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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.

“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.



German Week at UNL: Activities Open to the Public

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, in cooperation with the University of Nebraska Lincoln, is sponsoring German Week October 22nd – October 26th. Activities throughout the week are free and open to the public. On Monday, October 22nd, a poster session and talk will discuss “The Changing Faces of Germany: Migration/Immigration Scenes That Tell a Story”. Tuesday’s movie screening of “Die Fremde” will be introduced by German Consul from the Consulate in Chicago. More activities continue Wednesday through Friday. UNL’s contact for more information is Jim Benes at

Critical Language Scholarships Offer Study-Abroad Grants

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

The application is now live and available online at: Applications are due Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by 8:00pm EST.

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

This year, the CLS Program is pleased to announce the addition of Brazilian Portuguese to our list of language programs for 2019. The full list of the 15 languages offered through the CLS Program includes: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Most languages offered by the CLS Program do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.

Language pre-requisites can be found on our website at The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits. Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website. For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!

CLS Website:
CLS Facebook page:
CLS Twitter page:
For other questions, please contact

Meet the NILA Board of Directors

Some of the NILA Board members pose after the NILA Fall Conference. Top row (L-R): Shanna Hellerich, Alicia Dallman Shoemaker, Second row (L-R): Terri Wright, Will West, Front row (L-R): Katy Cattlett, Janet Eckerson, Cara Heminger


At the Fall Conference, NILA confirms and/or appoints its officers for the Board of Directors. NILA President Shanna Hellerich passed her gavel to Alicia Dallman Shoemaker. As president, Ms. Hellerich organized and led meetings of NILA’s governing board, led workshops, and participated in the revision process of the World Language Standards. Ms. Hellerich is a teacher at Shelton Public Schools where she has taught Spanish I-IV since 2007. Ms. Shoemaker, often called Senora Zapato, is a Spanish teacher and Curriculum Specialist at Elkhorn Public Schools. Ms. Shoemaker has expanded her classroom practice to include international education and STEM approaches. She is also an adjunct professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University. The two will continue to work together on the NILA Governing Board as Ms. Hellerich takes the role of Past President. Other members of the NILA Governing Board are:

President Elect Janet Eckerson. Dr. Eckerson is the World Language Department Chair and a Spanish teacher at Lincoln High School in Lincoln and a Practice Fellow at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Vice President Katy Cattlett. Ms. Cattlett is the Supervisor of Dual Language and World Language for Omaha Public Schools.

Secretary Brett Avila. Mr. Avila is a Spanish teacher at Sidney Public Schools.

Treasurer Terri Wright. Ms. Wright is a French teacher at Millard Public Schools.

Communications Director Will West. Mr. West is a French teacher at Lincoln Public Schools Lincoln High School.

Nebraska Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese President Angela Wagoner. Ms. Wagoner is a Spanish teacher at Crete Public Schools.

Nebraska Association of Teachers of French President Cara Heminger. Ms. Heminger is a French teacher at Lincoln Public Schools North Star High School. Ms. Heminger also serves as the Conference Organizer.

Nebraska Association of Teachers of German President Wendy Brennan. Ms. Brennan teaches German at Millard North High School in Millard.

ESL Conference at OPS Open to Nebraska Educators

The 20th Annual ESL Fall Conference sponsored by Omaha Public Schools will be Saturday, October 20 from 8:30-2:00 pm at 3215 Cuming Street in Omaha. The featured session is “Survival Brain vs. Learning Brain: Trauma Informed Practices for Immigrant and Refugee Students”. There will be over 40 other sessions available on topics such as technology integration, dual language, supporting newcomers, migrant education, and working with refugee students. Registration for non-OPS participants is $59 and includes breakfast and lunch. Register at

Language & Friendship, Inc. Seeking Host Families

Language & Friendship, Inc, a Minnesota based organization, is seeking families to host students from France, Spain, or Argentina in the United States in 2019. Host families provide room, board, and hospitality. The upcoming French group will be in the US from February 2-February 23, 2019. Groups arrive in spring, winter, and summer from various countries. More information can be found on their website at

Malaika Grants Help Nebraska to Reach the World

Reach the World‘s curriculum-aligned virtual exchange journeys connect you and your students with volunteer travelers to explore the world without ever leaving the classroom. In matching your classroom of students with your own volunteer traveler abroad, you can harness authentic experiences in real time to enhance your lessons while inspiring your students to become curious, confident global citizens. Travelers are researchers or students with an interest in sharing their experiences with U.S. students.

Thanks to the generous support of the Malaika Foundation, you can take your students on one of these journeys this spring for free! Our programs are highly customizable, both in length and in curricular alignment. Whatever you want to teach and wherever you want to go, Reach the World wants to create that journey for you.

Spaces are limited, so e-mail Christopher Ahearn ( to connect with your volunteer traveler today!