March 2006 ::

March 31, 2006

State Festival Information

Registration: Teachers who will be sending students to compete at this year's Festival must register online. All entries must be received by Monday, May 8 to allow for evaluation sheets to be printed. Register your students today! →
Schedule of Competitions:You can now download and print an updated festival schedule as well as directions to the UK campus. For last minute changes, check the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the Old Student Center (across from Starbucks) starting at 8am. Download 2006 Festival Schedule → Directions to UK
Videos: Videos for the State festival should be sent to: Jeff Rogers, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, 1055 Patterson Office Tower, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0027.
Additional Information: Teachers looking for accomodations should contact the Spring Inn Hotel. / The food court in the Student Center on UK's campus will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The menu has a wide variety of entrees ranging from burgers and fries to subs, breakfast foods, salads and a Starbucks.

March 27, 2006

Professional Development Opportunity at UK

UKSig3-2003_159x101.JPGThe Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Kentucky announces a 16-month program for P-12 World Languages teachers (March 2006-June 2007). The program will provide participating teachers with stipends and will cover related costs. In addition, teachers will receive support for student participation in KWLA World Language Festivals (2006 & 2007) and for use of STAMP and LinguaFolio assessment tools. This program is funded by an Improving Educator Quality grant through the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education.
The program is open to all Kentucky P-12 World Language teachers. Preference will be given to teachers in high-needs districts, Title-I schools, and teachers with emergency, alternate, or recent certification.
Download flyer for details and contact information.

March 26, 2006

A New Era for Foreign Languages

JNCL/NCLIS Executive Director, J. David Edwards, releases important article on the status of world language education in the US.

"Not since the late fifties and early sixties of the Cold War and the Space Race have languages enjoyed the support and attention that they are currently receiving. Over the last few years, numerous studies, reports, and hearings, have noted our nation’s serious language shortages and called upon the federal government to increase and improve the United States’ language capabilities."

Download entire article: Word → | PDF → Visit the JNCL/NCLIS website at www.languagepolicy.org

March 23, 2006

JNCL-NCLIS Legislative Alert

There are two new pieces of legislation that have been introduced in the U.S. Congress aimed at improving language education in the United States: On March 16, Senators Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) and Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) introduced the Homeland Security Education Act. This legislation provides many programs such as: scholarships, student loan forgiveness, and grants to encourage students to develop foreign language proficiency along with science and technological knowledge. View a copy of the bill → Representative Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) introduced the 21st Century National Defense Education Act. This bill will provide $1 billion in federal funding to: provide curriculum and instructional facilities and materials; educational incentives such as grants, scholarships and loan forgiveness programs; career development opportunities; and the creation of the Office of Teaching Americans Language Concepts in the Department of Education. View a copy of the bill →