The Digital Polyglot

A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985

August, 2016

Editor - Bethany Thompson
Asst. Editor - Trini Rios

In this Issue:

Events this Week
Accepting Proposals for CLTA Conference in Monterey
Back to School Edition
Tech Corner
More Olympic Resources
YouTube Clip of the Month
Authentic Resources - #authres
Activities, Activities, Activities

Events this week:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m, Classroom Observation Day, What Do You Do the First Week of School? With the World Language Department of Granite Hills High School, Apple Valley, California - . School will be closed. POSTPONED UNTIL THURSDAY DUE TO SMOKE FROM THE PILOT FIRE.

Saturday, August 13, 2016,8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Back to School Saturday Morning Workshop at Cal State San Bernardino .with Rosallyn Celle, Morena De La Roca, Toni Drewry, and Daisy Vargas, , California State University, San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407


CLTA World Language Jamboree, Anaheim on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Registration materials will be available September 1.

CLTA is accepting Workshop & Interest Session Proposals for the 2017 Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey.

On behalf of the Conference Committee, I’m writing to ask you to consider presenting a workshop or an interest session at the upcoming conference in Monterey. The conference dates are February 16-19. The theme of the conference is The Linguistic Growth Mindset: Cultivating a Future of Global Innovators.

CLTA gives the presenters of a three-hour workshop a $100.00 honorarium, one free registration without meals and up to $1.00 per workshop attendee for copying handouts. All workshops take place on Thursday and Friday before the conference begins on Saturday, February 18. For each interest session, CLTA offers a one free registration without meals as well as $30.00 to offset the cost of copying handouts. All interest sessions take place on Saturday and Sunday.

If you are willing to present, we are asking that you submit the proposal as soon as possible. All proposals must be submitted electronically. Go to the CLTA Website,, and hover on the Conference Tab. On the drop down menu, you will see Presenters. When you choose Presenters, you will see "Click HERE," which will lead you to the on line proposal form.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at or call me at 424-289-1036.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the conference in Monterey!

Paula Hirsch
CLTA Conference Coordinator

Back to School Edition

Whether you just started your school year or starting in the next few weeks, this month’s Polyglot is packed full of great ideas for the first days of school.

Remember Kara and  Megan from the Zoom into Culture Workshop?  They’ve put together FREE  French question word posters.  They’ve also got some great advice about Keeping it Simple setting up your classroom for the first of the year.

Organized Classroom brings you some more ideas for Classroom Bulletin Board Backgrounds.

Seating Charts- El Mundo de Pepita has some great organizational tips for setting up your seating charts.

Looking for some Icebreakers you can use in upper level classes?  Cult of Pedagogy has got you covered.

It’s another great idea for the first weeks of school.  Use numbers, letters and birthdays to explore how birthdays are celebrated in different cultures from Creative Language Class.

More Icebreakers and beginning of the year advice (via CASLS)
Some Spanish printables for getting to know each other.
Ideas for decorating your classroom.

A form for your substitute teacher to fill out when you have to be gone.

Cartoons in your syllabus? Here’s one way to do it

A no-prep getting-to-know-you icebreaker
More icebreakers and games for the beginning of the year.

IEFLA is now on Twitter!  Follow us @iefla_tweets!


Follow IEFLA on Pinterest @iefla 



Tech Corner 

Google adds Quizzes to Google Forms!  If you’ve been using Google Forms to create quizzes and Flubaroo to grade them, your life may have just gotten easier.  In June Google announced it’s new feature in Google Forms that makes any form a quiz.  Give feedback immediately.  Have feedback for both correct and incorrect answers.  Here is a great article about the difference between Flubaroo and Google Quizzes.  (Hint:  You’ll still want to use Flubaroo some of the time.)



More Olympic Resources (all via CASLS)

The 2016 Olympic Games start this week, August 5. The 2016 Paralympic Games will start on September 7. Following up on some resources from a few weeks ago (, here are some more resources related to the Games:

A reading comprehension activity for French for the Rio Olympics

The website for the 2016 Paralympic Games is available in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French. Learn about the different sports and athletes.

Be inspired by this video about paralympic athletes.

Here is a lesson plan to go with the video.

The above video is one of many resources curated by Larry Ferlazzo on his “Best Resources On The 2016 Rio Olympics” webpage.

For a few more resources, check out this post from Free Technology for Teachers.


YouTube Clip of the Month

Gente Hoy – A video about today’s students in class.

Ted Talk Bonus- Here are the 10 Ten Ted Talks for Language Learners


This month’s #authres are all about the Olympic Games 

L’histoire des JO (dates and numbers)

10 Infos sur la delegation française

Rio 2016 se pinta de verde

Additionally, teacher, blogger, and teacher trainer Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell is asking teachers to share the authentic resources they’ll be using in the coming year. You can either publish information on your own social media (Twitter, blog, etc.) or comment on her blog post and she’ll disseminate it for you. Go to for more details.  (Information via CASLS)

Spanish Teachers Needed

There is a big shortage of Spanish teachers this year. Currently, there are openings for 40 Spanish teachers in Southern California on Edjoin. Find these openings by going to Edjoin.

Activities, Activities, Activities

Looking for some new games using homemade verb dice?  Check out

True or False – Spanish Game to get students talking.  (Directions in Spanish.)

Online Spanish games on a variety of topics.  (The games are designed for Spanish children, but some are appropriate for Spanish learners as well.)

Looking to get students to talk about the differences between now and then?  This is a great set of images for French class.

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