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The Digital Polyglot

A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985

December, 2016

Editor - Bethany Thompson
Asst. Editor - Trini Rios

In this issue:

  • CLTA Annual Conference: Monterey, CA
  • Visit the Defense Language Institute in Monterey
  • Performance-Based Assessment Workshop
  • Free Webinars!
  • How to Present a Webinar
  • Spanish Teacher Needed
  • Christmas Edition
  • Spanish Spelling Bee
  • German Corner
  • French Corner
  • IEFLA's on Twitter!
  • Activities, Activities, Activities
  • YouTube Clip of the Month
  • Arabic Corner
  • Spanish Corner
  • #authres
  • Languages in the News
  • Picasso and Rivera in Los Angeles
  • World Language Content Standards Revisioin
  • IEFLA on Pinterest


Register before December 23 for Early Bird Special.

  • Find out about the pre-conference workshops & the conference at http://www.clta.net/conference.
  • Access the Registration Materials and read about the great workshops available for implementing Common Core as well as new technologies in your classroom.
  • Register on line with a credit card or download the paper registration form and mail in a check.
  • Register at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, the official CLTA Conference hotel, at https://aws.passkey.com/event/14752321/owner/4475/home or call 888-421-1442. Be sure to mention CLTA when you call.
  • Stay over on Sunday for conference rate of $169!!
  • Register before the December 23, 2016 deadline at http://www.tfaforms.com/437848 to get the Early Bird Special
  • Conference Package with meals: save $15.00.
  • Register on line until February 8, 2017 with a credit card. If you want to pay with a check, it must be postmarked by February 1, 2017.

Visit to the DLI & MIIS

Attendees at this year’s CLTA Conference in Monterey will have an opportunity to sign up for this unique all-day tour of two well-known language institutions, both of which are located in Monterey. The tour will begin with a visit to the DLIFLC where participants will have the opportunity to observe various programs and instructional models in small groups. After lunch the group will head to the MIIS (formerly known as the Monterey Institute). MIIS is world-renowned for its internationally-focused master’s degree programs in language education, translation, interpretation, policy, and management. On this tour you will experience a live interpretation demonstration and participate in a talk on using language skills to launch an international career. Space is limited. Get your registration in ASAP!  Register online here.

Performance-Based Assessment Workshop

Are you interested in Performance-Based Assessments?  Apple Valley Unified School District is hosting a workshop from 7:30-2:00pm on Friday, January 27 at its district office.  There are ten openings available free of cost!  Ask your administrator if they will pay for you sub that day and then click here to sign up. 

Free Webinars!

Transparent Language is offering free webinars for Language Teachers.  They are limited to the first 100 participants.  For more information visit Transparent Language.

Free Webinars!

Matt Miller, Spanish teacher and author of Ditch That Textbook is hosting a free digital summit in December.  Each day there will be a different speaker, including Noah Geisel, 2013 ACTFL Teacher of the Year!   Click here to get all of the information and sign up!

How to Present a Webinar

Consider putting in an application for this free Webinar. CLTA will award all participants of this free workshop a conference registration! Note that all participants who attend this free workshop will be asked to do one webinar for their CLTA colleagues. Space is limited.

Link to Free Webinar Training application

Spanish Teacher Needed

There is a full-time teaching position in Spanish available for the Spring semester, which begins January 9th. The ideal candidate should have experience with Spanish 1 and 2. The position serves a Media SLC. Venice High is located at 13000 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066.   Interested parties should email their resume and interest letter to Cris Vicente at cxv5984@lausd.net.  Given the short deadline, we want to interview promptly.


Christmas Edition

Looking for Christmas Activities?  Check out the IEFLA Pinterest board for ideas and activities!

Le marché de Noël s’ouvre à Strasbourg!



California Spanish Spelling Bee, April 15, Azusa Pacific University

Recommended preparation for the Spanish Spelling B

1. Go to Spelling Bee website for rules and words: https://sites.google.com/site/caspanishspellingbee/. Give your interested students the words from categories 1. Aficionado and 2. Capacitado.

2. Give students a couple of weeks to study the words, and by then end of January, hold the school level contest to determine first and second place winners.

3. Give the two winners the words from the remaining categories: 3. Preprofesional, 4. Profesional, 5. Académico, 6. Erudito

4. During February, March, and April the two winners study words from all six categories.

5. On April 15 your two winners from your school compete against winners from other schools at Azusa Pacific University.

6. See website for details: https://sites.google.com/site/caspanishspellingbee/.

German Corner:

German-Style Christmas Markets in the United States
Here’s a list of some Germany-style Christmas markets that will be in U.S. cities this season: http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/04__W__t__G/01/09-Christmas/Markets__in__America.html

How to Speed up Your German Learning with Social Media
Here are directions for setting your phone or tablet to German, along with helpful social media and other mobile device navigation terms: http://www.gamesforlanguage.com/blog/post/2016-11-how-to-speed-up-your-german-learning-with-social-med

French Corner       

Mon Look: A Mini-unit and IPA for Novice High French Students from Madame Shepard

La nuit des idées à Los Angeles- See what the Embassy of France is planning in January!



IEFLA’s now on Twitter!  Follow us @iefla_tweets!!

Tech Corner

This month- Piktochart.com.  Piktochart is a free webtool that allows you to create infographics.  Use it with your students to have them show their knowledge using pictures and concise wording.  Create your own for your syllabus, input or a story.  Check it out today!

Activities, Activities, Activities

Download a free classroom poster that shows 5 reasons everyone should know at least two languages (Actually, download three, one for your room, one for your principal’s office and one for the counseling office!)

Thinking about giving an unannounced assessment?  Read this blog post from “Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input” to see how and why these assessments can work great to give you an accurate picture of a student’s ability in the target language.

Do you want to use more songs in your class??  Here are some great idea from Spanish Mama.

In the constant struggle to keep students in the target language, Language Sensei has some sage advice.  Click here to read.

Six tips for giving a presentation in a foreign language- share these with your students before their next presentation.

YouTube Clip of the Month

Tronco de Navidad – Recipe with subtitles

Arabic Corner

Two new resources this month via CASLA:

Useful Websites for Learning and Teaching Arabic
Here is an annotated list of useful websites for teaching and learning Arabic: http://www.mohamedansary.com/2016/11/useful-websites.html

YouTube Channel: Arabic as a Foreign Language
Here is a YouTube channel with a large collection of videos in and about Arabic. New videos are uploaded frequently. Access this channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz1idhIfEivyNOtOSEN_CHw

Spanish Corner

Magazine articles in Spanish from Mary Glascow Scolastic.

Un elefante se balanceaba – song lyrics and activities from Spanish Playground.


La grotte de Lascaux- Short and sweet infographic on Lascaux.

¿Qué comen las jirafas? Zoo Madrid.

La Mirabelle de Mardi – A comic strip about a cow named Mirabelle.  What’s not to love?

Stromae n’a plus envie de chanter

Use this French Tweet about weather to get your students talking – beau ou mauvais temps

Languages in the News

“Six Potential Brain Benefits of Bilingual Education”

Picasso and Rivera Exposition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Revisions to the World Language Content Standards to be Considered

AB 2290, signed into law in September 2016, authorizes revisions to the World Language Content Standards for California Public Schools. The California Department of Education (CDE) will hold focus groups at several locations throughout the state to elicit input from educators regarding those revisions. Consider applying for an appointment to a focus group or register to attend a public comment session. Applicants are needed from kindergarten through grade 12. A variety of world language perspectives, including educators from dual immersion settings, are needed. This is your chance to let your voice be heard!

For more information about this opportunity please go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/worldlanguagefocusgrp.asp. The deadline to receive completed applications has been extended to December 13, 2016.

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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.