The Digital Polyglot
A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985
IN THIS ISSUE:
ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year
IEFLA Fall Workshop
Dynamic World Language Teaching in the Common Core Era
with Christine Lanphere
Where does world language instruction fit in the new world of 21st Century Skills and Common Core? In this hands-on workshop, the dynamic and inspiring Christine Lanphere, ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, will show you how to deliver powerful world language learning to your students. 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 site’s move to Common Core. Acquire engaging instructional strategies and activities that you can immediately put into practice.
On August 7, 40 teachersattended IEFLA's workshop, "What do you do on the first day of school?" They didn't see class rules. They didn't see a boring syllabus. They didn't sit and listen to the teacher going on and on. They saw the teachers engaging the students in learning a language they had never heard before. They observed 10 level 1 classes watching three amazing world language teachers on their first day of classes at Granite Hills High School in Apple Valley. Teachers from as far away asVentura, San Diego, Inglewood, Sylmar, Palm Desert, Riverside, Corona, and more were impressed and inspired, and went away with a truckload of ideas.
Unfortunately, the workshop registration had to be closed 7 days before the workshop at it reached its enrollment limit and teachers had to be turned away.
Here are a few of their comments, "Today's observation was an exceptional experience." "I can't think of a better more inspiring way to start my year." "I appreciated the variety of first day activities - all in the target language and the students were understanding and engaged!!!" "A rare opportunity to observe outstanding teaching techniques in action!" "Great to see the first day of school with teachers using only target language. It works!" "Now I know how to use the target language only from Day One."
IEFLA extends its appreciation and admiration to Rosallyn Celle (Spanish), Morena de la Roca (Spanish), and Toni Drewry (French) for sharing their expertise. And they did it with students they had never seen before.
If you weren't able to attend the workshop, you are welcome to come and see these teachers in action any time.
Take advantage of your next furlough day and come to Apple Valley. To make sure that classes will be held as usual, send a message to Rosallyn Celle at Rosallyn_Celle@avusd.org.
Beginning of the Year Ideas
Even if you’ve started your school year it’s not too late to take advantage of these ideas:
“Go slow to go fast” This old saying still holds true. Go slow in the beginning weeks to teach students classroom procedures and expectations and you’ll get that time back during the school year when your classroom runs like a well oiled clock.
In the dollar section at Target, they often have number flashcards (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.) For less $5 you can get enough flashcards for your entire class. These flashcards can be used for quick and easy number review in all levels. In French I they use them while they’re learning the numbers and in AP you could see who could go through a stack the quickest for a fast review.
Looking for great ways to motivate your students? Try these incentives:
Looking to start the year out with a comparison of school menus in France and the US? Check out this video from CBS on France’s Gourmet School Lunches and use actual menus des restaurant scolaires for students to compare.
Check out this short list of “Planning for Success” in the school year from Edutopia. Simple tips to make your school year a success.
Plan an International Festival
An International Festival is a great way to bring greater awareness of the importance of language and cultures of the world to your community. Here are some of the first steps to make your own International Festival.
1. Reserve the necessary rooms.
For even more ideas- look to the Central Valley Foreign Language Association’s Language Fair Packet. It’s full of tried and true ideas to get your school started.
Looking for Clip Art and Images?Download different icons for use in your projects for free at The Noun Project.
Classtools.net allows you to create free games, quizzes and activities that you can use on your blog or with a Smart board.
Help a Teacher in Need:
YouTube Clip of the Month
Norman Thavaud “Les fautes d’orthographes” (some minor swearing in French, but appropriate for students.) “Maintenent J’ai Google.” (not necessarily appropriate for students, but well worth watching as long as you’re visiting Norman’s YouTube Channel)
Every month Poly responds to your questions.
Help! Mixed classes!!!
This year I got my schedule and I am teaching two levels in one class. I’ve got a section of level II in with level III. How am I supposed to teach two different subjects at once? How can I keep students engaged and on task? Help!
Perplexed in Phelan
Dear Perplexed in Phelan-
Common Core in Language Classes?
New AP Spanish Language Exam?
I teach AP Spanish Language and there will be a new test at the end of this school year. I don't know this new exam format. I need new ideas and new strategies to use in my teaching. Is there any where locally that I can get training?
Frantic in Fontana
Never fear. IE STARS is coming to your rescue. Starting in November, they are offering training on one Saturday each month until March. The training will be led by the stellar presenter Aurora Martinez and will give you strategies for AP Language Exam, Advanced Spanish Students, and Spanish Speakers classes.. You will be getting detailed information on registration around September 15.
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