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Seven of Washington and Lee's World Language Teaching Assistants (WLTA's) for academic year 2021-2022 joined Professor Dick Kuettner at the annual Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) from 31 March - 03 April 2022.

The group with Kuettner boarded their activity van and headed for Norfolk, VA early the morning of 31 March so that the group could arrive in ample time to attend the conference's three-hour, key workshop titled "High-Leverage Teaching Practices Lead the Way." The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) sponsored the intense workshop, led by language acquisition theorist and scholar Eileen Glisan, co-author of Teacher's Handbook, Contextualized Language Instruction. Five of the seven WLTA's had been students in Kuettner's upper-level Education Studies course "Methods for World Language" which uses Glisan and Shrum's textbook. While students attended the workshop, Kuettner was doing SCOLT award committee work and interviewing candidates for Teacher of the Year.

The conference was held in the conference center of the Waterside Marriott in Norfolk. The WLTA's were intrigued with the location of the hotel, which provided a view of the bay harbor area in close proximity to Naval Station Norfolk.

Participating in numerous sessions dealing with mastering teaching and learning skills filled each day for each teaching assistant. Evenings were spent dining and experiencing the local culture.

During and after the conference, teaching assistants expressed their appreciation for being able to attend and shared comments such as "Thank you so much for everything during these past days. The conference was incredible," or "Thank you so much for the opportunity to attend such an important event with you. It was a pleasure going on this educational trip. I am very grateful we got to spend the weekend all together, meet great educators from different parts of the world, and learn from their expertise," or " was inspiring and motivating and I am happy having met so many competent and amazing educators."

To say the least, the time was well spent. There was time to share, learn, and reflect upon world language teacher effectiveness in the classroom.