News, Updates & Announcements

September 6, 2019
Travel the world affordably, earn professional development credit, and bring global understanding into your classroom! 
 
Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 3000 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO educators can earn professional development and graduate credit while seeing the world. GEEO's trips are 5 to 23 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the destination. The deposit is $350 for each program and then the final payment is due 60 days before departure. From now until September 30th many of the programs are on sale for 5% off the normal price. 

GEEO also provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.
 
GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2020: Iceland, Morocco, Egypt, Qatar and Oman, Galápagos Islands, Chile and Argentina, W-Trek, Colombia, Spain, Jordan, Ethiopia, Bhutan, Portugal, Camino de Santiago, Japan, Paris to Rome, Central Europe, Vietnam and Cambodia, Multi-Stan, Peru, Southern Africa, Maldives, Bolivia, Balkans, Budapest to Bulgaria, Bangkok to Hanoi, Armenia and Georgia, Ireland, Greece, Baltics, New Zealand, and India and Nepal. The registration deadline is June 1st, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline.
 
Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at https://geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9 AM-9 PM EST.
 
 

August 16, 2019


World language teachers are needed to participate in a study that seeks to identify the influences on the value of grammar instruction in our practice. If you teach a language in the United States, you can access this brief 5-10 minute survey here: tinyurl.com/WLinfluences


Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. I am sincerely grateful for considering to support this project.

Rich Madel

Spanish Teacher

World Languages Department Chair

Plymouth Whitemarsh High School

201 E. Germantown Pike

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

rmadel@colonialsd.org

July 8, 2019

ACTFL Releases Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Howie Berman
(703) 894-2900 x106

ALEXANDRIA, VA—ACTFL is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has approved the release of a new Statement on Diversity and Inclusion in World Language Teaching and Learning.

The statement is the result of a collaborative effort by members of ACTFL’s Diversity and Inclusion (D+I) Taskforce, which is charged with exploring the various ways in which advancing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the language education community is crucial to the long-term sustainability of the profession. The taskforce was established in 2018 by a vote of the ACTFL Board.

"The language teaching profession is one that enjoys a richness of diversity that should be recognized and celebrated. While this statement is just one step in a long process, we are confident that it demonstrates ACTFL’s commitment to providing the leadership and resources necessary to foster contexts that are inclusive of diverse backgrounds and perspectives", said Howie Berman, Executive Director of ACTFL.

From the statement, the four ways in which ACTFL will seek to foster such contexts are by:

  • Leveraging and maintaining meaningful connections with diverse communities, both within the language community and among relevant non-language education stakeholders.
  • Creating professional learning opportunities that reflect diverse perspectives, are highly valued and widely accessible to all language educators.
  • Drawing on its diversity to build teacher capacity—and recruiting and retaining a language teacher workforce more closely aligned with the ever-changing demographics of our student bodies.
  • Demonstrating the positive role diversity plays in language education through processes, practices, and outcomes supported by evidence-based research.

ACTFL President Lisa Ritter added, "I applaud the work of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in crafting such a thoughtful and poignant statement on the role that diversity and inclusion play in language education, and how we as educators can ensure that all learners have equal access to world language study. I look forward to seeing the results of their continued efforts in the coming months."

The D+I Task Force meets virtually each quarter. The next step in its work includes the development of a crosswalk document that links ACTFL’s Strategic Plan with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession.

Read the full statement.

ABOUT ACTFL
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,300 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

 


April 24, 2019

Listen to North Carolina's own Dr. Mary Lynn Redmond and Ken Stewart on the success of North Carolina's growing dual immersion programs on Episode 42 of 'America the Bilingual' Podcast!


http://www.americathebilingual.com/42-north-carolina-a-dual-language-success-story/


April 24, 2019

Dear FLANC Colleagues,

            We invite you to participate in a research investigation. The purpose of this study is to examine the work of World Language educators who teach classes with combined levels (i.e., Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 in the same class period/block), or multiple languages (i.e., French and Spanish in the same period/block). 

            If you agree to participate, you will complete an online survey which should take approximately 7-10 minutes to complete. At the end of your completed survey, you will be given the opportunity to have your email placed in a random drawing for an Amazon gift card of $25.

            If you know of other educators who teach multi-level classes, please encourage them to complete this survey as well. 

Questions: If you have any questions about this research project, please feel free to contact Dr. Christina Huhn at huhn@iup.edu; or Dr. Patricia Davis-Wiley at Davis-Wiley, Patricia at pdwiley@utk.edu

This project has been approved by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (Phone: 724/357-7730).

To complete the survey, simply click the link below:

Clickable Link:  Multi-Level Classes:  Realities and Innovative Solutions

 

If the link does not open, please cut and paste the link text below into your browser:

Link text: https://iup.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cIlg1OUXDSiZf7f

 

Thank you!

Patricia

Dr. Patricia Davis-Wiley
Professor, WL and ESL Education
WL Licensure Program Co-ordinator
Ph.D., ESL Education Advisor
Editor, The TFLTA Journal
The University of Tennessee
BEC 217
Knoxville, TN 37996-3442
865-974-4212
pdwiley@utk.edu

March 26, 2019

Dear World Language Educator,

My name is James Coda, and I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. I am conducting a research study that will examine the experiences of Southeastern LGBTQ-identified World Language Educators in their classrooms and schools.  

You have been invited to participate due to your current teaching of World Languages in the K-12 classroom. You must consider yourself a member of the LGBTQ community and reside within the Southeastern United States in order to participate.    

Please click on the attached document which contains a description of the study and the informed consent form. If you are interested in participating, please print and sign the consent form and send it back to me via e-mail. After I receive the signed consent form, you will receive a link to take a pre-interview questionnaire. Following the completion of the pre-interview questionnaire, you will be contacted to schedule an interview.  Please note that if you email this consent form to me from a work email address, this could be subject to open records requests. There also may be risk associated with breach of confidentiality, such as interception of the consent form through third parties. To mitigate this risk, it is suggested that you utilize personal email in addition to your personal computer to reduce the chance of confidentiality breaching

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at jec37307@uga.edu.

If you are not interested in participating in this study, please disregard any future emails pertaining to this research study.

Thank you for your time.

James Coda

PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant

TESOL and World Language Education

Department of Language and Literacy Education

College of Education

University of Georgia

301F Aderhold Hall

Athens, GA 30602

Principal Investigator: Dr. Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor


March 23, 2019

Durham Technical Community College presents


The Community Interpreter© International

A 40-hour, language-neutral, interpreter training program created by
Cross Cultural Communications.


Have you thought about becoming a medical or community interpreter?  Are you bilingual?  Join us!  Instruction is in English.  Participants are matched up in language pairs.   This is NOT a language course.  This is a program to prepare you for an exciting new career as a community or medical interpreter!


Schedule:            June 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 2019.  All class times are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily.
Where:                 Durham Tech’s Main Campus. 1637 E. Lawson St., Durham, NC 27703
                               (Building 1, Room 153)
Cost:                      Early registration discount -  $395 by May 13. 
                                May 14 and later - $425. 
                                Registration ends June 1, 2019.  
                                Seating is limited.

 

Registration begins April 1, 2019.  Contact Sara Juarez at juarezs@durhamtech.edu for registration details and to learn more!


What is included?:          40 hours of training
                                            Textbook (453 pages) and workbook (229 pages) - $180 retail value!
                                            Certificate*

We will cover:

-          Interpreter’s Role

-          Interpreter Code of Ethics

-          Standards of Practice

-          Modes of Interpreting

-          Note-Taking Techniques

-          Memory Development

 

-          Strategic Mediation

-          Interpreting in Healthcare

-          Cultural Competence & Strategic Mediation

-          Practice

-          Self-study Materials

-          and much more!

 

Facilitated by licensed trainer and certified medical interpreter:
Sara Juarez; M.A., CHI™ 
Director of Interpreting and Translation Programs - Durham Technical Community College

________________________________________________

The Community Interpreter© International
Durham Technical Community College
Summer 2019

DETAILS

Languages - Participants should be fluent in both English and another language.  The program is taught in English.

 

Attendance and Successful Completion - Individuals are required to attend all 40 hours of instruction. Participants who attend all 40 hours of instruction and pass the final exam earn a certificate of successful completion.  Participants do not get to keep their final exam.  In the event of extenuating circumstances, up to a maximum of 4 hours of instruction may be missed when medical or legal documentation is provided within 48 hours of the missed instruction.   Participants are responsible for making up any material that has been missed on their own.  Individuals who attend all hours of instruction but do not pass the exam receive a certificate of attendance and are allowed one retake of a second version of the exam within 2 weeks from the last date of training, during regular business hours on Durham Tech’s Main Campus.  If the participant passes the retake of the exam, the individual receives a certificate of successful completion at that time.  All certificates are awarded at the conclusion of the training and will not be mailed.

 

Cancellations and Refunds - If an individual cancels in writing by or on June 10, 2019, a $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from the registration amount paid.  Allow up to 8 weeks for refunds to be processed.  No refunds will be made after June 10, 2019.  Substitutions are encouraged.

 

“Certificate Holder” vs. “Certified Interpreter” - Upon completion of this program, individuals may consider becoming a certified interpreter.  Program completers are referred to as “certificate holders.”  For interpreters to become “certified” they must take a state, national, or federal exam.  Medical interpreter certification procedures will be discussed during this training.  Do you want to become a certified medical interpreter?  Come join us to learn more!

 

Disability Accommodations - Participants with disabilities are encouraged to learn more about available services by calling a disability services staff member at 919-536-7208, or by emailing Disability Services at: disabilityservices@durhamtech.edu.

Who attends this training?  - If you are interested in becoming an interpreter and are bilingual, join us!  Participants may be brand new to the profession, or they may already find themselves in the role of interpreter and are seeking professional training.  (Open to individuals ages 18 and up.)

 

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Parking is free, and passes will be handed out at the first day of training.
  • Address for GPS: 1637 E. Lawson St. Durham, NC 27703
  • Training location: Building 1, Room 153
  • No transportation? No problem!  We are located on the bus line! Plan your trip here: https://gotriangle.org/trip-planner
  • Meals and snacks are not provided (so that we could offer you the lowest possible registration fee J ).
  • Participants will have two, 15-minute breaks, and a one-hour lunch break.
  • Vending machines and a snack area with tables and a microwave are located near the training room. 
  • No walk-in registrations will be allowed.

 

Sara Juarez is a licensed trainer for The Community Interpreter© International, the only international training agency in the U.S. for community and medical interpreters. 



 

 

 

Sara Juarez, M.A., CHI (TM)

Director of Interpretation / Translation Programs

Center for the Global Learner

Durham Technical Community College

1637 Lawson St.

Durham, NC 27703

(919) 536-7200 ext. 3232



March 23, 2019
Travel the world affordably, earn professional development credit, and bring global understanding into your classroom! 
 
Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 2500 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO educators can earn professional development and graduate credit while seeing the world. GEEO's trips are 5 to 23 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the destination. The deposit is $350 for each program and then the final payment is due 60 days before departure. 

GEEO also provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.
 
GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2019: Borneo, Bolivia, Bangkok to Hanoi, Camino de Santiago, Central Europe, The Galapagos Islands, Greece, Iceland, China, India and Nepal, Jordan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ireland, The Baltics, Paris to Rome, Multi-Stan, Morocco, Mongolia, Peru, Vietnam/Cambodia, and, The Balkans. The registration deadline is June 1st, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline.
 
Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at https://geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9 AM-9 PM EST.

-- 
Jesse Weisz
Executive Director, GEEO Teacher Travel Programs
Phone: 1-877-600-0105
Email: jesse@geeo.org
Website: https://geeo.org


March 6, 2019

Are you looking for some FUN this summer?  Are you looking to for an EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME? Are you looking to travel abroad for a VERY ECONOMICAL price?  Are you looking to get some R&R at the beach, but also earn some CEUs while you get R&R?  Are you looking for an experience you can use to help your earn your Global Educator badge from NCDPI?  Are you looking to experience new cultures and ideas?  Do you have a little knowledge of Spanish (or even a whole lot of knowledge of Spanish) and are looking to increase your proficiency wherever you are on the Spanish language spectrum?  Are you looking to add to your teacher instructional strategy bag of tricks for the classroom?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then COME TO COSTA RICA THIS SUMMER!

 

I am organizing a trip specifically for educators this summer to Tilaran, Costa Rica through a program called The Costa Rica Exchange (www.highschoolspanish.org) This will be a 10 day trip of fun, excitement and learning.  We will get to know the city and community of Tilaran while staying with host families.  We will visit elementary and secondary schools as well as attend classes for educators to focus on instructional practice all while increasing your Spanish proficiency.

 

Here are the details of the trip.  The price is ALL INCLUSIVE!

 

Trip Price Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Transport to and from airport while in CR
  • Daily Lodging and Meals with host family
  • Culture and Recreational Activities
  • Elementary & Secondary School Visits
  • Instructional Practice classes  in Spanish
  • 3 days & 2 nights at the beach with meals and hotel
  • Exploration & touring  of the city of Tilaran
  • 20 hours of training in Spanish and WL Instructional Practice
  • Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.

 

Duration: 10 days

Dates: June 13-22

Cost:  $1,950

 

PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE!

 

For further information, trip registration & questions please contact:

 

Ilba Prego, Director of The Costa Rica Exchange

nica@tds.net

toll free 1.888.674.0408 or 608.698.9628

http://www.highschoolspanish.org/contact-us.htm

 

As the director of the program, Ilba handles all details, registration & payment.  She and I look forward to hearing from you and can’t wait to have you join us in Costa Rica this summer!

 

“When a man is a traveler, the world is his house and the sky is his roof, where he hangs his hat is his home, and all the people are his family.”

–Drew Bundini Brown

 

“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”

– Alexander Solzhenitsyn

 

I am also working on a projecy with Ilba along with other members of our committee to add Tilaran, Costa Rica to the list of cities in Sister Cities Durham (www.sistercities-durham.com).  We are working and are in the middle of this process.  We are very hopeful that soon Tilaran will be added to the 5 other Sister Cities of Durham around the globe and to create a strong partnership between Durham Public Schools, Sister Cities Durham and The Costa Rica Exchange

 

Please feel free to share this with any and all educators you know

 

Thank you, Gracias, Merci, Danke, 謝謝, Cпасибо, Gratias vobis ago, thank you no english (2)cid:image003.gif@01CEC598.30F00420,

 

Melissa Elmore Pérez, M.A., NBCT
K-12 World Languages Specialist
.....................................
919-560-3676 Ext. 21676 /  Melissa.Perez@dpsnc.net


cid:3530016477_68531987


November 28, 2018

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 2019 by starting an 
application today!
 
Since 2006, TCLP has sponsored 291 highly trained teachers that have worked in 187 schools across 39 states and impacted over 83,000 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 webinar at 4:00pm (EST) on December 7, 2018 or January 4, 2019.

To attend a webinar, watch a recording of a past webinar, or to apply to TCLP, please visit http://tclprogram.org/host-school-application. The application deadline for TCLP host schools is Monday, January 22, 2019 at 11:59pm EST


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 

www.highschoolspanish.org

 

 

 

 

For further information:

 

919- 687- 4635, Ext 132

Francisco Duque at: fduque@elcentronc.org

www.elcentronc.org

 

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.

 

We are endorsed by

 



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 www.bit.ly/HR1239 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 (www.bit.ly/HR1239) 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.


Best,


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 | tcalvin@actfl.org | www.actfl.org