The Digital Polyglot

A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985

August, 2015

Editor - Bethany Thompson
Asst. Editor - Trini Rios


  • Pinterest - Cascarones
  • IEFLA needs your input.
  • Be a presenter in Hawaii?
  • Great Hints
  • YouTube Clip of the Month
  • More Great Hints
  • Need a Teacher? Need a Job?
  • Tech Corner
  • ACTFL in San Diego!
  • Rubrics
  • Conference in Hawaii

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Be a presenter in Hawaii?

Session proposals deadline for our regional southwest conference SWCOLT in Honolulu Sept. 1, 2015.

In collaboration with the Hawai'i Association of Language Teachers (HALT), the Confucius Institute, University of Hawai'i at Manoa (CI) and the National Foreign Language Resource Center, The University of Hawai'i at Manoa (NFLRC), SWCOLT is holding the 2016 Conference at the Hilton Waikiki Beach on Kuhio in Honolulu on March 4th and 5th with Pre-Conference workshops on the 3rd.

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Hawai'i!


The Southwest Conference on Language Teaching is currently accepting session proposals for our 2016 regional conference. The Hawaii Association of Language Teachers is hosting the conference with us at the beautiful Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii, on March 3-5, 2016.

Theme: Ika ‘ōlelo ke ola
In Language, There is Life

The deadline for submitting a proposal for SWCOLT/HALT 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii, is September 1, 2015

Half-day and full day workshops will be Thursday, March 3, 2016.
60-minute sessions and 10-minute One Idea Presentations will be on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, 2016.

SWCOLT/HALT 2016 Proposal Submission Form

Great Hints

Who doesn’t love stickies!   Here’s a list of creative ways to use that pile of stickies you have in your desk to work for students. 
Articles in Spanish
Are you looking for articles to use in class?  Try  There are different levels for each article and other tools for teachers.

Real World Homework
Looking to change up your homework assignments this year?  Check out this blog post from Mis Clases Locas for ideas and inspiration.

Sequential Writing Prompts
La Librairie Interactive vous propose des séries d’images séquentielles associées à des contes traditionnels.  Pictures and prompt words included.  Could be a great first week activity!

Languages in the News
“One Teacher’s Quest to Build Language Skills”
Emoji's taking over language?

YouTube Clip of the Month
Henri the Existentialist Cat.

More Great Hints

Attention, teachers of Latin - Latin Cats Take Over the Internet-  It’s not what you think.

Starting the Year Out Right - Need some inspiration?  Want to incorporate a performance assessment into your first week of school?  Read these ideas from Sra Cruz.

Free French Signs - Need to update your classroom?  Download these French signs for free!  Or these to encourage a sense of camaraderie.  Or maybe a list of illustrated class rules?

Guess Who? -  Read this creative idea to have students share something about themselves at the beginning of the year.  It includes writing, reading and of course, a challenge.

Ready to revamp your syllabus? has some ideas to make your syllabus fabulous.  Or steal some ideas from the “Syllabus Extravaganza” from Sra. Spanglish.

Need a teacher? Need a job?

Go to LA STARS Jobs Bulletin Board for world language teachers in Southern California.

This is a free service provided by LA STARS Professional Development Seminars for World Language Teachers.

Looking for a job?
See job openings.
List your name as a candidate looking for a job.

Looking for a teacher?
List your school's job opening.
See list of candidates looking for a job.


Tech Corner 

Each month we will explore a different aspect of technology that can help you in your classroom.  This month:  PBS Learning Media.  PBS Learning Media has professional development, videos, lessons and more on a variety of topics including resources in Spanish.  Sign up for free today!

ACTFL Convention, 2015

This year's ACTFL Convention will be held in San Diego on November 20-22, 2015. You will have the option to choose from more than 700 educational sessions in a variety of formats covering a wide spectrum of the language profession.

Visit with more than 250 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest products and services for you and your students.

The ACTFL Convention is an international event bringing together more than 6,000 language educators from all languages, levels and assignments. Thought-provoking speakers will inspire you, innovative formats will keep you engaged, and smart practices will allow you to transform your classroom.

For information and registration, go to

Looking for a proficiency based rubric based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines?  Look no further. - .VWy7jlxVgaB

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 Hawaiin Association of Language Teachers to present the 2016 conference.

Watch for information at

Phone: (405) 613-1481

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