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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.”
Harper College, a two-year associate institution located outside Chicago, is not just any community college; it was proudly named after William Rainey Harper, the first president of the University of Chicago, who founded the entire community college movement.
Living up to its name, Harper College is a progressive learning institution, which is evident in its English as a Second Language (ESL) and Linguistics Department serving about 700 students per semester. They offer a CEA accredited, full-time, 12-week Intensive English Program (IEP) that includes reading, writing, and grammar as well as listening and speaking skills, available in four levels from beginner to high intermediate. Their part-time English Language Program (ELP) is available in five levels and allows the flexibility for students to take morning or evening classes. continue reading
SANS Inc. Announces New Version of Language Lab Software with Enhancements for Wireless Networking
North Branford, Connecticut – September 2014 – SANS Inc., the developer and exclusive licensor of Sony language learning software solutions, has just released Version 14.3 of the Sony Virtuoso™ and Sony Soloist® digital language lab software. Technical advancements in the transmission of audio data make the software more robust in language classrooms using wireless networking.
By Amy Mason, French Teacher
Warren Township High School, IL
Education is an ever-changing issue that is frequently in the forefront of community and political discussions. As we strive to provide the best education for our students, we demand the highest quality teachers to deliver that education. Highly effective teachers help create high-performing students, and providing new and experienced teachers with effective and innovative training helps them to become talented educators.