Yearly Archives: 2019

America’s Languages Caucus is Congress’s New Language Policy Forum

12/10/2019 | Written by Karen Fowdy

The America’s Languages Caucus  Co-Chairs, Representatives David Price (NC) and Don Young (AK), established the America’s Languages Caucus in November 2019 in order to develop a national strategy to raise awareness about the importance of world language learning and international education, particularly as it relates to our nation’s economic and national security. The core of the Caucus’ mission […]

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Differentiating Language Instruction

11/14/2019 | Written by Natalia Roberts

Each unit we teach has a certain set of learning outcomes that the instructor helps every student to achieve. Once those outcomes are identified and the assessments created, the instructor must make a series of tasks to prepare students to meet those outcomes and perform to the best of their ability in the assessments. Then […]

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How YOU can support the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act

10/14/2019 | Written by Karen Fowdy

“Take the adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! ‘Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of your old life and into the new!”  — Kenneth Grahame, The Wind In The Willows  It is likely that you can speak from your own […]

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High Tech/Low Tech: Mapping the Way to a Multiliterate Wisconsin

09/15/2019 | Written by Lauren Rosen

As the new academic year gets underway many of us take a look at the past as we design what we will do in the future. How will we improve that lesson from last year? Did our students reach the expected outcomes? What can be done differently? How are national and state trends impacting instruction? […]

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“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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