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MPS Contemporary World Languages Instruction Propay Cohort 2019-2020

Please consider joining the new  2019-2020 World Language Propay Cohort:

Contemporary World Languages Instruction  


  • Nancy Ledesma - MPS retired French teacher, mentor, master TPRS teacher
  • Ayumi Stockman - World Languages Content Specialist 

Are your students ready to produce more in the Target Language?  Not sure how to make your speaking tasks meaningful and authentic? This new World Languages ProPay course delves into what is authentic communication and creating tasks that lead to higher levels of compressible output.

This propay course expands upon our original ProPay 1-2-3- course titled Effective World Language Instruction: Teaching with Comprehensible Input. Participants in this cohort will advance their skills in comprehensible input-based instruction while learning about and creating communicative tasks that lead to enhanced oral proficiency skills for students. (*The original propay course is not pre-requisite.)

Overarching goals:

1.Participants will gain a renewed perspective of communicative teaching through a lens of what VanPatten calls contemporary language instruction.

2. Participants will incorporate tasks defined by VanPatten into lessons and units which will lead to increased communication in the target language by students.


1.  Four six-hour sessions on Saturdays

2.  One to two hours session on action research 

3.  Action research paper (in order to earn a lane change) 


VanPatten, B. (2017). While we're on the topic: BVP on language, acquisition, and classroom practice. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 


Participants will be eligible for one lane change on the salary scale upon a successful completion of the course and action research paper.  (It is about $1,000 permanent increase.) 

Target Audience

World languages teachers

Bilingual teachers

Immersion teachers

ESL teachers 


Session 1: Saturday, October 5 - 8:30am - 4:00 pm   
Session 2: Saturday, November 9 – 8:30am - 4:00 pm 
Session 3: Saturday, February 8 – 8:30am - 4:00 pm 
Session 4: Saturday, March 7– 8:30am - 4:00 pm 
Location: Davis Center, N1-052


Contact: ayumi.stockman@mpls.k12.mn.us