Message from the President


Lesley Chapman, OFLA President 2019-2020
French Teacher, Sycamore High School

Are you considering coming to the OFLA Conference in Cincinnati on April 2-4?  We are planning three days of excellent workshops and sessions for Ohio’s teachers and hope to welcome as many of you as possible.  I would like to take an opportunity to introduce our invited guests. Continue reading

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OFLA Teacher of the Year: Deadline Approaching


Cheryl Johnson, OFLA President-Elect
Instructional Technologist for the Dept. of Modern Languages, Denison University

The February 21st deadline, extended from February 15th, for submitting your portfolio items for consideration as our OFLA Teacher of the Year is fast approaching! In order to submit the required documents, please email Upon receiving your email, you will receive instructions explaining where to submit your materials. See the list of required documents below. Continue reading

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Interpreting Authentic Resources

A Core Practice of World Language Teaching

Lucas Hoffman, OFLA Treasurer
Sylvania Southview High School

This is the fifth article in a series about the nationally developed core practices of world language teaching.  Are you new to the Core Practices? These are researched-informed best practices that should be mastered practices by any beginning teacher in world language education.   Continue reading

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Teri Wiechart, OFLA Membership Chair
Delphos Jefferson High School (Retired)

  1. Use your voice. Our profession takes hits from all angles, not the least of which is the talk of replacing it with computer coding. We need you to speak out, to emphasize that learning another language is NOT something for the few and IS a necessary 21st Century skill. There is strength in numbers when communicating our needs with local administrators, state officials, and national leaders. Are you ready to stand up for your profession?
  2. Become an advocate. OFLA has an Advocacy Chair and Committee who work tirelessly at the state and national levels. Camp OFLA is held every June and has created students who go home and advocate for continuing and expanding languages in their own schools. Can we count you in as one more advocate?
  3. Take advantage of the many opportunities to improve your craft. OFLA offers many Regional Professional Development offerings across the state and through the year and summer months. The annual OFLA Conference ( 1842602) is one of the best around. Over 100 sessions are offered on Friday and Saturday, including special optional workshops all day Thursday and on Saturday morning. Have you asked for time off? Have you registered?
  4. Make new friends. You’ll have people who are professional and support and understand the work that you do. This is especially good for teachers who feel isolated in their schools. With  Facebook pages, Twitter, and the listserv there are many opportunities to continue the dialogue of language teaching and acquisition. Are you ready to join the conversation?
  5. Give back. OFLA and our profession need you to lead and mentor. Use your experience and expertise to guide others. You can do this in small ways by commenting on social media posts or by attending local meet-ups, by writing an article for the Cardinal, by presenting at the conference, or by volunteering with the OFLA Board. What is your strength?

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Using Literature Circles in World Language Classes

Learning something new to teach comprehension-based readers

Beth Hanlon, OFLA Executive Recorder and Editor of The Cardinal
Spanish Teacher, Oberlin High School

Last year, my district’s Spanish department moved to teaching with comprehensible input.  Our curriculum is primarily based on the use of comprehension-based readers.  I am constantly searching for new ways to teach readers with my classes to keep things interesting and to ensure their understanding.  

Somewhere in my searching I stumbled upon the concept of literature circles.  I was intrigued but thought perhaps it was too much of a concept for me to wrap my head around as I am not an English teacher.   Continue reading

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Angela Gardner, OFLA Public Relations and Advocacy Chair
Spanish Teacher, Ross High School

Just as every lesson has one or more objectives to guide it, conversations and written correspondence with our representatives have objectives, often referred to as an “ask.” As our lesson objectives may align to state or national standards, similarly, it helps our representatives understand our requests when we are specific in terms of legislation that we want to see changed, supported, or ***denied***.  Continue reading

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Beginning Teachers


“No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helped you.” ― Althea Gibson

Shelly McAlister, Marlington Local Schools

Megan Helgeson

The OFLA Beginning Teacher Committee is working hard to connect with new teachers and to support them to become excellent, innovative, resourceful, and long lasting world language teachers. Our goal is to provide a network of resources, strategies and tools for new teachers. We want new teachers to know that they are not alone, and that OFLA is here to help them. To this end, we will be interviewing new teachers throughout the year and highlighting them in The Cardinal. Megan Helgeson is a French teacher at Dempsey Middle School in Delaware, Ohio who recently participated in one of our resource swap meets. This is her fourth year teaching French full time. Continue reading

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