Yearly Archives: 2019


“Making Languages our Business”-New ACTFL report

08/10/2019 | Written by Karen L Fowdy

A groundbreaking report recently released by ACTFL as part of its Lead with Languages campaign provides evidence-based data that emphasizes the vital need for languages skills in the U.S. workplace and their impact on the U.S. economy. The 2019 report, “Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers,”  is based on a survey […]

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Mentoring Matters: The Power of Collaboration

08/09/2019 | Written by Linda Havas and Cathy Stresing

Sixteen years ago, the Linda/Cathy show made its debut and we have not been the same since. Our friendship and professional relationship was in no way hindered by the fact that we teach two different languages.  As we say in all of the presentations we are fortunate to do together, our teaching has been transformed […]

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High Tech/Low Tech: Refresh, Reflect, Restart Recharged

05/24/2019 | Written by Lauren Rosen

As the school year winds down and we all begin to breathe again, we look forward to a refresh over the summer. Perhaps that is a glass of lemonade, a cold beer, or an opportunity to finally update all those apps on your phone and laptop without having to worry about losing that important data […]

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Mentoring Matters: Who’s your Liz?

05/24/2019 | Written by Karen Fowdy

Do you have a story about mentoring that you’d like to share? Please consider submitting yours to: mentor@waflt. If you are interested in finding or being a mentor, please visit WAFLT’s mentoring page. All mentoring participants and mentoring story contributors will receive a “Great Thought A Day” notepad!  Mentoring models are varied and dynamic, changing with our […]

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The Original Mentor

04/15/2019 | Written by Keely Lake, Former WAFLT President, online educator and freelance Classicist.

When we think of mentoring, we Classicists tend to think of the relationship between the disguised Athena and Telemachus in the Odyssey. This young man’s father had been gone for twenty years. He was surrounded by hostile suitors for his mother’s hand in their own home; he was unsure of how to assert himself, unsure […]

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Inspiring the Choir to Sing-From Advocate to Activist

03/15/2019 | Written by Karen Fowdy

Last July, the Advocacy in Action column was titled “Beyond Preaching to the Choir.”  To continue that metaphor, I’d like to share my favorite new quote about advocacy, “The reason we preach to the choir is because we want to inspire them to sing.” (Dr. Jay Ketner) I was inspired to sing even more loudly […]

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WAFLT Conference Poster Sessions: High Tech Low Tech

02/12/2019 | Written by Lauren Rosen

Have you thought about presenting at WAFLT but then wondered if you really had enough to share? Well, you do! It’s all about the packaging. Maybe you don’t feel ready to spend a whole hour talking about what you are doing. Perhaps you prefer that one-to-a-few informal conversation with colleagues. Or maybe you have an […]

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Mentoring Matters: Focus on the Students

02/12/2019 | Written by Karen Fowdy

Do you have a story about mentoring that you’d like to share? Please consider submitting yours to: mentor@waflt email. If you are interested in finding or being a mentor, please visit WAFLT’s mentoring page. All mentoring participants and mentoring story contributors will receive a “Great Thought A Day” notepad!  We know from our own academic and professional […]

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Mentoring Matters: How to Navigate Teaching and Impact Student Learning 

01/12/2019 | Written by Carley Goodkind

The landscape of world language education and of our schools is rapidly changing, presenting new challenges as well as reasons to celebrate. As I followed my own winding path across this landscape – through forests and open fields, over hills and mountains, and even into valleys and caverns – I unexpectedly found myself in an […]

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The Wisconsin Language Roadmap

01/10/2019 | Written by Ryan Goble, Project Coordinator, the Wisconsin Language Roadmap Initiative

The Wisconsin Language Roadmap asks, “What can YOU do?” It’s here, but now the work begins!  There is much work to be done at local and state levels! The Wisconsin Language Roadmap is a call for collaborative action. The key question that the report puts forward is: WHAT CAN YOU DO? Here are the resources […]

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