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Join us in shaping the Future of World Languages!

About the 2023 Honing Our Craft Conference!

Join us at the 2023 Honing Our Craft conference, an event designed to unite educators of all levels to dissect, discuss, and dive into the latest trends in world language teaching and learning.

The 2023 Honing Our Craft conference is a dynamic hybrid event designed with your flexibility in mind. Whether you choose to participate online or in person, you’ll have the chance to be part of an inspiring community that shares your passion.

Get ready to mark your calendars for October 7-8, 2023. This year, our focus is on the exciting theme of “Building the Future of World Languages.” This is your opportunity to contribute actively by sharing your best practices, innovative approaches, and unique insights. See you there!

Register Now!

Secure your spot at our conference for an incredibly affordable rate! Enjoy the early bird discount available until the end of September. Click the link below to explore the full benefits included with your ticket.

You’ll have access to all Access to event recordings for six months: We understand that learning should know no bounds. Whether you participate in person or connect with us virtually, we’re excited to announce that you’ll have the privilege of accessing all event recordings for a span of six months. 

Flexibility and Continuous Learning: For those who cannot be present on the day, we’ve designed an exclusive opportunity for you. Engage with our event content through carefully crafted quizzes. By doing so, you  qualify for a Professional Development certificate.

Our Pre-conference Event

We are excited to introduce a special online pre-event that sets the stage for our upcoming Honing Our Craft conference. Join us virtually for an enlightening presentation centered around the theme “Building the Future of World Languages” with a focus on the role of artificial intelligence.

Led by Dominik Dresel, in this pre-event, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Dive into the symbiotic relationship between AI and language education.
  • Uncover innovative AI-driven tools designed to amplify language learning.
  • Gain valuable insights into the evolving landscape of world language education.

Prepare to be both engaged and enlightened as we delve into the transformative potential of AI in language education. This is your opportunity to stay at the forefront of educational advancements and actively contribute to shaping the future of language learning.

Moreover, this pre-event won’t just be a one-time experience. We’ll provide a range of activities and materials that will allow you to continue engaging with these important topics long after the presentation has concluded. Stay tuned for more details on how you can further enrich your understanding and involvement in the realm of AI-driven language education.

Dominik Dresel

Hi, I’m Dominik 👋 I am an educator and advocate for educational equity. I have made it my life's mission to help young people discover and unlock their own potential.

Our Plenary Sessions

LJ Randolph

UW–Madison, ACTFL President Elect

He will discuss the future of world languages from the perspective of social justice.

Natalia Valencia

Loyola University

She will engage us in a conversation about the visions for the present while discussing the future of world languages.

Joshua Cabral

Brookwood School

He will talk about designing future-ready World Language curriculum and programs.

Heidi Lechner

Libertyville High School

She will center her discussion on the significance of establishing an authentic world language classroom.

Our Roundtable: Visions for the Future

Join us for an insightful roundtable discussion where experts, educators, and enthusiasts come together to explore the future of world languages and effective strategies for promoting language programs in the U.S. Be part of this engaging conversation that promises to spark innovative ideas and perspectives, shaping the future of language education.

Roundtable led by Kia D. London

Our Workshops

M. Marina Melita

She will conduct a workshop on diversity in Language Studies, contributing to the conference's theme of building the future of world languages.

Diego Ojeda

He will facilitate an engaging workshop centered around an in-depth exploration of the future profile of world language students.

Lisa M. Merschel & Melissa Simmermeyer

They will conduct a workshop that explores the integration of backward design and its implications for world languages.

Kim Potowski

She will conduct a workshop centered around heritage learners, addressing strategies to help them shape their future within the field of world languages.

Sergio Troitiño

He will conduct a hands-on workshop focused on ChatGPT and its application to world languages.

Sandra Valnes Quammen

She will lead a workshop on the importance of critical content-based instruction and sustainability in world language courses.

Our Post-conference Event: Teacher Poster Prize!

Our dedication to enriching your conference experience continues to evolve, and we’re thrilled to share a post-conference event that are sure to enhance your journey:

Showcasing Your Expertise – Teacher Poster Prize

For those driven by a passion for knowledge and the urge to share insights, an exceptional opportunity awaits. Prepare to present your expertise through virtual poster sessions. Post-event, you’ll be able to submit your thought-provoking research, aligned with the theme “Building the Future of World Languages,” as well as showcase innovative projects and captivating ideas.

Highlighting Poster Excellence – Win $200 for Your Innovation: Prepare to be dazzled! Design an exceptional virtual poster, and you stand a chance to be among the 10 chosen posters, each earning an award of $200. We’re dedicated to celebrating and rewarding your commitment to educational excellence.

Mark Your Calendar for Key Dates:

  • November 15, 2023: Submissions Close
  • December 1, 2023: Winners Announcement
  • January 15, 2024: Unveiling of Selected Virtual Posters on our Conference Website. Presenters will participate in asynchronous, online discussions with conference attendees from January 15 – 19.

Stay tuned for forthcoming updates and comprehensive instructions on submitting your posters!


Please be aware that this post-conference event is exclusively available to attendees.