September 2008 ::

September 15, 2008

Announcing new World Language Teacher Network

Looking for more world language specific professional development opportunities?
Do you want to put world language at the table with other assessed content areas?
KWLA is proud to announce the creation of a "World Language Teacher Network" that is being supported through a grant from the Kentucky Department of Education and managed by Northern Kentucky University in collaboration with Morehead State University and Western Kentucky University. The goal of this project is for a cohort of teachers to develop a suite of assessment that guide instruction, and for those teachers to be able to train other teachers in this process. A second goal is for is for participants from middle and high schools as well as colleges and universities to understand the concepts and processes behind performance-based assessment in order for K-20 world language teachers to come to consensus on their expectations for incoming college students. Network activities include specialized training with national and global leaders in the field of world language education, curriculum development, online discussions and more. Participants are paid daily stipends and receive travel reimbursements. Additional information, a schedule of 2008/2009 seminars and an application form: Download PDF file | Download Word file

September 09, 2008

Pre-Registration Deadline: Friday, September 12

Don't forget to register for the 2008 KWLA Fall Conference, held September 25-27 at the Lexington Downtown Hotel & Convention Center: 12 workshops, many focused on the use of technology, two national keynote speakers (including a powerful message on differentiation in the world language class delivered by Toni Theisen), immersion dinners, annual awards lunch and more. The conference registration deadline is this Friday, September 12. Hotel reservations must be made by Wednesday, September 10. Register Today!

September 05, 2008

2008 Kendal Smith Star Awards

KWLA is proud to announce the 2008 recipients of the Kendall Smith Kentucky Star Award. Recipients and their parents are being invited to attend a recognition ceremony on Saturday, September 27th at 8:30 AM as part of the 2008 KWLA Fall Conference held at the Lexington Downtown Hotel & Convention Center. Congratulations to all! Download 2008 Kendall Smith Kentucky Star Awards

September 04, 2008

2008 Conference Preview

You can now download a preview of all of the sessions and workshops offered during the 2008 KWLA Fall Conference: Download Conference Preview Don't forget the Pre-Registration Deadline (September 12th) is fast approaching. There are four different registration options available so that you can customize your conference experience. Avoid the lines and pre-register using online registration today. It's fast, easy, secure and saves your $$ you can spend with the exhibitors. Register Now!

September 04, 2008

Learning Languages

"In Kentucky, the Spanish language is predominantly taught because of the influx of Hispanics," she says. "Often this is at the expense of French and German programs. It is a big mistake to discontinue French and German and to give up the progress we have made in those languages. We need to be teaching multiple languages." -- from Kentucky Living Magazine

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September 04, 2008

German teacher uses blog to further student learning

The German teacher at Highlands High School has started a new-age method to teach her students. This year, Linda Zins-Adams started a blog for her students in all classes, giving them an opportunity to read entries in German, then respond to them. "I needed to find ways for the students to read and write in German more often," Zins-Adams said. "I'm very excited that this is going so well so far."

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