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Strengthening, Expanding or Creating a FLES/ Early Foreign Language Learning Program

Friday, October 24, 2008
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Gage Restaurant
24 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

***REGISTRATION FOR THE WORKSHOP IS CLOSED. There is NO onsite registration. We hope you can join us for other ISACS events throughout the year. If you have any questions, please call the ISACS office at 312-255-1244.***

It has become increasingly apparent that, in order to render multilingual a generation of native-born American youngsters, the language study sequence must be extended into the primary-elementary school.

What early language learning models are the most effective? How do we strengthen our existing models? How do we advocate for expansion of our existing programs in light of an already overcrowded lower school curriculum? How do we move our model into the middle and upper school divisions? What might a lower school World Language curriculum look like?

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Explore research on early foreign language learning that can strengthen and expand existing foreign language programs;
  • Learn how to structure an early language learning program;
  • Learn how to field questions from the public, teachers, administrators and others in order to strengthen and expand early language learning programs;
  • Be exposed to one system’s successful content-related primary-elementary model and curriculum;
  • Garner ideas for moving the content-related approach up the curriculum;
  • Laugh heartily and reflect profoundly.

    This workshop is for FLES teachers, administrators, parents, interested colleagues at all levels.

    John De Mado has been a vocal advocate for language acquisition in the United States for many years. He received his BA and his teaching certification from Montclair State College and his MA in French language and literature from Middlebury College. After several years of classroom experience, John began his career in educational publishing serving as Senior National Consultant for Foreign Languages and ESL, Marketing Manager and Editorial Director of Foreign Languages. Since 1993, Mr. De Mado has directed John De Mado Language Seminars, Inc., a consulting firm dealing with language acquisition issues. He has also been the Foreign Language Instructional Leader where his primary task was to articulate a K-12, content-related language program. He is co-author of several publications including: Allez, viens! and Bien dit!, high school, proficiency-based, French programs, En Avant and En Route , a middle school, proficiency-based, French program, !Viva el español!, a primary/ elementary school Spanish program and co-author of Keystone, a middle/high school ELL program. Mr. De Mado has also produced and recorded instructional Spanish and French rap CD/ DVDs entitled !Festejemos! and La Boutique Magique, featuring 10 original raps and animations designed to teach specific language functions and related vocabulary. Please visit the 'Products' section of or for further information.

    The Gage Restaurant
    Lower Level-Theodore Ascher Room
    24 South Michigan Avenue (between Madison and Monroe)
    Chicago, IL 60603

    The Gage Restaurant is located in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue, between Madison and Monroe. Click here for directions and parking information for The Gage.

    Hotel Reservations
    Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at The Seneca Hotel and The Hotel Indigo.

    The Seneca Hotel
    200 East Chestnut
    Chicago, IL 60614

    Call 1-800-800-6261 for the ISACS rate of $159 per night plus tax for a queen and $179 for two queens for Thursday, October 23. A limited number of rooms are also available at the same rate for Friday 10/24. Please make your reservations by the cutoff date, October 2, 2008. Please use the group code "ISACS Language Program" when making reservations. Click here for directions and parking information for The Seneca Hotel.

    The Hotel Indigo
    Hotel Indigo Chicago
    1244 North Dearborn Parkway
    Chicago, IL 60610

    For reservations, please call the Hotel Indigo directly at 312-787-4980 and request the “Independent Schools Association” rate to receive discounted rooms. Rates vary depending on date of stay. Click here for directions and parking information for The Hotel Indigo.

    Registration Fee
  • $175 Member Fee
  • $225 Non Member Fee
  • 10% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Workshop includes lunch

    Cancellation Policy
    Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

    Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $175     Non-member Cost: $225


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