The Digital Polyglot

A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985

February, 2016

Editor - Bethany Thompson
Asst. Editor - Trini Rios


  • CLTA Annual Conference, March 17-20, Visalia Marriott
  • IEFLA's Winter Workshp with Carol Gaab
  • Teach and Travel in China this Summer - FREE! - Deadline February 20, 2016
  • Land a Mini-Grant in your Class
  • Acto Latino - Teatro Universitario at CSUSB
  • ACTFL Teacher of the Year Talks
  • Costa Rica Summer Teacher Institute
  • Summer Masters Degree in France or Mexico
  • #authres
  • Tech Corner - Copy Paste Character
  • Activities, Activities, Activities
  • Free Webinars
  • Job Openings
  • Follow IEFLA
  • German Corner

CLTA Annual Conference 2016

The annual CLTA Conference is coming to Visalia! It is a wonderful opportunity to network with colleagues, get new ideas and materials for your classroom, and visit with a variety of publishers and vendors. Visalia is only a 4-hour drive north of San Bernardino. Get a group of your friends and/or colleagues together and plan your trip now!

Visalia Marriott - Convention Center
March 17-20, 2016, CLTA Annual Conference, including speakers, workshops, interest sessions, exhibitors, and more.

For registration and additional information. This is a fantastic opportunity for professional development when you need it most! The Conference is one of the premiere professional development opportunities every year for world language professionals in California and beyond. Expert and seasoned presenters, peer presentations, pre-Conference workshops, exhibitors , vendors, awards and grants, and more.

Pre-Registration Deadline March 9, 2016
Click Here

Using CI-Based Reading Strategies to Facilitate Fluency



IEFLA's Winter Workshop with Carol Gaab was a hit with the packed house. Carol shared a myriad of techniques to provide comprehensible input, the key component to develop student proficiency.

One of the strategies was a story with Tarzan and Jane. In the picture you can see Tarzan (Jamie Waggoner) lifting Jane (Carol Gaab) with one arm.

Teach and Travel in China this Summer

Application deadline is February 20, 2016.

Program coordinator Sally Lowe of Carlsbad, California, says that this year the requests for teachers have increased and that they need more applicants. The Chinese families love the opportunity to learn English from American teachers.


A non-profit intercultural experience! 

Teach English at an American English summer camp in China this summer for 12 days and get airfare, hotels, meals, transportation, and tours of five cities.

Tentative Program Schedule:  June 24 – July 22, 2016. For details go to


Three $200 mini-grants will be awarded by IEFLA.  These mini-grants are intended to help teachers and/or world language departments to enhance instruction for students learning world languages.

  1. Applicants must be teachers of world languages in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
  2. Previous awardees are not eligible to apply.

Proposals funded in the past included monies to attend a play in the target language, special classroom funding, TPRS readers, funding to buy children's books, readers in the target language, and others.  If your proposal is  accepted by the committee, you will purchase the proposal items, and IEFLA will reimburse you from the receipts.

Postmark deadline is February 20, 2015.

For additional information download application at

Acto Latino

Teatro Universitario



On Friday, February 12, Acto Latino presented adaptations of Luis Valdez' plays "La Quinta Temporada" y " Los Vendidos" to an enthusiastic crowd in the theater of Santos Manuel Student Union. The troup will present the plays again at San Diego State Univeristy on February 19, and then go on to participate in a drama festival in Bogotá, Colombia, in the spring.

The plays filled with humor, satire, personal vignettes, and social criticism were deftly presented by the CSUSB students showing superior acting skills. IEFLA sends it congratulations to the whole cast and crew and it's director Dr. Bibiana Diaz for a job well done.

ACTFL Teacher of the Year Talks

This last November at the ACTFL Convention in San Diego, several Teachers of the Year gave “TOY Talks.” All of these are well worth listening to.  Here is a summary of the available talks.

Nicole Naditz encourages us to radically revise our thinking about grading and assessment systems. See her engaging talk here:

Linda Egnatz makes an analogy to coaches and student athletes and inspires us to apply principles of life-long athletic skill building to life-long language learning here:

Noah Geisel stresses the importance of skills (as opposed to knowledge), and how to document them with digital badges here:

Lisa Lilley discusses teacher efficacy in connecting with and engaging their students, as influenced by teacher’s perception of their own impact, here:

Toni Theisen addresses the hectic lives that teachers and students are pressured to lead to keep up with their academic demands. Teachers and students both need more autonomy so that they feel honored and respected and can carry on joyfully with their teaching and learning, here:

Christine Lanphere talks about connections and expanding and overlapping our professional and personal networks here:


Costa Rica: Summer Teacher Institute

SUNY Cortland, in affiliation with the Universidad VERITAS, is pleased to offer its Summer institute for teachers of Spanish in San Jose, Costa Rica. Participants will arrive in Costa Rica on July 2, 2016, and depart on July 16.

Participants will spend two weeks living with Costa Rican families, attending classes, and visiting sites of cultural and historic significance.  Participants have the option to earn three or six credits at the graduate level from SUNY Cortland. Three credits are earned during the component of the course that takes place in San Jose.  Students earn an additional three credits after returning to the U.S. upon satisfactory completion of the second half of the course, conducted via the Internet using Blackboard. 

The application deadline is March 15, 2016.  For full details go to


Application Deadline March 3, 2016 


The Summer Language Institute offered by Southern Oregon University enables you to earn your MASTERS in French or Spanish Language Teaching while working as a practicing teacher. You’ll become a better instructor, sharpen your language skills and deepen your cultural understanding while studying each summer in beautiful Angers, France or Guanajuato, Mexico.

Are you a language teacher but don’t need a Master’s degree? Obtain credits, renew your certification or simply gain new skills to be a better teacher by coming for one session or one summer.

Additional information

YouTube Clip of the Month

Cuál es tu palabra favorite del Español?   Be sure to check out the longer videos of each celebrity explaining why they chose their favorite word.  Students can choose their own favorite words and explain why!



Practice French numbers with this infographic.

Practice Spanish numbers with this inforgraphic.

Les Français sont-ils les plus gros dormeurs?- This infographic about sleeping habits across the nations will keep your students talking all period.

Google Keep

Tech Corner 

Each month we will explore a different aspect of technology that can help you in your classroom.  This month:  Copy Paste Character!  Looking to add a list spice or emoji to your writings for students? allows you to copy and paste a variety of emoji or symbols in a Google Doc.  Add some character to your directions or writing with Copy Paste Character.

Activities, activities, activities:

10 Ways to Use Speaking Prompts from Throw Away that Textbook

Who isn’t up for a good dictée?  Practice your dictée skills with La Langue Française.

Activity of the Week

Seven ideas for activities in pairs to get students talking – which ones can you add to your activity toolbox?

Valentine's Day

Looking for some Valentine’s Day activities?  Check out IEFLA’s Pinterest Board!  Review numbers and enjoy the holiday at the same time with these cute (and free) ideas!

Enjoy these Valentines Themed Infographics from Creative Language Class.



Free Webinars

Are you a member of CLTA?  The Southwest Conference on Language Teaching offers free webinars for CLTA members.  The next webinar is: Liberation from the List: Vocabulary Instruction Without Burdens or Limits with Amy Lenord.  Visit for more information.

Languages in the News

Keep Utah’s language education momentum going through high school

Basset Students Use Twitter to Study French

Mapped:  The 7,000 languages across the world

Job Openings

Looking for a job? Go to

Wanted:  Spanish teacher at Silver Valley.  See for details.

Follow IEFLA on Pinterest
Check out CLTA on Facebook

and on Twitter @cltatweets

German Corner

Internships for German Students from the AATG.  Deadline is March 15.

Die CHS Deutsch III und IV/IB-AP Klassen und Scripps College laden Sie und Ihre Familien sowie Freunde herzlichst ein zu unserem Spanier-Ladwig Gartenfest at Scripps College Balch Auditorium Tuesday March 10, 2016 10:00am-1:00pm  Contact Frau Jennifer Tsai for more information.

Ten Incredible Podcasts for Immediate German

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