The Digital Polyglot

A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985

June, 2015

Editor - Bethany Thompson
Asst. Editor - Trini Rios


  • Summer Seminar at UC Santa Barbara
  • Need a teacher? Need a job?
  • Tech Corner - Chirbit - Share Audio from anywhere
  • YouTube Clip of the Month - Stromae “Carmen” 
  • A French Doggy Bag
  • Scholarship to ACTFL Convention
  • ACTFL Convention, Nov. 20-22, San Diego
  • Proficiency-Based Rubrics from ACTFL
  • SWCOLT Conference at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu
  • End Strong
  • Students Break Down Language Barriers
  • Embedded Listening - Tired of Cloze Activities?


CLTA and CWLP invite you to register now for the 26th Annual Summer Seminar in Santa Barbara

Please register by June 12, 2015.

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There are seven different strands to choose from:

  • Academic Language, Literacy, and Culture for Heritage Speakers of Spanish: Aligning Heritage Speakers Course Content with Advanced Placement® Curricula Themes
  • Integrated Performance Assessments: Real-World Assessments for Real-World Readiness
  • Italian Advanced Placement® Language and Culture: Course Content and Instructional/Assessment Strategies that Effectively Prepare Learners to Succeed on the AP® Exam
  • Project-Based Language-Learning: Preparing Students for Leadership in a Global Community
  • Teaching Japanese for Global Leadership
  • Technology Tools and Curriculum Design for Teaching and Learning in the Common Core Era
  • STARTALK Leadership Development for Teachers of Critical Languages and Cultures

For additional information download Summer Seminar 2015 Brochure.

To register online, go to:

To access the Summer Seminar 2015 Brochure, click here:

Please register by June 12, 2015.

Need a teacher? Need a job?

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Looking for a job?
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Tech Corner 

Each month we will explore a different aspect of technology that can help you in your classroom.  This month:  Chirbit. is an easy and free way to share audio.  Record audio from anywhere (computer, phone, YouTube) and share it.  For more information go to

YouTube Clip of the Month

Stromae “Carmen”  - Do you want to talk about the effects of social media on society?  The video is in French with English subtitles.  See the article about the song.

A French Doggy Bag?
Oui, ça existe!  Are you working on le gaspillage allimentaire with your students?  Look at this “concept très en vogue” from

Scholarship to ACTFL Convention
Are you a member of ACTFL but haven’t ever been to the convention?  Here’s a scholarship opportunity for you!

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

End Strong
Looking for some end of the year activities to keep students engaged and using language….try some of these:

Get some beach balls and have students write a message to you (each other) in the target language on each one.

Have students write their goals for the summer on an index card.  Keep and re-distribute at the beginning of the year to see if they accomplished their goals.  (A great way to review the future and past tenses!)  Use this ready made printable from

Make a class memory book.  Choose some of the best memories from the class and create a memory book.  Use Google Slides or to share with the world.

Create a “who said it” bingo board with some of the best lines from the class.  Don’t forget yourself!

Do a summer “treasure hunt” with questions like: Find someone who is going to go to San Diego.  Find someone who is going to read, etc. 

Challenge your student to a summer YouTube-a-thon.  Ask your students to see who can watch the most YouTube videos in the target language.  Use Twitter, Google Docs, badges or another social media tool to get students to share what they have watched.  The leader at the beginning of next school year wins a prize!

Languages in the News
“Students Break Down Language Barriers”

Embedded Listening
Are you tired of the plain old boring cloze activities?  Try going beyond the cloze with embedded listening.  Check out this guideline from

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