|The NCLRC Language Resource
|VOL. 10, NO. 10
|Visit our website at: http://www.nclrc.org
Reaching Out to Colleagues is our theme this
month. We find out what's happening with the fledgling National
Museum of Language in our Feature
Story. Our Teacher
Diary deals with
intolerance, and Tech
for Teachers shows ways to connect online with other teachers.
Your Classroom offers a "crafty" lesson to collaborate
with visual arts colleagues. A first-time conference goer writes
for advice from Dear
YANA on how to get the most from conferences. Parents Ask
Dora for help with language study and as always, our Teacher's
Calendar is packed with information you can use. This month
we introduce the new graphic calendar to make your search for grants,
fellowships, exchanges, and conferences easier than ever!.
We're excited about the new cyber-face we have here at nclrc.org,
a fantastic updated website designed by Susana
We hope that you find all kinds of useful resources and materials
in our new site. If you're looking for something that we've moved,
just drop us
a line and we'll help you locate it. Wishing you a restful
holiday and a wonderful New Year! - Your editor, Jill.
- NCLRC’s 2007 Summer Institutes are
open for registration. See
the schedule and register now!
- ACTFL 2007: Annual Convention and Exposition, “Bridging Cultures through Languages” Proposal
submission deadline: December 15, 2006
- National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages: Tenth
National Conference: "Professional Horizons in LCTLs: Reality and Promise" Proposal
Deadline – December 18, 2006
- STARTALK Grants: Deadline for Proposals: December
15, 2006 In the summer of 2007, the STARTALK project, managed by the
National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland, will provide
funding for programs to offer Arabic and Chinese language study for
high school students AND professional development opportunities for
teachers of Arabic and Chinese. Download info here.
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| Feature article
Out to Colleagues in the Field of Languages: Working to Build a National
Museum of Language The Language Resource had the
pleasure of talking with Amelia Murdoch, one of the founders of the
National Museum of Language in College Park, Maryland the other day.
She told us about plans for the museum and how language teachers can
get involved. This museum promises to be a great resource for all of
us who work in the language field. Read
| Teacher's Diary
A couple of weeks ago, I showed my students "Through Our Eyes," (2006)
a thirty-minute documentary that showcases the successes and struggles
of Washington, DCís
Latino community since the 1970s.
I went in to the lesson thinking that the film was going to be a
way to give the students some historical information about the Latino
community in a neighboring city. I could never have imagined that
it would incite such strong reactions... Read more...
| Tech for Teachers
Teacher Collaboration & Newsgroups
technology has changed the meaning of the word, collaboration, as it
has opened a wider variety of options for how teachers
collaborate with one another. One form of collaboration that has recently
grown is that
of the on-line newsgroup, or listserv as they are often called. A particularly
resourceful newsgroup for foreign language instructors is the FL Teach
| Readers' Corner
Here's where you, our dear
readers, can TALK BACK! This month we ask about traveling abroad.
Have you traveled abroad to improve your target language proficiency? Answer our Poll
What kind of travel or study abroad program do you recommend? Click here to answer the Question
Last month we asked about clubs. See the results here...
| For your Classroom
Sheila Cockey's Jigsaw
puzzle is a great lesson plan for teachers who are looking for ways
to keep their students engaged in class before winter vacation! Students
will practice both skills for detailed description and listening.
This activity may be done at any time of the year, though if near
holidays commonly celebrated in the target culture, the language
teacher may use paintings that have a celebratory or religious nature
to them. See
| Websites for Teachers
Our staff combs the webs for useful sites. This month, we look at Chinese,
Cantonese, French, Latin, Russian and Japanese sites for authentic
materials and resources. Find out about the LCTLs listerves, too.
| Culture Club
Three rooms have new content this month: the Speaker's Corner, the
Library, and the Screening Room. A contest for teachers of Italian is launched in the Speaker's Corner. The Computer Lab has become the Internet Media Room, and we invite you to take a peek at the work in progress. No one has yet identified the Where in the World? Mystery Photo for October in the Photo Gallery. Can you? As always, we welcome your contributions to the Culture Club.
is short for 'You are not alone" Your questions are answered by an
expert on languages and culture teaching. This month's questions
am being sent by my school system to our state foreign language
association conference. I have never gone to one of these before,
and they have chosen me because I am a new teacher. How can I get
the most out of the conference?
- The HR office in my district has consistently lost and/or not
recorded information and documentation about courses I have taken
and other things I have done toward recertification or for professional
development. How can I change this without losing my job?
Development, Conferences and Funding Opportunities
|There are way
too many conferences
and deadlines for one overworked teacher to keep up with! Let us help
you with our wonderful new graphic Teacher's Calendar! Click and discover
what's happening in the coming year!
| Ask Dora
Johnson is an expert
on languages and language resources. Every month she answers reader's
questions related to languages. This month's questions are:
- My daughter, a HS junior, has been studying Spanish for 3 years.
She didn't make it into her school's summer program, and she's
been bummed-out ever since. Surely there are other summer language
programs in Spain designed for high school-aged students that she
could apply for?
- Our son and daughter "did" Arabic camp
this summer. Their strong interest continues. Our local high school
(in a town of 800 people) is very open to having them study Arabic
here. We are asking you to recommend some program or method that
we could use for a distance or self study.
Read Dora's answers...
| Critical Languages
Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and more
all about African languages this month - pocket dictionaries, standards and curriculum development,
and a call for a sponsor of an ALTA award. Read
We're getting into the holiday spirit here on "Eye Street!" We wish
all of you a restful winter break and the peaceful joys of reuniting
with family and friends over the coming holidays.
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