December WAFLT eVoice: Exploring Culture, Minecraft, and More!

High Tech/Low Tech: Ideas for Every Classroom

Ideas for When You Are Out

By Deana Zorko

I recently read this blog post in Path to Proficiency and began to reflect on my own sub plans for when I am not able to be in class. How can students effectively use class time to continue their work towards proficiency? Will they actually do what I leave them? After some contemplation, I thought…students will do the work and use their time effectively if it is an integral part of their classroom routine (with or without you in class), and if they see the direct connection to their learning. Can they/you afford to lose the instructional time? NO! It’s important to keep their proficiency moving towards the target. Read more.

Resistance to changes in grammar is futile, say researchers


When it comes to changes in language, there’s no point crying over spilt milk: researchers charting fluctuations in English grammar say the rise of certain words, such as spilled, is probably down to chance, and that resistance is futile. Comparisons have long been drawn between evolution and changes in language, with experts noting that preferences such as a desire for emphasis can act as a type of “natural selection”, affecting which words or forms of grammar are passed on between generations.  But a new study shows that another evolutionary mechanism might play a key role: random chance. The Guardian

Minecraft can transform your world language classroom


Do you speak Minecraft? If you don’t, I highly recommend taking a minute to ask your students about this popular computer game — now with an education edition. They will likely passionately describe adventures they’ve taken in this block-based open world, where the only limit to what they’re able to create is their imagination. As a world language teacher, I’m always trying to find ways to leverage digital learning strategies to immerse students in the Spanish language and find engaging, meaningful experiences to be able to hone their language skills. EdTech Magazine

A snapshot of students' online coursetaking: Foreign languages on the rise

SOURCE: EdWeek Update

Students who enroll in online courses come to those forums with a host of academic demands—not just in core subjects, but also in career-and-technical education, the arts, and even driver’s education. Recent data from the Evergreen Education Group, a consulting organization that has spent years studying the virtual school world, speaks to those eclectic interests. The organization’s most recent annual report, “Keeping Pace With K-12 Online Learning,” breaks down which online courses students are choosing most often to supplement their academic work. EdWeek MarketBrief

New NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements released


The 2017 NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, the result of collaboration between the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guide: Language learners to identify and set learning goals and chart their progress towards language and intercultural proficiency; Educators to write communication learning targets for curriculum, unit and lesson plans; Stakeholders to clarify how well learners at different stages can communicate. ACTFL


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Corazón y alma: Exploring culture helped me find my voice

SOURCE: EdWeek Update

Ninth grade was the year I realized that I had a voice. The ​Corazón y Alma project (Heart and Soul) was an interdisciplinary project between my Humanities, Math/Physics, and Spanish classes. In Humanities we focused on an in-depth analysis of Latin American culture and history through experiential learning activities. This was important because at the end of the project we were inviting the public to our performing arts, history, and science festival. We had an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives by collectively researching and presenting on every country in Latin America, engaging in Socratic discussions, and hearing from U.S. Border Patrol agents, Border Angels volunteers, and community activists.  Education Week's Learning Deeply Blog
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