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.” continue reading
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. continue reading
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. continue reading
North Branford, CT, March 25, 2014 – Awards to the two fellowship recipients of the 2014 SANS Inc. /Mead Leadership Program will be formally announced this week at the annual meeting of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) in Boston, March 27-30, 2014. SANS is the leader in the development of instructional technologies for language learning, including the SANSSpace™ virtual language learning platform and Sony Virtuoso™ and Soloist® digital language lab technology suite. SANS has been a sponsor of this program for seven years. continue reading
North Branford, CT, March 11, 2014 – The SANS Inc. SCOLT Leadership Luncheon takes place this week in Memphis, TN, 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, state supervisors and district supervisors, Shelby County Schools and SCOLT will also participate in the program, which occurs on Thursday afternoon during the conference. The theme of the 2014 Leadership Luncheon is “Strengthening the Corps: Building Leadership Across the SCOLT Region.” continue reading