The Digital Polyglot

A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985

May, 2015

Editor - Bethany Thompson
Asst. Editor - Trini Rios


  • Honors Reception
  • Summer Seminar in Santa Barbara
  • Need a teacher? Need a Job? - LA STARS Jobs Bulletin Board
  • Win a free 2016 CLTA Conference package
  • Tech Corner - Memrise
  • YouTube Clip of the Month - Les Textos au Volant
  • Language Links
  • Language Leadership Opportunity
  • SWCOLT Conference in Honolulu, Waikiki Hilton Hotel
  • Languages in the News
  • What do you do after the AP Exam?
  • Dear Poly - What do I do with STEM?

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IEFLA/CASLA Honors Reception a Big Success

Thirty eight world language teachers honored 190 students at the IEFLA/CASLA honors reception at Cal State San Bernardino on April 29, 2015. Schools that honored their students were the following:

AB Miller High School, Adelanto High School, Banning High School, Bloomington High School
California State University, San Bernardino, Citrus Valley High School, College Of the Desert. Desert Hot Springs High School, Desert Mirage High School, Encore High School, Excelsior Charter School, Fort Irwin Middle School, Oak Hills High School, Palm Springs High School, Patriot High School, Perris High School, Pilgrim School, Ruben S.Ayala High School, San Jacinto High School, Santiago High School, University Preparatory School, Valley View High School, Yucaipa High School.

Students from San Jacinto High School pose with their teacher Neida Maldonado and Professor Bibiana Diaz of Cal State San Bernardino.

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

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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?

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.

2015-16 CLTA Membership Drive

Win a free conference registration package for the 2016 CLTA Conference in Visalia.

A new or returning member for 2015-16 who recruits the most “new” members for the same time period will win a Saturday/Sunday Registration Package for the 2016 CLTA Conference in Visalia. (*Must have minimum of five (5) “new to CLTA” members)

Applications with 2015-2016 membership dues included must be mailed to:
Membership Committee, CLTA, 425 Twain, Fresno, CA. 93704
Download the form here Please include recruiting member’s name and school or Access online form here.

For details go to


Tech Corner 

Each month we will explore a different aspect of technology that can help you in your classroom.  This month: Memrise.  Memrise is a free website and phone app that allows you to learn with the right amount of fun.  Teachers can create a “course” with words/concepts that they want students to learn and students can subscribe to the course.  Check out Memrise today!

YouTube Clip of the Month

Les Textos au Volant – While the video is in French, other language teachers could use it without the sound to talk about driving safety.

Language Links

Le Cinéma Français
Looking to use some French films in your class?  Visit Lecinemafranç for ideas and worksheets and more!

AP Spanish Resources
It’s never too late to start to think about next year! offers thematic lessons with authentic resources.

Looking to gamify your classroom?  Not even sure what gamification is? The Games2Teach: Developing Digital Game-Mediated Foreign Language Literacies project provides FL educators the resources (both material and pedagogical) needed to design, implement, and assess digital game-mediated learning activities that have the potential to develop FL multiliteracies.

Scholarship to ACTFL Conference in San Diego
Are you a member of ACTFL but haven’t ever been to the conference?  Here’s a scholarship opportunity for you!

Language Leadership Opportunity

As a language educator, are you interested in growing your capacity as a leader?  Would you like to enhance your skills at teaching others about highly effective practices in language learning?  Do your spheres of influence look to you for guidance?  Could you benefit from a community of like-minded individuals who are working toward similar goals in their circles of leadership?  If so, consider attending the inaugural Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL).  This new national program has been developed by 10 different partner organizations to support a new generation of leaders for language learning.
LILL will take place July 21-23, 2015 at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  Additional details and registration can be found at

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

Languages in the News

“Want To Learn tlhIngan Hol (Klingon)? An App Will Teach You”

“Montana Offers A Boost To Native Language Immersion Programs”

“The Rise of Emoji on Instagram Is Causing Language Repercussions”

“California Celebrates Multilingual Students”

What do you do after the AP exam?

Motorcycle the film, discuss every country along the way, the influence of Spain and other colonial powers...chock full of opportunity.  -  Ronald S. Montesano, Nichols School

Sometimes after the exam my French AP students put together a little French-speaking newspaper for all the French students (and interested adults) in the school. Each takes responsibility for a different section and they do the layout. One interviewed our Chem teacher, who happens to be a native speaker of French, one wrote a film review, we made sure to include a few word games / riddles for lower levels, and writing horoscopes was a big hit.   Nice way to promote the language in your school, as well! - Lauren

I am planning to do a large-scale project with them. A cooking show was suggested by the students. Corey Mathieu

Write last wills and testaments for next year's AP students.

Write where each of the students in the class will be in 10 years and what they will be doing.

Dear Poly parrot

Each month Poly responds to your questions.  Do you have a question for Poly?  Submit your question by filling in the form here.


Dear Poly,
I want to incorporate more STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities into my curriculum?  How can I do that while staying in the Target Language?

Scienced Out in San Bernardino

Dear Scienced Out,
Incorporating STEM or STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) into your classroom has never been easier!  You’re probably even doing it right now and you don’t even know it.  Any time your talk about art or houses or cars or architecture you are incorporating STEAM activities.  You can do a cultural comparison between the target language culture and American culture. 

If you want to take your STEAM activities even further, consider adding in an actual STEAM activity.  For example, are you studying cars or the city?  Take a simple activity from and have students do it in the target language.  Studying architecture?  You can have students build a gothic cathedral themselves.  (For an amazing video about the science of gothic cathedrals check out this Nova video and accompanying website.)  Are your students doing some kind of art project?  Ask the art teacher if you can collaborate and help him or her meet some of their art standards. 

Remember- you’re not teaching STEAM, just connecting STEAM ideas to the Target Language.

- Poly


Do you have a question for Poly?  Submit your question by filling in the form here.

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