Monthly Archives: October 2019

Early Language Learning

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAMP OFLA! 2019 Camp OFLA Recap and Looking Ahead Samantha Bremner, OFLA Early Language Learning Chair This year, Camp OFLA celebrated its 15th year! The theme was “Crayons” highlighting colors, emotions, traveling, and writing postcards. It was based … Continue reading

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Scholarship

NEW SCHOOL YEAR, NEW OPPORTUNITIES! Scholarships Available Julie Frye, OFLA Scholarship Chair French Teacher, Lexington High School I don’t know what your school schedule is, but my students received their first grade cards on Friday, 4 October. It just doesn’t … Continue reading

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Secondary Language Learning

ZUT ALORS!  TEACHING THE PASSÉ COMPOSÉ VERSUS THE IMPARFAIT IN A PROFICIENCY-BASED FRENCH CLASSROOM Maureen Gerber, OFLA Secondary Learning Chair French Teacher, Perrysburg High School For so many of us, the past narrative is a struggle to teach. I remember … Continue reading

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Technology Integration

INTEGRATED PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS Make IPAs Work for You! Jill Gomez and Leah Henson, Miami University Regionals, Senior Lecturers Our introduction to integrated performance assessments (IPAs) began in 2009 with a familiarization workshop at the annual American Council on the Teaching … Continue reading

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Around the State

Ryan Wertz and Kathy Shelton, World Language Consultants Ohio Department of Education As the 2019-2020 academic year begins, we at the Ohio Department of Education would like to express a heartfelt “Welcome Back” to our outstanding Ohio world language teachers. … Continue reading

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Annual AATF-Ohio Immersion Weekend a Success

Members from across the state travel to Dillon State Park Megan Murphy, Vice President, AATF-Ohio French Teacher, Maple Heights High School  Every fall French teachers from around the state gather at a state park for our annual French immersion weekend. … Continue reading

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AATG News

JULIE SCHONAUER AATG Ohio Statement on the Tragic Loss of Julie Schonauer  Mark Himmelein, University of Mount Union It is with great sorrow that the AATG announces the sudden passing of a valued colleague and dear friend, Julie Ann Schonauer, … Continue reading

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AATSP

EDUCATING SOLUTIONARIES Jonathan Harris, Ohio AATSP President-Elect Spanish Teacher, St. Gabriel Consolidated School, Cincinnati I attended the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) national conference in San Diego this past July. Whereas this conference was inspiring and … Continue reading

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TESOL

COLOMBIA: A TRAVEL REVIEW 2019 Oscars of Tourism Recipient Derek Braun, TESOL/OFLA Liaison Columbus City Schools, EL Science Teacher Colombia, a place when mentioned usually leads one to dream up images of Pablo Escobar, drug trafficking, FARC, violence and government … Continue reading

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Creating Beginner Buy-in through Positive Messaging 

Kirsten Halling, Professor of French Wright State University On the first day of teaching my first college class in 1987, I followed the exact instructions I had been given during my Graduate TA Orientation Week, enthusiastically implementing the Communicative Method … Continue reading

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