West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers Association

WVFLTA Fall Conference 2019

REGISTRATION IS

NOW OPEN!!!

Register here:  www.tinyurl.com/wvflta19reg 

Early bird registration until September 14, 2019

WVFLTA Fall Conference 2019

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Jim Wooldridge, aka “Señor Wooly”, is a Spanish teacher from near Chicago, IL. He believes that exposing students to repetitive, compelling, comprehensible input is the foundation of any language program.  Learn more at www.senorwooly.com

Conference Venue:

The Highlands Event Center  

www.thehighlandseventcenter.com

Cemanahuac Scholarship 2019

2019 WVFLTA Cemanahuac Scholarship Application

This scholarship supports one Spanish teacher annually with limited travel and/or study experience in a Spanish-speaking country.

Please complete this application and one letter of recommendation by someone familiar with your teaching by Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The letter of recommendation should be emailed to wvflta@gmail.com. Please be sure to tell the writer of the recommendation to put your name in the subject line.

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The 2019 recipient is required to present a poster presentation about their experience at the WVFLTA Fall Conference, October 18-19 in Wheeling.

Visit http://www.cemanahuacspanishschool.com/ to learn more about the school and see a video featuring one of our WV teachers.

FILL OUT APPLICATION HERE

WVFLTA Outstanding Teacher Award

WEST VIRGINIA FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD

The West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers Association wishes to honor and acknowledge outstanding world language teachers who exemplify the standards of highly qualified, effective teaching practices.  The teacher chosen will be honored at the Fall Conference.

Nominees are being accepted in the category of Outstanding K-12 Teacher and Outstanding Higher Education teacher and should meet the following criteria:

  1. Active member in WVFLTA including but not limited to:
  • attendance at  WVFLTA conference
  • dues paying member  for five consecutive years
  • presenting  at WVLFTA conferences
  1. Professional Involvement in Strengthening Teaching
  • Examples might include membership in AATSP, AATF, AATG, ACL, ACTFL, SCOLT, NECTFL or other national language advocacy organizations
  1. Excellence in Teaching
  • Embodies current effective practices for language teaching
  • provides opportunities for language learning outside of the classroom (field trips, festivals, poster competition, BOE visits, etc)
  • recommendations from a supervisor, colleague and community member, student or parent

A steering committee appointed by the president of the WVFLTA will evaluate nominees according to criteria on the attached rubric.

The attached nomination packet is comprised of the following components:

Please send your nominations for the WVFLTA Outstanding Teacher Award to amegyesi@k12.wv.us by April 29, 2019    EXTENDED TO MAY 20th

 

2019 Call for Proposals

You are invited to submit proposals for the 2019 WVFLTA Conference- Achieving World-Readiness: Making Multilingual, Culturally Competent, & Empathetic Students!

October 18th and 19th at the Highlands Event Center Wheeling, WV

To access and submit a proposal please go to this form: 

https://tinyurl.com/WVFLTAproposals19

The proposal deadline is May 30th, 2019. 

Please contact WVFLTA Vice President, Leah Devine, or WVFLTA President, Amelia Richter with any questions:  wvflta@gmail.com

Language Advocacy Day

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L-R Peggy Dolan, Nancy Ryan, Senator Joe Manchin, Terri Marlow

Language Advocacy Day on February 14th and 15th, 2019

By Peggy Dolan

This was another outstanding experience for the WVFLTA Foreign Language Advocacy Team. In one office, we received an efficient reception, while in all the others, we were welcomed very warmly. The majority of aides with whom we met were enthusiastic about languages and the world’s need for them now, more than ever. We discussed the need to have our WV students trained so they can leave our schools on an equal footing as those in other states. We talked about commerce in our state, and how we need to be linguistically and culturally educated if we are going to attract and maintain international businesses. We talked about how critical the need is for our country’s defense that we have an “army” of global thinkers and language specialists. We talked about the importance of early language learning, as well as the commitment to study abroad options in higher education.

One staffer mentioned that she regrets not having continued her study, and we assured her that it is never too late. Another knew she missed the boat but said that she and her mother make it a point to travel for a few weeks at a time to be sure they get immersed in the cultures. Still, another was very aware that in parts of WV it is an uphill battle, since “English has always been enough for my family”.

It is so stimulating and uplifting.

We are not naive enough to think that our every wish is their command, but we do think our voices were heard. If nobody tells them, they may never know. They look to us as the experts, and they listen.

Poster Contest 2019 Winners

WINNERS of the WV-AATSP Poster Contest 2019 

AATSP-WV Poster Contest 2019