A TiLT Webinar with Caroline Schlegel and Aubrey Swisher


ALL London organises webinars for the MFL community and this webinar, held in a Zoom room and also viewable on an unlisted YouTube stream, is open to all MFL teachers. We hope that you will like us and want to join!

We thank Joe Dale for co-ordinating the TiLT (Technology in Language Teaching) series of webinars, bringing together teachers who are interested in developing their use of technology in their teaching. As well as enhancing our skills, we also get to meet other ‘keenies’ from across the globe, and can get to know each other informally by chatting before, during and after the webinar.

We also thank the presenters, who give freely of their time and expertise. Where possible, most sessions are recorded and available for viewing later.

  • Session Information:

This session focuses on the development of students’ grasp of grammatical concepts while exercising their ability to negotiate, adjust, and apply new structures in the target language.  The presentation will model methodology and resources that result in efficient and successful acquisition of language, retention, and communication in the target language. Participants will learn to guide their students to discover, understand, and use grammatical structures as they naturally occur in language – both thematically and contextually – via compelling and relevant authentic resources. This ACTFL core practice streamlines student exposure to language constructs,  initiating implicit understanding prior to engaging in explicit instruction.  The exploratory and experiential approach to grammar learning precipitates a deeper understanding of how the language works, building a higher level of grammatical competence that ultimately leads to greater comprehensibility and proficiency.


Caroline Schlegel + Aubrey Swisher

Caroline Schlegel

Caroline is a master Spanish educator committed to students, professional development, and advocacy. She was recently named Washington County Public Schools 2021-2022 Teacher of the year and was also the 2019 Maryland World Language Teacher of the Year. Caroline understands that language and culture are the keys to making connections across complex ideas with cultural proficiency. She believes professional development is integral in sustaining quality programs and presents across the nation to build a community of practice to connect and lead teachers through collaboration.

Caroline holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Salisbury University, an Advanced Hispanic Studies Certificate from La Universidad de Malaga, and is a recipient of the Global Seal of Biliteracy.

Aubrey Swisher

Enthusiastic secondary-level Spanish teacher, world language department leader, and advisor of Spanish National Honor Society at Boonsboro High School in Maryland, Aubrey Swisher celebrates diversity as she equips her students with broadened perspectives, compassion, and global competence. She is a teacher-leader, collaborator, and curriculum writer who demonstrates her passion and admiration for the Spanish language and cultures by creating cultural contexts for every theme, making use of authentic realia to present vocabulary and grammar in context while introducing students to the products, practices, and perspectives of different countries. Aubrey was recently named the 2023 Maryland Foreign Language Association Teacher of the Year.
Aubrey holds a Diploma of Advanced Hispanic Studies from Universidad de Salamanca and a Master of Arts in Instructional Design & Technology from West Virginia University. She also earned the Global Seal of Biliteracy

Intro Slides to introduce ALL and the session:

Caroline and Aubrey intro


Link to document here.


00:28:39 Joe Dale: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LmIkLZdT3YVpvsG4I8o6gUcahtvPBE1mQEmKI0lt7T8/edit https://ppli.ie/resource/mfl-teachers-talk-podcast/ https://mflcraft.blogspot.com/p/giving-students-wings-series-of-6.html
00:39:19 Joe Dale: No worries. It was fine
00:40:04 Joe Dale: Isle of Wight, French, former middle school and water
00:40:05 Aleksandrina Spasova: Hello from Bulgaria. My name is aleksandrina Spasova. I have been teaching both in a Primary and Secondary school for 18 years and I have also had classes at University
00:40:14 Laura D: Lincolnshire, England. , French
00:40:17 Judith for ALL London: London, UK, German, Spanish, Italian, EAL, KS2-KS5 & adults, Hugo
00:40:17 Tiffany: MD, USA, Elem 1st – 5th Spanish, World Language Middle school 6th, 7th, 8th gr Span, Span 1, Span 2
00:40:20 Helen McFarlane: North Wales, French/German/learning Welsh/16-18 years old/
00:40:27 Joe Dale: 9-13 year olds
00:40:30 Aleksandrina Spasova: Middle School is 5,6, 7
00:40:45 Joe Dale: LOL!
00:40:49 Laura D: Lincolnshire, England, French 11-16
00:40:51 Tiffany: Guaraná is my libation
00:40:53 Mrs O’Hagan: Scotland / German / 11 – 18
00:41:10 Aleksandrina Spasova: Amazing
00:41:21 Ashley Young Ingvertsen: CT, Spanish, grades 6-8
00:41:23 Laura D: Red Wine
00:43:46 Helen McFarlane: I like the mnemonic DUU – it’s really useful and it makes sense!
00:43:53 Joe Dale: 🙂
00:44:39 Helen McFarlane: Oops! I mean acronym! Long day…
00:45:08 Tiffany: Reacted to “Red Wine” with 👍
00:45:14 Joe Dale: 🙂
00:48:41 Tiffany: Ser/estar
00:48:55 Aleksandrina Spasova: The Verb To be
00:49:03 Aleksandrina Spasova: Have got
00:49:06 Ashley Young Ingvertsen: Formal vs. Informal you
00:49:07 Laura D: present tense, formal informal pronouns
00:49:16 Aleksandrina Spasova: Pronouns
00:49:21 Joe Dale: Adjectival agreements for description
00:49:31 Helen McFarlane: Turn taking (questions/answers)
00:49:51 Aleksandrina Spasova: Will/ Be going to/ The Present Continuous – Futurity
00:49:53 Tiffany: At the airport
00:49:54 Laura D: Future tense, adverbs
00:49:57 Joe Dale: Talking in the perfect tense describing a past holiday
00:50:10 Helen McFarlane: feminine countries/masculine countries
00:50:13 Aleksandrina Spasova: Future Continuous
00:50:13 Helen McFarlane: prepositions
00:50:17 Joe Dale: 🙂
00:50:18 Ashley Young Ingvertsen: subjunctive- giving advice
00:50:58 Joe Dale: What you can do, What you must do, What you shouldn’t do
00:51:18 Tiffany: Reacted to “What you can do, Wha…” with 👍
00:51:21 Laura D: foreign nouns (English language), activities
00:51:32 Helen McFarlane: the conditional
00:51:50 Helen McFarlane: Using “if” (if you have time,…)
00:52:14 Laura D: Adverbs (how often, etc)
00:53:48 Caroline Schlegel-A/Cquisition: https://bit.ly/AClevel1
00:59:37 Joe Dale: If you have any questions, feel free to put them in the chat 🙂
01:01:48 Helen McFarlane: I agree that authentic cultural language is important, so that students don’t feel they are just “practising” language – this is real language for real communication.
01:02:08 Joe Dale: Yes, Helen!
01:02:13 Caroline Schlegel-A/Cquisition: Absolutely, Helen. It is relevant and meaningful!
01:02:51 Helen McFarlane: Reacted to “Absolutely, Helen. I…” with 👍🏻
01:02:56 Helen McFarlane: Reacted to “Yes, Helen!” with 👍🏻
01:05:43 Helen McFarlane: I agree, Aubrey.
01:06:11 Helen McFarlane: Especially since the pandemic, communication skills are absolutely key.
01:08:39 Helen McFarlane: I like it when students say what they want to talk about it – they go off and research it themselves – they’re really invested.
01:10:18 Joe Dale: Yes, Helen
01:10:39 Helen McFarlane: Reacted to “Yes, Helen” with 👍🏻
01:12:08 SSamia Saci: Excellent ideas, thank you everyone
01:12:18 Tiffany: stores
01:12:29 Aubrey Swisher: If you want to try using pictograms, check out thenounproject.com!
01:12:36 Tiffany: Products we buy
01:12:37 Joe Dale: Pinterest is a great place to find pictograms in different languages
01:13:08 Tiffany: YES and grocery stores too
01:13:28 Joe Dale: flaticon.com is great for finding clipart
01:13:34 Helen McFarlane: Reacted to “If you want to try u…” with 👍🏻
01:13:45 Helen McFarlane: Reacted to “Pinterest is a great…” with 👍🏻
01:15:17 Caroline Schlegel-A/Cquisition: https://bit.ly/AClevelDOS
01:19:14 Joe Dale: Any questions?
01:19:26 Caroline Schlegel-A/Cquisition: Sorry! We didn’t stop and ask!
01:20:09 Tiffany: I apologize ladies, but I have to go early and pick up little man…Thanks for your presentation today!
01:20:20 Caroline Schlegel-A/Cquisition: Thank you for coming!
01:22:59 Caroline Schlegel-A/Cquisition: https://bit.ly/tworoundstory
01:23:41 Helen McFarlane: Thank you Caroline, Aubrey, Joe and Judith! Your students sound as though they enjoy becoming autonomous learners from a young age. Language explorers!
01:23:52 Joe Dale: Yes!
01:26:05 Mrs O’Hagan: Thank you for the great presentation but I have to leave now. (my wee son just got up again.)
01:26:27 Judith for ALL London: Thanks ever so much for joining us tonight.
01:26:39 Judith for ALL London: Please consider joining the ALL community: https://www.all-languages.org.uk/join/become-a-member/
01:26:48 Helen McFarlane: It’s been energising, Joe!
01:27:07 Joe Dale: Great feedback!
01:27:07 Judith for ALL London: There is still time to sign up for our ALL Language World Conference in March in Sheffield: https://www.delegate-reg.co.uk/lw2023/
01:27:09 Caroline Schlegel-A/Cquisition: https://bit.ly/AClevel4x2
01:27:27 Judith for ALL London: That’s brilliant to hear, Helen. Thanks for sharing.
01:28:13 Helen McFarlane: Joe, it’s always good to share with other passionate linguists!
01:28:26 Joe Dale: I couldn’t agree more!
01:28:46 Judith for ALL London: So do I! Well said.
01:28:57 SSamia Saci: I am looking forward to listening to the recording over and over again, brilliant!
01:29:05 Joe Dale: 🙂
01:29:38 Helen McFarlane: I have just booked a trip to Bordeaux, thanks to UNESCO authentic materials used in class.
01:29:55 Helen McFarlane: Reacted to “So do I! Well said.” with 👍🏻
01:30:01 Joe Dale: Cool!
01:30:05 Helen McFarlane: Reacted to “Cool!” with 😂
01:30:05 Aubrey Swisher: That is amazing, Helen!
01:30:26 Helen McFarlane: Reacted to “That is amazing, Hel…” with 👏🏻
01:30:39 Laura D: How does this work Helen?
01:31:31 Helen McFarlane: @Laura – what do you mean? Do you mean emojis?
01:32:34 Laura D: Using the authentic resources is allowing your students to go to Bordeaux? Great! Where is the link to see it? Thanks!
01:33:34 Joe Dale: That’s amazing, Aubrey!
01:33:45 Joe Dale: Love it!
01:34:07 Judith for ALL London: What an experience! One to remember and treasure forever!
01:34:51 Helen McFarlane: Replying to “Using the authentic …”

I’ve been teaching about UNESCO and I wanted to visit Bordeaux which is a great UNESCO city. It’s been inspired by all our discussions and using Google Earth, UNESCO materials, and lots more. I need a holiday, so I’m going to Bordeaux – I’ll maybe organise a College trip there in a year or so, too.
01:34:55 Joe Dale: Yay!
01:36:42 Laura D: Fantastic!
01:37:01 Helen McFarlane: Reacted to “Fantastic!” with 🤩
01:39:34 Caroline Schlegel-A/Cquisition: https://bit.ly/3USISvG
01:40:36 Helen McFarlane: Sorry, Joe, but I have to leave now – a pile of marking awaits. Thank you to Aubrey, Caroline, you and Judith. What enthusiastic presenters! Fab! Thanks, everyone.
01:40:51 Joe Dale: Thanks for coming, Helen!
01:41:11 Judith for ALL London: So beautifully said!
01:41:46 Joe Dale: Any questions?
01:41:47 Judith for ALL London: I want to come into your classroom!
01:41:58 Caroline Schlegel-A/Cquisition: Copy and paste to chat:
@senoraschlegel @swishaub @cquisition
01:43:48 SSamia Saci: ♥️
01:43:59 Caroline Schlegel-A/Cquisition: Here is a link to our direct presentation: https://bit.ly/ALLAC
01:44:26 Caroline Schlegel-A/Cquisition: We are always sharing lesson plans and free resources to use in your classroom. We just recently shared a lesson on Valentine’s day around the world! And if you are interested in PD- we are happy to work with you or your district to lead tailored, non-language specific professional learning!
01:44:47 SSamia Saci: I agree Judith, good night everyone
01:44:51 Ashley Young Ingvertsen: Thank you! A great presentation. Lots of great learning. Thank you!
01:45:08 Aubrey Swisher: You are so welcome! Thank you again!