Language Teachers – What are You Doing this Summer?
See what your colleagues are reading, listening to, viewing, and doing over the summer break.
With the school year at an end, the question becomes “what are you doing this summer?” For many language educators travel is on the agenda for both pleasure and research. Often though, while jetting to a far off place, relaxing poolside, or just at home enjoying some well-deserved R&R, there’s time to catch up on a good book, watch a movie, or get to some professional development; giving some attention to the things that usually take a backseat during the busy school year. We caught up with a few language teachers to see what they would be doing this summer. Here’s what they said.
For Amy Mason, Lead Foreign Language Teacher at Warren Township High School – O’Plaine in IL, a major focus this summer is PD. Her school is currently revising their curriculum to better align with ACTFL guidelines and standards so she’s reading some selections from the ACTFL print/e-book collection which includes: The Keys to Planning for Learning, The Keys to Assessing Language Performance, and The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction. This coming fall, in addition to teaching French, Amy will be teaching Level 1 German after a 13-year hiatus so she’s watching Easy German videos on YouTube to strengthen her skills to prep for the upcoming school year.
Amy also let us in on her favorite movie. She said “I absolutely LOVE the 1998 Koch Lorber version of The Count of Monte Cristo – Le Comte de Monte-Cristo with Gérard Depardieu! I re-watch it every summer and use it as one way to hear the language while I’m on break.” She will also be chilling out with music on her YouTube playlists and a mix of current and classic albums in her Amazon music library.
Rosanna Perez, the Instructional Specialist for International Languages, Northside Independent School District, TX tells us that she is looking forward to relaxing with a new book by her favorite author, Isabel Allende, Más Allá del Invierno. She also plans on spending some time reading Cassandra Erken’s book Collaborative Common Assessments. The book aligns with her district’s focus for the 2018-2019 school year. Rosanna explained, “Our plan is to continue to make improvements to our PLCs (Professional Learning Communities) by refining processes through common assessment best practices.”
Jimmy Wildman, Head Teacher in the Foreign Language Department at Glastonbury High School, CT, and President of the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CTCOLT) understandably always has a full agenda – summer included. Jimmy will be attending a two-day Summer 2018 Proficiency Institute being hosted by CTCOLT and the Rhode Island Foreign Language Association (RIFLA). He will also be busy heading the STARTALK Chinese and Russian programs this summer being held at the Glastonbury Public Schools. In his free time, Jimmy plans on tuning in to PANTAYA to catch some Spanish-language movies.
So now the question remains – What are YOU doing this summer? We would love to hear from you. Please post your favorite summer reads, travel, PD resources, movies, etc. to share with colleagues. Whatever you are doing, be safe, enjoy, and Don’t Forget to Take Care of You!