May 2006 ::

May 26, 2006

Seeking Award Nominations

The Kentucky World Language Association is seeking nominations for awards presented annually to educators and leaders in world languages. Awards will be presented at the annual Fall Conference, in Louisville, Kentucky. Please consider nominating a colleague for an award in one of the following categories: → Lifetime Achievement → Outstanding Teacher → Outstanding New Teacher → Outstanding Administrator → Amici Linguarum Award

May 23, 2006

Festival Scholarship Winners Announced

The University of Kentucky is proud to announce the winners of this years' State World Language Festival scholarships. In French the winner is Emily Trumbo from Bishop Brossart High School. Congratulations to Emily and her teacher, Mimi Hagedorn. In Spanish the winner is Brett Wolff from St. Xavier High School. Congratulations to Brett and his teacher Mary Ann Naser. Each year the University of Kentucky awards up to 6 of these scholarships for students who participate in the state festival and plan to attend UK in the fall. Many past winner have gone on to major in languages at UK and some have worked as assistants for the festival.

May 16, 2006

Congratulations to 2006 Festival Winners!

KWLA is proud to announce the results of the 2006 KWLA Language Festival. Almost 2000 students participated on Saturday, May 13, at the University of Kentucky. Congratulations to all who participated! Results are now posted online.
"The festival gives Kentucky language students an outlet to use the languages they work so hard to learn," said Jeff Rogers, executive director of the festival. "The festival also brings together avid language learners from across the state - it is great to see so many Kentuckians promoting language learning and intercultural understanding in our primary and secondary schools."
2006 State Festival Results →

May 10, 2006

Fletcher Urges Foreign Language Requirement

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the following news:

Gov. Ernie Fletcher told a newly reconfigured state Board of Education yesterday he wants Kentucky high schools to eventually require study in a foreign language. Requiring Kentucky students to learn a foreign language would help the state compete globally, Fletcher said. The governor said he'd want students to take at least "one or two years" but did not set a specific time line.

May 08, 2006

Download Festival Schedule and Map

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 1st floor hallway of the Patterson Office Tower starting at 8am. Download 2006 Festival Schedule → Download Directions to UK → Additional Information →

May 06, 2006

STAMP and LinguaFolio Workshops

UKSig3-2003_159x101.JPGThere will be STAMP and Linguafolio training workshops offered in May and June through the University of Kentucky and support from an Improving Educator Quality grant. The first workshop is May 20th and will be held at the Max Kade House in Lexington. For additional workshops and registeration information download the official announcement!

May 01, 2006

Get your students STAMPED!

Are you bringing level three and/or level four students to the 2006 State World Language Festival at the University of Kentucky? If so, sign them up to take the on-line STAMP test (Standards Based Measurement of Proficiency) now being piloted around the state and endorsed by the Kentucky Department of Education. As part of an Improving Educational Quality (IEQ) grant, the University of Kentucky will make 50-70 tests available for students at this year's Festival. Download flyer for additional information →