May 2005 ::

May 24, 2005

Senator Akaka introduces new language legislation

JNCL-NCLISOn May 19th, at the JNCL-NCLIS Legislative Day/Delegate Assembly, Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) announced the introduction of the S. 1089 The National Language Coordination Act of 2005. The Act would create the position of a National Language Director and a National Foreign Language Coordination Council to develop and oversee the implementation of a foreign language strategy for the federal government. The proposed Council, chaired by the National Language Director, would identify crucial priorities, increase public awareness of the need for foreign language skills, advocate maximum use of resources, coordinate cross-sector efforts, and monitor the foreign language activities of the federal government. The bill has been referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee for further action. To read a copy of Senator Akaka's floor statement, please click here To read a copy of Senator Akaka's remarks to JNCL-NCLIS and the bill text, please visit the JNCL-NCLIS website at

May 24, 2005

Ven Conmigo Textbooks Available

I have about 150 Ven Conmigo textbooks that I need to get rid of, Levels I and II. I also have the videos, CDs, and other supplementary materials as well as an almost equal number of student workbooks. If there is a school that needs them, please contact me as soon as possible so that we don’t throw them away unnecessarily. Please contact me at Mrs. Devin Edwards

May 17, 2005


KWLA is proud to announce the results of the 2005 KWLA State Festival. Almost 2000 students participated in over 40 events on Saturday, May 14, on the University of Kentucky campus. Results are now posted. 2005 State Festival Results →

May 12, 2005

2005 Conference Registration OPENS!!!!

2005 KWLA Conference The 2005 KWLA Fall Conference promises to be another outstanding professional development experience. We invite you to join us in Louisville to hear the success stories, discover the challenges, and find solutions for teaching world languages in today's classroom. Online and Traditional Registration are now Open! Learn more about the 2005 KWLA Fall Conference →

May 10, 2005

Rank of Chevalier awarded to KWLA member

The rank of chevalier in the Order of the Palmes Académiques was awarded to KWLA member Jacque Bott Van Houten by the honorary French consul, Anne Cappel, at the annual French American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati gala in Northern Kentucky, on May 9. The Palmes Académiques, is an honor of distinction created by Napoleon I in 1808 and awarded each year by the French government to individuals who have made a significant contribution to education and to the expansion of French culture in the world. Jacque van Houten received the award for her work promoting international partnerships through the first memorandum of agreement signed by a state department of education (KDE) and an academic region of France (Académie de Dijon). CONGRATULATIONS!

May 09, 2005

Calling All Parents!

Stay informed - Get involved - Move ahead ... Please join us for an organizational meeting of the "Kentucky Parents for World Languages Advocacy Group". WHY? Meet like-minded parents from across the Commonwealth to see how parents can get involved in world language teaching and learning in Kentucky. WHEN? Saturday, May 14, 2005 - 10:30 AM WHERE? 18th floor of the Patterson Office Tower (University of Kentucky) If you cannot attend, but would like to be included in future events and/or mailings, please contact us at

May 06, 2005

The Future doesn't Speak French!

Newsweek reports on the growing need and number of Chinese language programs in America. How is your school handling the new demand?

At Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas, the roster for Advanced Chinese V begins with Jason Chao and ends with Kathy Zhang. In between comes an unexpected name: Elizabeth Hoffman. Hoffman, now a 12th grader, began studying Chinese in the eighth grade, has spent a summer studying in Nanjing and plans to perfect her Mandarin when she starts college next fall. When asked by her peers—who typically take Spanish—why she is learning Chinese, she responds with a question: "Why aren't you?"

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