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.
WVFLTA Fall Conference 2019
Jim Wooldridge/Señor Wooly- Click here for Presentation (Keynote & Workshop)
Ashley Stephens- Click here for Presentation (OMG I read a BOOK!)
Jessie Roberts- Click here for Presentation (FlipGrid)
Lynn Knowles & Alyssa Mick- Tinyurl.com/RJforWLT (Power of Circles)
Congratulations Bill Denham on being selected as the “2019 Best of WV” with his presentation, “TALK” with your students to provide Comprehensible Input. Learn Card, Picture and Art Talk.”
Bill teaches at Riverside High School in Kanawha County
To access Bill’s presentation, click the link above, or visit his website: https://www.profedenham.com/
We are thrilled to send Bill to SCOLT 2020 to present as “Best of WV”. Learn more about SCOLT at https://www.scolt.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.