May WAFLT eVoice: Engaging Students through Social Media, "Picting," and More!

High Tech/Low Tech: Ideas for Every Classroom

Core Practices

By Andrea Behn

The Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL) provided world language teachers with 6 Core Practices in 2015 and though some of the practices are not new to teachers, they do take some planning and effort to incorporate in teaching. For some teachers, the most challenging Core Practice to incorporate into their repertoire is using authentic resources. Yes, textbooks have a lot of information and activities already done for us. Yes, it’s nice to have a skeleton for units and lessons. Yes, they are pretty. However, consider this quote from Laura Terrill at the Central States Conference in 2016: “The kiss of death for the 21st century learner is ‘open your textbook’.” The 21st learner has access to unlimited amounts of knowledge; it’s our job to take them beyond knowledge and foster inquiry, problem-solving, and critical thinking, essential skills for this generation. Read more.

"Personal space" around the world


If you've traveled even a little bit, you’ve surely had the experience of sharing a public space with someone (or many someones) who wants to stand closer to you than you’d allow your partner most of the time. (I often had this experience at the ATMs in Baku, Azerbaijan, where crowding has replaced queuing.) The Washington Post

How "picting" is becoming a new literacy


Let’s start with Snapchat, the social media service where pictures users send to each other disappear after being viewed for 10 seconds (though a "story" — made up of sequences of pictures — last 24 hours). Why do the pictures disappear on Snapchat? Just as verbal conversation disappears, so now picture conversations disappear. Snapchat embodies the ephemerality of conversing — but in pictures. T.H.E. Journal

Engaging world languages students through social media

SOURCE: EdWeek Update

Effective integration of instructional technology in learning environments is the unicorn of successful curriculum design and implementation. Yet, one can almost hear the groans during discussions on the benefits of incorporating technology into lesson plans and curricula. Often times the pitch as to what technology could facilitate for learners and educators is aspirational while the actual execution of tech in the classroom is overwhelming, finicky, and unreliable. Indeed, classroom tech setups often appear to be on par with spaceship mission control for the uninitiated.  Education Week's Global Learning Blog

Is language learned subconsciously?


Subconscious language learning is a concept that leading language acquisition expert Stephen Krashen has demonstrated through extensive research, but is still challenged by many teachers. Though there is research to back up this theory that language is learned subconsciously, we are still not aware of how the language starts to stick in our brains. HuffPost Canada


July 31-August 2, 2017
WAFLT Summer Institute
Taking the Lead: Proficiency-Oriented Programs in Practice
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August 3-4, 2017
Modified OPI (MOPI) Assessment Workshop
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September 25, 2017
WAFLT Scholarship for Tomorrow's Teachers Application Deadline
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State-level support for students from linguistically diverse backgrounds


To support Wisconsin kids immersed in a multilingual environment, State Superintendent Tony Evers formed an Advisory Council to Support Linguistically Diverse Students.

Members of the new advisory council — representing schools, community organizations, and business and civic leaders — will share their knowledge and expertise to help Wisconsin expand opportunities for linguistically diverse students. These students may be immigrants, migrants, refugees, or come from a multilingual background. 
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

4 tips for media literacy lessons that appeal to teens


I've looked around for tips on how to teach about fake news, and although that search has resulted in some fascinating articles, I haven't found much in the way of specific suggestions for how to create meaningful and successful lesson plans. Teenagers are tricky, but it isn't impossible to get through to them. For me, there are a few requirements for a good lesson plan on new media literacy. ASCD Express
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