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November 26, 2008

Jacque Bott Van Houten Wins National Award

Jacqueline Van Houten, Ph.D., world language and international education consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education since 1999, has been named National Foreign Language State Supervisor of the Year by the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages. Dr. Van Houten received the award in November at the 2008 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention and World Languages Expo in Orlando, Florida. Learn more »

January 08, 2008

Grand Concour 2008 - National French Contest

From KWLA Treasurer and French Teacher, Carl Schaefer:

Dear Colleagues: As a teacher of French, I know that there are many activities that are important to the advancement of your student’s skills and knowledge. I hope this year you will have your students participate in Le Grand Concours as one of those activities. This is an excellent opportunity for your students to showcase their skills. If you have never participated before, I welcome you and encourage you to enroll all of your students regardless of level. If you are a long time participant, welcome back and I ask you to encourage your colleagues to participate as well. Please pass the information on to other French teachers in the state that may not yet be on our mailing list. Membership in AATF is not a requirement (though of course always encouraged). If you would like to receive an informational packet and entry forms in the mail, please email me as soon as possible with your address. Please contact me should you have any questions. Bonne chance et bon courage, Carl Schaefer

Download the 2008 Entry Form: PDF | Word

January 07, 2008

A World Class Education (Volume 2)

Asia Society and the George Lucas Educational Foundation announce the release of A World-Class Education: Volume 2. This DVD, the second in the series, features an updated film on the importance of international knowledge and skills in the 21st century and outlines steps that schools, communities and policy makers can take. Short films highlight exceptional school models in action. Learn more

September 27, 2007

Highly Skilled Educators Sought

Applicants are now being sought for the 2008-09 Highly Skilled Educator (HSE) Cadre. The HSE program provides support to low-performing public schools by placing individuals in those schools to work with teachers, administrators and other staff to improve student achievement. The deadline for applications is October 31. Applications can be found on the Kentucky Department of Education's Web site. Type "Highly Skilled Educator Program" into the Search box.

April 16, 2007

STAMP Tests available from KDE

The Kentucky Department of Education is once again able to provide funding for 1,000 students to complete the STAMP test during spring 2007. Interested teachers should complete the following application form and return via e-mail to Jacque van Houten ( To look at a summary of the 2006 results: click here!

January 18, 2006

Louisville Teacher to Appear on KET

Diane Mackenzie, the Atherton High School Spanish teacher who received the prestigious $25,000 Milken Family Foundation Educator Award, chats with Bill Goodman on the next One to One, airing Friday, Feb. 3 at 10/9 PM CT on KET2 and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2/1 PM CT on KET1. atherton.jpg Diane, a KWLA member, has been a teacher for 16 years and is chair of Atherton's world language department. She was a Fulbright Scholarship recipient in 1988, has received the Superintendent's Distinguished Service Award and is a mentor and supervisor for new teachers. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville and holds a teaching certificate from Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala.

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!

April 20, 2005

KWLA member becomes Fulbright Teacher

fullbright.gifKWLA member and Spanish teacher, Anne Smieszny (Villa Madonna Academy), was chosen to participate in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program in Bogota, Colombia during the 2005/2006 school year. CONGRATULATIONS! Anne's students will learn from Luisa Ortiz, a teacher from the school in Bogota. Smieszny has a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Linguistics from Ohio State University, and has recently completed a master's degree in teaching from Northern Kentucky University.

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 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 →

February 24, 2005

U.S. Universities Offering 226 Languages for U.S. International Needs

Michigan State University’s e-LCTL Initiative has released these data in a major new website inventorying the nation’s capacity in the diverse “less commonly taught languages” (LCTLs) in both universities and government training institutes. For 2001-02, the report reveals that more than 30,000 students enrolled in 128 LCTLs in these 55 universities in 27 states, in centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI international education programs. This long-lasting partnership between the Federal government and these U.S. universities has created an unparalleled capacity to teach both foreign languages and “area studies” about societies around the world - covering all continents. Indeed, for the past decade, the study estimates more than 80% of all instruction in these less commonly taught languages – was in these Title VI-supported centers – excluding the “commonly-taught” languages of French, Spanish, German, and Italian. Visit the e-LCTL Initiative web site →

February 08, 2005

Professional Development for French P-12 teachers

Announcing an exciting opportunity for P-12 French instructors outside of Jefferson County to take part in a year-long series of professional development activities organized by Western Kentucky University and funded by a Council on Postsecondary Education "Improving Educator Quality" grant. The program includes two weeks in France in summer 2005. Apply quickly; deadline is February 18.

Download Invitation: PDF → | Word → Download Program and Application: PDF → | Word →

February 07, 2005

World Language Sessions at KTLC 2005

KTLClogo2005-3.gifThe Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC), the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, will provide the setting for the 2005 Kentucky Teaching and Learning Conference, March 3-5. Pre-registration ends on February 14 and information along with other conference information can be found at There are several sessions on World Language and International Education scheduled. Learn more »

January 31, 2005

Advocacy Workshop for German Teachers

chi-gilogo-de.gifThe Goethe-Institut Chicago is organizing a weekend workshop for teachers of German to help them advocate their programs. Further details on the workshop can be found on the Goethe Institut web site. If you decide to go, please consider presenting at the 2005 KWLA fall conference to share what you have learned!

January 13, 2005

Fulbright Hosting Opportunity - Morocco

fullbright.gif The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program is currently looking for U.S. high schools/districts to host English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers from Morocco for six weeks in March-April 2005. More information about the program and the host application form can be found at the Fulbright Web Site

January 12, 2005

New Membership Structure

During it's annual retreat, the KWLA board approved a new membership structure effective immediately.

Regular Membership: $35.00 Retired Membership: FREE Student Membership: FREE

Members who join or renew their membership along with the fall conference will continue to pay $25.00 for their membership.

November 08, 2004

Board Meets in Lexington

KWLA's board members met on Saturday, November 6th at the Max Kade German House and Cultural Center on the University of Kentucky campus.

November 01, 2004

Paige Releases IEW Statement

Secretary of Education Rod Paige's International Education Week 2004 statement was released October 27, and may be read online. Learn more »

October 25, 2004

Teacher Tax Deduction for Classroom Expenses Extended for 2004-05

The recent tax legislation signed into law by President Bush includes an extension of the "above-the-line" tax deduction for teachers for the first $250 "out-of-pocket" you spend on instructional materials and classroom supplies. Learn more »

October 18, 2004

International Education Week

Secretary of State Colin Powell released a statement for International Education Week 2004 (November 15-19). Learn more »

October 07, 2004

Grant Opportunity: Free Language Lab

SANS Inc., the developer and exclusive licensor of Sony language learning software solutions, will award a Sony Virtuoso Language Lab software package valued at over $50,000 to a certified senior high school, college, or university with a language learning program and a networked PC-based lab in place. Learn more »

October 04, 2004

Textbook Commission Releases List

The Textbook Commission will approve the State Multiple List for World Language textbooks on Friday, Oct. 8, 2005. This State Multiple List will be published on the KDE website by November 15, 2004.

September 28, 2004

Voice and Vision in Language Teacher Education

The fourth International Conference on Language Teacher Education welcomes proposals for papers and symposia on all aspects of the education and professional development of language teachers. Learn more »

September 02, 2004

Kentucky AP Scores Released

In 2003, 1073 Kentucky public school students took a world language AP exam. In 2004, 1205 took a world language AP exam -- an increase of 11 percent, data released from the College Board indicates. Learn more »

September 01, 2004

Visiones: Latino Art and Culture

Latino artists across the United States take center stage in Visiones: Latino Art and Culture , a six-part series airing Sundays, beginning Sept. 5 at 10:30/9:30 p.m. CT on KET2 and Thursdays, beginning Sept. 16 at 10:30/9:30 p.m. CT on KET1. Learn more »

August 19, 2004

Call for Papers

The Kentucky Teaching and Learning Conference invites you to submit an application to be considered for workshops and sessions to be held March 3-5, 2005. Learn more »

May 19, 2004

KET airs series for world language teachers

KET is airing the new series Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Classroom Practices Library.
Next Air date: On KET3 and Star Satellite Channel 703 Monday, May 24, 8:00 am ET (4 hours) and 12:30 pm ET ( 4 hours), Tuesday, May 25, 8:00 am ET (4 hours) and 12:30 pm ET (4 hours). Learn more

March 26, 2004

Hosting situations needed for Moroccan Fulbright Teachers

There are a few opportunities still available to host a Moroccan Teacher in your school/district for the period April 9- May 24. The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, U.S. Department of State, is looking for schools with excellent ESL programs to host Moroccan teachers for an upcoming special program initiative with Morocco. The Moroccan visitors, fluent in English, are interested in working with students to teach them about life and education in a French/Arabic-speaking country and with U.S. teachers on other creative projects. Schools should assign their Moroccan guest to a host ESL teacher and allow the visitor to both work-shadow and team-teach. Host families will receive a hosting stipend of $500 for the purpose of housing the guest and introducing him/her to life and culture in the United States. If you are interested in this program, please check our web-site under OTHER OPPORTUNITIES and complete the downloadable host form linked there (Please do not use the on-line application on the site for this special program.). Completed applications should be faxed to our attention at (202) 479-6806 by 9 am Eastern Standard Time on Monday, March 29. For questions about this program or a hosting form, please e-mail or call 202-314-3520.

March 17, 2004

2004-2005 Argentina Administrator Program

Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange is currently seeking applications from U.S. school administrators at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to participate in a two-way, non-simultaneous exchange program with counterparts from Argentina. Learn more

February 26, 2004

Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program

The FY 2004 Budget that was passed by Congress in January included a provision to establish a commission to recommend a program that will expand the opportunities for students in higher education in the US to study abroad, with an emphasis placed on studying in developing countries. The proposal envisions fellowships of up to $7,000 for 500,000 students per year to study abroad for a summer or a school year. Learn more

February 19, 2004

Summer Teacher Fellowship

K-12 and community college teachers with an interest in Latin America are eligible to receive one of four $1,000.00 teacher fellowships to participate in the second session (July 2-24, 2004) of the Andes and the Amazon Summer Field School in Ecuador. Learn more

January 29, 2004

FL Funding Approved.

On January 23rd, President Bush signed H.R. 2673, the "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004" into law. The news is mixed for programs that concern the language and international education community. Download a copy of the JNCL-NCLIS Appropriations chart. For a copy of the Department of Education's full Appropriations chart, visit the JNCL-NCLIS website.

January 26, 2004

Ky Teacher Receives National Board Certification

AATF member, Terri Coke, has just received National Board Certification in World Languages in this, the second year of certification offered in world languages. Congratulations to Terri and to the 48 other AATF members throughout the nation who achieved this recognition in 2004! Learn more

January 26, 2004

Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Library of Classroom Practices

A video library illustrating effective instruction and assessment strategies for teaching foreign languages. The language classrooms shown in this library include Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Chinese. All classroom videos are subtitled in English and are appropriate for K12 teachers of any foreign language. Created in conjunction with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), it is broadcast live on KET 4 every Friday afternoon, or you can view each program online by registering for Annenberg's FREE "Video on Demand". Learn more

December 01, 2003

More College Students Studying Foreign Languages Than Ever Before

The Modern Language Association (MLA) survey of 2002 Foreign Language Enrollments in United States Institutions of Higher Education, Fall 2002 funded by the Department of Education found that more students are studying foreign languages than ever before and that the variety of languages being taught is greater than ever before. While Arabic, Hebrew and ASL are enjoying the largest percentage increases, the study found a 14.1% increase in Latin, 13.7% in Spanish, and 12.5% in German. Read the entire document (PDF-file)

November 24, 2003

Remarks of Secretary Paige

Secretary of Education Rod Paige spoke at the ACTFL Annual Conference in Philadelphia on foreign language education. learn more

September 05, 2003

AP Results in Kentucky

AP Central (provided by The College Board) announces AP results for foreign languages in Kentucky. Download the 2002 results (Word Document).

September 04, 2003

Showing off your language skills

The Kentucky Department of Education seeks presenters for the Kentucky Teaching and Learning Conference March 4-6, 2004. The application deadline has been extended to Sept. 30, 2003. Let's make sure world language teachers are well represented. If you are presenting at KCTFL this year, consider a repeat performance in the spring.

August 01, 2003

KCTFL launches new website