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The VOICE of


Spring 2019 Volume 46 Number 1



Table of Contents WAFLT Executive Board Contact Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 From Your President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Havas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 From Your Co-Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Pedagogy, Methodology, and Policy We Are All Advocates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Fowdy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Leverage New Resources for Language and Global Learning . . . . . . . Pam Delfosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 From Your Conference Program Co-Chairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh LeGreve & Katelynn Jensen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Postcard and Video Contests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Justin Gerlach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2018-19 Contributor Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2018 Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Havas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator Speech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lisa Hendrickson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 WAFLT Annual Meeting Minutes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Affiliate Organization Newsletters The National Network for Early Language Learning – NNELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 American Association of Teachers of French – Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

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

Finance Committee Chair

Professional Development Chair

Linda Havas Greendale Schools

Cathy Stresing

Jamie Gurholt Beloit College (DAR)


Communications & Publications Chair

Dan Tess Brookfield Central High School

Lauren Rosen University of Wisconsin


Member Services Subcommittee Chair

SuAnn Schroeder Medford Area High School Secretary Brian Wopat Onalaska High School Treasurer

Victoria Carter Onalaska High School The VOICE of WAFLT Subcommittee Co-Chairs/Editors Katy Dueppen Middleton High School

Future Teachers/Career Changers Subcommittee Chairs Andrea Behn Janesville Parker High School Ellen Onsrud Lake Mills High and Middle Schools HS Guests Subcommittee Chairs Danielle Chaussee Oconomowoc High School

Mentoring/Leadership Project

DPI International Education/World Languages Consultant

Advertising Subcommittee Chair

Karen Fowdy

Josh LeGreve Green Lake School District

MOPI Training Coordinator

Public Relations / Advocacy Committee Chair Karen Fowdy

Fall Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs

Discover Languages Contest Coordinator

Josh LeGreve Green Lake Public Schools

Justin Gerlach Mishicot High School

Katelynn Jensen Marquette Senior High School Local Arrangements/Exhibits SubCommittee Rebecca Mai Cassville High School Janet Rowe Hortonville High School

AATG-WI President Jeanne Schueller UW-Madison WiATJ President Takako Nakakubo University of Wisconsin WLTA President

OWL Vacant

Jessica Owens Stormonth Elementary School

Ellen Onsrud Lake Mills Middle & High School

Nate Kolpin Wauwatosa School District

Kelly Miller Sauk Prairie School District

NNELL Representative

AATF-WI President

Amber Little Stoughton High School

Kellie Villalobos Muskego High School

Pamela Delfosse

Language Association Representatives

Jodi Ziemann Summer Professional Development Chsair Lisa Hendrickson

WACLT President Yinghan Xue Neenah Joint School District AATSP-WI President Erin Nienas Neenah Joint School District

Debby Bowe-Wielgus Waukesha West High School

Grants & Scholarships Chair Victoria Carter Onalaska High School Committee Jeanne Schuller UW-Madison Karen Luond Fowdy

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 and sent as an email attachment to Any photos or graphics must be sent as separate attachments in a .jpg format.



From Your President ... ast Christmas I attended Mass at a local retirement community. When it came time for the homily, instead of preaching from behind a lectern, the priest grabbed a wireless microphone and asked those congregated to share Christmas greetings in other languages that they knew. In an instant, several hands flew into the air and the priest spent the next few moments circulating all around the chapel to hear from each person.


They were only five minutes, but they were so impactful. It wasn’t just because of the inherent fun in learning how to say “Merry Christmas” (or something close) in German, Italian, Tagalog, Swahili, Hindi, French, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, and Polish, among others. What really spoke to my heart during that time was the residents beaming with the joy of sharing their respective languages and heritage with others. What can we as teachers do with five minutes? We’ve already become experts in multitasking, especially during those final five minutes of our prep periods in which we can simultaneously devour the last bit of our lunch, make copies, attend to personal needs, and still arrive back in the classroom in plenty of time for our students – all while doing so in such a way that makes it all seem effortless. When we need those five minutes to work for us, we are the masters of time management. And yet, insignificant though they may seem at the time, when used powerfully, those five minutes can make all the difference in the world.

Consider the impact we can have in our classrooms every day in just five minutes. Whenever we play a song, tell a story, or draw out our most reluctant learners with a quick encouraging word or two, there is a ripple effect that we simply can’t measure immediately. As Wisconsin’s revised World Language Standards will be released soon, we also look ahead to thinking about how we can support proficiency-based instruction most effectively and impactfully in our classrooms. Consider the value of five minutes of touching base with colleagues and sharing success stories and teaching tips after exciting professional development experiences. Can’t wait for November? The WAFLT Summer Institute (July 29-30) offers two days of learning and inspiration. See the WAFLT website for more information. How else can we make a difference with our five minutes? With just a few clicks and keystrokes, we can connect with our legislators and share with them the importance of supporting policies that promote and expand language learning. Tell them about the Wisconsin Language Roadmap Initiative and challenge them to be the trailblazers that make the Roadmap Initiative’s goals a reality. Consider even the five minutes you’re taking now to read this. You need not read The Voice from cover to cover in one sitting (indeed, who among us has the time to do that kind of reading during the school year?), but please do circle back and learn about our 2018 WAFLT awards winners, updates on advocacy, and exciting activities and initiatives within the AAT organizations around the state.

Linda Havas

As we move toward finishing this school year and begin looking ahead to the next, I invite you to ask yourself this question each morning: How can I best invest my five minutes today? Linda Havas

The Voice Editing/Review Committee Katy Dueppen, Co-Chair Middleton High School Kelly Miller, Co-Chair Sauk Prairie School District Marge Draheim Retired, Appleton East High School



From Your Co-Editor ... am humbled and honored to accept the position from President Linda Havas to serve as co-editor with Katy Dueppen of The Voice of WAFLT. I am excited to begin this new professional opportunity from an organization that has been an inspiration to me in my career for 28 years. Kelly Miller


On a personal note, I live in southwestern Wisconsin with my husband, Tom, of 29 years and we have two children, Maegan (26) and Dylan (24). Both have survived the rigor of college and been busy following their passions in the competitive job market. I have been a Spanish teacher in the Sauk Prairie School District for 28 years. I teach Spanish 7 at the middle school and Spanish 1 at both Sauk Prairie Middle School and Sauk Prairie High School. This is my second year teaching in trimesters with 68-minute periods at SPHS and, like many, I had a hard time embracing change. Hands down, the change has made me a better teacher and my students have become better learners. After my first year of teaching, I jumped at the chance to attend the WAFLT Fall Conference. It was in the Grand Ballroom Salon B where my professional career skyrocketed for the better. The presentation of world language activities by Linda Weber from Appleton Einstein took my teaching to a new level. I have relied on her inspiration throughout my career.

In 2000, I was honored to receive the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Certificate of Recognition. This award was an affirmation to me to continue to share my love for a second language with my students. It was also a reminder to remember the small things that students love in my classroom and to never let them go for the sake of saving time. As educators, we must always change with the times and if we do, I believe students will remain engaged and motivated to learn.

I have always found a special message in the “Circle of Life” song lyrics. Life will have ups and downs, but we all must find our own path. The circle will move us all and one of the biggest rewards in my career is when previous students have become Spanish educators. I challenge all of you to think about your “Circle of Life” and your path in world language. I hope you all continue to lean on your inspiration. Kelly Miller



We Are All Advocates by Karen Luond Fowdy, Public Relations Chair “A world language education beginning at the elementary level is a civil right, and to deny a child access to world languages is to deny them access to a world class education and a world where global collaboration is the key for combating hunger, disease, climate change, terrorism, and economic instability. We are all advocates.” Dr. Edward M. Zarrow, 2016 ACTFL National Teacher of the Year peaking out about the value of learning languages comes naturally to world language teachers. We have experienced the joy of connecting with other individuals and cultures through language and are eager to share that joy with others. However, our advocacy efforts can feel lonely and frustrating when our passion for the value of language learning is not reflected in the policies of our local, state, or national educational leadership or economic issues and priorities. This article highlights recent ground-breaking initiatives and publications that help us document and share our message with a broad audience.


At the National Level America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century In 2017, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences issued their response to the bipartisan request from members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives to explore how language learning influences economic growth, cultural diplomacy, and productivity of future generations. In their report, America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century, the Commission on

Language Learning recommends a national strategy to improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every region, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background. You can read the entire report, including the recommendations and support from a broad range of national stakeholders at: americas-languages-investing-langua ge-education-21st-century. Stay informed! Take Action! Sign up for the JNCL-NCLIS email newsletter to receive language news, policy updates, and language advocacy action alerts: At the State Level The Wisconsin Language Roadmap was released in December 2018. It is the result of a collaborative effort among education, business and industry, health and human services, and state and local government to meet the language and cultural demands of Wisconsin’s workforce and communities by strengthening language education in our state. The report offers a strategic plan and a

collaborative call for action to achieve the vision of a “WORLD-READY WISCONSIN.” Three strategic goal areas of the report are: 1. Developing leadership and advocacy for language education. 2. Developing continuous and effective language programs for all students. 3. Developing and sustaining language teacher talent. Immediate action is recommended to 1) establish a cross-sectoral Wisconsin Coalition to Advance Language Learning, 2) develop a plan to expand access to Dual Language Immersion programs in Wisconsin’s schools, and 3) to revise the state’s academic standards for world language learning. Empower your advocacy efforts for world language learning at the local level by leveraging the resources from this groundbreaking document. The work is just beginning! wisconsinlanguageroadmap.wiscweb. Coming soon! Revision of the Wisconsin Academic Standards for World Languages A Call to Action item of the Wisconsin Language Roadmap is the revision of



the current state academic standards for world language learning, which were adopted in 1997. In a public survey from July 2018, respondents were overwhelmingly supportive of the need to revise the standards based on national trends, changes in the labor market, evidence-based research, changes in the field, and local district needs. Upon the recommendation of the State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council, the State Superintendent authorized the writing of new Wisconsin Academic Standards for World Languages. Beginning in October 2018, a writing team has been working to review and revise the standards. After strategic revisions based on public review and feedback of the draft standards, the new Wisconsin Academic Standards for World Languages are due to be adopted in the spring of 2019. To follow the development of the standards revision process, go to: Wisconsin DPI World Language and International Education Professional Community Join the professional community conversation to discover and share resources, research, strategies, ideas, and updates to promote equity in access to the benefits of bilingualism, intercultural literacy, and global competence. Click on “Professional Community” at:

At the Local Level

Discover Languages

Global Education Achievement Certificate and the Seal of Biliteracy

As your students learn more about the world, bring the world to Wisconsin. Encourage your students to enter the Discover Languages postcard and video contests to raise public awareness about the importance of language learning and the understanding of cultures. Prizes and certificates are awarded in all categories.

Do the students in your school have the option to become Global Scholars and/or to earn the Seal of Biliteracy? The credentialing of your students’ language proficiency and global competence provides opportunities for your students and advocacy for world language learning and intercultural competence. Learn more at: and

For more information, go to: uages/ (Time sensitive! Check deadlines for contest entries.)

Your students are advocates Students who can communicate and demonstrate cultural competence are at the heart of our efforts to advocate for learning another language. It is vital for language learners to be aware of the path to proficiency in the language and progress toward intercultural competency. Tools like the NCCFL-ACTFL Can-do statements and LinguaFolio ® help students reflect on their learning and document their progress:

WAFLT Public Relations Finally, to stay up to date with resources that support YOUR ongoing efforts to advocate for learning World languages, please check: Karen Luond Fowdy

2019 WAFLT Fall Conference October 31-November 1-2 Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley Appleton, WI Mapping the Way to a Multiliterate Wisconsin Watch for details at and in the fall issue of The VOICE of WAFLT



Leverage New Resources for Language and Global Learning by Pam Delfosse, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction World Languages and International Education Consultant

t is an exciting time to plan for language and global learning in Wisconsin! The Wisconsin Language Roadmap Report provides recommendations and action items to guide local, regional, and state-level strategic planning and implementation efforts related to world language education. The Roadmap report may be viewed at: wisconsinlanguage Each of us has a role to play in making the vision of equity in access to the benefits of language learning a reality for all students across our state.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has several international education partnerships and programs to support global teaching and learning in our state. One-hundred high schools offer students rich opportunities to develop, demonstrate, and be recognized for global competence through the Global Education Achievement Certificate program. Information on this program designed to improve global learning across the curriculum may be viewed at:

The revised Wisconsin Standards for World Languages support this work through clear and measurable descriptions of what students should know and be able to do as a result of world language learning. Each standard is articulated through performance indicators based on a progression of language proficiency. Our revised state standards focus on communication, intercultural competence, and community and global engagement in the target language. The revised standards can help us deliver on the promise of language proficiency development through our language education programs. They can also help us make the case for effective K-12 language learning pathways to proficiency.

You are invited to become a member of the DPI World Language and International Education Google + community [] and join one or both DPI listservs dedicated to world language [] and international education [] to access relevant information and updates throughout the year.


Watch for professional learning opportunities and new resources to support instructional planning and facilitation of learning in the upcoming year.

Thank you for everything you do to bring the languages and cultures of the world to your school community! This is critically important work, now more than ever. All of our students deserve access to college, career, community, and world-readiness through language learning. It can be helpful to examine and discuss your local world language program data through the lens of equity and proficiency with district colleagues, community members, and leaders.

Pam Delfosse

Consider how to leverage the Wisconsin Language Roadmap and revised Wisconsin Standards for World Languages as you define the current and preferred state of your local programs and identify strategies for improved access and outcomes. Please contact me to share successes and to communicate challenges. Knowing what is working and needed in the field informs my ability to represent and support you.


Saturday February 22, 2020



2019 WAFLT Fall Conference October 31-November 1-2, 2019 Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley, Appleton, WI

Mapping the Way to a Multiliterate Wisconsin The 2019 WAFLT Fall Conference will be held October 31– November 1–2, 2019. This year's conference theme is Mapping the Way to a Multiliterate Wisconsin. 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 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 2019 WAFLT conference. The continued success of our conference depends on professionals, like you, who share their time and ideas as presenters. Many members gave suggestions for future presentations in this year’s online evaluation. Here are some ideas to further guide your proposals: C What strategies (TPRS, CI, incorporating authentic resources, etc.) do you use to move your students to higher proficiency levels? 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? Presentation Types: Back this year, we are offering an Electronic Poster Session in addition to our Friday Workshops, One Hour Conference Sessions, and Technology Sessions. What is a Poster Session? A Poster Session is an opportunity to share an idea, a project, a strategy, or a bit of research in a small group personal Q & A session. During a 60- minute period, presenters are located at tables in the exhibit area, allowing attendees to simply wander by and explore with you what you are working on. This is a great

option if you want to share something interesting that you are working on in your classroom, your school, your district, or your state. This allows you to present the information in a more intimate atmosphere than a traditional conference session. You can get direct feedback and ideas, field questions, and even develop a network of interested collaborators. The deadline to submit proposals is March 30, 2019. 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 is not blocked. C Fill in all parts of the online form for a successful proposal submission. C Enter the name, position, and school/company/ organization for all session presenters as they should appear in the conference program. C Select one person as the primary presenter and ensure that he/she is a current member of WAFLT. Even though all presenters must be WAFLT members and register for the conference, only the primary presenter will receive information about proposals. In addition, only primary presenters will receive free registration to the conference and an honorarium. C Verify that your session has been submitted by logging in to your WAFLT account and clicking on “My Proposals.” It is your willingness to share and collaborate that makes the WAFLT Fall Conference strong each year! We look forward to the 2019 Fall Conference and thank you once again for your input and feedback. Should you have any questions, please contact us at Your Conference Program Co-Chairs, Josh LeGreve Katelynn Jensen



Postcard and Video Contests by Justin Gerlach, Discover Languages Contest Coordinator n 2008, WAFLT and Discover Languages Wisconsin launched the first edition of the Student Video & Postcard Contests. These contests are based on the ACTFL Discover Languages Campaign. Fast forward to 2019 and we continue celebrating and recognizing our students’ connections to world languages in Wisconsin. Our contests are designed for all students in Wisconsin from pre-kindergarten to post-secondary school to demonstrate how much languages mean and how important they are in their daily lives.


The postcards are an outstanding vehicle for language program awareness and promotion. Use them to inform parents of the progress of their child in your classroom or to showcase current and upcoming events in your language program. Additionally, consider using the postcards to inform your administration, school board, and community members of the great things that are happening in world languages with

your students. The videos can be used in a similar format to showcase your students and program during orientations and open house events in your school district. Ultimately, you are providing your students’ perspective of why languages are so very important to all students in Wisconsin. At the 2018 WAFLT Conference, we honored students’ work. We received numerous entries as usual, which all deserve recognition as students’ passion and love for language learning is evident throughout each entry. Based on the entries received, we honored 14 student postcards and one student video contest. The 2019 Postcard and Video contests are now open with the theme: Languages: Map Our Way in Life! Please visit the WAFLT website ( and the Public Relations page for complete details of the contests. Enter today!

Congratulations to our 2018 Contest Winners

Harper from Woods School Lydia from Onalaska

Isla from Stormonth Elementary School

Taylor from Muskego-Norway



Thank You, Contributors! WAFLT thanks the following individuals for their contributions in 2018–19.

General Endowment Fund Linguiphile ($100+)

Benefactor ($50-99)

Sponsor ($25-49)

Contributor ($1-24)

Richard Olson

Anne Chartier (In memory of Jim Oakley) Donna L. Clementi Jamie Gurholt (In memory of JoAnn Polito) Lisa Hendrickson Lauren Rosen

Deb Bowe-Wielgus Linda Havas Jean Hindson Deborah Hoem-Esparza Kristine Sieren Deana Zorko

Sharon Bradish Danielle Chaussee Diane Flanders Margaret Graham Vera Klekovkina Paula Meyer Barbara Olsen Kristine Sieren Cathy Stresing

Professional Development Scholarship Fund

Student Travel Scholarship Fund

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

(Honoring O. Lynn Bolton)

Linguiphile ($100+)

Sponsor ($25-49)

Linguiphile ($100+)

Sponsor ($25-49)

Paul & Nuria Hoff Richard Olson

Anita Alkhas Karen Luond Fowdy Mara Marks Michelle Nielsen Lauren Rosen Kristine Sieren Deana Zorko

Bridget Geboy-Helfenstein Richard Olson

Anita Alkhas Kelly Ferguson Kristine Sieren Deana Zorko

Benefactor ($50-99) Anne Chartier (In memory of Jim Oakley) Donna L. Clementi Peter B. Hoff

Contributor ($1-24)

Benefactor ($50-99) Anne Chartier (In memory of Jim Oakley) Peter B. Hoff Margaret Schmidt Deana Zorko

Sharon Bradish Natalia DeLast Diane Flanders Vera Klekovkina Karen Luond Fowdy Kristine Sieren

Your Contributions Are Appreciated! Please consider contributing to one or more of these funds for 2018-19. You can do this online at – log into your online account, and click “Endowment Contributions” on the top of the page to make your contribution, or mail your check to P.O. Box 1493, Appleton, WI 54912, noting to which fund(s) you would like your donation assigned.

Contributor ($1-24) Sharon Bradish Danielle Chaussee Diane Flanders Vera Klekovkina Paula Meyer Kristine Sieren Gerri Wrege


2019 WAFLT Summer Institute July 29–30, 2019 Lowell Center — UW-Madison

New Two-Day Format! % Personal and professional development opportunities % Network with colleagues from around the state % Stay current on WI World Language Standards % Look back on individual journeys and prepare for the future % Apply best practices in your classrooms

Looking Back to the Future Reconnect – Reflect – Renew – Reassess

Team discounts available Re-energize yourself! Go to for complete details & registration

Day 1 Immersion Experience Thematic Units and ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Day 2 Leveraging the Wisconsin Language Roadmap Refreshed Standards for World Languages Facilitated Planning and Collaboration




2018 Awards/Grants by Linda Havas 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. Thanks also to this year’s Awards Committee members who volunteered their time to review each nomination and thus facilitated the recognition of many of our dedicated colleagues. 2018 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 at the local, regional, and national levels. This year WAFLT is proud to honor and celebrate the achievements of Spanish educator Lisa Hendrickson. Now retired from the classroom and serving as a consultant for world language educators throughout the state, Lisa’s diverse career has included stints teaching Spanish in Bloomer, Kenosha, and at Concordia Language Villages, culminating with her extended tenure as both an educator and department chair at Monroe High School. Her nominator states: “As a classroom teacher Lisa was an innovator, mentor, and advocate. She is fascinated by the study of language acquisition and applied this ever-growing knowledge to her curriculum and instruction. Her

Lisa Hendrickson accepts the 2018 WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator award from SuAnn Schroeder, WAFLT President.

focus was on the personal needs of her students and doing all she could to foster their ability to communicate in the language ... I watched in awe as her students walked from her classroom to the library without even thinking of slipping back into English.” Adds Paul Sandrock of ACTFL: “Lisa answered the invitation to join a group of Wisconsin educators to envision how to bring the national standards for language learning to widespread implementation across the state. As an original member of Wisconsin’s “standards team,” Lisa energetically and creatively crafted presentations and resources to bring Wisconsin language educators to a deep understanding of how to create standardsfocused, proficiency-oriented, and backward-designed language learning.” Perhaps Lisa’s impact can be best measured by the successes of her former students. One of those students became a language teacher herself and had the opportunity to work alongside Lisa for a time. “She has never become stagnant in her teaching, always willing to change, and dedicated to becoming better. She is a lifelong learner and isn't afraid to try new things, to evaluate and reflect on her practices. Throughout her

retirement, she continues to learn and improve teaching even though she does not have her own classroom.” Another former student, now serving abroad as a diplomat for the State Department, credits Lisa with her interest in foreign affairs: “[Mrs. Hendrickson's] innovative approach to teaching allowed us to learn Spanish through literature, music, art, and daily conversations with one another. [Her] mentorship inspired me to live overseas, learn additional languages, and set a goal of someday serving our country abroad.” Lisa is an avid traveler, staunchly committed to her students’ ability to acquire language in authentic settings. To that end, one of her most enduring legacies is the student exchange program she started nearly 30 years ago between Monroe High School and a school in Costa Rica. In collaboration with her Costa Rican partner teacher, she also organized and led a teacher exchange. Lisa believes that “an effective world language teacher is a passionate life-long learner, a model for intercultural sensitivity, a coach, and a collaborator who addresses the needs and interests of diverse learners ... I am grateful to be a member of this profession. Because of my love for languages, cultures, and teaching, I have had the good fortune to share my joy with students and colleagues throughout my career.” As so well stated by a former student, “Mrs. Hendrickson's distinguished career as a Spanish teacher, her dedicated mentorship of her students and colleagues, and her passion for building cross-cultural bridges merits the highest level of recognition.” WAFLT agrees and, therefore, is proud to honor Lisa Hendrickson as its 2018 Distinguished Language Educator.


2018 Anthony J. Gradisnik Award Established in 1998, the Anthony J. Gradisnik Award commemorates Mr. Gradisnik’s exceptional enthusiasm and advocacy for language education. Mr. Gradisnik began his career as a Spanish teacher after World War II and served as a foreign language curriculum specialist for Milwaukee Public Schools from 1959 to 1979. The award commemorates Mr. Gradisnik’s advocacy for language education and 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 name Dr. Gerhard Fischer for the Anthony J. Gradisnik in recognition of his commitment to global education in Wisconsin. Gerhard served in numerous roles at the Department of Public Instruction. As the original German language consultant placed at DPI by the German government, Wisconsin was quickly spoiled by all he accomplished, his initiative, and his ability to connect

Gerhard Fischer


teachers around special initiatives. DPI was fortunate to be able to extend his original appointment for additional years and then to simply hire him as the English Language Arts and then International Education consultant at the agency. In all of his work, Gerhard focused on the inseparable link of language and culture. Throughout his long career, Gerhard had the vision to create and enact initiatives and the leadership to support and sustain programs that have transformed global education in our state and beyond. He created connections among individuals, schools, organizations, and other states and nations that provided opportunities for others to grow, learn, experience, and then share further opportunities. Gerhard also was extremely effective in connecting the curriculum specialists at the Department of Public Instruction and guiding deep discussion on how to look beyond our specific disciplines to larger educational goals. He served as a key leader in DPI’s efforts to connect the curriculum, by facilitating the development of the framework for all disciplines to create connections, linking discipline-specific consultants through a web page, coaching the development of standards workshops, and working with varied groups. Gerhard brings his own depth of language teaching experience and expertise to every presentation or workshop he facilitates. He has designed, promoted, and carried out workshops focused on a variety of topics. He has creatively facilitated workshops on linking language learning with school-to-work initiatives and technical education, using email to connect schools across cultural barriers, and making curriculum connections such as between languages and social studies.

Karen Luond Fowdy accepts the 2018 Anthony J. Gradisnik Award on behalf of Gerhard Fischer from WAFLT President SuAnn Schroeder.

Gerhard was at the center of Wisconsin’s efforts to bring global perspectives to every discipline at every level, tireless in his efforts to connect stakeholders, cross boundaries of disciplines, and broaden the perspectives of learners. As a colleague states, “Gerhard consistently served to advocate for language programs, support teachers, and make connections between stakeholders that represent the many ways the promotion of language learning benefits our lives and the futures of our students.” His vision and his passion for global education have transformed the Wisconsin educational landscape. Gerhard is truly a friend of language education and represents the highest ideals that Mr. Gradisnik modeled. WAFLT congratulates Gerhard for this award and for his tireless work in service of global education in Wisconsin. 2018 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 honors Megan Cunningham, who teaches French at Madison West High School. Megan attended Truman University in Missouri, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in French with minors in both business administration and French translation. She then earned her Masters of Secondary Education and Missouri K-12 French teaching certification from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In nominating her for this award, Megan’s colleagues describe the enthusiasm and dedication that she brings to both her classroom and her colleagues: “Her passion for and dedication to proficiency-focused teaching is benefitting students and coworkers alike ... [her] confidence, clarity of educational philosophy, and willingness to collaborate have enabled her to be seen as a valuable colleague. She made time to attend the WAFLT conference in the fall and CSCTFL in the spring, excitedly expanding her understanding of current best practices in language teaching and acquisition.” Further, “her units of study reflect that, and show scaffolding so students build their skills gradually over time, eventually putting them to use in real world contexts. She has proven to work hard in designing these assessments so that they require students to show what they can do, in all modes of communication, with the language that they have acquired.” One of Megan’s students shares that “Ms. Cunningham is willing to work around changes and find other solutions.” Adds another student: “I can’t pretend to say I’ve been the ideal student, but Mademoiselle Cunningham has given me a lot of room to grow past my previous limitations. Her teaching style supports an environment where I know my flaws will be supported rather than suppressed. And

Further, she participated in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange and has infused her teaching here with her experiences from having taught in Morocco. Closer to home, Ann serves Wisconsin teachers by sharing her knowledge and expertise at conferences throughout the state including the WAFLT Fall Conference and the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

WAFLT President SuAnn Schroeder presents the 2018 Frank M. Grittner Award to Megan Cunningham.

I believe that is the hallmark of a good teacher.” WAFLT welcomes Megan to the profession and is proud to congratulate her as its recipient of the 2018 Frank M. Grittner Award. 2018 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. Ann Berns, Lancaster HS Ann Berns has been teaching primarily French for 28 years, 24 of which were in the state of Wisconsin. Ann believes that “a teacher can obtain high standards by maintaining students’ interest in the subject, creating comfortable and safe atmosphere which in turn creates student loyalty to the program and greater effort on their part.” To that end, she has created and implemented new curricula for the middle and high school levels, arranging dual credit options, and leading study tours to France.

Dr. Anne Cummings Hlas, UW-Eau Claire A full professor in the UW-Eau Claire Department of Languages since 2005, Dr. Anne Cummings Hlas focuses on student creativity in her teaching. She states, “We can challenge students to be divergent thinkers and creative problem solvers by practicing in class and letting them know we value creativity. In my classes, I strongly believe that now more than ever we need to prepare learners to become creative global thinkers who value world languages, new perspectives, and cultures.” Her nominator adds that “her feedback models exemplary instruction and allows students to be creative and think beyond how they were taught. It is a moment where they may step beyond their fear of failure and be present in possibility. Great lessons are born in an environment of continual feedback and revision.” Beyond her classroom, Anne serves as the Coordinator for the Bilingual Beginnings Summer Immersion Camp offered through UWEC and the Eau Claire Area School District and is a frequent presenter at the WAFLT Fall Conference.



Julie Horvath, Beloit Memorial HS Julie Horvath has taught Spanish at Beloit Memorial HS since 2001. During that time, she has firmly established herself as a trusted team member and colleague. States her nominator: “She has always maintained high standards for herself and she represents our department with pride and determination. Her positive attitude, diligence, organizational skills, personability, and work ethic make her a perfect recipient of the WAFLT Recognition of Merit Award.” Her fluency in Spanish has served her well as she has chaperoned student excursions to Costa Rica and in the development of Beloit Memorial’s three levels of Spanish for Spanish Speakers. Julie believes that it is important to teach with a thematic approach incorporating social justice issues to help students improve proficiency while learning about real-world issues from perspectives they may not have considered before. Jeanne Schueller, UW-Madison Since 2010, Jeanne Schueller has been a faculty associate in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic languages and has been a valued resource for German teachers especially in Wisconsin, but also at the regional and national level. As the current president of the Wisconsin chapter of the AATG, Jeanne also organizes the annual UW-Madison German Day competition for over 1,000 secondary German learners throughout Wisconsin. Her nominator is especially grateful for her contributions to the German teaching community: “Without her willingness to give of her own expertise, educators like myself would not have such wonderful and deep insight into current media and pedagogy.” A frequent presenter at the WAFLT Fall Conference, Jeanne is

2018 Recognition of Merit recipients (L-R) Shinji Takahasi, Ann Berns, Anne Cummings Hlas, Julie Horvath, and Jeanne Schueller.

committed to her own continued learning as well: “I strive to stay up to date on research in second language acquisition and then apply this knowledge to my teaching. Through a pedagogy that underscores collaboration, instructors can cultivate a cooperative and supportive learning environment that increases students’ investment in class, enjoyment of the target language and culture, and motivation to continue their language studies, and ultimately, engage with the German language and its users in and beyond the classroom.” Shinji Takahashi, UW-Milwaukee Currently the president of the Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese, Shinji Takahashi’s sphere of influence in Japanese language learning takes on a variety of forms. In addition to acting as a liaison between his students and the Japanese community in the Milwaukee area, Shinji works for his students by exploring internship and job opportunities for them. His career has included work as both a Japanese teacher as well as an English teacher in

Japan. Yet to Shinji, his personal life and career are inextricably intertwined: “I am proud to say that my wife and I have successfully raised three perfectly bilingual children… and all are successfully working for America-based Japanese companies. Maybe one should not talk about their private life on their career philosophy. However, the way I raised my children is my philosophy. Teaching and/or learning another language is not a one-way street. It is more than just being able to communicate in the target language … Different people using different languages have different perspectives and concepts of time, space, and reality. It is beyond so-called cultural differences such as the types of food we eat and housing we live in. From observing my children, I believe that our thinking process itself is greatly influenced by the language that we use.”



Future Language Teacher Award 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. Ryne Thorne Ryne Thorne graduated from UW-Milwaukee in May 2018 with a certification to teach American Sign Language Ryne Thorne (ASL) as well as a second major in ASL studies. As a student, Ryne worked as a language coach in the UW-Milwaukee American Sign Language lab. He also served in several leadership positions in the UWM Signing Student Association. According to Ryne’s nominator, “He is well organized, punctual, and demonstrates flexibility in providing simple, but scaffolded learning opportunities to support students with and without an Individual Education Plan. ... He regularly collaborates with regular and special education staff and parents to learn and understand his students’ needs.” Ryne’s teaching philosophy is rooted in his own experiences: “I look back at my past experiences from elementary school to present where I notice that I really enjoy sharing my language and culture with people. I also greatly enjoy helping people to build their communication proficiency and gain experiences.”

2018 Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon School Award for Excellence in World Language Programs While most WAFLT awards honor individuals who are outstanding in our field, we also understand that collaboration is a hallmark of an exceptional world language program. Teamwork allows groups to ensure that courses, curricula, and programs serve their students at an optimal level. The Donna Clementi Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in World Language Programs was created to honor schools and/or programs that are exemplary role models. This award is conferred in honor of Dr. Donna Clementi, who continues to make significant contributions to the teaching of and research about world language learning. This award recognizes her contributions of talent, knowledge, and message so that students, teachers, and quality world language programs continue to be cultivated and expanded. WAFLT is proud to present the 2018 award to the Muskego-Norway School District.

Language offerings at the middle schools include Spanish I and II, and French I and II, as well as quarter long introductory classes, and an Exploring Languages course for 5th grade. The high school offers Spanish I-IV, AP Spanish, dual credit Spanish CAPP 204 and 312, and several semester long classes including Spanish in the Community and Workplace, Conversation through Film, and Conversation and Composition. French offerings include French I-IV, AP French, and dual credit French CAPP 204. Also offered online through Wisconsin Virtual School are Latin I and II, Japanese I and II, Chinese I and II, and German I and II. The Muskego-Norway World Language Department embraces a proficiency-based model of instruction with 90% target language use in the classroom. Student achievement is based on integrated performance assessments and student goal setting using the ACTFL can-do statements. Instruction is delivered via thematic units. Muskego-Norway is working diligently to including a plethora of literacy strategies to their lessons. In addition, world

World Language Teachers from the Muskego-Norway School District


improve literacy throughout all content areas so world language instructors are language teachers at both the middle and high school levels incorporate AVID strategies in their teaching including Cornell Notes, Socratic Seminars, Philosophical Chairs, Concept Maps, and a wide range of graphic organizers. As a result, students routinely place into fourth and fifth semester language programs at the college level, earning retroactive credits, and many continue on to earn minors or majors in their chosen languages. The world language staff, collectively representing over 100 years of experience in elementary, middle, and high school instruction, as well as experience teaching in community colleges, universities, and an “at risk” high school, regularly attends the annual WAFLT Fall Conference. Several members have presented on a variety of topics from Standards Based Grading to Día de los Muertos to How to Teach a Combination Class. Several members have also attended the annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language to draw ideas from an even wider pool of experts. Members also belong to other professional organizations like AATSP, AATF, Alliance Française, and NOBLE (Network of Business Language Educators). In addition to attending conferences and collaborating live, several members are regular participants in Facebook and Twitter groups which allow collaboration with language colleagues from all over the county and the world.

WAFLT’s 2018 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Nominee Each year, WAFLT nominates one of its members for the ACTFL Foreign Language National Teacher of the Year (TOY). This year’s nominee is Anita Alkhas.


students at all levels (from absolute beginners in French for Travelers and first-year French to native speakers returning to graduate school to pursue careers in teaching or translation), but also with many students as they progress through all the stages of the curriculum.” WAFLT is proud to have Anita as its representative at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL), which will be held in Columbus, OH in March 2019.

Anita Alkhas, WAFLT’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Nominee and SuAnn Schroeder, WAFLT President

Anita Alkhas has taught French at UWMilwaukee since 1998, and since 2007, she has held the position of Associate Professor. Her passion for the French language is exceeded only by her desire to support educators and lifelong learning. Her service to language educators across the state is wide-ranging, including her work as a key committee member of FLESFEST as well as her innovative ideas connected with the WAFLT Share Fair. While much of her work is done behind the scenes, Anita’s commitment to world language education, outreach, and advocacy has had a positive impact throughout the state of Wisconsin. Says Anita, “Perhaps my greatest satisfaction in teaching in my field is the opportunity it affords me to study and promote lifelong learning. In a small language program such as ours, I have had the privilege of working not only with

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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




Tristan B. Olivia B. Rachel B. Nathan C. Caitlin C. Grace D. Rose I. Zoe K. Mark K. Jamie K. Jacob L. Caroline M. Thomas N. Paige P. Alyssandra S.

Nikki Paulson Paula Meyer Carley Goodkind Bobbette Leu-Timmerman Jeff Dyer Jessica Perez Theresa Kruschke-Alfonso Keely Lake Stephanie Krenz Josh LeGreve Kari Ewoldt Mark Wagner Samuel Cox Leah Weyers Teri Knight

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

Caroline S. Christopher W. Jacob W.

Charlotte Wichert Jodi Reif Ziemann Andrea Behn

LaFarge HS Appleton North High School Greenfield High School Cedarburg High School Oregon High School Mt Horeb High School Greendale High School Wayland Academy Stoughton High School Green Lake High School DePere High School Nicolet High School Nicolet High School New Berlin West High School Ronald Reagan College Prep High School Nicolet High School Berlin High School Parker High School, Janesville

French Spanish French

Other Awards Presented 2018 Tomorrow’s Teachers Scholarships Honoree



Adria Braley Gillian Keller Aspen Kuk Heather Smith Kelsey Strode Brianna Sweeney Andrea Wenstadt Jodi Williams Junhao Zhou

UW-LaCrosse Beloit College UW-Milwaukee UW-Milwaukee Cardinal Stritch CESA RITE Program UW-Stevens Point UW-Stevens Point Beloit College

Spanish French Spanish, ASL ASL Spanish German German ESL French Spanish, Mandarin

Central States Extension Workshop Grant Debby Bowe-Wielgus & Sarah Fortman Student Travel Scholarship Taylor Kuehn Spring Special Project Grants Brian Wopat Professional Development Scholarship Jodi Reif Ziemann 2019 CSC Best of Wisconsin Presentation Erin Nienas & Kathy Varda Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance: Rural Teacher of the Year Justin Gerlach



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




Anna B. Catherine G. Emily H. Katherine H. G K. Evan K. Sophie K. Seth K. Erick M. Matthew M. Maighread M. Kelsey O. Andrew P. Jojo P. Yoana P. Luke P. Maira P. Tayler P. Grace R. Natalie S. Giovanna T. Karlee W. Jacob Y.

Zoe Witzeling Sarah Thompson Maria Wallis Ellen Onsrud Jolene Wochenske Erin Nienas Leah Weyers Zoe Witzeling Keely Lake Deanah Downey Anita Alkhas Josh LeGreve Jeff Dyer Natalie Glaze Charlotte Wichert Jairo Granados Barquero Ellen Onsrud Zoe Witzeling Kari Ewoldt Andrea Behn Bobbette Leu-Timmerman Carley Goodkind Erin Nienas

Neenah High School Greendale Middle School Nicolet High School Lake Mills High School Middleton High School Horace Mann Middle School New Berlin West High School Horace Mann Middle School Wayland Academy Southern Door High School UW-Milwaukee Green Lake Schools Oregon High School Amherst High School Nicolet High School Berlin High School Lake Mills High School Neenah High School DePere High School Parker High School, Janesville Cedarburg High School Greenfield High School Neenah High School

French, Spanish French Spanish French German Spanish French French, Spanish Latin, Swahili, English Spanish French Spanish German English, Spanish French Spanish French French, Spanish Spanish French, Spanish German German Spanish

2018 State Language Association Awards American Association of Teachers of French-Wisconsin Chapter (AATF-WI) Distinguished French Educator: Gail Burant Prix de Reconnaissance/Recognition: Keagan Lovejoy HÊros du Français: Terri Lichte Excellence in French Award: Grace Schuler American Association of Teachers of German-Wisconsin Chapter (AATG-WI) Distinguished German Educator: Helena Curtain Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers (WACLT) Teacher of the Year: Kai Mills American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese-Wisconsin Chapter (AATSP-WI) Teacher of the Year: Victoria Carter



WAFLT Distinguished Language Educator Speech Delivered by Lisa Hendrickson at the 2018 WAFLT Fall Conference am grateful for the honor of joining the list of past WAFLT Distinguished Language Educators. They have inspired me with their words and their example of excellence and dedication to their profession. This award has given me the opportunity to reflect on my career and to share with you what I have learned, my challenges and celebrations, and to thank those who have helped me along the way.

language learning experience? I began to question how I had been taught with an inkling that I would try to find a way to do a better job if I were a Spanish teacher.


I found my passion for learning about language and culture when I went to Madrid for a trimester study abroad program with Lawrence University in 1971. My classmates were going abroad so I thought, “I know Spanish. I’ll go to Spain.” I was in for a big surprise. I thought I knew Spanish. I was a product of three years of secondary school Spanish classes that were a mix of the audio-lingual method and a grammar-based syllabus. I knew some perfectly pronounced memorized dialogues and some verb forms that I could produce quickly during a drill. I had passed vocabulary tests in spite of the fact that I hated memorizing lists of words. However, I had never produced an original sentence or participated in a conversation. I was a true novice and I felt like a twoyear-old who couldn’t say much beyond “Me gusta” and “No me gusta.” Fortunately, my lack of language preparation didn’t stop me. I went to class some of the time, to the art museums, the movies, the cafés, and the mesones (the bars near the Plaza Mayor where the University of Madrid students hung out). I traveled around Spain and met people along the way.

And I fell in love with Javier. By the end of my three months in Spain, I knew I wanted to major in Spanish and continue to travel and develop this exciting ability to communicate in another language. I had found my passion. My lack of language skill was not my biggest surprise, however. I was totally unprepared to experience another culture. I went to Spain in 1971 thinking that I would be eating tacos and burritos and meeting Mexican-looking people. I didn’t know who the current dictator, Francisco Franco, was. Although I had heard references to the Spanish Civil War, I had no concept of how it had impacted people’s lives or what it meant to live under the subsequent dictatorship. Once I survived my first meal and learned that soup wasn’t the only thing on the menu, I was eager to explore this new world and to fit in to a new culture. Why was I expecting Mexico when I went to Spain? Why did I feel so inept at communicating in Spanish? Was something missing from my previous

Upon graduating from Lawrence University, I did become a Spanish teacher. Because of my experience in Spain, I believed that anyone could learn Spanish and that it didn’t need to be an academic chore. Studying for my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the UW-Madison in the 1980s affirmed this belief. Stephen Krashen’s theory of second language acquisition, Communicative Competence, The Natural Approach, Suggestopedia, TPR (they hadn’t developed TPRS yet) and the Silent Way gave me tools to develop an eclectic approach to instruction that could engage my learners. My introduction to the Oral Proficiency Interview and the concept of how proficiency develops over time allowed me to design a four-year high school program that gave students choices of how to complete their last two years of study according to their goals and level of proficiency. My graduate school advisor, Connie Knop, inspired me by her example as a teacher who challenged me while sharing her own experiences and perspectives and taking an interest in me as an individual. I was beginning to develop what I wanted to be as a teacher and to love teaching as much as I loved my subject matter. My three years as a summer camp counselor at El Lago del Bosque, the Concordia Language Villages Spanish immersion camp, deepened my understanding of how learners acquire


a second language. I saw that campers could learn songs, play sports, go swimming, do art projects, and participate in cultural “Programas de Noche” entirely in Spanish without formal language instruction. I knew I wanted to take the joy of camp back to my classroom. I didn’t just learn how I wanted to teach at El Lago del Bosque. I formed lifelong friendships that continue to enrich my life to this day. Linda Bullette not only became a dear personal friend who has shared many adventures with me, she also invited me to join VALE, a collaborative group of Spanish teachers that met monthly to share ideas and offer support to each other professionally and personally. Although we’re retired now, this group continues to meet and take vacations together. Sharon Bradish, Linda Bullette, and Bev Fuller have come to share today with me and I am grateful for their friendship and support. Jan Holter Kittok became my friend and professional inspiration because of camp. I know her as “Galleta” because she was the head cook at El Lago del Bosque. But her skills go far beyond cooking. She has continued to explore the power of second language acquisiion and created her own approach to Comprehensible Input and Content-based Storytelling. We have shared laughter, our quest for truly essential questions and debates about our profession. I am glad that Jan presented at this year’s WAFLT Summer Institute and that she is here today. When I began teaching, I felt that I didn’t know enough about any Spanish-speaking country to teach my students about culture. The Costa Rican Exchange that I started in 1994 changed my life and showed me how to infuse culture into my curriculum.

I got to live in Costa Rica when my town hosted students and teachers from our partner school in January and in July when we traveled to Costa Rica to complete the exchange. It took me many exchanges before I learned to “see the world through new eyes” as Proust says. I went from laughing and calling the Costa Rican ways of doing things “crazy” to appreciating that “that’s the way we do it here.” My Costa Rican partner Tobías became my mentor and brother in the process. He and I are currently helping schools in the United States and Costa Rica to form their own exchanges. By preparing my students for the exchanges in the U.S. and Costa Rica, I was able to truly share my passion for learning Spanish and experiencing another culture. My students learned to be curious, aware of and open to different cultural perspectives. My world language career was not without challenges. Students, parents and other teachers questioned what I was teaching. Parents didn’t understand why I wasn’t teaching the way they had been taught. Teachers didn’t understand why they should consider moving from a text-based grammar syllabus to a more communicative approach. Students questioned what we were doing in class. In all of these cases, I learned the importance of setting expectations by explaining how I was helping students to acquire a second language, and helping them to understand different levels of language proficiency as their communication skills developed over time. I learned to “take my students along on the journey” as Karen Fowdy says. I became the encouraging guide on the side and not the sage on the stage, who was forcing my students to learn verb forms for no apparent reason.


My biggest challenge has been my own crisis of confidence. I am never satisfied with my teaching. I worry that I won’t be able to engage my students; that I’m not a good enough teacher. For example, I remember one WAFLT conference session in which the presenter explained how she had built a simulated airplane in her room and taken her students on a journey to Spain. I was devastated. I wanted that airplane, but I was sure I could never build one myself. I have addressed my lack of confidence through professional development. Learning from ACTFL, WAFLT, Central States, consulting with the VALE collaborative group and teaching others about current teaching practices have helped to give me the confidence I need. I never could have overcome these challenges without the help and support of many people along the way. I have a very special friend who I can call anytime with questions, concerns, ideas, and anything I want to talk about. Karen Fowdy came to Monroe to teach German in 1987 and I was her mentor because it was her first year of teaching high school. My mentorship lasted only a year as she quickly became my friend, confidant, mentor, inspiration and prodder to try new ideas. I have been fortunate to work with her as a secondary school colleague and a World Language consultant. I wouldn’t be here today if it hadn’t been for what I have learned from our friendship and collaboration. I hope you have the good fortune to find your Karen. I am lucky to be a Wisconsin world language teacher. I have been guided and inspired by internationally acclaimed Wisconsin leaders such as Helena Curtain, Paul Sandrock, Donna Clementi, and Laura Terrill from Missouri.



I couldn't have done any of this without the love and support from my husband, Andy Hendrickson. Throughout everything he has supported me and encouraged me to do my best. He is proud of who I am and what I have accomplished. He patiently steps aside when I am consumed by my work and waits for me to be ready to set it aside. He pulls me back and reminds me to have a life beyond my profession. I can't thank him enough. As we trudge through the daily work of lesson planning, correcting papers, and completing administrative tasks, we forget to celebrate our successes. I can celebrate now when I think of my students who love the language and culture and have gone on to teach, use language in their profession, and continue to explore the world. Michelle

Kister and Ashley Kimball are here today. They started as my students and later became my colleagues at Monroe High School. Katelynn Jensen is here. Karen Fowdy and I shared her as our practice teacher and she has gone on to become an outstanding Spanish teacher. Katelynn is going to be the co-chairperson of this conference next year. We don’t always know how we are influencing our students, but if we are lucky, some of our students will tell us what our class has meant to them, even if it’s just to say that they still feel like they can communicate when they take their Mexican vacation. When I met with this year’s Monroe AFS exchange student Caio from Brazil, we talked about school and he

told me that Mr. Miller, his creative writing teacher in Monroe, is the best teacher he has ever had. I asked him what made his teacher so good. He replied that Mr. Miller is passionate about his subject and he knows how to teach to every student in the room. I am happy to say that I think I was able to be that kind of teacher. I suspect that every teacher in this room can fit this description as well. I know that we world language teachers are changing lives and making this world a better place. As Nelson Mandela said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Thank you!

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WAFLT Annual Meeting Minutes Saturday, November 3, 2018 Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley, Appleton, WI I. Greetings – SuAnn Schroeder II. Fall Conference Committee – Paula Johnson-Fox & Susan Loeffler-Bell C Local Arrangements – Rebecca Mai and James Howard (Rebecca Seegert) III. Secretary’s Report – Brian Wopat MOTION: Josh LeGreve moved and Linda Havas seconded to dispense the reading of minutes and accept as written. The motion passed. IV. President’s Report – SuAnn Schroeder V. Treasurer’s Report – Kellie Michels MOTION: Josh LeGreve moved and Paula Johnson-Fox seconded to dispense the reading of the treasurer’s report and accept as written. The motion passed. VI. DPI World Language Consultant’s Report – Pam Delfosse VII. NNELL Report – Jessica Bradley C NNELL President-Elect for the term 2019-2020 will be Michelle Olah from Florida. C NNELL Treasurer for the term 2019-2020 will be Jessica Owens from Wisconsin. C FLESFEST will be held on Saturday, February 23rd 7:45am-3:30pm at Alverno College. All teachers of all languages are invited to attend. Please visit our website at for more information on session descriptions and registration. Many thanks to WAFLT for supporting this conference and thanks to AATs for raffling off free FLESFEST registrations.

C During AAT networking sessions, remember to promote FLESFEST with this registration form. VIII. Professional Development Committee – Jamie Gurholt C There have been few inquiries using the email. One individual has offered to replicate a Share Fair in the Appleton area. Dates have not yet been finalized, but potentially next February/March. Anita will assist here. C WAFLT Share Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2019 at UW-Milwaukee. C Jamie & Victoria Carter were fortunate to attend the leadership conference at CSCTFL and their article “The Importance of Leading By Example” was published in the fall edition of The Voice of WAFLT. C Career Changers – Andrea Behn / Ellen Onsrud – We’ve established a Facebook group for career changers (World Language Career Changers) and have connected with several. Initial contact is about asking a lot of questions and getting a feel for the career changer’s background. We also get names word-of-mouth and then connect with them via email. – Ellen and Andrea have been discussing the possibility of doing outreach at colleges and universities, but we are still considering what this will look like. – We will consider a career changers page on the WAFLT site. – We have been working with individuals who we hear about or who connect with us through Facebook. First we talk to them to establish their needs and then we have been trying

to set up observations with teachers in their area. We came across this approach by accident after several of the people we connected with were not familiar with the Wisconsin school system. It allows them to see how schools are run, be exposed to the expectations for teachers, and connects them to another teacher. – We published an article in The Language Educator in August about our work with career changers and we will continue to seek out opportunities to promote it. We’ve already been put in contact with others seeking to develop programs for teacher training. Getting our names out there has helped a lot! C Virtual PD – Jamie Gurholt & Julie Horvath – Conversations around providing webinars or virtual PD on the website has determined that it probably isn’t realistic to duplicate tools that are already available via other resources, however, we can certainly offer short, homemade videos that are the 101 on popular instructional topics. – We created a survey in early 2018 that was administered to current WAFLT members seeking areas of interest for future conference sessions as well as gleaning volunteers for potential submitted instructional videos from the survey. A few sample videos created by Julie were shared (GEAC and CAPP) and from this they are working on a template to share with the volunteers. Brian Wopat will help monitor the submissions and after any necessary changes need to be made, will finalize by adding the WAFLT intro. We haven’t created a destination location yet on the website (in front or behind the firewall).



– Jamie put together slides on the benefits of a WAFLT membership using workshop and keynote info from this year’s conference. Brian will add some photos and then publish for circulation and use on the WAFLT homepage. C Mentoring – Karen Fowdy – Updated the Mentoring webpage at the WAFLT website. Created flyers to make teachers aware of the mentoring program. QR code on the flyer links to the webpage. Distributing the flyers at the Advocacy/PR table. IX. Summer Professional Learning Committee – Lisa Hendrickson & Debby Bowe-Wielgus C Summer Institute – Debby Bowe-Wielgus In preparation for the 2019 Summer Institute, the dates and location have been set. We will hold the Summer Professional Development on Monday, July 29-30 in Madison at the Lowell Center. Please check back on the WAFLT website for more information or watch for more details regarding registration, topics, and speakers on The Voice of WAFLT or on Twitter. C MOPI – Jody Reif Ziemann – MOPI training dates – Tuesday & Wednesday, June 25 & 26, 2019 – UW-Stevens Point – Scholarships available online. Cutoff for applications, Monday, April 15 – Trainers in German/Mixed Languages, French, Spanish – Price will be set after second semester begins at UW-SP to verify lunch/snack costs. X. Grants, Scholarships, & Awards Committee C Grants & Scholarships – Victoria Carter – Winners of: WAFLT Scholarship for Tomorrow’s Teachers; WAFLT Central

States Extension Workshop Grant; WAFLT Student Travel Scholarships; and Scholarship for Professional Development were announced. – December 1: Deadline for Special Projects Grant, Student Travel Scholarships, and CSC Extension Workshop Grants. C Awards – Linda Havas – Congratulations to our major award winners: Gerhard Fischer (Anthony J. Gradisnik Award), Megan Cunningham (Frank M. Grittner New Teacher Award), Anita Alkhas (WAFLT Teacher of the Year), and Lisa Hendrickson (Distinguished Language Educator). Muskego-Norway Schools are this year’s recipient of the Donna Clementi Award. We also want to wish our very own Janet Rowe the very best of luck as she represents the Central States region for Teacher of the Year at the ACTFL Conference in two weeks. – We had a robust year of awards including over 40 student awards, 5 Recognition of Merit, and 1 Future Language Teacher award. – Please consider nominating your students and colleagues for awards! See Awards on the WAFLT website for complete information. C High School Guests – Amber Little / Danielle Chaussee – We had 8 students attend this year. They were a great group, super engaged. – Because of time off issues on the Friday of WAFLT (starting next year), we’re wondering if we could hold the HS workshop every other year on Saturday? XI. Public Relations Committee – Karen Fowdy – Keely has retired and is no longer living in Wisconsin. For now, I (Karen) will be taking on her representation at the national level, coordinating with

JNCL-NCLIS and attending the Language Advocacy Days in February. – The Advocacy in Action column appears in every other issue of the eVoice. – The Public Relations page at the WAFLT website has been updated with quick links to make it easy to “Be Informed/Take Action.” Memo pads with QR codes that link to that page are being distributed at the conference. – The Public Relations/Advocacy table in the exhibit hall at last year’s conference and this year’s conference continue to offer materials for World Language teachers to display and share with other stakeholders. Attendees are encouraged to sign up for the JNCLNCLIS action alerts and email updates at a computer at the exhibit table. – Shared Advocacy and Public Relations materials at the CSCTFL conference in Milwaukee. Spoke with many teachers from the CSC region and shared our Wisconsin information. – Booth at the Wisconsin School Counselors Association in February 2018. Shared information about World languages in general (for example, Why learn a language?) and information about the GEAC and Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy. – Submitted a proposal to do a session with Pam Delfosse at the WASB Joint Education conference in January. Proposal was accepted. – Representing WAFLT Advocacy as a member of the Wisconsin Language Roadmap initiative. Co-presenter for a WAFLT session on Collaborative Leadership and Advocacy (through the lens of the Roadmap initiative). XII. Communications & Publications Committee – Lauren Rosen C Membership – Victoria Carter - Membership report of renewals and new members presented.


C VOICE –- Katy Dueppen – The Voice of WAFLT is a bi-annual refereed online publication that is published in the spring and fall. In addition to publishing language association updates, we also publish articles from our members. We have a lot to celebrate in Wisconsin and we want to hear from you! Please consider submitting an article for publication in the Voice. January 1 and June 1 are the deadlines for submitting an article. Please refer to the guidelines for submitting an article. Visit the publications page on the WAFLT website ( for more information or send an email to C eVoice – Andy Schwei – I am unable to attend this year’s conference. I enjoy putting the monthly eVoice together and would welcome any suggestions for improvement. Although I do not know this for certain, I think that we could use some help generating ideas for the High-Tech/ Low-Tech and Advocacy in Action columns as well as contributors to write them. C 21st Century Committee – Jennifer Florio – If you don’t like us on Facebook and Twitter, please do (username wafltwi). Our Facebook stands at 851 likes and on Twitter we have 1,414 followers. – Stay tuned as we try to liven up our social connections with getting students involved via an Instagram feed that will help them connect the learning of languages with the world around them. Advocacy and discovery from a student perspective without them even really knowing that’s what they are doing. C Advertising – Josh LeGreve – Current advertising income is at $1275, which represents roughly 50% of the projected income budget. This is normal, as more ads will be sold during the Spring in preparation for

next year’s pre-conference program issue. We are always looking for new advertisers, so please email – with any ideas. C Website – Lauren Rosen – Thanks to everyone for your patience through the challenging security upgrade that made things difficult for people to login and register for the conference. – 70 photos have been posted, 165 attendees on the app as of 11pm last night. I look forward to getting feedback on the app as we look to next year’s edition. – If you are a presenter or friends with a presenter, please encourage them to email a link to their session content or handout to Include the ID number and session title in the subject line. – It seems I'll be posting the proposal page by Dec. I'll shoot for early in the


month so programs folks, get the details to me: theme, dates, etc. – Career changers or any others that need a page added to our site, I´m happy to help give you a space and login. Just send me an email at Also anyone who is in charge of an area of the website and would like edit access, I´m happy to help make that happen. XIII. Announcements / other business, etc. C Next President Elect: Dan Tess: Latin C Linda Havas presented a gavel to outgoing president SuAnn Schroeder for her contributions as president of WAFLT over the past two years. IV. Adjournment MOTION: Josh LeGreve moved and Linda Havas seconded to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried.



2018 WAFLT Fall Conference Memories


Wisconsin Representative to NNELL Jessica Owens Stormonth Elementary School Fox Point-Bayside School District

Central States East Regional Representative to NNELL Julie Canady

Wisconsin NELL: Facebook /NNELL Wisconsin

National NELL: Twitter Chat #earlylangchat


National Network for Early Language Learning provides leadership in support of successful early language learning and teaching of grades pK to 8. NNELL believes that all elementary school students should have access to high-quality, ongoing, articulated world language instruction of all language programs. Membership Benefits – Why Join NNELL? Membership in NNELL provides you with voice at the national level to support early language learning. It provides access to a network of hundreds of educators, workshops, webinar materials, articles, and various resources. “We Are Changing the World, One Thematic Unit at a Time ” FLESFEST

Curriculum Writing Days

February 22, 2020 Alverno College Milwaukee, WI

Visit for more information and FREE registration June 12- 13, 2019 Greendale High School 9:00am-3:00pm each day

FLESFEST is a professional, Saturday-only conference that takes place each spring in collaboration with WAFLT. FLESFEST 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 professionals in world language instruction today. It is an inspiring, motivational, and engaging conference, recommended for any world language teacher, regardless of level taught.

Curriculum Writing Days offer a workshop model of professional development led by Helena Curtain and Carol Hartmann. Teachers of all levels and languages come together to build thematic units from beginning to end with performance assessments that aim to increase proficiency. This workshop model is FREE to any who attend and with student-focused curriculum that enables communication with a theme that is meaningful and deep to students.

JOIN NNELL Join NNELL at You can pay via credit card or even by check. We hope to see you network with us here in Wisconsin. You can always visit our Wisconsin NELL website as well for more information at



Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers President Yinghan Xue Neenah Joint School District

Secretary Yuzhou Wu Sun Prairie Area School District

Past-President Zona Karoliussen The Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners

Treasurer Ling Schoeneback Green Bay



2018 WAFLT Fall Conference WACLT had a successful networking meeting followed by a collaborative and worthwhile Chinese teacher share fair on November 3, 2018.

the new WACLT president, and Ling Schoeneback will continue to be our treasurer. Yuzhou Wu, a Chinese teacher at Sun Prairie Area School District is our new WACLT secretary. Our new board is ready and looking forward to serving and working with all the Chinese teachers and programs in the State of Wisconsin.

At the one-hour Chinese teachers share fair, the current president Zona (Zhuxin) Karoliussen shared many great language teacher professional development opportunities and scholarships to the Chinese teacher community. Then, Zona and the president-elect Yinghan Xue demonstrated a variety of useful teaching tools and technology and website resources to the attendees. WAFLT Grants and Scholarships At the following networking meeting, we were very happy to welcome and introduce the new members to the association that make the Wisconsin Chinese teaching community stronger and more diverse. We congratulated Zona Karoliussen for completing her term as the president, and thanked for her work in the past two years. We were pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2019, Yinghan Xue will be

Congratulations to Hongying Xu, UW-La Crosse Chinese Professor, who received this year’s Special Grant (fall) from WAFLT. This grant is for $345 to help fund a Chinese Language and Culture Day. Prof. Xu has been an active and valuable WACLT member and dedicated to Chinese language education in the State of Wisconsin.

Something to keep in mind: to apply for the WAFLT grants and scholarships, December 1 is the deadline for several scholarships each year. News Updates from Districts and Schools Janesville School District The school district of Janesville celebrated Confucius Classroom Day on Nov 15, 2018. This is the 14th anniversary of The Confucius Institute & Classroom in Janesville, and the theme for this year was “Build Your Future with Chinese.” Colleges and businesses gave presentations to students to connect Chinese language and culture with a variety of career paths and highlighting the significance of global competence in today's world.


Verona Area International School (VAIS)

VAIS is the only K-5 public Chinese immersion school in Wisconsin. Last year, Ms.Teresa Mueller helped develop a sister school with the Chongren Road Elementary School in Wuhan, China. In November 2017, VAIS families hosted 18 elementary students (age 10-14) and 4 faculty members from Wuhan for 11 days. This spring (over spring break) VAIS will visit them in China. There will be approximately 50 total people traveling to China (including about 28 students) to spend a few days in Beijing and then stay with families of students in Chongren.


Carthage College at Kenosha

Hannah in Shanghai, China

In the Year of the Pig (2019), Carthage’s Chinese program started the year with a series of Chinese New Year celebrations – our busiest and grandest endeavor. Annually, Carthage’s Chinese program selects two Modern Languages Scholarship winners as Chinese majors and community leaders, with the benefit of a 75% tuition waiver for all four years of their college career.

The Chinese lessons that I took at UW-Oshkosh gave me the insight and confidence within my own abilities to cross what is traditionally thought of as cultural barriers. After living and working in China for nearly 4 months, I have a deeper appreciation for the people and their customs, an understanding for how their values affect their daily life.

Life in China – Former UW-Oshkosh Chinese Students

Peter Kotarba in Harbin, China

Derick Endries in Beijing, China

UW-La Crosse (UWL) University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Chinese students presented a 5-minute video about how they see the connection between Chinese studies and their future at the “Build Your Future with Chinese” expo hosted by the School District of Janesville in midNovember. Check out this video:

I began living in Beijing for two months after graduating from UWOshkosh and I love it more and more each day. Living in Beijing has been challenging at times, especially when you come from a remote place like rural Wisconsin. However, I can honestly say that I love my life here and have achieved a level of satisfaction that I never could have reached back home.

Currently I am a graduate student at Harbin Institute of Technology located in North Eastern China. Before coming to China, I studied Chinese at UW-Oshkosh for 4 semesters. As my Chinese improves each day, I am able to have more detailed conversations with those around me. Living in China and communicating with Chinese people has greatly broadened my perspective of our world.

Yuzhou Wu WACLT Secretary



American Association of French Teachers-Wisconsin Chapter President Ellen Onsrud Lake Mills Middle & High School President-Elect Kara Torkelson Wausau West High School

Secretary-Treasurer Brian Wopat Onalaska High School Past President Andrea Behn Parker High School, Janesville

Concours Oral AATF Regional Representative Sheila Conrad

AATF-WI website: Join us on Facebook: AATF-Wisconsin AATF website:

Mes chers et chères collègues, hope this spring finds you well and energized to finish the school year with the same spirit as you started it in the fall. As teachers we encourage our students to explore and play with the language outside of the classroom. But what are you doing for yourself? How do you renew your love of French, either with a focus on the classroom or without? Here are some ideas:


C Have you wanted to learn more about the MOPI? This summer is your chance to do it in French. The training will be held June 18-19 in Stevens Point. See the WAFLT link for more information: conferences-events/mopi-workshop C Maybe you’re looking to connect with French teachers across the nation? The American Association of Teachers of French national convention is being held in Philadelphia this year July 14-17. Check out: convention/ for more information.

C When was the last time you read a French novel for your own pleasure? Or listened to a podcast? Or watched a film or TV series? Or indulged in a favorite French meal? These are all great ways to renew your French with or without having an eye toward the classroom. C Didn’t have a chance to attend the WAFLT AATF-Wisconsin Share Session? This summer is a great time to dig through the resources shared. The link is on our webpage:, indicated at the top as WAFLT 2018 Share Session in red. C Looking for other ways to connect with French teachers in Wisconsin through social media? AATFWisconsin revived our Facebook page last summer. Please join us! The group name is AATF-Wisconsin.

C Interested in digging deeper than just French? The WAFLT Summer Institute might be what you’re looking for! The Institute will be held July 29-30 at the Lowell Center, with the theme Looking Back to the Future. In addition to personal renewal, the State of Wisconsin has two initiatives they have been working on in 2018 and 2019. In December 2018, the Wisconsin Language Roadmap was released. This is an initiative to strengthen and promote language education for students K-16 and to ensure Wisconsin’s workforce remains competitive. This is a really exciting and important document for Wisconsin. If you haven’t had a chance to review it, please take time for it this summer. The document can be found at: wisconsinlanguageroadmap.wiscweb.


The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction began work to update the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Foreign Languages in fall 2018. This is exciting since our standards haven’t been updated in more than 20 years. Look for more information about the updated standards throughout the spring and summer. Finally, if you know of a program in need of support or even your own that may be in danger of being cut or reduced, please let us know. Over the past few years we have advocated for and saved several programs. AATF-Wisconsin supports all French teachers and French programs!


As we move toward the end of the year and the summer, please let me know if there are any announcements you would like shared, have questions that I can answer or have ideas that we can collaborate on. Bonne continuation! Ellen Onsrud Rachelle Schuster, Howard-Suamico School District nominated her colleague, Gail Burant for the Distinguished French Educator Award. Andrea Behn, AATF-WI Past-President presents the award to Gail.



American Association of Teachers of German – Wisconsin President Jeanne Schueller UW-Madison

Past President Siggi Piwek Milwaukee German Immersion School

Vice President Jeffrey Dyer Oregon High School

Secretary Carley Goodkind Greenfield High School

Treasurer Melanie Lasee Ashwaubenon High School

Herzliche Grüße an alle Deutschlehrerinnen und Deutschlehrer in Wisconsin! ow in my second year as WI-AATG president, I would like to recognize the hard work of my amazing colleagues and fellow officers: Jeff Dyer, Carley Goodkind, Melanie Lasee, and Siggi Piwek. I thank them for their commitment to AATG, their dedication to making our organization even stronger, and for making my job more fun.


During the academic year, it can feel challenging to connect with world language colleagues and stay up to date with what’s going on the profession. Sometimes the hardest part is knowing where to start. Below is a list of ways to be more actively involved. Did I leave something important off? Please let me know. 1. Attend the German Teachers Immersion Weekend organized by the Wisconsin and Northern Illinois chapters of the AATG. Why? Learn new things, create and share classroom-ready materials, eat good food in a quaint Swiss town, and cultivate professional relationships and personal friendships. Missed the 2019 immersion weekend? Watch for announcements and plan ahead for 2020.

2. Present at the WAFLT annual conference held the first weekend in November in Appleton. Share your expertise with colleagues. Whether new to the profession or an experienced teacher, we learn from each other and value the opportunity to gain new perspectives. Too late to submit a proposal? Please attend WAFLT and our WI-AATG business and networking meeting so you can meet or reconnect with colleagues. 3. Join around 7,000 of your colleagues for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in November 2019 in Washington DC. With over 800 educational sessions, there is no shortage of opportunities to learn and network. Holding out for a warmer locale? Try San Antonio in 2020 or San Diego in 2021. 4. Want to stay closer to home? Attend the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Held annually in spring, the over 250 workshops and sessions offer plenty of educational prospects.

5. Want to get farther away from home? Apply for funding to attend an AATG Summer Seminar in Germany or Austria or a Goethe Institut Fortbildungsseminar. 6. Strengthen local bonds. Get together for Stammtisch with colleagues and enjoy speaking German with other adults. Kudos to the Madison-area teachers for establishing a regular Deutschlehrer-Stammtisch. Know of teacher gatherings in your area? Please share them with me. 7. Visit campus. Did you know that most university German programs would be happy to host high school students on campus, arrange for them to sit in on a German class, explain the placement process, and talk to them about why they should continue their study of German in college, regardless of where they decide to study? Reach out to faculty in your area to inquire. If you are a faculty member, reach out to teachers in your area.




Learn about Wunderbar together ( The Year of German-American Friendship (“Deutschlandjahr USA”) is a collaborative initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and with support from the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Watch for events in your area. Get your students involved in the German-speaking community across our state. Some ideas include the AATG Pronunciation Contest, the AATG/DSSV Essay Contest, the biannual German Career Day in Pewaukee, and the annual German Day at UW-Madison. Watch for information about a potential tour by Eddi Hüneke, musician and songwriter and former member of the legendary Wise Guys.

10. Apply for a grant fro AATG (e.g., Deutsch macht Spaß or FL-A-CH mini grants) or WAFLT (e.g., professional development or special projects grants). 11. Promote your German program! AATG, Concordia Language Village, and other resources online have information and posters on why learn German.

13. Learn about the Wisconsin Language Roadmap Initiative, which aims to strengthen and promote language education for all Wisconsin students at all levels: wisconsinlanguageroadmap.wisc 14. Thank our professional partners for their support of Wisconsin German teachers, including Klett USA, Goethe Institut Chicago, Teacher’s Discovery, FilmArobics, the DSSV, and the Goethe House Wisconsin. 15. Recognize your high achieving students and dedicated colleagues by nominating them for WAFLT awards. 16. Congratulate Dr. Helena Curtain, our 2018 Distinguished German Educator. Helena Curtain is an internationally known expert on second language teaching methodology, curriculum development, and bilingual immersion education, whose special interest is in teaching language to young learners. WI-AATG recognizes Helena’s lifelong commitment to German language education and is


pleased to award her the 2018 German Distinguished Educator Award. Know a teacher who is deserving of this award? Let us know! 17. Consider running for office. Coming up in fall, we will be soliciting nominations for vice president, a two-year term that is followed by two years as president. Are you interested in having a leadership role in your professional organization? Please consider getting involved. 18. Join us on Facebook ( 19. Stay in touch with us. As WI-AATG president, I share information that is of interest to our membership. Please pass along your announcements to me via email []. Only current members receive emails sent via the AATG member database. 20. Renew your professional memberships in AATG, WAFLT, and ACTFL so you can stay active and informed. Besten Dank und freundliche Grüße, Jeanne Schueller

12. Inform yourself. Catch up on articles in Die Unterrichtspraxis/ Teaching German. Appearing twice a year, UP publishes pedagogical articles, reports, and other material of interest to teachers of German at all levels of instruction. Access online: journal/17561221 Dr. Helena Curtain, recipient of the 2018 Distinguished German Educator award



Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese President Takako Nakakubo UW-Madison (608) 262-3473

Secretary/Web Page Editor Shinji Takahashi UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650

President-Elect N/A

Activities Director Yuko Kojima-Wert UW-Milwaukee (414) 229-5650

Treasurer Yu Kitamura

Membership Information: Please visit the AATJ website Please visit our website for K-16 Japanese instruction in Wisconsin:



e hope your spring semester is off to a great start!

WAFLT Fall Conference 2019 It’s never too early to start thinking about the WAFLT Fall Conference. Please mark your calendars for October 31–November 2, 2019. The theme of this year’s conference is Mapping the Way to a Multiliterate Wisconsin. We expect to have many presentations regarding Japanese pedagogy and we look forward to sharing ideas on educating our students. Our Language Association Meeting is on Saturday morning. We hope to have participation from many parts of Wisconsin. The proposal deadline is March 30. Events Held Madison Country High School and Menasha High School students were given a trip to Japan last summer by the Kakehashi Project (kakehashi. They were the top two teams at Wisconsin Japan Bowl.

The Milwaukee Japanese Association and Franklin High School co-hosted Japan Fest on October 21. We had over 850 participants. WiATJ had a booth at this event and helped promote Japanese language and culture to the community members in Milwaukee. WiATJ had a fruitful business meeting at the WAFLT Fall Conference. We discussed our future events such as the Japan Bowl Competition, speech contests, and other outreach activities. The 6th Annual Japan Bowl Competition in Wisconsin took place on February 2, 2019, at Franklin High School. This competition is an academic competition for high school students who study the Japanese language. The winning team will compete at the National Japan Bowl in April in Washington, DC. WiATJ reached out to Anime fans who gathered at Anime Milwaukee on February 16. During this Anime convention, WiATJ organized academic lectures and cultural events such as origami, traditional games, and calligraphy.

UW-Milwaukee (2/22) and UWMadison (3/1) hosted intermural speech contests. Some of the participants will be competing in the speech contest held by ConsulateGeneral of Japan in Chicago this month. The last two years a student from UW-Madison and a student from UW-Milwaukee won the grand prize. Can we do it three times? 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 huge difference. Please become a WAFLT member today. ( Finally, if you haven’t become a member of WiATJ yet, please do so by going to the AATJ website today (


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. Lastly, I was awarded with Recognition of Merit at the last year’s WAFLT Fall Conference. Thank you very much for your support. Shinji Takahashi

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




Wisconsin Latin Teachers Association President Nate Kolpin Wauwatosa School District

Secretary Michelle Bayouth Elmbrook Schools

Webmaster Treasurer Daniel Tess Brookfield Central High School

Salvēte Magistrae et Magistrī! n September 2018, UW-Madison Classics department, with generous funding from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, hosted Classics Day on campus. Professor William Brockliss, who has served over the past six years as department liaison to WLTA, welcomed 89 high school students to UW-Madison’s campus. The students arrived at 8:30 and began their day with a breakfast, followed by an introduction to the day’s activities. Between 9:30 and 10:45, the students were able to choose between four Classics classes: Roman Gladiators, Ancient Medicine, Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece, and Roman Food, Bathing and Toilets. Some of the classes offered at this and at other times during the day were undergraduate lectures, while others were arranged specially for the high-school students.


Between 11:00 and 12:15, the students were able to choose between four more courses: Introduction to Political Theory, History of Ancient Philosophy, Introduction to Biblical Literature, and Introduction to Greek Literature. After their first two classes, the students were provided with a free lunch. Finally, the students were able to attend one more class, either Ancient Monsters, Introduction to Ancient Greek language, or Power and Love in Latin Literature.

At the lunch, the students were asked to fill out a survey which asked how likely they were to apply to UWMadison after the event, how likely they were to take a Classics class, and how likely they were to major in Classics or obtain a Classics certificate. 90% of students responded that they were either more likely or much more likely to apply to UW-Madison as a result of the visit; 87% of students responded that they were now either more likely or much more likely to take a Classics class at UW-Madison; 75% of students responded that they were now more likely or much more likely to major in Classics or to obtain a Certificate in Classics at UW-Madison. Many students also responded that they enjoyed the opportunity to take real UW-Madison Classics classes with undergraduates and to experience what a day as a Classics student at UW-Madison might be like. Face-to-face experiences continue to be popular in many states to help high school students visualize the next level of their education. Certainly helping students to see how their years of dedication in a language need not end when they graduate is our perpetual goal to help support our post-secondary programs. WLTA teachers keep an eye out for another fall Classics Day invitation in the future!

plus quam breviter Magistra Gale Stone will be retiring from Madison West High School in 2019. As a true dux, she guarded the Latin program from all attacks from without and within and created a home for all students to flourish. It is nearly impossible to emphasize how indelibly “Mags” has shaped her own community and her broader circle of colleagues. As a teacher, she didn’t use a textbook, but relied on innumerable authentic resources to have her students engage with authors from the past two millennia. She has guided countless portfolia Latina so that students could track their own progress and constantly ask themselves how to refine artifacts or elevate their proficiency. She has mentored student teachers through licensure and has recommended many of those same teachers to lead other programs in the state. Her students are regular attendees and executive board leaders within the Wisconsin Junior Classical League. Some of those same students and their families have supported the WJCL as the behind-the-scenes convention managers every January for many years. For the same organization she has steadfastly sustained relationships with her own alumni and university faculty in order


to provide materials and staff needed for our annual statewide competition: written tests, quiz bowl tournament questions, contest judges, etc. She has made sure we have always had appropriate lodging and convention hall space by personally visiting venues and negotiating the best possible pricing for our nonprofit. As WJCL state sponsor and co-chairperson, she has dedicated the last week in July for many years to the annual National Junior Classical League Convention, which usually draws about 1600 students from across North America. She has bussed and flown with the Wisconsin delegation so that our state has been well-represented consistently under her watch.

Within the WLTA and WAFLT, Gale stepped up whenever duty called. She attended numerous WAFLT board meetings, presented at conferences, and hosted annual business meetings with contagious verve and zeal. She helped organize Latin Day symposia and made sure her students attended events on university campuses so that they could hear from college faculty on topics within their areas of expertise. There is one latinate adjective which seems to encapsulate Gale’s legacy and the way she has connected with students, families, and colleagues:


Gale Stone

magnanimous. Forget shoes to fill, her large soul can only be admired and approximated. Permultas gratias, Mags! Dan Tess William Brockliss

Professional Development Opportunities Curriculum Writing Days | June 12-13, 2019, Greendale High School | Information: WAFLT Summer Language Leadership Institute | July 29-30, 2019, UW-Madison | Information: Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers (WAFLT) Fall Conference | October 31-November 1-2, 2019, Appleton, WI | Information: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference | November 22-24, 2019, Washington, DC | Information: FLESFEST February 22, 2020 | Information: Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages March 12-14, 2020, Minneapolis, MN | Information: 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: Write nothing in the “Subject” line. In body of message write: Subscribe French (or German, Japanese, Spanish, Latin) Through Your Language Association: Go to: – On the home page, click on Wisconsin Language Associations. Contact the organization to find out how to join their listserv.



American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese President Erin Nienas Neenah Joint School District

Secretary Kelly Brandstaetter Brookfield Academy

Treasurer Jessica Owens Past President Fox Point-Bayside School Jeanne Kasza Port Washington School District District

Webmaster Shelley Krueger West Bend School District

Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica Nicole Thompson New Berlin High School

President Elect Kathy Varda Beloit Turner School District

¡Saludos! ATSP-WI would like to introduce you to our new board members: We are excited to welcome Kelly Brandstaetter as our new secretary. Kelly teaches Spanish at Brookfield Academy. Additionally, Nicole Thompson is our new representative for Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. Nicole already has her own SHH up and running and will be a great resource for us. Nicole teaches Spanish at New Berlin High School. Thank you both for your willingness to join our team. We’re lucky to have both of you!


A glimpse into our events from this year Fall 2018 WAFLT Fall Conference We had awesome attendance at our AATSP-WI Networking session on Saturday at the WAFLT Fall Conference. Thank you to everyone that attended, presented, and promoted this session. The mini-sessions were a success and the general feedback was positive. We look forward to doing something similar again in the future. Concurso Oral x2: Did you know…?

Although not new to our AATSP-WI board, we’re excited to have Barb Olsen as our new Concurso Oral coordinator next year. Thank you to Sara Ruiz for all of your years of service to our team. Are you interested in becoming involved? Next fall we’ll be looking for the following positions for January 2020-December 2021: C President-Elect C Webmaster

Did you know that in 2018 AATSP-WI hosted two Concurso Oralcontests? During the 2018-2019school year we decided to move the spring competition to the fall to try to avoid the scheduling conflicts of the spring. In December of 2018 we had 441 entries from a total of 17 schools around the state. Also...Did you know that AATSP-WI also rewards senior scholarships every year for Concurso Oral? Please consider joining us next year! The

AATSP-WI board will be meeting to discuss the best time of year to host this event. If you have any feedback please let us know and check our website for dates of the 2019-2020 school year: Wisconsin and National Poster Contest Each year AATSP hosts a poster contest. 2018’s theme was ¡El español y el portugués en marcha! O espanhol e o português em movimento! Wisconsin had a national winner for the 4th and 5th grade category. Well done, Ellery S. of Milwaukee! We are hoping to have great participation in the 2019 contest from Wisconsin. This year’s theme is ¡Juntos más fuertes: el español y el portugués! Juntos mais fortes: o espanhol e o português! Remember to follow us on Facebook! Erin Nienas



WAFLT Awards, Scholarships, and Grants: Details & Forms available @ 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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Highlights Include- We are All Advocates, Leveraging Resources, contests, awards, and language association updates.

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