Register here: www.tinyurl.com/wvflta19reg
Early bird registration until September 14, 2019
WVFLTA Fall Conference 2019
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
The Highlands Event Center
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to tell the writer of the recommendation to put your name in the subject line.
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.
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:
- Active member in WVFLTA including but not limited to:
- attendance at WVFLTA conference
- dues paying member for five consecutive years
- presenting at WVLFTA conferences
- Professional Involvement in Strengthening Teaching
- Examples might include membership in AATSP, AATF, AATG, ACL, ACTFL, SCOLT, NECTFL or other national language advocacy organizations
- 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:
- TOY Nomination Form 2019-2020 (click to download)
Please send your nominations for the WVFLTA Outstanding Teacher Award to email@example.com
by April 29, 2019 EXTENDED TO MAY 20th
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:
The proposal deadline is May 30th, 2019.
Please contact WVFLTA Vice President, Leah Devine, or WVFLTA President, Amelia Richter with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.