The Spanish Departments at Catherine McAuley and Cheverus are hosting ten students and 2 teachers from a sister/brother high school in Santiago, Chile. The Chileans will be living with individual host families in our schools. They will be in Maine from March 2 to March 29. From here they will be visiting New York City, Washington, D.C., and Miami, Florida, before returning home.
Cheverus has had this program previously, but this year the Chileans asked McAuley to become involved. This is an exciting chance for all our students to gain experience with another culture and to improve their learned Spanish. We are hoping to have some of our McAuley students go to Chile as they are coming here. It’s a great opportunity for a life-changing encounter.
The Chileans will attend the school day, shadowing their host sisters or other McAuley students. They will be in classes daily, as if they were McAuley students themselves, but will not be graded or expected to attain all that our students do, due to the language ability. This will give them a wonderful day-to-day understanding of the life of an American teen.
There are various activities planned for the Chileans to experience more of Maine and American culture: Augusta, the State House and Museum; Portland, the Casco Bay Ferry and the Old Port with history; Boston, the Fogg Museum, Quincy Market and the Science Museum; Sugarloaf weekend for skiing, boarding, or just having fun. A variety of the McAuley students will attend these activities, not only the host sisters.
CLASSICAL IMPERATIVES AND INSPIRATIONS
Opportunities for Fun, Profit, and Glory
MAINE CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION Spring Meeting
Saturday, April 30, 2005, 8:30-1:30, Messalonskee High School,
FMI: Robin Colby, MCA Vice-President, 13 Western Avenue, Waterville, ME 0491
Sally Cody, MCA Corresponding Secretary, 78 Salem Street, Portland. ME 04102
Email: email@example.com Phone: (207) 773-6579
AATSP had a meeting during the FLAME conference and elected a new slate of officers.
They are as follows:
Virginia Stelk has been appointed National Exam Coordinator.
Jeremy Willette, who is taking a two year leave to teach in Budapest, Hungary (!) will be shadowing the group until June and helping out with pre-plans for the fall conference via email.
The Maine Chapter of AATF had a meeting at the FLAME Conference on March 4, 2005. The slate of officers:
Gail Carville is the Grand Concours coordinator. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maine AATF now has an Advocacy committee working on four projects:
Laureanna Boucher Award-Sylvie Charron invited members to nominate students for the Laureanna Boucher award. The deadline has been moved to May 31, 2005. For more information see below and visit the Maine AATF website at http://www.angelfire.com/me4/aatfmaine/
We were fortunate to have our regional representative Jean-Pierre Berwald say a few words to us. Julia Shulz described her new program Acces Cinéma Africain, a French language immersion offered in Montreal in collaboration with Vues d'Afrique, the largest festival of Franco-phone African & Caribbean film & video in North America.
All teachers present were invited to participate in a group activity to help create a French teacher network. On large sheets of paper posted around the room each teacher wrote which textbooks and/or materials s/he used along with his/her name, school, and email. Thus the teachers could find colleagues who use the same books and have their contact information. This should facilitate inter-collegial support to better use those particular teaching tools. Many went home with a free dictionary as well, thanks to Ray Pelletier! Merci Ray!
by Catherine Hobby, Editor
Summer Fare with International Flair
June 23 – 26 2005
Maine's Largest Cultural Festival!
Events include a re-enactment of the first Acadian landing in northern Maine, traditional Acadian supper, a softball tournament, barge rides on Long Lake, entertainment, cultural displays, a festival parade, "Festival Familial" and much more. The Festival is held each year in conjunction with a huge family reunion, honoring one of the Acadian pioneer families. This year it will be the Dionne family.
**For details and a full schedule of the Festival visit
FESTIVAL DE JOIE
A Franco-American Cultural Festival in Lewiston, Maine
Many Multicultural Events
August 5-6-7, 2005
Festival Location: Railroad Park, Oxford Street Lewiston, Maine
Concert at the Franco American Heritage Center Parade, Bean Supper, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Planned Walking Tour of Little Canada . More attractions are continually being added.
For more information visit the website www.festivaldejoie.org
First presented in 1934, the National Folk Festival is the oldest multi-cultural traditional arts celebration in the nation. Musicians and craftspeople from every state in the Union and most U.S. territories have participated in this "moveable feast of deeply traditional folk arts" which is now attracting the largest audiences in its history.
A large-scale outdoor event presented free to the public, the National Folk Festival celebrates the richness and variety of American culture. Audiences are treated to blues, rockabilly, gospel, klezmer, jazz, bluegrass, cowboy, polka, (and much more) as well as traditional music and dance from Cajun, Native American, Celtic, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, East Asian, Appalachian, Hispanic, African, and Pacific Island cultures. Material culture exhibits and demonstrations feature the finest craftspeople and explore many traditional crafts. The master craftspeople participating in the National are often asked to take part in discussions and workshops, creating a deeply educational experience.
***For more information visit http://www.nationalfolkfestival.com/
FESTIVAL SANS FRONTIERE
The Festival without Borders is a cross-border international Festival that unites Jackman, Maine with St.Theophile, QC. The Festival began in 1990. In even numbered years the Festival is held in St. Theophile. In odd numbered years the Festival is held in Jackman.
***For more information visit
THE ACADIAN VILLAGE
Historical Society of Living Heritage .
The Acadian Village is registered in the National Register of Historic Places and has been recognized as a Historic National Landmark.
The Acadians were people from France who settled on Acadia, now known as Nova Scotia, in the 16-17th century. In 1755 they were deported by the English Government to all points of North America and Canada. T settle in St. David, in 1785.
Open daily 12-5 from June 15 to September 15.
For special tours of 10 or more; May 31st to October 1st.
Admission $3.50(adults) - $1.50(kids)
MEALS: Available to groups
*** For more information visit http://themainelink.com/acadianvillage/
by Lorraine Giasson; Lisbon Community School; Mill Street, Lisbon, Maine, O4250; 207-353- 4132 Ext. 436
Target Language: Any language , K-6 (first year for all levels)
Maine Learning Results: A-3,(Pre k-2); A-4 ( 3-4); B-1,3; B-1,6; C-1; (Pre-k); C-4 (3-4)
Method of Assessment: Teacher observation
Possible follow-up: After observing students it will be easy to see which skills need re-teaching and / or review.
Le Stylo Rouge
by Cathy Charles, Mountain Valley High School, Rimford, Maine 04276, 207 364-4547,
Any language, any level
Materials: You could either have students be responsible for bringing red pens to class or you could have a jar of red pens in your classroom.
This rather simple, old-fashioned idea makes my life easier and my students’ written homework assignments more meaningful. When I copy a worksheet or workbook activity I also make a copy of the answer key. (You need only make as many copies as your largest section… and they can be used year after year.) Before collecting the assignment I hand out the answer sheets.
Student must use their red pens to correct any mistakes they have made. As they do so, it gives me a chance to circulate and answer individual questions. I find students are more often willing to ask question one on one than in front of the whole class.
Being “in control” of the red pen seems to give them more interest in correcting their work and reinforces the material being taught.
The rule is….you must correct carefully if you want full credit for the homework assignment.
Feel the Object, Give Verbal Clues, Make a Guess
by Rossana Pass, Noble High School, (207)676-2843, email@example.com
Objective: to work together as a team to collect as many mystery objects as possible by using the sense of touch and by giving verbal clues in the target language of words related to a mystery object.
Duration of activity: about one or two minutes per object.
Materials: a dark bag with a variety of random objects with whose vocabulary categories students are familiar.
Age of participants: 7th through 12th graders (language learners at intermediate level)
Preparation time: about 10 minutes
Number of participants: up to four teams of four people
Warm-up activity: Students work with a partner, think of interesting appropriate objects they have in their backpack or purse, have the partner close his/her eyes, place one object in their partner’s hands for him or her to feel and guess what it is. Students can also brainstorm together a list of five or more objects related to the ones they got to feel with their eyes closed.
Procedure: Each team is to send one player to the front of the room. This player stands up facing his/her group with both hands behind him/her. The teacher places a random mystery object in the player’s hands for up to 30 seconds to determine what the object is. Once the player has an idea of what the object is, he/she begins naming other objects related to the one he/she was given so as to have his/her teammates guess what the mystery object is. Teammates have up to one minute to shout out possible answers. When the player giving clues hears the correct answer, he/she shows his/her teammates the object he/she is holding behind him; the team gets to keep it for the duration of the game. If teammates don’t guess what the mystery object is, the team next in turn gets to make two guesses. If they guess correctly, they get to keep the object; otherwise the team next in turn makes two other guesses.
Evaluation: Were students able to use a variety of words related to objects? Were students able to work together as a team to stay focused throughout the activity?
by Catherine Hobby, Lunt School, Falmouth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Level: Beginners. Could be done orally with young students who do not read.
Objective A fun cultural tid-bit: to become acquainted with the animal sounds “French” animals make.
Here is a poem where the animals where the animals make the wrong sounds.
1.Students read the poem aloud. It is more fun if you give the students parts: a few students could be the “narrator” and small groups of 3 or 4 students could make certain animal sounds during the reading.
2. Then, in small groups the students correct the poem and give readings of their new version.
La vache fait ron ron
Le cochon fait meuh meuh
Le chien fait miaou miaou
Le chat fait ouaf ouaf
L'éléphant fait couin couin
Le canard fait hon hon
L'âne fait cot cot
La poule fait hi han hi han
Le coq fait ouin ouin
Le singe fait cocorico
Le serpent fait béé béé
Le mouton fait sisi sisi
FLAME has a LISTSERV: flteachers!!
Consider joining! We’d love to have you!
First, what is a listserv? It is NOT an email list!
A listserv is an automatic mailing list server. When an e-mail is addressed to a listserv mailing list, it is automatically sent to everyone who is a member of the listserv. The result is similar to a discussion board, except that the messages are transmitted entirely through e-mail. Consequently, the information is only available to members on the list.
Description of flteachers: This group, created by the Foreign Language Association of Maine, is designed to be a place where new and not-so-new teachers in Maine can support each other in our endeavor to be the best foreign language teachers we can possibly be. This is a place where you can ask questions, post suggestions, share teacher tips, pose classroom management conundrums, and anything else that relates to the teaching of foreign languages in Maine schools. To be eligible for this group, you need to be a teacher teaching in a school in Maine.
Directions for signing on to the listserv
1. go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/flteachers/
2. Click on Join this Group (blue box in top center)
If you are already a member of Yahoo, you will need to sign in first. If not, you can simply click on New User Sign up (in blue). You will find this little sign next to the larger Yahoo groups sign at the top of the page. Follow the easy directions! Then you can sign up.
3. Your request to join will then bounce over to me for approval. I will approve it and then you will be able to post, to read all other posts, to share and chat with colleagues of Maine.
Voilà! Please join us! We’d love to have you!!
For more information, do not hesitate to contact Catherine Hobby, the listserv moderator at email@example.com
by Catherine Hobby, Editor and Listserv Moderator
Meet our Award Winners!
FLAME Leader of the Year
The FLAME choice for leader of the year goes to an extremely deserving candidate: Ann Sullivan of Messalonskee High School. She exemplifies leadership in her quiet and reserved way and has influenced us all by just being the person she is. She is a solid anchor for our profession and a mentor to many and a model for all of us.
Ann continues to grow professionally. She takes courses, leads trips and revamps her class work to accommodate all learners. She touches many and their praise for her is strong.
Ann works tirelessly for FLAME and AATF to further world language study in Maine. She has been involved in FLAME for many years and has served as Vice-President, President, and Newsletter Editor. She participates on task forces and is at the forefront of all that is happening in our profession. When some of us think we have had enough, she steps up to the plate and pushes forward. She is a walking history of FLAME and remembers all that has transpired. Never afraid to try and master new skills, she is also the future of FLAME as she is our web master! In short, she is a gift to FLAME!
Teacher of the Year
The FLAME teacher of the year for 2004-2005, Jeremy Willette of the Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham, is a natural. His enthusiasm and joie de vivre reaches even the most apathetic of students!
Jeremy has a gift for languages and is a true polyglot: he speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and is tackling the impossible: Hungarian! In his sixth grade classes students sample a smorgasbord of Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Greek and Portuguese. The atmosphere in his classroom is described as lavish yet cooperative and positive, a supportive atmosphere that truly encourages students to explore languages, appreciate other cultures, and excel in learning.
Jeremy continues to work with his students on his online dictionary project www.trilingualdictionary.org for which he received a $10,000 award from National Semiconductor for innovative technology and teaching. (Please refer to the December 2004 newsletter for more information on this project. You can also peruse the article online at www.umaine.edu/flame). He travels with students, is yearbook editor and serves on the Civil Rights Team at his middle school. He also serves on the State Advisory Committee for Maine and Classical Languages. He is a National Board Certified teacher in Spanish.
Jeremy has a lust for learning as well. This summer he will be spending a few weeks in a village in Senegal to learn language and experience culture. He is taking a two-year leave to accept a position teaching Spanish in an International School in Budapest. He never tires and is already remarking that he will continue with FLAME and State Advisory Committees upon his return.
Sister Solange Bernier
Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Williamson, Professor of French at Bates College, is described as “a true treasure to foreign language teachers throughout Maine”. He was one of the original founding members of FLAME, has long supported AATF, and has been a continuous supporter of language teachers in the state.
Richard has been in service to our profession for many years. During his long tenure at Bates College, he has gone from Associate Professor of French to Full Professor of French, Charles A Dana Professor of French, Department Chair, and Director of various abroad programs. In addition, he has directed countless FLAME Summer Institutes at Bates.
Richard received the FLAME Leadership Award in 1989. AATF has named him Outstanding Teacher of French. He is a past-president of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and a recipient of Les Palmes Académiques from the French government. He has been professionally involved at the state, regional, national and international level. He has also published extensively in books, papers and reviews.
Richard will be retiring from Bates at the end of this academic year but “will still be around!”
CHARLIE R. WOOD
FLAME Student of the Year
Charlie Wood, a Junior at Messalonskee High School, is an amazing language learner. His recommendations praise his self-motivation and perseverance. How many students would, in addition to their regular studies, on their own find a qualified teacher and begin learning Japanese? Charlie would, and did. He has a passion for learning languages, and pays equal attention to ancient and modern, western and eastern tongues. “By studying another culture one may become knowledgeable about it, but only by learning the language can one truly understand it, “ says Charlie.
“I am sure that mastery of several modern languages will play a central role in his future activities and that he will serve as a strong voice in support of language acquisition as a means to global peace and prosperity,” says Alison Harvey, his nominating teacher.
As a student of the classics, taking Latin 1, 2, 3 and 4, Greek 1 and 2, his teachers rank him among the top 1% of all their students, past and present. He ranks second overall in his class of 215 students and has a 97 plus average.
In addition to his recognition and gift today, our student will receive $200 at a future Awards ceremony at his school.
by Catherine Hobby with Laurie Littlefield
MARCH & BEYOND …
AT PENOBSCOT SCHOOL in ROCKLAND, MAINE
Anyone who would like to practice listening and speaking French, Spanish, German or Italian with an instructor in an informal setting is invited to attend Penobscot School’s Language Lunches which are held weekly. Bring your lunch and be prepared to spend an hour without using any English at Penobscot School’s Pitt House at 18 Gay Street in Rockland. Café Francais Mondays, 12:15-1:15, Almuerzo Español Tuesdays, 12:15-1:15; Mittagstafel,Wednesdays, noon-1 pm; Pranso Italiano, Thursdays, 12:15-1:15
Saturdays - March 19, May 21 & June 18 – 10 am to 2 pm. $45 per class or $40 if you pre-register for two or more classes. Taught in English by Harry Kaiserian who lived in Italy from 1974-76 & returns often. Since 2000, he has been taking cooking lessons in Italy from a noted chef. Harry is a cooking columnist in Blue Hill, Maine & has been teaching cooking classes for ten years. Harry also studies Italian at Penobscot School.
UNIVERSITÉ DU QUÉBEC À CHICOUTIMI
Full time intensive French programs: various fall, winter, spring and summer options, summer immersion for teenagers, as well as custom designed courses.
• programs oriented towards oral proficiency in French - all linguistic levels, with university credits
• French Immersion offered in a completely French-speaking environment in the very beautiful urban setting of Chicoutimi
• homestay programs make it a real and total immersion
• wide range of outdoor activities and socio-cultural, sports and tourist activities included in all programs
• access to all university services: residence, sports centre, library, language lab, cafeteria, computer rooms, internet and student bookstore
Summer- INTENSIVE IMMERSION PROGRAM - SHORT DURATION- 3 OR 5 WEEKS
Our summer intensive 3 and 5 - week programs begin in July. Those programs are offered to 18-year old, and older, and are opened to university students, teachers, business people, retired people or anyone wishing to improve his-her proficiency in French. Since all levels are offered from real beginners to very advanced, you will find a class corresponding to your proficiency in French.
For a more complete learning of French, in addition to the 20 hours spent in classroom every week, you will participate in a wide variety of socio-cultural activities. There are also tourist activities on weekends which will be offered on an optional basis.
Besides classes and extracurricular activities, you will live in French with a francophone host family (or on campus at the university residence) where you will experiment some aspects about the culture of Quebec. This will make your immersion a total immersion.
Teachers It's also for you!
If you teach French, our program offers you that well-deserved summer break where you can fine tune your fluency without being bogged down by yet another methods course.
The intensive immersion programs during summer are «Key in Hand» programs.
COURS OFFERTS À LA SESSION D'ÉTÉ
Les étudiants participant à la session d'été (5 semaines) reçoivent 7 crédits. Ils suivent deux cours de français de trois (3) crédits et un cours de culture québécoise de 1 crédit.
Après un test de classement, ils sont inscrits à l'un des blocs suivants :
7FRA103 Français pour non-francophones I
7FRA203 Français pour non-francophones II
7FRA601 Culture québécoise
7FRA203 Français pour non-francophones II
7FRA303 Français pour non-francophones III
7FRA601 Culture québécoise
7FRA303 Français pour non-francophones III
7FRA403 Français pour non-francophones IV
7FRA601 Culture québécoise
7FRA403 Français pour non-francophones IV
7FRA503 Français pour non-francophones V (oral)
7FRA601 Culture québécoise
7FRA503 Français pour non-francophones V (oral
7FRA603 Français pour non-francophones VI (oral)
7FRA601 Culture québécoise
7FRA703 Conversation I
7FRA706 Conversation II
7FRA601 Culture québécoise
7FRA711 Grammaire globale et actes de paroleI
7FRA712 Grammaire globale et actes de parole II
7FRA601 Culture québécoise
Les étudiants participant à la session d'été (3 semaines) reçoivent 4 crédits. Ils suivent un cours de français de trois (3) crédits et un cours de civilisation québécoise de 1 crédit.
CONTACTEZ: Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
École de langue française et de culture québécoise, 555, boulevard de l'Université, Chicoutimi, QC, CANADA G7H 2B1
Programs for K-12 Educators
The University of Washington is offering two immersion institutes this summer for pre- or in-service teachers of French and Spanish.
Québec's Language, Culture and Society in the Classroom:
An immersion institute for French teachers, July 4-22, 2005, offers teachers 6 credits of UW French 499. Components on Québec's history, language and cultural traditions are integrated with pedagogy, including using technology. There are excursions to nearby areas, including Montréal, and evening activities. Participants stay with families or in dorms on the campus of Université Laval in conjunction with which the institute is offered. Cost, not including air faire, travel documents and some meals, is $2199. Some scholarship money is available.
For more information, check out our web site: http://www.outreach.washington.edu/k12/quebec/
The Guatemala Experience:
Immersion in Spanish Language, Culture and History in Antigua, July 24-Aug. 10, 2005, offers teachers 6 credits of UW Spanish 493. Features of the institute include one-on-one language instruction, group class in Guatemalan culture and history, excursions in the area, visits to local schools and several days around Lake Atitlan. Participants stay with families in Antigua. Cost, not including air fare, travel documents and insurance plus a few meals, is $1800.
For more information, check out our web site:
Other questions: Please contact Lynn Klausenburger at firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNOUNCING PIER SUMMER INSTITUTES 2005
Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER)of the Yale Center
for International and Area Studies
The PIER summer institutes are intensive, interdisciplinary programs. Each institute includes lectures and seminars by leading scholars and experts from Yale and other institutions; films; workshops; field trips and site visits; hands-on cultural activities; teaching resource and strategy sessions; and sessions on technological resources for teaching about these world areas. The institutes are designed in accordance with nationwide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) standards.
Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER) of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies are pleased to announce the following PIER Summer Institutes for 2005.
I. THE EUROPEAN EXPERIMENT July 6-15, 2005
The ongoing, peaceful unification of Europe is one of the most important political, economic, and social developments of the past half-century but is little discussed and even less understood by Americans. This intensive seminar will give you all you need to teach the history, institutions, and politics of the EU and its rapidly changing context the countries of today’s Europe. Tuition: $400 **For more information or to apply, contact:
Brian Carter, PIER Director, European Studies email: email@example.com
II. THE TEACHING OF AFRICA July 6-15, 2005
Teaching about Africa is a challenge in the classroom today. Educators and other professionals face a new and often daunting task of how to learn and/or to teach about Africa. If you are an educator, curriculum specialist, librarian or a business or media professional, this is a course that will transform your perspective and equip you with ideas and practical approaches to the teaching and understanding of Africa. Tuition: $400
For more information or to apply, contact: Maxwell Amoh, PIER Director, African Studies
III. TRACING THE ANDES: The Heights and Chasms of Andean Societies July 6-14, 2005
From a multidisciplinary approach connecting the past towards contemporary themes, you are invited to participate in the exploration of Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela to understand how their diverse societies and identities take form within local, regional and worldwide developments. An optional travel component to Peru will be offered.
Tuition: $400 *For more information or to apply contact: Carolina Belalcázar at firstname.lastname@example.org
IV. UNDERSTANDING GLOBALIZATION: FOCUS ON SOUTH ASIA July 11-16, 2005
Is globalization good or bad? Are there winners or losers? The PIER International Affairs 2005 Summer Institute will examine globalization in terms of geography, history, and the cultural, social, political, and economic institutions of the global community. The focus will be on how globalization has impacted the world s two biggest democracies, India and the United States. To view an overview of the course schedule and objectives, visit the website at http://www.yale.edu/ycias/pier/institutes/globalization2005.htm Tuition: $300
For more information or to apply, contact: Janet Headley, PIER Director, International Affairs email: email@example.com
V. ARTS IN ACTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST July 11-16, 2005
Learn about the creative impulse that continues to thrive in the Middle East, despite conflict and difficult economic and social conditions. Few journalists have noted the ways in which the creative arts shape and change society behind the scenes. Participants will explore the current social and political significance of making art--and in the process enjoy a fresh and modern view of society in this vibrant and dynamic region. Tuition: $300
For more information or to apply, contact: Greta Scharnweber, PIER Director, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some tuition/travel scholarships may be available.
For more information or to apply, please contact the area PIER director, Janet Headley at 203-432-3429 or download an application at http://www.yale.edu/ycias/pier/institutes/app.pdf
Tuition: Tuition includes books and materials. Housing, meals, and parking are extra. Fees may be required to cover meals on field trip and/or special events.
Housing: Local hotels ($99-$115/night) single or double occupancy, plus tax or in Yale campus housing ($55/night single. $45/night double), including tax.
Meals: Meals in New Haven typically cost: breakfast $6.50; lunch $10; dinner $13.50
Prices are subject to change
Visit the Center and order educational and training materials at http://www.yale.edu/ycias/pier/resourcecenter.htm.
Foreign Language Study Abroad Service
Choosing a Study Abroad Program can be confusing! Louise Harber / Foreign Language Study Abroad Service (FLSAS/ has been arranging programs abroad for over 25 years. FLSAS specializes in programs that offer flexible schedules for independent/ unaccompanied / individual participants as well as small groups. FLSAS offers different options for different age groups and interests.
College Credits are available through FLSAS. It is the oldest continually operating Study Abroad Service in the United States. We will take the guesswork out of your study abroad decision
What type of program best meets your needs? There are 7 options:
(Total Language Immersion Programs)
(4 options / 4 separate programs).
-Foreign Language Institutes (Small Classes & Private Tutoring).
-100% Total Language Immersion -A true Total-Immersion program for the "linguaphile" who wants a very intensive tailor-made program; the teacher who needs a super -intensive refresher / review, the executive or professional who needs to improve language skills in a limited period of time and to any college or high school student who wants to or need to improve skills.
-Special Programs for Teenagers & Pre-Teens (6 to 17 years).
-Spanish in Miami (not quite study abroad, but almost)!
"Live the Foreign Life" (Travel / Cultural Programs)
No language skills required. (3 separate options).
· Private Homestays (100% Total Cultural Immersion).
· Meet Local Hosts.
· Spend the Day with Local Hosts.
· Have Dinner & Conversation with Local Hosts.
Notes: Families / friends may participate together in the same program. Not all programs are available in all locations.
Combining Programs: You may combine programs: 2 weeks in one program, one week in another, etc. You may combine more than one country or more than one city. For more information visit the website: http://www.flsas.com/index.html
or contact FLSAS: email: email@example.com
CONCORDIA LANGUAGE VILLAGES
Teacher Seminar 2005
Join language teachers from across the United States for a ten-day summer graduate course at the Villages to adapt our immersion techniques to your classroom setting! Upon successful completion of the course, three semester hours of graduate credit are earned through Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.
Teacher Seminar provides a forum where language educators can learn about and discuss current practices and issues related to the teaching of a second language. Seminar participants visit the Language Villages to see language and cultural immersion strategies in action.
You become a beginning language learner for a morning at one of the Nordic Language Villages to experience the immersion methodologies used at the Villages. You will participate and observe in a variety of activities including drama, songs, dance, and art.
Graduate course requirements include development of a thematic unit incorporating methods and strategies learned at the Villages, completion of a resource binder and resource file of activities and methodologies.
Scholarships The Goethe-Institut/AATG is offering five full scholarships to German language teachers nationwide. Go to http://www.aatg.org for an AATG Scholarship Application.
To register for the Teacher Seminar, complete the summer application form, filling in only name, address, telephone number, e-mail, session code and birth date (required for graduate credit enrollment). You can download the Summer Application Form at www.concordiaLanguageVillages.org/
Registration fee includes tuition, room and board. Please contact us for help with travel arrangements.
The application must be accompanied by a $140 deposit.
For more information, contact the curriculum and staff development office of Concordia Language Villages at 800-450-2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS
One Week Exploratory
For ages 7-15, these sessions offer a taste of an immersion atmosphere! It is ideal for first-time villagers as they begin exploring a new language (and recommended for villagers leaving home for the first time). Again, no previous exposure to the language is required. Villagers participate in similar language and cultural activities offered in the two week immersion session, including authentic games, crafts, sports and arts. Usually, villagers enroll in a two-week session the following year.
Two Week Immersion
These sessions, for ages 8-18, are our most popular programs! They are designed to give the beginning, intermediate or advanced language learner an in-depth immersion experience. However, no previous language study is required for attendance. Villagers participate in language learning groups (with others at the same level of proficiency) that focus on communication in the Village setting, from morning to evening.
There are cultural activities to meet everyone’s interests, including sports, arts, dance, music, theater and film production, to name just a few. Each participant will have an opportunity to try brand-new things, as well as extend or enrich previously learned skills.
*** For more information visit the website http://clvweb.cord.edu/prweb/summer_youth_programs
Websites for Foreign Language Teachers
Ferd'nand comic strip, http://www.comics.com/comics/ferdnand/index.html
This is a great website with comics in German, English, French, and Dutch.
The goofy French comic Gaston Lagaffe
To create free online quiz/test
MUSICAL FRENCH SITES
Le Hall de la chanson www.lehall.com
Les Africains de la chanson francophone
Found on the Internet:
Merpy en Espanol -four delightful animated stories.
ONLINE SPANISH COURSES
Florida Virtual School www.flvs.net
Michigan Virtual High School www.mivhs.org
Kentucky Virtual High School http://www.kvhs.org/
Illinois Virtual High School www.ivhs.org
A German site with poetry in many languages is:
POPULAR WEBSITES for teachers of SPANISH
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Please submit the following:
A one-page résumé (in English) including information about:
A one-page statement in French describing what you hope to gain from this summer workshop in Quebec and how you plan to use this experience to enhance your teaching
On an audio cassette tape (standard size, good quality, in a plastic case) include the following information at the beginning: your name, address and telephone number. Also write this information on the cassette label. Record a statement in French on why you are applying for this scholarship and how you plan to use the experience to benefit you both personally and professionally. Describe your current teaching situation (for teachers) or your future plans for teaching (students). Organize your thoughts before recording, but do not read from a prepared text. (5 minutes maximum)
A letter of recommendation in a signed and sealed envelope from your department chair or principal. In addition to an assessment of your professional commitment and abilities, the letter should certify your current teaching responsibilities (for teachers) or your current academic status (for students).
For teachers: If I receive the Government of Quebec scholarship, I agree to participate in all workshop activities, and I will make a presentation on the summer workshop experience during the 2005-2006 academic year at a local collaborative meeting, the AATF fall conference, the FLAME spring conference or a national conference. Signature__________________________________ Date________________________
For students: If I receive the Government of Quebec scholarship, I agree to participate in all workshop activities, and I will write an article about the experience for publication in my college or university’s student newspaper.
Send applications to: Foreign Language Association of Maine (FLAME), Box 207,
Augusta, ME 04332-0207
Applications must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2005.