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Secondary Language Learning

OHIO’S SEAL OF BILITERACY The What, Why, When and How of the Process OFLA Secondary Language Learning Committee:  Maureen Gerber, Perrysburg High School, Chair,  Alexis Blum, Minster High School, and Kerry Parker, Edison High School  The Secondary Language Learning Committee … Continue reading

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Technology Integration

A FLIPPED LANGUAGE CLASSROOM Leah Henson, OFLA Technology Integration Chair Miami University, Senior Lecturer Have you heard that one year of a high school world language course is equivalent to one semester of the same language at the university level? … Continue reading

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Around the State

Ryan Wertz and Kathy Shelton, World Language Consultants Ohio Department of Education New Ohio Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages and Cultures in the Home Stretch At the December meeting of the State Board of Education’s Teaching, Leading and Learning … Continue reading

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AATF

ANNUAL AATF-OHIO VISITS THE TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART Megan Murphy, AATF-Ohio Vice President   French Teacher, Maple Heights High School  AATF-Ohio organized a meetup on January 25 for members at the Toledo Museum of Art. Seven members gathered to take a … Continue reading

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AATSP

AATSP Ohio Buckeye Chapter Updates Jonathan Harris, Chapter President Spanish Teacher, St. Gabriel Consolidated School, Cincinnati The new year brings a new term for officers for the Ohio AATSP Chapter. Below is the new slate of officers for 2020:     … Continue reading

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TESOL

So What’s the Difference? Code-switching versus “Translanguaging” Derek Braun, TESOL/OFLA Liaison Columbus City Schools, EL Science Teacher The terms code-switching and translanguaging both describe the languaging practices of bi/multilinguals.  These terms are often conflated and misinterpreted in their distinction and … Continue reading

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Considering Alsatian-Language Learning to Rethink French Teaching

Cultural and Linguistic Lesson Learned  Benjamin Hirt, French Teacher Keystone School, San Antonio, Texas It is hard to disagree with the notion that French spelling is extremely complex. The dictée nationale is less about completing a perfect dictation than having … Continue reading

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Under the Mask of Bilingual Education

Jing Tan, Miami University/ Under the Mask of Bilingual Education: Cultural Capital In 1839, Ohio was the nation’s first state to formally empower bilingual education law to meet German immigrants’ educational needs at school. In 1968, the Bilingual Education Act … Continue reading

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Meaningful Acquisition

Hongmin Skyly Yu, Cleveland State University I attended the OFLA Teaching Towards Language Acquisition workshop. The topics included comprehensible input strategies like storytelling. But why use stories? It seems that the authentic scene of conversation is more helpful to second … 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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