Backward Design of World Language Curriculum
Ryan Wertz, Kathy Shelton and Paula Sondej
World Language Consultants, Ohio Department of Education
“But how do I implement all this?!”
This is the most common question we hear from teachers during professional development workshops on making the shift to a proficiency-based curriculum. It’s a fair question when looking at everything that is involved in teaching language for proficiency. The transition can appear so overwhelming that it may unintentionally cause teachers, who are already inundated with work, to not even attempt to try something new or different. Continue reading
AATG-PAD Study Trip Award Winners Announced
The 2017 AATG-PAD Study Trip Award winners were announced and they include three Ohio German students. There are three award categories, and each of the Ohio winners is in one.
Study Trip Award I winners (non-seniors) receive round-trip air transportation to Germany, live with a host family, attend classes at a Gymnasium, and participate in excursions to places of cultural and historical significance. 39 students were selected for this honor. Ohio student Amita Kharabe from Dublin-Jerome High School, taught by Frau Engberg won this award. Continue reading
AATSP Spring 2017 Update
Spanish Teacher, Ross High School
One of the many the benefits of membership in the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) is the ability to sponsor a chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (an honor society for high school students) or the Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad (society for Spanish and Portuguese students at the middle and elementary school levels). At the university level, Sigma Delta Pi is an honor society for students of the Spanish language. Continue reading
Advancing Language Acquisition by Developing Departmental Cooperation
John De Mado
There is a distinct difference between an ‘approach’ and a ‘method’. An approach is philosophical in nature and pertains to a teacher’s belief system or, as written in Alice Omaggio Hadley’s Teaching Language in Context, a teacher’s organizing principles.
Conversely, a method reflects the arsenal of instructional techniques that a teacher deploys to implement that belief system or those organizing principles.
ACTFL (The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) has recurrently reminded us that, for a language department to be successful, it must be philosophically cohesive to the greatest degree possible. What exactly does that mean? … Does that imply that all members of a department must teach the same way? … If so, is that actually a realistic expectation? … I have consulted with language departments in every state in the USA as well as with a number abroad. One thing that I have found to be indisputable is the fact that, of nature, we language teachers are a very independent lot. We are collegial to one another up to a point; that point of separation pertaining to the methods that we employ and deploy on a daily basis. We are very deferential to one another when the topic arises. It is, I suppose, professional courtesy. Yet, it may be just that deference that is deterring us from our stated mission of delivering to the USA, and thus to the world, a generation of American born students who can function in at least one other language.
Moreover, is it realistic to actually expect each language teacher in a given language department to teach the same way? I am inclined to say no. The way one teaches is influenced by several factors: Continue reading
Lucas Hoffman, OFLA President 2016-2017
French & Spanish Teacher, Sylvania Southview High School
Come join us at the 2017 OFLA Conference in Columbus, Ohio! It will take place March 30-April 1 at the Hilton Polaris.
Many of you will remember this venue where OFLA hosted the 2014 conference. It is conveniently located on the north side of Columbus just off of the I-71 Interstate. You will find lots of options for food, fun and shopping at the Polaris Fashion Place.
The conference registration is now open! Take advantage of the early-bird registration rate of $50.00 for OFLA members. If you would like to stay on-site, you can reserve a hotel for a discounted “OFLA” rate here. Early-bird registration and the conference-rate hotel rooms are available through February 27 (or sooner if the hotel rooms sell out). Continue reading
Beth Hanlon, OFLA President-Elect
After working with the OFLA Nominations Committee, it is time to present the members that will be running for OFLA Board positions during the upcoming election! Please take the time to read about each the eligible professional members and to cast your vote for the leadership of the organization. Continue reading