The Digital Polyglot

A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985

June, 2016

Editor - Bethany Thompson
Asst. Editor - Trini Rios

In this Issue:

  • Classroom Observation Day, Apple Valley
    Back to School Morning Workshop, Cal State San Bernardino
    Jamboree - Call for Proposals
    IEFLA's on Twitter!
    Summer Seminar at Santa Barbara
    Tech Corner - Quizizz
    YouTube Clip of the Month
    Free French Teacher Summer Institute
    German Corner
    Activities, Activities, Activities
    French Films in Los Angeles
    Languages in the News

Classroom Observation Day

What Do You Do the First Week of School?

With the World Language Department
Granite Hills High School, Apple Valley, California

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

How do you get students into the target language in the first week?
How do you help the students feel comfortable in the target language from the beginning?
How do you give the students lots of exposure to the target language and keep them ACTIVELY involved in the lesson?

Registration:  $30   Lunch included. 

Please pre-register by Wednesday, August 3, 2016.  SPACE IS LIMITED.  Register early. A spot will not be held for you until we have received both your registration (online or paper) and your payment (online or check).  We cannot take PO’s.  For further information, email Jennifer Lovelace at

Additional information.
Register Online for Observation Day

Download registration form for Observation Day.

At Cal State San Bernardino

Back to School Morning Workshop

.with Rosallyn Celle, Morena De La Roca, Toni Drewry, and Daisy Vargas

Can’t come to the Observation Day to see the teachers at Granite Hills High School?

We have arranged for the Granite Hills HS teachers to share their secrets with you on a Saturday morning.

In this workshop, the teachers will share their many techniques.  You won't need to "reinvent the wheel."  You will get to use their secrets with your own students on your first day.

Registration:  $30   We cannot take PO’s.
When and Where:  Saturday, August 13, 2016,8:00 am - 12:00 pm, College of Education Room CE-113, California State University, San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407

Please pre-register by September 6, 2016.  Registration after this date does NOT guarantee handouts or breakfast.  Registration on site: Add $10 if space is available.
For further information, contact Jennifer Lovelace, at

Additional information.
Register Online for Back to School Workshop

Download Registration form for Back to School Workshop.

Jamboree is Back! Call for Proposals.

Can you help us?  We would like to invite you to submit a proposal to present a one-hour session at this fall’s CLTA World Language Jamboree in Anaheim on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

We need 60 presenters.  Would you be willing to share some ideas with colleagues?

To submit a proposal, please go to

IEFLA is now on Twitter!  Follow us @iefla_tweets!

27th Annual CLTA / CWLP Summer Seminar at Santa Barbara
July 15 - 20, 2016
University of California, Santa Barbara

Registration Deadline: June 10, 2016

The theme this year is: Common Core and World Language Education: Enhancing Global Competence and Academic Performance
Register online NOW!
Download brochure.

The 2016 Seminar Program Strand offerings are:

A: Academic Language, Literacy, and Culture for Heritage Speakers of Spanish: Aligning Heritage Speakers Course Content with Advanced Placement® Curricula Themes
B: Designing Instruction, Learning, and the “Beyond” with Technology Tools
C: French as a World Language for Global Competence
D: Integrated Performance Assessment: Real-World Assessments for Real-World Global Competence and Performance
E: Project-Based Language-Learning (PBLL): Engaging Students in Productive Inquiry to Achieve Global Competence
F: STARTALK Leadership Development for Teachers of Critical Languages and Cultures
G: Teaching Italian to 21st Century Learners: Lesson Design that Inspires Global Competence
H: Teaching Japanese to Build and Enhance Global Competence

Furthermore, I hope that you also will share the information with your colleagues and encourage them to attend as well.

Should you have any questions or need more information regarding this year's seminar, please do not hesitate to contact us at:


Tech Corner 

Quizizz is a web tool that allows you to create and play multiplayer quizzes and games in class and at home.  Think Kahoot!, but with more data and features.  Set up your free account today.

Tech Corner Bonus:  Concerned about cheating in the digital age? Check out these eight best practices to prevent cheating.


Spanish teacher makes an impression every day on his students



YouTube Clip of the Month

This month’s YouTube clip of the month isn’t a clip, but a website called which takes YouTube music videos and allows students to do a cloze gap activity with the lyrics next to the video.  Students can choose their level or “karoake” to sing along.  Additionally, students can click on any word in the lyrics to get the meaning.  The site allows teachers to create their own activities, so if your favorite Johnny Hallyday song isn’t available you can create it!

French Teacher Summer Institute

French Teacher Summer Institute / Université d'Été 2016

The San Diego Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and the Alliance Française de San Diego (AATF-SD) are pleased to invite you to this FREE French Teacher Summer Institute, funded by the French Embassy (Cultural Services), and the AATF-SD. All are welcome! AATF-SD membership is highly suggested but not mandatory for this summer institute.
This two-day institute will be animated by Angela Silva.
About the speaker:
Angela Silva taught French as a Foreign Language during 24 years. She has participated to several institutes, in which she talked about different methods of teaching, using theatre in a language class and other psycho-pedagogical resources. Her solid background in Didactics of the French Language has enabled her to talk 

- Dates: Sunday, June 12, 2016 (8:30am-4pm) // Monday, June 13 (5pm-8pm)
- Location: Alliance Française de San Diego, 6640 Lusk Blvd Suite 104, San Diego, CA 9212

Please enroll now by June 9.  Space is limited to 28 participants!

To RSVP, please click here.

German Corner

Lesson and Resources for Telling Directions in German
Here is a short lesson for giving directions in German, along with links to helpful resources:

Deutsch macht Spaß Grant Funds Available
AATG has grant funds from the German government’s Netzwerk Deutsch program to support local campus or community events to promote German learning and engagement with German culture. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to support creative and innovative projects. Projects must be completed by December 15, 2016. Eligible applicants are teachers at Saturday schools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and post-secondary institutions, or teams of teachers from multiple institutions.
The final deadline for submission is August 15, 2016.
For full program and application details go to


An easy to understand infographic for teachers about how to use #authres in the CI class.

Not truly an “#authres”, but here is a cute emoji image with the emotions in French.

AATF Teaching Resources - #authres organized by theme and subject. 

From Señora Speedy - #authres to talk about lost pets in Spanish. 

Most common names in Spanish-  You’ll want this #authres at the beginning of the year!

It’s not too late for you or your students to compose your fantasy football (soccer!) team!

Activities, Activities, Activities

A collection of memes in French from Le Vrai de Vrai.

From Games 2 Teach free downloadable classroom activities and games! 

Use tiny flip books in your class for comprehension input and output!

10 Interactive End of the Year Games to keep them engaged and talking right up until the last day of class from Spanish Mama.

Looking to rejuvenate and get psyched up for next year?  Here are some ideas for Top TED Talks for Teachers.

French Digital Books from - Free downloads of 401 classics of French literature are available for free on this TV5 website.

An AP French unit from Cecilelane about Culture and Language ties.

Get your students using Twitter and using the target language (description in Spanish.) #esteverano

Carolina Gómez shares some resources and ideas for your young Spanish learners at the end of the school year in this blog post.

Poems for summer from Spanish Playground with follow up activities!

Remember last month’s IEFLA link to Telenovelas?  Here’s Maris Hawkin’s take on Using Telenovelas as an End of the Year Activity.

Spanish Teachers – Free Trip to Spain from the Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles!  Click here to find out more information.

Which Disney character are you?  Here is an activity for a 7th grade French class in which students take an online-style quiz to determine which Disney character they are more like, and then complete a Venn diagram comparing/contrasting themselves with their resulting character.

French Films in Los Angeles

Click here to see the possibilities of French films in Los Angeles in June.


Languages in the News

ACTFL releases it’s first every annual report.

“Learning a language can boost mental agility in just one week”

“Brain Patterns Predict How Fast Adults Learn New Languages”

“Bilingual Education in the US:  How the Benefits of Teaching Two languages Extend Beyond Schools”

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