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Building Relationships Using Hi-tech and Low-tech Instruction

08/22/2016 | Written by SuAnn Schroeder

Nowadays, it is pretty common that technology plays an important role in the world language classroom. Our guiding resource ACTFL offers a position statement regarding the use of technology. “ACTFL acknowledges and encourages using the potential of technology as a tool to support and enhance classroom-based language instruction.” At the same time, ACTFL “recognizes the […]

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Visiting and Building a Relationship with your Legislators

07/21/2016 | Written by Keely Lake

If you have not visited your Senators or Representative, the process can seem a little daunting. How do I set up the meeting? Will they listen to me? How do I translate one visit into a relationship that can further serve language education? Still, when I am in Washington, D.C. working with the Joint National […]

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Classroom Engagement, Participation and Proficiency

06/24/2016 | Written by Deana Zorko

I recently wrote the following in a personal statement of my teaching philosophy: I value a safe and culturally rich classroom environment where risk-taking in the target language is encouraged thus preparing students to communicate in real-life situations using communicative, collaborative and creative skills they have gained as they apply the content they have learned. […]

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Discover What Languages Mean!

05/29/2016 | Written by Justin Gerlach

In 2008, WAFLT and Discover Languages Wisconsin launched the first edition of the Student Video & Postcard Contests. These contests are based on the ACTFL Discover Languages Campaign. Fast forward to 2016 and our contests are continuously celebrating and recognizing our student’s connections to world languages in Wisconsin!   Our contests are designed for all students […]

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Students as Teachers…Presentations Taken to the Next Level

04/11/2016 | Written by Tobias Barske

Student presentations are commonplace in world language classrooms and have been for a long time. Teachers use them for all the right reasons: instruction moves from teacher-fronted to student-centered, students gain responsibility for course content, and learners practice ACTFL’s presentational mode of communication. Presentations offer a possibility to assign research outside the classroom to students, […]

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A Linguaphile’s Calling

03/10/2016 | Written by Emily Luytan

When Karen Fowdy and I began to talk about other people who could support our programs, we realized immediately that our own students had to be a part of the list.  They are the ones who are heading out into that global world we keep talking about; they are the ones who can be our […]

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The Power of Students as World Language Advocates

01/08/2016 | Written by Karen Fowdy

What are the benefits of learning another language? As language teachers, we can recite a long list of reasons for learning another language and share numerous personal anecdotes to illustrate the benefits. But how do you think your students would answer the question, “Why are you taking French/German/Spanish/Chinese/Latin/ other? They might say “to get into […]

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Is integrating 21st Century skills synonymous with technology?

12/21/2015 | Written by Lauren Rosen & Deana Zorko

When we think of 21st Century skills we tend to think that the pedagogy which guides us to incorporate these skills must be accompanied by high tech tools. Of course by definition some skills (such as technology literacy) will need to be fostered by high tech tools, but there are others that can go low […]

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Call for Proposals

12/08/2015 | Written by Lauren Rosen

Call for Proposals For the 2016 WAFLT Fall Conference November 3-5, 2016 Paving the Road to Proficiency: Empowering 21st century learners to develop their cultural understandings, cross-curricular literacy, and communication. Consider being a part of the 2016 WAFLT Fall Conference by submitting a proposal for a 1 hour session, a 90 minute technology session or a […]

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Stay Informed, Stay Connected

11/12/2015 | Written by Keely Lake

Now that the Fall Conference is behind us for another year, I thought it would be an ideal time to discuss ways to stay in touch not only with general language news but also your specific language association. We all know about the “elevator speech.” That 30 second spiel we need to have at hand […]

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