The Digital Polyglot

A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985

December, 2015

Editor - Bethany Thompson
Asst. Editor - Trini Rios


  • Winter Workshop with Carol Gaab
  • Land a “Mini-Grant” for your class
  • Teach and Travel in China this Summer
  • Christmas Sudoku
  • YouTube Clip of the Month
  • Tech Corner
  • Authentic Resources
  • Activities, Activities, Activities: Holiday Edition
  • Quick Interpersonal Whole-Class Mixers
  • Fulbright-Hayes 2016 Summer Institute on China for Middle and High School Teachers
  • Languages in the News
  • Responding to November 13 in your French classes.
  • CLTA Annual Conference 2016
  • SWCOLT / HALT 2016  Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Scholarships for French Students
  • "One World Now!" Study Abroad Opportunities for High School Students
  • Job Openings
  • Free Workbooks for "C'est a Toi" and "Listos"
  • Presentational Speaking


Using CI-Based Reading Strategies to
Facilitate Fluency

with Carol Gaab

IEFLA Winter Workshop, California State University,
San Bernardino
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


There is one common element found among all successful language learners: Comprehensible Input (CI)! In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to immediately provide CI in the Target Language (regardless of the level and age of the learner) using a variety of powerful strategies and activities. Discover how to use reading (short simple readings and graded readers) to accelerate the rate of acquisition, how to engage reluctant readers and how to naturally activate all modes of language (interpretational, interpersonal and presentational).

Experience simple techniques for inspiring HOT (higher order thinking) and see firsthand how natural and easy it is to meet and even exceed the National Standards and Common Core State Standards.  More importantly, discover techniques that will help students develop communicative competence and give them the skills necessary to make a lifetime of independent language learning not only possible but probable as well.

Registration:  $85   Space is limited.  Register early.  Registration closes when room limit is reached. 

For additional information and registration go to


Three $200 mini-grants will be awarded by IEFLA.  These mini-grants are intended to help teachers and/or world language departments to enhance instruction for students learning world languages.

  1. Applicants must be teachers of world languages in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
  2. Previous awardees are not eligible to apply.

Proposals funded in the past included monies to attend a play in the target language, special classroom funding, TPRS readers, funding to buy children's books, readers in the target language, and others.  If your proposal is  accepted by the committee, you will purchase the proposal items, and IEFLA will reimburse you from the receipts.

Postmark Deadline February 20, 2015

For additional information download application at

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Teach and Travel in China this Summer

Teach English at an American English summer camp in China this summer for 12 days and get airfare, hotels, meals, transportation, and tours of five cities.

A non-profit intercultural experience!  Tentative Program Schedule:  June 24 – July 22, 2016. For details go to

Christmas Sudoku

Download a Christmas Sudoku for your students;



YouTube Clip of the Month

“C’est pas sorcier- Noël, C’est completement dinde!”  -  If you haven’t seen the C’est pas sorcier series yet you’ll be hooked.  Remember- adapt the task and these videos can be used by all levels!

O to UE Stem-Changers Rap

An Integrated Christmas Lesson for French

From Madame Shephard, National Board Certified French teacher who is excited to collaborate with other language teachers as she continues on her journey to create a proficiency-based classroom!

Integrating Culture Across the three Communicative Modes: A Noël Unit for Intermediate Low French Students

It includes three lessons and a packet of activities.


Tech Corner 


Each month we will explore a different aspect of technology that can help you in your classroom.  This month:  Games 2 Teach made by language teachers for languages teachers who are interested in using game theory in class.  Fill out the request for publications and download digital game enhanced learning materials developed for your language.

Authentic Resources

Authentic Resources Spreadsheet- This compilation lists authentic resources by topic and level with a link to activities.  Look here before you look anywhere else!

Healthy Habits of Spanish Families:  Level 1 activities – numbers and percentages, sports vocabulary.  Advanced levels- comparisons between American and Spanish families.

Monoprix Food Bank- Advanced Levels- User of the future tense and vocabulary for solidarité.

Convince a Spanish – Speaking Audience Project Based Learning Lesson – a complete lesson with authentic resources!

Activities, Activities, Activities
Holiday Edition

Quick Interpersonal Whole-Class Mixers

Here are two scaffolded, structured whole-class mixer activities that can be used with a variety of topics, for you to add to your toolbox:

Fulbright-Hayes 2016 Summer Institute on China for Middle and High School Teachers

Source: San Mateo County Office of Education Back to Quick Links

The Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA Confucius Institute, San Mateo County Office of Education and Shanghai Jiao Tong University are pleased to announce the 2016 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Summer Institute on China. For the third year, these organizations will partner with the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in coordination with their upcoming Los Angeles exhibit on the Mogao Caves. With pre-travel sessions being hosted by the UCLA Confucius Institute, the program will begin in Los Angeles before leaving for China. The theme “Landscape and Perspective" will focus on Dunhuang and the Mogao Caves, located along the Silk Road, as well as examine other evidence of cross cultural landscapes found in Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi'an and Beijing. The dates of the program are June 13 - July 16, 2016. This program is open to California middle and high school full-time classroom teachers.

For more information, please follow this link:

Languages in the News

NYC Introduces Language Program Legislation
Hudson Schools foreign language director seeks to grow program
“Costa Rica Offers Free Language Resources to Spanish Teachers”

Responding to November 13 in your French classes.

Several teachers have created lesson plans and projects in response to the attacks in Paris on November 13. Here are a few of them:

Middle school French teacher Samantha Decker shares an art project she did with her students. See how she prepared her students and the resulting video of their art here:

Lisa Shepard put together a lesson plan for her novice French learners, mostly using other resources available online. Access her plan and links here:

TV5 Monde has put together resources and advice for talking about the tragedy with students here:

CLTA Annual Conference 2016

Visalia Marriott - Convention Center
March 17-20, 2016, CLTA Annual Conference, including speakers, workshops, interest sessions, exhibitors, and more. For registration and additional information.

This is a fantastic opportunity for professional development when you need it most! The Conference is one of the premiere professional development opportunities every year for world language professionals in California and beyond. Expert and seasoned presenters, peer presentations, pre-Conference workshops, exhibitors , vendors, awards and grants, and more.

Available now! Download a PDF of the Registration Fees HERE!

Registration will begin in late fall 2015. Registration Booklet will be available mid-November!Hotel information will be available mid-November!

SWCOLT / HALT 2016  Honolulu, Hawaii
Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, March 3-5, 2016

Next year's SWCOLT Conference will be held at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu. The Southwest Council on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) is teaming up with the Hawaiian Association of Language Teachers to present the 2016 conference.

Watch for information at

Phone: (405) 613-1481

Scholarships for French Students
American Society of the French Academic Palms Summer 2016 Scholarships

The American Society of the French Academic Palms (ASFAP) offers two four-week summer scholarships to students learning French at the high school or college level for study in a French-speaking region. Thanks to ASFAP members' generosity, each scholarship is $4000. The candidates must identify their program, which can be in Canada, as well as in Europe, Africa, or in overseas French regions.

The deadline for applications to be postmarked is January 15, 2016. Each French teacher may nominate one student. The criteria and application forms are found at

For additional information, please contact Joyce Beckwith:


"One World Now!" Study Abroad Opportunities for High School Students

All currently enrolled high-school students - not just current OWN students - are eligible to apply. Programming runs from four to six weeks in July and August of 2016, and takes place in Seattle and abroad. Students will have the opportunity to:

  • learn Chinese, Arabic or Russian language;
  • gain important 21st-century leadership skills;
  • experience immersion learning and community service abroad;
  • develop lasting bonds within a diverse group of high school youth from the greater Seattle area;
  • build friendships with peers in host countries.

For more information about eligibility, award packages, and application requirements, visit Deadline is December 31.


Job Openings

Looking for a job? Go to
Wanted:  Spanish teacher at Silver Valley USD, Yermo.  See for details.

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Free Workbooks for "C'est a Toi" and "Listos"

Elsinore High has new class sets of level 1 and level 2 and level 3 C'est a Toi French workbooks (the old versions) available that they won't be using.  They also have some 2002 level 2 Listos workbooks (maybe one class set) that they can pass on.  Just arrange for pick up or shipping. For information contact Kathy Foxen at

Presentational Speaking

Two great blog posts from Throw Away Your Textbook.  First, “Un Día Típico” Presentational task and then a second post on getting students to succeed at the presentation speaking task. 


The Polyglot is a publication of the Inland Empire Foreign Language Association. For questions or comments, contact Bethany Thompson, editor, or Trini Rios, Would you like to help with the Polyglot? Contact Bethany Thompson, editor, at