL Reportero/a, we ask that you send in a 3-minute video including the following:

  • (1-minute) Why you want to be the KWL Reportero/a/e: How will you make the most of your time in Costa Rica? Why are these values important to you? 
  • (2-minutes) Show us your Reportero/a/e skills in your own community: Give us a look into where you live and where you see culture. Relate it to your own roots and heritage. 
  • Really let your creativity flow!


How will we choose our Reportero/a?

  • Stage 1: We have assembled a KWL committee of Reportero/a/e experts to review your video. 
  • Stage 2: Final contestants will be posted on our social media and website. Make sure you follow us to see if you advanced to the next stage.
  • Stage 3: Our followers will get a chance to use their voice to vote for their favorite videos amongst our finalists! Have your fellow educators subscribe to vote for their favorite!
  • Stage 4: We announce our KWL Reportero/a at our Klett World Languages Inaugural Conference in Chicago, October 1st and 2nd. 


What will we ask of our new Reportero/a?

First, they must enjoy a free trip to Costa Rica! We will pay for their travel, hotel, and scheduled itinerary. There will be free time for them to explore at their own expense. 

Second, as our Reportero/a we ask that you document your trip. This can be done in several predetermined ways. Some examples of this is through social media posts, blogs, vlogs, live streams, ect. Tag @KlettWL in your posts or send us a link to your pages/livestreams so we can promote it! 

Third, relate your experience to correlating chapters in our REPORTEROS book. Each scheduled activity correlates with a topic in a chapter of our book. We can help you plan this part 😉 

You can watch a sample video here! 


Think you have what it takes?

Send us your video at with the subject line: SEND ME TO COSTA RICA!

Don’t forget to follow us on social media to see if you make it to the finals!

Deadline for submissions is September 1st.

If you have any questions please contact our marketing coordinator Camila Wede at


We look forward to hearing from you,

Your KWL Team

Count Me In! 


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