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Meet Your NILA Board


Alicia Dallman Shoemaker, President
Spanish Educator, Elkhorn Public Schools
adallmanshoemaker@epsne.org

What was your motivation to become a language teacher?
In addition to having excellent language teachers in high school who encouraged me to explore languages at a university level, I loved my first practicum experience in Lincoln Public Schools! As a freshman at Nebraska Wesleyan University, I was younger at that time than some of the students I taught and did not know what to expect. Within a few short months, I bonded with those outstanding individuals and the classroom felt like home. Growing with and learning from that class was the defining moment in which I discovered my professional purpose.

Describe your classroom approach in five words or less.
Student-centered; Intercultural; Proficiency-based; Personalized; Ever-changing

How do you feel that NILA has helped you develop as an educator?
One of my mentors told me to always surround myself with individuals who challenge me to improve. In addition to gaining life-long friends, I have always left NILA conferences and meetings with new strategies and perspectives about language learning. Serving on the NILA board has been the most beneficial because I have been able to learn from educators throughout the state and country more in a one-on-one setting.



Events

Engaging Educators Workshops (World Language Session)
ESU 4
February 18

6th National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language
University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley
February 21-23

Nebraska Literacy Association Conference (World Language sessions)
Kearney
February 21-22

Teaching & Learning Symposium
UNL
February 22

Nebraska’s Mexican American Legacy
Elkhorn Valley Museum
Norfolk
March 2

Central States Conference on Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference
Columbus, Ohio
March 14-16

World Language Week March 31-April 6

 

Please email event information to Stephanie Call at stephanie.call@nebraska.gov



Events

Désir de Lire
Alliance Français d’Omaha
January 20

Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers Conference
Denver
February 7-9

13th Annual MALT Colloquium
UNO
February 9

Engaging Educators Workshops (World Language Session)
ESU 4
February 18

6th National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language
University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley
February 21-23

Nebraska Literacy Association Conference (World Language sessions)
Kearney
February 21-22

Teaching & Learning Symposium
UNL
February 22

Nebraska’s Mexican American Legacy
Elkhorn Valley Museum
Norfolk
March 2

Central States Conference on Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference
Columbus, Ohio
March 14-16



January Blues

Despite the flu, the weather, and the holiday clean up, January trudges onward. As you resume your regular schedules, remember to think of the positives. Counting your blessings is not trite; it is a survival skill. Setting goals can also help to focus on the positive and move forward. Hopefully, this edition of the WL Review will provide a positive note and inspiration for you this January.

Stephanie Call, World Languages Specialist ♦ 402-471-4331 ♦ stephanie.call@nebraska.gov



Join Us In Nebraska!

The following are posted upon request of the employer.

 Assistant Professor (Second Language Acquisition and French & Spanish), Modern Languages, University of Nebraska-Kearney
 Job Description or Duties: The Department of Modern Language is seeking a full-time tenure-track assistant professor to start in August 2019. Teaching graduate SLA courses (in English) in the online Spanish MAE; teaching undergraduate courses in language and culture in French and Spanish; Coordinate and assess language programs; service to the department, college, and/or university. Normal teaching load is 12 hours per semester; faculty active in scholarly research may be eligible for a 3 hour per semester reduction in teaching load.
Required Qualifications: Doctorate in Second Language Acquisition at the time of appointment, and ability to teach in the online MAE; 18 + hours graduate hours in French and Spanish; evidence of successful teaching; evidence of/interest in the coordination of language programs and assessment; evidence of research potential.
Preferred Qualifications: Willingness to direct study abroad programs.
 HOW TO APPLY: Application review begins January 15, 2019. For more information and to apply visit http://unkemployment.unk.edu/

 

FTE-High School Spanish Teacher (9-12)
Lourdes Central Catholic School, Nebraska City, Nebraska
Due to retirement (after 49 years), Lourdes Central Catholic School, a C2/D1 Pre-School-12 Catholic School (approximately 115 students 9-12), located in Nebraska City, Nebraska (near Hamburg and Sidney, Iowa) and a short distance from Lincoln & Omaha, seeks an endorsed Spanish Teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.  If able to share among the IWLA network, such would be greatly appreciated.
Interested candidates can email cover letter, including extra-curricular activity interests & resume to Curt H. Feilmeier, Principal at curt-feilmeier@cdolinc.net.



Supporting College Bound Heritage Spanish Speakers

The college transit can be difficult enough. For students who are non-English speakers, and who are first generation college students, the transition is highly challenging. The University of Nebraska Lincoln offers students and their families tours and information in Spanish. UNL’s Spanish Visit Days are on select Saturdays. Pre-registration is suggested. Attendance qualifies students for a Nebraska Emerging Leaders tuition scholarship worth $2,000.

Providing orientation and enrollment support in languages other than English is becoming more common.

Other schools with Spanish Language Preview Days are:

  • University of Nebraska Kearney–Conozca UNK
  • University of Nebraska Omaha—

Somos Familia

  • Wayne State College—

Dia de Familia

If you know of another regional college or university with a language focus day or opportunity for prospective students, email the information to stephanie.call@nebraska.gov to update this article online.



Franco-American Academic Exchanges for Classrooms

(Submitted by Heather Seeley, French Embassy)

As part of your New Year’s resolutions, we encourage you to make a resolution to join Franco-American Academic Exchanges (FAAX), a new platform that helps American schools find a partner for an exchange project with a French school or university. Any teacher or staff member working for a secondary or higher education establishment can sign up, create a profile page and consult the directory of institutions that are looking for a partner either in the U.S. or in France.

FAAX is brought to you by the Public Affairs section of the Embassy of the United States in France, in support of student mobility and exchanges between the U.S. and France. Visit: http://www.fa-ax.org/



UNO French Summer Abroad Program in Besançon

(submitted by Cara Heminger, Nebraska Association of Teachers of French)

UNO offers a two-week summer opportunity to study in France through the Masters of Arts in Language Teaching program. There are two sessions, each worth three UNO credits. The sessions are held at the Université de Franche-Comté by university professors from the Centre de Linguistique Appliquée. Students may stay on campus, at a hotel, or with a family. For more information on the web, go to: http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/foreign-languages-and-literature/student-opportunities/study-abroad.php – french and click on “Besançon” or contact Dr. Juliette Parnell at 402-554-3029, jparnell@unomaha.edu.



Nebraska Association of Teachers of German Update

(Submitted by Pat Branson, Nebraska Association of Teachers of German)

Nebraska’s ATG chapter shared three important updates.

  • The German Students’ Convention will be held April 6 at Lincoln Southeast.
  • More information about ATG can be found on Facebook under the name “AATG Nebraska”.
  • The NATG board as of January 15 will be:
    • Pat Branson (UNO & Creighton), President
    • Kelleen Browning (Lincoln Southeast), President-elect
    • Erin Lhamon (Westside Middle School), Secretary-treasurer

Wendy Brennan (Millard North), Past-President



UNK@The World Spring Movie Line-up

(Submitted by Dr. Michelle Warren, University of Nebraska Kearney)

 

UNK@The World presents the 6th year (!) of international film at the World. We will show the following three movies at the World on the dates listed below, based on the topic of “cross-national” or “trans-cultural” (to deal with a minority population among a “majority”)

One of the special features this year is a special guest visit by Dr. Moisés Park, of Baylor University, to facilitate the discussion of and viewing of our second film, Kiltro. Dr. Park specializes in portrayal of Asians in Latin American film and will speak to this, as well as share some of his poetry and personal experiences.

Please mark your calendars and syllabi for the following, and encourage student attendance:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:30
He Even Has Your Eyes (France, 2017) A black couple living in France adopts a baby who happens to be blonde/blue eyes. The movie is comical yet serious in that it captures the reactions of others who assume the black couple could not possibly be the “true” parents.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 7:30
Kiltro (Chile, 2006) Chilean brawler and stuntman Marko Zaror marks his emergence onto the international action scene with this fast-paced martial arts film about the leader of a small Chilean street gang who finds redemption by standing up for the people he loves most. (Dr. Park visiting to help discuss/introduce film and present also on campus, time TBA, public welcome to all events)

Friday-Saturday (7:30 pm) Sunday (2 pm) April 5-6-7
Roma (México, 2018) The demise of an upper middle class Mexican family seen through the eyes of an indigenous domestic worker. This film is directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men) and is nominated for several Golden Globe awards and short listed for many Oscars.