October WAFLT eVoice: Global Read Aloud, Evolutionary Biology, and More!

Advocacy in Action

Why We Strive

By Keely Lake

This has been a tough year to feel like fighting. Every time I turn on the news I find another reason to be discouraged. I had a death in the family which was long in coming and very draining. Work has been as busy and as stressful as ever. But I am not alone. Many of us are tired, all of us are overworked, and no matter what side you are on, the divisions in this country are raw like a rope burn. We all need to find reasons to get up, put serenity in our hearts, and carry on. I find my reasons in my classroom, in the emails from language teachers from around the country, and in my garden and cats. My students need an ally in their learning and in dealing with the stress of the world. We, my colleagues, need each other in finding strength and courage to face what comes at us. All of us also need something or someone at home to provide solace and peace. Read more.

Mock Facebook Live helps with public speaking


Kelly Downing, a 10th-grade teacher in New York City, uses social media to teach lessons in public speaking, proofreading, editing and revising. During a "Facebook Live" style lesson, Downing asks students to write a paragraph and once they are ready to go "live," they stand before the class to present their work.​ Chalkbeat/New York

Can a workout boost language learning ability?


Researchers have been studying how physical exercise affects the ability of adults to learn a new language. Two groups of college-age Chinese men and women learning English were examined -- one group used exercise bikes as part of the research and the other group used rote-learning techniques for the study.​ The New York Times

Travel the world with NPR's new podcast

SOURCE: National Public Radio (NPR)

It’s one thing to translate words.  It’s another to understand where people are coming from.  Rough Translation, NPR’s newest podcast, takes you thousands of miles from your echo chamber to explore how cultural differences shape our perspectives. Hosted by international correspondent Gregory Warner, each week you’ll travel to a different country to drop in on a story or conversation that reflects back on something we're talking about in the United States. National Public Radio

Pre-to-3: Global Read Aloud connects young readers around the world

SOURCE: Education Dive: K12

For educators who aren’t sure how to open young learners’ eyes to the bigger world beyond their local neighborhood, the Global Read Aloud is a great place to start. Now in its eighth year, the campaign began Oct. 2 and runs for six weeks. In participating schools and classrooms, teachers not only sign up to read one of the featured books, but they also agree to share their reading experiences with at least one other classroom — anywhere in the world. Education Dive


November 2-4, 2017
Reach Beyond the Horizon: Maximizing Effective Language Teaching and Cultivating Enhanced Student Proficiency Fall Conference
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December 1, 2017
WAFLT Central States Extension Workshop Grant Application Deadline
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WAFLT Special Projects Grant Application Deadline
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WAFLT Student Travel Scholarship Application Deadline
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February 3, 2018
Curriculum Writing Days with Dr. Helena Curtain and Jessica Bradley
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February 15, 2018
WAFLT Recognition of Merit Nomination Deadline
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February 24, 2018
FLESFEST 2018: FLESQUEST: Celebrating Our Progress and Charting Our Future Together
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Evolutionary biology can help us understand how language works

SOURCE: Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL)

As a linguist I dread the question, “what do you do?”, because when I answer “I’m a linguist” the inevitable follow-up question is: “How many languages do you speak?” That, of course, is not the point. While learning languages is a wonderful thing to do, academic linguistics is the scientific study of language.  What I do in my work is to try to understand how and why languages are the way they are. Why are there so many in some places and so few in others? How did languages develop so many different ways of fulfilling the same kinds of communicative tasks? What is uniquely human about language, and how do the human mind and language shape each other? This is something of a new direction in linguistics. The old-school study of language history was more concerned with language for its own sake: understanding the structure of languages and reconstructing their genealogical relationships. The Conversation
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