News Updates & Announcements

April 11, 2018




 The Spanish Language Institute at El Centro Hispano is proud to present our newest Spanish courses, especially crafted for those seeking to learn trough dynamic and interactive activities, as well as through cultural experiences.



Spanish Immersion Weekend 


Now you don’t have to leave the country to be immersed in the Spanish language! This experience for intermediate to advanced adult students offers a unique opportunity to live a weekend in Spanish.  


Friday April 27 from 6 pm -10 pm & Saturday April 28 from 9:30 pm-5:30 pm. Read more



Spanish for Kids 


In this immersion experience for ages 7 to 12, children will learn some basic Spanish through music and stories, videos, role playing, skits, games and other interactive activities. 


5-week course. An hour and a half on Saturdays. Read more










Spanish for Hispanic Children 


This experience is also for children ages 7 to 12 but is tailored to children who understand and/or speak Spanish at home.

This experience will help with writing, speaking, reading and conversation skills through games, stories, songs, and other interactive activities.

5 -week course. An hour and a half on Saturdays. Read more




Nicaragua Summer Exchange program 

A youth-inspired immersion experience hosted in Granada, Nicaragua. We guide our visiting students with morning tutoring, service learning, and cultural activities which build speaking confidence. Read more





For further information:


919- 687- 4635, Ext 132

Francisco Duque at:


El Centro Hispano’s Spanish Language Institute, has been offering authentic Spanish language instruction in a fun, informal and inviting environment since 2005. 


Business Spanish for CompaniesMedical Spanish, Spanish for Beginners and for Intermediates, Spanish Conversational Class , Private Lessons,Translation Services.


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February 11, 2018

Dear world language advocate,


February is a BIG month! We’re celebrating Lead with Languages Advocacy Month throughout February, and we’re meeting Member of Congress during JNCL Language Advocacy Days on February 15-16. To capitalize on this moment, we’re asking for your help to spread the word and increase our impact. Here’s a quick way in which you can help:


Please Sign Up for ACTFL’s THUNDERCLAP Campaign by February 14.

Add your voice –and your association’s voice-- on social media in a simple but powerful way by signing up for ACTFL’s Thunderclap, a collective social media amplification tool. The campaign will raise awareness for House Bill 1239, the World Language Advancement and Readiness Act, and includes a link that directs users to a pre-written letter asking their US Representative to cosponsor the bill. Read more here.


Here’s the really cool part: On February 15 at 8:00 AM, during JNCL Language Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., our industry will speak jointly via an automated message shared on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr from your social media account. By giving safe, one-time access to your social media channel(s), we will share a consistent message online to potentiallymillions of language professionals in every sector who are eager to advocate for world languages.


Our goal is to gain +500 Thunderclap supports by midnightFebruary 14NOTEIf we do not reach this goal, the campaign will not work.

So please SIGN UP HERE and forward this message to spread the word!


Below is a sample tweet and email message that you can edit and send to your members/colleagues/friends to garner support:

For you to Tweet now: “Join the @ACTFL @ThunderclapIt at and ask Congress to support World Language Readiness! #JNCL18 #worldreadiness #langchat #languagematters”

You can also retweet mine, username @treycal. If possible, please sign up for the Thunderclap from your personal AND work accounts––registering your association’s account expands the scope of reach!


Email to send to your members/colleagues/friends ASAP:

“Your advocacy is critical right now. Every day in classrooms across the country, our nation's investment in language education is on open display. Children come to school eager to grow, and inspired by the opportunities that language learning may hold for their future: travel, jobs, culture, friendships. All too often, however, language programming runs into one major barrier: funding. Without adequate dollars, many who would dream of discovering a new world are shutout from it.


The World Language Advancement and Readiness Act (WLARA) is bipartisan legislation that can directly address student readiness for the 21st century. Investment in language education impacts our nation's international relationships, national security, and our economic future. HR 1239 creates a cost-effective and competitive grant program to establish, improve, and expand innovative world language programming in K-12 schools. Passage of HR 1239 would signal our country’s commitment to the strategic importance of the linguistic and human capital needs in the 21st century workforce by investing in students of all backgrounds. Please tell your Representative in Congress to stand up for language learning by becoming a cosponsor of HR 1239.


Join the National Thunderclap: A Thunderclap is a social media tool to amplify a message. To participate in our Thunderclap, go to the URL here ( and use your Twitter or Facebook account to sign up BEFORE FEBRUARY 14. On February 15th at 8AM, the tool will post an identical message in support of HR 1239 to all of the supporters’ accounts, amplifying our message to all of their followers and friends.”


Your voice matters. Thank you for considering lending your personal and organizational support to the Thunderclap and help amplify the recognition of our passionate and knowledgeable community. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Trey Calvin

Program Coordinator

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 200 | Alexandria, VA 22314

703.894.2900 ext.103 | |

October 25, 2017

Grant Opportunity - Teachers of Critical Languages Program from the American Councils for International Education

We are pleased to announce the opening of the 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 2018 by starting an applicationtoday!
Since 2006, TCLP has sponsored 262 highly trained teachers that have worked in 173 schools across 38 states and impacted over 79,000 students! TCLP teachers have also collectively conducted over 14,200 hours of cultural outreach to bring international experiences to their host schools and communities.
We invite you 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:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Thursday, January 4, 2018


To attend a webinar or to apply to TCLP, please visit The application deadline for TCLP host schools is Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11:59pm EST

April 25, 2017
Korean Teacher Training Opportunity
STARTALK Online Korean Teacher Training at Boston University (OKTT@BU) is a two-part six-week summer online program for Korean language teachers at K-16 institutions in the U.S.
For information and the online application form, please visit us at

March, 28, 2017 (via NCDPI's publication World Language News March 27, 2017)

NC Educators Win Awards and Scholarships

North Carolina had several educators recognized at the recent SCOLT Conference, which was held March 16 - 18 in Orlando.  


Dr. Bobby Hobgood, UNC - Charlotte, [nominated by FLANC] received the Educator of Excellence Award and Ken Stewart, Chapel Hill High School, got the Founders Award.  


In addition, Bailey Dumaine, Carrboro High School, received the Centro MundoLengua scholarship to attend the AP summer workshop in Spain, and Natalie Runyon, West Carteret High School, earned the Estudio Sampere scholarship for four weeks of intensive study in Madrid.  Go to the SCOLT Scholarships webpage for details.


Plans are underway for SCOLT 2018 in Atlanta on March 15 - 17 and the Call for Proposals is open until September 1.

January 20, 2017
SCOLT 2017 - March 16-18 Orlando
  • networking, collaborating & making connections within and outside Florida and throughout the southeast region
  • high quality sessions & workshops on the "latest and greatest" in world languages
  • access to workshops from the BEST of ACTFL, SEALLT (tech) and all the state conferences in the region (13 states, including yours!)
  • come support and cheer on your state Teacher of the Year and your BEST OF presentation that will represent your organization at SCOLT
  • personalized professional development through "hot seat" sessions and "unconference" format where teachers can sit down one-on-one with experts, ask questions and get the answers they need and want!
  • become a Sponsor and Patron and get special access to the "products, practices and perspectives" at the Orlando Regional History Center that you can take back and implement into your classroom for meaningful student learning
  • Advocacy for world languages in Florida as the coding bill and Biliteracy Seal are hot topics that could affect every one of your programs - learn more and get involved in order to help save and promote our language programs!!! 
  • bring your teachers together to collaborate, learn and grow - together!
For more information and to register, go to:

November 13, 2016

Tía Tula Spanish School, in collaboration with the Government of Spain (Junta de Castilla y León), is offering partial scholarships of one week for Spanish teachers in the US at high school, college or university level, with Spanish teacher training/ refresher course, accommodation, cultural activities, and travel insurance included. In the bottom of the email there is a link where teachers can submit their applications and see the program.


It is a great opportunity to meet other Spanish teachers, find new methodology and resources for class, and visit Spain and Europe during summer! Last summer scholarship programs were also a success and teachers had an amazing time in Salamanca.


We would like to know if you could share this information on your website and social networks, as well as by email to your members. Therefore, if teachers are interested, they can apply for it.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We will be pleased to help you!

Tía Tula is a high quality International Spanish School situated in the historic university district of Salamanca, Spain, specialized in immersion programs. The school is surrounded by astonishing monuments in the heart of the student life. Thousands of foreign students come to learn Spanish each year in Salamanca, as it is safe, full of history, and has a young atmosphere.

We welcome international students from all over the world (teenagers, university students and adults) coming to learn the language individually or in groups, for academic or professional purposes.

For further information, please visit or contact us at and +34 923210283.

November 1, 2016
Le Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques contribue à la promotion de la langue française et  fait la promotion des cultures francophones dans les Amériques. Dans le cadre des élections des membres du conseil d’administration qui se déroulent du 27 octobre au 7 novembre, je suis le seul candidat professeur de français retenu en Caroline du Nord et aux Etats-Unis pour représenter les personnes extérieures au Canada. Seuls les membres du Centre inscrits avant le 12 octobre peuvent voter. Toutefois, si vous n’êtes pas membre du Centre, vous pouvez m’apporter votre soutien sur la page Facebook dédiée aux élections:

Consulter ma candidature
Connaitre le Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques   
Soutenir et suivre ma candidature sur Facebook 

The Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques aims at promoting French language and the diversity of Francophones cultures in the Americas. From October 28th to November 7th, members of the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques are voting to elect who will best represent them. As the only candidate living in the US and teaching French, I am asking for your support if you are a registered member of the Centre. If not, feel free to support my application through social media:

September 1, 2016

North Carolina State University is currently looking for K-12 teachers across the state to participate in our Humanities Extension Program for the 2016-2017 school year. The Humanities Extension Program allows NC State University professors to come to K-12 classes and present on a topic related to Humanities and Social Sciences topics that is currently being taught in the classroom. More information and a sign up form can be found at the link below. Please feel free to email Jackie Parker at or with any questions about the program.

NCSU Humanities Extension Program Sign Up Form

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May 28th, 2016 Via Carolina Kelly, FLANC Past President and Leslie Baldwin, FLANC Past President 
Leslie Baldwin: This is a message from Caroline Kelly, SCOLT rep to the ACTFL board and Past President of FLANC.  The issue is one I was advocating for while at JNCL in Februrary as well.  Please send a message so that the langauge voice is heard! If not, we greatly risk all of the ESSA funding to go to the tested areas. 

Carolina Kelly: This is to provide information on how you can quickly make your voice heard at the state level as they consider feedback on the Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA, which is the newest education bill in Congress. I was at an ACTFL Board meeting ten days ago and spoke with our lobbyists who explained that we need to remind the states how to locate the funding sources in the bill that hopefully will be available for world languages. 

There's an easy way to do this:

States are now deciding how to implement ESSA. In NC, there is an opportunity for input by going to the NC Public Schools website, then to the Icon for 'Let's Talk' at the left of the screen: Then scroll down to the section 'Let's Talk About...' and scroll down even further to click on 'Every Student Succeeds Act.; We must let our state leadership know the ways that we expect World Languages to be funded. The following wording is suggested because it fits with the terminology of the bill:

"World Language and Dual Language Immersion Programs are critical to a well-rounded student. In particular, both programs must be included in any discussion of Title III and Title VI Part A implementation."

Can you do this by May 31? It could make all the difference in funding allocated to World Languages in the next few years.