Fall Conference 2018: October 26-27

Reinvention: Pathways to Proficiency

Get to Know our Keynote: Billy McLaughlin

Billy McLaughlin is recognized internationally as a world-class guitarist, composer and inspirational performer who has appeared on Billboard’s TopTen Chart. Previously signed to Virgin Records’ Narada label, McLaughlin has 14 CD releases, 3 National Campus Entertainer of the Year Awards, 5 Minnesota Music Awards and his decades of national concert touring earned him the Hall of Fame Achievement Award.

But in 1999 McLaughlin vanished from sight as his career crumbled due to a little-known neuro-muscular disorder called Focal Dystonia. After suffering several years without a cure, he embarked on an unlikely attempt to regain his career by re-learning his instrument left-handed. His remarkable comeback is captured in the documentary film Changing Keys (airing on PBS 2010) and a concert film called Coming Back Alive featuring McLaughlin with string orchestra and a reunion of his longtime rock band. Prepared to be inspired during Billy's keynote at the MCTLC 2018 MCTLC Fall Conference.


To register for the MCTLC 2018 Fall Conference sessions and optional Saturday post-conference workshops, click here.

To register ONLY for the full-day Saturday ACTFL workshop, Unwrapping Proficiency with Paul Sandrock, click here.

To register ONLY for all other MCTLC 2018 Saturday post-conference workshops, click here.

If you are a future educator, please apply for the Future Educator Award through this link prior to conference registration.

Conference Information

Friday, October 26, 2018

Earle Brown Heritage Center,

6155 Earle Brown Dr, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Brooklyn Center Map/Directions

MCTLC Fall Conference 2018 Friday Sessions Schedule:

7:00am Registration/Exhibit Hall opens

7:00am-8:30am Morning exhibit refreshment break

8:30am-9:20am Breakout Session 1

9:20am-9:30am Exhibit break

9:30am-10:30am Keynote Address (Carriage Hall A)

10:30am-11:00am Exhibitor break

11:00am-11:50am Breakout Session 2

11:50am-12:00pm Exhibitor break

12:00pm-1:30pm Awards Luncheon (Carriage Hall A)

1:30pm-2:00pm Exhibitor break

2:00pm-2:50pm Breakout Session 3

2:50pm-3:10pm Afternoon exhibit refreshment break

3:10pm-4:00pm Breakout Session 4

4:00pm-4:10pm Exhibitor break

4:10pm-5:00pm Breakout Session 5

Session titles will be announced here as they become available

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Brooklyn Center High School,

6500 Humboldt Ave N, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Brooklyn Center Map/Directions

MCTLC Fall Conference 2018 Saturday Sessions Schedule:

8:00am Registration/Refreshments

9:00am-9:50am Breakout Session 1

10:00am-10:50am Breakout Session 2

11:00am-11:50am Breakout Session 3

12:00pm-12:50pm Breakout Session 4

Conference Rates*

Early bird registration through September 21 - $125

Registration through October 22 - $150 Regular Registration

Onsite Registration through October 27 - $175

Future Language Educators (undergraduate students only)

through Oct. 14 - $40

Saturday Workshops -  Oct 27, 2018

ACTFL workshop, Unwrapping Proficiency, with Paul Sandrock

The MN Department of Education, in collaboration with MCTLC, is proud to also offer a FULL DAY workshop with ACTFL Director of Education, Paul Sandrock.

Location: Minnesota Department of Education 

1500 Commerce St. 

Roseville, MN

Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm

Registration: To attend only this full day workshop click here to register now!

All other workshops for 2018 will from be held at Brooklyn Center High School Map/Directions 9am-4pm on Saturday, October 27th.  To attend ONLY the Saturday workshops, click here to register now!

Saturday morning workshops:

ACTFL Core Practices: Weapons of Mass Instruction - Meredith White

Authentic Communication in the Target Language? Yes They Can!  - Amy Hornby Uribe, Rose Potter

Intermediate Workshop: Personalization, Dramatization and Triangling - TPRS Books

Teaching Hmong Heritage Language - Ya Po Cha, Patrick Vang

Saturday afternoon workshops:

Creation and Collaboration Using Digital Tools - Paulino Brenner

Teaching Hmong Effectively: Comprehension, Retention, and Application - Bee Vang-Moua

The 3 Keys to Unlocking a Novel  - TPRS Books


Post-Conference Workshops Rates*

Add one half-day Saturday workshop to your Friday Conference Registration for $50.  Add the Saturday full-day ACTFL workshop with Paul Sandrock or two half-day Saturday workshops for $75.  

Register ONLY for the Saturday full-day ACTFL workshop, Unwrapping Proficiency with Paul Sandrock, for $75 here.

Register ONLY for all other Saturday workshops for $125 here.  MCTLC membership is included, but Friday and Saturday Fall Conference sessions are NOT included.

Contact webmaster@mctlc.org with questions.

Early Registration 
through September 21 - $125 

through October 22 - $150

Onsite Registration 
through October 26 - $175

Exhibitor / Advertisers

Interested in advertising or exhibiting?  Click here to learn more.

Conference Exhibitors from 2017

Advertisers from 2017

Promotional Materials from 2017

Sponsors from 2017

Explorica - Participant Lanyards

Language & Friendship - Afternoon Exhibit hall Refreshment break

Vista Higher Learning - Morning Exhibit hall Refreshment break
Tips for Registration and Payment

PayPal Caveats and Workarounds

We use Paypal to process online payments. A PayPal account is not necessary, however currently it requires that the registrant also be the cardholder since it automatically populates that person's name into its system.

For registrants whose organization will make payment, there are three options:

1. Request that a check be mailed to:

 PO Box 11926
 St. Paul, MN 55111

The registrants' name must be included so that we know for whom to apply payment.

2. MCTLC Treasurer can forward an invoice to the person who will be paying but that person's contact information must be in our system. Go here to add your name to our mailing list. That person may then use PayPal to process a credit card.

3. Make payment and request reimbursement.

Register as a Group

Register your colleagues as a group using the "register a guest" option.

The person who registers the group should be the person making payment. In other words, the person whose name is on the credit card should be the primary registrant since PayPal will require that person to be the cardholder. If the cardholder is not in the group use one of the methods outlined above.

Register on Paper

Click here to open and print a paper registration form. Once received, we will confirm your registration via email.

Fall Conference Makes You a Member

Your paid registration to MCTLC Fall Conference automatically begins or renews your one-year membership, including delivery of Language Magazine® to the address on file. To that end, please ensure that you update your profile with your year-round address. 

Who do I contact?

Contact MCTLC Webmaster to edit your registration or add a workshop and with technical questions. 

Treasurer Mary-Fred Bausman-Watkins can help with payment questions. See above for PayPal tips.

Presenters, contact President-Elect Grant Boulanger.

Payment and Refund Policies

Review all policies here.


Adjacent to the Earle Brown Heritage Center is the Embassy Suites, a longtime supporter of MCTLC and your place to stay for the conference and all year long. Mention MCTLC when you book!

6300 Earle Brown Drive

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, 55430

Tel: 1-763-560-2700 

Hourly Door Prize Drawings from 2017

We are thankful for these amazing prizes brought to you by our exhibitors, Betty Lotterman, and our phenomenal Door Prize Chair Barbara Cartford!

Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures
PO Box 11926, St. Paul MN 55111
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