Category Archives: Vol. 53, No. 2 – Winter 2015

Technology Integration

Dr. Bryan R. Drost, Shaker Heights High School, OFLA Technology Integration Chair The OFLA Technology Team has been hard at work developing and implementing our three goals related to developing Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs): supporting  technology, holding regional workshops that … Continue reading

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AATF Ohio News

Mary Townsend, Kettering Fairmont High School, AATF Ohio Vice President OFLA Conference/AATF Ohio In Ohio we are fortunate to have an active foreign language association that strives to support each language teacher in every corner of the state. A major … Continue reading

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AATG

AATG News Deborah Page, AATG Liaison, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash Fall Conference Held The Fall Conference and Meeting were held November 7-8, 2014, in Columbus.   The program began on Friday afternoon with a meet and greet.  There were several … Continue reading

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For Community Connections and Collaboration

Establish a World Language Community Advisory Board  Parthena Draggett, Jackson High School Spanish Teacher & World Language Department Head, OFLA Technology Integration Committee Greetings OFLA Colleagues! I hope that everyone had a wonderful first semester and is looking forward to a … Continue reading

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OVFLA

Teachers, University Faculty and ODE Connect at Annual OVFLA Meeting Mary Jane Kelley, Ohio University, OVFLA Co-Director The Ohio Valley Foreign Language Alliance held its annual fall meeting at Ohio University in Athens on Saturday, November 1, 2014. This year’s … Continue reading

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ODE Around the State

Putting Proficiency-based Learning into Perspective: Shift Happens! Ryan Wertz, Kathy Shelton and Paula Sondej, World Language Consultants, Ohio Department of Education Centuries ago Aristotle imparted this bit of wisdom: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” When … Continue reading

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A Participant’s Guide to the World – Teaching for Global Competence

Elizabeth Munro, Euclid High School, Spanish Teacher World language programs are floundering in many public schools across Ohio. Boards of Education and taxpayers do not view money spent on world language study as an important element in student achievement. Despite … Continue reading

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ASL…Could It Be A Real Language?

Sheri K. Barksdale, Instructor of American Sign Language, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College American Sign Language has been gaining acceptance as a legitimate course of study in high schools and college over the past 20 years.  Once thought to … Continue reading

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Bringing “Global” Close to Home

Debbie Varga, Spanish Teacher, Revere High School, OFLA Advocacy Committee and Second Language Learning Committee During the movie, Up in the Air, Anna Kendrick’s character is attempting to sell the concept of “glocal” (bringing the global-local).  This concept applies directly … Continue reading

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Film Genres, Language Skills and Modes of Communication

María Postigo. Canal Winchester HS, Spanish III & IV Teacher, OFLA Secondary Language Learning Committee. María is currently on a sabbatical as she finishes her PhD Dissertation. Introduction Despite how difficult it is to define the concept of film genre … Continue reading

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