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The Power of Languages

The Power of Languages came to me when, as a high school student, I participated in a mission trip to Nuevo Progreso, Mexico sponsored by the Bladen/Blue Hill United Methodist Church. My first semester Spanish skills were applied to creating and memorizing a phrase of introduction and an explanation of why I was there. I still remember: “Estoy aquí para construir casas para Mabel.”  It worked. One day, I became separated from the work team as we were in downtown Nuevo Progreso. I used my phrase with a nearby vendor who took me to another vendor who led me through the maze of streets to where the workgroup had gathered. In our broken bilingual conversation, I made a human connection and learned more about the incredible impact the program had on the community. That day, even broken language had the power to unite, to inform, and to change perspectives for the better.

Stephanie Call, World Languages Specialist ♦ 402-471-4331 ♦

World Language Review

World Language Week celebrates the teaching and learning of world languages in the state of Nebraska. Nebraska has a long heritage of multilingualism from Swedish Oakland to German from Russia in Lincoln and Czech in Wilbur. Twentieth century immigration enriched Nebraska with more languages such as Spanish, Karen, Arabic, Bosnian, and Vietnamese. Nebraska also relies on languages to promote enterprise and build global relationships. Nebraska has long known that language has the power to make one college, career, and civic ready.

Visit the NDE World Language website for support materials such as poster PDFs, graphs, and social media memes. The website can be found at:

Remember to share out any activities you do to celebrate the Power of Languages on our Facebook, Twitter, or for our newsletter.

Nebraska World Language Distinguished Scholars Recognized

The Nebraska Department of Education and the World Language Advisory Council are recognizing distinguished scholars during World Language Week, March 31-April 6. The theme of World Language Week is, “The Power of Languages To Make You College, Career, and Civic Ready.”

The World Language Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes Nebraska students for their leadership in language learning, commitment to language study, appreciation for cultural diversity, and communicative competence. Students were nominated by their World Language teachers and submitted a portfolio.

To see the 2019 World Language Distinguished Scholars, please visit the online slideshow.

Michelle Warren, UNK @ The World Series, Gains Acclaim

The University of Nebraska Kearney’s Department of Modern Languages, Department of Sociology, Women, Gender & Ethnic Studies, International Studies, and College of Arts & Sciences sponsors its annual spring film series, UNK@TheWorld.

Dr. Michelle Warren, Professor of Spanish at UNK, initiated the film series in 2014. Following the presentation of a film, there is a discussion led by experts or someone with a personal connection to the topic.

The series was highlighted in a feature article of Dr. Warren and her work at UNK, including a research project to record the stories of immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries who relocated to Nebraska. The feature article can be found in Volume XI of UNK’s New Frontiers research publication at

French Summer Abroad Opportunity in Besançon

The University of Nebraska-Omaha Department of Foreign Languages offers French teachers an opportunity to learn new teaching strategies and styles while surrounded by French culture and history in Besançon, France. Classes will be taught at the Université de Franche-Comté by university professors and instructors from the Centre de Linguistique Appliquée (CLA).  Students can either stay on campus in an individual room (with private bathroom), at a hotel, a “foyer” in town or with a family. You can also purchase resto-u tickets for meals.  Besançon has a great variety of inexpensive French and ethnic restaurants.

For more information, contact Dr. Juliette Parnell at or 402-554-3029.

NATG Announces German Students Convention

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

NATG will sponsor the German Students’ Convention this year on April 6 at School Middle School in Lincoln. This year’s theme is “Wunderbar Together”. Kelleen Browning, Lincoln Southeast German teacher, will be hosting. Browning is a UNL alum and a former Fulbright recipient. She is the President Elect for NATG. School registration is due by March 1, 2019 and can be completed on the NATG website: More information about the competition is available online as well.

ACTFL Professional Awards Due

The ACTFL Professional Awards Program recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of language education. Award nominations are open until Monday, May 27, 2019.

Leo Benardo Award for Innovation in K-12 Language Education
Significant contributions reflect innovative instructional practice and programs by individuals who teach or supervise in urban, suburban or rural districts that teach a majority of underserved students

Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education
Language educator who has demonstrated excellence in the preparation and continuing education of teachers for the profession.

Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education (K-12)
Language educator who has demonstrated instructional leadership and service in the K-12 community.

There are also awards for postsecondary and elementary educators, the teaching of culture and the use of technology. Visit the ACTFL website for more information

Spring Professional Development

World Language Proficiency Spring Workshop 2019, ESU 16 Special Services Center, North Platte

World Language teachers K-16

Tina Hargaden, the founder of the World Language Proficiency Project will lead a one-day workshop focusing on proficiency and assessment. Participants will learn how to teach for proficiency, guiding students to interact in the language, and using it to communicate about real ideas from day one of class. Teachers will learn how to build literacy with meaningful texts and reading extension activities. They will learn foundational skills to speak comprehensibly to students – even beginners. Register at:

Summer Travel Opportunities and Professional Development

Summer Language Institute, Southern Oregon University
K-16 French Teachers
Summer classes in Angers, France offer the option of a Masters of Arts degree in French Language Teaching. Application deadline March 1, 2019. Visit


Summer Language Institute, Southern Oregon University
K-16 Spanish Teachers
Summer classes in Guanjuato, Mexico offer the option of a Masters of Arts degree in Spanish Language Teaching. Application deadline March 1, 2019. Visit


Teach in Nebraska

The following are posted upon request of the employer.

Part-time Community French Teachers, Alliance Française, Omaha
Provide French instruction in beginning and intermediate grammar and conversation on Saturday mornings or weekday evenings.
For more information and to apply, email or call 402-557-8158.


The following jobs are posted at Teach in Nebraska,

  • Bilingual Spanish/English, preK, Aventuras Preschool, Lincoln
  • ELL / Newcomer Program Teacher, 9-12, Fremont High School, Fremont
  • English / Spanish Teacher, 7-12, Loomis Public Schools, Loomis
  • French Teacher, 9-12, Creighton Prep High School, Omaha
  • French Teacher, 9-12, Kearney High School, Kearney
  • Spanish / Elementary Music, K-12, Shickley High School, Shickley
  • Spanish Teacher, 7-12 Kenesaw Public Schools, Kenesaw
  • Spanish Teacher, 7-12, Chase County Schools, Imperial
  • Spanish Teacher, 7-12, McCool Junction High School, McCool Junction
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Arthur County Schools, Arthur
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Creighton Prep High School, Omaha
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Falls City High School, Falls City
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Johnson County High School, Tecumseh
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Lourdes Central Catholic High School, Nebraska City
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Skutt Catholic High School, Omaha
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Yutan Public Schools, Yutan