March 2005 ::

March 31, 2005

Kentucky Teacher Wins Prestigious Award

Congratulations go out to Kentucky Latin Teacher (and KWLA Board Member) Kelly Kusch, Covington Latin School, who won the prestigious Award for Excellence in Precollegiate Teaching given by the American Philological Association. Learn More →

March 30, 2005

Professional Development workshop at WKU

western_logo.jpgThe first major event of the year-long Improving Educator Quality Grant project organized by Western Kentucky University takes place on Saturday morning, April 9. The topic of the workshop, presented by Dr. Jacque van Houten, KDE World Language Consultant, is LinguaFolio KY! This self-assessment tool for students, first developed in Europe, is being implemented in the USA as well; postsecondary as well as P12 instructors will find it useful to attend the workshop. Download Information Sheet → Download Registration Form →

March 20, 2005

ATTG Kentucky Announces Study Trip Winner

This year, the AATG Kentucky had 18 students who tested above the 90th percentile level on the National German Exam, 15 of these were eligible to compete for a summer study trip to Germany. aatg-lg1.gifOn March 15, Bellarmine University hosted 5 of the 15 eligible students on the Bellarmine campus for a two hour group interview. Upon completion of the group interview, the selection committee and the Bellarmine Foreign Language Chair, Gabriele W. Bosley determined the Kentucky State winner to be Mr. John Baunach a German III student in grade 11 from St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Congratulations to all who participated, particularly to Herr Richard Knoop and his German III student, Mr. John D. Baunach.

March 16, 2005

State Festival Registration Opens

festival_cover_05_small.gif KWLA is proud to announce the opening of online registration for the 2005 KWLA State Festival. Teachers who will be sending students to compete at this year's Festival must register online. All entries must be received by Saturday, May 7th to allow for evaluation sheets to be printed. Please be patient, as we are trying this new online system for festival registration. It is designed to be more time and cost efficient. If you have any questions about the online festival registration, please contact KWLA at → Register your students today!

March 16, 2005

Call for Papers, Presentations and Workshops

You can still submit a proposal for the 2005 KWLA Fall Conference (September 22-24). Please consider sharing a wonderful teaching idea during the KWLA Shorts, a teaching unit for a 30 minute session, a research paper, or even a 3-hour workshop. Complete the proposal form and submit it by April 1, 2005.

2005 Conference Proposal Form: On-line | Word | PDF

March 14, 2005

Immersion Institutes For French and Spanish

The University of Washington is offering two immersion institutes this summer for pre- or in-service teachers of French and Spanish.

The Guatemala Experience: Immersion in Spanish Language, Culture and History in Antigua, July 24-Aug. 10, 2005. Features of the institute include one-on-one language instruction, group class in Guatemalan culture and history, excursions in the area, visits to local schools and several days around Lake Atitlan. For more info visit:

Québec's Language, Culture and Society in the Classroom: An immersion institute for French teachers, July 4-22, 2005. Components on Québec's history, language and cultural traditions are integrated with pedagogy, including using technology. For more info visit:

March 09, 2005

KWLA member receives National Board Certification

Spanish teacher and KWLA member, Ginny Robke from Connor High School, recently received her National Board Certification. The Kentucky Enquirer reported about this honor in their March 8 issue. CONGRATULATIONS! Read entire article →

March 03, 2005

Kentucky House Passes YOL Resolution

The House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky adopted House Resolution 175 on Tuesday, March 1st in honor and recognition of 2005 as "The Year of Languages." Read the entire resolution →
(HINT: click on the HR 175 link to read entire resolution)