Posts Tagged: advocacy
Our Students, Our Advocates
“I overheard my daughter talking with her friends in German.” “A person came through the line when I was bagging groceries and didn’t understand the checker. I was able to help her because I spoke Spanish!” “My granddaughter showed me how she can write in Chinese!” Our students can be our best public relations advocates […]Continue Reading
Visiting and Building a Relationship with your Legislators
If you have not visited your Senators or Representative, the process can seem a little daunting. How do I set up the meeting? Will they listen to me? How do I translate one visit into a relationship that can further serve language education? Still, when I am in Washington, D.C. working with the Joint National […]Continue Reading
Discover What Languages Mean!
In 2008, WAFLT and Discover Languages Wisconsin launched the first edition of the Student Video & Postcard Contests. These contests are based on the ACTFL Discover Languages Campaign. Fast forward to 2016 and our contests are continuously celebrating and recognizing our student’s connections to world languages in Wisconsin! Our contests are designed for all students […]Continue Reading
A Linguaphile’s Calling
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 […]Continue Reading
The Power of Students as World Language Advocates
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 […]Continue Reading
Stay Informed, Stay Connected
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 […]Continue Reading
Spread the News: If you don’t tell them, how will they know?
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 […]Continue Reading