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Table of Contents WAFLT Executive Board Contact Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 From Your President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh LeGreve. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 From Your Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carrie Bergum.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Pedagogy, Methodology, and Policy Advocacy Update. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Fowdy & Keely Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Keep Calm & Carry On.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gerhard Fischer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 2015 Fall Conference Sneak Peak.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Havas & Cathy Stresing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Using Google for Language Portfolios. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura Wilberding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2014-15 Contributor Lists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Affiliate Organization Newsletters The National Network for Early Language Learning – NNELL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 American Association of Teachers of French – Wisconsin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
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WAFLT Executive Board & Contacts for Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers President Josh LeGreve Green Lake School District firstname.lastname@example.org
New Visions in Action Subcommittee Chair / Finance Committee Chair
Kyle Gorden Elkhorn Area High School email@example.com
SuAnn Schroeder Marshfield High & Middle Schools firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications & Publications Chair
Lauren Rosen University of Wisconsin email@example.com
Keely Lake, PhD Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary Carley Goodkind Greenfield High School email@example.com Treasurer Kellie Michels Muskego High School firstname.lastname@example.org
Member Services Subcommittee Chair Christina Stuber Northland Pines High School, Eagle River email@example.com The VOICE of WAFLT Subcommittee Chair/Editor Carrie Bergum Holmen High School firstname.lastname@example.org
DPI International Education/World Languages Consultant
Advertising Subcommittee Chair
Gerhard Fischer email@example.com
Josh LeGreve Green Lake School District firstname.lastname@example.org
NNELL Representative Jessica Bradley Highland View Elementary email@example.com Fall Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs Linda Havas Greendale Schools firstname.lastname@example.org Cathy Stresing Wauwatosa East High School email@example.com Local Arrangements/Exhibits SubCommittee
Public Relations / Advocacy Committee Co-Chairs Karen Fowdy firstname.lastname@example.org Keely Lake Wayland Academy email@example.com Discover Languages Contest Coordinator Justin Gerlach Mishicot High School firstname.lastname@example.org Grants & Scholarships Committee Chair
Sarah Fortman Lake Denoon Middle School, Muskego Stephanie Krenz River Bluff Middle School, Stoughton email@example.com Ashley Reinke Sherman Middle School, Madison firstname.lastname@example.org
CSC Grants-Subcommittee Chair
Becky Murphy Cedarburg High School email@example.com
Lisa Hendrickson firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Travel Scholarship Subcommittee Chair Paula Meyer Appleton North High School email@example.com Professional Development Scholarship Subcommittee Chair Jeanne Schuller UW-Madison firstname.lastname@example.org Tommorrowâ€™s Teachers Scholarship Subcommittee Chair Karen Fowdy email@example.com Professional Development Chair Anita Alkas UW-Milwaukee firstname.lastname@example.org Future Teachers Subcommittee Chair Pablo Muirhead Milwaukee Area Technical College email@example.com HS Guests Subcommittee Chair Danielle Chaussee Oconomowoc High School firstname.lastname@example.org Amber Little Stoughton High School Mentoring/Leadership Project Karen Fowdy email@example.com
Language Association Representatives AATF-WI Co-Presidents Andrea Behn Parker High School, Janesville firstname.lastname@example.org Justin Frieman Charles Round Lake High School, IL email@example.com AATG-WI President Tobias Barske UW-Stevens Point firstname.lastname@example.org WiATJ President Richard Kania Franklin High School email@example.com WLTA President Dan Tess Brookfield Central High School firstname.lastname@example.org OWL Vacant WACLT President Lacey Melco Kettle Moraine High School email@example.com WAATSP President Fred Cruz Brookfield Academy firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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From Your President ... s I write this, the 2014-2105 school year is quickly approaching its close, and with that comes the celebratory deluge of graduation parties, awards ceremonies, promotion events, and conversations with students about the promise that their futures hold. In light of events that are happening in our profession, this overwhelming, semi-euphoric atmosphere of celebration creates an interesting contrast with the tight budgets, drastic cuts, and tense decisions being seen around our state. This contrast can be discouraging and disheartening, but we need to allow it to animate us to continue our fight for quality world language education for our students. Our jobs go beyond crafting strong learning environments for our students. In the current situation we face today, advocacy becomes vital in order to best convey to all stakeholders â€“ students, administrators, and community â€“ the importance and necessity of our programs.
There are many ways to approach this, and as advocates for our discipline we must make sure to convey to those outside our profession what we know to be true. ACTFL provides many great resources to use with families and administrators, highlighting how our work benefits students across disciplines and in academic achievement (actfl.org/advocacy). That said, advocacy cannot stop there. Wonderful things are happening in our classrooms. We cannot simply close our doors and work our magic in isolation. We need to make known the quality work being done in our classrooms, and in doing that, we need to become integral parts of our communities. Even though it is easy to
get caught up in discouragement, we must also remember to save moments to amplify the positive. While we must remain vigilant to defend our programs in times of crisis, we must also show the world what we can do and celebrate these aspects of our classrooms. Celebration is Advocacy Write press releases to the paper. Get field trips and large projects included in your district newsletter. Get students out in the community showcasing their language through language nights or service opportunities. Invite the greater community to honor society inductions. Work to create a Global Education Achievement Certificate program in your school, and then celebrate the students earning this achievement. There are many different faces of celebration for our programs, but the most pivotal point to keep in mind is that we must celebrate the great work we already do. WAFLT provides a number of different resources to help you share and celebrate the great things happening in your programs. For example, consider sending in nominations for WAFLT awards next year. All members are able to nominate students for one of our two Language Study Awards, which is a great way to celebrate the achievement of students while highlighting the program to the greater community. Also consider nominating a colleague for the Recognition of Merit award to highlight their contributions to school, community, and world language education as a whole. These awards are great ways to illustrate to
stakeholders the great work being done. More information can be found about these awards at waflt.org/memberresources/scholarshipsawards/. I also invite you to submit articles to The Voice of WAFLT. Use it as a platform to publicize special events that your district has done and share your ideas with your colleagues throughout the state. Additionally, the Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in World Language Programs is another potential way to help celebrate what your program can achieve. Consider pursuing either of these avenues to help celebrate your programs. Wisconsin, as a whole, has many things to celebrate from this past year. At the Central States Conference in March, Deana Zorko of Madison West High School was selected as Central States Teacher of the Year. Deana will be representing Wisconsin and CSC at the ACTFL Convention in San Diego in November, where she will be competing to be ACFTL National Language Teacher of the Year. Continued on next page ...
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From Your Editor ... ll good things must come to an end. I have been very blessed to have been the Editor of The Voice of WAFLT for the past 5 years. When I took over, I admitted that up to that point, I had not read The Voice cover to cover. I have said over and over in my editor letters, there are great things showcased in The Voice. So don’t be like me … indulge yourself by reading The Voice. So many contributors share ideas, new trends, DPI initiatives, new technology, and activities of the language associations. Do you realize exactly how much goes on with WAFLT members and the association???
There are two women I need to thank publicly. I cannot thank Lynn Sessler enough for the opportunity to serve the WAFLT membership. I was excited to be a member of the “Into the Mode” production committee where I met Lynn, and was honored when she asked me to be the Editor of The Voice. I also want to offer thanks to Kathy Keshemberg, who many times, held my hand through the process and helped with gentle advice and a never-ending amount of compliments about the job I was doing.
With all that is going on in the state of Wisconsin and education, we still need to be very proud of what we do as language teachers. So many of you are doing great things in your classrooms. Write about them and share with WAFLT members by submitting to The Voice. We are all clamoring for new ideas for our classrooms, so take the time to share the wonderful things that you are doing in yours. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome aboard the new Editor of The Voice, Katy Dueppen. Katy is excited to begin, and hopefully the transition has been and will continue to be smooth. Katy is going to do an excellent job. Take a moment to wish her the best when you see her at the WAFLT Fall Conference. To all of you, thanks for picking up The Voice and reading what our contributors have shared. It has been my pleasure to put it together for all of you. Continue to contribute and share all the special things going on in your classrooms. You are all tremendous teachers. Remember that ... always. Carrie Bergum
Continued from Page 3 ... Additionally, Brian Wopat of Onalaska High School and Jennifer Olivares of Holmen High School were honored with having their presentation declared the Best of CSC. Brian and Jennifer will be presenting their work at ACTFL this fall. And there are many others with newsworthy of being celebrated. Please share that news with WAFLT, so we can celebrate with you. Celebration can create hope, instill pride, form emotional ties, and give a necessary voice to our actions and our programs. Thus, no matter how easy it may be to focus on the disheartening and exist solely in a reactionary state, it is vital that we also celebrate the good. This will create those connections that allow all stakeholders to see why it is that our programs are truly indispensible. I look forward to seeing many of you this November at the Fall Conference. Let’s join together there in celebration of world languages in Wisconsin. Josh LeGreve
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Public Relations / Advocacy Update Public Relations by Karen Luond Fowdy, Subcommittee Co-chair
As I write this Public Relations update in early summer, many WAFLT members are busy counting students on the bus and at the airport, checking one more time for passports, and making other last-minute preparations for the life-changing adventure that travel to another country provides. As Gerhard Fischer wrote in the last issue of The Voice, “the enthusiasm of world language teachers is unparalleled.” This passion and dedication is particularly admirable in the face of the current climate of budget cuts that places selective classes in an even more tenuous position. We are so busy doing the best job we can do that we sometimes forget to celebrate our successes and “blow our own horns.” As I spoke with administrators, school board members, and guidance counselors at our WAFLT booth at the Wisconsin Joint State Education Convention and the Wisconsin School Counselors Association conference, it was clear that their members did not always know what the students in the world language classes in their districts were learning and doing. Now, more than ever, we must be sharing our successes with all stakeholders. What can we do to make sure our community partners understand the importance of learning other languages and cultures in today’s globally-connected world? The Public Relations tab at waflt.org offers resources to help you spread the word about the great things that are happening in world languages today. I’d like to highlight three of these resources that can help you be proactive in promoting your program.
Discover Languages: Hopefully you and your students are already taking advantage of the Discover Languages resources to promote and advocate for language learning. Taking another look at the ideas in the Discover Languages page of the WAFLT Public Relations tab will remind you of ways to get the message out to your school and community. The Making Languages Matter presentation: These PowerPoint slides are ready to share at a school board meeting, meet the teacher or student orientation day, or parent-teacher conferences while parents are waiting to meet with you. Just choose the slides that seem appropriate to your purpose. Programs in Peril – 14 Steps Teachers Can Take to Prevent Phasing-Out of an Elective Program: The most important message in this document is that we can’t afford to wait until our program is in jeopardy to take these steps. It is much harder to cut a program whose valuable activities are highly visible. We will be representing you at the Wisconsin Joint Education Convention and the Wisconsin School Counselor Association next winter in a new and improved WAFLT booth that showcases what Wisconsin students are doing in their language classes and beyond. However, the most important public relations efforts take place at the local level. If we can help you as you spread the good news, please contact us by clicking on the Public Relations chairperson link at the bottom of the PR Resources page at waflt.org.
JNCL-NCLIS Udate by Keely Lake, Subcommittee Co-chair
On May 7–9, delegates from 84 member organizations and 26 states and the District of Columbia attended information sessions and meetings on Capitol Hill as a part of the 2015 JNCL-NCLIS Language Advocacy Day and Delegate Assembly.1 The Joint National Committee on LanguagesNational Council on Languages and International Studies began the event with an advocacy tutorial Wednesday night; JNCL-NCLIS Managing Policy Analyst, Rachel Hanson, and ACTFL President, Marty Abbot, led the session together. In addition to a basic “how to” for our meetings on the hill—including the best way to navigate the subway and travel between government buildings—attendees received a briefing on this year’s legislative priorities and appropriations for the language field. On Thursday morning, delegates heard from keynote speaker Mohamed Abdel-Kader, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE), who described IFLE’s goals and activities. Dr. Richard Brecht then gave an update and answered questions on the impending commission on language study by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). In the afternoon, delegates headed to their meetings in Congressional offices and Executive Branch agencies. Keely Lake, our WAFLT delegate, met with a staff member from Representative Grothman’s office as well as staff from each Wisconsin Senator’s office.
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A particularly moving event took place Thursday evening when the inaugural Dr. James E. Alatis Founder’s Award was presented to Representative David Price of North Carolina “for distinguished public service in advancing the national interest through support of language.” Congressman Price was unable to attend the reception, but the late Dr. Alatis’ son, Bill Alatis, shared a tribute to his father and his father’s commitment to language study (http://jamesealatis.com/william-jamesalatis-georgetown-graduate). On Friday morning, delegates were presented a discussion about languages and technology that included panelists Dr. Lisa Frumkes of Rosetta Stone, Dr. Jacque Bott van Houten of ACTFL, Mr. Andrew Lawless of Rockant, Inc., and Ms. Babs Sekel of Agilent. Dr. Brecht
report was presented to delegates during the Friday afternoon Delegate Assembly. On the same page can be found the advocacy materials we were provided for our Congressional visits, including appropriation priorities, ESEA priorities, and a Title VI / FulbrightHayes appropriations rationale provided by the Coalition for International Education. Michael Di Napoli of Senator Baldwin’s office with Keely Lake, Advocacy Co-Chair
led a brainstorming session on K-20 education, heritage languages, and languages in the workforce. For a full picture of the work of JNCL-NCLIS, I encourage you to go to the JNCL-NCLIS website and read the Executive Director’s Report on the 2015 Advocacy Day link (www.languagepolicy.org/2015-langua ge-advocacy-day/). A summary of this
On Saturday morning, members of the Board wrapped up their visit with a session held at the offices of the American Councils for International Education. My takeaway tip for this issue is to visit their website and sign up for the very informative newsletter of the American Councils (www.americancouncils.org). ___________ 1 Thanks to the JNCL-NCLIS office for its posted summary of the event, which provided the details of this update.
Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers & Discover Languages Wisconsin Presents the 2015 Discover Languages
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Keep Calm and Carry On By Gerhard Fischer, International Education &World Languages Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
he admonishment to keep calm and carry on is usually issued in the midst of some upheaval or disturbing event. I imagine a British policeman slowly walking through groups of anxious people, trying to soothe and calm everyone down. Monty Python comes to mind as well, as satire is often the best way to add levity to the moment.
Most of you have probably seen the May 26 edition of DPI ConnectEd (http://dpi.wi.gov/news/dpi-connected) that provided a jarring contrast of good and bad news. As you know, the bad news concerns education funding and teacher licensing in the state of Wisconsin. We will see how we get through this together, and I am in no position to add to State Superintendent Eversâ€™ statements on these issues. The good news is about the doubling of schools participating in the Global Education Achievement Certificate program, which we now call the Wisconsin Global Schools Network. The contrast is striking. It is very clear that teachers work so hard to provide the best education possible to our students, yet they will have to do so with ever shrinking resources. You live through this contrast on a daily basis. You can comment on all of this better than I can. But allow me to describe my impressions during the past few weeks. First, there is the good news related to growing and ever strengthening global and world language education programs. I saw the enthusiasm of students and teachers at our overflowing Global Youth Summit here
in Madison on February 28th. Who else but world language teachers and a few colleagues from other content areas will chaperone their students on a cold winter Saturday to the UW-Madison? What is your reward? I am sure it is to see your studentsâ€™ curiosity and budding interest in learning more about the world they live in and that they will be participating in as adult citizens and workers very soon. But wait, there is more: Last night I conducted an orientation meeting for students and families participating in the Hessen-Wisconsin Student Exchange Program. Those young students around the table are all curious and excited about their future. They cannot wait to host a student from Germany and spend several months in Germany next year. I cannot imagine giving up on this generation by providing them with less than they deserve: the best possible pathway for a future we cannot envision precisely right now. You know these students, you know them far better than I do. So I understand that they give you the energy you need to get through the day. This spring, I spent some time at Milton High School to enjoy their Culture Fair, put on by Spanish and French teachers. Students displayed their presentations on French and Spanish cultural topics in a packed gymnasium. Every student I had a chance to talk to was eager to discuss what they had learned about a topic of their choice, ranging from study abroad, feminism and Muslim immigration in France, soccer in
Spain, Parkour Games and free running, and many more topics. This was their capstone project, and they were expected to present it in English and French or Spanish at the end of the day. Again, this was an energizing event, carried by the enthusiasm and maturity of the students. On the downside, during the past couple of weeks we all heard about UW-Eau Claire planning to eliminate the world language admissions requirement, Ripon College planning to eliminate or reduce several departments in the humanities, and schools over-emphasizing minutes allocated to mathematics and reading instruction at the expense of world languages and other elective areas. I choose to remember the good aspects of the past few weeks. The good news is that indeed we have curious and wonderful students and we have dedicated teachers to help them to develop into the best persons they can be. How can anyone look at these young people and tell them that we can no longer provide them the education they deserve? We all need to communicate these experiences to our neighbors and everyone else in communities across Wisconsin. I cannot imagine that Wisconsinites really want to see diminished opportunities for learning. With this in mind, indeed, keep calm and carry on.
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WAFLT 2015 Fall Conference Mission Possible: Global Multiliteracy Equipping 21st Century Learners for Global Citizenship November 5-7, 2015
t’s hard to believe that we’re about to begin another school year. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that we were sitting in the park watching Independence Day fireworks with family and friends? Some were green, some were red, some were loud, some were quiet, and some might have left us wishing for more ... but all of them were awesome and memorable in their own way.
It doesn’t take too long to see our students in these fireworks. Each of them has their own special niche and they demonstrate their unique powers in sometimes different and unexpected ways. On certain days, some shine bright and show us the breadth and depth of their abilities. On other days, we are inspired to pull from our vast knowledge to pull those abilities out into the open. As educators, we, too, must keep our own fuses ignited so that we can channel our passion for language learning into our classrooms and thereby share it with our students. To that end, there is no better place to make that happen than the 2015 WAFLT Fall Conference, for which plans 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 Fall Conference:
C Thursday Pre-Conference Workshop – Donna Clementi will present Active Literacy: Effectively Engaging Learners in Authentic 21st Century Communication. This workshop will explore how 21st century literacies are reinforced and enhanced in the world language classroom. C Friday Morning Workshops – We have something for everyone, including assessment, music, video, technology, and proficiency. Enhance your existing units or design completely new ones. C Friday and Saturday One-Hour Sessions – This year’s conference includes a plethora of learning opportunities across languages, levels, and various areas of focus. C Saturday Technology Workshops – Your colleagues are ready to share their high-tech tricks of the trade to help you enhance your instruction with the latest trends in educational technology. C Friday Afternoon Keynote – We are thrilled to welcome Linda Egnatz, ACTFL’s 2014 National Teacher of the Year, for her keynote address: Mission Possible: Globe Nation. She will also present a 3-hour workshop on Friday during which she will focus on practical applications to increase oral and written proficiency.
Don’t Miss Out! Register early to secure your seat at the Thursday Workshop (which has sold out in recent years), and also into the Friday morning workshop that is your first choice. We encourage starting your registration online to avoid mistakes. You will have the opportunity to complete payment with a credit card, or you can print your receipt and mail it with a check by the October 23rd deadline. After that there is a $10 late fee, so be sure to get your registration in early! Should you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com. We hope to see you in November! Linda Havas & Cathy Stresing Program Co-Chairs
Complete details about the WAFLT Fall Conference can be found online at waflt.org under the “Annual Conference” tab
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Using Google for Language Portfolios By Laura Wilberding, NBPTS 2005, Cuba City High School y situation is one that is unique to small schools: for most of my career, I was the sole world language educator in our district. I had no one to collaborate with on a regular basis. Our Education Services Association, CESA 3, held a meeting of all language educators in the region in the spring of 2006. We were able to work together, share ideas and we listened to a presenter, Pamela Delfosse, who at the time was the World Languages Education Consult with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Pam shared what was then LinguaFolio (now known as Wisconsin Language Portfolio) with us. This language portfolio is based on a European language portfolio that enables language learners to document their language learning. Language portfolios help students self-assess and set goals for language learning. The portfolio includes three elements: a biography where students keep information about their language background and experiences; a dossier where students keep samples of their growth towards proficiency; and a passport where formal certificates and achievements are recorded.
For the first two to three years, we learned as we worked on the language portfolios. I found them to be useful for students, but they also informed me about the opportunities I was giving my students. At first, there were several gaps in students’ learning because I was simply not giving them opportunities to practice and master several essential skills. Using language portfolios gave me a greater appreciation for the modes of
communication. My teaching is now, as a result, proficiency-based. Earlier my students were focused on writing more than anything. Now, effective communication is the goal. Because language portfolios are based on national standards have been modified to encompass each state’s academic standards, I learned to truly use the standards to guide my teaching. I found the benefits of using a language portfolio to be many, but I didn’t like the physical portfolios. They were cumbersome and became unorganized quickly. Students had rubrics of presentations and interpersonal experiences, but they did not have physical representations of what they could do with the language. I discussed my concerns with our library media specialist, and she encouraged me to search Google for an online portfolio. We did some experimenting and in the fall of 2012, introduced a digital language portfolio to my students. Since they had been using the paper language portfolios, the transition was easy. The heart of the language portfolio is the students’ Dossier. Working with the library media specialist, we had students create a portfolio-specific folder on their drive and told them what folders and subfolders they needed to create inside that main folder. We showed them how to create a Google site and how we wanted it formatted. We have a cart of Google Chromebooks that we were able to use within the classroom. Showing the students step-by-step using my LCD projector, we were able to take them through the process. Ultimately, students had
webpages for each mode of communication. Once the sites were created, students were able to save all of their documents in their Google Drive and they were automatically published to their sites. Students shared their sites with their parents and with me. They are not available to the outside world. The only time students had to go back to their sites was to embed videos for Presentational Speaking. We wanted those examples to be easily accessible to their parents, since that was of the greatest interest. This new audience – parents – were also thrilled with their student’s work. Communication improved overall. The benefits were immeasurable. First of all, students were doing their work for a wider audience. Video and audio recording have become a natural part of my classroom. Students are not frightened by the camera anymore. Since the presentations are long lasting, they are of better quality than I have ever had. Also, students have all their work in one area and are encouraged to view their most recent work in a particular mode of communication before completing a new assessment. The second benefit is that both students and I are knowledgeable about the three modes of communication and the type of language that is particular to each. Students know what is expected of them, are able to view examples from other students, and know that communication changes depending on the situation. Assessments have changed as a result. Nearly all assessments are performance-based.
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There are times for short vocabulary quizzes or grammar quizzes, but they are not the focus. Students in our world language courses follow a series of assessments that are used at all levels and based on research of where they should be and how they can get better. The third benefit is that using a language portfolio in this easily accessible format helps the students and me see and measure growth. Students begin their portfolio during their first year of study and continue adding to it each year. When students leave our school they can make a copy of their webpages and Google Drive and keep them forever. There is a paid subscription for a product, LinguaFolio, from the University of Oregon. I experimented with this last year. I found the checklists to be very useful. Previously, I have used Google Forms as a checklist, but it was difficult to show growth. The disadvantage was that students would submit their responses and then they were unable to access those forms again. I would have students reassess themselves using the checklists, but the original documents were unavailable to the students so they couldn’t see the progression. The forms helped me plan for instruction, but were not practical for the students. With LinguaFolio Online, students could see their growth and the results were available to me, as a teacher, in a consolidated report. The paid subscription for LinguaFolio also had a place to submit evidence for a portfolio. One class experimented with the paid portfolio. I found that I liked the Google format better. A second bonus is that Google is free. The biggest problem with the subscription was that once we stopped paying, we lost all the work.
I strongly recommend incorporating language portfolios in all world language classrooms. I believe my teaching has become much more focused since I started using them. My students’ work has improved immensely. A valuable part is the reflection aspect. Students are able to look back four years and see their progression. When my students add new audio or video files to their language portfolio, I encourage them to listen to their older recordings and compare them. Students are able to
see themselves more objectively by looking at previous presentations. Being able to capture these performances has been invaluable. When I think back on my 28 years of experience, I am amazed at how far we’ve come as language teachers. We have so many more resources available to us than we used to. The struggle is to stay current with the latest technologies that can truly enhance learning.
Professional Development Opportunities FLESFEST February 27, 2016, Alverno College | Information: www.wi-nell.org Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages March10-12, 2016, Columbus, OH | Information: csctfl.org WAFLT Summer Language Leadership Institute August 3-5, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Information: waflt.org Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers (WAFLT) Fall Conference November 5-7, 2015, Appleton, WI | Information: waflt.org American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference November 20-22, 2015, San Diego, CA | 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Clockwise from top left above, students visiting the Ancient Americas Exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, Miami’s Ancient Spanish Monastery, the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere, and Jesus Helguera's iconic painting depicting the legend of Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl at Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art.
We at Spanish on Location have long believed that unless students get interested early, in the people, history and culture of the places where Spanish is spoken, they will not stay enrolled in Spanish for the joy of conjugating irregular verbs. To get them interested, and keep them interested, the study of Spanish needs to be fun, interesting and relevant, and the best way to make it so, is to get students out of their zip codes, with teachers who can connect and reinforce what their students are learning in class to what is happening in the real world. This is no less important to a language student than looking through a microscope would be to a student of biology. Seeing is believing. For further information about our short, affordable, but meticulously planned trips to Chicago, Miami and New York City, please visit our web site, SpanishOnLocation.com or better yet, call us at
We sincerely believe that our comparatively inexpensive Spanish field trips, developed and refined over 30 years, are the very best available anywhere, and we look forward to demonstrating that to you.
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Thank You, Contributors! WAFLT thanks the following individuals for their contributions in 2014–15. General Endowment Fund Linguiphile ($100+)
Roma Hoff Eddie Lowry Richard Ruppel
Donna L. Clementi Paulette Courtade Margaret Draheim Lisa Hendrickson Jim Oakley & Anne Chartier Richard Olson
Deb Bowe-Wielgus Danielle Chaussée Justin Gerlach Linda Havas Cathy Stresing John Pustejovsky Paul Sandrock Deana A. Zorko
Shane Boeder Sharon Bradish Diane Flanders Meg Graham Jackie & Pablo Muirhead Lauren Rosen Diane Tess Gerri Wrege
Professional Development Scholarship Fund
Student Travel Scholarship Fund
(Honoring Dr. Roma Hoff, Dr. Connie Knop & Dr. Irène Kraemer)
(Honoring O. Lynn Bolton)
Paul & Nuria Hoff Roma Hoff Eddie Lowry Richard Olson
Sharon Bradish Kit Chase Kelly Ferguson Diane Flanders Karen Luond Fowdy Katelynn Jensen Jackie & Pablo Muirhead Lorraine Poplaski Lauren Rosen SuAnn Schroeder Gerri Wrege Deana Zorko
Roma Hoff Eddie Lowry
Margaret Draheim Justin Gerlach Deana Zorko
Benefactor ($50-99) Donna L. Clementi Peter Hoff Sy Kreilein Jim Oakley & Anne Chartier Sponsor ($25-49) Margaret Draheim Justin Gerlach Peg Jonas Keely Lake Mara Marks Wanda Meyer-Rimestad Michelle Nielsen Sharin Tebo Gladys Wisnefski Deana Zorko
Benefactor ($50-99) Kelly Ferguson Peter Hoff Jim Oakley & Anne Chartier Richard Olson
Your Contributions Are Appreciated! Please consider contributing to one or more of these funds for 2015-16. 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.
Contributor ($1-24) Sharon Bradish Carly Busch Diane Flanders Jeff Haubenreich Katelynn Jensen Peg Jonas Jackie & Pablo Muirhead Lauren Rosen SuAnn Schroeder Gerri Wrege
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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 email@example.com
he National Network for Early Language Learning provides leadership in support of successful early language learning and teaching in grades pre-K-8.
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.
Join today @ www.nnell.org/membership Visit our Wisconsin page @ www.wi-nell.org
Our Job is the Best Job in the World Each and every student who walks into the classroom is the most important part of every lesson we teach. Whether they follow the classroom routine or not, they are searching for not only a teacher, but a coach who encourages their active participation in class, whether listening, repeating, reading, writing, or speaking. We get to show them what it is like to understand something in another language. We get to show them what it is like to be able to speak
Central States NNELL Representative Nicci Saari Eastwood Middle School 4401 E.62nd Street Indianapolis, IN 46220 (317) 254-5588 Ext. 109 firstname.lastname@example.org
and ask something in another language. We get to show them how to think differently about culture, about the perspectives behind a custom, tradition, or product. We get to share stories and legends that come from the people who speak the target language. We get to share music, passions, sports, life, colors, nature, ruins, historical figures, art, and songs from around the world. We get to show them what it may be like to actually travel to a Spanish-speaking place. We get to make the light-bulb turn on in students’ heads once they realize they understand. I have had students who have said they don’t know, that aren’t sure, that have a guess or two, and feel like maybe they know, maybe they don’t. Our job is the best job in the world because we get to tell students how much they do know. We can’t forget to share their progress with them. I love announcing who is a Super Spanish Speaker in class; those are students who can both ask and answer questions in the target language. I then follow up with the students who are Super Question Askers and Super Question Answerers. I remind them that I want them to be able to do both. Ever since I have begun announcing student progress before or after a speaking activity, which sometimes we repeat with other partners a few lessons in a row, students in kindergarten up to fifth grade are
motivated and encouraged to make sure I hear them asking and answering the target questions. I also remind them that some students are just very quiet, so I’ll do my best to hear them next time or on that day. Giving student feedback is important, and however you can do it, whether vocally or written, it helps students to know how they are doing. They all want to be Super Spanish Speakers. I love when all of a sudden, after one or two lessons, I have a class full of Super Spanish Speakers. This is not uncommon for many levels. I love being their coach and making them feel successful because they are and they all can be. FLESFEST 2016 Saturday, February 27 Alverno College, Milwaukee 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
FLESFEST is a professional, Saturday-only conference that takes place each Spring in collaboration with WAFLT. It provides useful strategies to teachers of elementary programs, as well as to teachers of any beginning language level so that they can apply these strategies immediately after attending the conference. It supports elementary world language teachers from the
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ground up, and has support from some of the most-knowledgeable professionals in world language instruction today. It is one of the most inspiring, motivational, and engaging conferences I’ve ever attended and highly recommend it to any world language teacher, regardless of the level the teacher teaches.
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
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Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers President Lacey Melco Kettle Moraine High School email@example.com
WACLT President-Elect Yuan Yao New Berlin School District firstname.lastname@example.org
Past-President Sarah Bailey UW-Marathon County email@example.com
Treasurer Zona Karoliussen (Fang) Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners firstname.lastname@example.org
hile other Chinese Teacher Associations in the country may have more members and a longer history, WACLT in Wisconsin is a power house in its own way. Small programs throughout the state are mobilizing support, training teachers, and exposing students to excellent instruction and cultural opportunities to promote the learning of Chinese language and culture.
According to a recent survey, most middle school and high school Chinese programs in Wisconsin take advantage of their proximity to one of the largest Chinese cultural sites in the country by traveling annually to China Town in Chicago to experience authentic language and culture. In addition, as part of Chinese New Year festivities, most schools with Chinese programs either develop their own student-driven cultural performances, or invite other groups to share cultural traditions. Some schools bring those performances to wider audiences and multicultural venues in their communities. For example, the Chinese Club at Menomonee Falls High School performed C-pop dances last year at a World Cultures Fair hosted by the high school World Language Department. This year they raised money selling egg rolls and
other food items and brought in experts from the Shaolin Center of Waukesha to perform an exciting Lion Dance. In Neenah, the students practiced diligently to perform several pieces at a cultural event for the whole district. Their colorful presentation was impressive to all. In addition, Sheboygan students wowed their peers at the 12th annual Chinese Speech contest with outstanding achievement in the contest, as well as in a performance of both dance and martial arts. A smaller number of schools are able to provide travel opportunities to China. Some, like University School of Milwaukee, are able to provide rich cultural exchanges. According to Haiyun Lu, â€œThis summer, I'll be taking 18 students to China for a China Service Trip. We will be spending 5 days in Harbin at our sister school. From there, we will be co-teaching English in a rural area.â€? Some schools have provided ways for their students to participate in study abroad experiences. For example, high school students from Wausau, Menomonee Falls, and Green Bay earned college credit last summer through the UW Colleges High School Summer Study Abroad program. They
studied Mandarin and Recent Chinese History in Anyang for a month with excursions on the weekend. These kinds of opportunities support and expand the breadth and depth of Chinese programs in the state of Wisconsin. Visiting artists and teachers are also hallmarks of the Wisconsin Chinese landscape. Taiwanese Knot Tying was made possible in the Green Bay schools by a grant through the Oneida Arts Board. Practice with Chinese Calligraphy took place throughout the state because of various teachers here on limited contracts sharing their talents. Neenah, South Milwaukee, and Menomonee Falls benefited greatly from the Teacher Trainee and Guest Teacher programs offered through a partnership with College Board, Confucius Institute, and Han Ban. Their authentic contributions have helped the programs thrive. Perhaps most importantly, WACLT continues to support teachers through coordinated efforts and professional development opportunities. In addition to the annual WAFLT Fall Conference, where members meet and participate in workshops on continuous improvement and proficiency, teachers of Mandarin had the opportunity to
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share their craft in the classroom through a teacher workshop held in coordination with the annual speech contest. At this workshop on March 6, Mandarin teachers of all levels shared best practices and effective classroom projects. The Chinese Speech contest, as well as other budding statewide student recognition programs, such as the brand new Excellence in Chinese Study Award, help teachers motivate students to continue their passion for Chinese language and culture. WACLT continues to carry on its proud tradition of providing active support and recognition to teachers of Chinese language and culture in the state. The leadership is already looking forward to a great year ahead. Laurie Wanta
WACLT Holds Successful Speech Contest On March 7, 2015, over 133 students from more than 30 Wisconsin schools participated in the 12th annual Chinese Speech Contest. Hosted by UW-Milwaukee, the event included artistic performances of fashion, martial arts, and dance presented by Wisconsin students of Chinese. As in years past, students displayed their progress in Mandarin with students of their same age and proficiency level. They developed their own brief personal stories and presented these without notes to two qualified judges per category, who used a common rubric for evaluation. A first, second, third, and honorable mention prize was awarded for each category. Participants and audience members alike were impressed and inspired by the excellence in Mandarin language learning presented throughout the day. WACLT would like to thank all volunteers, teachers, and students for their commitment to making this event a success.
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 email@example.com 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.
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American Association of Teachers of French – Wisconsin Chapter Co-Presidents Andrea Behn Parker High School, Janesville firstname.lastname@example.org Justin F. Charles Round Lake High School, Round Lake, IL
Secretary-Treasurer Brian Wopat Onalaska High School email@example.com
Grand Concours Jennifer Bolen Longfellow Middle School, LaCrosse firstname.lastname@example.org
Past President SuAnn Schroeder Marshfield High School email@example.com
AATF Web site: www.frenchteachers.org Sign up to be on the AATF-Wisconsin list serve at: AATFWisconsinfirstname.lastname@example.org Visit: www.theworldspeaksfrench.org
Bonjour à toutes et tous! hope you all enjoyed your welldeserved summer break. How did you spend it? How did you get prepared for la rentrée?
As I write this article, participants in the Concours Oral are preparing for the State Concours Oral competition. I’ve talked to several teachers whose students are involved in the contest and many were pleased with this year’s results. Additionally, teachers whose students took the Grand Concours received their scores recently. Thank you to all teachers who provide these important opportunities for their students. Congratulations to Brian Wopat for being selected Best of Central States. He and his colleague, Jennifer Olivares, will present at the ACTFL Conference this fall. Félicitations! I’d also like to congratulate Jamie Gurholt, our colleague in Beloit, for receiving a scholarship from AATF to study in Mons, Belgium, this summer. Brava! Please visit the AATF-WI website (aatfwi.org), as we are recognizing our members’ outstanding achievements there.
If you were unable to attend the Central States Conference in Minneapolis, please check out the presentations on the CSCTFL Pinterest board: www.pinterest.com/csctfl/csctfl-2015-p resentations. There were a lot of wonderful ideas to take away. I will be presenting about the AATF Exemplary Program Award at the WAFLT Fall Conference. I’ll have tips for you as you develop your portfolio so that your program can be recognized at the national level. My program at Parker High School earned recognition for Exemplary French Program with Distinction this year. As Chapter Co-President, I have connected with the AATF-Ohio President, Lucas Hoffman, and we created a network of chapter presidents from around the US. AATF-WI Co-President, Justin F. Charles, and I met online recently to discuss student activities sponsored by other chapters, and we talked a bit about the Grand Concours. This has given me many ideas for AATF-WI and I will be asking for your input soon.
Please remember that AATF-WI is here to help members whose programs might be in danger. Contact us first and we will help you get the assistance of the National Advocacy Commission. Advocacy information can be found here: www.frenchteachers.org/hq/advocacy. htm. Promotional information can be found here: www.frenchteachers.org/hq/promotion al.htm. We can do a lot for you at the state level, but don’t wait! Remember, too, that promoting your program needs to be done all the time. Send me any success stories and we’ll share those with members! Positive promotion is the key to a healthy program! Your Exec Board worked diligently to bring Toni Theisen to Wisconsin August 22-23 to work with members and colleagues on developing Integrating Performance Assessments and creating thematic units. My last request is that you get involved in AATF-WI. This fall we will be holding elections for President-Elect and we are looking for a new Concours Oral
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State Coordinator. Please contact me if you are interested. If you donâ€™t feel that you can commit to holding a position on the Exec Board, please consider hosting a networking event for your region or simply providing me with feedback. Any little bit helps! Recevez mes salutations distinguĂŠes, Andrea Behn
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American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin President Tobias Barske UW-Stevens Point email@example.com
Past President Mark Wagner Nicolet High School, Glendale firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Sigurd Piwek Milwaukee German Immersion School email@example.com
Secretary Stephanie Krenz River Bluff Middle School firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Melanie Lasee Ashwaubenon High School email@example.com
Herzliche Grüße an alle Deutschlehrerinnen und Deutschlehrer in Wisconsin! he current crew of myself, Mark Wagner (Nicolet High School–Outgoing President), Sigi Piwek (Milwaukee Immersion School–Vice President), Melanie Lasee (Ashwaubenon High School–Treasurer), and Stephanie Krenz (Stoughton High School –Secretary) is in the second year working as your WI-AATG representatives. Working with this group continues to be a wonderful experience.
In keeping with a longstanding tradition, the Wisconsin and Northern Illinois Chapters of AATG organized the 18th Annual Immersion Weekend held February 13-15, 2015. Fifty participants from Illinois, Wisconsin, and other neighboring states met at the Chalet Landhaus in New Glarus for a weekend of German conversation and teacher training. This year’s topic was “MMM: Musik, Malerei, Märchen.” The workshop was organized and presented by the current AATG President, Mohamed Esa. For three days, he shared his experience and ideas to lead a workshop for teachers to create and share materials, linking to the AP College Board theme of Beauty and
Aesthetics. Many thanks to Laurie Fraser and Charles James for organizing this event and to Mohamed Esa!
Studies, Ripon College will only be offering a Spanish major, a sad reflection of a trend and reality in US education today.
I would also like to take a moment to draw attention to and reflect on the success and closure of some German programs in Wisconsin. We all know that the current fiscal climate has made our work as language teachers much more difficult, particularly in the areas of German and French. Regardless of how much time we spend preparing lessons, attending extracurricular activities, and engaging students in meaningful ways, world language programs have come under increased scrutiny by politicians and administrators.
Despite disappointment and growing anger on my part over similar developments, we have to remind ourselves of more positive developments in other programs statewide. The DC Everest School District hired a new German teacher in 2014 for the junior high school. Although Heidi Flees was offered only a 0.5 contract, administrators explicitly stated the possibility of growing this position depending on rising student enrollment. Within a year, this young teacher has been able to generate enough interest in the German language to warrant a new contract for a full position. Similarly, faculty at UW-Eau Claire have been highly successful in generating more interest in German by revamping the curriculum to offer more contemporary language instruction. As a direct result, enrollment in the German major and minor has increased from 60 to 100 students.
A classic example of what this trend means for German is a recent decision by the faculty at Ripon College. On May 12, a motion was passed to suspend the German major and minor, and to phase out a relatively successful program within 2 years, despite the fact that a healthy number of students were taking German classes. Given the additional suspensions of French and Classical
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My personal take-aways from these examples are as follows: In very simple terms, it is not nearly as much fun today as it was 10 years ago to be a language teacher. As I always point out to my future language teachers, our profession has become highly politicized and we are pawns in these games. Staying in this profession, however, still offers me a lot of satisfaction if I find ways to connect to colleagues and students by making the study of German meaningful. I have to admit, though, that I find myself spending much more time educating peers and administrators about what I do and why it matters. In closing, I want to thank all of you for all of your hard work, every day. Keep up your great work! Mit freundlichen GrĂźĂ&#x;en, Tobias Barski
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Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese President Richard Kania Franklin High School (414) 423-4640, ext. 2116 Richard.Kania@franklin.k12.wi.us
President-Elect Shinji Takahashi UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650 firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities Director/ Secretary Yuko Kojima-Wert UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650 email@example.com
Web Page Editor Masako Lackey UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650 firstname.lastname@example.org
President ex-officio Atsuko Suga Borgmann UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650 email@example.com
Trreasurer Chie Kakigi firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Information: Please visit the AATJ website – http://aatj.org/membership/index.html Please visit our website for K-16 Japanese instruction in Wisconsin: http://sites.google.com/site/wiaotoj
Konnichiwa! all has arrived in Wisconsin; I hope everybody had a good start to a new semester and is having success this fall. This issue has lot of information on events related to Japanese education in Wisconsin. Please read along!
WAFLT Fall Conference 2015 The WAFLT Fall Conference will be here in no time! The theme of this year’s conference is Mission Possible: Global Multiliteracy. Our focus will be equipping 21st century learners for global citizenship. We expect to have many presentations regarding Japanese pedagogy, and we look forward to sharing ideas on educating our students. Please also note that to help insure you all can come and participate, the business meeting is on Saturday morning, November 7. We hope you will all attend and discuss how, working together, we can strengthen our programs.
Events Held C WiATJ hosted an event at Anime Milwaukee, February 13-15. During the convention, WiATJ members led sessions on basic Japanese, Calligraphy, Translating Manga, Drawing Manga, Shogi, and Go. On Sunday, Hibiki Milwaukee performed. Finally, WiATJ sold T-shirts throughout the festival. C Japan Quiz Wisconsin 2015 was held on January 31 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. High school students who are taking Japanese in Wisconsin competed against each other based on their knowledge of Japanese language and culture. This year students from Franklin, Madison, Manitowoc, Menasha, and Wisconsin Rapids gathered in Milwaukee to compete. Thanks to a very generous grant from the Mazda Foundation, the three winning teams – Franklin, Madison, and Manitowoc – travelled to Washington, DC to represent Wisconsin at the National Japan Bowl.
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C The Midwest Japanese Speech Contest, sponsored by the Japanese Consulate of Chicago, was held on March 21. This speech contest includes Midwest states that fall within the jurisdiction of the Japanese Consulate of Chicago â€“ Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Students from Wisconsin won the following prizes: 3rd Category 1st Prize: Shihao Zhang (UWMadison) 2nd Prize: Fliciana Wang (UW-Madison) Japan Airlines Award: Kevin Leor (UW-River Falls) 4th Category Special Award: Hui Zhang (UW-Madison) 2nd Prize: Grant Hussey (UW-Madison) 3rd Prize: Praditya Hargianto (UW-Madison) JASC Award: Allison Cottrell (UW-Milwaukee) If you or your institution have 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 foreign 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. Likewise, if you havenâ€™t become a member of WiATJ yet, please do so via the AATJ website, www.aatj.org. 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. Rick Kania
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
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Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association President Daniel Tess Brookfield Central High School email@example.com
Past President Allan Lubben Mequon Homestead High School Steffen Middle School Lake Shore Middle School firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Vacant Webmaster Keely Lake, Ph.D. Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam email@example.com
Treasurer William W. Kean 110 S. Henry St. #204 Madison, WI 53703
Salvēte Magistrae et Magistrī!
You may have seen communication from WLTA recently about K-12 online Latin through Wisconsin Virtual School. With advertisements for various for-profit virtual school entities filling commercials and billboards, one has to wonder just how many opportunities exist for Wisconsin students to try Latin (or other languages/content areas) completely online. From at least the early 2000s, Wisconsin has been creating opportunities at the district and CESA level by chartering virtual schools to allow municipalities local control within state-wide networking. The first programs offered were usually niche supplements to current public school offerings to help students with credit deficiencies or other special circumstances. Eventually districts built up a full slate of K-12 offerings so that students would have a complete alternative to traditional classroombased instruction. As these programs expanded, world languages broadened to include four or five modern languages, and indeed Latin. Currently Wisconsin Virtual School (CESA 9), eAchieve Academy (Waukesha County), JEDI (Whitewater
area), and WIVA (McFarland) are some of the virtual charters offering at least Latin 1 and/or 2. In addition, over 230 districts take part in the Wisconsin eSchool Network consortium; however, whether or not students in those districts know that Latin could be available to them would depend on each district. Why are there different opportunities? Why not just have one giant virtual umbrella for Wisconsin? A larger quantity of virtual schools or cooperatives speaks to the desire of certain areas of the state to have independence and remain focused on their local needs. Likewise certain programs have different genesis points both in time and location. Some schools have been able to develop their own curriculum through their own in-house staff, but development dollars are usually in short supply. Thus some virtual schools purchase curriculum from a variety of vendors, and some programs elect to purchase from a larger single-entity vendor. To keep costs down, previously packaged curricula sometimes becomes the norm (e.g. WVS uses the same curriculum as Florida Virtual Schools). What types of expectations are
there for students and teachers in virtual school format? Some of the Latin curricula employs what we’ve come to expect from a typical reading textbook and pacing guide, or in some cases perhaps a Jenney, Wheelock, or LNM course content and sequence. eAchieve Academy uses Ecce Romani. Teachers are usually required to be state licensed and pursue professional development hours to accustom themselves to the rapid-feedback cycle and the norms/expectations for their class load. Teachers interested in becoming affiliated with the above mentioned programs should apply to them directly or email their coordinators to inquire about need for Latin teachers. How might these in-state virtual schools help my program? Sometimes teachers and guidance counselors will tell students to seek Latin through online programs via universities. In years past, Northwestern University, BYU, and others have offered Latin 1, 2, or other levels to students looking to pursue something independently. Those online offerings may be excellent, but
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usually come with a price tag which might turn some families away. The public virtual schools might be just the right fit to offer some of your students a chance to keep Latin or try it out–with no extra cost to the student. Et Cetera
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________________ Many thanks to Dawn Nordine, Executive Director of CESA 9's Wisconsin Virtual School for discussing WI virtual schools with the author.
2016 Central States Conference A joint conference of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Ohio Foreign Language Association March 10 – 15, 2016 Hilton Downtown Columbus Columbus, OH For more information, contact Patrick T. Raven CSCTFL Executive Director 7141A Ida Red Road Egg Harbor, WI 54209 Phone: 414-405-4645 Fax: 920-868-1682 E-mail: CSCTFL@aol.com Web: www.csctfl.org
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American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese President Fred Cruz Brookfield Academy (262) 783-3200 firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Gladys Wisnefski Oshkosh West High School Oshkosh School District email@example.com
Vice President Vacant
Treasurer Jeanne Kasza West Bend High School firstname.lastname@example.org
NSE Coordinator Aaron O’Connell Waukesha School High School email@example.com SHS Coordinator / Webmaster Sara Ruiz West Bend High School (262) 388-3023 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oral Completion Coordinators Richard Hallberg/Lisa Bane Marquette University High (414) 933-7220 email@example.com
n May 31, 2015, we held our AATSP-WI board meeting at City Market in Wauwatosa.
At this meeting, we thanked Richard Hallberg and Lisa Bane for helping us with Concurso Oral for so many years. Next year Concurso Oral will not be held at Marquette University High School. At the moment we are looking for a different school. If you would like to hold Concurso Oral at your school, let me know and we will work together. Last year Concurso Oral had 20 schools participating, 50 Spanish teachers, 33 judges, 496 entries, 395 participants, and 22 first place seniors. We also welcomed Jeanne Kasza to our association. Jeanne Kasza will be our new treasurer. We are so glad to have her back. Our National Spanish Exams were a success again. We want to thank all the schools that participated this year. This is a great experience for our language students.
Sara Ruiz will continue being our webmaster and she will also be our Public Relations Coordinator. Felicitaciones Sara. We also want to let you know that the coordinators of NSE and Sociedad Honoraria Hispana will be presenting workshops at our WAFLT Fall Conference this year. Cultural events for Spanish teachers were held on July 2 and August 20. We hope to start providing different activities for our Spanish teachers throughout the year. We have also planned a cultural event for our WAFLT conference, and we are expecting our guest of honor to do a great job. Last year our cultural event was excellent, and the attendance to our meeting was outstanding. Thank you for being there. On behalf of our AATSP-WI executive board, we also want to let you know that one of our greater supporters passed away on May 10. We send our
sympathy to the family of Wayne Sobye, and thank him for helping us every year with our beautiful display table and beautiful flores de papel that he made for many years for all of us during our conference. Que en Paz Descanse. In the near future we would like to offer our members an essay contest for middle and high school students and Spanish Day for our Spanish teachers. This event might be held at UW-Madison. In our plans we would like to have a few social meetings for our teachers and supporters of our Spanish language. We also plan to promote workshops for Concurso Oral, NSE, and SHS. Your participation is very important for us and we would like you to continue communicating with us through our Facebook page or our website, aatsp.wi.com. Somos muchos, pero necesitamos dar a conocer nuestras voces. “El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido.” A todos en general, de parte de AATSP-WI, les decimos: Siempre adelante, para continuar siendo LOS MEJORES. Fred A. Cruz
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Highlights include... Advocacy Update, Keep Calm & Carry On, Conference Sneak Peak, Using Google for Langauge Portfolios, and much more...