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The VOICE of


Fall 2014 Volume 41 Number 2



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 Advocacy Update. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Fowdy & Keely Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 The Fate of Sisyphus: How SLOs Can Make Us Happy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gerhard Fischer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2014 Fall Conference Sneak Peak.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Havas & Cathy Stresing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The Envy of Others ~ Remembering Pig Poop and Precarious Positions. . . Madeline Uraneck. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2013-14 Contributor Lists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Affiliate Organization Newsletters The National Network for Early Language Learning – NNELL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 American Association of Teachers of French – Wisconsin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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.



WAFLT Executive Board & Contacts for Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers President Keely Lake, PhD Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam president@waflt.org President-Elect Josh LeGreve Green Lake School District awards@waflt.org Past-President Lynn Sessler Neitzel Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville lmneitzel@gmail.com 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

Local Arrangements/Exhibits Sub-Committee

Teacher in Training GrantsSubcommittee Chair

Sarah Fortman Lake Denoon Middle School, Muskego

Paula Meyer Appleton North High School meyerpaula@aasd.k12.wi.us

Ashley Reinke Sherman Middle School, Madison exhibits@waflt.org

Student Travel and CSC Grants Subcommittee Chair

New Visions in Action Subcommittee Chair / Finance Committee Chair

Communications & Publications Chair

Anita Alkas UW-Milwaukee alkhas@uwm.edu

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

Fall Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs


Linda Havas Greendale Schools program@waflt.org

Public Relations Committee Advocacy Committee Chair

Cathy Stresing Wauwatosa East High School program@waflt.org

Stephanie Krenz River Bluff Middle School, Stoughton stephanie.krenz@stoughton.k12.wi.us Professional Development Committee / Member Services Committee Chair International Education Summit

Member Services Subcommittee Chair

Justin Gerlach Mishicot High School advocacy@waflt.org Grants & Scholarships Committee Chair Lisa Hendrickson grants@waflt.org

Tobias Barske UW-Stevens Point tobias.barske@uwsp.edu WiATJ President

Kyle Gorden Elkhorn Area High School gordky@elkhorn.k12.wi.us

Lauren Rosen University of Wisconsin webmaster@waflt.org

AATG-WI President

Atsuko Suga Borgmann UW-Milwaukee sugaatsu@uwm.edu WLTA President Dan Tess Brookfield Central High School tessd@elmbrookschools.org OWL Vacant WACLT President

Future Teachers Subcommittee Chair

Sarah Bailey UW-Marathon County bubsbailey@yahoo.com.hk

Pablo Muirhead Milwaukee Area Technical College muirheap@matc.edu

WAATSP President

HS Guests Subcommittee Chair Vacant

Fred Cruz Brookfield Academy cruz@brookfieldacademy.org

Mentoring/Leadership Project Karen Fowdy mkfowdy@tds.net Summer Institute Lisa Hendrickson grants@waflt.org Language Association Representatives AATF-WI President SuAnn Schroeder Marshfield High & Middle Schools suann007@gmail.com

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 should be saved as a Microsoft Word document and sent as an email attachment to the editor. Any photos or graphics must be sent as separate attachments in a .jpg format.



From Your President ... empus fugit is the most famous of the many ancient variations on the theme “time flies.” There is another famous Latin phrase, this one from Horace's Ode 1.37.1- 2: Nunc est bibendum, nunc pede libero / pulsanda tellus. “Now it is time to drink, now it is time to strike the earth with a free foot.”


In this, the 100th year of WAFLT, both phrases crowd my mind. I think of how amazing it is to have reached this milestone, but I also think about how much work and care has been put into our organization as well as into language education in this state in the last century. Thank you to everyone who has served WAFLT over the years, to every member who has presented or attended the conference, and to every business who makes our exhibit hall a fun place to visit. Let us share this moment with one another; let us dance with joy. Plans are already underway for our celebrations at the Fall Conference. Our Keynote speaker will be Linda Zins-Adams, our theme speaks to how we, as language teachers, can be ready for the teacher effectiveness movement, and there will be cake ... lots of cake. We hope that you all will come; we want to reminisce about our memories and create new ones. We want to thank you for being a member, for it is our members who keep the organization strong.

We ask one thing: bring a friend to the conference. Persuade your fellow department or district teachers to join. We need not only to stop and celebrate; we need also to keep our eye on the prize for the next one hundred years. We are WAFLT strong. Some amazing things have been happening this year. Lauren Rosen and the 21st Century Committee have redesigned the website to be more user friendly and ready for the years ahead. We now have an electronic version of The Voice, and our Facebook and Twitter presence continues to keep languages visible all the time. WAFLT continues to send representation to JNCL-NCLIS, the advocacy body in this country. I have just been elected to the Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large. This is a testament to the positive reputation Wisconsin has for producing leaders in language education. I look forward to serving and representing Wisconsin during my term. Karen Fowdy has been working to revitalize our mentorship program. If you have the time to be a sounding board and helper to a new teacher, please consider volunteering for this important service. A key to keeping new teachers in the profession is to provide them support. Many of us are the only teachers of our language in the building – mentoring can help us stay current and revitalized as well.

Keely Lake

Lisa Hendrickson, Anita Alkhas, Karen Fowdy, Josh LeGreve, Lauren Rosen, and Lynn Sessler Neitzel put together a great Summer Institute for us. They are so ahead of the game, in fact, that they are starting to prepare for 2015! These folks are a dream team. I want to thank everyone who has served with me in my two years as President. Your time and efforts are so greatly appreciated. I have gained twice – in pedagogical learning and knowledge about the state – compared to what I gave in leadership. Thank you especially to Lynn Sessler Neitzel and Josh LeGreve, the bookends of my Presidency. Your knowledge and energy have kept me going. Time has flown, the next Fall Conference is soon upon us, and I cannot wait to see you all ... so let's get together and eat some cake! Keely Lake



From Your Editor ... s I write this summer is SCREAMING by, and soon we will be in our classrooms with those whom we fight for each and every day of the school year. It is for them that we continue to better ourselves through travel, connections with our colleagues, workshops, WAFLT conferences, and summer institutes. We never really stop. I truly believe that is what makes us great teachers, mentors, friends, committee members, volunteers, parents, and spouses. We never stop being teachers.


my colleagues an email to let them know the deadline for registration. The best part is heading to the principal's office to tell him that we are headed out once again to the WAFLT conference. He just smiles and says, “have a good time.” He knows that when we come back, we will be trying new ideas, sharing with our colleagues crossdiscipline, and filling him in on the conference and what we are involved in.

You are probably wondering what all of the above has to do with The Voice. Well, as you know, WAFLT is 100 years old this year. No, most of us were not around at its inception; however, think about how long you have been around it. Take stock of the years you have been a part of the WAFLT organization. Take a trip down memory lane. I smile when I think about my first conference, and no, I don't remember the year; however, it was in Madison if that tells you anything. I remember pulling up to the Sheraton Hotel thinking, “wow!” What a whirlwind of information I gained that weekend. We outgrew the Sheraton and have made the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton the home of the WAFLT Fall Conference.

The second thing I like about the conference is seeing old friends, colleagues, former student teachers who are now in their own classrooms, and meeting new people with whom to network. I have been honored with different jobs on different committees because of my involvement WAFLT. I was honored to work with amazing colleagues on the video series “Get In The Mode.” I am now honored to be pulling together and editing articles for your perusal. As I am reading the huge amounts of information in the articles that come to me, I only hope that you can find time to read them as well. Contained within is helpful information pertaining current issues -Educator Effectiveness, Common Core State Standards, Global Certificates, etc. We are so blessed to have incredible and knowledgeable contributors to The Voice.

There are so many things that I cherish about all the years that I have been attending the WAFLT Fall Conference. I am like a child at Christmas, waiting for the pre-conference booklet to come out. I quickly page through it and then make hotel reservations. Then I send

The third thing that I like about the conference is the sessions. I think that my creative brain left me about 25 years ago. I love the fact that so many people are creative, innovative, and technologically savvy, and I can learn from every single one. The presenters

always make themselves accessible to you through an email address or a phone number. They want what they give you to work for you. They are willing to help you achieve the success that they have experienced in their classrooms. And lastly, is the close of the conference. As I leave Appleton, I know I have great information to take back to my students and colleagues ready to use on Monday morning. But the best part about the end of the conference is knowing that I have next year's conference to look forward to because of the members of WAFLT. We have a membership that truly cares about our organization. The organization does not succeed without all of you and your contributions. I know there are great people already in the planning process for next year and the year after. I know that together we are WAFLT. We never really stop. We will not be around for the 200th celebration of WAFLT, but it's great to know that we, as an organization, are committed to WAFLT to keep its existence alive. Carrie Bergum



Advocacy Update By Karen Fowdy & Keely Lake he advocacy committee, chaired by Justin Gerlach, is currently in the process of reorganization. Justin has overseen the three main areas of this committee for a number of years, during which time the need for public relations and advocacy has continued to grow. In an attempt to make the work of this committee more manageable, and to better serve our WAFLT membership as a whole, the duties of Advocacy and Public Relations will be divided among three sub-committee chairs.


Discover Languages Justin Gerlach will continue to organize and promote the Discover Languages program for WAFLT. The postcard contest, video contest, and other proactive public relations resources provide valuable tools for students to support and promote the learning of world languages and cultures. Watch the WAFLT website for deadlines about the postcard and video contests. JNCL-NCLIS Current WAFLT President, Keely Lake, will focus on our connection with the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies. This coalition is comprised of member organizations that are united in their belief that all Americans must have the opportunity to learn and use English and at least one other language. JNCL-NCLIS provides the latest in policy development regarding world languages at the state and federal level of government and it is important that WAFLT continue to have a presence here.

Conference Outreach Karen Fowdy will focus on outreach to state conferences of administrators, school board members, and school counselors. WAFLT must play a meaningful role in providing information to these key education stakeholders as they play a part in making decisions about world language programs in our public and private schools. Under the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System, which officially goes into effect in the 2014-2015 school year, administrators are expected to know the content standards for each discipline, which will have a significant part in their

evaluations of educator practice. The WAFLT exhibit booth is being re-designed to provide this, as well as other valuable information to the attendees of the Joint Education Conference (district and building administrators, business managers, curriculum coordinators, and school board members) and the WASC Conference (school counselors). Check the committee's pages at waflt.org as this re-designed Public Relations and Advocacy initiative develops. Please consider volunteering your time to help this important effort ... just email advocacy@waflt.org.



The Fate of Sisyphus: How SLOs Can Make Us Happy By Gerhard Fischer, International Education &World Languages Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

e must consider Sisyphus a happy man, concludes Albert Camus in his essay The Myth of Sisyphus. We all know the basic story: Sisyphus is condemned to push a boulder up a steep hill, only to witness it rolling down again after reaching the top. The endless repetition of this task brings with it the image of a condemned man without hope. Camus disagrees. Sisyphus recognizes his absurd fate and struggle. This recognition and awareness of his struggle is enough to give him the strength to walk down the mountain again and again to tackle the task of pushing the boulder up the mountain. Other more commonly known interpretations of Sisyphus' fate focus on the futility of the struggle and eventual hopelessness.


I don't want to stretch comparisons with Sisyphus too far, but I like to see World Language teachers happy, even though it seems that we work in an environment that forces us to make the same arguments for the value of learning languages over and over again. I would like to say that we have finally pushed the boulder up the mountain where it will stay for good. But then I read comments from some less than enlightened individuals that make me cringe. Allow me to paraphrase one example: At the time I am writing this piece, controversy is swirling around the release of Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier, from long term captivity in the hands of the Taliban. Mr. Bergdahl's father had not shaved his beard since his son was taken captive, and he had studied the

Pashto language and the culture of those who held his son captive. He wanted to understand the environment his son was living in. Some politicians took offense at that. “That makes him look like a member of the Taliban!” was one indignant comment. But the worst offense in one politician's opinion was the fact that Mr. Bergdahl used a few Arabic and Pashto phrases during President Obama's announcement at the White House of the soldier's release. He criticized Mr. Bergdahl for “speaking foreign languages, claiming it was part of a grand plan to claim the White House for Islam.”1 This is literally rock bottom for all of us who insist that our students need to know more about the world and learn world languages as their peers in most other countries do. But we are not deterred, we recognize the absurdity of such comments and keep doing our work. The myth of Sisyphus may not frame our work completely. We have reason to be happy because that boulder seems to rest at the top a bit longer every time we push it there. There is increasing recognition that world language learning is important. More and more schools are signing on to Wisconsin's Global Education Achievement Certificate that requires a minimum of four years or learning a world language. What needs to happen to keep the boulder at the top of the mountain, though, is a change in cultural perceptions and supportive education environments.

Together we can help to make that happen. As we happily keep advancing the value of world language education, we can use the Educator Effectiveness Initiative and writing SLOs in our favor. Imagine this scenario: C All SLOs are written in a proficiency based framework. They clearly articulate what our students will be able to do in their acquired language after several years of study. All students (and teachers) will be held accountable to their ability to communicate in another language. C Therefore all SLOs have to be grounded in standards-based instruction. The work that began with the publication of the ACTFL Standards and Proficiency Guidelines is now supported in each classroom by clearly articulated Student Learning Objectives. C World Language Teachers use SLOs that are written in clear and jargon-free language to communicate the contribution of world language education not only to school administrators and the school board, but also to parents and the general public. C Support for world language education grows in part because World Language educators use proficiency-based SLOs in their work to create a school culture that regards learning other languages as essential for all students.


This is not a far-fetched scenario. We can all see writing SLOs as an opportunity to continue the good work of moving world language education from a purely academic exercise of analyzing grammar and memorizing words and phrases to the rewarding ability of communicating in more languages than one. This is the most important goal of our trade, as we all agree. This is the mountain top where Sisyphus can finally rest next to his bolder and escape his eternal damnation. But getting to this point requires an awareness of the nature of our daily job: We go into our classrooms to help our students learn to use their “new” language across all of our standards and in all modes of communication. We write SLOs to hold ourselves accountable for that goal and to let others know what our goals are. With all that in mind, we will continue to do our work happily. Imagine flipping the Sisyphus scenario. Imagine a cultural shift in our education environment that tosses the boulder to those who oppose world language education. I think we are almost at that point.  1

Huffington Post www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/05/raul-l abrador-bowe-bergdahl_n_5452401.html accessed on June 6, 2014.




WAFLT 2014 Fall Conference Making Language Matter: Essential Learning, Effective Teaching November 6-8, 2014

lans for the 2014 WAFLT Fall Conference are well underway and we'd love to see you there! Besides the chance to network with colleagues, here are a few other key reasons to attend this year's WAFLT Conference!


Thursday Pre-Conference Workshop Educator Effectiveness is coming this fall and WAFLT is ready to support you! Every teacher and administrator will be required to submit goals for student achievement. Those goals, or Student Learning Objectives (Outcomes, SLOs), will become part of educator evaluation within educator effectiveness frameworks. Join us for the De-Mystifying Educator Effectiveness for World Language Teachers. In this workshop you will learn about and understand the role of SLOs in the context of teacher effectiveness frameworks and write your SLOs for your own students. (Why not bring your entire department along?) Friday Morning Workshops We have something for everyone, from assessment, music, video, technology, and proficiency. Friday & Saturday One-Hour Sessions This year's conference includes a plethora of learning opportunities across languages, levels, and various areas of focus.

Friday & Saturday Technology Workshops Your colleagues are ready to share their high-tech tricks of the trade! Friday Afternoon Keynote Speaker We are thrilled to welcome Linda Zins-Adams, German teacher, AP consultant, and current president of SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching), as she discusses The 6th C: Collaboration. Linda will also present a 3-hour workshop on Friday during which she will share activities and student samples in order to demonstrate the connection of the World Language Standards to those stated Common Core documentation. Don't Miss Out!

Please take a moment to ensure that your account at waflt.org has your current contact information, especially your email address. As we move to more electronic communications, this is critical. The WAFLT Pre-conference booklet and registration information will be emailed to you in September. Should you have any questions, please email us at program@waflt.org. We hope to see you in November! Linda Havas & Cathy Stresing Program Co-Chairs

Moved recently? Changed jobs? Changed names? Update your own WAFLT profile! Your profile information is the main vehicle for WAFLT to keep in touch with you and pass on information about what is happening in our organization. It also ties in to all mailings, proposals, submissions, and conference registration information. Verify/update your own information today: 1. Go to waflt.org and click on “Login” from the right end of the menu bar at the top. — Don’t remember your password? Click on “Forgot Password” and retrieve it using your email address or login ID. 2. Type in your login ID or email address and your password to enter. — Still can’t login? DO NOT create a new login! Instead, contact webmaster@waflt.org for assistance. 3. On the left click account information. 4. Click edit at the top to make changes. Don’t forget to save! — If possible add a personal email address in addition to the school one as some schools block waflt.org.



The Envy of Others ~ Remembering Pig Poop and Precarious Positions By Madeline Uraneck y friends envy the fact that I've lived and worked and traveled abroad. That envy is very important to me. I used to picture them back in the US, having kids, buying homes, raising heirloom garden tomatoes. I pictured them on family vacations, climbing the Grand Tetons, and in their offices, inching their salaries and retirement funds upward.


Without their envy, I'd have to look seriously at my old age without children. I'd have to contemplate my record as a lifetime renter, and admit my retirement plan has more social than security. Call it living abroad, traveling the world, international assignments: it sounds great to my friends. Nary a letter, phone call, or email came my way without a taste of their envy, to me sweet and succulent. I was certainly not going to be the one to tell them that living abroad was no better than living in the US, probably worse. Worse because whenever I had a problem, my language skills didn't quite rise to the solution. I didn't understand the script on the handle when the toilet overflowed or the characters labeling the fuse sockets when the lights went out. I recall a building manager who banged on the door of my apartment in suburban Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on Flag Day, a national holiday. Her face was red, she was breathless from climbing the stairs, and her eyes blinked panic. “Yash mashin! Yash mashin!” “Washing machine?” I echoed, perplexed. I beckoned her in and

showed her my utility room. The appliance that washed my clothes was in good working order, no cause for panic. Even more distraught, she rushed out and came back with a male neighbor. In garbled English-Russian-Turkmen, I was made to understand that “yash” (your) “mashin” (car) meant, not washing machine, but “your car.” She was certain that a car with blue diplomatic plates, parked in front of the building, the only one that hadn't yet been moved, belonged to me. The President of Turkmenistan was going to be driving down our avenue on his way to the flag ceremony in a couple hours, and our street needed to be in precise order. It was even worse that the car in question was not my car. Picturing dishonor for her family and the gulog for herself, she dashed off, almost in tears, pounding on doors of other non-Turkmen-speaking residents. I glanced out my window, to see full-bodied men tying pastel-colored streamers from my fifth-floor patio overhang. Gardeners rushed to pull imaginary weeds from already-perfect flower beds. Women in babushkas with home-made brooms wildly swept the glaring-hot sidewalks. A creeping advance parade of black limos and police cars sealed off streets as they passed. “Do not look out your windows!” my landlady yelled in dismay and her escort yelled in translation, rushing by on their way back downstairs. The President apparently feared deranged

shooters, and all curtains must be closed. This is not one of my delightful memories of living abroad, just the daily fog and amazement in which I stumbled not yet competent in my new culture nor comfortable in my old one. Teachers advocate the benefits of world language study for students, but from the beginning, through advancing levels of proficiency, I fought through mist and murkiness, compounded by a double vision of two cultures, neither in focus. I try again to imagine what my friends envied. Did they picture me sunning on the seashores of Lesotho, southern Africa? But Lesotho is land-locked and homes and clinics there were filled with HIV-positive women and children. Nothing to envy there. Did they picture me wining and dining in small cafes in Sénégal, West Africa? I remember squatting outside a home in Dakar, trying to eat cous cous without using my left hand, surprisingly difficult, even though I was right handed. I tried not to tip over onto either of the adjacent members of this nice family, all squatting, a position they'd assumed from infancy. They had squat muscles and ligaments. I had folding chair muscles and ligaments. “What I wouldn't give for a folding chair,” I wished. Was that a person walking toward me out of the desert, bringing a folding chair to relieve my aching thigh muscles, or just a mirage? With her oily fingers, the turbaned lady of the house moved a piece of fish onto my portion of the common dish,



and smiled at me to eat it. I smiled back, but took in the eyes of all five children, hoping against hope I would leave at least a morsel behind. Which do I choose – feeding the hungry or expressing gratitude to my hostess? Each moment abroad has not only language quandaries but customs and values traps, set for the globe-trotting innocent. Choose one, it's wrong. Choose the other, it's wrong. I eat half the fish and leave the rest, knowing my hosts would talk and laugh about me for months to come. On the other side of the Atlantic, my friends were talking about me too, envying my every imagined moment. “Oh, Madeline,” they wrote. “You live among the people; you walk their paths.” Why is this a romantic image? Was it because they were caught in their daily-ness, imagining I was making a global difference, changing the world? It is true I was walking paths of common people. It was dark as I walked the path behind the thatched-roof house of the hill tribe family in northern Thailand where I was spending the night. Seeing that I was heading to the cornfield, which could only mean one thing after a dinner of rice curries and red, yellow, and green peppers, the Hmong woman handed me a stick. I thanked her, bowing with my hands in front of my chin. She smiled and bowed back. Never had a gift been so timely or apt. Only with a long stick could one reach backwards to beat off the pigs, snorting aggressively, determined to consume my poop. Once again, my under-developed squatting muscles left me vulnerable, as I struggled to stay low enough not to be seen, but high enough to stay above the bodily betrayals, all the time cursing and flailing the stick behind me.

I was in O'Hare International Airport recently, and saw a woman who looked like a world traveler, long hair, long skirt, but hiking shoes. She took off her backpack, sighed, bent down, and kissed the white, linoleum, antiseptic floor tiles of the woman's room. Recalling the poop-eating pigs, I concurred exactly with her sentiment. Still, I had to admit I envied the experiences she must have had. What languages had she learned? What customs had she tried? What intriguing assignment sent her far from home? The undeserved envy of others is, for me, small repayment for the indignities and cultural embarrassments I bring upon myself. When I name it not “envy” but “curiosity,” I see it forms a bridge between people who travel more and those who travel less. Teachers work hard to inspire curiosity in their students for cultures beyond (and within) US borders. Is curiosity, even envy, the

small fire that ignites a desire to travel and to learn another language? The undeserved envy and sincere curiosity of friends encouraged me through the semantic fog of learning a language, the cultural clumsiness of living abroad, and the maladroit mis-steps along village paths. Teachers hope their students might learn, not just language skills, but intercultural openness, flexibility, humor, even grace. These are the skills that will get them through the fog – skills we try to teach in the classroom, but which are more often learned in that messy, often bungling experience called living and working abroad. With a little luck, the envy of friends will help. Madeline Uraneck (globalmaddy@gmail.com) was Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction International Education Consultant 1990-2006 and a late-in-life Peace Corps Volunteer.

Professional Development Opportunities FLESFEST February 28, 2015, Alverno College | Information: www.wi-nell.org Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages March12-14, 2015, Minneapolis, MN | Information: csctfl.org WAFLT Summer Language Leadership Institute August 4-5, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Information: waflt.org Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers (WAFLT) Fall Conference November 6-8, 2014, Appleton, WI | Information: waflt.org American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference November 21-23, 2014, San Antonio, TX | 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.


Thank You, Contributors! WAFLT thanks the following individuals for their contributions in 2013–14. General Endowment Fund Linguiphile ($100+)

Sponsor ($25-49)

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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

he National Network for Early Language Learning provides leadership in support of successful early language learning and teaching in grades pre-K-8.

school. What can we do as educators to engage students in meaningful language? How do we hook them so they understand how to apply the language?

NNELL advocates for early language learning of all languages. Learn more about how you can support NNELL's advocacy efforts in our Advocacy section.

From Kindergarten all the way up to Spanish 2 in high school, I like to use posted Can-Do statements at the beginning of the week so that students can clearly understand what we are going to do that week. The last lesson of the week, in the final minutes of class, I like to say together the same Can-Do statements that we said at the beginning the week with what we can do after Spanish class that week. The other days in the week, I try to find ways to begin a lesson that shows the importance of being able to use the language they are working on in my classroom. I want it to make sense to them.


Membership in NNELL provides you with a voice at the national level to support early language learning. The Importance of Level 1 Language Teachers What happens to a child when they walk into your classroom? What do their eyes see? What do they hear? Where do they go? What do they do? Do they hear the target language? Do they speak the target language? Do they know what they are going to learn about? Do they know what they are going to talk about? The first few moments the child experiences in our classroom can shape the experience for them for the rest of the lesson, which can lead to the rest of the week, which can lead to the rest of the quarter or trimester or semester, which can lead to the rest of the year, which can lead to the student making a choice to continue in the language or not when they are in middle or high

I've found that the easiest way to do this is through thematic planning. Helena Curtain has worked with my school district in doing this, and it is wonderful to put all the curricular pieces together for students so that they are able to be successful in the three modes of communication within different contexts. My students love being able to show different ways that they can understand the language, ask and answer questions in the language, and present in the target language. I saw Gregory Duncan

present about lesson planning at CSCTFL once, and he stressed the importance of a lesson, because it is what students experience first-hand. These experiences are essential to any world language program. If you want to build something that students will buy into, the language has to make sense to them and they have to be successful in speaking the language. We are not just language teachers, but language coaches. I don't think students will sign up for four years of a language to do crossword puzzles, but they will if they are able to speak the language in many different contexts. There are so many students taking college-level and AP courses in high school that they won't have time for world language if the content of the course is not meaningful. We need to continue to implement a high-standards and performancebased curriculum in whatever language is being taught, anywhere, and it needs to start in Levels 1 and 2, or at the elementary level or middle school level if applicable as well.

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FLESFEST 2014 Conference Notes


Language teachers who wanted to share best practices, lesson ideas, and unique challenges through networking with colleagues originally established FLESFEST. FLESFEST is a one-day professional conference for World Language instructors K-16 that was held on on Saturday, March 8th at Alverno College, a new and wonderful site this year. The theme for 2014 was Do You Believe in Magic? Integrate Tried and True Fun “Tricks of the Trade” to Build Meaningful Communication and Relationships. Planning units and lessons with a focus on integrating MAGIC to communicate is highly motivating and rich in possibilities for meaningful communication.

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.

Keynote Our keynote speakers, Donna Clementi and Bill Curtis, engaged conference participants by kicking off the day with a magical experience for those who attended FLESFEST that they would never forget. Donna and Bill dressed the roles of magicians and educators as an integral component of creating a magical context for learners in classrooms. They inspired the audience with a skit that showed the importance of Magic in our classrooms, and Magic in Imagination, Community, Music, Telling Stories, and Speaking and Understanding Another Language. They did a wonderful job demonstrating a memorable context at the beginning of our conference that we can all apply to our classrooms to keep them Magic in learning the language. To see specific examples of the sessions, please visit wi-nell.org for session notes!

Jessica Bradley

Save the Date: FLESFEST @ Alverno College Saturday, March 14, 2015


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

ACLT kicked off the Year of the Horse with the 11th Wisconsin Chinese Speech Contest held at the University of Milwaukee on February 22. Participation has been growing annually, and this year over 155 students in Wisconsin from kindergarten to college level took part in this event. Special thanks goes out to UW-Milwaukee for generously opening their doors for us to hold this event for the second year at their campus, as well as the support and efforts from their staff in the Chinese Department. I would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the Confucius Institute at UW-Platteville for sponsoring this event and sending performers to showcase some wonderful cultural songs and dance.


This year, we also held our 1st Annual Chinese Music Video Contest. The response was very positive and we received some fantastic submissions from middle and high school students. The participants' songwriting skills in the target language and creative use of

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

technology to visually present their songs were nothing short of impressive. My sincere thanks to Haiyun Lu for graciously helping organize and assist with this contest, and her staunch support for all WACLT events. Chinese teachers and students in Wisconsin have had a busy year. Some examples include the first Chinese Day held at UW-Milwaukee on April 3rd to showcase China's rich cultural heritage. The event included eight culture booths, a lion dance, martial art display, and traditional Chinese music.

A Lion Dance at the UW-Milwaukee Chinese Day

Chinese classes in Asa Clark Middle School and Pewaukee High School in Pewaukee School District were involved in a fun Spring Festival project this year. Students took on the role of the teacher, and taught their families and school staff about the rich cultural traditions associated with the celebration of Chinese New Year. At the end of the project, a short video about Chinese New Year was created to share with the school community. In the video, instead of having students in Chinese class talk about what they knew, their “students,� the faculty members, talked about what they had learned from the students during the project. The students, staff, and families thoroughly enjoyed this project, which helped to extend the Chinese language and culture out into the school community and promote cultural diversity. Over the summer, 11 students from the James Madison Memorial High School Chinese program travelled to China for three weeks with their teacher Natasha Pierce and retired


Memorial teacher Claire Kotenbeutel. Students and staff actively carried out fundraising events that assisted three students with a large portion of the travel costs. James Madison Memorial High School would like to thank WAFLT for their assistance in making the trip possible for one student, Laela E., who won a $500 WAFLT Travel Award. Before setting off, students had been exchanging emails with the host siblings of Guizhou Zunyi Number 1 High School for several weeks. A Level 3 student (Margot W.) also won an award for Best Host Family Introduction Letter from the school's sponsoring company, Intercultural Student Experiences of Minneapolis. Another Memorial student (Will B.) also studied in Hangzhou, China, for 6 weeks over the summer on an all-inclusive National Security Language Initiative Scholarship. New Chinese programs continue to grow in the state of Wisconsin. Verona Area Immersion School began teaching Kindergarten and Grade 1 Chinese classes in Fall 2010. Next year, their offerings will cover Kindergarten to Grade 5, with 2 full-time Chinese teachers: Jiayi Chen, Lumei Huang; and a half-time Chinese teacher: Leilei Song. Enrollment is expected to be about 100 students. The school is also receiving federal funding for a third year for a Startalk summer camp for students. Last year's Startalk summer camp theme was Chinese Stories Come Alive, and this year's is Create My Own Chinese Comic Books. Menomonee Falls High School began offering Chinese classes last year. Student response has been strong and, in the next school year, there will be a freshman class of 19 students in Chinese I. Some highlights from their Chinese class this year include making their own Falls Dragon, using

iPods in the classroom to practice learning characters on apps like Memrise and Skritter, taking a field trip to Chinatown in Chicago and participating in both the Chinese Pronunciation Contest and Chinese Day at UW-Milwaukee. This program has also provided a platform for heritage learners to be supported and encouraged to prepare for the Chinese AP Test.

Menomonee Falls Chinese students at different activity stations using technology to facilitate Chinese character writing, and hands-on games and activities to enhance language acquisition.


D.C Everest High School in Wausau continues to consolidate and strengthen its world language program. Chinese was introduced two years ago and this school year the program has grown to 3 sections. Dual-enrollment is also available which gives students the option to earn college credits through UW-Marathon County. This year, Chinese 2 students Michael P. and Goldzong M. were recipients of the WAFLT Honors in Language Study Award and WAFLT Excellence in Language Study Award. It is exciting and encouraging to see Chinese programs continue to grow and expand in the state of Wisconsin. As we work hard to promote Chinese and engage our students, it is important that Chinese teachers in the state connect and collaborate to ensure that ideas and concerns are shared so that we continue to provide a memorable and optimal learning experience for our students. I look forward to seeing you all at the WACLT Business Meeting during the WAFLT Fall Conference. Sarah Bailey

Menomonee Falls Chinese students at the Chinese Day held at UW-Milwaukee on April 3, 2014 .



American Association of Teachers of French – Wisconsin Chapter President SuAnn Schroeder Marshfield Middle & High Schools suann007@gmail.com

Secretary-Treasurer Brian Wopat Onalaska High School wopbri@gmail.com

President-Elect Andrea Behn abehn@janesville.k12.wi.us

Past President Justin Frieman Adlai E. Stevenson High School jfrieman@d125.org

Grand Concours Jennie Bolen Logan Middle School grandconcourswi@gmail.com

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

Bonjour mes chers collègues, on retour à l’ècole! Hoping that all of you had a great summer and are ready to get back to our students! The past months of rejuvenation lead us back to our classrooms, where we seek to transform learners into globally-aware individuals who are prepared to go out into the world and use their new language skills. Not an easy task, but one that we return to with enthusiasm because we want those students to love the French language as much as we do. We want these kids to see the world through different lenses, more culturally-conscious and eager to communicate with others in different places around the planet.


Through AATF, we are a collective force, prepared to meet the needs of our students. The school year is full of great AATF opportunities for us and our students, so we want to remain connected. This is a great time to renew your membership for AATF if you have not already. Our organization is here as a support for us all, providing valuable resources, professional development, and networking.

Right around the corner is our AATF Business Meeting at the WAFLT Conference in November. Plan to attend to gather the latest information from French professionals around the state. Several of our French colleagues will be recognized as we announce the recipients of the Distinguished French Educator Award and the Certificate of Recognition. This is a great time to come together and network for all of us language educators. National French Week is November 5-11. Let's share our promotional activities to get our students ‘hooked’ on our beautiful French language. With the plethora of francophone cultures that exist, there is certainly no lack of discoveries to make. Plus, go to AATF website to check out themes on cuisine, science and technology, the arts, community events, sports, and music. There are contests, resources, and materials available to you online. Or create your own and share!

One more opportunity that our membership offers is the Grand Concours, the national French contest. More than 15 Wisconsin schools participated in the Grand Concours this past spring. The contest is a great promotional tool for our programs and gives credibility to our profession. Our students can also earn prizes, certificates, and recognition for their accomplishments. Another membership perk is the Concours Oral, a French-speaking competition. Not every state offers this to their students, so we are lucky in Wisconsin. A large number of French students around the state participated last year. Thanks to all of our regional and state coordinators who made these competitions possible. There is always room for more to participate, so encourage your colleagues and, if you have questions, let us know.


At the AATF National Convention in New Orleans this summer, we had several delegates attend to represent Wisconsin. While speaking with other professionals around the country, we were acknowledged here in Wisconsin for our top-notch, active Chapter. Quite an honor, so spread the word! We Wisconsinites are known for our collaboration and commitment. Bravo!

Again, we extend an invitation to subscribe to our listserve if you have not already: AATFWisconsin-subscribe@ yahoogroups.com. Also check out our Facebook page, facebook.com/groups/FrenchIn Wisconsin. At a time when many of us need to increase support for language programs, a wonderful resource for French advocacy is https://frenchadvocacy.wikispaces.com


As we begin another exciting year in education, hopefully we remember our network of colleagues who are here to help us. Get involved in your AATF-WI organization. Ask for a networking grant for your region. Bring students to the Concours Oral. Participate in the Grand Concours. Nominate a colleague and your students. Together, we are stronger and better. Have a great year! Mes sincères salutations, SuAnn Schroeder



American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin President Tobias Barske UW-Stevens Point tbarske@uswp.edu

Past President Mark Wagner Nicolet High School, Glendale mark_wagner@nicolet.k12.wi.us

Vice President Sigurd Piwek Milwaukee German Immersion School piweks@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Secretary Stephanie Krenz River Bluff Middle School fraukrenz@gmail.com

Treasurer Melanie Lasee Ashwaubenon High School mlasee@ashwaubenon.k12.wi.us

Herzliche Grüße an alle Deutschlehrerinnen und Deutschlehrer in Wisconsin! ogether with my colleagues Mark Wagner (outgoing President), Sigi Piwek (Vice President), Melanie Lasee (Treasurer), and Stephanie Krenz (Secretary), your WI-AATG representatives have been trying to keep conversations about German language instruction and culture as noticeable and positive as possible. I think that we have been quite successful so far. For the first months of our term, all of us have been busy assembling nomination packages for various award applications and I am happy to announce that all of our nominations were successful! These achievements, of course, are a reflection on the dedication of German teachers in Wisconsin to provide outstanding instruction to our students at all levels. Results for various WAFLT Awards will be announced at the Fall Conference in Appleton.


In addition to award nominations, the main project for this year has been the Weiße Rose exhibit organized mainly by Mark Wagner and Sigi Piwek. The Weiße Rose was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group to the Hitler

regime and the National Socialist party in Germany during World War II. The group consisted predominantly of students from the University of Munich, but also included the Professor of Philosophy and Musicology, Kurt Huber. The most famous members of this group were Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans. Other prominent members included Alex Schmorell, Willi Graf, and Christoph Probst. The group was responsible for composing and distributing a series of six leaflets, the main purpose of which was to call Germans to action to support the resistance movement against the National Socialists and to reclaim the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the protection of individual citizens. In 1943, Helmuth James Graf von Moltke managed to smuggle the text of the sixth and final leaflet out of Germany. Allied airplanes dropped copies of it retitled The Manifesto of the Students of Munich over German cities. Almost all members of the Weiße Rose were sentenced to death and executed for treason. For their opposition to the Third Reich in the face of almost certain death, members of this group are honored as heroes today.

The Weiße Rose exhibition was hosted in four venues during January, February, and March 2014 starting in Wausau (January 9-23), Eau Claire (February 1-24), Nicolet, Milwaukee (February 27-March 10), and Cleveland, WI (March 16-28). At each location a number of special events, such as round-table discussions and special tours for students, were organized. For the first three days in Milwaukee alone, Mark Wagner reported more than 700 pupils and 39 classes ranging from 5th through 12th grade attending. Similarly, evening events were well attended at all of the four sites. We feel that this event was well-received and helped spark lively discussions about civil courage. The fact that parts of the exhibit were in German and in English helped to expose students, as well as other Wisconsinites, to the German language as an added bonus. In closing, I would like to thank all of you who visited any of the exhibit sites, and who brought your students along to this valuable cultural experience. Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Tobias Barske



Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese President Atsuko Suga Borgmann UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650 suggatsu@uwm.edu

President-Elect Richard Kania Franklin High School (414) 423-4640, ext. 2116 Richard.Kania@franklin.k12.wi.us

Activities Director/ Secretary Shinji Takahashi UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650 takahash@uwm.edu

Web Page Editor Jason Jones UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650 jonesjc@uwm.edu

President ex-officio Kasumi Kato UW-Whitewater (262) 472-1241 katok@uww.edu

Trreasurer Chie Kakigi kakigic@uwosh.edu

Membership Information: Please visit the AATJ website – http://aatj.org/membership/index.html Please visit the page for K-16 Japanese instruction in Wisconsin: http://wiatj.wikispaces.com

Konnichiwa! all has arrived in Wisconsin and the WAFLT annual conference is right around the corner. I hope everybody had a good start to a new semester and is having success this fall. This issue has lots of information on events related to Japanese education in Wisconsin.


WAFLT Fall Conference 2014

Participants enjoyed writing their names in Japanese. Vice President of WiATJ, Richard Kania sensei, held a session called Traveling Japan on Budget and the event attracted about 100 people. On February 15th, WiATJ held a session to introduce Japanese programs all over Wisconsin. Japanese students from many schools created videos to introduce their programs.

The WAFLT Fall Conference will be here in no time! We expect to have many presentations regarding Japanese pedagogy and we look forward to sharing ideas on educating our students. Please also note that the business meeting is on Saturday morning (Nov. 8th) to encourage participation from many different parts of Wisconsin. Events Held WiATJ hosted an event at Anime Milwaukee, February 14-16. During the convention, WiATJ organized a calligraphy session. The session attracted about 100 people.

Japan Quiz Wisconsin 2014 was held on March 9th. High School students who are taking Japanese in Wisconsin competed against each other based on their knowledge of the Japanese language and culture. High school students from Menasha, Wisconsin

Rapids, Manitowoc, and Franklin gathered in Milwaukee to compete. High School students, a group of Japanese students who are visiting UW-Oshkosh from Tsukuba University in Japan, the UW-Milwaukee student organization, and exchange students at UW-Milwaukee all had a chance to meet and interact through language games. The audience also enjoyed presentations from Tsukuba University students.

The Midwest Japanese Speech Contest sponsored by the Japanese Consulate of Chicago, was held on March 22. This speech contest covered all Midwest States that fall



within the jurisdiction of the Japanese Consulate of Chicago, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Students from Wisconsin won the following prizes: 3rd Category C 1st Prize: Grant H. (Nicolet High School/UW-Milwaukee) C Special Award: Yu Z. (UW-Madison) C Chicago Shimpo Award: Jeanette H. (UW-Milwaukee) 4th Category C 2nd Prize: Alissa W. (Carthage College) C Special Award: Muxing H. (UW-Madison) C JASC Award: Christina S. (UW-Milwaukee) C Japan Airline Award: Jane G. (UW-Madison) C Bonjinsha Award: Timothy M. (UW-Milwaukee)

On May 5, the UW-Milwaukee Japanese program held its Spring Festival, at which students in the Japanese language program gave speeches in Japanese and showed short movies they created with English subtitles. Magara Maeda sensei at UW-River Falls held a tea ceremony in their Alumni Room. Maeda sensei dressed in a traditional kimono, demonstrated

how to prepare the tea, how to serve, and how to be a guest in a tea ceremony. Each student had an opportunity to prepare and serve tea to another. For photos, please visit: http://uwrfphoto.photoshelter.com/galle ry/Japanese-tea-ceremony05082014/G0000AHu7.vlGg9g/C0000 WlXmUCnalkg. Photo by Kathy M Helgeson. Congratulations to Kacie S. at the UWRiver Falls for receiving the Japanese National Honor Society Certificate. Twenty-three UW-Oshkosh students accompanied by Hanai sensei and Emori sensei visited Japan for ten days through the Kakehashi Project (“the bridge to tomorrow�) in May 2013. In return, 23 students from Tsukuba University visited UW-Oshkosh in March 2014. During the visit, students of UW-Oshkosh and the University of Tsukuba enjoyed a variety of activities together, including giving cultural presentations to university and local communities and participating in UW-Oshkosh classes. On the last day of their stay, UW-Oshkosh hosted a community event that marked the third-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami disasters of March 11, 2011, in which students of both universities participated as presenters. Utilizing skills and knowledge of the Japanese language and Japanese taiko drumming that were earned in class, students from UW-Oshkosh offered Japanese taiko performances and bilingual presentations in various cultural enrichment events. In addition to giving several performances on campus, they participated in three off-campus events as performers: World Language Fair at Menasha High School, Oaklawn Diversity Night at Oaklawn Elementary School, and Multicultural Night at Oshkosh West High School.

Announcement Is your school district interested in hosting a session for Japanese culture? Hiromi Naka will be in Wisconsin for two years as a Japanese Outreach Coordinator (JOI). Hiromi is looking for opportunities to introduce Japanese culture to interested parties. She has held sessions at the Milwaukee Folk Fair, UW-Madison, and Menasha School District, to name a few. If you are interested in having her present in your school district, please contact her directly via email (hnaka@wisc.edu). She will tailor her events according to the level of the students. There will be no cost to the hosting school and the school doesn't need to offer Japanese language. If you or your institution has any news, held any events, received any awards, or has comments to share, please share them with us so we can include them here in future newsletters. We would love to hear from you. In closing, Wisconsin is one of the leading states in Japanese education and it is very important that we continue to be visible in the area of world language education. Your participation in WAFLT makes a difference. If you are not yet a member, please become one today by registering at waflt.org. In addition, If you haven't become a member of WiATJ yet, please do so via the AATJ website today and sign up: aatj.org/membership/index.html. 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. The door is always open. Atsuko Suga Borgmann



Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association President Daniel Tess Brookfield Central High School tessdanielp@gmail.com

Past President Allan Lubben Mequon Homestead High School Steffen Middle School Lake Shore Middle School awlubben@gmail.com

Secretary Jennifer Austino Brookfield East High School JenniferFotsch@aol.com

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

Salvçte omnes! he WLTA continues its fine tradition of giving scholarships to deserving students. This year Laura P. of Wayland Academy (teacher Keely Lake) and Catherine P. of Madison West High School (teacher Gale Stone) each took home a prize. Congratulations to them both! Please consider nominating a student next year. The form can be found here: http://wisconsinlatin.org/index.php/sch olarship.


Dan Tess visited UW-Milwaukee in March to speak to Latin 101 and 301 classes about careers in education. Professors Porter and Muse were so kind in welcoming him to speak and were great to work with. While there, Magister Tess discussed future cooperation on Latin Day and dual enrollment. Jennifer Austino spoke at Marquette University last year, and Keely Lake will be speaking at UW-Madison this fall. Let us keep this trend going to help promote in-state nurturing of teachers. Do not forget to mention dual-certification across disciplines too. Our undergraduates sometimes do not think about the usefulness of having a language PLUS something else until it is at the end of

their undergraduate program, and then they might shy away from more years of school necessary or regret that they did not seek out the school of education or other credits sooner. The earlier the seed is planted, the better chance it has of growing. DPI has announced “Course Options” legislation which might be the foundation for forging new alliances between secondary and university institutions to help get our students dual enrollment credit in state without trying to hop aboard the CAPP program which modern languages have (and which costs students about $600-700): www.dpi.state.wi.us/files/eis/pdf/dpinr 2014_25.pdf. The problem seems to be that cooperating institutions need to work out pricing structures for themselves so as to shift (for public schools) away from families and onto districts. Let us keep our eye on this exciting possibility for the future of our students.

For now, Wisconsin teachers Jennifer Austino, Keely Lake, Marianne Wallach, and Dan Tess continue to offer their students dual enrollment credit through the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Keely Lake also participated in a pilot course this year, the full first year sequence of Ancient Greek. She worked with Stephen Smith on this new adventure and taught the entirety of Anne Groton's Alpha to Omega to her students. Please join us in Appleton for the Fall Conference. It is the 100th for WAFLT, and we want the Latin contingent to be strong as language teachers converge on the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel. We hope to see you there! Daniel Tess



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

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

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

Queridos Colegas, y the time this article is published, our well-deserved summer vacations will be a distant memory of how we relaxed, and how we energized to start a new school year.


This summer AATSP-WI sent delegates to the national conference in Panama. The results of our NSE were sent to the participating schools and, once again, we were all proud of how our students performed. We held our AATSP-WI annual meeting on May 30, 2014, at Brookfield Academy to discuss the events for next year: Concurso Oral, NSE, workshops, social media, and our meeting at the WAFLT Fall Conference. In our AATSP-WI annual meeting, we realized that we still need to have more events for our students and our teachers. We had great ideas in the past years, but the lack of participation of our teachers stopped us from achieving them. We do not want this to keep repeating through the years. We encourage all the

teachers to get involved in our association, and to send us ideas on how we can help. We would like to improve our association, and be the envy of other associations, but we need our teachers to get involved. Do we hold ourselves, as Spanish teachers, to the same high standards as we do our students? Have we, as Spanish teachers, gone from ordinary to extraordinary? Do we still have the same passion for teaching as we did on our first day in our profession? If the answers to all the above questions, are “yes,� congratulations. You are an outstanding teacher. Outstanding teachers are the teachers who have given their students the opportunities to be global and productive citizens. Outstanding teachers are those who understand that the teaching of the Spanish language, the culture, the acceptance of other cultures, and the beauty of connection through communication, are the fundamentals of being global and productive. To be an outstanding

teacher, we need to get involved, and give all of ourselves to our profession. Let us get involved with AATSP-WI chapter. Here are some opportunities: National Spanish Exam Thank you to everyone who participated in the National Spanish Exam this spring. The awards were sent out over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron O'Connell at aoconnel@waukesha.k12.wi.us. Concurso Oral For the Concurso Oral this coming year, we are looking at a date in February. If you have any suggestions on pieces or would like to be involved in the planning of the Concurso Oral, please contact Lisa Bane at lbane@shorewood.k12.wi.us.


Video Contest

Profesor/a Sobresaliente

We are in the beginning stages of creating a video contest (using 5 second Vine videos), for students that will be turned in and displayed at the Concurso Oral.

For the second year in a row, we unfortunately had no nominations for the teacher of the year award. We still want to recognize teachers in our organization for the outstanding things that we do. Therefore, at our Business meeting at the WAFLT Fall Conference (November 8th), we will do a drawing of teachers who are members and participated in the National Spanish Exam, Concurso Oral, and Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. We will draw names (you do not need to be present to win) for 5 $100 awards. If you are a member and

Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica Monica Lentz is going to be taking over as the Coordinadora for SHH. She has an outstanding chapter at Brookfield East. Look for information from her this fall if you have a chapter. If you are interested in starting a chapter, contact her. We would all be more than willing to help you get started.


participated in all three activities listed above, your name will be in the drawing three times. Let us continue making AATSP-WI strong. Let us continue being “los mejores.” Fred A. Cruz



WAFLT Awards, Scholarships, and Grants: Details & Forms available @ waflt.org WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator Award: WAFLT's highest recognition, may be conferred annually on an individual of the language teaching profession who has demonstrated long-term achievement and service to WAFLT and to the profession locally, statewide, regionally, and/or nationally. Nomination Deadline: March 15 Anthony J. Gradisnik Award: May be conferred on an individual or group especially from outside the world language teaching profession who shares Mr. Gradisnik's enthusiasm and advocacy for language education in such areas as international education, early language learning, and creative initiatives in language education. Nomination Deadline: March 15 Frank M. Grittner New Teacher Award: May be conferred annually on an individual new to the language teaching profession with one to three years experience who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and leadership in the promotion of language learning and international understanding; has given service to school, community, and state organizations; and has shown commitment to regional and national organizations. Nomination Deadline: March 15 WAFLT Excellence in Language Study Award: May be conferred on students who have demonstrated great achievement and progress in language study and who exhibit great potential for further achievement in the language. Students currently enrolled in a world language course offered at their school. Elementary, middle school, high school, and post-secondary students are eligible. Nomination Deadline: March 15 WAFLT Honors in Language Study Award: May be conferred on students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in and commitment to their school’s language programs. Students currently enrolled in the most advanced world language course offered at their school; high school and post-secondary students are eligible. Deadline: March 15 WAFLT Future Language Teacher Award: May be conferred annually on students in teacher-training programs who have shown exceptional promise and potential to become outstanding World Language educators. Students currently enrolled in a teacher-training program are eligible. Nomination Deadline: April 1 Donna Clementi Award for Excellence in World Language Programs: Recognizes one school and/or district that promotes language learning through quality programs.

WAFLT Professional Service Award: May be presented annually to recent retirees who have served both the profession and their students in providing quality world language education. Recent retirees with a minimum of ten years’ experience as World Language educators and who have been members of WAFLT a minimum of five years within the past ten years are eligible. Nomination Deadline: May 15 WAFLT Recognition of Merit: May be presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or who have made significant contributions to the language teaching profession. Nomination Deadline: February 15 WAFLT Student Travel Scholarship: Designed to help Wisconsin pre-collegiate world language students to participate in language and cultural immersion programs, this scholarship was established in 1999 to honor O. Lynn Bolton, a Spanish teacher in the West Allis-West Milwaukee school district. Nomination Deadline: December 1 WAFLT Scholarship for Professional Development: Designed to help World Language educators in Wisconsin improve their classroom teaching skills, this scholarship was established in 1995 to honor Professor Roma Hoff as she retired from the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The fund was expanded to honor Professor Constance Knop who retired from the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996, and again in 2005 to honor the memory of Professor Irène Kraemer who served in many capacities at Carthage College. Nomination Deadline: April 15 WAFLT Scholarship for Tomorrow’s Teachers: Designed to offer financial assistance to attend the WAFLT Fall Conference for up to 20 college-level students preparing to become language teachers. Deadline: September 25 WAFLT Special Projects Grants: Designed to support research efforts, exchange initiatives, special programs, and projects that clearly demonstrate an ability to benefit a broad constituency of World Language educators and students in Wisconsin. Deadlines: April 15 and November 15 WAFLT Central States Extension Workshop Grant: Designed to offer financial support for two WAFLT members to attend the Central States Extension Workshop each spring. Recipients of the grant are expected to work together to present a WAFLT Extension Workshop at the Fall Conference in Appleton. Deadline: December 15

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