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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.
November 14, 2016, North Branford, CT – The SANSSpace LIVE (Live Interactive Virtual Environment) platform will be showcased in hands-on demonstrations this week at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference in Boston. SANSSpace LIVE, from SANS Inc. Software and Network Solutions, provides mobility for language teachers to engage students in active language learning in school and at home.
While the number of private and public schools across the country implementing mobile technology programs is rapidly growing, there is often a gap in the available solutions for world languages departments that need to integrate Chromebooks™, iPads® or other mobile devices into their curriculum.
SANSSpace LIVE fills this gap as a web-based instructional technology with tools for interactive language learning that can be used in any classroom or anywhere that students use mobile devices.
SANSSpace LIVE will be shown at the ACTFL Conference in Boston in Booth #1312, November 18-20, 2016.
Will You Be Ready? We are.
The College Board has officially announced that the Spoken Free Response Sections of the AP French, German, Italian, and Spanish, as well as the Music Theory, Exams will be going digital for testing in May 2017. This is a major (and necessary) shift that will affect over 220,000 exams taken yearly.
So what does this mean exactly? It’s retirement time for all of those cassette recorders that are taken out of the closet once a year and used for student recordings – all recordings must be done using digital recording technology. Response CDs and tapes will be gone, too, and student recordings will be submitted digitally to the on-line AP Digital Submission Portal. continue reading
June 27th, 2016 marks the thirteenth anniversary of SANS Inc. Wow! Time does fly! We’ve grown, our technology has evolved, and we are moving forward with the SANSSpace™ LIVE (Live Interactive Virtual Environment) platform, providing a solution for language programs at schools that have 1 to 1 and BYOD technology initiatives.
Thank you to all of our educational customers, who inspire us to continue to develop new and innovative instructional technology for language learning. We love getting your input, feedback, and kudos on how our technology is positively impacting your teaching and your students’ learning.
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?