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The VOICE of


Spring 2013 Volume 40 Number 1



Table of Contents WAFLT Executive Board Contact Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 From Your President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keely Lake.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 From Your Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carrie Bergum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Pedagogy, Methodology and Policy Jiro Dreams of Sushi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gerhard Fischer.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . It’s a SMART and PLC Kind of Life!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Justin Gerlach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Language Corps Members Employee Skills for Nation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terri Moon Cronk.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . From Your 2013 Fall Conference Program Committee Co-chairs .... . . . . . . . . Linda Havas & Cathy Stresing.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Language Production and Video Editing with Movie Maker in the Foreign Language Classroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Julie González. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FLESFEST 25 and Continuing to Thrive!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2012 Awards/Grants.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keely Lake.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 WAFLT Annual Business Meeting Minutes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 2012-13 Contributor Lists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Affiliate Organization Newsletters The National Network for Early Language Learning – NNELL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Association of Teachers of French – Wisconsin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

WAFLT Mission: The purpose of WAFLT shall be to promote, strengthen, and facilitate the teaching and life-long learning of world languages and cultures in schools and communities to meet the needs of our increasingly interdependent world.

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WAFLT Executive Board & Contacts for Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers President Keely Lake, PhD Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam president@waflt.org President-Elect

New Visions in Action Subcommittee Chair / Finance Committee Chair Kyle Gorden Elkhorn Area High School gordky@elkhorn.k12.wi.us

Nina Holmquist Nicolet High School ninaholmquist@sbcglobal.net

Communications & Publications Chair


Lauren Rosen University of Wisconsin webmaster@waflt.org

Lynn Sessler Neitzel Clovis Grove Elementary, Menasha neitzell@mjsd.k12.wi.us Secretary Dan Tess Brookfield Central High School danieltess@hotmail.com Treasurer Todd Schlenker University School of Milwaukee tschlenker@usmk12.org DPI International Education/World Languages Consultant Gerhard Fischer gerhard.fischer@dpi.wi.gov NNELL Representative Jessica Bradley Highland View Elementary jessica.bradley@greendale.k12.wi.us

Member Services Subcommittee Chair Christina Stuber Northland Pines High School, Eagle River cstuber@npsd.k12.wi.us The VOICE of WAFLT Subcommittee Chair/Editor Carrie Bergum Holmen High School voice@waflt.org Advertising Subcommittee Chair Josh LeGreve Lake Denoon Middle School, Muskego advertising@waflt.org Public Relations Committee Advocacy Committee Chair

Fall Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs

Justin Gerlach Mishicot High School advocacy@waflt.org

Linda Havas Greendale High School program@waflt.org

Grants & Scholarships Committee Chair

Cathy Stresing Mequon Thiensville Schools program@waflt.org Local Arrangements/Exhibits SubCommittee Janet Rowe Hortonville High School janetrowe@hasd.org Keli Reinke Hortonville High School kelireinke@hasd.org

Lisa Hendrickson grants@waflt.org Teacher in Training GrantsSubcommittee Chair Paula Meyer Appleton North High School meyerpaula@aasd.k12.wi.us

Student Travel and CSC Grants Subcommittee Chair Stephanie Krenz River Bluff Middle School, Stoughton stephanie.krenz@stoughton.k12.wi.us

WiATJ President Atsuko Suga Borgmann UW-Milwaukee sugaatsu@wum.edu WLTA President

Professional Development Committee / Member Services Committee Chair International Education Summit

Allan Lubben Mequon Homestead High School awlubben@gmail.com

Anita Alkas UW-Milwaukee alkhas@uwm.edu

OWL vacant WACLT President

Future Teachers Subcommittee Chair Raquel Oxford UW-Milwaukee roxford@uwm.edu HS Guests Subcommittee Chair Tracy Sandberg tberg65@yahoo.com

Sarah Bailey

UW-Marathon County bubsbailey@yahoo.com.hk WAATSP President Fred Cruz Brookfield Academy cruz@brookfieldacademy.org

Emily Behnke JR Gerrits Middle School, Kimberly ebehnke@kimberly.k12.wi.us Mentoring/Leadership Project Karen Fowdy mkfowdy@tds.net Summer Institute Deb Bowe-Weilgus Waukesha West High School dbowwie@waukesha.k12.wi.us Language Association Representatives AATF-WI President Justin Frieman Tremper High School, Kenosha jfrieman@kusd.edu AATG-WI President Mark Wagner Nicolet High School, Glendale mark_wagner@nicolet.k12.wi.us

WAFLT is a member of ACTFL, CSC, and JNCL-NCLIS. The VOICE of WAFLT appears twice annually in the spring and fall, with copy deadlines of January 1 and May 15. Manuscripts describing world language pedagogy as well as study and travel opportunities and experiences are always welcome, and if accepted, generally will appear in the next issue. Submissions for publication must be double-spaced and sent as a printout and in electronic format. IBM and Macintosh formatted disks or email attachments are acceptable. Please save your files as “text only� and as a formatted document. Send all submissions to the editor.



From Your President ...


s I look forward to the next two years as President of WAFLT, I am excited by the possibilities and humbled by the challenges. WAFLT continues to work hard to provide tangible benefits for your membership dollars. The Summer Institute, Fall Conference, and The Voice are just a few of the resources put together by the many volunteers in our organization. We have weathered the initial brunt of a crisis in our state, but we are hardly clear of the dangers. We need to look to one another, our communities, and ourselves to approach these uncertain times with the confidence that we can face whatever is thrown at us. Programs might face decreases, and good teachers might decide to leave the field. In times like these, we need the congeniality of professional organizations to sustain us. WAFLT and its wonderful members can serve this need. Browse the links on the website to find many resources which can help you and your programs, from contests for our students to awards for our colleagues. Attend our conferences and workshops, and contact officers and committee members to share ideas and to seek support. There will be some changes this year as we work to keep costs down while still providing as much value as we can. One change will be taking The Voice online to save printing and mailing costs, as well as to provide some environmental benefits. Another will be a change in the structure of the Fall Conference as we move the awards ceremony away from a banquet format. Look for more information on that change in the fall.

Other things will remain the same, such as the focus of the Summer Institute on technology as we meet to renew and refresh before the start of the new school year. WAFLT sends representatives to ACTFL and CSCTFL as well as to JNCL-NCLIS. The Joint National Committee on Languages-National Council on Language and International Studies is an advocacy body based in Washington, DC. They look for allies in business, defense, and government to keep languages in the minds, policies, and funding plans of this country. It is important to remember, however, another aspect of language education; we teach and reach human beings. We help our students make real connections with the people they contact so readily on their electronic devices. There is a joy in what we do, an important factor that cannot be forgotten in the day-to-day mission we work so hard to sustain. Language is a powerful tool; it can make the world stronger, more positive, and more wonderful when we genuinely connect with others. WAFLT is made up of many languages, but whatever language (or languages) we know and use and teach makes us conscious of others and more aware of ourselves. I started this message with the realities of today—we have not an easy road to travel these days. Still, we do not have to dwell in the negatives. Anything you can do for a student, a colleague, an individual language association, WAFLT, or nationally will make us all stronger. If we remember the importance of coming out of the bunker and working

Keely Lake

together, we can accomplish great things. Please consider lending your talents to a committee, subcommittee, or special project. The more hands, the lighter the work. In this issue you will read inspiring highlights of the Hortonville Area School District’s program, this year’s winners of the Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon School Award for Excellence in World Language Programs. There are also write-ups for the awards presented at the Fall Conference. I encourage all of you to apply for an award and nominate your colleagues. The effort is minimal for the difference it makes for another. Finally, I want to say thank you to all those who have helped me prepare for this new role. I will not be perfect, that I can guarantee. I can promise that I will do my best for WAFLT and its members, and I can promise that I will need your help. Let us work together to keep this the best world language association in the country. Keely Lake



From Your Editor ...


t seems as though time just speeds by lately. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I cannot believe that the spring issue of The Voice is already online and that means the school year is almost at an end. It’s been an exhausting year with all of the changes we have faced, but wow, what exhilarating things lie ahead for all of us if we concentrate on those rather than the things that are zapping our strength. Let me share some of those with you. I would like to welcome all of the new people to the board, the new officers for the different language groups, and all the new teachers to our profession and to WAFLT. Welcome home ... you know, that is what we are ... “home.” It is this “family” that helps each other get up when it seems that we are beaten down, not valued, and wondering if this is all there is. You know, we are part of one of the most honorable professions ever. If you read the president’s thoughts, you know we’ve had to struggle ... not what we bargained for, but realize that the WAFLT family is here to see us through. Take a deep breath and take a look at the WAFLT website and see all the available opportunities to get involved for both yourself and your students. Read through The Voice and, once again, be encouraged by the job you are doing, the passion you are showing, and the desire for student learning that you have. Did you see the list of awards that were given out at the WAFLT Fall Conference? Take a look! We have amazing teachers doing amazing things in their classrooms and for the good of the profession. Read through all the language groups’ notes. They took care of business and recognized their membership for the great things going

on in each language. I have added two more films to my “must see” list because of Gerhard’s article. All of us should focus on always moving toward mastering our craft. We cannot become better if we become stagnant and refuse to see change or to be the change. We may not reach the pinnacle, but what about the possibility of one of our students doing so because of our inspiration, our drive, our desire, and our passion – all modeled each and every day in our classrooms and professional organizations.

We have such a great organization. It, too, will be seeing some changes – all positive and moving in the best direction for the membership. Allow the organization to be your “family” as we move through the changes together. The organization is amazing because of amazing people like all of you reading this. I, personally, want to say thank you to each and every one of you for sharing, caring, and teaching – not just students but all the rest of us too. Each of us has something to offer to the organization ... don’t be afraid, come be a part of the change, a part of the growth of WAFLT. Carrie Bergum

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi By Gerhard Fischer, International Education &World Languages Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction


iro Ono has never done anything in his life but prepare sushi and develop his restaurant of only a dozen seats into a Michelin 3-star temple for sushi lovers. In his documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, David Gelb paints a wonderful portrait not only of the 85-year-old master sushi maker but also of his two sons, his suppliers at the fish market, and the training of his apprentices. “It took me ten years before they even let me try to make egg sushi,” says one of them. Ten years of intense preparation every day, learning to cut, carve, flavor, and whatever else makes a perfect sushi chef. Ten years before being allowed to try making egg sushi. Jiro’s dedication to perfection and mastery of his trade is rivaled by that of the vendors at the fish market, each of whom is a specialist in different kinds of fish. “I know how to make sushi,” says Jiro, “but they know so much more about the fish we use in the restaurant than I do. I depend on them.” His rice supplier was offered a lucrative contract by the Hyatt hotel chain but declined. “What good is it if they buy my rice but don’t know how to cook it?” he asks and adds, “I would never sell rice to anyone without Jiro’s permission.” And at age 85, Jiro says he has never felt he wanted to do anything in life other than prepare sushi. “I am still learning to make perfect sushi,” he says. “I have much more to learn.” This intense dedication to a craft may sound extreme to most of us, yet there are no shortcuts to perfection. I got

engrossed in another documentary during the holiday break, Wagner’s Dream, that follows the staging of the Ring Cycle at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Again, the absolute dedication to detail and perfection from stage hands, carpenters, producers, and performers is about hard work, pride, and absolute attention to detail. Whether or not you like opera or appreciate Wagner, you will come away inspired by the level of professionalism of everyone involved in the production of the world’s most challenging operatic work. Most of us will not be able to perform at the level of these chefs, craftsmen, or artists. Some of our students, however, may have the kind of talent it takes to excel at what they do. It is our obligation as teachers to give them a chance and to pave the road for them. How we do that, how we want to bring out the best in our students, is the perennial crucial question in teacher education and in our education system. The study of the craft and the life of Jiro Ono raises several interesting questions for our own craft, teaching languages, and the answers may help us refine what we do on a daily basis. In this model, assume you are the master and ask yourself the following questions: C Why do I do what I do? – What is my own personal interest in languages and cultures? – Why do I think my students should learn about other cultures and learn to speak their languages?

If we don’t love what we do, we will not be the best teachers we can be. Imagine the sushi maker who still comes to work every day at age 85, loving every minute of it. C What can I do to become a better – Speaker of my second, third, or fourth language? – Expert on other cultures? – Role model (master) to my students? Whatever the minimum licensing expectations for language proficiency and study abroad may be, we should not be satisfied with the lowest expectations of ourselves. If we truly love what we do, we want to perfect our craft every day. This is not an expectation from the outside; it is our own expectation of ourselves. If we live by the principles and the set of expectations of ourselves that Jiro Ono has set for himself, we will indeed be the best role models for our students. We will not allow them to simply meet minimal expectations, but we will push them to do their absolute best because we ourselves do our absolute best. We show our students that we take pride in what we do, and we ask them to develop pride in what they do. This pride comes through accomplishment, through a sense of achievement, and from an accepted expectation that learning is both hard work and fun. It cannot be one or the other. Before you call me naïve and ask me what planet I might be living on, let me tell you that I fully understand the environment in which we all operate.



We will be facing a model of teacher evaluation that will be quite controversial. We will again be asked to demonstrate why it is important to learn and teach world languages, and we will be asked to craft our message differently for different audiences. We will, once again, be asked to define the value of our craft in terms of external reasons, the economic and the defense argument. We understand that situation. But I maintain that living through all

those conversations will be much easier if we have a clear sense of what we are about, and if it is clear to everyone inside and outside our classrooms that we take great pride in our craft. The lessons we can learn from Jiro Ono are clear: We do what we do because we love what we do, because we are good at it, and because we will get even better. The alternative does not look too good to me.

Watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi and let me know which lessons you take away from it. Wagner’s Dream should be next on your list, even if you have no interest whatsoever in German opera.#

WAFLT Summer Institute 2013 Pyle Center – Madison, WI August 6–7 Google Apps and Tools + The World Language Classroom Through hands-on practice and small group collaboration, participants will explore Google Apps and Tools that enable teachers to: u u u u u

Connect with 21st century learners. Enhance established units and projects. Assess all modes of communication. Differentiate lessons. Improve communication outside of the classroom.

The Summer Institute is a 2-day workshop for educators who want to explore and learn more about integrating Google Apps and Tools in the World Language Classroom. We welcome novice through advanced technology users. Credit option available.

Come join us as we investigate the world of Google Apps and Tools . For more details, visit waflt.org

We guarantee an APPS-olutely great time!



It’s a SMART and PLC Kind of Life! By Justin Gerlach, WAFLT Advocacy Chair


ollaboration. It is the key word uttered at almost every staff meeting or professional development opportunity. We all talk about it, but how effective are we at implementing it? Collaboration can incorporate a broad context. I am focusing on professional collaboration. What does it look like in your department, school, and district? Most importantly, how will it impact your classroom and teaching? I believe that I am a team player who will embrace flexibility each day to ensure that the day and all of its functions proceed smoothly. It is my reality. Up to this point in my career, when the concept of collaboration was discussed, my mind instantly flashed to my willingness to help others. Professionally, it meant for me to attend conferences, become involved with my professional organization, share what I learn with others, and keep my classroom door open to my colleagues so that we could exchange ideas on how to improve our teaching. I believe that this is still a relevant perspective, but my colleagues and I have been challenged to go farther. This academic year my district has implemented the Professional Learning Community (PLC) model of professional development and collaboration. For those of you already in this model, read on to compare your story to mine. I look forward to your feedback. For those of you who have yet to experience it, read on to engage yourself in probably the best model of professional collaboration thus far in my teaching career. I also look forward to your feedback.

Our PLC model has been the focus of all of our district professional development opportunities this school year. We have been divided into teams; content and grade level. We meet once a week at a pre-determined time to carry out the SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goals we established at the beginning of our school year. We are charged with data collection, revision and reflection, common assessment, and to establish a new goal once one is completed. Our goals have positively impacted student performance in the classroom and shed new light on our teaching strategies to achieve such student performance. I believe that this model and process employs the true art of professional collaboration within your own department(s). It is, however, not a cookie cutter approach for everyone. There are singletons that do face a greater content challenge in their PLC collaboration and goal setting along with departments/content areas which have many members who may impede the pace of the progress of the established goals. Whatever the roadblock, each one can be navigated toward success. The PLC experience this year along with our SMART goal that my colleagues and I established has provided a real content collaboration opportunity that positively impacts our teaching and classrooms. To meet weekly and progress with our goal, collect the data, revise and reflect on our goal strategies, and to receive constructive feedback, has enhanced our classroom teaching and shed new

light on how we teach and plan our content for students. It is not a time to discuss student interventions, but an actual block of time to discuss content improvement. As we move forward with the school year, we will continue to revise, reflect, and plan our goals. It is a satisfying feeling to look back at where we started, at our data, and to plan for future classes with this valuable and relevant information. It may seem that I am swept up with the latest alphabet soup of initiatives that come and go in education and perhaps you may be right. My challenge to you though is to experience such a model and allow yourself to be open to such an opportunity if it comes your way. The PLC initiative for me is like attending a tiny little WAFLT conference each week. It is time to talk, reenergize, and improve oneself professionally. Do realize that I speak of the experience and process as a whole and that fireworks of collaboration do not go off at every meeting! We are human and thus our motivation, communication, and direction can wander a bit, but the goal is always in sight. As we move forward in our collaboration in our district, I look forward to hearing your stories of collaboration and/or a PLC model. Listen, reflect, and share your ideas and goals with your colleagues within your department, district, region, or even at our state conference. The art of collaboration is crafted by you, guided by others, and to be shared for all to learn of the great ideas that begin with you. #



Reprinted with permission from the U.S. Department of Defense (http://www.defense.gov)

Language Corps Members Employ Skills for Nation By Terri Moon Cronk, American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2013


man translates the deposition of a Somali pirate for the FBI.

A woman who speaks Mandarin Chinese works with the Coast Guard aboard a cutter off the African coast to monitor Mandarin fishing vessels. A federal agency requests humanitarian help following the outbreak of a disease in a small, foreign village, which quickly garners a group of volunteers who speak the language of the community. These translators are among the 4,000-member National Defense Language Corps. They volunteer their second-language skills and cultural knowledge when the need arises across the Defense Department and the federal government, said Dr. Michael Nugent, director of the Defense Language National Security Office and National Security Education Office. Nugent said the corps' language assistance is one of the largest innovations in the federal sector. Agencies foreign and domestic that have sought the corps' capabilities include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Peace Corps, the Department of Labor, and Interpol. The volunteer members of the corps, a DOD organization, fill needs for any one of 260 languages and cultural knowledge, he said. “If you are a combatant commander, you cannot have on hand 260 linguists who speak all those languages. It's just too cost prohibitive [and] it's very difficult to find those resources,” Nugent said. “We at the Department of Defense, plus the rest of the federal government, have an incredible need for language skills and these skills are enduring,” he said. “The language corps provides a way to augment our federal service in times of need through [the use of] volunteers.” The volunteers in the program must be at least 18 years old. None are full-time employees but are on call to report for work, which could last anywhere from a few hours to a couple of months, Nugent said, adding that most volunteers work a week

at a time. He added the corps is seeking non-federal workers, to augment the federal sector. Volunteers receive training and are compensated for their services by becoming temporary federal employees during the time they travel and work. Once partially a pilot program, the corps has become permanent, following President Barack Obama's Jan. 2 signing of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Many volunteers have grown up in other countries or have heritage language skills spoken at home, Nugent said, noting some are retired military linguists. And with 4,000 volunteers, Nugent expects the corps to boast 15,000 members as the program is ramped up to further complement the federal sector. The volunteers' cultural knowledge of the languages they speak is crucial, Nugent said. “[By] growing up in another country or speaking another language, there are different ways of doing things in different countries, and what these folks bring with them is an understanding of how things are done in other cultures,” Nugent explained. Having people with those cultural and language skills makes a big difference, he said. “In these times when we are drawing down a lot of capabilities, the corps offers an opportunity to retain a lot of language capability,” Nugent noted. “It's hard to create that capability in-house; it's costly. The corps gives us an opportunity to retain that capability and draw upon it in times of need. That's one of the most important aspects of the corps.” Nugent said members of the corps sign up for one particular reason. “They want to volunteer and serve the nation,” he said. “They're not trying to make money out of this. They're trying to give back to the country.” # Dr. Michael Nugent – http://prhome.defense.gov/bios/ michaelNugent.aspx National Language Service Corps – www.nlscorps.org



From Your 2013 Fall Conference Program Committee Co-chairs ...


e are honored to serve you as your WAFLT 2013 Program Committee Co-Chairs. Many thanks to Deana Zorko and Chie Kakigi for all their assistance as we transition into this role! Thank you to all who submitted electronic evaluations for the 2012 conference. Your feedback is appreciated and helps us as we plan future conferences. We are also pleased to announce the names of the three lucky winners of a one-year WAFLT membership: Katie King (Florence County High School), Jeanne Psket (Arrowhead High School) and Kathy Heinen (Oshkosh West High School). The 2013 WAFLT Fall Conference will be held at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, October 31– November 2. This year’s conference theme is Languages: Literacy for Life: Fostering the critical skills necessary for making connections today in order to communicate in a global future. Share your lessons, projects and activities that help students develop their literacy as global citizens. To receive the fall issue of the Voice of WAFLT and the Pre-Conference booklet, your membership must be current. Please head to our website at waflt.org and take a moment to renew your membership and ensure your account information is correct. Also, visit the website throughout the year to learn of the many opportunities your WAFLT organization offers. We invite you to “pay it forward” and share your best ideas by submitting a proposal to present at the 2013 WAFLT Fall Conference. The continued success of our conference depends on

professionals like you who share their time and ideas as presenters. Many members gave suggestions for future presentations in this year’s online evaluation. Here are some ideas to further guide your proposals: C How is your world language program helping to support the development of globally literate citizens? C How have you successfully integrated technology into your classroom? C What practices, activities and assessments that you use would be especially helpful to new teachers? How can you support our newest colleagues as they develop the skills to teach in a global future? The deadline to submit proposals is March 15. As you submit your proposal, be sure to: C Verify that your account information is current and contains an email address you can access year-round. WAFLT communicates only via email. C Verify with your school district that email from waflt.org is not blocked. C Fill in all parts of the online form for a successful proposal submission. C Enter the name, position, and school/company/organization for all session presenters as they should appear in the conference program. C Select one person as the primary presenter and ensure that he/she is a current member of WAFLT. Only the primary presenter will receive information about proposals. In addition, only primary presenters will receive free registration to the conference and an honorarium.

C Verify that your session has been submitted by logging in to your WAFLT account and clicking on “My Proposals.” We look forward to the 2013 Fall Conference and thank you once again for your input and feedback. Should you have any questions, please contact us at program@waflt.org. Linda Havas & Cathy Stresing

Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon School Award for Excellence in World Language Programs Do you have a school or district World Language Program that is worthy of praise? Do you have an exemplary program model, well-articulated curriculum, stellar staff, advocacy and outside community support, and program/student achievement results that speak to the excellence of your school(s)? If so, then nominate your school(s) for this special award! Details can be found at waflt.org



Language Production and Video Editing with Movie Maker in the Foreign Language Classroom By Dr. Julie González, Winona State University


anguage Production in the foreign language classroom is one of the main goals in any language learning environment. The purpose of the article is to illustrate how the use of Movie Maker can be used to practice oral language skills and render authentic material through the authoring of digital media in the foreign language classroom. In the digital video age, one of the most powerful tools for video editing and narration in the foreign language classroom is Movie Maker. Movie Maker can process video in 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (XP/Vista/Windows 7 and 8). The program is licensed and distributed through the Windows Operating System. Movie Maker is streamlined for fast linear operations of video. It has multiple decoding capabilities for processing large numbers of videos, sound files, and images. It is rich in different effects and has a variety of transitions. Movie Maker allows users to synchronize narration with images, import photos, edit videos, add audio, and share what you create on the web. Best of all, Movie Maker is completely free. Movie Maker is mainly optimized for processing AVI and MOV files, although it can read other video formats and can also process MP3, BMP and JPG images.

Loading the Images and Video

Pedagogical Issues to Keep in Mind

The image in the Figure 1 is an example of Movie Maker’s main user interface. To load multiple images or a video file, simply drag and drop the file or files into Movie Maker’s main window. In this example, seven images have been loaded. The larger image on the left displays the first image. This image also appears on the right hand side and these images will be used in the production of output video. The controls at the bottom of the larger left image are a series of buttons that allows the user to play, forward, and rewind video frames or images. The buttons on the lower right hand corner, allow the user to zoom in or out on the images.

From a pedagogical standpoint and within the context of foreign language digital media production, instructors can assist students’ foreign language video comprehension level through recognition questions, comprehension checks, discussion, and in-class activities.1 It is also important to select images and video clips that are clear and not shaky.2 Movie Maker allows the use of both still images and video. In both Figures 1 and 2, the JPG format is being used as a still image since it is the most commonly used format in digital cameras to the date. Still images together with video are great ways to pause and present information to the viewer. Movie Maker

Let's begin with the basics of Movie Maker. First, you will need to download the program. To do that you will need to go to: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/ windows-live/movie-maker-get-started Basics of Movie Maker [Figure 1]


allows the student or the instructor to narrate each image. Narration of images can be recorded by clicking on "Record narration" as seen in Figure 2.

encode, and save your movie. Movie Maker, by default, saves videos in a WMV format. It is compressed to reduce file size and maintain a high quality image. However, this format may be incompatible with certain operating systems and devices. Therefore, it is advisable to save the video in a format compatible with the device in which it will be used. One of the most common digital video formats is MPG. There are several online sites that offer different versions and variations of the MPG format in the form of Codec packages. An online search of Codec packages will allow the user to find many other formats. Some host services such as Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/) will convert your video automatically to the MPG format after uploading the video.

Narration [Figure 2]

Simply by clicking on Movie Maker’s menu under “Save Movie,” the user can select a particular compression and encoding format. It is a good idea to select a setting appropriated for the device or web site. If you are planning on keeping the video on your computer, the “For my computer” setting offers good sound and image quality.

The red circle icon in the upper left hand corner of Figure 2 is for voice recording and narration purposes. The other button icons are regular stop and cancel recording controls. The recording duration will also be displayed in Movie Maker. This is useful in estimating the duration of the project. While recording, Movie Maker will go through all the images that were loaded. The instructor or student can choose to record a single narration for each image or create a single narration for all the images. However, it is often times more efficient and less time consuming to record the narration for all images at once. Adapting this procedure to classroom projects can lead to fun activities where students are asked to participate and create their own video or mini-lessons. Compressing and Saving your Work Once narration has been added to your images, you will need to compress,

Show Your Video on the Web There are a variety of optimized settings to host your video on sites such as Flickr, SkyDrive, FaceBook, YouTube, and Vimeo, among others. You can find these settings on Movie Maker’s menu under “Publish movie.” In addition to the “Publish movie,” menu, you can explore the World Wide Web to find several media host companies to store your videos, such as ImageShack. You may also want to consult with the webmaster in your school or university regarding the possibility of having your media work hosted through their site.3 With the expansion of hard drive size and reduction in price, storage of digital material is no longer an issue for teaching institutions.


Conclusion Movie Maker allows for the production of narration and digital media, thereby, providing a new avenue for foreign language learning. Movie Maker can also be used in an innovative way to incorporate cooperative learning4 into the foreign language classroom. Students can be placed into cooperative teams to work on projects of their interest or the instructors can design a project for the students’ use within a thematic topic. Narration can also be used in assessment activities in which the student will create a photo story for formulating and answering questions.5 The best part is that Movie Maker is free, easy to download, and can be readily incorporated into a variety of authentic language projects.6 Notes 1. For supplementary reading on using comprehension checks see Alice Omaggio Hadley, Teaching Language in Context (Boston: Heinle & Heinle Publishers, 2001). 2. For more special information on video guidelines see Rick Altman, Deborah Bjornstad, Rebecca Bohde, Anny Ewing, Sue Otto, James Pusack, Patrick Shoemaker, and Susan Skoglund, PICS Videoguidelines (Iowa City: The University of Iowa, 1990). 3. Studies on the use of the Internet and its pedagogical implications in the foreign language classroom can be found in Maritza Osuna, “Using the World Wide Web to Integrate Spanish Language and Culture: A Pilot Study,” Language Learning and Technology 1 (1998): 66-87. 4. Research by Piaget and information on cooperative learning may be found in Susan Ellis and Susan F Whalen, Cooperative Learning, Getting Started (Jefferson City: Scholastic Inc.,1990).



5. For methods on assessing the audio and video effectiveness of multimedia resources see, Elizabeth Joiner, “Teaching Listening: How Technology Can Help,” in Michael D. Bush, ed., Technology-Enhanced Language Learning (Lincolnwood: National Textbook Company, 1997), 88-91. 6. For information on how to use Movie Maker see: Training Support and Services about Movie Maker, http://papajohn.org/

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FLESFEST: 25 and Continuing to Thrive!

Dr. Helena Curtain, Associate Professor at UW-Milwaukee Emerita

Mary Duffy Kasum, Senior Lecturer at UW-Waukesha


The Wisconsin Network for Early Language Learning (WI-NELL) FLESFEST is a one-day conference for those interested in promoting standards-based, Early Start – Long Sequence world language learning, and in articulation between FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School), middle school, secondary and post-secondary language programs. Started in 1989 as an extension of FLES networking sessions held at the WAFLT Fall Conference in Appleton, WI, FLESFEST provides an opportunity for world language teachers of all levels and programs to share best practices, ideas and challenges, to learn from each other and to offer support for lifelong learning of world languages. It is held, annually, on the first or second Saturday in March.

and/or their school district. The roundtable session ended but Curtain and Kasum stayed to discuss what they had heard. They concluded that the concerns of these teachers needed to be addressed. After brainstorming several possibilities, Curtain and Kasum decided that there needed to be an event where FLES teachers could come together for a day not only to learn successful teaching strategies but also to have ample time to talk with each other and share ideas. The seeds for FLESFEST had been planted.

Origins: Responding to a Need

A Grassroots Effort

At the 1987 WAFLT Fall Conference, Dr. Helena Curtain and Mary Duffy Kasum attended a roundtable session for World Language teachers facilitated by Dr. Frank Grittner, Director of Foreign Languages for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. At the roundtable, elementary school World Language teachers said they needed a place where they could share teaching methods and ideas with other FLES teachers. While WAFLT offered an excellent conference, there were few sessions that focused on strategies for the young language learner. These teachers also spoke of their feelings of isolation because they were often the only FLES teacher in their school

In January of 1988, Curtain and Kasum invited a group of World Language teachers to meet at Kasum’s home to discuss the idea of creating a conference specifically to meet the needs of elementary foreign language teachers. The original committee included Helena Curtain, Mary Duffy Kasum, Frank Grittner, Jackie Dove, Ginny McFadden, and Jody Schneider. The committee refrained from designating a chairperson because the intent was for all the work to be shared equally among the members. The goal was to plan a single conference where FLES teachers could attend three or four presentations, with ample time to share ideas and visit with each other.

Curtain suggested the name “FLESFEST” for the conference, alluding to the summer ethnic festivals held in Milwaukee (i.e., Polish Fest, Festa Italiana) where people met, shared language and culture, and had fun. Success Despite the Weather After multiple planning sessions, FLESFEST 1989 took place on March 4 (in a snowstorm) at the Milwaukee Sheraton Mayfair. The committee was resolute in its commitment to hold the conference regardless of the weather. Forty teachers braved the storm to attend the conference. They met FLES colleagues, networked, attended interactive sessions, and left with new ideas, new friends, and renewed enthusiasm for teaching world languages. Based on feedback from the participants, the committee determined that the conference was a success and should be repeated. They never imagined, however, that FLESFEST would become an annual event. Minimal Changes – Maximum Effect It is apparent that FLESFEST met the needs expressed by the teachers at that 1987 WAFLT roundtable session because the conference has endured, requiring very few changes over time. The conference format includes presentations modeling best practices in



teaching world languages, time to meet people and share ideas, and a make-and-take session. Even the planning committee is stable: two of the original members—Jackie Dove and Jody Schneider—along with Eileen Hesseling, who joined the planning committee after the 1989 conference, are still actively participate in planning FLESFEST along with others. Fifteen years ago, the planning committee introduced the idea of an overarching theme for each conference, supported by a keynote speaker and breakout sessions all related to the conference theme for that year. This change has been very successful in demonstrating the importance of teaching language in a meaningful context that allows students to explore a topic in depth as they build their communication skills and cultural understanding. Another modification to the original conference concept was to extend an invitation beyond FLES teachers to World Language teachers K-16. While the focus of the conference remains on early language learners, the committee believes that all World Language teachers can benefit from the ideas and networking opportunities presented at the conference. FLESFEST now carries the subtitle: “Lifelong World Language Learning K-16 and Beyond.” Anyone who wants to explore and share effective language teaching methods with colleagues is welcome to attend, and to date, more than 1,600 teachers have accepted that invitation. Still Vital Thanks to Helena Curtain, Mary Duffy Kasum, and a small committee of language educators, FLESFEST was launched 25 years ago and continues to thrive. FLESFEST participants state:

w “I attended FLESFEST and joined the FLESFEST Committee because it was an opportunity to learn. I learned the importance of staying in the target language throughout class, incorporating physical movement in daily lessons, making learning fun. After 25 years I still enjoy my involvement, I still enjoy learning.” w “FLESFEST meets the needs of teachers who want to learn and grow. You get to talk with so many people who care about what you care about. It is an incredible opportunity to network.” w “I think I learn more from being on the FLESFEST Committee than I do from the conference itself. We discuss so many ideas and learn from each other. I feel like I am on the leading edge of what is happening in world language education.” w “My own language teaching certainly changed for the better

because of all that I learned by working with everyone on the organizing committees. In no small part, it is because of FLESFEST that I received awards for excellence in teaching both from Cardinal Stritch University and the 13 college members of the Wisconsin Colleges System of the University of Wisconsin.” FLESFEST is a small, inexpensive one-day conference dedicated to sharing current best practices in teaching and learning world languages. The environment is comfortable, intimate, and welcoming. The size of the conference offers many chances for teachers to talk to each other, to make new friends, and to share ideas. The original goal for FLESFEST is intact: providing a place where world language teachers can learn from each other, and build a network of collaboration that continues after the conference has ended. #

Professional Development Opportunities FLESFEST March 2, 2013, UW-Waukesha | Information: www.wi-nell.org Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages March 14-16, 2013, Columbus, OH | Information: csctfl.org WAFLT Summer Language Leadership Institute August 6-8, 2013, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Information: waflt.org Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers (WAFLT) Fall Conference October 31-November 1-2, 2013, Appleton, WI | Information: waflt.org American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference November 22-24, 2013, Orlando, FL | Information: actfl.org Join a Language Listserv: Communicate with other language teachers; post and/or read notices of importance to teachers of specific languages. Through DPI: To subscribe, send an e-mail message to: majordomo@badger.state.wi.us Write nothing in the “Subject” line. In body of message write: Subscribe French (or German, Japanese, Spanish, Latin) Through Your Language Association: Go to: waflt.org – On the home page, click on Wisconsin Language Associations. Contact the organization to find out how to join their listserv.



2012 Awards/Grants By Keely Lake Distinguished Language Educator Each year WAFLT honors one of its members as the Distinguished Language Educator. This award recognizes excellence in language teaching and/or administration, long-term achievements, and service to WAFLT and the language profession at the local, regional, and national levels. This year’s recipient is Eddie Lowry, who has taught the Classics at Ripon College since 1988. Eddie’s many publications and presentations range from Greek comedy to pedagogy to topics that connect the ancient Romans and Greeks to the society and culture of today. Eddie was WAFLT president from 2001-02. He is insistent that good professional development and congeniality begins not with national, but with local conferences and events. He also encourages students to present at WAFLT and stretch themselves academically. One teacher who had a student attend Ripon said, “We can see his pride as he watches them present.” Eddie takes the time to discuss Ripon College, student success, and pedagogical practices with anyone who has occasion to teach classes in his department. Eddie, who holds the Marie Zarwell Uihlein Chair in Classical Studies, teaches all levels of Latin and Greek including courses in culture and etymology, as well as independent studies when students need credits to complete majors or minors. One of his nominators noted, “However, quite remarkably, Eddie never teaches the same course twice, because he constantly adapts the material and his teaching methods to the interests and abilities of his students, aiming at finding the right

balance between challenge and fun for each of his students.” In the summers he has often taught at the Upward Bound Program to help at-risk high school students by exposing them to college level material. His dedication to teaching and truly educating students is illustrated by his willingness to schedule classes around student schedules, by his support of student research through Eddie Lowry is presented Distinguished Language mentoring summer grants, and by Educator award by Keely Lake providing students with information about scholarship opportunities. Eddie and was its chair in 2003-04; he was on guides them through the application the Task Force on Block Scheduling in process carefully, and one of his 1994-95 and the Program Committee students writes, “Of the nine language 2003-08. During all these endeavors, he instructors I have had over the years, is remembered for his kindness and he stands out as the most flexible, the care for the details in his WAFLT most innovative, and the most work—he carefully read, worked, and invested in his students’ futures.” discussed all the issues and documents under his tenure. Eddie received an Ovatio from the Classical Association of the Middle, In the end, however, it comes back to West, and South, was named Latin his students. One of them said, “A Teacher of the Year in 1995 by the positive sign of a great teacher is the Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association, individual’s love of learning. Professor and was on and eventually chaired the Lowry displays an unrelenting pursuit Joint Committee on Classics in of understanding not only within his American Education of the American chosen discipline but in many other Philological Association and the areas also. His ability to interrelate American Classical League. Eddie was concepts in different areas of study is a writer of the Latin Literature unparalleled and it strongly contributes Examination and a reviewer of the to his success as an educator. In an Greek Derivatives Examination for the age in which emphasis is increasingly annual contests of the National placed on bare knowledge and Convention of the Junior Classical information, Professor Lowry stresses League. He received a WAFLT the importance of wisdom.” Certificate of Recognition in 1995, was One of his nominators adds, “I love his a member of the Executive Board in cordial interesting conversation. He is a 1991-94 and again in 1999-2004, and lively conversationalist and good was a member of the Awards listener. He shares family stories, travel Committee in 1993-94 and 2003-09, as experiences, and teaching experiences well as its chair in 1999-2000; he was and advice. He is eager to listen to the on the Nominations Committee in 1994



personal and professional experiences of his companions.” A last note from one of his students adds, “Professor Lowry has been a phenomenal pillar of support for me in my college career, and has also become a personal friend. His pleasantly sophisticated southern drawl and clever wit never fail to engage me and my fellow students, even in the early hours of the morning. His commitment to teaching is admirable to the highest degree.” Anthony J. Gradisnik Award This award is offered annually for contributions to language instruction which have origins external to the professionally defined language community and which exemplify Anthony J. Gradisnik’s dedication to and enthusiasm for world languages and international studies. Mr. Gradisnik, who began his career as a Spanish teacher after World War II, was foreign language curriculum specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools from 1959 to 1979. This year’s recipient is Lauren Rosen, Program Director of the University of Wisconsin System Collaborative Language Program (CLP) and Webmaster for the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (WAFLT). An educator at heart, she has

Lauren Rosen receives the Anthony J. Gradisnik award from Keely Lake

committed her life to helping teachers transform learning. Lauren has brought WAFLT up to speed through web-based databases, membership management, communication systems, registration procedures, and professional development. As Pam Delfosse puts it, Lauren’s “initiatives as WAFLT Webmaster have improved our organization’s efficiency, image, outreach, and responsiveness.” She has provided countless workshops and personal consultation to educators at all levels of technological familiarity as they strive to improve teaching and learning outcomes by integrating technology in their design framework. Lauren generously shares her expertise, and her ability to reference her previous classroom experience aids in her ability to advocate for curriculum and communicative uses of technology within the teaching community and beyond. Her skill with languages is surely one overlooked gift as she liaises with the programmer the needs of WAFLT. She makes technology less intimidating, and, as Dr. Hala Ghoneim puts it, “It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with Lauren, whose knowledge of and passion for language teaching made the transformation easy, meaningful, and fun ... I believe I am a better language teacher today because of working with Lauren.” Thanks to her, more Wisconsin students are global citizens, and they are more competitive in the job market. Lauren does not believe in using a tech tool just to use it; she looks for how it can make what we are already doing more effective. Over the years, she has given us the opportunity to improve our classrooms and involve a greater audience in what we are doing each day through technology. Her efforts have had a positive impact on teacher and student achievement and proficiency. We thank her for her contributions.

2012 Frank M. Grittner Award The Frank M. Grittner Award is presented to a new member of our profession who has shown excellence in teaching and has provided leadership in service to school, community, and professional organizations. The award honors Frank Grittner, a tireless promoter of high standards for language teacher preparation in our schools as the Wisconsin State Foreign Language supervisor from 1961 to 1991.

Daniel Tess, recipient of Frank M. Grittner Award, and Keely Lake

This year’s recipient, Daniel Tess, teaches for the school district of Elmbrook and has three certifications (in Latin, German, and ESL); he also reads ancient Greek. Dan has studied with Father Reginald Foster, the former Vatican Latinist, and regularly attends seminars across the country in an attempt to bring back unique perspectives to his fellow Wisconsin Latin teachers. In his first year as a full time teacher Dan volunteered to be president of the Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association; this fearlessness is part of what drives him to continue to grow in his pedagogy, and his efforts to remain an example of a life-long learner are genuine. Dan started his career in three different schools; one of his nominators said about that year, “He never walked anywhere. He ran.” He started his day


by offering extra help to the high school students, and he found time to advise a Latin Club at each of those schools. He offered to chaperone middle school students on their immersion weekend at Concordia Languages Villages, and his collaborative spirit in all areas serves to foster a healthy and supportive relationship among his colleagues. He already writes curriculum and is proposing a new course for 2013; he also volunteers to take minutes at department meetings. He was the third teacher in Wisconsin to achieve adjunct status with the University of Minnesota to deliver the College in the School program to his upper level Latin students. One of his students says, “No matter what, he can never conceal his excitement when he’s teaching, and the effort he always shows cannot be matched.” His administrators already see his bright future. One of them said, “His integrity, desire to learn, and leadership are common themes that emerge when considering what Dan brings to the school, his department, and his profession ... The kids have come to adore Mr. Tess. They see him as fair, consistent, and as a person who will ensure their deepest understanding and learning. His students are equipped for the next level of instruction and will continue to go on successfully in their studies. Since his first day at Wisconsin Hills, Dan has sought new, efficient, and innovative ways to teach Latin and to contribute to his department.” It is this drive for his students and his colleagues that makes Dan worthy of this award. Professional Service Awards Catherine Etheridge taught in the Appleton Area School District from 1979 to 2011. She served as department chairperson various times during those years, as well as serving on curriculum writing and review committees,

assessment committees, textbook committees, and so much more. She was a cheerleading advisor, assistant coach for girls track, and pep club advisor. She was AATSP-WI treasurer and co-coordinator of the regional pronunciation contest. She was an Intercultural Student Experiences “Language Matters” award winner, partly due to the joy and success of the several hundred students she took on 12 trips to Spain. Her nominator pointed to her patience and care in all aspects of her work, from organizing tutoring and immersion experiences for her students, to mentoring new teachers, and her work as local arrangements chair for the WAFLT Fall Conference. Her other connections to WAFLT and the state World Language community include receiving a Certificate of Recognition from WAFLT and piloting LinguaFolio with her classes. She is also steadfast in her commitment to the local and the global community. As an active participant in the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners Program for many years, Cathy has traveled to Nicaragua numerous times and has served in many ways: she has translated for city officials and initiated programs and school drives to support Appleton’s partner schools in Chinandega. Many of her students have helped native speakers overcome a language barrier in the community or have worked with ELL students in the elementary classrooms. She is proud of those who have gone on to use their language skills: “as a language educator, what more can one ask than to know one’s student has gained a life-long skill and is using it! Students at the beginning and intermediate levels of a language are able to communicate about their lives, their


communities, share their thoughts and opinions, and react to the stories of others. This allows me great latitude to encourage them as a cheerleader in their lives ... It is very important for a teacher to acknowledge who their students are outside of the classroom walls.” Cathy’s patience and generosity of time have given so much to all those around her. Carol Hall started teaching in the Appleton Area School District in the fall of 1993, when she took over one class at Einstein Middle School for a Spanish teacher on maternity leave. The second semester she picked up one Spanish class each at Madison Middle School and Appleton East and West High Schools, making her travel to four schools each day for a semester. She gradually picked up various classes of both Latin and Spanish at Appleton’s three high schools before finally landing at Appleton East full-time. Just reading this schedule makes one realize that lesson planning and traveling between schools alone was more than a full-time job for Carol. For most of Carol’s career she taught both Spanish and Latin, but has always had a special love for the Latin language. While teaching Latin, most of Carol’s career revolved around trying to juggle combination classes with sometimes two, three, or four levels in one room. She would never say “no” to this situation because she wanted the students not only to take Latin, but also to develop a true love and passion for the language and culture. Giving freely of her time, Carol has been a member of WAFLT program committee, volunteered at the Fall Conference, and has long been involved with local choral groups. Carol’s classroom was always beautifully decorated with hand-painted mosaics done by her students. All the



mosaics were based on actual mosaics from Pompeii, Herculaneum, or Fishbourne, the places her students studied in their textbooks. Her students felt they made the classroom their own Empire, their own home. Carol helped develop Appleton East’s World Language Week celebration, was innovative with ideas on promoting world languages in the district, and mentored many younger teachers. She was a leader in the department and started the Latin Honor Society. Carol made a lasting impression on many students who have come through her classes; her influence and enthusiasm for the study of Latin and Spanish have had a contagious effect on her students and her colleagues. Gisela “Nina” Holmquist taught at Nicolet High School from 1982 to 2011. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, was State Director and President of the Spanish National Honor Society (Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica), and has been an active member of ACTFL and CSC. Nina was AATSP-WI Distinguished Educator in 2010 and the WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator in 2007. She was also one of five finalists for National Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in 2006. Nina has shown her commitment to WAFLT and to AATSP-WI. She participated in the 39th Annual In-Service Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Millersville University of Pennsylvania, was a consultant and reader for the college board-AP Spanish Language Exam, and was the President of AATSP-WI. She was a part of the executive board for WAFLT, member of the Awards committee, and served on the committee on mentorship for licensure candidates.

Professional Service Award Recipients Jeanine Kopecky, Gisela “Nina” Holmquist, Cathy Etheridge, and Carol Hall

Nina is also an active participant in many community endeavors. She says, “During my career at Nicolet High School I was fortunate to be able to inspire my students to serve the Milwaukee community through a Thanksgiving food drive, feeding over 3000 individuals each year.” Her letter of career highlights starts with this aspect of her remarkable career, showing just how much community means to her on a local and global scale. Her teaching and service to the profession are just one wonderful aspect of this commitment to those beyond herself. Jeanine Kopecky began teaching at Lake Geneva Middle School in 1988. During her distinguished career she was WAFLT Fall Conference Program Chair, has served on the Program Committee since 2002, and before that served on the Advocacy Committee. In 2010 she was the WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator. She was the Wisconsin chapter president of the American Association of Teachers of French and has received an AATF-WI Recognition of Merit. She was a Kohl Fellowship district nominee, received a WAFLT Recognition of Merit, and was named

Teacher of the Year for Lake Geneva Schools. Jeanine was also a co-presenter with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Educational Communications Board featuring the Global Wisconsin video project. As Jeanine herself put it, “These experiences have given me insights and helped shape my vision for educating children to be conscientious and competent citizens of the world.” In addition to her classroom teaching experience, she was the Yearbook advisor for 23 years, co-founder of the Foreign Language Club, and French Club advisor for 19 years. She helped develop and facilitate the 8th grade Teambuilding Day and was a Forensics judge for 20 years. As her nominator said, “I always knew that given a task, Jeanine would make it a ‘mission.’ Jeanine has never known how to do something half-way. She has always thrown herself full-heartedly into her work for WAFLT. I know that she has done the same with her career as a French teacher. She is passionate about her middle school students and the program that she has built.” This passion extended to all aspects of her career, and it was and always will be most appreciated.


Recognition of Merit

Her nominator points out that she has the largest Latin enrollment in Wisconsin, with approximately 14% of the student population opting for her elective language. Her passion and after-hours availability have endeared her to her students and community.

Marianne Wallach has taught at Homestead High School in Mequon since 2004. She received an Outstanding Educator Award in 2010 from the Mequon-Thiensville School District, was named the 2011 Teacher of the Year by Homestead High School, In her own letter, Marianne and was a 2012 Kohl’s talks about the importance of Marianne Wallach Fellowship recipient. She raising globally responsible has taken students on three young people who understand academic trips to Italy, has a Latin Club the world from a multi-cultural of over 100 students, and is active with perspective. As she says, “After all, we the Wisconsin Junior Classical League. in World Languages have a great

ISE “Language Matters” Award

Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) is pleased to honor Mark Wagner with the ISE Language Matters Award. Mark has achieved outstanding success in providing authentic immersion experiences so his students can apply their speaking skills and cultural knowledge outside the classroom. Mark’s own love of German came alive in an exchange program at Marquette University organized by Dr. Esther Hudgins. Her example has led him to work to provide opportunities for his students at home and abroad exposing them to authentic German, as well as experiences which will help them grow as speakers and human beings. Since 2002, Nicolet has had twelve students in the CongressBundestag Youth Exchange, and two of these students were chosen to


opportunity to make a significant impact by instilling this international interest in our young today.” Marianne concludes about her teaching, “My goal is to awaken their passion and desire to learn. My focus is to show my students how alive and vibrant Latin is in their world today. Along with my enthusiasm, I strive daily to bring a positive attitude and an open mind that each student can succeed in my classroom. I work to reach each student wherever they might be in ability. I truly believe that with encouragement every student can achieve his or her potential.” A worthy goal for us all! #

speak before the German Reichstag, thanking the government for the program. Another twelve have gone on to study at a German university, and four are currently in German as a part of the Fulbright Program. These are impressive numbers, which speak to the work Mark is doing. In 2010-11 alone, his students participated in a GAPP exchange, hosted the German rapper Doppel-U, won a plaque at German Day at UW-Madison, and participated in the Zentralstelle für Auslandsschulwesen's Vorhang auf fur Deutsch contest. He created a GAPP 2010 website to spur communication between Nicolet and Leopoldinum students. During the GAPP trip his students presented a program for their host parents and made a presentation to the mayor and principal of the school; they also competed in the Bundesjugendspiele (The Federal Youth Sports Competition). His advanced level students teach German to young children or present a Christmas program for elderly Germans at Germanfest and Oktoberfest in

Mark Wagner receives the ISE Language Matters Award from Anca Coleman, ISE

Milwaukee. One of his students says this about the trip Mark designed for them, “To save money we stayed in youth hostels and took public transportation, which had initially seemed to me a minor detail. In hindsight I cannot fathom the extent of planning that this took. We managed to make planes, trains, and buses with minutes in between, and with minimum casualties! He truly understood what would make the experience the most satisfying for us and it truly was amazing.” #



AATSP-Wisconsin Chapter 2012 Distinguished Spanish Educator Sra. Beth Kastner West Bend High School AATG-Wisconsin Chapter 2012 Distinguished German Educator Dr. John Pustejovsky Marquette University Duden Award for Excellence in Teaching German Siggi Piwek Milwaukee German Immersion School

New Teacher Scholarship Awards Pamela Mumm Shannon Goerke Kerri Patton Michelle Roemmich Nicole Kitchner Lisa Larson Chelsea Peeters Danielle Pann Kara Barr Kalee Crist

Laconia GreenBay Eau Claire Eau Claire Columbus Menasha Stevens Point Elkhorn Elkhorn Lancaster

2012 WLTA Award for Teaching and Service Jolie Zimmer Mequon Homestead High School

2012 Tomorrow’s Teachers Scholarships Margaret Stollberg, Spanish UW-Stevens Point Ashley Moeller, Latin/Spanish UW-Madison Cheryl Vidergar, Spanish/ESL UW-Milwaukee

2012 CSC Best of Wisconsin Presentation Amber Little and Danielle Chaussee Oconomowoc High School

Educational Seminars: Uruguay Teacher Exchange Program Jessica Swemke, Spanish Lincoln High School

CSC 2012 Leadership Fellow Justin Gerlach Mishicot High School CSC 2012 Extension Workshop Jeff Haubenreich Menomonee Falls High School Raquel Oxford UW-Milwaukee

2012 Kohl Fellowship Marianne Wallace, Latin Alissa Bratz, French, Spanish

Homestead High School Milton High School

National Board Certified Teachers Alissa Bratz, Spanish and French Milton School District Jeff Haubenreich, Spanish Memomonee Falls School District Todd Schlenker, Spanish University School of Milwaukee Marta Yedinak, Spanish Waupun School District National Junior Classical League “Summa cum Laude” Sponsor Gale Stone, Latin Madison West High School

Excellence in Language Study Awards Name




Allie Amelia Amy Emily Evan Gabriella Jazmine Julia Katie Lydia Maddie Meghan Michael Rachel Samuel

Mark Wagner Jody Schneider Lorna Sopcak Jaci Collins Gale Stone Xiaorong Wang Chie Kakigi Elizabeth Montavon Deanah Downey Ellen Onsrud Lynn Sessler Neitzel Keely Lake Susana Gorski Joanne Himebauch Sy Kreilein

Nicolet High School Woodlands School Ripon College Lincoln High School Madison West High School UW-Milwaukee Menasha High School Horning Middle School Southern Door High School Lake Mills High School Clovis Grove Elementary School Wayland Academy Butte Des Morts Elementary School Horning Middle School Marquette University High School

German French German French Latin, Spanish Chinese Japanese Spanish Spanish French Japanese Latin, Spanish Spanish French German



Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon School Award for Excellence in World Language Programs The Hortonville Area School District was honored with the Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon Award for Outstanding World Language Programs at the WAFLT 2012 Fall Conference. Janet Rowe, HASD District Coordinator of World Languages, provided this article describing their program and sharing examples of how they engage students in language learning. The Hortonville Area School District curriculum offers sequential, articulated instruction in one language, either Spanish or German, in grades 2 through 7 for all students. From grade 8 through 12, Spanish and German are offered as electives with French also offered at the high school via KSCADE, a distance learning program. The HASD curriculum is articulated both vertically and horizontally to ensure that students enrolled in different classes on the same level are exposed to similar teaching methods, materials, and assessments. Curriculum is designed to develop continuous and efficient progress in language proficiency as students move up the levels of study. Similar assessment formats and rubrics are used at all levels to ensure vertical articulation and common assessments are used at each level of the curriculum to ensure horizontal articulation. Program goals are assessed at three points in the 2-12 sequence. The language proficiency of students is evaluated using real-world communication tasks, as advocated by the state standards, therefore students demonstrate their language skills through oral and written presentations, by interpreting authentic texts and audio in the target

language, and by engaging in conversations with other students. An area upon which we have placed particular emphasis is in providing

Day of the Dead open house

students numerous and varied opportunities to use their language skills beyond the classroom. For example, the high school biennial Day of the Dead open house, hosted by Spanish students, welcomes over 600 visitors from various schools both within and outside of the District. Students learn about the Mexican holiday, collaborate with English language learner students in small groups to build displays, research a theme, and prepare food and beverages for the visitors. Middle school Spanish students create Day of the Dead related artwork for display at the open house which they later tour to learn about the various themes of the displays, sample food and beverages, and practice their Spanish with the high school hosts. To expand student awareness of the variety of languages and cultures in the world, district elementary schools host annual culture days during which third and fourth grade students, with help from their teachers, present to the kindergarten, first, and second grade classes about various countries/ cultures from all around the world.

Presentations by high school world language, ELL, and foreign exchange students are also shared. Students present projects and information such as the climate, food, language, dress, education, capital, and currency of their classroom's chosen country. The students are engaged as they taste foods, touch artifacts, and practice new languages. Special guests such as percussion ensembles, dancers, and multicultural storytellers add to the excitement. These culture days allow students and staff to open their minds and hearts to the similarities and differences that make each of us unique and special. Travel opportunities are an important aspect of our program as well. High school Spanish teachers chaperone student travel to Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador. These trips always involve a home stay and frequently include language classes. The high school German teacher takes students to Germany where students stay with host families and attend their host brother’s/sister’s school. Students from Germany are



also hosted by Hortonville students, attending the high school classes and taking various field trips together throughout the state. Eighth grade students attend Fiesta Mexicana, a cultural immersion experience in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago where they tour the Mexican Fine Arts museum, take a Latin dance class, eat several meals, and shop in restaurants and stores where Spanish is the primary language. Other field trips include seeing the Baile Folklórico in Madison and lunch at an authentic Hispanic restaurant where students interact in the target language with wait staff and each other. German club involves students in further expanding their knowledge of the German language by watching German movies, eating German food, and conversing only in the target language.

Backpack collection for students in Nicaragua

The Spanish Honor Society hosts dances, assists with the biennial Day of the Dead Open House, collects book and backpack donations for poor children in Nicaragua and Guatemala, fundraises to support the education of five Nicaraguan children and collects used eyeglasses for the local Lions Club to distribute in Mexico. Honor Society members have had their Spanish-related artwork published in

Study abroad

the Spanish Honor Society magazine, Albricias, and have earned both travel and college scholarships. To encourage FLES students to continue their language study, high school German and Spanish students visit the elementary classes to work on conversational skills, read short books, sing songs, and review cultural topics. High school students have created hard copy and digital books for use by FLES students and teachers and give presentations to them about their travels to other countries. High school and elementary world language students have also collaborated on various service learning projects.

Inter-disciplinary lessons of friendship, conservation, cooperation, and ambassadorship are possible through our content-related FLES curriculum. United by the monarch butterfly, children at Greenville Middle School create beautiful paper butterflies with messages in Spanish, pictures, and information, to “migrate” to their new friends in Mexico’s monarch sanctuaries. Just as the real monarch butterflies migrate south to their wintering site in Mexico, the symbolic butterflies travel 1,865 miles to Mexico where they are cared for all winter long by Mexican children who read them, learn from them, and then return them to the United States with messages for their new friends in Wisconsin. This project also has a local connection as kindergarten students learn about caterpillars in their homeroom class and then design their own caterpillars during art time. The fifth-graders then surprise the kindergarten students by visiting their school to read Eric Carle’s classic story La Oruga Muy Hambrienta (The Very Hungry Caterpillar). Fifth grade students teach the kindergarten students some new Spanish words, including the colors, and of course how to say “butterfly” (la mariposa) in Spanish.

Elementary summer school sessions offered in Spanish and German provide year-round language learning for our students. Former FLES students serve as volunteers for these classes, assisting the teachers and sharing their language and cultural knowledge with the students through cultural topics, dance, and art projects. Protesting the use of child soldiers


Technology is regularly incorporated into our program as another means of taking language learning beyond the classroom walls. FLES Spanish students use Skype to connect with elementary students in Costa Rica to share cultural information and discuss bilingual literature. High school Spanish students have communicated via Skype with students in Guatemala to speak about educational systems, with Hortonville graduates studying in Spain, and with a non-profit in Nicaragua about the issue of water poverty. All students learning German have e-pals with whom they communicate in German speaking countries. Every month, students are in contact with their partner and ask and answer questions that they might have in regards to the themes being discussed in class. High school German students have also virtually visited Germany via videos posted by a classmate studying there for a semester. The same

student used Skype to speak directly with his American classmates to communicate experiences and answer questions. AP Spanish students have met via a wiki with AP Spanish students in California. These students create formal oral podcast presentations for one another and engage in interpersonal written communication as practice for the AP Spanish language exam.


In the Hortonville Area School District, a focus on collaboration among World Language teachers has resulted in a strong vertically and horizontally articulated program with common assessments and numerous opportunities for language use beyond the school building. We are very proud of the program we have built and honored to be the first recipients of the Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon Award.#

WLOE students helping at WAFLT Fall Conference



Annual Business Meeting Minutes Saturday, November 3, 2012 C 6:45 a.m. C Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, WI I. Greetings President Lynn Sessler Neitzl called the meeting to order. Members of the WAFLT Board and 60 members were present. II. Secretary Report – Paula Meyer Motion: Marge Draheim moved/Cathy Stresing seconded the motion to suspend the reading of the minutes. Motion passed. III. Treasurer Report – Aaron Bray Aaron Bray distributed the treasurer’s report. The balance in the checking account is $115,821.59 and the balance in the endowment accounts is 132,686.33 as of 06/30/2012, the end of the fiscal year. Motion: Bobbette Leu-Timmermann moved/Kyle Gorden seconded the motion to accept the Treasurer’s report. IV. Nomination Committee - Marge Draheim Marge’s last official duty as Past President is the election. WAFLT election rotates by language, this time to Spanish. Justin Gerlach and Nina Holmquist were the candidates. Marge was pleased to announce that the winner and new President–Elect is Nina Holmquist. V. President's Report – Lynn Sessler Neitzel Lynn has had a great two years as president. During her term, WAFLT made changes to offer the best to our membership. She expressed her appreciation to the board for their time. Changes will be made to the awards banquet to another format to attract more attendees and be inspired by the award winners. Please give feedback in the survey.

VI. DPI World Language Consultant Report – Gerhard Fischer C Disciplinary Literacy – DPI and WAFLT cooperation on Disciplinary Literacy and World Language contributions. Thanks to the WAFLT Board for a wonderful partnership. – DPI has created documents on disciplinary literacy. A DPI/WAFLT task force has created WL specific documents on DL. They are available at https://sites.google. com/a/dpi.wi.gov/world-languagesand-disciplinary-literacy/home. C Common Core Standards, College and Career Readiness – See Disciplinary Literacy for WL contributions to this discussion. – DPI has created a new team to assist districts with lesson planning in reading, ELA, and mathematics. That team is no longer part of the Content and Learning Team that is home to world language and global education, gifted and talent, the arts, social studies, science, ELL, early childhood, etc. C Licensing – There are some new pathways for obtaining a teaching license. Overall, the process is more flexible and allows professionals with bachelor degrees to enter the teaching profession without going through a traditional teacher education program. – World Language teachers can now add a license for a second language simply by passing the OPI and WPT exams at the intermediate high level. C Global Youth Summit – A Global Youth Summit is planned for Saturday, February 23,

at UW-Madison Union South. Up to 100 high school students will spend the day with college students to discuss their global and world language learning engagement, gain insights into the value of pursuing those interests at the college level, and speak with young business people. They are expected to lead initiatives when they return to their schools. – Attending and chaperoning teachers and parents will have an opportunity to participate in a separate strand of the summit. C The Global Education Certificate One of the outcomes of the 2011 Global Summit is the intent to create a Global Education Certificate. I have discussed the framework of such a certificate in a blog contribution: http://globalwisconsin.blogspot.com /2012_05_01_archive.html. I will soon invite teachers and administrators to participate in a work group that will develop specific requirements for such a certificate. We hope to be able to announce this policy item at the 2013 WAFLT Fall Conference. VII. Professional Development Committee – Bette Brandenburg Summer Institute - August 6-7, 2013 Last year 29 participants and 5 presenters over the three day institute. Traditionally a Winter Workshop was offered. Last year Central States was in Milwaukee in March, over 700 just from Wisconsin. WAFLT has looked at offering different opportunities, perhaps something geared for new teachers.



VIII. Grants & Endowment Committee – Ellen Boldt

IX. Public Relations Committee – Justin Gerlach

Voice will be going online, a hard copy can be requested.

Grants and scholarships available + application deadlines; see pages 47-52 in conference booklet for full descriptions or on the WAFLT website under the Member Resources Tab/Grants & Scholarships

Public Relations represented WAFLT at the WASB Conference (Wisconsin Association of School Boards) and the WSCA Conference (Wisconsin School Counselors Association), as well as other WAFLT-related workshops/ events.

Website – Presenters should send handouts, websites, etc. to webmaster@waflt.org to be posted. Most people registered online without trouble. Send feedback on the website to her. Thank all that joined the Webizens conversation last night. A survey is available online as a conference evaluation.

a. WAFLT Special Projects Grant --> November 15/April 15 – Up to $500 for special projects b. Student Travel Scholarship --> December 1 – NEW DATE to accommodate spring & summer travel! Spread the word! – WAFLT awards up to 2 scholarships at $500 (formerly $250) c. Central States Extension Workshop Grant --> December 15 – 2 recipients to attend CSC extension workshop in March (March 4, 2013 in Columbus, OH) – Present workshop at WAFLT Fall Conference & other venues d. Professional Development Scholarship --> April 15 – One scholarship awarded up to $500 for professional development e. Tomorrow’s Teachers Scholarships --> September 25 – Up to 10 scholarships for college students preparing to become language educators to attend WAFLT Fall conference If you are interested in more information about WAFLT Grants and Scholarships or have questions, you can email grants@waflt.org or attend Session D-10 this morning from 10:30-11:30 where Keely Lake and I will be presenting on “Money and Glory: Getting the Most Out of Your Membership” and discussing in particular WAFLT grants, scholarships and awards available to our members.

This year we honored the following students for the Discover Languages Student Postcard Contest: – Rachel D. from Mukwonago High School - High School winner – Katelyn H. from Parkview Middle School, Ashwaubenon - Middle School winner – Cara K. from Valley View Elementary School - Ashwaubenon Elementary School winner We also honored three students (Edgar, Haitham, Lynn) from Wayland Academy for their Student Video entry. Congratulations and thank you to all who participated! X. NNELL – Jessica Bradley NNELL is meeting in Salon D this morning. FlesFest is going to be held on Sat. March 2, 2013. This year’s theme is Active Minds, Active Bodies, Active Language. Helena Curtain is the keynote speaker. This is the 25th anniversary. Cost is $30. See the inside back cover of the program for more details. XI. Member Information Committee – Diego Ojeda We have been answering membership questions via email. Please keep sending questions related to your membership. We are inviting members to help create the WAFLT members newsletter. Please email Diego Ojeda if interested. Voice magazine deadlines are January and July. Members are encouraged to submit articles. The

XII. Fall Conference Committee – Chie Kakigi/Deana Zorko This year, we received over 100 proposals and are pleased to offer various sessions on both Friday and Saturday. We are welcoming Linda Havas and Cathy Stresing as 2013-2015 Program Chairs. The theme for the next year's conference is “Languages: Literacy for Life.” The online submission for session proposals will be available after December 1st. XIII. Awards – Keely Lake The Awards banquet was held last night. Lovely speech was made by Eddie Lowry, this year’s Distinguished Educator. Results are listed in program booklet, on the Web, and will be in The Voice in the spring. Special thank you to Lynn Sessler Neitzel for answering a multitude of questions and for making herself tired for us. XIV. Announcements / Other Business, etc. Yo Azama thanked WAFLT for welcoming him to the conference. He especially appreciates the cheesehead that he received. He also invited us to attend ACTFL. XV. Adjournment Motion: Raquel Oxford moved/Bette Brandenburg seconded the motion to adjourn at 7:39. Motion carried. Door prizes were given away to finish the meeting.



Thank You, Contributors! WAFLT thanks the following individuals for their contributions in 2012–13. General Endowment Fund Linguiphile ($100+) Bette Brandenburg Donna L. Clementi Helena Curtain Eddie R. Lowry Jr. E. Alan Magnuson Elizabeth Montavon Gale Stone Benefactor ($50-99) Paulette Coutade Marcia Fry Lisa Hendrickson

Gisela Nina Holmquist Constance Knop Sy Kreilein Jim Oakley & Anne Chartier Richard Olson JoAnn Polito Sponsor ($25-49) Deb Bowe-Wielgus Danielle Chaussee Martha Cole Margaret Draheim Justin Gerlach Jean M. Hindson

Deborah Hoem-Esparza Peg Jonas Keely Lake Karen Maharg Holly Morse Lauren Rosen Paul Sandrock Lynn Sessler Neitzel Contributor ($1-24) Anita Alkhas Linda Bjella Sharon Bradish Kathy Casey

Laura Dell Landazuri Kelly Ferguson Diane Flanders David Haakenson Chie Kakigi Kathy Mattern Natasha Pierce Lorraine Poplaski Susan Schmidt Diane Tess Deanna Willems Gerri Wrege Deana Zorko

Professional Development Scholarship Fund

Student Travel Scholarship Fund

(Honoring Dr. Roma Hoff, Dr. Connie Knop & Dr. Irène Kraemer)

(Honoring O. Lynn Bolton)

Linguiphile ($100+) Donna L. Clementi Paul & Nuria Hoff Eddie R. Lowry Jr. Richard Olson

Holly Morse Lauren Rosen Jeffer Scheuer Diane Tess Gladys Wisnefski

Benefactor ($50-99)

Contributor ($1-24)

Bette Brandenburg Martha Cole Catherine Etheridge Peter Hoff Constance Knop Jim Oakley & Anne Chartier

Anita Alkhas Sharon Bradish Laura Dell Landazuri Byron Despres-Berry Kelly Ferguson Diane Flanders Ken Fleurant Karen Fowdy Chie Kakigi Mara Marks Kathy Mattern Michelle Nielsen Anne Rackow Lynn Sessler Neitzel Deanna Willems Gerri Wrege Deana Zorko

Sponsor ($25-49) Kit Chase Margaret Draheim Justin Gerlach Gisela Nina Holmquist Peg Jonas Jeanine Kopecky Wanda Meyer-Rimestad

Linguiphile ($100+)

Contributor ($1-24)

Eddie R. Lowry

Anita Alkhas Sharon Bradish Lorraine Day Laura Dell Landazuri Byron Despres-Berry Diane Flanders Ken Fleurant Chie Kakigi Kathy Mattern Natasha Pierce Lynn Sessler Neitzel Deanna Willems Gerri Wrege Deana Zorko

Benefactor ($50-99) Margaret Draheim Bridget Geboy-Helfenstein Peter Hoff Jim Oakley & Anne Chartier Richard Olson Sponsor ($25-49) Bette Brandenburg Kelly Ferguson Justin Gerlach Gisela Nina Holmquist Lauren Rosen

Your Contributions Are Appreciated! Please consider contributing to one or more of these funds for 201213. You can do this online at waflt.org – log into your online account, and click “Endowment Contributions” on the top of the page to make your contribution, or mail your check to P.O. Box 1493, Appleton, WI 54912, noting to which fund(s) you would like your donation assigned.


WI NNELL Representative Jessica Bradley Highland View Elementary School 5900 S. 51st Street Greendale, WI 53129 (608) 423-2750, ext. 2102 jessica.bradley1@gmail.com


Central States NNELL Representative Nicci Saari Eastwood Middle School 4401 E.62nd Street Indianapolis, IN 46220 (317) 254-5588 Ext. 109 nsaari@msdwt.k12.in.us

NNELL is celebrating its 25th anniversary!


he National Network for Early Language Learning provides leadership in support of successful early language learning and teaching in grades pre-K-8. The professional Learning Language journal is a great resource for ideas and connections to the early world language teaching field. The NNELL Regional conferences, National conventions, workshops, institutes, and webinars all provide targeted professional development where you live! NNELL advocates for early language learning of all languages. Learn more about how you can support NNELL’s advocacy efforts in our Advocacy section. Membership in NNELL provides you with a voice at the national level to support early language learning. Wisconsin NELL Address to NNELL and WAFLT Members Over the past year and a half serving as the Wisconsin Representative to the National Network for Early Language Learning, I have to say how incredible our state WAFLT organization is and how lucky I am to be in a state that has such high quality World Language teachers K-16 statewide. I’m still learning so much in this position, but it has connected me to some of the best

professional development resources and colleagues in the field today. First, the WAFLT Fall Conference is a premier professional development conference that has many connections to elementary, middle, high school, and university levels. I feel that whichever level of session one attends, you can get ideas applicable to any language learning level you may teach. Second, this position has connected me to NNELL, the National Network for Early Language Learning. NNELL.org is a fantastic professional website with NNELL Resources for Professional Growth. One of the most helpful facets of being a member of NNELL is the access to their professional website. There is access to resources for bulletin boards, parent communication, eNNELL eNotes, Journal, National Networking Newsletter, Newsworthy, and Social Media. I have really enjoyed the professional webinars on specific concepts, like “Literacy and FLES: Connecting to the Common Core Learning Standards,” “Learning by Doing: Language Learning in Summer Camps, After School Clubs, and the Hands-On Classroom,” and “Engaging Students through Digital Storytelling.” Join today @ www.nnell.org/membership Visit our Wisconsin page @ www.wi-nell.org

They are scheduled at times that are convenient for teachers and you can get some of the most high-quality professional development from across the nation (and world) right to your personal computer or device with no travel required. I have found reading the eNNELL eNotes helpful too, which sends out information about professional opportunities and development, like classes, conferences, and best-practices. Third, there is FLESFEST! FLESFEST 2013 Now in its 25th year, FLESFEST was originally established by language teachers who wanted to share best practices, lesson ideas, and unique challenges through networking with colleagues. FLESFEST is a one-day professional conference for World Language instructors K-16 and was held on Saturday, March 2nd at UW-Waukesha. The theme for 2013 was “Active Minds, Active Bodies, Active Language: Communicating Through Purposeful Play.” Planning units with a focus on integrating play to communicate is highly motivating and rich in possibilities for meaningful communication including connections, comparisons, and communities. Our Keynote Speaker, Helena Curtain, is not only an incredibly world-renown world language curriculum consultant, but was also an integral part of



establishing the first ever FLESFEST in Wisconsin in 1989. FLESFEST Breakout Sessions C Planning for Purposeful Play in Thematic Units: From Inception to Assessment C Using Technology as a Platform for Play and Communication

Join NNELL Join NNELL at www.nnell.org. You can pay via credit card or even by check. We hope to see you network with us here in Wisconsin. You can always visit our Wisconsin NELL website as well for more information at www.wi-nell.org! Jessica Bradley

C Making the Text Come Alive: How to Make Stories Lift off the Page in Play C Movement for Motivation and Language They Will Remember C Make-and-Take-and-Cake: Celebrate and create a hands-on, art-based activity that inspires student communication!

NNELL Membership Regular Membership: $30 All memberships are for the academic year September-August • Two Issues of Learning Languages. • Three Issues of E-NNELL Notes • Access to Members Only area of website (www.nnell.org) – media, advocacy, resources • Program Building Publications • NNELL Publications • Attendance at annual board meeting at ACTFL conference. • Annual Summer Institute held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa every July

Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers & Discover Languages Wisconsin Present the 2013 Discover Languages

Student Video & Postcard Contests Contest Theme:

Languages: Literacy for Life! For All Students Enrolled in World Language Classes in Wisconsin Elementary (PK-5) ~ Middle School (6-8) ~ High School (9-12) ~ Post-Secondary (Undergraduate) As you learn more about our world, bring the world to Wisconsin. Show us how much languages mean to you and how important they are in your life! Submission Deadline October 12, 2013 Visit waflt.org for contest details to begin!

Help Wisconsin Discover Languages and Discover the World!



Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers President Sarah Bailey UW-Marathon County 518 S. 7th Avenue Wausau, WI 54401 (715) 298-8118 bubsbailey@yahoo.com.hk

Past-President Paul Faust Hudson School District 644 Brakke Drive Hudson, WI 54016 (612) 638-7799 paulfaust@hotmail.com

WACLT President-Elect Andrew Olson UW-Milwaukee Dept. of Linguistics 3243 N Downer Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53201 (414) 534-8789 asolson@uwm.edu

Treasurer Chen Dong Kettle Moraine High School 349 N. Oak Crest Drive Wales, WI 53183 (262) 968-6200 ext. 4153 chenchen41@gmail.com


hinese programs continue to grow and expand in the state and this year we have been excited to see a number of schools in Wisconsin introduce Chinese into their curriculum. The D.C Everest School District in Wausau was proud to roll out their first Chinese class last fall, with two full sections at the Senior High School. Students, parents, and staff have been excited with this new addition to their strong World Language program, and the school is currently looking to expand its class offerings to Chinese two in the fall. The UW-Marathon County Chinese program which launched three years ago has seen a steady growth in student numbers. In an effort to promote Chinese and provide students with the opportunity to learn Chinese, the college has plans to collaborate and extend their Chinese course offerings to local high schools that currently do not offer Chinese as part of their curriculum. This will provide high school students with the

Secretary Remya Sarma-Traynor UW-Stevens Point Foreign Language Dept. 1804 4th Avenue, CCC 490 Stevens Point, WI 54481 (715) 346-3665 rsarmatr@uwsp.edu

opportunity to learn Chinese and earn college credits at the same time. UW-Milwaukee is excited to now offer both major and minor programs in Chinese Language & Culture. In support of these programs, UWM offers Chinese language courses suited for learners from novice to advanced levels, as well as an array of courses in Chinese history, culture, and society. At any given time, there are a number of students from UWM studying abroad in Greater China to improve their language skills, teach English, or conduct research. UWM also offers undergraduate and post baccalaureate certification programs for Chinese language teachers. Furthermore, in response to the growing demand for Chinese and for online learning, UWM will be offering a Chinese online course this spring. As Mandarin Chinese programs continue to grow within the state, we are always thankful for the staunch support provided for both students and teachers by the Confucius Institute at UW-Platteville. The Confucius Institute

plays an integral role in promoting Chinese in the state, and continues to provide a variety of non-credit courses, events, and programs for the schools and college students. They are currently working with the foreign language department to launch a credit-bearing Mandarin course in fall 2013, and hope that area high school graduates can watch out for this opportunity in the summer should they attend UW-Platteville. The Confucius Institute would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival with them on February 3, 2013. Upcoming WACLT events include the Wisconsin Chinese Speech Contest on 23 February, 2013. This is a great platform for Chinese students to showcase their presentational skills in Chinese, and a very rewarding experience for both students and teachers. We are pleased to announce that the event will be held at UW-Milwaukee and interested parties are encouraged to register online at: http://wacltspeech2013.eventbrite.com



The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is also hosting its second annual World Languages & Cultures Day on Friday, February 22, 2013. The languages offered at UW-Whitewater are Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Wisconsin Language teachers and their students are welcome to participate.

2012 WAFLT Fall Conference Memories

Paul Faust

ACTFL is coming to Orlando in 2013! Please join us.


JULY 10 Deadline for Early Bird Registration

OCTOBER 24 Deadline to Make Housing Reservations

OCTOBER 30 Deadline for Advance Registration



TONY WAGNER Harvard’s innovation education fellow

PRE-CONVENTION WORKSHOPS ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, where learning comes alive, features over 600 educational sessions covering a wide spectrum of the language profession addressing the theme New Spaces, New Realities: Learning Any Time, Any Place. More than 250 exhibiting companies will be showcasing the latest products and services for you and your students. The ACTFL Convention is an international event bringing together over 6,000 language educators from all languages, levels and assignments within the profession.               



American Association of Teachers of French – Wisconsin Chapter President Justin Frieman Tremper High School jfrieman@kusd.edu

Secretary-Treasurer Brian Wopat Holmen High School wopbri@holmen.k12.wi.us

President-Elect SuAnn Schroeder Marshfield High School schroeder@marshfield.k12.wi.us

Past President Michèle La Pean-Usher Milton High School lapeanusherm@mail.milton.k12.wi.us

Grand Concours Jennie Bolen Longfellow Middle School LaCrosse, WI jbolen@lacrosseschools.org

AATF Web site: www.frenchteachers.org Sign up to be on the AATF-Wisconsin list serve at: AATFWisconsin-subscribe@yahoogroups.com Visit: www.theworldspeaksfrench.org

Chers tous et toutes,


would like to thank all who answered my call to participate in the National French Exam this year. This is a great way to build recognition for your program and to collect exam data that is useful to you and how you teach. Having always been afraid of the exam myself, it wasn’t until I attended a session at the AATF National Convention in Chicago that I realized how easy and worthwhile it is. It was also at the national convention that I met our new National President, Sister Mary Helen Kashuba. She is an

Sister Mary Helen Kashuba (AATF President) with Justin Frieman (AATF-WI Chapter President) at the 2012 AATF National Convention in Chicago.

outstanding woman and I have no doubt that AATF will benefit from her leadership. Speaking of the national convention, it is not too late to register to attend this year’s convention in Providence, RI. Attending the national convention is a great way to start getting involved with our association. If a trip to Providence isn’t in the cards for you this summer, you can become involved in a number of ways at the chapter level of our association. In November, we will be holding our elections for President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer-Webmaster, National French Exam State Coordinator, and Concours Oral State Coordinator. I encourage you to contact me if you are interested in one of these positions. There are also several WAFLT committees that could use our help as well, so check out the WAFLT website and contact any of the committee chairs to offer your help. I know you are busy and feel like you cannot add anything else to your plate at the moment, but your associations need you and your expertise.

I would also like to invite you to share the amazing things you do in the classroom. AATF-WI launched its Concours Pédagogique this year to share standards-based lessons, and I encourage you to submit a lesson. We also want to hear success stories of your students and the things they have done with French, for example a student from my first year of teaching is currently in Morocco after graduating from UW-Madison. Feel free to share these things with me by email or on one of the two Facebook groups supporting French in our state: French in Wisconsin and AATF-Wisconsin. While waiting to see the units from the Concours Pédagogique, feel free to check out some of the units submitted by our members, myself included, to France Synergies at francesynergies.com. Veuillez agréer, Madame, Monsieur, l'expression de mes sentiments les meilleurs, Justin Friem an



American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin President Mark Wagner Nicolet High School, Glendale mark_wagner@nicolet.k12.wi.us Vice President Tobias Barske UW-Stevens Point tbarske@uswp.edu

Past President Bobbette Leu Timmerman Assumption High School, Wisconsin Rapids btimmermann@assumptioncatholicschools.org

Treasurer Charles J. James UW-Madison cjjames@wisc.edu

Secretary Sue Marshall Phillips High School smarshall@phillips.k12.wi.us

Herzliche Grüße an alle Deutschlehrer/Innen in Wisconsin!


t's been several weeks since Nikolaus and Knecht Ruprecht visited your WI-AATG President, and I am finally getting around to distributing Geschenke that were meant for the good German teachers of our state. I ate the Lebkuchen myself, but saved the most important gifts for you, my teaching colleagues. This year Nikolaus gave us all a one-year subscription to the Goethe Institut. Unfamiliar? The rest of this article contains Gebrauchsanweisungen for making the most of this gift. Kurz & Gut macht Schule: Volumes I and II Are you looking for a way to include more authentic media into your classroom? Kurz & Gut is a series of 20 short films – 9 live action and 11 animated. Ranging in length from 5 to 18 minutes, they address multiple themes covered on the AP Exam. My favorites are the animated Kater and live Gregors größte Erfindung. Better yet, Nikolaus had a group of elves didacticize them. Each of the film collections can be purchased from Goethe Institut Boston for $20.00. www.goethe.de/ins/us/bos/prj/kgs/enin dex.htm

Goethe Institut Chicago Christkindl Katja Fullard stands ready at Goethe Institut Chicago to provide you with all kinds of goodies to make you more effective and your program stronger. Combine a trip to the Weihnachtsmarkt with a visit to Goethe for an unforgettable field trip. Nominate your students for an Ehrenurkunde. Katja also has access to professional development scholarships for you and even a stable of 29 Trainer who can bring award-winning presentations to a gathering of German teachers. Learn more about our local Goethe here: www.goethe.de/ins/us/chi/lhr/enindex. htm GAPP Exchange Would you like to offer your students the opportunity to spend three weeks in Germany for under $2000? Goethe can help you by matching you up with a partner school in Germany and showing you how to integrate them into a German family and school, creating lifelong relationships spanning the Atlantic. There are even stipends which make travel even more

affordable. Join 59 other Wisconsin German programs and go GAPP! www.goethe.de/ins/us/lp/prj/gapp/enin dex.htm Step Into Pop Culture Peter Zygowski at Goethe Institut San Francisco has invested hundreds of hours into Step into German, a user-friendly portal where your students can learn about the German music scene, soccer, and enter contests. There are 50 didacticized songs in an entire unit to teach about the role soccer plays in Germany and reviews of films like Das Wunder von Bern. There are also contests, which will encourage your students to use their creativity, with the most recent dealing with Wechselpräpositionen. www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/sig/enind ex.htm Lernen Online Goethe has compiled an excellent collection of on-line learning opportunities. Lernabenteuer Deutsch is a web-based learning game. Under exercises there are numerous games and e-learning activities organized by


the European Reference Framework levels. There are also practice tests, which you can use to measure your students’ progress. www.goethe.de/lrn/duw/enindex.htm

the Executive Committee of the AATG. Bobbette will represent the interests of German teachers from the Midwest in this capacity. Herzlichen Glückwunsch to both Siggi and Bobbette!

Goethe Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit

Here's hoping you take advantage of some of these gifts. Please also remember to send in proposals for the 2013 WAFLT Fall Conference and nominate your students and colleagues for WAFLT awards. More info can be found at waflt.org/index.php?q=node/25.

Goethe is active in recognizing the great work done every day in the classroom. I am pleased to announce that our own Siggi Piwek was recently honored by the Goethe Institut, receiving the Certificate of Merit at the 2012 ACTFL Conference in Philadelphia. A second WI-AATG member worthy of recognition is former president Bobbette Timmermann, who has been named to

In closing, if you have anything our colleagues should know about, please forward it to me. Also please consider

joining our WI-AATG Facebook group. I wish you all the best both personally and professionally in 2013. Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Mark W agner

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Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese President Atsuko Suga Borgmann UW-Milwaukee P.O. Box 413 Milwaukee, WI 53201 (414) 229-5650 suggatsu@uwm.edu

President ex-officio Kasumi Kato UW-Whitewater 800 W. Main Street Whitewater, WI 53190 Phone: (262) 472-1241 katok@uww.edu

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elcome to the year of the snake. The snake reminds us to be introspective and to reflect on what we have accomplished and what we have yet to accomplish in our efforts to advance our language programs in Wisconsin while also addressing our own professional development. WiATJ was well represented through the hard work of our wonderful colleagues at WAFLT. Let us show our utmost appreciation for Lynn Sessler Neitzel Sensei and Chie Kakigi Sensei for their dedication and being such an inspiration. I would also like to thank all the members who presented or participated at the 2012 WAFLT Fall Conference. Your presence at the conference was invaluable, especially since the business meeting is one of the few places we can network. Otsukaresamadeshita! At the WiATJ business meeting, we discussed the importance of articulation among Wisconsin Japanese programs and its teachers as well as of staying connected. Kakigi Sensei kindly created a Wiki page

where we have access to all the information on Wisconsin Japanese education from K-12 to post secondary. Please visit the page: http://wiatj.wikispaces.com/ As we face another year, many of us fear another round of budget cuts in our schools and the uncertainty of what it means for our language programs. It can be a very disheartening time; however, we must make our programs and students visible. How can we get our students out of the classroom using their Japanese skills and cultural understanding? Some ideas include Japanese National Honor Society, National Japanese Exam, Nengajo Contest, school board presentations with your students, e-newsletters, and Japanese clubs. Of course, travel study programs to Japan are a great way to “globalize” your Japanese classroom and stay connected. I challenge each of you to share at least one idea with colleagues to help get our network going again to strengthen our programs and enhance the study of Japanese language and culture for all our students here in Wisconsin.

Here is a professional development opportunity for Japanese teachers available in the summer months. August 6-7, WAFLT Summer Language Leadership Institute – Google Apps + The World Language Classroom. Finally, let’s make WiATJ a strong organization. It is essential that you maintain your membership in WiATJ by going to AATJ (American Association of Teachers of Japanese) website. In addition, please become a WAFLT member in order for WiATJ to maintain voting rights within WAFLT and to send the President to the WAFLT Board meetings. We still have openings for the Webpage Manager and the Activity Director. Consider this seriously and let any officer know if you would like to nominate someone or yourself. We always welcome any ideas you have to help improve WiATJ and to meet your needs. Please let us know if you have any ideas to contribute. Kasum i Kato



Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association President Allan Lubben Mequon Homestead HS Steffen & Lake Shore MS awlubben@gmail.com

Past President Daniel Tess Brookfield Central HS Wisconsin Hills MS tessdaniel@gmail.com

Treasurer William W. Kean 110 S. Henry St. #204 Madison, WI 53703

Secretary Jennifer Austino Brookfield East HS JenniferFotsch@aol.com

Salvite Magistrae et Magistri!


f you are marking your calendars for 2013, two important dates have already been determined. October 22rd we will be hosting Latin Day at the Weasler Auditorium on Marquette University’s campus. Look for speaker information and registration forms to come out in the summer. We have always enjoyed hosting this event on the UW-Madison campus, but would like to offer a different venue in 2013 to draw more schools to this event. Permultâs gratiâs to all who have already renewed your WLTA and WAFLT dues. Our website, wisconsinlatin.org, now has a link to provide access for paying WLTA dues. The membership tab includes a hyperlink to a WePay donation site which will allow both you and the WLTA to process your dues easily. If you prefer to mail the hard copy forms to the treasurer, that option is still available to you in the form of the downloadable membership PDF. You can also use the form included on the next page and return to our Treasurer. Notanda Common Core State Standards have been adopted in nearly all the states, and one is left to wonder how administrators, districts, or boards will ask language teachers to mold their

content to serve any of these national standards, especially as new teacher evaluation tools are being implemented in the near future. Electives such as world languages often have survived on the strength of the programs themselves, regardless of top-down pressure, but our national affiliate ACTFL has already composed a document showing “Alignment of the National Standards for Learning Languages with the Common Core State Standards” (actfl.org/sites/default/ files/pdfs/Aligning_CCSS_Language_ Standards_v6.pdf) to help us in our advocacy for languages. For years language teachers have used for years what Common Core labels literacy standards, in our verbiage of performance and proficiency standards. If you need well-produced information on how your language instruction serves the needs of students under the CCSS, check out the ACTFL website.

for her continued efforts and the success of her program in the Mequon-Thiensville School District. Marianne has helped to introduce 7th and 8th grade Latin at the middle schools in her district, as well as recruit a new teacher to help staff her growing population of students. Homestead Latin has grown under her leadership into one of the largest and most active chapters in the Wisconsin Junior Classical League, which gives students a chance to serve their communities through club activities, compete with one another at state Latin convention, and meet/compete with students from across the nation at National Junior Classical League conventions.

Daniel Tess received the 2012 Frank M. Grittner Award for professional service and excellence in teaching. The Grittner award acknowledges active WAFLT members who are leaders in their Celebranda first three years of Congratulations to several teaching. Daniel members of our profession who volunteered to serve as received awards at the 2012 WLTA president at his WAFLT Fall Conference in inaugural WLTA November. Marianne Wallach, business meeting in Latin teacher at Homestead 2009 and has spent the Dan Tess and Marianne Wallach last few years traveling High School in Mequon, received a Recognition of Merit receive the 2012 Grittner and the nation in search of Recognition of Merit awards



useful ideas for Latin teachers that he could share with colleagues at the WAFLT Fall Conference. He has attended Central States regional language conferences, as well as American Classical League Summer Institute. During his first year at Elmbrook School District, he traveled to two middle schools and to one high school, but is now full time at one campus, Brookfield Central High School.

they enjoyed their course. In addition to teaching and writing, Eddie has invested countless hours in professional organizations, including WAFLT (serving as president 2001-2002); the Classical Association of the Middle, West, WAFLT 2012 Distinguished Language and South; and the Educator Eddie Lowry Joint Committee on Classics in American Education. Eddie has served as a mentor to Latin teachers in the state and has garnered the respect of colleagues both in the Classical studies and in other disciplines.

Gale Stone was awarded the Summa Cum Laude sponsor recognition award from the National Junior Classical League at its annual convention held last summer at Wake Forest University. In addition to sponsoring a local chapter of the JCL at Madison West High School, Gale has served many years as the State Chair for the Wisconsin Junior Classical League. She was recognized for bringing Wisconsin to ten JCL conventions and her leadership activity within Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Junior Classical League sent approximately 65 high school student Gale Stone is a 2012 Summa delegates to Wake Cum Laude National Junior Forest last year and is Classical League Sponsor looking forward to hopefully sending as many to the 2013 convention at UNLV next summer. Anyone who has undertaken supervision of such large groups of students knows how much work this can be, and those who work with Gale on chaperoning are grateful to have her at the helm. High honors go to Eddie Lowry, who has taught Classics at Ripon College since 1988. Eddie’s excellent teaching in the classroom has often exceeded students’ expectations for what they were going to learn and how much

Nuntiandum WLTA is pleased to welcome Allan Lubben to the state. Allan moved from Massachusetts during the summer and is teaching middle and high school Latin in Mequon-Thiensville School District. Allan had taught at Westford Academy High School for the last 10 years and there he helped promote a large Latin club in addition to teaching all levels of Latin. Allan will be joining the WLTA board for 2013 as president and is looking forward to meeting Latin teachers from across the state as he transitions into his new responsibilities within WLTA and WAFLT. Jennifer Austino

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American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese President Fred Cruz Brookfield Academy (262) 783-3200 cruz@brookfieldacademy.org

Secretary Gladys Wisnefski Oshkosh West High School Oshkosh School District gwizz@new.rr.com

Vice President Diego Ojeda Evansville School District (608) 490-0247 ojedad@evansville.k12.wi

Treasurer Katie Ginsbach PhD Candidate-Modern Peninsular Literature University of Wisconsin katiesg@yahoo.com

NSE Coordinator Elizabeth Montavon Horning Middle School Waukesha School District (262) 970-3356 martinez_montavon@msn.com

Oral Completion Coordinator Richard Hallberg/Lisa Bane Marquette University High (414) 933-7220 hallberg@muhs.edu

Webmaster Sara Ruiz West Bend High School (262) 388-3023 sruiz@west-bend.k12.wi.us

Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica State Director-Holly Morse University School of Milwaukee (414) 540-3453 hmorse@usmk12.org

Queridos Colegas,


ALFT once again held its annual Fall Conference in Appleton, November 1-3, 2012. It was a time for all of us to participate and share in effective ways in teaching languages. However, the outcome of the conference can only be measured by how we, as teachers, educators, and mentors, take the ideas learned from within the individual workshops and meetings, and implement these ideas into our schools, classrooms, and school districts.

In our own AATSP meeting, I was happy to see many familiar faces, and also meet new teachers and attendees from around our state. I would like to thank Gladys Wisnefski for representing us at the AATSP conference on October 12, 2012, held in Puerto Rico. Diego Ojeda also attended the ACTFL conference in Philadelphia on November 16, 2012. I hope to attend the AATSP conference in San Antonio, Texas, in July 2013.

Also this year, Marquette University High School will be hosting the Concurso Oral on January 26, 2013. We are grateful to Richard Hallberg and Lisa Bane for offering to coordinate this event for us. The National Spanish Examinations will be held in May 2013. We encourage all of you to participate in these examinations. A special thank you goes out to Elizabeth Montavon, our NSE coordinator. We are creating more scholarships for both Concurso Oral and the National Spanish Exams. I want to bring up a new and exciting project that we all can work toward, and to commit to, and that is the Spanish Teacher’s Conference that we hope to bring to fruition in the very near future. Let us be aware of the newly created AATSP-Wi Logo by our Vice-President Diego Ojeda.

De izquierda a derecha: Fred A. Cruz(President) , Diego Ojeda (Vicepresidente, Nina Holmquist, Holly Morse (SHH coordinadora), Sara Ruiz (Webmaster), Mary Christensen (coordinadora pasada de Concurso Oral)

Now, as always, it has been the honor of our association to present an award to the “Distinguished Teacher of the



continuous support that we can bring about the opportunities to our schools and to our students what AATSP-WI has to offer.

Year.” This year the award was presented at the WAFLT Fall Conference to an extraordinary teacher who has been an asset to AATSP-Wi, Beth Kastner. She is well deserving of the award, as her commitment to the language and to AATSP-WI is an inspiration to all of us.

De izquierda a derecha: Beth Kastner (Profesora distinguida-2012), Fred A. Cruz (AATSP-WI President)

Let us continue being “los mejores.” Fred A. Cruz

I am honored to serve as your President. I encourage all of you to continue our efforts to bring new teachers, and reach out to the university professors throughout the state to join us here at the AATSP-WI. It is through your

Sara Ruiz (AATSP-WI website master) at our Día de los muertos display. Decorations provided by Sr. Sobye.

2012 WAFLT Fall Conference Memories



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