The Digital Polyglot

A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985

October, 2016

Editor - Bethany Thompson
Asst. Editor - Trini Rios

In this issue:

IE STARS Workshops
CLTA World Language Jamboree
LA STARS Workshops
El Día de los Muertos
Call for Proposals
IEFLA Tweets!
Tech Corner
Activities, Activities, Activities
YouTube Video of the Month
Homework Choices
French Corner
Survey Participation
Languages in the News
Three Job Openings



Professional Development Seminars at Cal State, San Bernardino

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Starting on November 5, 2016, IE STARS Professional Development Seminars at California State University, San Bernardino will be presenting four different strands to choose from:

TIer 1A - Standards-Based World Language and ELL Instruction to Address the Common Core and Today’s Students,

Tier 1B - Using Stories to Enhance Standards-Based Foreign Language and ELL Instruction and to Address the Common Core,

Tier 2 - Standards-Based Instructional Practices to Address the Common Core for Teachers of Advanced Spanish Classes

NEW Tier 3 - Using Film To Enhance The Common Core And Standards-Based Competencies of Spanish Speakers.

These programs will be offered on four Saturdays: November 5, 2016,  January 28, February 11, and March 11, 2017, and an observation day at a local school.* Tiers 1A and 1B on December 1; Tiers 2 and 3 on November 30, 2016. Registration forms and program information are available online at http://www.ie-stars.net/

If your school can't or won't send you, we have partial scholarships available. http://www.ie-stars.net/scholarship.pdf

CLTA World Language Jamboree a Smashing Success!

There were 240 teachers in attendance to select from 55 different presentations provided by fellow teachers. The Inland Empire was well represented. Trini Ríos, Bibiana Diaz, María García, Connie Johnson, Paul Verduzco, Ana Briceño, Abraham Garcia, Brandon Baily, Lisett Diaz, Francesca Regalado, Noe Ruiz, Olga Sutton, Bethany Thompson, and Amanda Valenzuela. IEFLA thanks you and 240 teacher from all over the southland thank you. You're the best.


Paul Verduzco explaining how he has learned to boost his students' language proficiency through communication.


LA STARS Professional Development Seminars at Occidental College

Winter workshop series begins December 10.

Day 1 of 5, LA STARS Winter/Spring Program: Five Day Invitational Institute. Programs for teachers of Elementary and Secondary English Learners and Secondary World Language Learners - Focus on State and Common Core Standards. Seven different strands to choose from. Offered on Saturdays -December 10, 2015; January 21, February 25, March 25, April 22, 2017. For additional information and registration go to http://www.la-stars.net/winter.html or contact us at ocflp@oxy.edu or at (323) 259-2949. If your school can't send you, partial scholarships are available.


La Catrina


El Pan de Muerto

Day of the Dead Resources

Are you looking for Day of the Dead Resources?  Follow these steps:

  1. Check out IEFLA’s Halloween/Day of the Dead Board
  2. “Chicago museum elevates Day of the dead celebrations to artform”
  3. Día de los Muertos History
  4. Videos - Día de los Muertos
Call for proposals

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, http://www.clta.net, 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 phirsch@windwardschool.org or call me at 424-289-1036. I look forward to seeing everyone at the conference in Monterey!

Paula Hirsch
CLTA Conference Coordinator


IEFLA’s now on Twitter!  Follow us @iefla_tweets!!

Tech Corner

Want to have students look for quality photos they have the right to use?  Try photosforclass.com the safe and quick as to find and cite images!  And some practical advice from Matt Miller at Ditch that Textbook about how to get and use free images the right way.

Now that you've got all of these useable photos- what can you do with them?  Here are some great - no prep! ideas from Spanishplayground.net

Tech Corner Bonus:  An educator’s practical guide to all those cords in your room.

Activities, Activities, Activities

Ten activities for practicing vocabulary from Spanish Mama.

Running dictations from WL Classroom in case you find dictation too “old school.”

Dictation bonus:  If you miss la dictée- TV5 has got you covered.  And you can even choose your level.

Find your blob activity from Spanish Mama- low prep and high fun!  And a variation on this theme with class “chain activity”- students make a human chain of similar interests.

Avancemos from Zambombazo- New culture based activity on Pelé with links to conversation prompt cards that can be used with any move preview (vis CASLS).

Hook students with their favorite songs!  Spanish covers of popular songs from SeñorAshby.com

An entire geography unit in Spanish!

The Top Ten Time Fillers for Class from BusyTeacher.org

Throwawayyourtextbook.com has some beautiful graphics of activities showing the path to proficiency.

YouTube Clip of the Month

Les métiers: Boulanger – Be sure to check out the other métier available on the Youtube Channel!

Homework Choices

Want to give students some choices for their homework?  Here are some resources:

Blog Post from Aventuras Nuevas

Blog Post from musicuentos.com with lots of different choices

A French version based off of musicuentos.com and using Google Sheets to automatically add up their points.

Spanish Version of Homework Choices

French Corner       

Click here for information about French movies playing in Los Angeles. And don’t forget to plan out what concerts you’ll attend as well.  The calendar of French music is available here.

Survey Participation

If you are a college or university teacher or student the University of Florida is looking for survey participants.  Click here to see the details.

Spanish Vloggers (YouTubers- or people who make videos on YouTube for a living.)

La langue française dans le monde – Explore Francophone countries with this infographic.

Languages in the News

“Foreign language education provides diplomatic benefits, more”

“Perks of learning a second language.”  (Like we don’t already know!)

Three Job Openings

Opening at Summit High School for a Spanish teacher.  Please contact Elizabeth Hauff at HaufEA@fusd.net for information or interest.

We have a Full Time Spanish Teaching opening at Venice High School in Los Angeles, CA 90066. The teacher would take over at the start of second semester, but could be sooner if available. The teacher would have to teach levels one and two (non natives) in a Media SLC. Interested candidates should email am interest letter and resume to Cris Vicente at cxv5984@lausd.net so that we may begin with a phone interview.

Opening for a Spanish teacher at Silverado High School in Victorville. The opening is listed on Edjoin.org.

1The Polyglot is a publication of the Inland Empire Foreign Language Association. For questions or comments, contact Bethany Thompson, editor, bethany_thompson@avusd.org or Trini Rios, trios327@gmail.com. Would you like to help with the Polyglot? Contact Bethany Thompson, editor, at bethany_thompson@avusd.org.