January Polyglot, 2014


The Digital Polyglot

A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985

January, 2014

Editor - Bethany Thompson
Asst. Editor - Trini Rios


  • IEFLA Low Desert Share-A-Thon - Last Call
  • Common Core - IEFLA WInter Workshop
  • CLTA ConferenceRegistration
  • CLTA Summer Study Abroad Scholarships
  • IEFLA World Language Binder
  • Tech Corner: Piktochart
  • IEFLA's World Language Binder
  • YouTube Clip of the Month
  • French Cultural Calendar
  • Opportunities for Teachers and Students
  • SWCOLT Grants and Awards
  • Post-its in the Classroom


Happy New Year! *** Bonne Année!  *** ¡Feliz Año!

新年好! *** سنة جديدة سعيدة! *** с Новым годом!

Last Call for IEFLA Share-A-Thon

IEFLA Low Desert Share-a-Thon

Exciting and Motivating Activities

Hosted by the Palm Springs High Language Acquisition Department,
Trinidad Rios, and Svetlana Lazarova
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Palms Springs High School, Room 201

This is a “MYOW” – Make Your Own Workshop – event.

Each participant is encouraged to bring a student activity to share.
Bring your successes and challenges – leave with ideas and solutions.
This is an informal get-together of colleagues.

Workshop is free, but you must register online.  To register go to http://iefla.weebly.com.
Register Now.

For questions contact Trinidad Rios at trios@psusd.us



IEFLA Winter Workshop
California State University, San Bernardino
College of Education, Room CE-116
Saturday, February 22, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Planning a World Language Thematic Unit in the Common Core Era
Svetlana Lazarova, California Outstanding World Language Teacher 2010

Where does world language instruction fit in the new world of Common Core and Rigor and Relevance? 
How can we implement BOTH California World Language Content Standards and Common Core Standards?
How can we design student activities for ALL language levels and ALL four Rigor-and-Relevance quadrants?

  • Create opportunities in your classroom and beyond to acquire relevant lifelong learning skills and a passion for world language.
  • Be an integral part of your classroom’s, department’s and site’s move to Common Core.
  • Acquire engaging instructional strategies and activities that you can immediately put into practice.
  • Make all this fit and flow in a well-organized Thematic Unit.

Register online with credit card at http://iefla.weebly.com/.

Download and mail registration with a check. http://www.iefla.org/commoncore.pdf/

Registration:  $40 IEFLA Members    $55 Non-members (See current member list.)
Saturday, February 22, 2014, California State University, San Bernardino,
5500 University Parkway, College of Education, CE-116.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration and continental breakfast. 
8:30 am -  3:00 pm Workshop.  Handouts and lunch included.
Space is limited.  Register early.  Registration closes when room limit is reached. 

Please pre-register by February 14, 2014.  Registration after this date does NOT guarantee handouts or lunch.
Registration on site:   Add $10 if space is available.
For further information, contact Jennifer Lovelace, at lovelj@charter.net.

Directions to California State University, San Bernardino:  Take Interstate 215 to San Bernardino.  Exit freeway at University Parkway.  Go north on University Parkway, which goes into the university.  Parking is $5.



CLTA Conference Registration Booklet Now Online

San Diego March 13-16, 2013

Just in time for Christmas!  Download the CLTA Registration Booklet and go to website to register online. http://www.clta.net/conference/

On Thursday and Friday, there are 25 workshops to choose from.

On Saturday and Sunday, there are 100 Interest sessions to choose from.

CLTA Summer Study Abroad Grants

CLTA is accepting applications for summer study grants to study in Spain, France, Quebec, Japan, Germany, Italy,and design your own summer study abroad. In addition there is a grant to help a new teacher attend the CLTA Conference in March. For grant information, application forms, and descriptions, go to http://www.clta.net/awards/. To be eligible, you must be a CLTA member for 2013 and 2014.To renew your membership for 2013 and/or 2014, go to http://www.clta.net/membership/. Deadline: January 15, 2015.


Tech Corner 


Each month we will explore a different aspect of technology that can help you in your classroom.   Piktochart is a web based program that can help you design infographics if you aren’t a graphic designer.  There are many free templates.  Use it yourself to create an interesting way to display information or better yet, have students use it as an alternate to a “report.”  They can research a topic and use graphics to display their information.  Not sure even where to begin with an Info graphic?  Check out this Teacher’s Guide to Creating Infographics.


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, participation and much, much more!  Explore now.



YouTube Clip of the Month

Tu aimes les garcons?  Boys are ugly, mean and stupid and pretty much useless, according to this young French girl. 


French Cultural Newsletter

Do you subscribe to the French cultural newsletter?  Get the latest information on events in Southern California by signing up at the French Culture Newsletter page.



Dear Poly
Each month Poly responds to your questions.  Do you have a question for Poly?  Submit your question by filling in the form here.

Dear Poly,

Good grief! I was finally getting the hang of the ACTFL Standards (the 5 C's), and then you told me about our California World Language Content Standards.

Now my principal keeps talking about the Common Core State Standards. What is THIS? Does this have anything to do with world language instruction? This is just what I need - one more initiative!

Perplexed in Palm Desert

Dear Perplexed,

I think there are a lot of teachers who are feeling the same way you are. But never fear. IEFLA will be holding a workshop on Saturday, February 22, 2014, that will help you make sense of the Common Core State Standards and their relationship to world language instruction. Don't miss this great workshop.


Do you have a question for Poly?  Submit your question by filling in the form here.

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Opportunities for Teachers and Students

Do you know U.S. teachers or K-12 schools who want to globalize their classrooms by offering more opportunities to learn new languages or study abroad? Schools and students can access these opportunities today with the help of fully-funded grants/scholarships that are supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education.

Start or Grow your Arabic/Mandarin Program

The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) aims to help
U.S. K-12 schools start or grow an Arabic or Mandarin Chinese language program.TCLP places EFL teachers from China and Egypt in U.S. host schools for an academic year where they teach Mandarin or Arabic language and culture. TCLPprovides teachers’ salaries, healthcare, roundtrip airfare, training, professional development funds, and ongoing program support. For more
information and to apply, please visit http://www.tclprogram.org/.
TCLP Application Deadline: January 22, 2014


SWCOLT Awards and Grants

There’s still time to apply!

Seeking Recipients for SWCOLT Awards and Scholarships
'Tis the season to honor a great world languages teacher!!! Adjusted deadline for nominations: January 31, 2014

Excellence in Classroom Teaching Awards

Visit our site to nominate a teacher to receive an award at the SWCOLT 2014 conference in Utah:

 The Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teachers of Languages Other Than English.  One individual may be recognized at each of the following levels:  elementary, secondary, and post-secondary . Any teacher residing in the nine state SWCOLT area(California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas can nominate or apply. http://www.swcolt.org/#!awards/c8k2

The Friend of the Profession Award recognizes an individual or organization not directly involved in the teaching of second languages that has made a significant contribution to the profession. Any teacher residing in the SWCOLT region may nominate/apply. http://www.swcolt.org/#!awards/c8k2

 Honorary Lifetime Memberships are awarded to members who have made significant contributions to SWCOLT and to the language teaching profession.  Any teacher residing in the SWCOLT region may nominate/apply http://www.swcolt.org/#!awards/c8k2


SWCOLT Teacher Scholarships Available 2014

Visit their site to apply for a scholarship: http://www.swcolt.org/#!awards/c8k2

The Centro MundoLengua Scholarship offers a wonderful opportunity for a high school Spanish AP Teacher to participate in Centro MundoLengua’s AP Summer Institute for Teachers in Sevilla, Spain, from June 22 to July 5, 2014. The scholarship includes tuition, room and board with a Spanish family (an individual room), course materials, completion certificate, cultural activities in Sevilla, and a welcome breakfast and farewell dinner. http://www.swcolt.org/#!awards/c8k2

The Universidad Internacional-The Center for Linguistic Multicultural Studies Scholarship offers a two-week opportunity to study language and culture in Cuernavaca, Mexico anytime in 2014. The scholarship includes registration and two weeks of course work. Transportation and lodging expenses are not included. http://www.swcolt.org/#!awards/c8k2

The Cemanáhauc Educational Community Scholarship offers Spanish language classes and intensive study of the arts and history of Mexico in an atmosphere of total immersion in the language and culture in colonial Cuernavaca, México. It is designed for a K-16 Spanish teacher who has had few previous opportunities to travel to Latin America, and who needs an opportunity to increase his/her oral fluency. http://www.swcolt.org/#!awards/c8k2

Post-Its In the Classroom

Are you a fan of Post-Its?  Do you have difficulty walking by the stickies display at Target and Staples? 

Here are some ways you can feed your addiction in class.

Working on a verb?  Give each students a stack of the smallest stickies you can find.  Have students write the infinitive and all of its forms on different stickies.  Write the subject pronouns on a different stickies.  (For one verb you’ll use 13 stickies one for the infinitive, six for the subject pronouns and six for the verb forms.)  Have them also write some words to make sentences with that verb.  (For example if you’re doing “to be” and adjectives have them also write stickies with “nice,” “big,” or “smart.”)  Call out different questions and have the students hold up the correct form.  Then ask them to mix up all of their verb forms and subject pronouns.  Tell students to switch desks with their partners and to put their partners stickies back into order.  Lastly, have students make some sentences with the words you had them write down.  Students love playing with the stickies and switching chairs with their partners and they can put all of their stickies in their binders when they’re done. 

Use stickies to plan:  Check out this teachers amazing system for lesson planning.

Still want more ways you can use stickies in class?  Mindsinbloom.com offers a list of 35 great way to use stickies in class.

The Polyglot is a publication of the Inland Empire Foreign Language Association. For questions or comments, contact Bethany Thompson, editor, bethany_thompson@avusd.org or Trini Rios, trios327@gmail.com. Would you like to help with the Polyglot? Contact Bethany Thompson, editor, at bethany_thompson@avusd.org.