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Friday, April 22, 2016, marks the 46th Earth Day. Started in 1970, by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, to raise awareness of environmental pollution and elevate the issues on a national level. Grassroots efforts and blasts via the wire services (no social media-remember?) ignited our nation with teach-ins, rallies and events across the county including NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. This effort resulted in the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and significant legislative measures to improve the environment in the U.S.
Fast forward to 1990. Earth Day goes global with over 200 million people in 140 countries participating. According to the Earth Day Network (EDN), today more than 1 billion people around the globe are involved in Earth Day activities.
Is Earth Day part of your curriculum? How do you involve your world language students in Earth Day global issues? Please share your insights, ideas, lessons, and feedback on how your students are engaged in these important issues on Earth Day and beyond… continue reading
There have been a lot of headlines recently about swapping out world language programs for computer programming. While this can be very disconcerting, we are happy to report some positive news on world language programs that are getting the support they need to grow.
In Southington, CT, it appears that school board members and parents are very interested in expanding the world language program into the elementary grades. Last month the Cheshire, CT Board of Education voted in favor of an elementary Spanish program in the upcoming year. This decision came as a result of much hard work which included a feasibility study and task force report. continue reading
North Branford, CT, February 16, 2016 – The SANS Inc. SCOLT Leadership Luncheon takes place this week in Charlotte, NC, as part of the annual Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT). This event is an opportunity to develop connections and foster collaboration among leaders of the 14 state associations in the SCOLT region. Members from ACTFL, SCOLT, as well as state and district supervisors will participate in the program, which occurs on Thursday afternoon during the conference. The theme of the 2016 Leadership Luncheon is “Empowering Teachers for EPIC Growth: No Limit to What We Can Achieve.”
SANS Inc. Software and Network Solutions, a U.S. based company and leader in the development of networked and mobile instructional technology for language learning, is the corporate sponsor for this event. “SANS is pleased to continue our support for SCOLT and its leadership initiatives to share best practices with language educators in the Southeast region of the United States,” said SANS president Ron Remschel. “We at SANS understand the importance of ongoing collaboration to help prepare their language students for our global society.” continue reading
North Branford, CT, February 9, 2016 – Awards to the three fellowship recipients of the 2016 Mead Leadership Program will be formally announced this Friday during the awards ceremony of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL), taking place in New York City.
For the ninth consecutive year, SANS Inc. Software and Network Solutions is a corporate sponsor of the Mead Program. SANS is a U.S. based company and leader in the development of mobile and networked instructional technology for language learning.
The Mead Leadership Program supports foreign language teacher-leaders by recognizing their potential to contribute to the improvement of world language education. Mead Fellows are selected in part for the quality of the projects they propose. The plan of action for each project is developed in conjunction with a mentor, and progress is reported by the Fellow at subsequent state association and NECTFL conferences.
This year’s Fellows are Rebecca Bergeron, a teacher of Spanish at the Union County Vocational Technical High School in Scotch Plains, NJ; Tracy Brady, a teacher of French and Spanish at East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District outside of Syracuse, NY; and Dr. Osa-Melero, an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.
November 17, 2015, North Branford, CT – SANS Inc., Software and Network Solutions, has announced the introduction of SANSSpace™ LIVE, a live interactive virtual environment to support anytime, anywhere synchronous language learning. It will be highlighted this week at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference in San Diego, CA.
With SANSSpace LIVE, language teachers can now hold interactive language lab sessions with their students in any classroom or anywhere, any day or every day. This technology negates the paradigm of a language lab being only in a fixed space at a fixed time and only usable by one class at a time. Students and teachers can log-in to a class wherever they are and interact with each other in real-time. continue reading
Many schools across the U.S. are readying for the new school year. In some parts of the country, classes are already in session. Aligning with the world-readiness standards published by ACTFL earlier this year, world language teachers again have the challenge of bringing language to life and making the link between communication and culture for their students with authentic content that is both relevant and engaging.
With the abundance of readily available internet resources, the question of finding culturally enriching resources may not be in the forefront. The other side of this is that there is a plethora of graphic and media sources, so how do busy teacher have the time to sort through everything that is out there to consistently find materials that are appropriate for the language, level, and topic they are teaching?
While most of us associate summer as a time for fun and relaxation, many teachers find it a good time for learning and developing new skills and collaborating with peers on ideas for the upcoming school year.
Summer travel abroad is typical for a good number of language educators who will bring back their cultural experiences and share to enrich their students. Others are taking advantage of personal learning opportunities while there is a break in the action. Whether it be an online session or a hands-on workshop, collaboration is key. continue reading
North Branford, CT, May 7, 2015 – The award to the fellowship recipient of the 2015 SANS Inc. /Mead Leadership Program will be formally announced this week during the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) awards luncheon, taking place in Washington, D.C., as part of the JNCL-NCLIS 2015 Language Advocacy Day events. SANS’ focus is continued development of instructional technologies for language learning, including the SANSSpace™ virtual language learning platform and Virtuoso™ and Soloist® digital language lab software suite. SANS has been a sponsor of this program for eight years. continue reading
North Branford, CT, March 2015 – The SANS Inc. SCOLT Leadership Luncheon takes place this week in Atlanta, GA, as part of the annual Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the SCOLT organization. This event is an opportunity to develop connections and foster collaboration among leaders of the 14 state associations in the SCOLT region. Members from ACTFL, SCOLT, as well as state and district supervisors will participate in the program, which occurs on Thursday afternoon during the conference. The theme of the 2015 Leadership Luncheon is “Inspiring, Engaging and Transforming through Leadership.”
SANS Inc. Software and Network Solutions, a leader in the development of instructional technologies for language learning, is the corporate sponsor for this event. “SANS is pleased to once again support SCOLT and the educational leaders that play an integral part in evolving language learning for the 21st century,” said SANS president Ron Remschel. “SANS would like to congratulate SCOLT on their 50th anniversary and applaud their dedication to preparing students to thrive in a global society.” continue reading
ACTFL, The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, continues this week to bring language educators together to collaborate and learn at the annual ACTFL Convention and Expo, being held in San Antonio, Texas, a destination richly steeped in culture and history. (What a great place for an ACTFL meeting!) “Reaching Global Competence” is this year’s conference theme. ACTFL’s recently published Position Statement describes global competence as “fundamental to the experience of learning languages whether in classrooms, through virtual connections, or via everyday experiences” and a “critical component of education in the 21st century.”