IEFLA - The Polyglot - October, 2013


The Digital Polyglot

A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985

October, 2013

Editor - Bethany Thompson
Asst. Editor - Trini Editor


  • IE STARS Professional Development Seminars
  • Cal State San Bernardino EcoFest
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Halloween Ideas
  • Día de los muertos
  • La Toussaint
  • Class Schedules
  • Tech Corner
  • YouTube Clip of the Month
  • Dear Poly

IE STARS Professional Development Seminars

Focus on Common Core State Standards

California State University, San Bernardino
Four Saturdays plus an Observation Day
8:00 am – 3:30 pm

First Day, November 2, 2013

Pre-registration deadline: October 20, 2013


Three Different Seminars to Choose From

Tier 1A - Standards-Based World Language and ELL Instruction to Address the Common Core and Today’s Students

Tier 1B - Using Stories to Enhance Standards-Based Foreign Language and ELL Instruction and to Address the Common Core

Tier 2 - Standards-Based Instructional Practices to Address the Common Core for Teachers of Advanced Spanish Classes

Dates: Program will be offered on four Saturdays: November 2, 2013 and January 11, February 1, and March 8, 2014 and an observation day at a local school.*: Tiers 1A and 1B on December 5; Tier 2 on December 4, 2013.
Times: 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Credit: Four units of credit will be available for an extra fee
Cost: $595 per participant (If your school is not able to send you, ask about our scholarships.)
Deadline for enrollment: October 20, 2013. Space is limited. Please respond promptly.
Location: Check in room: UH-042 California State University, San Bernardino

*Teachers who cannot attend the observation day can complete an alternate assignment.

Registration forms and program information are available online at

Download scholarship application form. Contact us for details: or
Lewie Johnson at 760-953-0659.

POSSIBLE FUNDING SOURCES: IDEA, Title I, Title II, Title III, Title V, Title VII, No Child Left Behind Funds, Innovation Funds, Imporving Teacher Quality Enhancement Funds, Charter Schools Funding, Program Improvement Funds, SELPA, Professional Development Funds, and Parent Teacher Organizations.

If your school cannot send you, we have partial scholarships available.


Cal State San Bernardino EcoFest

California State University, San Bernardino will host EcoFest 2013 on Friday, October 18th, 2013 from 2:00p.m.-10:00pm in the Lower Commons and surrounding area. This family-friendly day of fun and education will raise public awareness about the many facets of earth-friendly, sustainable living. EcoFest will be a fun and entertaining event for CSUSB students and the surrounding community, with live music, speakers, vendors, games, workshops, food and much more!

Admission is free. Complimentary parking for this event will be available in designated lots.

For more information:
EcoFest Info Line: (909) 537-3935


Hispanic Heritage Month:

The Smithsonian has a great website for Hispanic Heritage Month. Visitors can take a virtual tour and do different activities. (This website may be having problems because of the government shut down.)

Halloween Ideas:

  • Offer extra credit to students who dress up as a cultural figure.
  • Have students make a monster and his/her background story. On Halloween they can tell all about their monster.
  • Have students explore the Un drôle de Halloween website at Disneyland Paris. (Change the language of the website to Spanish or German for a different version!)


Dia de los Muertos:
Ofrenda- A video clip on YouTube. Lyrics
NPR story on Dia de los Muertos
Spanish Audio on Dia de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos audio and accompanying illustrations. Students listen and take notes.

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration at Cal State

The Association of Latino Faculty Staff and Students, in Partnership with the Robert and Francis Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) will be hosting the annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration, Friday, November 1st, 2013, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM, RAFFMA museum, California State University, San Bernardino.

For more information, contact Yvette Menacho,

Dia De Los Muertos: Origins and Cultural Significance

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
PL - John M. Pfau Library 4005
Admission Free
Parking Free. See Parking Kiosk for a numbered pass.

La Toussaint
Visit the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

Class schedules:

Looking for authentic class schedules to use with your students? Here are some links:

Spanish: - 1

From a Lycée Professionnel (You can choose from several different sections)

From a Lycée Général et Technique en Martinique (Actually a great site because you can choose the class.)

What to do with the class schedules?

  • Make an info gap activity so students have to ask what time different classes are
  • Compare and contrast different schedules
  • Compare and contrast the American school schedule and the Target Language school schedule.
  • Have students write/tell a story about the school day.
  • Have student write/make a sketch about something that happens in each subject.


Tech Corner - Bubbsie

Each month we will explore a different aspect of technology that can help you in your classroom. Bubbsie- Bubbsie’s actually an iOS app (for iPhone and iPad), but it allows you to add text bubbles to photos. Students can annotate photos on their phones or iPods and send them directly to you. Students can also do the same thing at

YouTube Clip of the Month

Two clean rappers from Puerto Rico: Tiraera en El Trovaton: Ivy Queen VS Victoria Sanabria en El Circo de La Megas

Dear Poly

Every month Poly responds to your questions.

Dear Poly,

I really need help. I know that using visuals to teach new vocabulary helps the students learn so much better. And I use all of the great activities that I learned in IE STARS Workshops last year. But I have a problem. My textbook doesn’t have very good visuals. Where can I find good visuals without having to make them all myself. I’m a terrible artist.

Searching in San Bernardino

Dear Searching,

Search no more! There’s a GREAT site for FREE visuals. Beautiful color visuals.

You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the language teacher’s best tool ever “Google Images.” Type a search into Google and on the bar across the top choose “images.” You’ll find thousands and thousands of images at your fingertips! Need a dog driving a car? A cat sleeping next to a monkey? A snail smoking a cigarette? Google can find it for you. A couple of helpful tips: You can narrow your search by clicking on “search tools.” Here you can choose whether you want clip art, black and white or certain colors for your search. This is helpful if you know you’re going to use the pictures in a worksheet. If you are going to put the picture into a Powerpoint or presentation, you’ll want to make sure that you get the largest picture possible. In the search tools options, choose “size” and then choose “large.” This will narrow your search down to big files. Next and most important- don’t drag your pictures directly from the Google search. You must first click on the image and choose “view image.” This will help insure that your picture is crisp and not pixilated.


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