Monthly Archives: January 2018

WHAT TECH TOOLS WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN HOW TO USE?

Shasha Gibbs, OFLA Technology Integration Committee Chair Medina High School The Technology Integration Committee is conducting a half-day workshop titled “Using Technology to Assess the Three Modes of Communication” at the upcoming OFLA Conference. If you are looking for more engaging … Continue reading

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Making the Shift: Planning for Student Variability

Denise Broda, OFLA Scholarship Chair Wooster City Schools One size does not fit all. Several years ago, I attended a workshop on differentiation at the OFLA Conference in Cleveland that was the catalyst for my paradigm shift on how I plan … Continue reading

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SB 216 – Will It Hurt or Help the Teaching Profession?

Barbara A. Sposet, Ph.D., Teacher Education & Licensure Committee Baldwin Wallace University In early October, Ohio Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) introduced Senate Bill 216 called the “Public School Deregulation Act.” The bill has many provisions recommended by school district superintendents in … Continue reading

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Senegal Connection: Authentic Language Use in Real-Life Context

Kerry Parker, Secondary Language Learning Chair French Teacher, Edison High School As world language teachers, one of the challenges we face is to bring a sense of authenticity into learning. It is a challenge all teachers face – how does learning … Continue reading

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2018 OFLA Teacher of the Year

Beth Hanlon, 2017-2018 OFLA President Spanish Teacher, Oberlin High School The Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize very accomplished language teachers that follow best practices, both state and national standards, as well as proficiency guidelines. The Teacher … Continue reading

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Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese is ready for the new year!

Laura Renz, Mirai Intercultural Language and Consulting, Vice President OATJ The previous year ended on a great note with OATJ’s Fall Conference in November with guest presenter Yo Azama who presented on Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA). Teachers of Japanese from … Continue reading

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AATSP Winter 2017-2018: Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica Chapter Ideas

Lindsay Dollinger, AATSP Buckeye Chapter President 2018 Having just inducted our school’s biggest incoming class of new inductees to the “Los Pioneros” Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, the time for planning a new year of opportunities for our Spanish … Continue reading

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Addressing context with Hymes’s SPEAKING model

Marissa K. Wood It is no doubt that role plays, conversation snippets, and dialogues in the foreign language classroom help to develop a learner’s communicative competence. Beyond the tier of Chomsky’s linguistic competence, students learn about appropriateness through practicing language … Continue reading

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Letter to my Novice Language Learners: I understand, and I feel for you. Don’t give up.

Becky Searls Spanish Teacher, Upper Arlington School District Wow. Today I remembered what it’s like to walk a mile in your shoes. I’m writing from Otavalo, Ecuador, in South America, where I started Kichwa language lessons this week. Kichwa is … Continue reading

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French Braiding for Language Class Success

Angela Gardner Spanish Teacher Ross Local Schools, Hamilton, OH I’ll be forever indebted to my cooperating teacher for student teaching, Mrs. Virginia “Ginny” Gills. She taught me many important and valuable things that have served me well in my career … Continue reading

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