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January WAFLT eVoice: Immersion Programs, Gamification, and More!

Advocacy in Action

ADVOCACY for World Languages: On the Proficiency Journey

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.” Read more.

German hip-hop band stops in Eau Claire, visits language students

SOURCE: ACTFL SmartBrief

German hip-hop and classical music band, EINSHOCH6, stopped in Eau Claire Tuesday as part of the group's U.S. tour. The band members brought their musical talents to Memorial High School. German language students from several different schools attended the performance, including Eau Claire, La Crosse, Hudson, and students from Minnesota. The stop took several months to plan, but organizers say it's great to all come together to learn. WEAU-TV (Eau Claire, Wisconsin)

Gamifying your world languages classes

SOURCE: Edutopia News

The advent of interactive play platforms such as Quizlet Live, Quizizz, Kahoot!, and Quizalize has brought to world language classrooms an engaging way to review vocabulary. Students enjoy the low-stakes competition, the fast pace of the games, and the interaction with their peers. For teachers, these platforms provide a seamless way to get all students excited and engaged.​ Edutopia

Educator offers guidance on immersion programs

SOURCE: ACTFL SmartBrief

Immersion programs should aim to produce well-rounded students who are biliterate, bicognitive and bicultural within five years, writes Plutus Yang, assistant director at HudsonWay Immersion School in New York City. In this blog post, Yang shares tips for how to create a quality immersion program, including setting clear goals that are reflected in the curriculum.  Education Weel's Global Learning Blog

Introversion: The hidden strength in language learning?

SOURCE: CASLS InterCom

I’d like to start this blog post by telling you a few things about myself. I enjoy going for walks alone with my dog (shout out to Oreo). I like reading books on my balcony. I hate noisy, crowded places like nightclubs. I don’t like to be the centre of attention, especially on my birthday. I like one-on-one conversations and prefer to take a back seat in group conversations. My mobile phone bill rarely exceeds nine euros per month because I prefer WhatsApp to my own voice. I find small talk tedious and, at times, painful. I enjoy eating out with a friend or two, not so much a big group. When the majority are at the beach soaking up the sun each summer, you’ll find me happily lost in a small town in Sweden, Portugal or Romania. Sandy Millen (Wordpress)

 

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Thousands Once Spoke His Language in the Amazon. Now, He’s the Only One.

SOURCE: New York Times

Amadeo García García rushed upriver in his canoe, slipping into the hidden, booby-trapped camp where his brother Juan lay dying. Juan writhed in pain and shook uncontrollably as his fever rose, battling malaria. As Amadeo consoled him, the sick man muttered back in words that no one else on Earth still understood. Je’intavea’, he said that sweltering day in 1999. I am so ill. New York Times
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