|UFLA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The annual Utah Foreign Language
Association (UFLA) conference will be held November 11 at Weber State University,
so mark your calendars now and start talking to your administrators about
attending. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Renate Schulz,
who teaches German and Second Language Acquisition at the University of
Arizona. Her topic will be "Age and Foreign Language Leaming: F.L.O.P.*
Is Not a Flop." Dr. Schulz has spoken extensively in the United States
and abroad. She is a past president of the American Association of
Teachers of German and a past editor of Die Unterrichtspraxis.
She is currently a member of the editorial advisory board of the Modern
Language Journal. She has received numerous awards, including
the "Bundesverdienstkreuz erster
*Foreign Language for Older People
A MEDIEVAL BANQUET IN THE ALHAMBRA PALACE JUNE 15-16,1999
The University of Utah Middle
East Center Outreach Program and the Utah State Office of Education (USOE)
are pleased to announce a cross-curriculum activity for Spanish and social
studies teachers, K-12.
|MEETING IN MESA A
The annual Southwest Conference
on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) was held in April 1998 in Mesa, Arizona,
and was quite successful for most Utah participants. Joan Patterson,
the Foreign Language Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education,
was elected to the Executive Board, giving Utah two positions on the board.
Shauna Winegar, teacher of German from Springville High School, won Best
of SWCOLT and will represent the conference at the Pacific Northwest Conference
in Seattle next year. Kirk Skyles, the other board member from Utah,
did not have as pleasant a stay in Mesa, as he made an emergency trip to
the hospital, but he is now recovered and doing fine.
|SHARE YOUR GREAT IDEAS
WITH OTHER LANGUAGE TEACHERS!
Have you ever attended a
conference session and thought, "I could do that!" Even if you haven't
thought that, you probably could present. UFLA is your chance-it's
a lot less scary than a larger conference and a good opportunity for you
to share "that thing you do" that's so good. Send in your proposal
now, and you can add "conference presenter" to your resume and impress
the socks off your administration. If you're too nervous to do an
entire session by yourself, team up with a colleague and share the time.
There are lots of things
you can do with cards. First, to generate a stack of cards for activities,
give students cards, pens or markers, and a text. Have them work
'In pairs, with each pair using a different text. Depending on your
focus, you might have them write all of the verbs on the cards, all of
the good vocabulary, all of the adjectives, etc. This helps students
learn to recognize word forms or vocabulary and improves reading comprehension.
Then you can have them play games, such as Vocabulary Poker and Never-ending
Story. To play Vocabulary Poker, you put students in pairs or groups
and give either each student or whole group five cards. They can
exchange one time, and may exchange all cards, four, three, two, one, or
none. They must make up a conversation, skit, etc., with whatever
cards they have at the end of the exchange.
|SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR
For more information, send e-mail to email@example.com.
Dar al Islam is pleased to
offer two residential, two-week intensive institutes next summer to study
Islam. The program covers the faith, civilization, and world view
of Islam through the study of basic texts and beliefs. The institute's
major goal is to offer teachers an opportunity to see how Islam works in
the daily life of Muslims and to better understand the basic tenets of
the fastest-growing faith in the United States.
2. A resume
3. Two letters of reference, one of which must be from your principal, department chair, or supervisor
4. A one-page statement of personal and professional reasons to attend
5. Dates of the institute you prefer to attend
March 1, 1999
Karima Diane Alavi, Director
Dar al Islam Teachers Institutes
P.O. Box #180
Abiquiu, NM 87510
(505) 685-4515, Ext. 24
|1999 FULBRIGHT MEMORIAL
FUND TEACHER PROGRAM
and evaluation session in Toky During the course of the study visit, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their follow-up plans and develop strategies for implementation.
700 Broadway, Suite 11 2 Denver, CO 80203
Telephone: (303) 837-0788
Fax: (303) 837-1409
Craig W. Paxman, President, AATG-Utah; teacher of German at East High School.
Craig will use his grant to attend the Goethe Institute Seminar this summer in Karlsruhe and Heidelberg, Germany. The seminar is a hands-on experience, and he and other participants will visit different towns and the university community where they will talk with many Germans.
"During the entire two weeks, we will be looking for ways to incorporate the ideas and the materials we gather into our own German classes," be said.
Craig will also spend three additional weeks in Germany and Switzerland where he will study the Swiss-German dialects. He is also going to study German and Swiss folk festivals with the hope of participating in them. He will then share his personal experiences with his students and with members of UFLA at our annual conference in November.
Julie Ann Jennings, President-elect, AATSP; President 1999-2001; teacher of Spanish at Jefferson Junior High School.
Julie will attend the 1998 Annual AATSP Meeting in Madrid, Spain from July 31 to August 4. Of particular interest to Julie is the half-day training workshop for AATSP officers. She is seeking training to provide leadership and valuable resources to Utah's Spanish teachers.
"I want to rejuvenate the vitality of this organization locally, making membership rewarding for those teachers who have chosen to join AATSP and an appealing option for those who have not yet chosen to be involved," she said.
Julie has also agreed to give a presentation at our annual UFLA conference to share her findings with members and officers of all Utah AATS. The things she will learn from other chapters can benefit us all.
Roy Ellefsen, teacher of French at North Sanpete High School.
Roy will use his award to attend L'Ecole de langue francaise et de culture quebecolse, Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi. It is an al 1-day, five-week intensive summer program aimed at improving the French skills of normative speakers of French. Roy will live with a French-speaking family while there. Roy created the North Sanpete High School French program several years ago, and he wants to ensure its survival by attracting more students.
"First on my list of things to do to attract good students is to improve my own speaking skill," he said.
Roy feels that the program at Chicoutimi is a good way to improve his teaching ability, which will, in turn, serve as a long-term assurance of the French program at North Sanpete High School. Roy has agreed to give a session at our UFLA conference to talk about his summer program in Quebec, Canada.
FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHERS
At Teacher's Initiative:
Professional Development funding would partially or substantially subsidize the following types of activities:
Subsidies would be granted
in response to a detailed letter of application or an application form
(USOE) submitted by a district curriculum specialist or by a teacher.
Both types of applications must be approved by the school principal and
district superintendent (or his/her curriculum designee). For further
information, please contact Joan Patterson at (801) 538-7776.
| A MESSAGE FROM
We have three important conferences