WVFLTA Fall Conference 2019
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!
Register here: www.tinyurl.com/wvflta19reg
Winning Student-designed Conference Logo by Evan Miller, 8th grade Spanish 1B.
Suncrest Middle School, Morgantown, WV. Teacher: Gaby Bush
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
Reserve your hotel room by September 18th at the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Triadelphia at the Highlands of Wheeling for the discounted rate of $109.00 per night. Please call the hotel at 304-219-2020. Reference WVFLTA for the special rate. Hotel link FOR REFERENCE but NOT FOR BOOKING: www.thehighlandseventcenter.com The hotel is attached to the conference venue! Note: There is a place on the conference registration form to mark if you are looking for a roommate for the hotel.
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.
We are excited to announce that Sarah Combs, a teacher from Parkersburg, W.V., has been selected as the 2019 WVFLTA recipient of the Cemanahuac Education Community school scholarship. Sarah has demonstrated a high level of interest and motivation for the course of study at Cemanahuac and will attend two weeks of language study there.
Congratulations Sarah! We look forward to hearing about your experience and its impact on your students at WVFLTA 2019 in Wheeling October 18th and 19th.