Julie Frye, Lexington High School French/OFLA Membership Chair

Happy New Year 2019! I am working on a list of “19 for 2019” and wanted to share the inspiration for this idea. It comes from a podcast! I subscribe to a number of podcasts that I listen to during my daily commute, and the idea for “19 for 2019” comes from “HAPPIER, with GRETCHEN RUBIN”.

What I really want to share with you, though, is the plethora of language-related podcasts available. If you have 20-30 minutes a day (my commute is 40 minutes), for example, preparing a meal, washing dishes, walking the dog, working out at the gym, doing chores around the house, etc., and you have a smartphone or other device, I strongly recommend finding a podcast or two you love, and finding daily inspiration there. Continue reading

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Welcome to Year Two for the State of Ohio Seal of Biliteracy

Lesley Chapman, OFLA President-Elect, Sycamore City Schools

As we turn the page of the calendar and enter 2019, many of us are looking ahead to the spring and to testing for the State of Ohio Seal of Biliteracy. I tested my students last year and was pleased to find that the majority of them were successful. I have used the results of the Seal testing to focus on areas of my program that might need more attention. It is also a very useful tool for encouraging students to remain in their language classes through their junior or senior years of high school since testing must occur within 14 months of graduation. Continue reading

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“…a little chat, a little idle talk of this and that” – Sancho Panza, Man of La Mancha

Barbara A. Sposet, Ph.D.
Chair, OFLA Teacher and Education Licensure Committee
Baldwin Wallace University

This month’s article includes several items of interest to university teacher-educators as well as in-service and pre-service teachers.

For university World Language instructors, methods instructors and teacher candidates: Below is a list of upcoming job fairs. They include: Continue reading

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2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients

Denise Broda
Chair, OFLA Scholarship Committee

The OFLA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s scholarships. Congratulations to the following: Continue reading

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2019 OFLA Awards: Let’s Recognize Ohio’s World Language Teachers!

Beth Hanlon, OFLA Awards Chair
Spanish Teacher, Oberlin High School

Ohio is full of amazing world language teacher who deserve recognition! I am sure you do not need to look far in your school building, your district, or your group of teacher friends in order to find someone deserving of an OFLA teaching award. Why not consider taking that extra step to nominate that deserving and amazing teacher you know for a 2019 OFLA award?

Each year OFLA seeks nominations in fourteen categories: eleven for OFLA members and three for non-OFLA members. This year the OFLA board added the “Pre-Service Teacher Award” in order to recognize outstanding pre-service professionals from Ohio teacher training institutions.  The categories are listed below.

Please see this page for more information, including complete descriptions of award categories, and a nomination form. Any questions should be directed to: A nomination letter, CV or résumé, letters of support, and additional support documentation are due November 1, 2018. Continue reading

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Important Legislative Changes: Elementary Licensure and PBIS Training

Barbara A. Sposet, Ph.D.
Chair, Teacher Education & Licensure Committee
Baldwin Wallace University

“The Only Constant is Change” – Heraclitus, Greek philosopher
Changes affecting both EPP’s (Education Preparation Providers or Teacher Education Programs) and in-service teachers were announced in late August by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE). They include a change in licensure grade band levels and a change in teacher preparation/school district requirements.

Sentate Bill 216 will change the current PK3 license to a PK5 license effective fall, 2020. All other licensure grade bands (e.g., 4-9; 7-12 and PK12) will remain the same. Currently PK3 Continue reading

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Julie Schonauer, New Philadelphia High School/AATG Ohio President,

Werte KollegInnen!
Eure Ohio AATG lädt alle Mitglieder und Interessenten zu einem eintägigen Treffen mit
dem Thema Entdeckungsreise deutscher Wurzeln in Ohio im Herbst herzlich ein. Wir
möchten euch bitten, den deutsch-amerikanischen Tag am Samstag 6. Oktober 2018 frei Continue reading

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