2017 Delaware Institute for Novice Immersion Principals
posted January 27, 2017

The Delaware Department of Education is excited to announce that registration is open for the 2017 Delaware Institute for Novice Immersion Principals. The institute will be held June 26-28, 2017 and is designed to meet the needs of principals who are currently in their first year leading an immersion program or who will be implementing an immersion program in the fall of 2017. By bringing together novice immersion principals and administrators from across the country, institute facilitators are able to engage participants in three-days of learning focused on building capacity to implement, expand, and sustain immersion programs.

DINIP 2017 offers two new features. First, in addition to the Elementary K-5 Strand, we will also be offering a Middle School 6-8 Strand to specifically address the needs of middle school principals who receive immersion learners in their buildings. Second, DINIP 2017 will include the option of a one-day "Strategic Planning and Visioning" extension session (June 29, 2017) during which time participant teams will focus on individualized plans for full K-12 articulation of their immersion programs.

The attached flyer provides additional information about the institute focus and logistics. Registration is available online via the following link:

Online PD for world language teachers (The University of Colorado Boulder)
posted December 17, 2016


The University of Colorado Boulder will offer two fully online professional development courses for world language teachers this upcoming Spring semester. Teachers can earn up to 5 graduate credits. The courses are part of a certification in language teaching with technology but teachers can take the courses that interest them without pursuing the certificate.


CU Boulder (Division of Continuing Education) Spring semester courses:
LGTC 5030: Tools in practice (3 grad credits, online)
Learn about flipped learning, technology for comprehensible input, intercultural competence, digital storytelling, virtual reality, gamification, social media and assessment. Explore the educational potential of each theme through scholarly readings, discussion and lesson planning.
10 week course, starts January 14, 2017

LGTC 5040: Telecollaboration (2 grad credits, online)
Telecollaboration refers to the practice of pairing students or groups of students to native speakers of the target language through video conferencing tools for the specific purpose of increasing their language and cultural proficiency. In this course, you will learn about the companion methodology and instructional approaches to make such exchanges successful.
8 week course, starts April 1, 2017

For more information and to register, visit our website http://www.colorado.edu/elevatecertificate/certificate/register

Call for Chapter Proposals - EdTPA
posted June 22, 2016


edTPA is a high-stakes assessment that influences teacher preparation programs across the United States, yet there is a dearth of research on its use and implications in every content area, especially in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English Language Arts, and Classical/World Language, the three foci of this book. These three critical content areas inform communication across disciplinary boundaries and teach K-12 students to express ideas in written and spoken forms. Thus, the research contained in this volume can help serve as a guide for program directors who express angst about how to incorporate edTPA into existing teacher education programs, how to overcome obstacles to teacher candidate success, and how to support teacher candidates as they create portfolios.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit, on or before August 15, 2016, a chapter proposal (1-3 pages, including references) clearly explaining the research-based edTPA problems and promises (solutions) of English Language Arts, ESOL, and Classical/World Language teacher education and development.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by September 15, 2016 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters, ranging from 8000 to 10,000 words each including title, abstract, manuscript, and references, are expected to be submitted by February 15, 2017. Please use APA style guidelines. Include a separate title page with author contact information.


For more information please visit this link

MOPI Summer Training Workshop
posted April 15, 2016


Glastonbury Schools and ACTFL will be hosting a MOPI Summer Training Workshop. If interested see information below.

July 18-19, 2016
ACTFL MOPI Assessment Workshop
Sponsored by ACTFL and the Glastonbury Public Schools


Benefits of MOPI training include:

  • apply key principles of teaching and testing for proficiency to curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices

  • establish program goals in terms of performance outcomes

  • determine student placement, progress, and performance

  • articulate within and across language programs

  • apply to become a certified OPI tester


For more information please visit this link

Opportunity for administrators to visit Japan
posted February 3, 2016



Please click here for a PDF of details on how to participate and apply!

FSLA 2016: Opportunities for Teachers and Students


The University of North Georgia (UNG) will host the sixth summer language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in June and July 2016. The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a three-week residential program for students interested in an immersive intensive language experience, fitness, and exploring international-related careers with the federal government. Last year 120 students from over 32 US states and three foreign countries successfully completed FSLA.


During the two three-week sessions, students will be immersed in intensive language instruction in First-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, Portuguese or Second-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, and Portuguese from highly qualified teachers, participate in a daily fitness program, receive career counseling from federal agency representatives (possible agencies include the CIA, DEA, FBI, State Department, Homeland Security, the Peace Corps and US Armed Forces), and possibly receive high school credit for successful completion of the academy. We will also offer First-Year Japanese and First-Year Cherokee.


We are also pleased to announce the addition of FSLA Germany 2016 in Berlin and FSLA France 2016 in Angers, a three-week (July 01-23) language immersion experience. These programs will feature intensive language instruction, cultural excursions, and home stay arrangements with German or French families. This is a Dual Enrollment program with both high school and university German or French credit. Accepted students must be admitted to UNG. Please see the FSLA website for further details.

For further information, see below for more complete details and visit our web site: www.ung.edu/fsla

February 11-13, 2016 - NYC

March 10-12, 2016 - Columbus, OH

March 4-5, 2016 - Honolulu, HI

February 18-20, 2016 - Charlotte, NC

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