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”WE ARE ALL ADVOCATES!”

11/10/2018 | Written by Karen Fowdy

YOU are an advocate!   How do we internalize and carry forward the positive and energizing messages from the 2018 WAFLT World Language conference? If you were in the audience for the keynote address, you heard these powerful words from the keynote speaker, Dr. Edward M. Zarrow, 2016 ACTFL National Teacher of the Year. “A world […]

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High Tech Low Tech Right Tech No Tech

10/21/2018 | Written by Lauren Rosen

As we approach conference season with WAFLT and ACTFL just around the corner, many of us are getting excited for the new ideas, the networking, the recharge to our batteries. In addition to teaching language classes, for the past 25 years I have spent many hours in classrooms observing others and working one on one […]

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Advocacy Updates at your fingertips in this Google+ Community

09/20/2018 | Written by Karen Fowdy

One of the best things about the beginning of a new school year is the chance to rethink and reset our good intentions. Because of our passion for learning languages, one of those intentions is surely advocating for learning another language and connecting to other cultures. We know that it is vital to have quick […]

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High Tech/Low Tech: Talking Advocacy with Your Students

08/10/2018 | Written by Josh LeGreve, Spanish Teacher, Green Lake School District

As we all begin to prep for our return to our classrooms, one of theearly lessons in the year I look forward to is having the conversation with students about why languages matter and why it is important to learn about other cultures and communities. To me, this is a pivotal portion of my work […]

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Beyond “Preaching to the Choir”

07/21/2018 | Written by Karen Fowdy

Diverse stakeholders join forces to support language learning Speaking out about the value of learning   languages   comes naturally to World Language teachers. We have experienced the joy of connecting with other individuals and cultures through language and are eager to share that joy with others. However, our advocacy efforts can feel lonely and frustrating when […]

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Comprehensible Input: Foreshadowing…2018 Summer Institute

06/25/2018 | Written by Lauren Rosen

The 2018 WAFLT Summer Institute is just around the corner. To help folks get charged for this year’s theme, “Digging Deep: Comprehensible Input, Authentic Resources and Growing Professionally,” it seemed appropriate to share a few definitions and current resources from the web that provide a range of thought on this topic.   First, What is CI? […]

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Language advocates lobby Congress for language education and industry priorities

04/02/2018 | Written by Keely Lake

Reprinted with permission from Maria Pulcini and JNCL-NCLIS. On February 15-16, the Joint National Committee for Languages – National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS), the authority on language policy in Washington, DC, hosted its annual conference, Language Advocacy Day. Unique in the field, the event affords the opportunity for those in the language learning and […]

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Activities for Doodles & Scribbles

02/25/2018 | Written by Deana Zorko

Definition of a doodle: an aimless or casual scribble, design, or sketch; also : a minor work There aren’t many favorable definitions out there regarding doodling and scribbling. As teachers, however, we see it day in and day out on homework, warm ups, tests/quizzes, journals and even desk tops. It can be destructive and even […]

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ADVOCACY for World Languages-On the Proficiency Journey

12/13/2017 | Written by Karen Fowdy

World language teachers know that learning a language is a journey. Our love of the journey led us to our chosen profession. But do we remember to encourage our students to join us on the journey? Consider these two options for a “road trip.” 1) Come on! Get on this bus! I’m the driver and […]

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Ideas for When You Are Out

11/28/2017 | Written by Deana Zorko

I recently read this blog post in Path to Proficiency and began to reflect on my own sub plans for when I am not able to be in class. How can students effectively use class time to continue their work towards proficiency? Will they actually do what I leave them? After some contemplation, I thought…students […]

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