The Digital Polyglot
A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985
Editor - Bethany Thompson
Asst. Editor - Trini Rios
IN THIS ISSUE:
- Coming Events
- Paul Sandrock's Common Core Workshop
- Ideas for El Día de los Muertos
- YouTube Video Clips
- Pinterest - What is Pinterest?
- Video Clip of the Month
- IEFLA’s World Language Binder
- Best Kept Secret in the Inland Empire
- Book a Spanish Concert at your School - It's EASY!
- Joshua McClure Studies Arabic in Jordan
- Dear Poly - HELP!!
Coming Events - Don't miss out!
CLTA World Language Jamboree
Esperanza High School, Anaheim, CLTA World Language Jamboree, 8:00 am-3:45 pm. There are a total of 63 interest sessions to chose from. Registration fee is $80 plus affiliate membership. Includes lunch. For additional information and registration forms, go to http://www.iefla.org/jamboree/. Pre-registration deadline: Postmark by October 15, 2014.
For All World Languages and ELL
Standards-Based World Language and ELL Instruction to Address the Common Core and Today’s Students
November 15, Day 1 of 5, IE STARS Professional Development Seminarsat Cal State San Bernardino.
Program will be offered on four Saturdays: November 15, 2014 and January 31, February 28, and April 11, 2015 and an observation day at a local school on December 4, 2014. Registration forms and program information are available online at http://www.ie-stars.net/ . Registration deadline Octobier 30, 2014.
For TPR Storytelling Training
Using Stories to Enhance Standards-Based Foreign Language and ELL Instruction and to Address the Common Core
November 15, Day 1 of 5, IE STARS Professional Development Seminars at Cal State San Bernardino.
Program will be offered on four Saturdays: November 15, 2014 and January 31, February 28, and April 11, 2015 and an observation day at a local school on December 4, 2014. Registration forms and program information are available online at http://www.ie-stars.net/ .
Registration deadline Octobier 30, 2014.
For Advanced Spanish Classes
Standards-Based Instructional Practices to Address the Common Core for Teachers of Advanced Spanish Classess
November 15, Day 1 of 5, IE STARS Professional Development Seminars
at Cal State San Bernardino.
Program will be offered on four Saturdays: November 15, 2014 and January 31, February 28, and April 11, 2015 and an observation day at a local school on December 3, 2014. Registration forms and program information are available online at http://www.ie-stars.net/ .
Registration deadline Octobier 30, 2014.
What teachers said about Paul Sandrock's workshop " Connecting Common Core Literacy Strategies with Effective Language Learning"
“The ideas and strategies in this workshop were amazingly applicable, and I can't wait to start applying them to my everyday teaching.” Chelly Basto, John Glenn Middle School
“It's amazing that Paul Sandrock could cover so much within 6 hours! The topic is well presented including practical strategies and activities.” Sarah Yang, Roosevelt High School
“Paul Sandrock exceeded the high expectations I had prior to the workshop. He clearly defined the relationship between the CCSS and the refreshed 5 Cs. He enthusiastically provided and modeled appropriate and useful strategies, activities, and assessments that are standards based.” David Ganahl, Centennial High School.
“The workshop was informative and well organized. I enjoyed the workshop very much.” Sachi Johnston, Santa Monica College
Ideas for Día de los Muertos
Day of the Dead
The culture and history of Day of the Dead provide an incredibly rich opportunity for learning but, as institutions representing government, schools must remember the religious elements of the holiday so that they do not infringe on the constitutional rights of their students and their families.
Teachers must be careful not to cross the line between teaching about religious holidays (which is permitted) and celebrating religious holidays (which is not).
Teaching about a religious holiday is constitutional if it furthers a genuine secular program of education, is presented objectively, and does not have the effect of advancing religion through simulating or participating in a sacred ritual or practice. For more guiding information and principles regarding the teaching about religious holidays in public schools, consult the latest edition of the California 3Rs - Rights, Respect, and Responsibility at
Literature selections to support the teaching of Día de los Muertos
Pablo Remembers (1993) by George Anacona
Day of the Dead (2000) by Tony Johnston
El Día De Los Muertos: The Day of the Dead (2002) by Mary Dodson Wade
Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead (2008) by Judy Goldman
The Day of the Dead: A Mexican-American Celebration (1995) by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Make papel picado banners or bake "pan de muertos." You can also make titeres de calavera.
I have never had any problem with parents, since I always allow students with restrictive religions to opt out of the lesson.
For the rest I preface the lesson with a discussion about cultural difference and sensitivity to other's beliefs. Dave Hirst (via FLTeach)
Una ofrenda- About a week beforehand I let students know we are going to need pictures and/or articles for our altar.
I borrow calacas from the local Latin American import store and create an ofrenda with all the articles students bring in, along with food and things typical of the holiday in Mexico.
Each student gets an opportunity to tell us about his or her loved one during their class time.
This has been very meaningful to many of the kids and has become more and more popular with families as they learn what the holiday is all about.
Erica Lusco (via FLTeach)
Día de los muertos ideas, PowerPoints and videos all at AZCentral
Here you can download a complete standards based unit on Día de los Muertos from Denver Public Schools.
Ofrenda- A video clip on YouTube. Lyrics http://letras.mus.br/pedro-guerra/911069/
NPR story on Día de los Muertos
Spanish Audio on Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos audio and accompanying illustrations. Students listen and take notes
Día de los muertos video
A ne pas oublier…la Toussaint!
Video: Le Chrysanthème star de l’automne
An idea for the French classroom: Make tombstones for famous dead French people and decorate the hallways with them after each student tells about the person they profiled. You can also bring in flowers to decorate our tombstones on the holiday itself. Cyrstal Cannon (via FLTeach.)
Pinterest. is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as 'pinning' on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others' boards and browsing what other users have pinned.
Follow IEFLA on Pinterest! Click on the link and start following us today! http://www.pinterest.com/IEFLA/
YouTube Clip of the Month
This month it’s not a clip, but a channel! Check out ACTFL’s YouTube Channel with links to all sorts professional videos.
IEFLA’s World Language Binder – for general information that applies to all language teachers including tabs for all of the links to websites featured in the Tech Corner, Common Core, authentic assessment, participation, and much, much more!
The Best Kept Secret in the Inland Empire
Ballet Foklórico "Corazón de me tierra"
Murrieta Valley Unified School District has a district-wide Ballet Foklórico “Corazón de mi tierra”– a program that promotes Mexican Heritage Arts through the music and dance. It is a club that existed previously since 1998 only at Murrieta Valley High School but now this same group of dedicated students now meets with students from Murrieta Mesa, Vista Murrieta and Creekside High Schools under the direction of Adriana Alarcón at MMHS, Caroline Awbrey at VMHS and Jaime Zarate at MVHS.
Dance members work very hard all year long practicing twice a week and sometimes during school breaks. They are not part of a class or a team. This is a club and as such they receive absolutely no school credit for their efforts. Their best reward would be to see a wonderful turn out for their Fiesta Navideña and Cinco de Mayo program because the show is nothing less than spectacular.
Visit their webpage for more information. Murrieta Valley Unified School Distric Ballet Foklorico
Book a Spanish Concert at Your School with the Justo Lamas Group
The Justo Lamas Group can come to your school for a concert experience for your students! Here's one more oportunity to set a date for a concert during school calendar 2014-2015. If you haven't set a date yet, a few dates are still available.
Ennio can't wait to star his new tour Enamorados. He'll be presenting:
- - New songs such as Guantanamera, El tiburon, Cuando me miras así, etc.
- - New students on-stage participation
- - And a lot more ways to learn Spanish through music
Don't wait any longe. You only need an auditorium or gym with at least 400 seats and two possible dates. Set a date now! http://www.justolamasgroup.com/book_a_date.php
The JLG concerts are an exciting experience, in which students enjoy music, while embracing the Spanish language. It is a hands-on learning experience, as students are chosen from the crowd throughout the concert to take part on stage and interact with Ennio.
Spanish teachers enjoy the concert not only for its music but because they also believe that events like this have the ability to teach students much more than learning in the traditional classroom setting.
Set a date! http://www.justolamasgroup.com/book_a_date.php
Student Study Abroad Experience
My Arabic Language Study Abroad Experience
By Joshua McClure
Joshua at Petra Monastery.
Joshua hiking near Jerash.
After spending a year and a half studying the Arabic language at California State University, San Bernardino, I made the decision to travel to Amman, Jordan, to undergo intensive instruction at the Qasid Institute. Although I anticipated a memorable summer, I had no idea just how delighted I would be by the immersive process of learning along with the concurrent exposure to the heritage and culture of the Arab peoples of the Levant. The time I spent studying in Jordan was undoubtedly some of the most educationally productive of my entire academic career.
During my stay in Jordan, I visited many different locations both within and outside the capital city of Amman. Within Amman, I explored the city center, an area in which the ruins of the ancient Roman Theater are nestled between the hills that comprise much of the city. I was also thrilled to traverse the Temple of Hercules, which finds itself situated next to the Citadel watching over the ancient metropolis. In addition, I ventured to many interesting locations outside Amman, including the ancient site of Petra, the magnificent Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and other places.
The language instruction I received at the Qasid Institute was effective in reaching its educational goals while retaining a pleasant, vigorous and fun quality throughout the pedagogical process. My ability to read, write, speak and listen to the language encountered vast improvements over the course of study. In addition, simply being in an Arabic-speaking country for such a substantial period greatly enhanced my capacity to utilize both the formal and informal aspects of the language. I look forward to further intensive study of the Arabic language either in Jordan or in another Arab country, and I intend to reach a level of proficiency whereby I will be able to communicate with aplomb in my interactions with native speakers of the language.
Hispanic Heritage Month
It’s not too late to celebrate! September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Check out Connect With Languages for some great ideas to celebrate!
Languages in the News
Researchers are using errors in English to help decipher dying languages. Listen to the NPR report about this fascinating use of non-native errors.
A Vos Plumes
Looking for a way to increase your students’ writing skills? A Vos Plumes is a one stop shop for writing activities and good ideas. Find writing prompts, grammar exercises, and rubrics all in one place.
Calendar of Southern California Language Events
LA STARS calendar of Southern California language events is ONLINE! See the whole line-up of
activities for language teachers. http://www.la-stars.net/calendar/
Tech Corner - Google Cultural Institute
Each month we will explore a different aspect of technology that can help you in your classroom. This month we are featuring Google Cultural Institute. Explore works of art, entire museums, historic events or take a tour of world monuments. The Google Cultural Institute is an amazing resource with multimedia rich documents for you and students to explore.
Each month Poly responds to your questions. Do you have a question for Poly? Submit your question by filling in the form here.
I'm so frustrated I want to reward my students for participation, but I can’t keep up with it. I start off giving them tickets, they ask what they are for and I tell them. I give some days, some periods, some students, but I’m not consistent and I don't know how many points its worth. I don't know what to do.
Frustrated in Fontana
There are several different ways that teachers have successfully recognized students for participation.
1. Teachers give students a token (stamped small post-it, a stamped drawing ticket) for special participation, oral contributions class activities. The students can then redeem them for extra credit points or tickets can be put into jar for a drawing for prizes or to go shopping in the "almacén."
2. Other teachers keep track of participation by putting a check or a tally mark beside the student's name on a seating chart. Some teachers require a certain number of participation points as part of their final grade.
3. Each student has a participation sheet that is out on the desk. The teacher puts a tiny sticker (less than 1/2" in diameter) on the sheet for each participation. Or the teacher may use an inked rubber stamp to stamp the participation sheet. At the end of the month or the quarter, the number of stickers or stamps is counted and a grade is assigned which counts for participation.
As you practice and see how the students respond, it will become automatic for you to reward your students.
I would like to have a field trip for my Spanish students. Do you have any suggestions of what would be a good cultural event and what the students would enjoy?
Searching in San Bernardino
A field trip that I really liked was to Cielito Lindo Restaurant in South El Monte. They have a very good mariachi - Mariachi Sol de Mexico.
It’s a little bit pricey. Dinners are a bit expensive ($25 for the taco plate), but you get dinner and the show.
BUT you can deal with them. Tell them that you’re bringing 30, 60, 90 students and ask what kind of a deal they can give you. (Can you get dinner and a soft drink for $15? Including tax and tip?) Perhaps the students can choose from three menu items... Taco plate, combinación mexicana, grilled chicken breast. Something like that. (Plus the cost of the bus $10? $15?)
You can make a reservation for dinner at 6:00 pm and show at 7:00 or 7:30. Show lasts 45 min. or an hour. You’re done about 8:00 and home by 9:30.
Let me know how it goes.
I would like to have a field trip for my French students. Do you have any suggestions of what would be a good cultural event and what the students would enjoy?
Mademoiselle in Murrieta
I'm very sorry.
I don't have any idea.
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