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The annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) is taking place in New York City this week. This gathering of about 1,300 language educators, from Maine to Virginia, provides an opportunity for professional development, networking, and seeing first-hand, the latest technology solutions and published materials for language teaching.
You may have been hearing and seeing a lot about SANSSpace LIVE at conferences, on the web, in social media recently. But what is it and how can it help you as a language teacher?
SANSSpace LIVE is a browser-based language teaching & learning platform, with productivity tools to help teachers guide and engage their students in active language learning.
Happy 2018! As we start the New Year, many schools and districts are seeking out productivity tools for new or developing 1:1 initiatives. In tandem, world language educators are tasked with finding ways to increase target language communication to build real-world language skills. Mobile instructional technology platforms can help by providing more interactive learning (increased speaking) with teacher guidance and feedback.
With that said, we are seeing offerings of apps, language lab platforms, and other technologies that promise to be “free.” But the question is: Are they really free?
SANS Inc. is introducing a brand new Pronunciation Activity Tool which is part of the SANSSpace™ interactive language learning platform. We will be showing it this week at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference in Nashville, TN.
Developed Using the Latest Technology
Our development team is using the latest text-to-speech and voice recognition technology, converting text-based material into spoken audio for pronunciation and speech practice. The tool supports multiple languages so it can be widely used in diverse language programs in schools, colleges, universities, and government agencies.
This week, the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL) is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The celebration will be part of its Fall Conference being held in Tinley Park, IL. The conference brings together hundreds of foreign language educators across Illinois to learn and share best teaching practices. The 2017 conference theme is “Explore the Core, the World Language Core: Motivate, Measure, Maximize.”
SANS Inc. Joins the Celebration
SANS Inc. is pleased to support ICTFL as the corporate sponsor for the organization’s 30th Anniversary celebration and cake cutting. “SANS is pleased to support ICTFL as a catalyst to advance the teaching of foreign languages in Illinois,” said SANS president Ron Remschel. “Congratulations to ICTFL and all of your members as you celebrate this important milestone.”
AP® Exams 2017 are now in the history books. This year The College Board introduced new requirements for digital recording and on-line submission of student responses for the speaking portion of AP World Languages exams. These new rules have had many schools scrambling to figure out the best way to administer the tests.
For those schools using SANS’ Virtuoso™ and SANSSpace™ LIVE technology platforms, concerns about the changes were minimal. Why? Because we have been providing controlled AP digital recording solutions to school language departments for AP exams and other oral testing for more than 10 years, and our technology is fully compliant with The College Board procedures.
This week we are celebrating teachers across the country! Our most favorite teachers tend to be “language teachers” – world languages, ASL, and ESL – makes sense since SANS’ technology is about helping language teachers engage students so they can focus on communication and real world language learning.
Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to meet so many great language teachers at all levels; we see the dedication to expanding students’ horizons and outlook on the world. So from the team at SANS Inc., just a quick “thank you” for the important work you do every day. Have a great week! You deserve it!
GRACIAS! THANK YOU! ARIGATO! MERCI! GRAZIE! DANKE! XIE XIE!
Students at Bernards High School, in the New Jersey’s Somerset Hills School District, are ready and excited to learn in a state-of-the-art media center funded with a community-supported referendum. The center has been designed to accommodate all students, with collaborative and quiet study areas, and a new language lab.
The community was invited to a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate the opening of the media center. Guests became “world language students” as Jay Carney, of Chester Technical Services, Inc., provided an overview of how the SANS Virtuoso™ language lab technology facilitates interactive language learning, even partnering them for conversation practice.
– By Linda Markley, SCOLT President
The 2017 Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) will be held in Orlando, FL – March 16-18.
SANS Inc. Support for SCOLT and Language Education
On behalf of SCOLT, I am happy to announce that for the fifth year, SANS Inc. is a sponsor for our Leadership Initiative. We are so grateful for SANS’ continued support of our Leadership Workshop to bring together leaders from the SCOLT region and beyond in order to build a stronger language community.
We really need that more and more as we all need to raise a collective voice that enlightens the world to the power of language education. To accomplish this, we need strong leadership as well as a succession plan to continue moving forward and progressing further into the 21st Century as global citizens and advocates for world languages education. That is why this year’s theme for the Leadership Workshop is ”Strengths Performance”.
Dr. Osa-Melero, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Duquesne University
A NECTFL, SANS Inc. /Mead Fellowship Project
– By Dr. Lucía Osa-Melero, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Spanish
Dr. Osa-Melero is an Assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA and a SANS Inc. /Mead Leadership Fellow selected by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Niños y Niñas Bilingües y Biculturales is a program in which my Spanish Conversation and Composition college students deliver lessons on basic vocabulary, geography, and cultural features of Spanish-speaking countries to English-speaking preschool children ages 3 to 5 in the YMCA-Duquesne Child Development Center.
We bring this content to the preschoolers from a comparative and contrastive perspective. We are helping the little ones to compare their culture with the culture of various Spanish-speaking countries with the hope that they find differences, but also many similarities. The underlying goal of this program is to show children that we are not as different to other cultures as we think we are.