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Hey everyone. I hope that if you attended ACTFL you returned energized and ready to tackle the next few months. We are so pleased that we had the opportunity to partner with ACTFL right here in Boston for an in-person conference after so many virtual experiences. It was so wonderful to see friends and colleagues from across the nation and to meet new colleagues and make new friends. Thanks to all who made this possible.
Here are some authentic resources on the topics of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday for multiple languages. Thanks Leslie Grahn. We are so lucky to have you always there to support us.
Need some authentic resources in multiple languages for the World Cup. Thanks again Leslie Grahn!
Here are some Bullying authentic resources from Leslie Grahn.
Social Justice Planning Templates–New!
To help language educators incorporate social justice themes into their language classes, CARLA has developed three interrelated planning templates for creating curricular units grounded in target language texts: a curricular unit overview template, a lesson planning template, and a summative assessment template. These three templates will help language educators enact two complementary critical pedagogies that support the teaching of social justice topics: the multiliteracies framework (Cope & Kalantzis, 2015; New London Group, 1996) and the five components of social justice education (Hackman, 2005). The templates also incorporate social justice standards from the domains of identity, diversity, justice, and action (Learning for Justice, 2021).
Curricular unit user’s guide and template
Lesson plan user’s guide and template
Summative assessment user’s guide, template, and rubric
To illustrate how the templates can be used to support social justice in language education, CARLA has also developed a two-week-long curricular unit titled Multicultural Paris, intended for intermediate-level learners of French. More curricular units in French, German, and Spanish will be published later this fall!
Social Justice Planning Templates: A How-to Guide for Language Educators
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
12:00–12:45 p.m. (Central Time)
Online: Register here for the Zoom link
Discover how to use instructional planning templates created to support the integration of social justice themes into language classes. In this practical webinar, CARLA’s Social Justice in Language Education initiative leaders share unit, lesson plan, and summative assessment templates along with their accompanying user’s guides, and discuss how to use and adapt them to fit the needs of language teachers and students alike.
Lauren Goodspeed is a Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and Director of the French Language Program. She is a co-leader of the LRC initiative Social Justice in Language Education.
Kate Paesani is the Director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and an Associate Professor in the Department of French and Italian. She is a co-leader of the LRC initiative Social Justice in Language Education.
Note for those not able to attend: This presentation will be recorded and posted on the CARLA Social Justice website: carla.umn.edu/socialjustice/index.html
OLA is pleased to inform districts of the two competitive grant opportunities:
We are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Ms. Chinhuei Yeh. Ms. Yeh dedicated her life selflessly in teaching and sharing knowledge with others through various professional development platforms from local workshops to the national ACTFL Convention. In celebration of her amazing life, and to create a long-lasting legacy for her, CLASS has established a Chinhuei Yeh Memorial Scholarship that will annually fund a first-time attendee to the ACTFL Convention. Please endorse and share this announcement with members of your community.
Gofundme link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/chinhuei-yeh-memorial-fund
Refresh your Syllabus and Teach About Proficiency! – Thanks Leslie Grahn!
Need some ideas for refreshing your Syllbus – Here are some ideas from The Creative Language Classroom.
Resouces to Build Relationships with Your Students. Thanks Leslie Grahn
Positive , encouraging message in varfious Languages – Thanks Leslie Grahn!
Don’t miss these Class Opening Slides – Thanks Leslie Grahn!
Do yout need resources to gauge your students’ language proficiency at the start of the school year and build classroom community at the same time? Here are some resources for you. Thanks again, Leslie Grahn!
Here are some visuals to help you gauge your studens proficiency at the beginning of the school year. Thanks for another great resource Leslie Grahn!
Here is another interesting resource I have found. How to respect my ethnic name Thanks @AnpuLondon. Anpu has added You’re welcome to share this with your workplace etc. Please credit me. A PDF is available to download. – Download the resource here (free PDF): https://www.anpu.london/name
Liues lie Grahn suggests the following – Make yourself a warm fuzzy folder (real or digital) for all positive messages, cards, notes, emails, etc. you have received. When you experience a rough day, it’s your go-to place to focus on the positive, remind you how you have made a difference and how appreciated you are! Read more here!
What scaffolds and supports will you provide your students? word wall? chat mat? expressions of the day? Here are some resources for you. Thanks Leslie Grahn.
Are you a Spanish teacher in search of a word wall? Here’s a free downloadable one, Thanks again Leslie Grahn!
What are your class norms/expectations? Will students collaboratively create them (ex. class constitution)? Here are some resources. Thanks Leslie Grahn!
Are you planning to share the benefits of being proficient in another language with your students? Here are some resour. Thanks Leslie Grahn.
Need some brain breaks and mindfulness activities for your students? Here you can find some. Thanks Leslie Grahn
All of Lesalie Grahn’s resources and tips for starting the new year are here on her blogpost.
Be sure to check out these Brain Breaks. Fun
Here are 10 Nifty Starters for Languge Lessons from Language Teacher Toolkit: Steve Smith’s Blog!
NEW for 2023! A super-early-bird registration rate. $150 for both conference days: Friday and Saturday March 3-4, 2023 at the New York Hilton Midtown.
The Board feels that this is a tremendous bargain for the breadth and depth of the experience of the two days of the conference. This rate launches July 1st and is available until August 1st. PLEASE do promote this in your circles of influence! The Board appreciates your support to get the word out about this new option for conference participants.
JNCL-NCLIS is pleased to announce that Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is leading a Dear Colleague letter that urges the Senate Appropriations Committee to support funding the World Language Advancement and Readiness Grant Program (WLARA) at $15 million in Fiscal Year 2023. We are thankful for Senator Booker’s leadership and commitment to world language education.
We need your help to attract as many bipartisan co-signers as possible to the Dear Colleague before the May 18th filing deadline. Please take action today and send an email to your Congressional Senate members to urge them to add their signature to this Dear Colleague as soon as possible.
Click here to share this action alert with your networks on social media. Thank you for your continued advocacy!