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Conferences and Workshops
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Make Your Foreign Language Lessons Smarter
Patty Hans

Friday, April 28, 2017
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Classroom
Chicago, IL

The SMART Board for this workshop was donated by
ISACS Corporate Sponsor COTG - A Xerox Company 

Do you have a Smart Board, but feel that it could be doing more for you? Now is the time to put it to work. Participants will learn how to create activities to support language learning. We will create activities on site, so that you will go home with ready-made activities as well as the expertise to easily create future activities for your program. Examples will be from a lower school thematically-based French program, but the technology used is pertinent to middle and upper school programs, as well.

The workshop will include demonstrations of a wide range of technology-interactive activities. The visuals and interactive aspects of those activities could most likely be created using other interactive programs, not exclusively the Smart Board technology. Hans will provide time during the workshop for those with similar devices (i.e., Promethean Boards) to work together.

Please bring your laptop with SmartFile installed.

All foreign language teachers are welcome. 


Throughout her career Patty Hans has taught French to students at all levels from ages 3-18 years old. For 15 years she spent summers working as a demonstration teacher and presenter at a FLES (Foreign Languages in the Elementary Schools) methods course at Concordia College with Carol Ann Dahlberg, author with Helena Curtain of Languages and Children, Making the Match, a widely used resource where Hans is featured.  She has presented at ISACS, OAIS, the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language, and The Ohio State University. She has presented on topics ranging from using themes and content-enriched activities to classroom management and the effective use of technology. Hans discovered the time-saving and language-enhancing capabilities of interactive classroom boards 10 years ago and will share her tips with you. She currently works with pre-school - 4th grade at the Wellington School where she continues to serve as a resource to The Ohio State University.

Location of Workshop
The workshop will take place at the ISACS classroom at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. 

Directions, Parking & Public Transportation
The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.

Click here for directions to the ISACS classroom including driving, parking and public transportation directions. Parking is available at several area garages. To secure discounted rates prior to your arrival in Chicago, visit If possible, we suggest taking public transportation.

Air Travel
Both Midway and O'Hare airports are easily accessible to the ISACS classroom. Fly into Midway (on Southwest Airlines) or into O'Hare and take the "L" (Chicago's public transportation) and be at the ISACS classroom in less than an hour.  

‚ÄčGO Airport Express (Share-a-Ride) Shuttle Service
ISACS has negotiated a special rate with GO Airport Express for ISACS members – 15% off the standard rates. Reservations MUST be made in advance and online to receive the discounted rate. The standard rate per person to/from O’Hare is approximately $28 one-way; $49 round-trip. The standard rate per person to/from Midway is approximately $24 one-way; $40 round-trip. To receive the 15% discount off the standard rates, please click here for the Go Airport Express website to make a reservation in advance. A credit card is required and charged at the time of reservation. Airport walk-ups are not eligible for the discounted rate. Parties of two more reserving at the same time receive a discount. Please visit their website for more information.  

Hotel Accommodations
The ISACS Professional Development team has partnered with many incredible Chicago hotels. The hotels are within walking distance of the ISACS classroom and as a member of ISACS you have access to the discounted rates all year long for your professional and personal travel. Click here to find out how to make a reservation at any of the hotels and select the option that meets your travel needs.

The Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront is offering a special group rate for ISACS guests. To receive this rate please call 1 (877) 999-3223 and ask for the ISACSHans rate or click here to utilize the easy and convenient booking link below that will automatically provide the group rate. Please make your reservations by April 6th  in order to receive this special group rate.

If you have any issues when booking a room, please contact the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. 

Registration Fee

  • $175 member fee
  • $225 non-member fee 
  • The first person pays the full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
  • Workshop includes coffee/tea, light breakfast, lunch and refreshments 
  • Register early as we anticipate this workshop will reach capacity
  • Please review the Registration Confirmation information below

Registration Confirmation Communications from ISACS
Once registration for the workshop has been completed the following communications will be sent from ISACS:

  • Once registration is complete, an email will automatically be sent to the contact person on the registration confirming that registration has been completed.
  • Approximately three weeks prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.
  • Approximately one week prior to the workshop, ISACS will send a final confirmation email to the registrant with details for the workshop.

If you do not receive these emails prior to arriving at a workshop, please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190. It is possible your email address was entered incorrectly OR your registration was not completed.

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 312-750-1190.

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


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