Monthly Archives: October 2019

Letter from the President

WELCOME TO THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR Lesley Chapman, OFLA President 2019-2020 French Teacher, Sycamore High School Dear OFLA Members: It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the 2019-2020 school year.  2020 seems so futuristic, doesn’t it? I recall not … Continue reading

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OFLA Teacher of the Year

CALL FOR THE OHIO TEACHER OF THE YEAR APPLICATIONS Cheryl Johnson, OFLA President-Elect Instructional Technologist for the Dept. of Modern Languages, Denison University  Do you know an outstanding teacher who is deserving to represent Ohio as the 2021 Teacher of … Continue reading

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The First and Easiest Step Toward World Language Advocacy

Richard Emch, OFLA Parliamentarian and Bylaws French Teacher, North Royalton City Schools Are you an advocate for world language learning? An easy way to advocate for world language learning is often overlooked by world language professionals. Maintaining membership in several … Continue reading

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2020 OFLA Awards

LET’S  RECOGNIZE OHIO’S WORLD LANGUAGE TEACHERS!  Milton Alan Turner, OFLA Awards Chair French and Spanish Teacher, Saint Ignatius High School I am sure we all know incredibly talented teachers in our buildings and districts who are doing amazing jobs with … 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 part four in a series of articles about the nationally developed core practices of world language teaching.  In 2015-2016, I started sharing some of the new nationally recognized core practices. … Continue reading

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MEMBERSHIP IN OFLA Teri Wiechart, OFLA Membership Chair Delphos Jefferson High School (Retired) Why we need you: We need you as a leader in our profession as we are hoping to “stamp out monolingualism” in America. We need your voice … Continue reading

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The Scariest Thing I Did Over the Summer

Dina Marsala, OFLA Editor of Electronic Media French Teacher, Avon Lake City Schools  The definition of fear: an unpleasant emotion or thought that you have when you are frightened or worried by something dangerous, painful, or bad that is happening … Continue reading

Posted in Executive News, Fall 2019

Professional Development

GET IN THE GAME! Connect when you connect Holly Haputa, OFLA Professional Development Chair Spanish Teacher, Avon Lake High School If you are like me, you are actively using Quizlet, Kahoot, Gimkit, and a host of other websites that turn … Continue reading

Posted in Executive News, Fall 2019, Uncategorized


REFLECTIONS ON HB 166 We Need to Educate Our Representatives Angela Gardner, OFLA Public Relations and Advocacy Chair The summer of 2019 found us faced with legislation that proposed to allow coding to replace language learning for credit in school … Continue reading

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Beginning Teachers

PEER MENTOR GROUPS Trial and error bring SUCCESS! Megan Brady, OFLA Beginning Teacher Chair Spanish Teacher, Marlington Local Schools As a smaller district in Northeast Ohio, we have a small migrant population who is in our district for approximately the … Continue reading

Posted in Committee News, Fall 2019, Uncategorized