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Lecture Series with Quinn Cruz: Writing, Assessment, and Lesson Planning.

Lecture Series with Quinn Cruz: Writing, Assessment, and Lesson Planning.

by Quinn Cruz -
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I'm excited to share with you about my upcoming lecture schedule.  Each of these lectures stand alone, however, they are connected in their strong focus on the use of formative assessment, differentiation, and meeting the practical and real world needs of students through focused planning.

I hope that you will be able to join me!

Descriptions, schedules, and links are posted for each below:

"Writing to Learn"

October 2nd @ 1:00pm CST

Not every language student needs to learn how to write a formal essay in English, depending on their personal learning goals and future needs.  However, the written component of any language is an important aspect to include in a complete language course that includes the four key skill components: listening, speaking, reading, and, of course, writing.  In this lecture, I will share about how writing can be more than a formal academic task, but also, a tool to elicit language production, and medium for engaging students in a multi-faceted approach.  Join me to hear about the importance of writing in the classroom and strategies for using writing, but perhaps not in the traditional way that you initially would think.

"Meaningful Assessment"

Friday October 4th @ 9:00 am CST

One of the most important tasks of the EFL teacher is the oftentimes behind the scenes work of creating assessments and providing students with feedback--what we sometimes refer to as "grading." Unfortunately in the field of education, a teacher's energy and time can often be balanced more heavily on the in-class lessons, leaving the development of assessments in the back seat. In this lecture I hope to expand upon the variety of assessment types that teachers can use in order to meet the needs of a diverse group of students, and to instill a sense of great value, for both students and teachers,  that comes with the work of implementing well thought out assessments.  

"Understanding by Design"

Monday October 7th @ 1:00 pm CST

The most prominent and current unit planning method, developed by the research of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins, sets up a format in which the design begins with the end.  As you consider your mid-semester lesson plan, and your end of course thematic unit, this lecture will provide you with the background of the McTighe and Wiggin's research, in addition to practical concepts for creating an EFL unit or course plan that truly meets the real world needs of students who hope to use the language for a particular purpose. 

Feel free to email me if you have further questions on any of these lectures at


Quinn Cruz