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January WAFLT eVoice: Culturally Responsive Teaching, Teacher's Reflection on a Mock OPI and More!

Advocacy in Action

The Wisconsin Language Roadmap

By Ryan Goble



It’s here, but now the work begins!  There is much work to be done at local and state levels! The Wisconsin Language Roadmap is a call for collaborative action. The key question that the report puts forward is: WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Here are the resources to guide you as you implement this valuable tool to strengthen and promote world language learning in Wisconsin.

 “All Wisconsinites can support progress toward the realization of world-ready businesses, communities, organizations, professionals, schools, educators, students, and citizens.”  Read more
 


Mentoring Matters

How to Navigate Teaching and Impact Student Learning

By Carley Goodkind



The landscape of world language education and of our schools is rapidly changing, presenting new challenges as well as reasons to celebrate. As I followed my own winding path across this landscape – through forests and open fields, over hills and mountains, and even into valleys and caverns – I unexpectedly found myself in an ocean. There I was, surfing on the wave of educational innovation, when suddenly I realized I didn’t know how to surf. So many new ideas, deep and complex, swirled in and around me. Just as I thought I would lose my balance and drown, I got lucky. Read more

Culturally Responsive Teaching in Spanish Class

SOURCE: CASLS InterCom

A few years ago, a teacher friend of mine told me something like, "All that cultural stuff doesn't really matter because I view each of my students as individuals anyway." This rubbed me the wrong way. At the time I couldn't articulate why. Now I know it frustrated me because we teachers need to do much, much more than just treat each student as an individual. I need to go above and beyond for my students who society has marginalized and continues to underserve. Secondary Spanish Space Blog

Language Learning is the Educational Imperative of Our Generation

SOURCE: ACTFL (LinkedIn)

Earlier this year, CIA Director Gina Haspel included “emphasizing foreign language excellence” as part of the agency’s core strategy. Former CIA Director Leon Panetta recently echoed—and expanded upon—that sentiment in an opinion piece for the San Francisco Chronicle. Panetta has been invested in language skills since the 1970s, when he was a member of the President’s Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies. As he points out, the Commission found that “Americans’ incompetence in foreign languages is nothing short of scandalous.”  Transparent Language News Blog

 

February 15, 2019
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February 23, 2019
FLESFEST 31st Anniversary: Creativity in the World Language Classroom
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March 15, 2019
Distinguished Educator Award Nomination Deadline
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Anthony J. Gradisnik Award Nomination Deadline
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April 1, 2019
Future Language Teacher Award Nomination Deadline
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April 15, 2019
WAFLT Special Projects Grant Application Deadline
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May 15, 2019
WAFLT Professional Service Award Nomination Deadline
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Teacher's Reflection on Mock OPI

SOURCE: CASLS Intercom
 
Last week, I posted that one of my #MyFives goals for 2019 was to improve my Spanish proficiency.

While I had never taken an OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview), I can tell based on my confidence and fluidness in speaking with native speakers that my oral proficiency has declined in the last 10 years. As someone who develops materials for Spanish learners, I believe that it is my professional obligation to maintain an extremely high level of proficiency. ¡Manos a la obra! The Comprehensible Classroom Blog
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