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The VOICE of


Spring 2016 Volume 42 Number 2



Table of Contents WAFLT Executive Board Contact Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 From Your President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh LeGreve.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 From Your Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katy Dueppen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Pedagogy, Methodology, and Policy Advocacy Update. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Fowdy & Keely Lake .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 The Past, Present, and Future . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gerhard Fischer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 From Your Conference Program Co-Chairs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Havas & Cathy Stresing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 In Memory of Roma Hoff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 My Take on “Give and Take” .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Siggi Piwek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 2015-16 Contributor Lists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Discover Languages Student Postcard Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Justin Gerlach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 2015 Awards.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SuAnn Schroeder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator Speech. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lynn Sessler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 WAFLT Annual Meeting Minutes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Affiliate Organization Newsletters The National Network for Early Language Learning – NNELL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 American Association of Teachers of French – Wisconsin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

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 Josh LeGreve Green Lake School District president@waflt.org

New Visions in Action Subcommittee Chair / Finance Committee Chair


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

SuAnn Schroeder Marshfield High & Middle Schools awards@waflt.org

Communications & Publications Chair


Lauren Rosen University of Wisconsin webmaster@waflt.org

Keely Lake, PhD Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam klake@wayland.org Secretary Carley Goodkind Greenfield High School carley.goodkind@gmail.com Treasurer Kellie Michels Muskego High School treasurer@waft.org

Member Services Subcommittee Chair Christina Stuber Northland Pines High School, Eagle River cstuber@npsd.k12.wi.us The VOICE of WAFLT Subcommittee Chair/Editor Katy Dueppen Verona Area High School voice@waflt.org

DPI International Education/World Languages Consultant

Advertising Subcommittee Chair

Gerhard Fischer gerhard.fischer@dpi.wi.gov

Josh LeGreve Green Lake School District advertising@waflt.org

NNELL Representative Jessica Bradley Highland View Elementary jessica.bradley@greendale.k12.wi.us Fall Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs Linda Havas Greendale Schools program@waflt.org Cathy Stresing Wauwatosa East High School program@waflt.org Local Arrangements/Exhibits SubCommittee

Public Relations / Advocacy Committee Co-Chairs Karen Fowdy kfowdy@gmail.com Keely Lake Wayland Academy klake@wayland.org Discover Languages Contest Coordinator Justin Gerlach Mishicot High School advocacy@waflt.org Grants & Scholarships Committee Chair

Sarah Fortman Lake Denoon Middle School, Muskego Stephanie Krenz River Bluff Middle School, Stoughton grants@waflt.org Ashley Reinke Sherman Middle School, Madison exhibits@waflt.org

CSC Grants-Subcommittee Chair

Summer Institute

Becky Murphy Cedarburg High School rmurphyrm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Lisa Hendrickson lisahen3@gmail.com

Student Travel Scholarship Subcommittee Chair Paula Meyer Appleton North High School meyerpaula@aasd.k12.wi.us

Language Association Representatives AATF-WI President Andrea Behn Parker High School, Janesville abehn@janesville.k12.wi.us

Professional Development Scholarship Subcommittee Chair

AATG-WI President

Jeanne Schuller UW-Madison jmschuel@wisc.edu

Siggi Piwek Milwaukee German Immersion School piweks@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Tommorrow’s Teachers Scholarship Subcommittee Chair

WiATJ President

Karen Fowdy kfowdy@gmail.com

Richard Kania Franklin High School richard.kania@franklin.k12.wi.us

Professional Development Chair Anita Alkas UW-Milwaukee alkhas@uwm.edu Future Teachers Subcommittee Chair Pablo Muirhead Milwaukee Area Technical College muirheap@matc.edu HS Guests Subcommittee Chair Danielle Chaussee Oconomowoc High School chausseed@oasd.org Amber Little Stoughton High School

WLTA President Dan Tess Brookfield Central High School tessd@elmbrookschools.org OWL Vacant WACLT President Lacey Melco Kettle Moraine High School lacey27@msn.com AATSP-WI President Fred Cruz Brookfield Academy cruz@brookfieldacademy.org

Mentoring/Leadership Project Karen Fowdy kfowdy@gmail.com

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 ... Finding our Route Markers on the Path to Proficiency s I began winding through the tasks during this second half of the year, among the stacks of papers needing feedback and the lesson plans to be designed, one task recently caused me to reflect far more than I had anticipated – updating my district’s course description book. As I looked at the current Spanish descriptions, which had not been updated for a while, I found descriptions focused on vocabulary themes and grammar points. However, it did very little to tell students what they would be able to do. Thus, I began crafting new descriptions that described a focus on communication, on input, and mostly importantly on a proficiency-based classroom. As the words began to fill the pages, I began to realize that although these course descriptions made perfect sense to me, the changes in wording (and philosophy) may not resonate with students and parents who do not yet understand what it means to learn based on proficiency.


As we shift our focus to proficiencybased instruction in the classroom, for many of our stakeholders this is truly a paradigm shift. This is not how most of our students’ parents remember their language instruction (if they had any), nor does it look like the quick “fluency” solutions to learn a language seen advertised on the TV countless times a day. Of course, change causes apprehension, both in those making the change and those experiencing the change. This makes maintaining the status quo a temptation. That said, we must push our focus to proficiency in order to maintain relevancy in our

programs and to create students who leave our programs with an intermediate level of proficiency in the target language. So that begs the question, how can we successfully navigate this shift to proficiency while maintaining personal sanity and providing support to our students, parents, and programs? 1) Find Collaborative Development First and foremost, remember that you are not alone! We are so fortunate in Wisconsin to have such a strong professional development network that connects us together. This year, WAFLT has focused our professional development offerings on the topic of proficiency. Join us this summer at the WAFLT Summer Institute, “Building Momentum on the Path to Proficiency,” where presenters like Helena Curtain, Lisa Hendrickson, Karen Fowdy, Paul Sandrock, and Deana Zorko will lead collaborative sessions to help us build our instructional repertoires as we guide our students along the pathway to their own proficiency. Look for more information and registration soon about this event at waflt.org. Then, join us this November in Appleton for the WAFLT Fall Conference, themed “Paving the Road to Proficiency: Empowering 21st century learners to develop their cultural understandings, crosscurricular literacy, and communication.” We are looking forward to three days of fantastic learning from each other, as participants and presenters, on how to guide our students to proficiency. We would love for members to share their experiences and expertise; presentations proposals for this conference are being accepted until March 15, 2016, at waflt.org. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Josh LeGreve

2) Communication A second major aspect necessary for a successful transition to a proficiencybased classroom is communicating the expectations in ways that parents and students can all understand. One way to start this conversation is introducing the ACTFL Proficiency Standards to students at the beginning of the year, explaining to them where their goals are and what skills will be necessary to grow in their levels. Just as Can-Do statements and learning targets can help students track their own progress in a unit or a lesson, sharing the proficiency standards with students allow them to also share in the bigger picture of language learning that we already understand as teachers. Additionally, you can find many resources about proficiency levels, including sample OPI videos at multiple levels in multiple languages, at actfl.org. When I described proficiency levels to my novice students this school year, I pulled up the English examples from ACTFL for various novice and intermediate speakers. This gave my students concrete examples of what continued on next page ...



From Your Editor ... e are so lucky! We live in a state where great things are happening in world language instruction. Take a look around at your own school district and other districts in the state. What changes in curriculum development, language instruction, and assessment practices have occurred in the past few years? Through the DPI-approved Seal of Biliteracy and Wisconsin Global Youth Achievement Certificate, we will now be able to offer our students opportunities to demonstrate their literacy skills and multicultural competencies.


YOU are valued! Thank you for becoming a world language educator or supporter. Thank you for your countless hours of preparation to provide opportunities for our students to grow into global citizens. Our work is important for the continued success of our students. We are giving them a global perspective plus language skills to be successful in the world that’s happening around us NOW! If you follow world language teaching blogs, Twitter discussion groups, or Facebook groups, you might feel a bit overwhelmed by all of the discussions revolving around best practices for curriculum planning, class activities, assessment, and standards. There are many opportunities throughout the year right here in Wisconsin to help you to develop your own best practices. Throughout this edition of The Voice, you will find information about upcoming events that are centered on best practices for the students we have in our classroom now. Are you trying something new in your classroom that is working well? Has your department recently

developed an amazing assessment protocol that you would like to share? Please consider writing an article for the next edition of The Voice! We are always looking to showcase great things that are happening with our language teachers here in Wisconsin. Highlights from the 2015 Fall Conference are included in this edition of The Voice, including WAFLT award winners, and articles by Lynn Sessler Neitzel, the 2015 WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator, and Siggi Piwek, the 2016 WAFLT Teacher of the Year. There is an abundant amount of talent and passion among our language teachers in Wisconsin. Please consider nominating a teacher for an award this year. This edition of The Voice also contains a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman who inspired many to learn and teach languages, Roma Hoff. Before we know it, we will be closing up the school year, packing up our classroom, reflecting on how the year went, making plans for next school year, and taking some time for ourselves in between. I hope that this edition of The Voice will give you some inspiration to finish strong and incentive to share the amazing things that I know are happening in your classroom. Happy Spring! Katy Dueppen

Continued from President’s Message ...

proficiency looks like and gave them an idea of where they can grow. It set realistic expectations and showed them that message and communication were possible, even with a novice skill set. Additionally, quick searches on Pinterest about proficiency levels bring up a number of high quality, well-articulated infographics that can be shared with students and parents alike so that all are on the same page as our students embark on their language journeys. 3) One Step at a Time As the proverb states, every journey starts with a single step. Choose a level or a class to start with and work from there. In time, more will follow. But a shift cannot happen if it never begins. A number of teachers have blogged very openly about their own experiences in transitioning to a proficiency-based classroom, and one common thread that can be seen in many of their blogs is that they admit that at first not every lesson will work and that they are unable to do everything all at once. That said, we need to try in order to create communicators at the intermediate level. As we progress into the 21st century, it has become more and more imperative that our students leave our programs with levels of proficiencies that will allow them to competently use the language in their futures. With a Seal of Biliteracy on the horizon in Wisconsin, it is time for an Intermediate High level from students completing our programs to become a goal. Let’s declare 2016 the Year of Proficiency in Wisconsin and make this our statewide goal for language learning. Josh LeGreve



Public Relations / Advocacy Update By Keely Lake & Karen Luond Fowdy taying positive in an educational climate filled with economic challenges and potential budget cuts is difficult. However, wonderful things are happening in world language classes at all levels throughout our state. We see examples of innovative and meaningful teaching and learning at our annual WAFLT Fall Conference, at FLESFEST, and in our own classrooms. We know it is vital to our programs to share these successes, but how can we find the time to be our own publicists?


An article by Kristen Stipe entitled “Spreading the Word as a Matter of Survival: How to Market Your Language Program” appeared in the January 2012 issue of The Language Educator, an ACTFL publication. This article included an easily accessible list of marketing suggestions by six language educators from different parts of the country. Hopefully you will see a few new strategies that you can undertake to get the message out there: languages are valuable, education matters, and your program makes a difference. We are grateful to ACTFL and to editor Sandy Cutshall of The Language Educator for the generous permission to reprint this excerpt.

Marketing 101: Best Ideas in Brief See how many of these great suggestions you can incorporate into your own marketing efforts. It's not as hard as you think and can pay off with great dividends. Kathleen Condray: • If you can write good copy, newsletter editors are always looking for things to write about—just send them a paragraph and be sure to include photos. • Try to get out a press release about once a month. Send it to your administration and counselors at your school, PTA newsletter, local newspapers, and other media. • Get yourself in the newspaper as much as possible because that’s what the school board, parents, and voters are reading. • Be on the lookout for ways to create marketing materials such as flyers, posters, and banners using free or budget-friendly online resources. Jess Duran: • Involve students. If they are excited about learning the language, they will enjoy sharing what they’ve learned. Your class must be interesting enough for them to be motivated to take it to the community. • Make some noise on campus to generate excitement. Use competitions, games, props, etc. Other students will ask about them and what class the students are from.

Alexander Ganz: • Keep your website up-to-date, current, and interesting. Content is king. Think of your website as your hub for everything else. • Give the power of marketing to students. If students produce and update the content (such as on Facebook), then they share parts of themselves, which really works. Carl-Martin Nelson: • Don’t talk strictly about language, but also about 21st century skills. • Reach out to local businesses to create partnerships within the community that will promote events and help get the public invested in your program. • Stress the potential benefits of how learning a language can have a dramatic impact on students’ futures by having alumni tell of their real-world experiences with the language and how it has affected their lives. Nicole Sherf: • Develop a solid mission statement and strategic plan in which you envision how you want to grow. • Move away from teaching about the language and really begin teaching within the language and getting students excited about learning about the new culture and interdisciplinary connections that can be made. • Make sure that you or a member of your language department is on every school-wide committee including the hiring committee, strategic plan committee, and accreditation committee.



Lynn Sessler: • Have a clear vision: What do you want your students to know and be able to do? Have a plan for getting the kids out and demonstrating their language skills and cultural knowledge to their families and community. • To fight budget cuts, look for outside resources when you can. There is grant money available if you’re willing to look for it.

• Do not compete with other languages but instead cooperate as a united front. Support their special events and programs. • Pay attention to trends and use whatever language is most advantageous at that time or in the situation that is going to get you the most press.

The link to this article is: http://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/p dfs/TLE_pdf/TLE_Jan12_Article.pdf



The Past, Present, and Future By Gerhard Fischer, International Education &World Languages Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

vividly remember the first workshop I presented at WAFLT. This was in the year 1990, five days after my son was born, and just a few weeks after my arrival in Wisconsin. I had submitted my proposal when I was still in Germany as an English teacher and really had no clear idea of what Wisconsin German teachers might be interested in. So I went with what I thought I had had some success with in my teaching career. I used images from a book called “The Mind’s Eye” that had all sorts of bizarre images with strange looking people in even stranger situations. I used an overhead projector and presented blurred images that made students guess what they were about to see. Then I had them make up stories about the people in those pictures. Who is this person, who are his friends, why does he look so strange, what is in his future, what is his past? In other words, we used prompts to talk fairly freely and to create stories. The workshop went fairly well, I thought. Until someone raised her hand, “But my German 1 or 2 students cannot do that. They don’t have the grammar, they don’t know the past tense, the future tense….” In other words, it could not be done. Until someone else raised his hand, his friendly face indicating support: “Oh, I disagree. I think you can do all those things with beginning students.” I had no idea who this gentleman was, but I was grateful for his comments. So we went on and used fairly limited language to create some interesting stories. And I survived the workshop relatively


unscathed. My helper in need, of course, was Mark Seiler. I would work a lot with him for many years and appreciate his humor and support, especially during those immersion summer institutes at UW-Stevens Point. His wife, Jan, and, of course, Charles James were in this early support group that helped me through my first years. Mark just passed away, but I will remember his humor and wit forever. Jan retired several years ago, and even the indestructible Charles James just taught his last semester at UW-Madison. Time passes, colleagues leave us and others join. But this much is certain: WAFLT keeps thriving as an organization with old and new talent. I have no doubt that the legacy of those who first introduced me to Wisconsin’s world language learning debates have been and will be followed by equally capable younger colleagues. This is a good time to remind ourselves that the issues have not really changed throughout the past decades. We still talk about the best way to teach languages communicatively, we still struggle with balancing joy and rigor in the world language classroom, and world language education still does not have the place in the school curriculum that it deserves and that it has in other countries. Allow me to make a few comments regarding the future of our profession, informed by my experience and some common sense. 1. We cannot assume that even well meaning global educators give

multilingualism the same weight and importance that we do. I have been involved in many conversations in the country in which I was the only world language educator who tried to make the case that nobody can be considered globally competent without having learned at least one language other than English. How do you make that case when everyone else in the room is “English only?” How do you make that case in a way that is not perceived as arrogant or talking down to the many smart people in the room? My own personal decision has been to not engage in that debate too deeply and to simply state what the decision in the state of Wisconsin is: Students are considered to be globally competent ONLY if they have taken at least four credits in a world language. We put that requirement front and center in our Global Education Achievement Certificate requirements. Other states don’t necessarily do that. 2. Requiring four credits, of course, is a bit old-school, don’t you think? Seat time does not necessarily make students proficient. Time spent on learning languages, however, is important. Therefore, high schools that do not offer a sequence of four years in one world language, cannot offer the GEAC. This is our way of indicating that world languages have a central place in the education of young people who really do not have the choice of disengaging from the global complexities of the humanities, sciences, and the economy. We cannot legislate, at least not yet, that all students must become proficient in more than one language if they want



to graduate from high school. But we can offer some carrots. So consider the Global Education Achievement Certificate a carrot. 3. A much better approach to satisfying the requirements of the GEAC, of course, would be to set proficiency level criteria. Assume that a student is at the intermediate mid level after two years of Spanish. Why not allow that student to switch to another language for even greater exposure to multilingualism? And this is, what I think, we should be doing in the very near future: Students can meet the world language requirement in the GEAC by either passing a proficiency test at a specific level or by accumulating four credits with an average grade of B over four years. We will have that conversation in 2016. 4. The new Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy is a wonderful new addition to policies in support of language learning. Let us remember that we really are in support of multilingualism and more language learning. We should therefore recognize the student in an ELL program, whose first language may be Spanish and who is expected to be proficient in English for all coursework. Can we bring together the Seal of Biliteracy and the GEAC? Of course, we can, and, of course, we should. The mechanism should be simple and straightforward: Students who pass a proficiency assessment at a specific level (intermediate mid?) meet the requirements of both the SEAL and the GEAC. Does it really matter where, or in which classroom students have learned Spanish? I don’t think it does. What I am interested in is the demonstration of language ability. What we are interested in as a profession is to promote language learning for all and the recognition of the abilities our

students have. Therefore, it will be important for teachers of language in all environments to come together to honor one goal: All of our students should be multilingual. This leads me back to my initial comments on my first WAFLT workshop. We should not limit ourselves and our students to low cognitive demand just because we feel that we have to introduce the subjunctive before talking about hypotheticals. We can do so much more. We can go beyond a superficial interpretation of the infamous (I should not say this, I know) culture standard. When I say infamous, this is what I mean: I don’t think we have done a great job in exploring what that standard really means. It’s not that colleagues don’t talk about it, but all too often we do not get beyond the Taco or Bratwurst level. Can we discuss important issues in the target language? Can we talk about new migration patterns in Europe (also known as the refugee crisis)? Can we talk about the Climate Summit in Paris? Can we talk about pop culture AND high culture in our classrooms? I think we can. I think we should. And one of the reasons I think we have to do that is that world language education needs to be recognized as a serious subject with real rigor and academic expectation. In my mind’s eye, I clearly see those colleagues who will not say openly what they think: Oh well, those German/French/ Spanish classrooms have those cute pictures on the wall, but they don’t really talk about anything of consequence. I will leave you with this: I was fortunate enough to see and listen to Rick Steves at ACTFL’s opening session in San Diego this year. I will admit that I was very skeptical and thought I would hear more of the same

superficial tourist observations. Boy, was I wrong. Rick gave one of the more impressive keynotes I have heard in recent years, because he was able to connect his images and observations to something much deeper and intellectually challenging. He connected images of beautiful landscapes and people from different parts of the world with challenging perspectives, points of view, and reflective comments on the shared human experience on this one small planet that we all inhabit. Let us all engage in those kinds of reflections and educate globally competent multilingual students. We do important work. O

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



From Your Conference Program Co-Chairs ... Thank you to all who submitted electronic evaluations for the 2015 conference. Your feedback is appreciated and helps us as we plan future conferences. We are pleased to announce that Brianna Hemauer of the Chippewa Falls Unified School District, Cammy Rathsack of UW-Eau Claire, and Jeanne Schueller of UW-Madison are the three lucky winners of free WAFLT memberships. We are honored to continue on as your WAFLT 2016 Program Committee Co-Chairs. The 2016 WAFLT Fall Conference will be held November 3 -5. This year’s conference theme is Paving the Road to Proficiency: Empowering 21st century learners to develop their cultural understandings, cross-curricular literacy, and communication. To receive notification when the pre-conference booklet has been posted to the website, your membership must be current. Please head to our website at waflt.org and take a moment to renew your membership and ensure your account information is correct. Also, visit the website throughout the year to learn of the many opportunities your WAFLT organization offers.

We invite you to “pay it forward” and share your best ideas by submitting a proposal to present at the 2016 WAFLT Fall Conference. The continued success of our conference depends on professionals like you who share their time and ideas as presenters. Many members gave suggestions for future presentations in this year’s online evaluation.

The deadline to submit proposals is March 15. As you submit your proposal, be sure to: C Verify that your account information is current and contains an email address you can access year-round. WAFLT communicates only via email. C Verify with your school district that email from waflt.org is not blocked

Here are some ideas to further guide your proposals:

C Fill in all parts of the online form for a successful proposal submission.

C What strategies do you use to move your students to higher proficiency levels?

C Enter the name, position, and school/company/organization for all session presenters as they should appear in the conference program.

C How do you motivate your students to take ownership of their learning? C How do you help your students see and control their progress? C How have you successfully integrated technology into your classroom? C What practices, activities, and assessments do you use that would be especially helpful to new teachers?

C Select one person as the primary presenter and ensure that he/she is a current member of WAFLT. Only the primary presenter will receive information about proposals. In addition, only primary presenters will receive free registration to the conference and an honorarium. C Verify that your session has been submitted by logging into your WAFLT account and clicking on “My Proposals.” We look forward to the 2016 Fall Conference and thank you once again for your input and feedback. Should you have any questions, please contact us at program@waflt.org. We hope to see you in November!

Complete details about the WAFLT Fall Conference can be found online at waflt.org under the “Annual Conference” tab

Linda Havas & Cathy Stresing Program Co-Chairs



In Memory Roma Hoff 1926–2015 Roma Hoff, professor emerita at UW-Eau Claire and WAFLT member, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 28, 2015. Roma was a highly active member of WAFLT. She dedicated herself to promoting high quality world language instruction throughout the state as a Methods teacher and promoting cultural experiences as a Spanish teacher. Her work and dedication are inspiring. Roma began her career as a professor of Spanish and methods at UW-Eau Claire in 1965. An active part of our state association, Roma served as WAFLT President from 1978 to 1980. In 1985, WAFLT honored Roma as the Distinguished Foreign Language Educator. ACTFL honored her in 1988 with the ACTFL Award for Building Community Interest in Foreign Language Education. In 1991, the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages honored Roma with the CSC Founder’s Award. Roma retired from UW-Eau Claire in 1996. During her time in the classroom, Roma worked to use innovative teaching methods. Her passion and dedication allowed her to create strong connections with her UW students, leading to her being honored in 1993 with an Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition to her work at her university, Roma was also very involved with the Concordia

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. – Socrates

Language Villages, being a dedicated supporter and serving on the Villages’ National Advisory Board. To help ignite passion about Spanish speaking countries, Roma also started organizing Spanish Travel Seminars in 1974, bringing both students and community members to Spain, Central America, and the surrounding areas. Additionally, her home served as host to countless cultural performers and visitors from other countries, helping bring the world to her corner of Wisconsin. The WAFLT Professional Development Scholarship was established in 1995, upon her retirement, to honor both her instrumental work in leading and supporting WAFLT and her inspiring career, throughout which she trained hundreds of teachers in Spanish and world language methodologies. As stories began to come in after her passing, the positive and lasting mark that Roma left on her students became evident. Former students have shared stories highlighting Roma’s warm and inviting nature, with telling stories of shared meals, immersive lessons, high energy, and her swift movements throughout Hibbard Hall. Roma made Spanish education come alive for these students, supporting them beyond their academic journeys through the Spanish language. Additionally, Roma’s passion for international studies and languages passed on to her children: Peter, Anne, and Paul. Peter and Paul both became professors of Spanish and are dedicated members regularly seen at WAFLT events. Roma Hoff’s career and dedication are inspirational. With her passing, Wisconsin has lost an educational treasure. Her passion helped further ignite passion in countless students, creating generations of internationally minded and globally knowledgeable citizens. As we continue this school year, let us honor Roma’s legacy by continuing the vibrant work we are doing in our classrooms throughout the state.

L to R: Christine Schulze, Executive Director, Concordia Language Villages, Roma Hoff, Don Hoff, and Diane Tess, Dean of Spanish Languages Village. The road leading to Lago del Bosque at Condordia Language Villages was named in Roma’s honor.

Messages from the Hoff family and WAFLT members are printed on the following page.



Reflections of Roma Hoff We would like to thank WAFLT and its members for your expressions of kindness and support after the passing of Roma Hoff. We thank you as well for the beautiful tributes and memories found here and those that you have shared with our family in other ways. WAFLT provided a wonderful network of colleagues and friends both during her working years and in retirement. She always looked forward to Fall Conferences as a place to share ideas, catch up with former students, and meet with others who support world language learning. As she eloquently stated in an important address to WAFLT members: You + I = We. Our family sincerely shares this belief. ¡Muchísimas gracias! — The Hoff Family My first exposure to Spanish came during my sophomore year at UW-EC, when I signed up for Spanish 101 with Dr. Roma Hoff. After the second semester, which Roma also taught, I was ‘hooked on Spanish.’ I can still see Roma scurrying her way through Schofield Hall as our class was about to begin. Roma rarely came to class with just the text book; some post cards, a wine skin, and even the ears and tail of a bull that had lost its life in a bullring years before-you can’t get any more “realia” than that! In the latter years of my teaching career a new trend arose; the so-called five “Cs.” But wait, I thought at the time, this is not new, this was happening in Roma’s classroom in the ‘70s. El mundo es redondo, y rueda. — Richard Olson It is impossible to look back on my experience at UW-EC and not picture Roma scurrying around Hibbard Hall. Her high energy and happiness were contagious and being in her classes or even passing her in the halls put a smile on your face. The great times I had at her house, at Sigma Delta Pi meetings and socials, taking in her casa/museo, and eating Don's fabulous Spanish creations--these are moments I will never forget. I will also miss my visits with her at WAFLT and how she always took the time to catch up on things with my family and give me photos she took from the previous year's conference. She took caring for her students to a whole new level and she changed my life more than anyone else in my academic journey. — Jodi Resch Brownell

I am extremely saddened to learn of Roma’s passing. Roma certainly single-handedly had a bigger influence on my life than any other educator and probably had a greater influence on my life after college and career than anyone. As a struggling college freshman, I took Roma’s Spanish 101 based on the recommendation of a good friend. The first day of class was an eye opening experience. The strength and passion of this tiny little professor was overwhelming. Her enthusiasm was irresistible. Soon, I was participating with other students in tertulias, dinners, and parties at Roma and Don Hoff’s museum – calling their place a house is an understatement – full of amazing artifacts, collectibles, and souvenirs from their many visits around the world. Roma’s passion for all things Spanish inspired me to do my own exchange program, but there was a catch; UW-EC did not have an exchange program in Spain. That was not a problem for Roma. She rolled up her sleeves, called friends in Spain, and in one fell swoop established a very popular exchange program with the University of Valladolid, a program that I believe still exists today. This is not the end of that story; Roma not only set up the program but she flew with me to Spain and gave me a personal tour of Madrid and later left me in Valladolid – red carpet treatment for sure. Upon my return, Roma was instrumental in me being accepted in NYU’s Spanish Master’s Degree program in Madrid. From there my career has always been associated with languages and travel to many countries, and my personal life with Spain, having married a Spanish woman. My daughter participated for years in the Concordia Language Villages. In later years, I kept in contact with Roma through her warm Christmas letters; she never missed a beat. I returned to UWEC to see her as well as accompanied her with a travel group in Spain. My memory of her will be that of a person who viewed the world with constant amazement and energy. She had the spirit and enthusiasm of a child on Christmas morning. When someone like Roma passes, there is a reflex to be sad. I would like to think of passing in another way: the gift this wonderful woman and educator has given so many is a thing to give to another generation. Let’s all remember Roma and pass it on! My deepest condolences go out to the entire Hoff family. — William A. Nelson



My Take on “Give and Take” By Siggi Piwek, WAFLT 2016 Teacher of the Year s for many of you, summer days may seem but a distant memory. I am not only starting to miss the warmer days, but also having enough time for one of my favorite pastimes, reading. I mostly read German fiction for my personal enjoyment, but also articles in The Language Educator, a book about teaching, and one not related to education. As a former accountant/CPA and a latecomer to teaching, I read a book written by a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. His name is Adam Grant, and his book is Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. While the book was primarily written for people who, like Grant, focus on organizational development (and therefore, many of the anecdotes in support of his arguments are from the world of business), it struck me that his research and thinking can also be applied to teaching.


Based on their preference for reciprocity, Adam Grant distinguishes between givers, matchers, and takers. Givers like to give more than they take from others, i.e., they are other-focused, whereas Takers like to take more than they give, i.e., they are self-focused. Matchers are in the middle and they are very careful to balance giving and taking in any particular bilateral relationship. Grant states that most people are Givers in their relationships to family members, but fall somewhere along the continuum from Givers to Takers in their professional relationships.

By virtue, the main focus of teachers is helping others succeed. It is safe to say that one finds a higher percentage of Givers among teachers than among business people. I was also not surprised by his finding that teachers are often worst off when it comes to their careers, since we help our students and their parents with no strings attached, and as a result are more likely burning ourselves out. This especially applies to what Adam calls the purely “other-focused” Givers, the “good guy who finishes last,” and I bet that at least some of us have had that feeling from time to time. However, there is also another side to this coin. As was evident at our annual WAFLT Fall Conference and can be observed on an almost daily basis in our schools, the most productive and effective teachers are also the generous and helpful among us. They achieve success and a measure of meaning and happiness by lifting others up through sharing and caring.

Another concept in Grant's book that made me think was that Givers use “powerless communication” effectively. According to Grant, it is easier to connect with students when they know that we are not perfect human beings; that we make mistakes, that we fail at times, that we learn from our mistakes, and that all of this is a natural part of learning for all people. I would like to develop this kind of communication style further for myself, and also in my students. They should be asking more questions of themselves and others rather than just providing answers, becoming more attentive listeners, and helping to contribute more toward everyone's intellectual and personal growth. Thus, my Professional Practice Goal for this year is to use Socratic Circles and questioning. I am excited to embark on this learning journey with my students. O

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Thank You, Contributors! WAFLT thanks the following individuals for their contributions in 2015–16.

General Endowment Fund Linguiphile ($100+)

Sponsor ($25-49)

Contributor ($1-24)

Donna L. Clementi

Deb Bowe-Wielgus Justin Gerlach Linda Havas E. Alan Magnuson Lauren Rosen Jim Oakley & Anne Chartier Lynn Sessler Neitzel Cathy Stresing

Sharon Bradish Kit Chase Danielle Chaussee Jaci Collins Bryon Despres-Berry Diane Flanders

Benefactor ($50-99) Marcia Fry Lisa Hendrickson Jean Hindson Gisela Nina Holmquist Richard Olson John Pustejovsky

Meg Graham Jeff Haubenreich Lorraine Poplaski Deanna Willems Deana Zorko

Professional Development Scholarship Fund

Student Travel Scholarship Fund

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

(Honoring O. Lynn Bolton)

Linguiphile ($100+)

Contributor ($1-24)

Benefactor ($50-99)

Contributor ($1-24)

Donna L. Clementi Paul & Nuria Hoff Peter Hoff Richard Olson

Sharon Bradish Bryon Despres-Berry Diane Flanders Karen Luond Fowdy SuAnn Schroeder Lynn Sessler Neitzel Deanna Willems Deana Zorko

Peter B. Hoff Jim Oakley & Anne Chartier Richard Olson

Sharon Bradish Shane Boeder Bryon Despres-Berry Diane Flanders SuAnn Schroeder Lynn Sessler Neitzel Deanna Willems Deana Zorko

Benefactor ($50-99) Sy Kreilein Sponsor ($25-49) Justin Gerlach Jean Hindson Gisela Nina Holmquist Keely Lake E. Alan Magnuson Mara Marks Michelle Nielsen Jim Oakley & Anne Chartier Lauren Rosen

Sponsor ($25-49) Justin Gerlach Gisela Nina Holmquist E. Alan Magnuson Lauren Rosen

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.




2015 Discover Languages Student Postcard Contest Congratulations to the following students and teachers for their recognition as the 2015 WAFLT Discover Languages Student Postcard Winners.

Elementary School

Allexa, Woods School, Lake Geneva Teacher, Jeanine Kopecky

Alyssa, Valley View Elementary School, Green Bay Teacher, Rhonda Richlen

Elliat, Green Lake Elementary School Teacher, Josh LeGreve

Norah, Woods School, Lake Geneva Teacher, Jeanine Kopecky

Ashley, Bay View Middle School, Green Bay Teacher, Kelli Gasparka

Mollie, Columbus Catholic Middle School, Marshfield Teacher, Susan Teter

Middle School



Middle School

Nathan, Green Lake Schools Teacher, Josh LeGreve

Yessenia, Parkview Middle School, Green Bay Teacher, Rhonda Richlen

Camille, Manitowoc Lincoln High School Teacher, Kim Calaway-Laubuge

Ella, Columbus Catholic High School, Marshfield Teacher, Deb Kennedy

Haley, Clear Lake High School Teacher, Angela Funk

Janel, Southern Door High School, Brussels Teacher, Deanah Downey

High School

Thank you to all teachers who encouraged and submitted student entries for the contest this year. It is evident that the love of language learning is strong in our classrooms. Please consider participating in the 2016 contest by visiting the WAFLT website to begin!



2015 Awards/Grants by SuAnn Schroeder

Every year, in an effort to celebrate the exceptional work of our membership, WAFTL recognizes students, teachers, and collaborators in language education in the state of Wisconsin. Thank you to members for recognizing colleagues, students, and stakeholders, inspiring and encouraging them to continue their successes in world languages and global awareness. Thank you to this year’s Awards Committee members—Tobias Barske, Richard Kania, Keely Lake, Lacey Melco, and Nicole Thompson—who volunteered their time to review each nomination and help in recognizing many of our dedicated colleagues.

2015 WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator Each year, WAFLT honors one of its members as the Distinguished Language Educator. This award recognizes excellence in language teaching and/or administration, long-term achievements, and service to WAFLT and the language profession locally, regionally, and nationally. WAFLT is proud to present Lynn Sessler Neitzel as the 2015 WAFLT Distinguished Educator honoree. Lynn is the current Curriculum and Assessment Director at Blackhawk Technical College and is also a Japanese Language Instructor at the Wisconsin Virtual School through CESA 6. Prior to her position at Blackhawk Technical College, Lynn was a Japanese Teacher and World Language Curriculum Coordinator in Menasha, where she planned and implemented an exemplary K-12 World Language program in multiple languages in her district.

presented numerous workshops at national conferences. Internationally, Lynn has been instrument in professional development training on curriculum development and assessment initiatives and served as a consultant to the Japan Forum of Tokyo, Japan.

Lynn Sessler Neitzel accepts the WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator Award from WAFLT President Josh LeGreve

Both as a classroom teacher and administrator, Lynn has been called an innovator, a mentor, and an advocate over the past 25 years. Lynn has secured grants, led staff development, connected with other disciplines, enhanced learning through technology, and constantly sought ways to improve teaching and learning through on-going review, revision, and expansion. While Lynn was the World Languages Curriculum Coordinator, the World Languages program in Menasha became a nationally known model for excellence, welcoming other language departments to come for a tour and sharing their curriculum model and professional expertise. Lynn’s passion for language education is contagious! Lynn has and continues to serve in professional organizations. She has helped to shape the vital role that WAFLT plays in the lives of World Language teachers in our state and has been a key contributor to publications and other state efforts that have defined and driven curriculum development, instructional strategies, teacher training, global competency, and more. Beyond the state of Wisconsin, as well, Lynn has

In her 25 years in education, Lynn has found that one of the most important parts of her job is to help students “recognize and build strong, lasting relationships.” In her personal philosophy, Lynn states, “Encouraging and modeling ... relationships through the study of world languages, I believe, is the key to connecting our students to the language and culture they are studying and to other languages and cultures beyond our classrooms.” WAFLT is pleased and more than proud to recognize Lynn Sessler Neitzel as the 2015 Distinguished Educator of the Year!

2015 Anthony J. Gradisnik Award Each year since 1998, WAFLT has had the honor of presenting the Anthony J. Gradisnik Award, which commemorates Mr. Gradisnik’s exceptional enthusiasm and advocacy for language education. Mr. Gradisnik, who began his career as a Spanish Teacher after World War II, was a foreign language curriculum specialist for Milwaukee Public Schools from 1959 to 1979. This award is presented to an individual or group – especially from outside the world language teaching profession – in such areas as international education, early language learning, and creative initiatives in language education.


WAFLT is proud to announce that this year’s recipient of the Anthony J. Gradisnik Award is Robert Latousek, of Centaur Systems, for his contributions and service to the Classics profession, WAFLT, and the American Classical League over the past three decades. Centaur Systems provides educational software for learning the Classics.

Robert Latousek accepts the 2015 Gradisnik Award from WAFLT President Josh LeGreve

Rob is best known by Classics teachers and students for the software programs he has authored through his company, Centaur Systems: Tutrix, Latin Flash Drill, and Latin Vocab Drill. While teaching Latin, Rob gained experience using the different Latin texts, became familiar with their different approaches to teaching the language, and became aware of the shortage of technological teaching aides available for teachers of the Classics. He dedicated his efforts to addressing that need and founded his software company in 1984. Since then he has been producing high quality, affordable software for the Classics profession and partnering with other international software authors to make their products available to Latin teachers in the United States. Undoubtedly, many Classics students have him to thank for the computerized flash drills, image disks, and interactive software their teachers use to increase their skills.

Rob has his own mission statement which reads, “to help myself and others understand ourselves and our world by learning about the languages, histories, and cultures of our own and other communities.” He has certainly accomplished this and more. Rob Latousek is a widely recognized name in the world of the Classics and his letters of support came from all over the country. For two decades, Rob has written a bi-annual column, entitled “Random Access” where he focused on discussing the latest, cutting-edge computer resources for teaching classical languages. During this time, Rob also authored the American Classical League’s Software Directory for the Classics. A former Latin teacher himself, with undergraduate and graduate degrees in classical languages, Rob has had his finger on the pulse of Latin and Greek teachers for many years, has known what resources were available, what was needed, and produced countless materials himself. Rob is known for his passion in language education and for his tireless efforts to enhance curriculum in Latin, Greek, and the Classics. According to many of his language colleagues, his work has been priceless. WAFLT congratulates Rob Latousek of Centaur Sysytems, the honoree of the 2015 Anthony J. Gradisnik Award. We thank Mr. Latousek for his vision and commitment in supporting language teachers across the country. WAFLT is pleased to present this honor, reflecting the values that Mr. Gradisnik held so dear.


2015 Frank M. Grittner Award The Frank M. Grittner Award is presented to a new member of our profession who has shown excellence in teaching and has provided leadership in service to school, community, and professional organizations. The award honors Frank Grittner, a tireless promoter of high standards for language teacher preparation in our schools as the Wisconsin State Foreign Language supervisor from 1961 to 1991. This year, WAFLT is proud to award the Frank M. Grittner Award to Emily McAleavey, a Spanish Teacher at Portage High School. True to the Grittner spirit, Emily is an example of exceptional new talent in Wisconsin language education.

2015 Grittner Award winner, Emily McAleavey and WAFLT President, Josh LeGreve

Emily stands out as an educator with 21st century skills to capture the interest of her students. Her administrator expresses, “Emily works naturally with 21st century learning goals. She incorporates interactive web quests with authentic Spanish websites, digital mind-mapping, group collaboration, and virtual tours which are all preparing our students for the college and career world.” Her administrators and colleagues have acclaimed Emily’s classroom strategies to



motivate her students to use group work while targeting oral proficiency. Her excitement to teach language is apparent and students are empowered to continue their path to language proficiency. Emily instituted a Spanish Honor Society at Portage High School and also took on the role of Spanish Club advisor. She has continued to grow the Spanish program since she began at Portage High School. Within the community, Emily has worked to engage young students by creating a new children's literature unit where her high school students read to elementary classes. Emily further uses her skills outside of Wisconsin, taking trips with her students to Costa Rica where they can be immersed in the Spanish language. Says one colleague, “Emily’s positive influence and supporting guidance of her group ... made the tour a lasting memory for all.” Emily’s students, administrators, and colleagues have praised her for her professionalism and dedication to memorable and quality classroom experiences. As a new teacher in our profession, Emily has already set herself apart as a highly committed and innovative educator. For this, Frank M. Grittner would certainly have been proud to see his award go to Emily McAleavey.

2015 Recognition of Merit Awards The Recognition of Merit Award may be presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in teaching or who have made significant contributions to the language teaching profession. This year the awards committee is pleased to present this award to the following incredibly worthy recipients. Jessica Bradley, Spanish, Greendale School District For Jessica Bradley, her students and their experiences are at the very core of why she is a teacher. Expresses Jessica, “I like to think that my classroom is a

thematic, standards-based approaches to curriculum. Her experience teaching at different levels has given her a broad perspective that enriches her work and allows her to model best practices to a wide audience.” Jessica’s energy and collaborative nature are inspirational. 2015 Recognition of Merit Award winners: Jessica Bradley, Michelle Kister, and Dr. David Koch

classroom without borders, where students enter my room and feel encouraged and excited to speak to one another.” As an educator who is said to ‘bubble over with energy,’ Jessica has passed on much of this enthusiasm to her students and fellow colleagues. In her instruction, Jessica incorporates standards-based teaching with Can-Do statements and all three modes of communication right from the beginning with her young learners. She uses play to make her instruction come to life and keep young minds engaged. Her students are always aware of the learning targets and are excited to celebrate their successes in Jessica’s classroom. Jessica has distinguished herself among World Language colleagues with service to not only the elementary levels of language educators, but to all levels. She has presented many times at FLESFEST, WAFLT, and the Central States Conference. Jessica serves as the Network for Early Language Learning (NELL) Representative for WAFLT, and is instrumental in planning FLESFEST for Wisconsin educators. Since beginning her career in 2009, she has been a champion of early language learning throughout the state. In her nomination, it was stated that throughout her “presentations and outreach activities, she is an indefatigable advocate for early start, long-sequence language instruction, as well as for

Michelle Kister, Spanish, Monroe School District Michelle Kister is a Spanish teacher from the Monroe School District. Michelle’s desire as a teacher is to help prepare students for a global society through language and cultural experiences. She aims to help students become better people through mutual tolerance and respect. In the classroom, Michelle works diligently to make students feel comfortable to take risks, guiding students to become more confident and proficient in their speaking abilities. Incorporating real-world application, she teaches intentionally with the three communication modes in mind. Colleagues and students alike have commended Michelle for her creative and engaging lessons that help expose students to a wide variety of learning opportunities and different learning styles. A leader in her World Language department in Monroe, Michelle collaborates with colleagues to develop quality thematic standards-based curriculum and instruction. Michelle has initiated and designed the curriculum for a new fifth year CAPP program, a year of study that earns students college credit in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She has also been instrumental in the Monroe-Costa Rica cultural exchange with their established partner school in Guápiles, Limón, Costa Rica. Forever active in creating a climate of cultural awareness and tolerance, Michelle also advises the Spanish Club and AFS Clubs.


Throughout her teaching career thus far, Michelle has continued to expand her knowledge and skills through attending WAFLT Fall Conferences, WAFLT Summer Institutes, and national and regional conferences. As a mentor for other educators, Michelle is known for her willingness to always make time to share best practices with her colleagues. Dr. Michael Koch, German, Carroll University, Milwaukee Dr. Michael Koch has been an educator for over 20 years, and has been at Carroll University since 2009. He views his primary objective as “engendering interest and enthusiasm” among learners. To this end, Michael has assisted with several efforts to promote the value of learning languages. He helped to organize cooperation between university programs and an elementary school in Milwaukee Public Schools, showing young German learners the importance of learning a foreign language, and motivating them to continue their German studies beyond their K-12 education. Michael also conceived the idea to have a German Career Day in Southeast Wisconsin that brings together German companies and students from high school German classes. As a leader in Wisconsin world language, Michael has served AATG-WI as Chair for the National German Exam. Since 2011, he has been on the Board of the Goethe-House Wisconsin. Michael is also an active member of the AATG and the Deutsche Schulund Sprachverein (DSSV). Humbly sharing his successful career with colleagues, Michael avows that his achievements are due to many of them. Within his classroom, his strong beliefs in the communicative approach to language learning guides his instruction. His students come to class knowing that they will practice their German skills and

that mistakes are an integral part of the learning process. Whatever language competencies his students attain, Michael’s hope is that his students will continue on to travel and use their language in Europe. “It is in the midst of the target culture that the students will encounter first-hand and on their own (i.e., without any cushion of their own cultural denizens) the customs, habits, practices, and values that are inherent to and part and parcel of another culture,” expresses Michael. Many of his students will end up traveling, studying, or working abroad, no doubt due to the inspiration received by their professor.

2015 Certificate of Professional Service Award The 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. This year, WAFLT recognizes two dedicated language teachers with this award. Carolyn Greenlee – French Carolyn Greenlee retired recently from Round Lake High School in Illinois. Prior to that, she taught for 12 years in Stevens Point, and before that in De Forest. In her nomination, Carolyn was praised for her dedication to sharing instructional ideas, providing students with learning experiences outside of the classroom, and advocating for French and language-learning overall. She is well-known around the state for her mentorship and willingness to help other educators. In the classroom, Carolyn’s teaching style was defined by authentic situations. “My major goal in teaching has always been to try to foster in my students an open-mindedness and veneration for others’ opinions by exposing them to a different language, a


Certificate of Professional Service Award recipients, Carolyn Greenlee and Trudy Smith

different culture, and a different way of thinking,” Carolyn articulated. To bring this to life for her students, she provided opportunities for student trips, family stays, and other immersion experiences. Many of her students welcomed international students into their homes to promote cultural understanding in central Wisconsin. Also continuing to use their French outside of the classroom, Carolyn’s students participated in the Concours Oral and Grand Concours, with Carolyn hosting regional competitions many times. With Carolyn’s guidance and commitment, students were immersed in French language and culture whenever possible. Other Wisconsin educators have visited Carolyn’s French classroom and have recalled her unique connection with students and her dedication to quality language education. While teaching in Wisconsin, she made such a strong connection with so many educators from around the state, that she remained active in WAFLT even after her move to Illinois. Carolyn has given her energy and passion as a world language educator for over 25 years and continues, in retirement, to help further our efforts of language and cultural education. Throughout her career as an educator and her involvement in AATF and WAFLT, Carolyn has enriched many lives—both for students and colleagues.



Trudy Smith--German

Grace Firari – Spanish

Trudy Smith retired from Ashwaubenon High School where she was the creator of the German program back in 1971. During her tenure in Ashwaubenon, among her many achievements, Trudy has served as World Language Department Chair and Curriculum Leader, and she also founded the Ashwaubenon German American Partnership Program (GAPP).

Grace Firari recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. After completing her student-teaching experience in Stevens Point, Grace is currently teaching Advanced Literacy at Minocqua J1 School District in Minocqua. Pointing out the importance of world language curriculum in our schools, Grace stated, “Effective world language teachers will make a world of difference in preparing students for success in their future careers.”

Trudy describes her time as an educator as a joy and a mission: “a joy to work and interact with my students and a mission to further the teaching of world languages and, in particular, German.” Her passion for education and her love of German are apparent from all of the trips and immersion experiences that she has offered to her students over the years. Trudy gave her students the opportunity to practice what they have learned in a real world setting; further sparking their love of and desire to learn more about the German language and culture. Throughout her career, Trudy has been an active member of WAFLT, ACTFL, and AATG-WI. She has delivered presentations, sharing her years of expertise with others. Her colleagues speak of her leadership and knowledge: “Any time she attended a workshop, she would return anxious to try it out in her classroom and enthusiastic to teach it to those around her.” Trudy has touched the lives of many students and colleagues, leaving a legacy of love for the German language.

2015 Future Language Teacher Awards The 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. This year, three individuals are honored with the award.

Sarah Kyes – French / ESL For Sarah Kyes, her desire to be a language teacher was inspired by her parents who believe that speaking a second language is important for world citizenship. Sarah recently graduated from the University of WisconsinStevens Point. Her advising professor said that “Sarah stands out as an energetic, creative, engaged, and effective teacher, a huge compliment to how she has translated her theoretical knowledge into practical applications in the classroom.” After completing her student-teaching experience in Stevens Point and Marshfield, she has begun her teaching career at La Crosse Middle Schools, where she is welcomed by her world language colleagues.

2015 Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon School Award for Excellence in World Language Programs While our other WAFLT awards typically honor individuals who are outstanding in our field, we know that it is often a team of educators and many others who drive an exceptional world language program. It is often that we see collaboration amongst a group that ensures that our classes, curriculum and programs are the best they can be. The Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in World Language Programs may be awarded to honor schools and/or programs that are exemplary role models. This award is bestowed in honor of Dr. Donna Clementi, who continues to make significant contributions to the teaching and research of world language learning. This award recognizes her sharing of talent, knowledge and message so that students, teachers and quality world language programs continue to develop and expand. WAFLT is pleased to present the 2015 award to the Menomonee Falls District World Language Department.

Michael Stubbe – German Michael Stubbe graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, after his student-teaching experience in the DC Everest School District. Michael is determined to give his students more than just the postcard image of German culture and language. He wants them to be able to engage themselves in the culture. Currently teaching English in Dresden, Germany, Michael says that he is “seizing the opportunity” to perfect his German before he returns to the States.

Menomonee Falls High School has an enrollment of approximately 1570 students, grades 9-12. The Menomonee Falls School District strives to provide the ‘best personalized and comprehensive education so … students will be prepared for, and positively contribute to, a profoundly different future.’ Certainly this includes a stellar world language department. In Menomonee Falls, the world language department consists of an incredible world language team,


L to R: Melody Seip, Laurie Wanta, Donna Clementi, Jeff Haubenreich, Bernadette van Willigen

comprised of five teachers of German and Spanish. In addition to rigorous course work, these dedicated teachers offer Honor Societies, travel and hosting opportunities, and a number of language extra-curriculars. Perhaps one of the most impressive qualities of this world language department is the inspiring collaboration that occurs within it. Over the past few years this team of teachers decided to collaboratively address the challenges of student language proficiency. A collaborative effort, they strategically wrote proficiency goals and assessments to increase student engagement and output. At the 2015 Summer Institute at UW-Madison, the Menomonee Falls World Language team graciously shared their efforts.

2015 ISE ‘Language Matters’ Award ISE, Intercultural Student Experiences, is a nonprofit educational organization founded by world language teachers for world language teachers and their students. Since 1972 ICE has been providing travel and immersion programs abroad. Their motto, “Where Language Matters,” reflects their commitment to the importance of second-language acquisition and promotes the values of intercultural communication and understanding.

The ISE Language Matters Awards seeks to recognize teachers who have demonstrated enthusiasm and great skill in the art of getting students to communicate in the target language and one who provides immersion experiences for students. ISE entrusts the nomination and selection process entirely to WAFLT.

The recipient of the 2015 Language Matters Award is Haiyun Lu, a Chinese Teacher at the University School of Milwaukee. Haiyun says, “In this increasingly diverse and interconnected world, the purpose of language education has gone far beyond simply achieving linguistic competency. Globalization has ushered in a new era of cross-cultural collaboration in which effective communication and intercultural competence have become equally important. In the face of growing global challenges, language teaching can no longer be confined to the four walls of a classroom. It is my responsibility as an educator to set the stage by providing an authentic immersion environment that allows my students to connect, explore, experience, and navigate the linguistic and cultural intricacies involved in becoming globally competent citizens.” Haiyun’s Chinese students often organize immersion dinners, movie nights, group Skype chats, and field trips to Chinese-speaking communities. Her students also have opportunities to host exchange students from their sister school annually to bridge the two cultures and provide the opportunity for students to connect, share, and learn from each other. Beyond our borders, Haiyun additionally offers her students a Chinese Service Trip where they live with a host family in China. Says Haiyun, “The linguistic and cultural preparation before embarking on the trip, as well as


student experiences during the trip, foster deeper global awareness and understanding and helps pave the way for my students to become globally and linguistically competent.” Haiyun’s commitment to language learning through immersion has gained her the respect of both her students and colleagues. Her students appreciate her use of TPR, gestures, acting, illustration, story-telling, music videos, and digital books within the classroom, used to deepen the immersion experience. Sarah Bailey, a colleague from UW-Marathon County, asserts that, “Haiyun makes every effort to promote and advocate Chinese, and extends her languagelearning environment beyond her classroom wall.” “My ultimate objective is to create an authentic language-learning environment that begins in my classroom and extends out to the community and beyond. I want my students to embrace learning Chinese, enjoy the journey, and proudly utilize their cultural and linguistic competencies throughout their lives as successful global citizens,” Haiyun says. ISE and WAFLT are pleased to honor Haiyun Lu, a truly exemplary language educator, as the recipient of the 2015 ISE Language Matters Award.

WAFLT’s 2016 Teacher of the Year Each year, WAFLT nominates one of its members for the ACTFL Foreign Langauge K-12 National Teacher of the Year (TOY). This last year’s nominee is Sigurd (Siggi) Piwek, German Teacher at the Milwaukee German Immersion School, where he has been teaching since 1999. Siggi was also honored in 2013 as a part of the collaborative team of educators that received the Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Language Programs.



active over the years in ACTFL, CSCTFL, WAFLT, and AATG, sharing with colleagues a multitude of presentations and workshops, frequently in German, to provide immersive professional development for his fellow educators around the country. He is a strong advocate for foreign language education and is expected to become president of WI-ATTG in January 2016.

Siggi’s first degrees were in Economics, Management and Accounting. He later felt a pull towards the field of education and earned his Elementary and German (Pre-K-12) certifications from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Continuing his studies, Siggi earned his Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2004.

As a leader in world language education Siggi is committed to sharing his knowledge with other professionals. He has published works including those on Culturally Inclusive Curriculum and Integrating German, and Environmental Science. As a member of the TrainerNetwork USA since 2009, Siggi has given more than 35 presentations for fellow German teachers at state, regional, and national foreign language teacher

Siggi Piwek is a professional who has much experience in the German and language teaching communities both at the state and the regional level. His leadership and talent are evident in the time that he generously volunteers to help others grow and learn. He has been

conferences. In addition, Siggi is an experienced mentor, having worked with a number of student teachers, sharing his craft and his expertise in our profession. Although always willing to share his own expertise, Siggi also seeks out professional development enhance his own teaching methods, especially with regards to language immersion. His fourth-grade students at the Milwaukee German Immersion School and their parents have chimed in on Siggi’s educational approach to learning languages, which one young student said is ‘wunderbare!’ Siggi Piwek exemplifies all of the characteristics of the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year Award. WAFLT is proud to have nominated Siggi as the 2016 ACTFL TOY award candidate.

Honors in Language Study Awards The Honors in Language Study Award is conferred on students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in and commitment to their school’s language programs. High school and university students must be enrolled in the highest level of study of their program. Student




Madeline B Megan B Diana B Aleksandr C Molly H Mitchell K Shannon M Janae M Ellen O Emily P Kylie P Ana-Marie R Matthew S Bridget S William S Samantha S Savannah W

Ellen Onsrud Bobette Leu-Timmermann Kirstin Thompson Paula Meyer Carley Goodkind Tobias Barske Jolene Wochenske Deanah Downey Jolene Wochenske Teresa Karrels Josh LeGreve Anita Alkhas SuAnn Schroeder Andrea Behn Jeffrey Dyer Cindy Kinnear Keely Lake

Lake Mills HS Assumption HS-W Rapids Green Lake HS Appleton North HS Greenfield HS UW-Stevens Point Middleton HS Southern Door HS Middleton HS Cedarburg HS Green Lake HS UW-Milwaukee Marshfield HS Parker HS-Janesville Oregon HS Oconomowoc HS Wayland Academy

French German French French, German, Spanish German German German, Spanish Spanish German German Spanish French French French German French Latin, German, Ancient Greek



Excellence in Language Study Awards The Excellence in Language Study Award is 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 of any level may be nominated into order to give recognition to their success and potential. Name




Cody C David D Katey D Megan G Nicole H Kaitlin J Jamie K Heather L Andrew M Alexandre S Jialin (Sophia)S Codey S Elizabeth W

Carley Goodkind Bobette Leu-Timmermann Nicole Thompson Cindy Kinnear Jeffrey Dyer Josh LeGreve Josh LeGreve Jolene Wochenske Mark Wagner SuAnn Schroeder Keely Lake Andrea Behn Tobias Barske

Greenfield HS Assumption HS-W Rapids New Berlin W MS/HS Oconomowoc HS Oregon HS Green Lake Elem Green Lake HS Middleton HS Nicolet HS Marshfield HS Wayland Academy Parker HS-Janesville UW-Stevens Point

German German Spanish French German Spanish Spanish German, Hebrew German French Latin, English French German

State Language Association Awards 2015 Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers (WACLT) Teacher of the Year Professor Hongming Zhang , University of Wisconsin-Madison

Certificate of Recognition Justin F. Charles Excellence in French Award Erin Karsten

Friends of Chinese Award Confucius Institute at UW-Platteville Asia Society

American Association of Teachers of German-Wisconsin Chapter (AATG-WI)

Ambassadors of Chinese Language and Culture Education

Distinguished German Educator

Peihua Reinke

Charles James

American Association of Teachers of French-Wisconsin Chapter (AATF-WI)

Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association (WLTA) Distinguished Latin Educator

Distinguished French Educator

Fred Dobke, emeritus Racine Horlick

Mike Drake Héros du Français Véronique Boyrie Jeremy Bilhorn Stacy Baynes

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese-Wisconsin Chapter (AATSP-WI) Teacher of The Year Alexis Cazco



Other Awards Presented 2015 Tomorrow’s Teachers Scholarships

2015 CSC Best of Wisconsin Presentation




Adam Meyer Cammy Rathsack Jenna Gasner Krista Rose Neyers Samantha Skrove Andrea Huser

French Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish

UW-Green Bay UW-Eau Claire UW-Eau Claire UW-Eau Claire UW-Stevens Point UW-La Crosse

Jeff Haubenreich, Bernadette van Willigen, Kimberly Hasenauer, Laurie Wanta, and Mary Villagomez Menomonee Falls High School World Language Department CSC 2015 Extension Workshop Jessica Swemke, Spanish, Manitowoc Lincoln High School Lucinda Broder, Spanish, Valders Public Schools

2015 National Board Certified/Recertified Teachers Honoree



Paula Meyer Caitlin Smith

Spanish Spanish

Appleton North High School Waunakee Community S.D.

Professional Development Paula Meyer


Appleton North High School

2015 Leadership Initiative for Language Learner WAFLT Fellow Andrea Behn, French, Parker High School Janesville



WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator Speech Delivered by Lynn Sessler Neitzel at the 2015 WAFLT Fall Conference 'm truly honored and humbly accept this award on behalf of the WAFLT awards committee and membership today. Like those who have come before me, I know that there are so many others who deserve to be up here today. The support of my multiple “families” throughout my career has been tremendous and one that I would like to take a few minutes to acknowledge at this time.


It is such a great time of year; school has started and the students hopefully are into the “swing of things,” and as WL teachers, we start gearing up for WAFLT, the conference we come to in order to connect and renew those relationships once again through our mutual passion for teaching and supporting the learning of World Languages. It is the time we get to see our “WAFLT” family. Besides my WAFLT family, my “actual” family, has joined me and I am so proud to show them what gets me and all of you energized about what we do. And just like all of you, they continue to be and have been my support system for years. My husband Jim, a 5-time Ironman triathlete who knows that anything worth doing takes time, commitment, practice, and is someone who has always understood that WAFLT is my “Ironman” race of sorts. Thank you for supporting me and encouraging me to “do what I needed to do”, even though it meant leaving you at home to pick up the slack. I appreciate all the things you do and especially the WAFLT weekend “welcome home” that includes a clean house, laundry done, and a delicious meal ready for me. You are the best.

Although….I’m not quite sure how you are going to pull that one off this weekend but I am sure you have a plan----right honey?! I am very happy that my parents and my in laws are also here today. I had a moment the other day, you know that type of moment we all have when we say or do something that triggers the realization that: “Oh my gosh, I have become my mother and father”. As I humbly accept this award today and read the nomination information others submitted on my behalf, I can’t help but think about the role models my mom and dad were and are, to me and my siblings: kind and caring individuals who accepted everyone around them, leading with humility, and taking on new challenges and opportunities to enrich their lives whenever possible. They simply “walked the talk” in everything they did and believed in. They realized their own success lies in seeing the success of others around them, namely their children. And all I can really say is, “Oh my gosh, I have become my mom and dad…..” and that is truly wonderful as are the many “gifts” they modeled and gave me throughout the years. Thanks mom and dad for being here today. And my mom is to really the one to thank for getting me started in the profession of teaching world languages. On Memorial Day weekend in 1990, I sat with a contract for a job with American Airlines and a teaching contract at Eisenhower High School in New Berlin. After exhaustively going through the pros and cons of each, and spending quality time together talking it over, “multiple” times that weekend, well ... you all know the result.

Thanks Mom for helping me make the right choice for me! Our profession affords us the opportunity to build special relationships with our coworkers who work in the trenches side by side with us every day and who really become our “family.” My dear friend and colleague of many years, Chie Kakigi, is one of those people. Often called the “bookends,” we raised our “students” from kindergarten through 12th grade together, leaning on one another when we needed to, knowing that we had each other’s backs, no matter what. It’s a friendship that I continue to cherish and I know will keep us connected for years to come. And to my Amiga Susana Gorski, who taught the elementary Spanish program parallel to me for many years. Amiga, Gracias por todos. We didn’t always have the answers or knew what we were doing, but we figured it out together. I couldn’t have done it without you. Pam Delfosse and I “grew” up together in this profession, both beginning our teaching careers at about the same time and reconnecting for over 20 years as our lives and profession continue to afford us new opportunities and experiences. Pam’s calm demeanor in which she gets to the “heart of matter” as well as strong convictions about learning language are admired by many, especially me. Jaci Collins and I often laugh about how our careers seem to criss cross one another, retrained French teachers who found new paths in teaching Japanese. I’ve always looked at Jaci as more than a friend, a mentor of sorts and a leader who was not afraid



to stand up and push for the importance of world language education for all students in our state and nation. Jaci may be small in stature but she is one of the strongest people I know in our profession. Thank you, Jaci, for your work, often behind the scenes and unnoticed. I just want you to know that I and many others have noticed. In our state, we are very lucky to have so many leaders and mentors, those I have looked to for years for guidance and inspiration. Paul Sandrock at our national level now and Gerhard Fisher in our State office can always be depended on for support and guidance when we need them. I have appreciated the many “golden” opportunities to work with you both over the years, expanding my professional experiences beyond the classroom, circling right back to allow me to enhance my practice for the benefit of my students. In Wisconsin, I have felt so fortunate to have a myriad of strong leaders who have served as mentors to me and really, us all through our affiliation with WAFLT. These teams, “well-oiled machines” whose relationships were built through the love of language teaching, inspire us all and continue to challenge us to grow as professionals: Paul and Donna, Helena and Carol Ann, Lisa and Karen, Lauren and Deana, Linda and Cathy, Kyle and Jackie, and many others who we not only enjoy seeing as friends this one early weekend every year in November but continue to lean on for inspiration and a good glass of wine, martini, beer, etc., now and then. When I sat down to write about my philosophy of teaching World Languages, the importance of language study, and the qualities that contribute to successful teaching and professional involvement for this

award, I knew I could write about the obvious points: language study is vital to our students who will be living and working in a global society, language study helps one see the world and understand their own language better, learning a language at a young age sets the stage for cultural intelligence for life, etc., etc., etc. I quickly realized there was one thing that I have believed in and have emphasized for over 25 years that I have been in education and teaching world languages: it really comes down to an ability to recognize and build strong, lasting relationships. For the main part of my career, I have taught elementary school children Japanese. Teaching students of such a young age meant finding a connection that they could understand to the language and culture they were learning. It would be years before my 5 year old kindergarten students would travel to Japan or even understand the concept of Japan as another place to travel to (and that I didn’t go home nor live there every day)! Bringing the connection to their level in multiple ways helped them over the years build a personal relationship with the language and culture of Japan, even if they never had the opportunity to leave their hometown. I will never forget the first grade student many years ago who came to me, so excited that he had a Japanese Pokémon card show up in the pack of cards he had purchased with saved money over the weekend. Micheal asked me what it said and I had to tell him I would “take it with me and write it down for him,” panicking as I looked at the card and really not understanding the words nor the context of the words that I was reading because Pokémon was not something I connected to in Japanese

culture. Honestly, I knew nothing of this cultural phenomenon that was crossing the globe. After spending an evening giving myself a crash course in “playing with Pokémon cards” and doing my best to translate Michael’s card, we shared it with his class the next day. From that day forward, I saw a renewed interest in my class by Michael; realizing that he was now “connected” personally to the language in a way he had not been before and his relationship with Japanese had begun. This one example is but of many. I have always believed that in order to do this, students needed to find personal connections and build a relationship with the language they were learning. I see that now, after 20+ years of connecting with former students who started with me in kindergarten, hearing their stories of how the “language and culture of Japan” are part of them forever, how they love that it just “comes back to them” here and there in their personal and professional lives, speaks positively to the concept of continuous relationship building with a foundation of language and cultural knowledge. They have found that the need to establish relationships with people whose group or “culture” they know very little about comes easily to them as they have been building relationships for years with people from other cultures, starting with understanding their own culture, the student who sat next to them, the teacher who taught them and the world beyond their own home. Encouraging and modeling those relationship building skills through the study of world languages is key to connecting our students to the language and culture they are studying, and to other languages and cultures beyond our classrooms.


Many of my non-world language teaching colleagues used to ask me why I spent so much time outside of my regular teaching day active in my profession, often sacrificing precious weekend and vacation time. Again, I would come back to explain that the power of connection and building relationships with one another in world languages has opened up a world of opportunities for myself to grow personally and professionally. Moreover, I truly believe that the people I have met and formed relationships with, as well as the experiences afforded to me to travel and attend professional events circles, directly back to the my students and their growth as language learners. Maybe it is that student who brings you a game card they love, like the Pokémon card, for you to translate. Maybe it is the latest Latin American singer or the newest fashion craze in Germany. And maybe it is more closely related to our students’ daily lives and the ability to use the language they are learning than we realize. It could be like the multiple sets of twins I taught over the years, who liked going home with their “secret” language they could practice with one another, often to their parent’s chagrin, worried their children were speaking “bad words” in the target language. (By the way, I always assured them that we didn’t teach swear words in Japanese until the middle school curriculum.) Wherever and whenever that relationship appears, it is our responsibility to encourage our students to hold onto those personal connections and continue to form those relationships. We know that relationships come and go, can be easy or difficult to create and sustain, but in the end, the power of and ability to build these relationships, I believe, is vital to

learning languages and understanding cultures that are more fluid than ever in today’s world. And while this is challenging at times, when mutual connections are developed and sustained, the outcome can be remarkable. And “remarkable” is what I believe we all want for ourselves, our profession and most of all, for our students. Never stop short of remarkable. Once again I am truly honored to be receiving this award today and I humbly say thank you. Enjoy the rest of the conference.

As we look back and celebrate the honorees at the 2015 Awards Ceremony, please consider nominating a colleague, student, or friend of language education for a WAFLT award. More information can be found at waflt.org.




WAFLT Annual Meeting Minutes Saturday, November 7, 2015 Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, WI I. Greetings – Josh LeGreve II. Fall Conference Committee – Linda Havas/Cathy Stresing As of Thursday, November 5 we had 691 pre-registered attendees with several more onsite registrations expected. Over 70 people attended the pre-conference workshop with Donna Clementi. Almost 500 people attended the Friday morning workshops. We are grateful to all of the board members, volunteers, and presenters who have helped make this conference possible. A survey regarding the conference will be coming by email and we ask that all attendees complete it so that we can continue to make improvements. Proposals for the 2016 conference will be accepted beginning in December. Local Arrangements-- Ashley Reinke/Sarah Fortman The number of exhibitors was up slightly up this year. At the wine and cheese reception there was great interaction between the conference attendees and the exhibitors. We are working on AV for this event. III. Secretary Report – Carley Goodkind MOTION: Keely Lake moved and Jim Oakley seconded to suspend reading of minutes and accept as written. The motion passed unanimously. IV. New Visions in Action – Kyle Gorden We are looking forward to next year with the New Vision workshop.

V. President’s Report – Josh LeGreve Josh expressed deep gratitude to the WAFLT Board and the general membership. He thanked everyone for the great collaboration that is happening around the state. Huge thanks to local arrangements. Thank you to Lauren Rosen.

ways in which requirements in the “Seal” program can satisfy requirements for the GEAC as well. WAFLT is encouraged to work with ESL and bilingual representatives to build a unified tent aimed at increasing multilingualism and global cultural competence.

VI. Treasurer Report – Kellie Michels


The balance through October 31, 2015 is $216,180.79. The WAFLT General Endowment balance is: $82,083.40

Sixty Wisconsin high schools have been approved for the GEAC program.

A penalty for taxes has been waived. MOTION: Kyle Gorden moved and Bobbette Leu-Timmermann seconded to accept the Treasurer's Report. The motion passed unanimously. VII. DPI World Language Consultant’s Report – Gerhard Fischer 1. Biliteracy The Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy has been developed and will be introduced within a the next few weeks. “The Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to graduating high school students in districts with a Department of Public Instruction-approved program, who have demonstrated achievement in bilingualism, biliteracy, and multicultural competence in and through two or more languages (English and a partner language) by successfully participating in the development of the languages through our schools, their families, and the community.” (Tony Evers, State Superintendent) The Wisconsin DPI will make connections between this “Seal” and the Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC) apparent and show

National attention validates work in Wisconsin. Several other states and school districts are adopting or adapting our GEAC program. Note that there is no national consensus regarding the foundational importance on world language learning as part of global competency. Wisconsin’s relatively strong requirement of four credits in world language education is not echoed in all other state initiatives. However, the Asia Society strongly promotes language learning as part of global competency. 3. Perspectives World language educators generally assume that world language learning is central to any definition of global competence. Others do not necessarily agree. Why not? What is their perspective? And how do world language educators influence that conversation? WAFLT should continue public relations efforts and take into account the perspectives of others. This will be a topic at meetings of my national association, NCSSFL. 4. Global Educator of the Year Award The State Superintendent will present the first Global Educator of the Year


Award at the 2016 Wisconsin School Board Convention in Milwaukee. A committee of the Statewide International Education Council (State Superintendent Evers leads, Gilles Bousquet chairs) has selected the nominee whose name will be presented to the state superintendent for approval on December 4. Rotary Clubs will present a $1000 cash prize to the recipient as well. 5. Wisconsin School Counselors Convention Following Karen Fowdy’s recommendation. I have worked with a school counselor at Oregon High School to submit a presentation proposal for the 2016 state conference. Only counselors can submit, but co-presenters are accepted. Lou Kindschi from Oregon High School and I will be listed as co-presenters. Note that we are in the submission, not the acceptance phase. 6. Global Youth Summit The Global Youth Summit will be held at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee on February 20, 2016 VIII. Professional Development Committee – Anita Alkhas Mentoring - Karen Fowdy We did a brief plug for mentoring at the New Teacher/New Attendee Orientation. Summer Institute - Lisa Hendrickson We are in the planning phase for Summer Institute 2016 to be held in the Madison area during the first week in August. We hope to provide MOPI training for a limited number of people in addition to three days of Summer Institute workshops.

IX. Grants & Endowment Committee – Stephanie Krenz November 15th is the upcoming deadline for the WAFLT Special Projects Grant. Last year’s winners were Jessica Bradley for a Language in Elementary Schools project and Julie Bunczak for an International Film Festival. Important reminder: maintain continuous WAFLT membership to be eligible for these Grants and Scholarships. X. Public Relations Committee — Karen Fowdy/Keely Lake Keely Lake was elected to the JNCL-NCLIS Board of Directors and will travel to Washington, D.C. in February for the Board Meeting, Language Advocacy Day, and the Delegate Assembly (this fall’s Board Meeting was held electronically via WebEx). In general the group works to highlight for our nation’s leaders the importance of language learning at all levels in this country. The Congressional request, co-signed by Wisconsin’s Sen. Baldwin, to the American Academy of Arts and Science for a Commission on Language Learning was accepted. A full press release can be read here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele ases/american-academy-of-arts--scien ces-to-conduct-first-national-study-on-f oreign-language-learning-in-more-than -30-years-300120921.html A Press Release is posted at the PR website for conference attendees to download, personalize, and share with their local media and administration. Press releases will be sent for each of this year’s WAFLT award recipients within two weeks following the conference.


The PR web page is in the process of being updated and expanded. The contents of the following links are being reviewed, updated, and expanded: C Making Languages Matter Presentation http://www.waflt.org/publicrelations/W AFLT-Discover%20Languages-Nov% 2006.ppt C Programs in Peril http://waflt.org/wp-content/uploads/201 4/04/ProgramsPeril.doc C World Languages Survey-Statistics in Wisconsin http://waflt.org/wp-content/uploads/201 4/04/Scheduling_Survey.doc C Language Resources http://www.waflt.org/public-relations/pr -resources/#resources C Posters that highlight “What Languages are Taught in Wisconsin” and “Why Learn another Languages” will be completed soon and distributed to World Language teachers at future WAFLT conferences. C WAFLT will be represented at an informational booth at both the WASB Convention and WSCA Convention this winter. Discover Languages – Justin Gerlach Due to our long time printer closing, postcards were not available for distribution at the conference this year. Other than that, the contest was wildly successful this year with an all time high number of submissions. Winners were announced at the luncheon on Friday as usual.



XI. Communications & Publications Committee – Lauren Rosen The Voice (Katy Dueppen): The next issue comes out in Spring. Deadline for submissions is January 1, 2016. Please encourage colleagues to submit an article. e-Voice:This publication has 764 subscribers to our e-publication with an average of about 325 regular readers. We are looking for guest writers who would like to share cool things they are doing with their students to write for our high tech/low tech column which is now in the publication every other month alternating with an advocacy column. Anyone interested in writing please send an email to 21stcentury@waflt.org 21st Century Committee: We keep the Facebook and Twitter presence running. There has been a fair amount of action on our Twitter feed at the conference which is always nice to see. Advertising (Josh LeGreve): Advertising income is at $2675, which is 103% of the anticipated income. This includes ad placement from 3 new advertisers. Website (Lauren Rosen): If you are a presenter or go to a presentation with handouts, website, etc., please ask the presenter to send their links and handouts to webmaster@waflt.org. I appreciate any feedback you have on the website.

XII. Awards – SuAnn Schroeder At the Awards Ceremony last night we honored the following: C 30 Student Awards C 3 Recognition of Merit C 3 Future Teacher C 2 Professional Service C 1 Distinguished Educator C 1 Grittner New Teacher C 1 Gradisnik C 1 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Nominee C 1 ISE Language Matters Today at lunch, we will award : C 1 Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon Please help me remind colleagues to submit nominations or submit one yourself. This not only recognizes our work but also advocate for languages.

XIII. Announcements /other business, etc. C Thank you to Linda Egnatz, our keynote. C CSC 2018 Milwaukee – CSC started in Milwaukee 50 years ago and returns to Milwaukee March 8-10, 2018 C FLESFEST 28th Anniversary Conference will be held at Alverno College on February 27, 2016 XIV. Adjournment MOTION: Jim Oakley moved and Keely Lake seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously and there was much rejoicing. Door prizes were awarded.


Wisconsin Representative to NNELL Jessica Bradley Highland View Elementary School 5900 S. 51st Street Greendale, WI 53129 (414) 423-2750, ext. 2108 jessica.bradley1@gmail.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. The Pros of Building Proficiency with Students This August was the first time that I was able to attend the WAFLT Summer Institute. I was very interested in the topic: Proficiency. After learning about proficiency, I had a revelation: I need to teach my students this so that they understand the big picture and the big idea. With the help of Helena Curtain, we put together a presentation that can be used with children so that they can understand the different proficiency levels and what we are aiming for. I shared this with students the first day of school and we have revisited it since. In addition, our school leadership has asked that we use learning targets with students and we have been studying the positive effects of how this guides instruction. Both the proficiency targets and the learning targets have changed my


Central States East Regional Representative to NNELL Nicole Carney Eastwood Middle School 4401 E.62nd Street Indianapolis, IN 46220 (317) 254-5588 Ext. 109 ncarney310@gmail.com

classroom to one that enables more students to succeed in our performance tasks, understand what we are learning and why. More students are successful in listening, in asking and answering the target questions, and in presenting information to the class. When designing a learning target, it’s important to focus on what students are learning instead of the doing or the activity. Two of my favorites are: “I can understand what the new vocabulary words mean.” “I can ask and answer questions about ______ so that I can have a meaningful conversation in Spanish.” My classes meet only 3 times a week for 25 minutes, so these are my learning targets for a few weeks. Once we meet the goal with a performance assessment, we celebrate our learning and hitting the target. By incorporating this into my classroom, I don’t have students who are lost or confused. I have more students who are engaged, trying their best, and succeeding at our learning targets, which will get them to their next proficiency target. These two targets are connected and will make our students “pros” at learning a language. Curriculum Writing Days January 16, 2016 Curriculum Writing Days is a collaborative workshop that enables teachers to expand their expertise on writing and building thematic units with

the expertise of Helena Curtain and myself. Over 22 educators attended from around the state and joined in on our largest Curriculum Writing Days yet! Look for more Curriculum Writing Days to come June of 2016. FLESFEST February 27, 2016 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 beginning language teachers of any ages, that teachers can apply immediately after attending the conference. It supports elementary world language teachers from the ground up, and has support from some of the most-knowledgeable 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 the level the teacher teaches. FLESFEST is the best! Join NNELL at www.nnell.org. You can pay via credit card or even by check. Join today @ www.nnell.org/membership Visit our Wisconsin page @ www.wi-nell.org



NNELL Membership Regular Membership: $30 All memberships are for the academic year September-August

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

• Two Issues of Learning Languages. • Three Issues of E-NNELL Notes • Access to Members Only area of website (www.nnell.org) – media, advocacy, resources • Program Building Publications • NNELL Publications • Attendance at annual board meeting at ACTFL conference. • Annual Summer Institute held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa every July

Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers & Discover Languages Wisconsin Presents the 2016 Discover Languages

Student Video & Postcard Contests Contest Theme:

Quest Toward Language Proficiency! For All Students Enrolled in World Language Classes in Wisconsin Elementary (PK-5) ~ Middle School (6-8) ~ High School (9-12) ~ Post-Secondary (Undergraduate) As you learn more about our world, bring the world to Wisconsin. Show us how much languages mean to you and how important they are in your life! Submission Deadline October 7, 2016 Visit waflt.org for contest details to begin!

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Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers President Lacey Melco Kettle Moraine High/Middle School (715) 551-9282 lacey27@msn.com

WACLT President-Elect Yuan Yao New Berlin West Middle/High School (262)789-6590 x3025 yuan.yao@nbexcelence.org

Past-President Sarah Bailey University of Wisconsin Marathon County and DC Everest Senior High School (715) 298-8118 sarah.bailey@uwc.edu

Treasurer Zona Karoliussen The Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners (920) 448 - 2135 zfkaroliussen@gbaps.org

Secretary Yinghan Xue Neenah High School & Shattuck Middle School (920) 751-6800 x19230 yxue@neenah.k12.wi.us

Nihao! reetings from WACLT! 2015 was an outstanding year in our growing community of Chinese teachers in Wisconsin. The established K-16 Chinese programs around the state continue to flourish, some of them having added more teachers this year.


colleagues at the WAFLT Fall Conference. WACLT would also like to thank all of our members who presented or participated at the conference. Your presence was

We believe that 2016 promises to be even better and more eventful. I hope everybody had a good start to the new year, the year of the monkey, and is having a great spring semester. Events Held WACLT had a worthwhile business meeting at the WAFLT Fall Conference on November 7, 2015. We introduced our executive board members as well as new members in the association, discussed our future events, such as the annual speech contest, “Excellence in Chinese Learning” award, and other outreach activities. WACLT was well represented through the hard work of our wonderful

invaluable, especially since the business meeting is one of the few places we can network. Xie xie! We were all proud to see WACLT member Haiyun Lu receive the 2015 ISE “Language Matters” Award at the WAFLT Fall Conference. The award recognizes teachers who have demonstrated enthusiasm and great skill in the art of getting students to communicate in the target language and one who provides immersion experiences for students.

Congratulations to Haiyun for this recognition of her leadership in language education. Gongxi gongxi! We would like to recognize those who received awards at this year's Fall Conference. We are honored to announce Professor Zhang Hongming of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the recipient of the 2015 WACLT Teacher of the Year Award. Congratulations to both Haiyun Lu and Yuan Yao on receiving the WACLT President’s Award. Asia Society and The Confucius Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville were both selected as recipients of the WACLT Friends of Chinese Award. Peihua Reinke received the Ambassadors of Chinese Language and Culture Education award. We are grateful for the contributions made by each of these recipients. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication! WACLT held two TPRS workshops for Chinese and other world language teachers with presenter Haiyun Lu, an



experienced TPRS teacher and coach, on December 12, 2015 and February 20, 2016, at University School of Milwaukee. We were honored to have Dr. Stephen Krashen as our guest speaker via Skype. Future Activities We are pleased to announce the 13th Annual Wisconsin State Chinese Speech Contest scheduled for April 16, 2016. This contest welcomes students from kindergarten to college level, from beginners to heritage/ native speakers. Following on the success of the previous year’s event, the contest will be held in Bolton Hall at UW-Milwaukee. WACLT is proud to introduce a new award, the “Excellence in Chinese Learning” to recognize students’ achievements in their schools’ Chinese program each year, encouraging students’ enthusiastic and excellent work in Chinese language learning. Recipient students will be selected according to students’ applications, personal statements, and teacher’s nomination. Chinese Programs around the State Chinese teachers in Wisconsin are making as many opportunities for the students as possible to immerse them in Chinese language and culture. In

addition to language teaching, they are doing diverse cultural activities to engage students and even the community around them. In October, Oconomowoc School District paired with Kettle Moraine High School to share Chinese language and culture with the community. Face painting, knot tying, Chinese games, tea, food, paper cutting, traditional instruments, and Kung Fu were all present at the event. February 8, 2016, was the first day of Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival. Chinese teachers in Wisconsin brought cultural activities into their classrooms and programs celebrating the festival with students. They also brought the Chinese culture and New Year celebrations into the communities to involve communities in our education and also make our programs and students visible. For example, many teachers made dumplings with their students, Chinese students did a parade with a dragon dance to surprise the students, and there were Chinese New Year performances by students in their schools and communities to celebrate the festival. Xin’nian kuaile! In order to immerse students in the Chinese language environment, there are schools taking students to China during spring break or in the summer. Sun Prairie Schools and Prairie School’s Chinese programs are taking students to China during spring break, and Chinese students at Kettle Moraine School District, St. Mary

Catholic Schools, and School District of New Berlin are among those going to China in the summer of 2016. Some schools are taking students on field trips in the U.S. to experience the culture and history of China through unique artifacts and events that students will not see in the classrooms. For example, Leonardo da Vinci School’s Chinese classes are going to the Chicago Field Museum on May 7, 2016, for the exhibitions of China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors and Cyrus Tang Hall of China. At the Prairie School, they started offering AP Chinese Language and Culture this year. There are six students taking the class. They appreciate this chance to better their learning in Chinese language and culture. From January 30 to February 7, Kettle Moraine High School hosted nine SAYA (Sino-American Youth Ambassadors) students from an international program attached to Shandong Normal University in Jinan, China, and their principal, Juan Wu, through Ameson. The students attended classes with their host students, went on field trips, and gave cultural presentations as well as musical performances. The exchange was a great experience for all involved and created many dear friendships. As always, please communicate your successes and stories with your board members whenever you can. We wish everyone health, success, and happiness in the year of the monkey! Lacey Melco



American Association of Teachers of French – Wisconsin Chapter President Andrea Behn Parker High School, Janesville abehn@janesville.k12.wi.us

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

Grand Concours Jennifer Bolen Longfellow Middle School, LaCrosse grandconcourswi@gmail.com

Past President SuAnn Schroeder Marshfield High School suann007@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

Mes chers collègues, s I look at my calendar and never-ending to-do list, I am shocked by how quickly this school year went! Before you know it, we will be wrapping up with final grades and packing up for the summer. For now, I’m content in the knowledge that I’m neck-deep in the extracurricular spring routine I have established in the last few years–nominating students and colleagues for awards, taking students to the Concours Oral, offering the Grand Concours to students at all levels, initiating new members and awarding cords for graduating members of la Société Honoraire de Français, planning for the upcoming France trip with students, and organizing the AATF-WI summer workshop for teachers.


As educators, we have had a multitude of tasks and expectations added to our to-do lists in recent years. However, instead of concentrating on this grim list of things to do, I am offering you some ideas for rejuvenating you and your practice, with a few reminders about benefits of being an AATF member. So here you have the 5 Cs, AATF-WI style:

Connections This is the most important choice I made in my career. I choose to connect with colleagues and professionals every day. I encourage you to join AATF-WI or renew your membership. Retain your membership to WAFLT and look into joining ACTFL. These professional organizations offer publications with great ideas, grants/awards, and most importantly, support. Want to make even more connections? Join me at the AATF National Convention in Austin, Texas this summer. AATF organizes terrific outings and events which complement the conference, so it’s not all pedagogical. This is a convention for ALL AATF members, not just executive board members or people with something to present. I urge you to attend. Community Last August we offered a weekend workshop for language teachers by Toni Theisen about Integrated Performance Assessments, as well as other topics of interest for world

language teachers. We are working to offer another workshop this year as well. We took into consideration the comments and suggestions from participants and we should have information to roll out soon. Please join us, not only for professional development, but for a chance to connect and share with colleagues. We do so much for our students and programs; it’s time we do some things for ourselves! Comparisons Last year I applied for the AATF Exemplary French Program for Janesville Parker and we earned the award with Distinction. I learned a lot from the process and I know for a fact that there are many more programs out there that deserve the recognition this brings. I highly recommend you apply. You don’t think you are ready? That’s okay! Check out the list of requirements, start collecting data, and before you know it, you will have a great list of your accomplishments, where your program has been, and areas of growth. (These are all things that AATF wants to describe, analyze,



and reflect on as part of the application process.) I am available for questions and support. Check out the list of requirements on the AATF website under grants and awards. Communication Social media has become an important component in our lives as educators. In fact, I have seen a lot of articles published recently that state that effective 21st century educators are connected to other educators via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Not sure where to begin? I’d like to offer these ideas: C Facebook: Join the group French Teachers in the US. To do so, do a quick search for the group and request to be added. You must have the fact that you are a French teacher clearly stated on your profile in order to be added. The group is for pedagogical ideas, but it’s a great place for support, too. One important note: If you are looking for something specific, do a quick search in the group. Asking for redundant information, even as a new member, will prompt an admin to ask you to do the search first. Other groups to join: French in Wisconsin and French Teachers. C Twitter: Twitter can seem intimidating and confusing at first, but I get a lot from it now that I know how to use it. Following specific people and what they share is only one component. Many educators participate in weekly online chats under several hashtags. The most popular for world language teachers is #langchat, which poses several questions that participants can respond to. I frequently “creep” on #langchat, choosing to read the information provided rather than contributing. However one chooses to participate, it is a great way to discover educators to follow. This is a quick and

easy way to do some professional development while standing in line at the grocery store or waiting for the copier to finish your copies. Other hashtags of interest can be found in this document: http://goo.gl/4CVDW

either an academic or cultural club. Both SHF and Jeunes Amis are great ways to encourage students to explore francophone culture outside the classroom walls, something many of us struggle with.

C Pinterest: If you know me, you know that I am a Pinterest addict. I love nothing more that reading what others are doing in their classrooms and planning how to use those ideas. I have become a better teacher because of it. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pinterest, it’s a collection of digital bulletin boards where you can pin links online. (Kind of like putting together a board with photos, articles, and memorabilia on a specific theme for a classroom.) Some pinners I follow are: Meg Chance (frenchychance), Sarah Shackleford (skshackleford), Jenn Campanella (jennca), and Isabelle Jones (icpjones). You can also follow me: teacherbehn. Pinterest is a great place to find authentic resources. You’ll love it!

Finally, I’d like to refer to the AATF-WI calendar. (https://goo.gl/d1FJCH). I hope you take the time to nominate someone for an award, apply for a grant, or attend a conference or workshop. Find one small way to become more involved or to celebrate someone else. These actions benefit us all, keeping French and our profession fresh and alive. Mes salutations distinguées, Andrea Behn

Culture I was recently looking through L’Elan, le Bulletin de la Société Honoraire de Français and noticed that Wisconsin has a couple of new SHF Chapters this year. As more and more school districts move toward offering the Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC), I’ve received several inquiries from colleagues about what SHF is. SHF is an honor society for high school French students. There are several requirements set forth by AATF, but there is some freedom to establish requirements that work for the GEAC, such as service projects and field trips. Additionally, the Jeunes Amis du Français was recently established for elementary and middle school students. This organization can be

Co-President Andrea Behn with Co-President Justin F. Charles, recipient of the AATF-WI Certificate of Recognition



American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin President Siggi Piwek Milwaukee German Immersion School piweks@milwaukee.k12.wi.us Vice President Jeanne Schueller UW-Madison jmschuel@wisc.edu

Past President Tobias Barske UW-Stevens Point tbarske@uswp.edu

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

Secretary Stephanie Krenz Stoughton High School stephanie.krenz@stoughton.k12.wi.us

Herzliche Grüße an alle Deutschlehrerinnen und Deutschlehrer in Wisconsin!


s we are embracing the New Year, I would like to take a moment to highlight what we have accomplished in 2015.

After 2 years of working with my WI-AATG colleagues Stefanie Krenz, Melanie Lasee, Siggi Piwek, and Mark Wagner, it is time for a change in leadership starting in January 2016. With Mark finishing his 6-year commitment of serving the German teachers in this state and beyond, Siggi is taking over as president. He has been one of the most active German teachers in this state for years. I know that you will hear frequently from him as he will bring a lot of energy and passion to this office. I am also very happy to announce that Jeanne Schueller has been elected as our new Vice-President. Many of you know her as the new face of UW-Madison’s German Day, which she inherited from Charles James in 2014. As I am announcing the change in leadership, I would like to take a moment to thank Mark Wagner for his dedication, his hard work, and his leadership he volunteered to WI-AATG from 2010 until 2015. It has been an honor working with him on a variety of

projects and I know that he is leaving WI-AATG in great shape. Thank you, Mark, for all your efforts! To summarize our work in 2015, I would like to point to two projects: the Immersion Weekend and the exhibit 25 Jahre Deutsche Vereinigung. The Immersion Weekend was a great success once again. Held in New Glarus and co-sponsored with the Northern Illinois chapter from February 15-17 featured our current AATG president Mohamed Esa, who shared teaching ideas about the three Ms: Musik, Malerei, Märchen. For our second event, Siggi Piwek organized a collection consisting of 20 posters to document the events leading up to and following the reunification of Germany 25 years ago. The exhibit was hosted in Milwaukee, Stevens Point, Oshkosh, and Madison. I know that many of you visited this exhibit with your students to make the event a success. At the annual WAFLT Fall Conference, the German contingent was extremely visible once again. Almost 20 presentations and workshops offered a lot of new teaching ideas and suggestions.

The strength of German programs was especially visible during the award ceremonies where Michael Koch received a Certificate of Merit, Michael Stubbe received the Future Language Teacher, and Charles James, last but certainly not least, received WI-AATG’s Distinguished German Educator Award for a career as an inspiring force among German teachers in the US. I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate all of these teachers, organizations, and schools once again for their hard work and dedication to the teaching of German. German programs in Wisconsin would not be nearly as strong without you! As we begin a new cycle of award nominations, please send us names of worthy nominees so that we can keep this wave of success rolling. Here is to a great 2016! As we turn our attention to 2016 and Siggi Piwek takes over as president of WI-AATG, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for two productive years. It has been a very interesting learning experience for me getting to know many more language teachers and programs across the state as a result of my term as



president. Hearing about what is happening in foreign language classrooms and how German programs in particular are doing has been the most rewarding and satisfying aspect of my term as president. I realize that the pressure many of you are feeling most likely will not disappear. But I have witnesses so many active and creative German teachers that I believe in the success of these programs. Thank you for all you do on a daily basis and for staying involved in AATG as a means to keep German alive in this state.

Please feel free to contact any of us if you want to share successes :) or need help :(. We are only an email away (email addresses are on the previous page.

2016 WAFLT Fall Conference

Also please consider joining our WI-AATG Facebook group to stay in touch with colleagues in Wisconsin or to exchange ideas.

Paving the Road to Proficiency: Empowering 21st century learners to develop their cultural understandings, cross-curricular literacy, and communication.

Wir wĂźnschen euch allen ein erfolgreiches und gesundes 2016! Tobias Barske Past-President, WI-AATG

November 3-5 Radisson Paper Valley Hotel Appleton, WI

Watch for details at waflt.org and in the fall issue of The VOICE of WAFLT

2016 WAFLT Summer Institute August 2-4 Red Gym — UW-Madison

Building Momentum Along the Path to Proficiency Designing and Delivering Effective Instruction Featuring Wisconsin's Own: v Paul Sandrock, ACTFL Director of Education v Helena Curtain, Co-author of Languages and Learners: Making the Match v Deana Zorko, Central States 2015 Teacher of the Year v Karen Luond Fowdy and Lisa Hendrickson, Central States 2016 Extension Workshop Leaders Workshop participants will: T Review key characteristics of novice, intermediate, and advanced ranges of proficiency to focus classroom instruction and assessment T Develop culturally rich thematic units driven by integrated performance assessments T Reflect on ways to guide learners to the next proficiency level T Consider classroom examples of instructional strategies that promote second language learning

Team discounts and Graduate Credit available! Go to: http://www.waflt.org/ Conferences & Events / Summer Institute to register



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 takahash@uwm.edu

Activities Director/ Secretary Yuko Kojima-Wert UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650 kojima@uwm.edu

Web Page Editor Masako Lackey UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650 lackey@uwm.edu

President ex-officio Atsuko Suga Borgmann UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650 suggatsu@uwm.edu

Treasurer Yu Kitamura (715) 424-0239 yu.kitamura@wrps.net

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



appy New Year. We hope your spring semester is off to a great start!

WAFLT Fall Conference 2016 It’s never too early to start thinking about the WAFLT Fall Conference. Please mark your calendars for November 3-5, 2016. The theme of this year’s conference is Paving the Road to Proficiency: Empowering 21st century learners to develop their cultural understandings, crosscurricular literacy, and communication. We expect to have many presentations regarding Japanese pedagogy and we look forward to sharing ideas on educating our students. Our business meeting is on Saturday morning (Nov. 5). We hope to have participation from many parts of Wisconsin. Events Held C WiATJ had a booth at Japan Fest hosted by the Milwaukee Japanese Association. Japanese language and

culture was promoted to the community members in Milwaukee. C WiATJ had a fruitful business meeting on November 2, 2015. We discussed our future events such as the Japan Bowl Competition, a speech contest, and other outreach activities. C The 3rd Annual Japan Bowl Competition in Wisconsin took place on January 30, 2016, at Franklin High School. This competition is an academic competition for high school students who study the Japanese language. The winning team will, thanks to the generous support of the Mazda Foundation, compete at the National Japan Bowl in Washington, DC. Future Activities C WiATJ is planning to reach out to Anime fans who will gather at Anime Milwaukee, from March 11-13. During this Anime convention, WiATJ will organize cultural events such as origami (paper folding), traditional games, and calligraphy.

If you or your institution has any news, holds any events or receives any awards or comments, please share them with us so we can include it 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 will make a difference. Please become a WAFLT member today. (www.waflt.org/ member-resources/join-waflt/) Finally, if you haven’t become a member of WiATJ yet, please do so by going to the AATJ website today (www.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. Rick Kania



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

Secretary Vacant

Webmaster Keely Lake, Ph.D. Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam klake@wayland.org

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

Salvēte Magistrae et Magistrč! t the beginning of the school year, a family from out-of-state toured my school and asked about our Latin program in addition to regular curricular offerings. Little did I know that a few months later I would indeed have a transfer student both in class and serving as a tech assistant. Before the family moved, trying to find out which schools offered Latin was very challenging, and searching individual websites to determine exactly what was at different campuses also proved labor intensive. This seemed like the perfect project for a tech assistant, and with his work we finally have an usable visual representation of Classics programming in the state.


The map is set up so that you can go in and edit your own information or link to your department or instructor website.

Information has been emailed to everyone on the Wisconsin Classics list (wisconsin-classics@lists.wisc.edu) in order to access the map as well as a tutorial on how to edit. Thankfully the real work of establishing the geographical location of each tack is done. Now if transfer students are trying to find out where Latin and Greek are offered, they may find it easier tovisualize and find both for K-12 and collegiate level. If your summer 2016 is already booked, it might be a good time to think about future iterations of this seminar, especially if future funding is so generous. The leader of the seminar has forwarded the following excerpt:

In the summer of 2016 (July 18-August 5), there will be an NEH Summer Seminar for pre-collegiate teachers on the topic of Roman Daily Life. This seminar is an opportunity to read Petronius and some graffiti in Latin and look at Pompeian archaeology for various topics of Roman daily life. The seminar will be held in St. Peter, Minnesota on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. The NEH pays each person $2700 to participate, which will more than cover the living and food expenses (approximately $1500). The seminar has been organized by Matthew Panciera (Gustavus Adolphus College) and will be co-taught by him, Beth Severy-Hoven (Macalester), Jeremy Hartnett (Wabash), and Rebecca Benefiel (Washington and Lee). The application deadline is March 1. More information on the seminar and directions on applying can be found at the website (https://gustavus.edu/events/romandail ylife/).



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

NSE Coordinator Aaron O’Connell Waukesha School High School (262) 970-3710 aoconnel@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Past President Monica Lentz

Treasurer Jeanne Kasza West Bend High School (262) 388-3023 jkasza@west-bend.k12.wi.us

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

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

Queridos Colegas, nother year … another fantastic year. AATSP-WI chapter is ready to welcome you to 2016. We are hoping that you join us to celebrate the many successful years of our association. You made it possible and now we celebrate with you at our 98th annual conference in Miami, Florida. We are still young and we are planning to continue being an important part of your professional life. Together we can accomplish the success of our schools and give them all the opportunities they deserve. We invite you to continue being part of our Concurso Oral, our National Spanish Examinations, and the few but important events that we have planned for you. Concurso Oral is back at West Bend High School and we thank them for hosting us again. Our National Spanish Examinations were a success again. Thank you for allowing your students to participate.


Personally, I would like to thank you for being present at our AATSP-WI business/cultural meeting. We were so happy to see you again and provide great information from our

coordinators. All of our coordinators worked hard to have everything ready for our meeting, and I would like to thank them as well. During our meeting, new friendships were made, and the collaboration of different schools was evident as ideas to keep the commitment to be “Los mejores” were felt during our presentation. During the years being president of the association, it makes me feel good that honest, caring, and positive teachers are always present. Our meeting radiates with enthusiastic and opened-minded teachers. That is what makes us different from other associations. We are unique, we are special, and we put all of our passion into our professions. That passion is what Alexis Cazco demonstrated to us, AATSP-WI, when we selected her as our 2015 Distinguished Teacher of the Year. On behalf of The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, I would like to congratulate Alexis one more time. Alexis was selected because she is an exemplary leader, going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our Spanish

language students receive a high-quality education. Alexis is a deserving teacher who received a special plaque honoring her commitment and a monetary gift from the Association during our business meeting. As the President of AATSP-WI chapter, I am really proud of Alexis Cazco’s achievements and commitments to AATSP-WI. Marquette University High School is very fortunate to have her as an outstanding Spanish teacher. AATSP-WI was also proud to present during our business meeting, Panadanza Dance Company, that was established in 2008 in Milwaukee by artistic director Karlies Kelly, a native of the Republic of Panama. Panadanza is an all women dance ensemble that utilizes live music, singing, acting, and colorful folkloric costumes to bring alive the identities of the Caribbean and Central and South America. Panadanza performs for and teaches a wide range of audiences, including Marcus Center of the Performing Arts, Milwaukee Public Schools, Universities of Wisconsin, public and private festivals, and, of



course, our AATSP-WI teachers. We had a great time and learned a lot about the music of Latin America. In the future, we will continue providing opportunities for our students and teachers. We will make the commitment to represent AATSP-WI chapter at the 98th annual conference in Miami, Florida, on July 8-11, 2016. Sigamos siendo los mejores. Fred A. Cruz

Professional Development Opportunities WAFLT Summer Language Leadership Institute August 2-4, 2016, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Information: waflt.org Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers (WAFLT) Fall Conference November 3-5, 2016, Appleton, WI | Information: waflt.org American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference November 18-26, 2016, Boston, MA | Information: actfl.org FLESFEST Spring 2017 | Information: www.wi-nell.org Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages March 9-11, 2017, Chicago, IL | Information: csctfl.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.



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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2018 Central States Conference

A joint conference of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers March 8 – 10, 2018 Hilton City Center Milwaukee, WI 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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