LOTE Resources

Upcoming opportunities:

·        NECTFL 2019 is coming to NYC February 7-9th. Register here before January 18th.  Check out all the amazing workshops in the Conference Program. Ask your administration to support you in attending this professional learning opportunity.


·        Language Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill! Register by February 1st

o  Organized by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL), Language Advocacy Day (or LAD for short) brings together representatives of the Language Enterprise from all over the United States concerned about  the state of language learning in this country. -----> ORDER YOUR TICKETS NOW! Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ3QmcMMjBM&feature=youtu.be

·        Apply for a Tía Tula Colegio de Español scholarship for PD in Salamanca. Due by January 17th. Click here:https://www.tiatula.com/scholarships-for-teachers/usa-canada/#solicitar.

·        ACTFL scholarship information below.

·        Reminder that our local and national organizations have great resources and opportunities. NYSAFLT’s next webinar is January 16th with Joshua Cabral (https://twitter.com/WLClassroom). See all webinars here: https://nysaflt.org/webinars/

·        National Foreign Language Week is scheduled for March 2019 here.See frequently asked questions here.

·        ACTFL has named a new Executive Director: Howard Berman.


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Study abroad this summer with ACTFL


American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages



Spend the summer immersed in a language program with an ACTFL summer scholarship. Around the world and online, the 2019 scholarships offer ACTFL members the ability to improve their language skills in six different languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Persian, and Spanish.


Scholarship locations include:


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Scholarship preference will be given to members with limited study abroad experience, and those seeking to improve their language skills. Applicants must be paid through March 31, 2019 to be eligible, and all documents must be received by ACTFL by 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, February 28, 2019.


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·        https://www.pinterest.com/grahnforlang/winter-authentic-resources/

·        On Leslie Grahn’s Pinterest boards, you can find authentic resources for any topic you are teaching! 

Check out Inspired Proficiency Podcasts, the new podcasts specifically for and by language teachers! PBL in the TL wrote about them.   All five episodes are available here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/inspired-proficiency/id1347742440?mt=2.

·         National Language Resource Centers have many resources that may be helpful.

·         Examples of proficiency-based curricular units (backwards designed), see the curriculum map and sample units from colleagues in New Haven Public Schools here. Are you shifting to a proficiency-based curriculum at your school? Share your experience!

·         What’s your teaching mindset? Do you cultivate a culture of Growth Mindset for your students? 

Growth Mindset

Methodology, Research & Technology

  • There has been a significant shift in mindset along with the arrival of communicative language teaching.  Previous methodologies focused on what learners did wrong rather than on their progress.  The goal was complete accuracy.  We now know that communication can happen despite occasional inaccuracy. Where are you regarding your teaching mindset?

Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening

  • I’m always looking for ways to get students up and moving in the classroom while they are speaking and/or writing in the target language. This is an activity that I call “Hide and Speak (or write)” that accomplishes this goal and students enjoy it and often ask for it.  I’m happy to oblige because they speak (or write) so much during this activity.

Moving Towards Proficiency & Cultural Competence

Resource Spotlight
Are you looking for ways for students to review vocabulary and language structures in the target language without resorting to the native language?  These language puzzles will do just that.  They can be used for for students who finish other activities early, as a Do Now, homework, or even substitute lesson plans.