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Should we go high or low?: A Few Tips on Using and Choosing Technology Wisely

10/14/2015 | Written by Deana Zorko (with Anita Alkhas and Kris Knisely)

Let’s start with ACTFL’s position statement on the use of technology as an initial step when deciding to go high or low tech in a lesson or activity: The use of technology should never be the goal in and of itself, but rather one tool for helping language learners to use the target language in […]

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Spread the News: If you don’t tell them, how will they know?

09/13/2015 | Written by Karen Fowdy

Welcome back to school!  In the excitement of each new school year, we write optimistic “to do” lists that reflect the very best of our intentions. More than likely, promoting your language program is on that list.  In the July E-Voice, WAFLT Advocacy co-chair, Keely Lake, showed us an easily accessible, step-by-step process to remind our top […]

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To travel or not to travel is NOT the question; High and low tech tips for traveling with students

08/10/2015 | Written by Deana Zorko

It’s never too early to start planning your student trip! Having recently returned from traveling to Costa Rica with students and then perusing Facebook to see so many world language colleagues pictured traveling with their students, I was inspired to ponder… What motivates us as WL teachers to take these trips What makes a trip […]

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Reaching out to DC

07/12/2015 | Written by Keely Lake

Welcome to our first advocacy article in the E-Voice. There are so many ways to view advocacy for our programs: the work we do in our classrooms, the outreach we do toward colleagues in our buildings, the networking of parent nights, and the public relations work we do in our districts are just part of […]

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Making A Solid Case for Realia (2): In Defense of the Handmade

06/14/2015 | Written by Anita Alkhas

“Only by acquiring skills that bring us into contact with the physical world can we flourish as social individuals.” Matthew B. Crawford, The World Beyond Your Head, 2015. Scissors, tape, glue, and brightly colored construction paper. The first thing I remember constructing with my hands was a wide-brimmed floppy paper hat for my mom, an […]

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Making A Solid Case for Realia (1): An Added Dimension

05/12/2015 | Written by Anita Alkhas

I recently reacquired the suitcase that I lugged around on my very first trip to Paris. The moment I grabbed it by its handle and felt it dig into the flesh of my fingers, I was flooded with sensory memories – cue the soundtrack to Amélie! Only instead of seeing movie-like images, I could smell […]

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2015 Summer Institute

04/30/2015 | Written by Lauren Rosen

  2015 WAFLT SUMMER INSTITUTE August 3-5, 2015 Pyle Center UW-Madison Proficiency: Pathway to Excellence Describing World Language Student Progress to Determine Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) Team discounts and Graduate Credit available!

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Future Foodies Unite! Fostering 21st Century Skills in the Language Classroom

04/10/2015 | Written by Deana Zorko and Anita Alkhas

Using ACTFL’s 21st Century Skills Map as our guide, how can we strengthen the ways we teach recurring cultural themes such as food? Food seems to be a favorite topic of our students and many of us teach a unit on food or often incorporate it into our lessons. We’ve chosen to look at food […]

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Ideas that Stick

02/11/2015 | Written by Anita Alkhas and Deana Zorko

This month marks the one-year anniversary of High Tech/Low Tech: Ideas for Every Classroom. As we look back through the archives, we notice that there are quite a few ideas involving sticky notes. This is not surprising. After all, sticky notes represent a perfect marriage between high and low tech. The combination of space-age “low-tack pressure-sensitive […]

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High Tech/Low Tech: ¿Legend or Myth?

01/19/2015 | Written by Deana Zorko

Across cultures, stories about gods and heroes fall into the category of myths and legends. According to diffen.com, “…the two aren’t the same and can be differentiated based on factors such as reasons behind them, the stories behind them and the truth they hold.” The table below (from diffen.com) helps us distinguish between myths and […]

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