Welcome to my Wiki!

I have placed here documents such as handouts and teaching materials that I have collected.
If you would like to send me a message my email address is helenacurtain@gmail.com. You can reach me by phone at 262-253-1422.

Unit Plan Template & Explanation (Including Lesson Plan Template)
This is the latest version of the revised unit plan template. See below an example of the template filled in in a sample unit about Peru.


Sample Unit Plan for Peru Unit

Using Pattern Stories in the World Language Classroom

Resources for the World Language Classroom

Roadmap for Effective Programs for Young Learners (ACTFL 2013)
Here are the links to the 40+ page handout, the PDF version of the PowerPoint and the sample thematic unit ¿Qué es la llama?


The Path from Standards to Curriculum to Thematic Units: Developing Engaging Curriculum
Here is the PDF version of the PowerPoint and the 1-page Microsoft Word curriculum development graphic

Making our Language Activities Deep and Rich

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Presentation: Arlington (VA) Public Schools August, 2013

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The PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation is here. You will find the electronic version of the partner activities in a Microsoft Word Document in the handout below for August 19 & 20 titled "Target and Partner Language Activities Wiki copy."




Using the Target Language and Creating Unrehearsed Comprehensible OutputHurst, Euless, Bedford School District, August 19-20, 2013







Aligning Proficiency and Thematic Planning ATDLE Conference San Diego June 20-21, 2013ATDLE: The Association of Two Way and Dual Language Education



Thematic PlanningFLENJ Workshop (Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey) March 15, 2013



Target Language (FLENJ Session 60 Minutes)March 16, 2013See this previous handout for activities mentioned during the session.
Keeping in the Target LanguageNECTFL Session Baltimore (90 Minutes) March 10 2013





Play and Playfulness in the Language Classroom
FLESFEST 25th Anniversary Keynote: March 2, 2013




Aligning Thematic Instruction and Language ProficiencyCARLA Immersion Conference 2012 Pre Conference Workshop October 18, 2012



Young Learner Workshop PowerPoint and Handouts

Tbilisi, Georgia March 19-23, 2012










TESOL Ukraine Keynote and Presentations March 15-16, 2012




Young Learners Workshop US Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine
March 13-14, 2012






NYC LOTE Session Thematic Teaching: Responding to the Diverse Needs of the Learner
January 30, 2012 New York City LOTE Conference



NYC LOTE Keynote Maximizing the Potential of Our Language Activities
January 30 2012 New York City LOTE Conference



Thematic Teaching: Responding to the Diverse Needs of the Learner
FLENJ January 12, 2012 New Jersey



Memphis Keeping the Classroom in the Target Language
Memphis City Schools August 3, 2011



FLESFEST Thematic Planning
FLESFEST Milwaukee, WI March 12, 2011

Here is the PDF version of the PowerPoint
FLESFEST 2011 PDF Wiki Thematic Planning.ppt.pdf

Here is the handout that participants received. See samples thematic units in next section.
FLESFEST Thematic planning Handout.doc

Jornada de Enseñanza de Inglés Para Niños,
UPEL Maracay, Venezuela, February, 2011

Here is the handout that participants received.
UPEL Jornada de Ensenanza de Ingles para Ninos February 2011.doc
Here is the PDF version of the PowerPoint
UPEL Jornada de Ensenanza de Ingles para Ninos February 2011.pptx.pdf
Here are the pictures of animals and habitats.
Animals collection ALL 2011.docx
Habitats ALL 2011.doc

Here is a detailed explanation for creating thematic units and some sample units.
Explanation for Creating a thematic Unit 2011.doc
Sample Thematic Unit Where do Animals Live UbD.doc
Sample Thematic Unit El secreto de la llama 2009.doc


Venezuela VenTESOL/US Embassy Sessions February, 2011
Here is the handout that participants received.
Ven TESOL Deepening the Impact of our Classroom Activities2011.doc
Here is a PDF version of the PowerPoint
VenTESOL PDF Deepening the Impact of our Classroom Activities.ppt.pdf
Here is additional information about some of the topics from the workshop.
VenTESOL Supplementary Information for Wiki.doc


Target Language
Here is the PDF version of the PowerPoint presenatation: Keeping the Classroom in the Target Language
Target Language PDF Part 1 2011.pptx.pdf
Here is a handout that provides many sample target language activities.
Target Language Activities Wiki January 2011.doc

Children's Literature/Repetitive Stories
Children's Literature & Repetitive Stories WIKI 2011.docx

ACTFL Sessions
November 19, 2010
HO Target Language ACTFL 2010.pptx.pdf
See Children's Literature above.

CLTA Workshop
November 13, 2010, University of Maryland, College Park
Here is the PDF version of the PowerPoint presenatation.
CLTA HO Part 1 Deepening the Impact of our Classroom Activities.pptx.pdf
CLTA HO Part 2 Deepening the Impact of our Classroom Activities.pptx.pdf

Long Island Workshop
November 8-9, 2010
Long Island Deepening the Impact of our Classroom Activities.ppt.pdf

WAFLT Workshop and Presentations (Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers)

Deepening the Impact of Our Activities Workshop November 5, 2010 Helena Curtain & Jackie Dove
Here is the presentation as a pdf document!
Deepening the Impact of our Classroom Activities.ppt.pdf

Here are the activities resulting from the group work. Participants made suggestions for ways to "deepen" and enhance the activities to make them intrinsically interesting, culturally connected, cognitively engaging and/or communicatively purposeful:
Ideas for Deepening Student Activities.doc

Building Novice Level Language through Engaging Pattern Stories, November 5, 2010
See Children's Literature Handout above!

NNELL (National Network for Early Language Learning) Workshops

NNELL Partner and Small Group Activities HO October 3 2009.doc
NNELL Workshop Indianapolis October 3 2009.doc

Maryland Foreign Language Association

MFLA Oct 17 2009 Thematic Teaching .doc