Advocacy in Action


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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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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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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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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