The Digital Polyglot

A publication of the Inland Empire World Language Association since 1985

November, 2016

Editor - Bethany Thompson
Asst. Editor - Trini Rios

In this issue:

  • IE STARS Workshops - Professional Development for World Language Teachers
  • Free Webinars!
  • Languages in the News
  • LA STARS Workshops
  • Need a teacher of Chinese? of Arabic?
  • #authres
  • Job Fair at San Diego State University
  • Call for Proposals - CLTA Conference Monterey
  • IEFLA on Twitter
  • Tech Corner - Recap App
  • Activities, Activities, Activities
  • YouTube Clip of the Month
  • German Award of Excellence Contest
  • French Corner
  • Videos
  • Open Ed Resources
  • Languages in the News



Professional Development Seminars at Cal State, San Bernardino

Need new ideas?

Need Units to move on the salary schedule?

Online Registration - For this Saturday

Starting Saturday, 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. Online registration, 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

Free Webinars!

Transparent Language is offering free webinars for Language Teachers.  They are limited to the first 100 participants.  For more information visit Transparent Language.


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.

Need a teacher of Chinese? of Arabic?

Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) grant application!

TCLP is fully-funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and helps U.S. K-12 schools to launch new or expand existing Arabic or Chinese language programs.

TCLP makes it easy for U.S. schools to grow their critical language programs by placing fully-funded teachers from Egypt, Morocco, or China to teach Arabic or Chinese as a foreign language for an academic year. By sharing their languages and cultures, the teachers bring global competencies to their host schools and communities. Host a teacher in 2017 by starting an APPLICATION today!

Host a Teacher at your School

You are invited to learn more about hosting a teacher at your school and to speak with host school alumni about their experiences with TCLP by attending a live informational webchat at 4:00pm (EST) on one of these dates:
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

To attend a webinar or to apply to TCLP, please visit http://tclprogram.org/host-school-application. The application deadline for TCLP host schools is Monday, January 23, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.


Adopter un chien- A fabulous #authres for description

En caso de huracán – Because you just never know

Daily routine authentic resources for Spanish from Maris Hawkins.

Interested in stepping into the social media waters?  Catherine Ousselin has some great advice and tips for using Instagram in class

Free Downloadable Poster – 5 Ways Being Bilingual Makes you Smarter

Job Fair at San Diego State University

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, is seeking fluent speakers of Arabic, French, Spanish, and Russian. Thursday, December 1, and Friday, December 2, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information download flyer.

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

Recap App- Recap is a free service that allows teachers to record (or write) a prompt and for students to record their responses.  You can have multiple prompts for one Recap.  Recap works as an app for iOS or Android or can be used on the web.  Try it out today at https://letsrecap.com/

Activities, Activities, Activities

¿Qué comen nuestros deportistsas olímpicos?

Games, activities and more from TEFLtastic Blog

Looking for some ideas to help support your students while still using the TL 90%?  Mundo de Pepita has some great ideas.

Interested in performance and proficiency based grading?  OFLA (Ohio Foreign Language Association) has a list of resources and samples and full IPAs ready for download.

Unable to participate in the #langchat Twitter chats?  No problem?  A summary of all of the great ideas are here.

Ten minutes left in class?  Not everyone done at the same time? No problem, here’s some great ideas from Mis classes locas to use the time wisely.

YouTube Clip of the Month

MovieTalk- Have you heard of MovieTalk?  MovieTalk is a simple way to provide comprehensible input to students while watching a movie!  For how it works, see this blog post from Martina Bex.  This month’s YouTube Clips are perfect for movie talks.

German Award of Excellence Contest

This annual contest’s theme is “Integration- Young Refugees in Germany” and is open to middle and high school students.  Deadline is December 16, 2016.  Click here for more information.

French Corner       

National French Week Poster Contest – click for details.

French films in the Los Angeles for November.


Breakfast and Eating

The Best Short in the World to Promote Reading


Stream 20 Mexican Movies from Morelia Film Festival for Free

Video Bonus:  14 videos without words to use with MovieTalks.

Video Bonus Bonus:
Ted Talks Curated by Language and 10 Must-Watch TED talks for Language Learners.

Open Ed Resources (OER) for Languages

Open Ed Resources are free resources for teachers.  A list of of OER is available from Transparent Language. 

Languages in the News

“Oakland Elementary School Add World Languages Program”

“Boy wakes up from a coma speaking Spanish.”

Follow IEFLA on Pinterest @iefla  Twitter: @iefla_tweets

Check out CLTA on Twitter @cltatweets

The 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.