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UNO Announces MALT Colloquium, Currently Seeking Proposals

(Submitted by Dr. Claudia Garcia)


The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures and MALT Program at UNO announce the 13th MALT Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching, to take place Saturday February 9, 2019 from 10:00-4:00 PM at Mammel Hall (UNO Scott campus).

This year’s event includes a Keynote Address by Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne from Angelo Sate University on “Reviewing Reading: From Models to Practice”, presentations and poster sessions and a Round Table & Open Discussion on “World Languages inside and outside the K-16 Classroom. Standards, Practices, and Insights towards Deep Listening and Understanding”. Find more information on the colloquium, and about how to submit a proposal in the attached flyers. If you have questions, you can contact:

Marie Lee at

Dr. Claudia Garcia at

World Language Review Special Edition

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) annual convention met in New Orleans, November 15-18, 2018.  At least fifteen Nebraska educators were among the thousands that convened for professional development and support on hundreds of topics. . The following is a special report about the annual meeting of the National Council of State Supervisors of Foreign Language (NCSSFL) and the ACTFL convention. Read ahead for session summaries, personal adventures, and resources.

Visit the materials from sessions Nebraskans attended! Go to:


World Language Review ACTFL Special Edition

National Comparison of Dual Language Programming
NCSSFL Panel Discussion
Reported by Stephanie Call

Dual Language Program leaders from around the US shared their perspectives and experience in a panel discussion.

What are needs and challenges in Dual Language programs?
Colorado: Rural districts struggle to provide qualified teachers and quality resources.
Virginia: Students who use community colleges as a bridge to university are struggling for appropriate placement in language courses.

What steps can we take to meet challenges?
Connecticut: Leadership has provided essential questions, common rubrics, standards-based grading and external benchmarks.
Delaware: A world language teacher network includes higher education participants.

What might K-20 articulation look like in 5-10 years?
Delaware: The first K-12 immersion students will have completed college.
Colorado: Language learning may be marketed from a career or skill based perspective.
Alaska: Changing mindsets may involve concentrating on technical language and connecting to business.

ACTFL Adventures of a Nebraska Chinese Teacher

I think ACTFL was a life-changing conference for me! Not only did I learn many new ideas and new technology for my teaching career, but I also made more friends!

I was surprised by the way that an amazing teacher implemented physics into a French lesson. She asked the students in the target language to guess whether each fruit can float or not in the water. Then, she put all the fruits into the bowl full of water one by one. We got many surprises. I will implement simple STEM elements into my future Chinese class in an interesting way.

Bo Liu is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska who has taught Chinese and English in the United States and China.


NOLA Fast Fact
Mardi Gras coins are called dubloons. As Mardi Gras is rooted in ancient Greek traditions adopted by Romans, coins are printed with figures from Greek mythology.


Dr. Ali Moeller
“The ability to exchange ideas and perspectives through language, the ability to observe what’s happening and interpret it with understanding, transformed my thinking and, more importantly, my behavior.”
Moeller is the 2018 ACTFL President and the Edith S. Greer Professor at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Akash Patel
“[World language learning is] about teaching empathy. People are exposed to people of other colors, languages.”
Patel is a Spanish teacher in Texas and the founder of Happy World Foundation.

Rebecca Aubrey
“When we cut world language programs, we’re cutting what best prepares [students] for the world that they live in.”
Aubrey is the 2019 ACTFL Teacher of the Year and a Spanish teacher in Connecticut.


State Department Pipeline to Teachers
Session Summary
Reported by Stephanie Call

State Department representatives shared the following opportunities.

NSLI for Youth: All-inclusive scholarships for American high school students to study critical languages overseas. Previous language experience is not required.

Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange Study Abroad (YES): Merit-based scholarship for high school students to support academic year homestay as ‘youth ambassador’ in a Muslim country.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange: Hosting and travel opportunities for groups of US and German high school students.

Critical Language Scholarship Program: 8-10 week study abroad program for post-secondary students to learn a critical language. No previous language experience required.

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship: Merit and need-based scholarship for undergraduate students to study abroad.

Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award: 3-6 month study abroad grant for undergraduate students to learn a critical language.

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant: Provides qualified foreign instructors to US colleges and universities.


Matching Teacher Talents to Posted Positions
NCSSFL Discussion Summary
Reported by Stephanie Call

Strategies for recruitment and retention included using the Seal of Biliteracy as a recruiting source, identifying teacher leaders, building recognition programs and encouraging media awareness.


ACTFL By the Numbers

  • 20 Pre-conference workshops
  • 826 sessions (including presentations and collaborative meetings)
  • 250 exhibitors
  • 8000 attendees
  • 61 sponsors
  • 10 partner organizations

How to Attend ACTFL on a Dime

Many Nebraska teachers would like the opportunity to attend ACTFL. Here are some ideas on how to make it happen.

Get a scholarship!
ACTFL offers assistance. This year, EMC School awarded 40 scholarships to first-time attendees. The Robert J. Ludwig Scholarship Program through ACTFL supported first-time attendees and ACTFL members with expenses. The Rolando Hernandez/ACTFL Scholarship, the Stephen L. Levy Scholarship Award, and the ACTFL Student Stipend Award are similar programs.

Sign an accord!
Consider asking several cooperating school districts to contribute toward the expense with the caveat that the attendee will lead professional development and provide materials upon return.

Road Trip!
Reach out to other teachers who are making the trip. Connections were offered this year through the newsletter. Consider combining travel and hotel expenses.

Book Early!
Convention hotels fill up fast leaving the most expensive and difficult for last. Take advantage of early-bird pricing.


ACTFL Adventures of a Nebraska German Instructor

ACTFL is always exciting.  I particularly wanted to be there this year, since Ali Moeller was president. I loved spending time with my Nebraska colleagues in the evening and reconnecting with other German teachers I only see at ACTFL.

This year’s sessions definitely focused on the can-do statements and comprehensible input.  Here are some items to share:

  • Tech tools worth exploring:  Lyrics Training and TedEd (you can paste in a URL and make your own questions with timings).
  • Books to read:  “Making Learning Stick” by Peter Brown, “High Leverage Teaching Practices”, Glisan & Donato, 2017
  • Pinterest: “In a Word”
  • Fairy Tales for German Teachers:  “3 Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel” is an East German version with an active female figure instead of the passive heroines of Disney and Grimm.

My favorite session was probably one on music.  I would definitely like to use more.  The session was for German teachers but could be adapted:

My two favorite quotes were from the session “Making Input Comprehensible”:  ‘We need comprehensible output to strengthen learning and memory’ and ‘Effortful learning changes the brain’.

Pat Branson is a German instructor at Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences and at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

ACTFL 2018 in The Big Easy

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) annual convention met in New Orleans, November 15-18, 2018. Thousands of educators convened for professional development and support on hundreds of topics. 2018 ACTFL President Dr. Ali Moeller (far right) recognized Teacher of the Year Rebecca Ms. Aubrey (2nd from left) at the Opening General Session. Ms. Aubrey is a Spanish teacher from Ashford, Connecticut with 20 years of experience teaching Latin American studies and 10 years in Spanish instruction. The other regional finalists were (L-R) Janet Rowe (Spanish, Hortonville, Wisconsin), Yan Wang (Chinese, Anchorage, Alaska), Heidi Trude (French, Front Royal, Virginia), and Jennifer Melgar (German, Austin, Texas). Ms. Aubrey credited her students for providing daily inspiration. She recalled a student who had been identified as underperforming. Ms. Aubrey was told the student would be removed for ‘language support’. She stated, “There seems to be a misunderstanding about what we do in the language classroom. We guide students through all academic content. We inspire them to learn more about the world. We empower them to engage in diverse cultures. We do that better than no other discipline.” Ms. Aubrey plans to engage in advocacy and to provide professional support for ACTFL members in the year ahead.


Day of the Dead Exhibit
El Museo Latino Omaha
November 8-17


Marcela Díaz Contemporary Textiles
El Museo Latino Omaha
Nov 8-Dec 21

German-American Society’s Keller Night
November 9 (recurring)

A Filipino Kamayan Feast
November 10

Cultural Festival
Hastings College
November 11

8th Annual Korean Festival
November 11

International Education Week
November 12-16

Beaujolais Nouveau
L’Alliance Français
November 17

Latin Flare on the Square
November 17


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International Education Week: Suggested Activities for K-12

(submitted by UNL Office of Global Strategies)

The following list is just a start. We encourage you to be creative in planning events for IEW and let us [UNL] know about your activities.

  1. Incorporate information on a country or culture into your regular lesson plan, even if you do not teach social studies.
  1. Explore international aspects of the arts music, film, theatre, visual arts, literature, and dance by creating, performing, or studying artworks with an international component. This could include a field trip to a museum or concert or showing a foreign film in class.
  1. Adopt a school in a developing country and donate school supplies, reference materials, and other items.
  1. Trade questions and answers with students from another country through the Internet, pen pal clubs, or a Digital Video Conference.
  1. Encourage cultural understanding for students using the online resource One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures, and Classrooms. Sponsored by the National Football League and Scholastic Inc., this unique education resource designed for teachers. The free, web-based program may be downloaded here.
  1. Organize a cross-cultural potluck lunch in which students bring in or make foods from their homeland or ancestors’ homeland.
  1. Ask students to write essays on countries they would like to visit and why they chose those countries.
  1. Feature local international experts as speakers: Fulbright Students and Scholars, former diplomats or Peace Corps volunteers, business leaders working for multinational corporations, or journalists.
  1. Participate in a Model UN.
  1. Assign students to produce a video or website about their cross-cultural experiences. The video could explore issues of cultural idiosyncrasies, stereotypes, and/or their own experiences in another culture.

UNO Announces MALT Colloquium

(Submitted by Dr. Claudia Garcia)

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures and MALT Program at UNO announce the 13th MALT Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching, to take place Saturday February 9, 2019 from 10:00-4:00 PM at Mammel Hall (UNO Scott campus).

This year’s event includes a Keynote Address by Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne from Angelo Sate University on “Reviewing Reading: From Models to Practice” (10:00-11:00); Presentations (11:15-12:15; 1:55-2:55) and Poster Sessions (1:10-1:40); and a Round Table & Open Discussion on “World Languages inside and outside the K-16 Classroom. Standards, Practices, and Insights towards Deep Listening and Understanding” (3:10-4:00). Find more information on the colloquium, and about how to submit a proposal in the attached flyers. If you have questions, you can contact:

Marie Lee at
Dr. Claudia Garcia at

International Education Week – University of Nebraska Lincoln

(submitted by UNL Office of Global Strategies)

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. As part of a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week showcases the efforts of programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. The annual event also highlights international diversity an promotes the opportunity to exprience new cultures. To learn more about International Education Week, visit the Department of State website. Use the hashtag #IEW2018 to join the discussion and learn about upcoming events! Read more for suggested international activities on page 3.

Heading to the Big Easy

Next week, I will attend the National Council of State Supervisors of Foreign Language Annual Meeting and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language Annual Convention. While the rest of New Orlean’s visitors explore the Vieux Carre or Woldenberg Riverfront Park, 100 language specialists will discuss policy, standards, and teacher recruitment strategies. On Friday, ACTFL will hold its opening assembly featuring President Dr. Ali Moeller. The level of activity will increase from level 3 to a level 5 hurricane as over 8,000 educators gather to increase their professional knowledge and to find resources to better their programs. It is sure to be an amazing time and I look forward to sharing with you everything that I bring back to Nebraska.

“Justo” Speak Spanish

The Justo Lamas Experience
Submitted by Jan Coone

Recently, I took my students to the concert of Edgar Rene, a young inspirational Puerto Rican singer with the Justo Lamas Group.  This company has offered these concerts for 12 years in North Platte. The students love it and look forward to it every year and they learn a lot from the songs.

The Justo Lamas Group Concerts is looking for more locations in Nebraska for late October 2019. The JLG Program is an educational and inspiring program promoting the study of the Spanish language through music. Students enjoy learning the songs ahead of time (all songs and lyrics are available on the website), singing along and participating in the interactive activities at the concert. The concert lasts about 90 minutes and students may stay after for photos and autographs.

Concerts may be hosted by schools or Educational Service Units as long as the auditorium has a stage and will hold 200-300 students. Justo Lamas Group works with the school or ESU to reserve a date, and provides planning materials. The host location only needs to provide some supervision, and help with a seating chart. JLG takes care of all the reservations and billing of the schools. Scholarships are available to schools who do not have the funds needed for student tickets.

For more information or to make a reservation for your school:

I helped host the concert in North Platte with ESU #16 starting 12 years ago until North Platte High School  took over about 7 years ago.  Please feel free to contact me for more information as well: Jan Coone,

2019 Call for Proposals

13th Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching
Saturday February 9, 2019
10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Mammel Hall (UNO Scott Campus)

The MALT Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching seeks to create a community of local area language teachers & learners, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and encourage research in the field of Language Education. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Schedule:

10:00-11:00: Keynote address by Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne (Angelo State University): “Reviewing Reading: From Models to Practice”
11:15- 12:15: Presentations
1:10- 1:40: Poster Sessions
1:55- 2:55: Presentations
3:10-4:00: Round-Table & Open Discussion: “World Languages inside and outside the K-16 Classroom. Standards, Practices, and Insights towards Deep Listening and Understanding”, with the participation of experienced teachers and stakeholders from our community

We invite proposals for either Presentations (Track A & Track B) or Poster Sessions. Find below a description of Presentations and Poster Sessions.

Proposals will address the following areas:

Language teaching/learning strategies
Language learning styles
Pedagogical innovations in language teaching, assessment & evaluation
Language & culture
Teaching literature and/or civilization within the language class
Language & technology
Second/foreign language acquisition: connecting theory to practice,
Literacy, applied linguistics, and sociolinguistics

Proposals from teachers at all levels of instruction and of all world languages and ESL/EFL are welcome; however, first priority will be given to proposals that are accessible to teachers of all languages and levels.

We strongly encourage graduate students to participate by submitting a proposal.

Description of Presentations and Poster Sessions

Presentations Track A: Pedagogical and interactive presentations. The specific goal of this track is to introduce pedagogical innovations and open the floor to conversations among fellow teachers.

Presentations Track B: Research-oriented presentations to introduce or discuss new research and its application to the classroom. The specific goal of this track is to familiarize the audience with current research and theories, and their potential classroom use.

Poster Sessions: digital or physical posters (48″ x 36″) accepted. The specific goal of this track is to share classroom-based research projects with a larger audience.

 No lunch will be provided. Light refreshments only.

 DEADLINE: All proposals must be received by January 7, 2019. 

 Submission Process:

Proposal submissions should indicate the selected track, and include a title, a 250-300 word abstract, and a 50-word summary for the conference program.

All abstracts will be submitted for blind review. Thus, the following submission guidelines should be closely followed:

  • All submissions should include selected track, abstract, title, and 50-word summary.
  • DO NOT include any identifying information in the abstract itself.
  • Include your contact information (name, email, phone, school affiliation) in the body of your email only.
  • Proposals must be submitted via email to

Upon submission, you will receive an email confirmation indicating that your proposal was received.