World Languages

What a World Language Week: 2019 Shows the Power of Language

Nebraska celebrated the power of languages throughout World Language Week 2019. Student events provided an opportunity to practice and use German, Spanish, and French. The University of Nebraska Kearney offered a special luncheon as part of its film series UNK@TheWorld. Students who showed distinction in language learning were recognized as World Language Distinguished Scholars. The following materials are still available online as free downloads: Power of Languages posters, Power of Languages stickers, College, career, civic ready posters, Infographics.

To see the full biographies of World Language Distinguished Scholars, please visit the online slideshow.

Charlamos: Columbus Teacher Deserves Credit

Columbus High School teacher Liliana Velasco has long participated in the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s International Day competitions hosted by UNL’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. When UNL announced it would not be possible to host International Day this year, Velasco, saddened by the loss of a valuable opportunity for her students, decided to host her own Spanish Day at Columbus High School. I traveled to Columbus to participate in this event. Although many educators at the school participated in and assisted with making this a wonderful experience, they all credited Liliana Velasco with the drive and determination to motivate, organize, and inspire others. I am in awe of Ms. Velasco. Her talent for inspiring students to become passionate for acting, dancing, singing, and performing in another language and her willingness to step up to create a new venue for language celebration are phenomenal.

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

Meet Your NILA Board: Vice President Katy Cattlett

Katy Cattlett, Vice President Supervisor of Dual Language and World Languages Omaha Public Schools What was your motivation to become a language teacher? My path to becoming a language teacher was unexpected. Originally, I wanted to teach English as a Second Language. My university required extensive coursework in a language other than English and I chose to study Spanish in order to hopefully communicate with my future students' families. Eventually, I became bilingual and started teaching in bilingual programs. I found dual language and found my passion! In five words or less, describe your classroom approach. Enriched education for...Read More ›

Supporting Students in K-12 to Post-secondary Transition

College applications were filed months ago and acceptance letters are on the way. April is a perfect month to have those last-minute discussions with seniors about preparing for college. Here are some possible ways to prepare your K-12 students. The post-secondary transition is often intimidating to students. Creating transition opportunities in your classroom lowers their anxiety and increases their chance of success. Reach out to local schools Contact an instructor at your local community college or university to share typical expectations and to describe the curriculum. Plan a school visit Arrange a school visit that focuses on the language learning...Read More ›

College Connections: There’s an Office For That

There are many places on campus to use language skills, and not all are in the Modern Language Building. Here are some places to know at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Office of Global Strategies: OGS coordinates and supports global activities throughout the campus and abroad. It is the oversight office for the following offices. International Student and Scholar Office: The function of ISSO is to supports international students. However, ISSO often provides opportunities for international students to connect to Nebraskans. Education Abroad Office: EAO works with all departments to provide resources before, during, and after experiences abroad.

University of Kansas Invites NE Schools to International Day

The University of Kansas is pleased to announce pre-registration for the first annual World Languages Fair to be held Saturday, October 19th, 2019. The event will bring high-school students to the Lawrence campus for a day focused on exploring world languages and cultures. Sessions will include mini-lessons in a range of languages, presentations on target cultures, and discussions of how intercultural competence can enhance different fields of study. During an extended lunch period there will also be information booths where students can learn more about language-related scholarships, study abroad opportunities, and internationally-focused student organizations on campus. The event is free...Read More ›

Wunderbar Together: German Students’ Convention

The American Association of Teachers of German Nebraska chapter hosted German Students’ Convention April 6, 2019 at School Middle School in Lincoln. The students competed in skits, music videos, spelling, trivia contests, poetry, cake baking, art, poster, and directed dialog. This year’s participating high schools were Bellevue East, Bellevue West, Columbus, Gretna, Lincoln East, Lincoln High, Lincoln Southeast, Millard North, Omaha Burke, and Westside. Millard North Middle School also competed. A total of 200 students participated, honoring the theme Wunderbar Together, that was established by the German Embassy. If you would like to participate next year, visit the AATG Nebraska...Read More ›

Vive le Français: French Immersion Weekend A Success

The American Association of Teachers of French Nebraska chapter hosted twenty teachers and sixty students at Camp Carol Joy Holling on March 30-31, 2019. The students choreographed and lip synced French videos. As teams, they competed in a Ratatouille-themed breakout room and various French games. The chefs prepared French meals, and the students ended the night with a bonfire and s’mores. If you would like to participate, visit the AATF Nebraska Facebook page (NATF Nebraska Association of Teachers of French) or email AATF Nebraska President Cara Heminger at

Columbus Spanish Day Showcases Student Performances

Columbus High School Spanish teacher Liliana Velasco led Columbus High Schools first Spanish Competition Day. Velasco credits her department for their work, Principal Steve Woodside for support and encouragement, and Band teacher Jeff Peabody who worked with students to co-create musical performances and to provide technical support. The event was open to any student currently enrolled in Spanish 3 or higher. Teachers submitted registration to Columbus High School. Students competed in Drama, Folk Dance, Music, Poetry, and Poster/Art. Fourteen schools registered to attend with 210 students. Unfortunately, the original event date was rescheduled due to flooding in the area. The...Read More ›

World Language Distinguished Scholars Announced

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 teachers then completed a submission portfolio. High Honors Josephine Anderson Spanish Crete H.S. Teacher: Angela Wagoner Turner Blick German Fremont H.S. Teacher: Brenda Schiermeyer Alma Dimas Spanish Meridian H.S. Teacher: Maria Nieves Ruiz Garcia Miah Hoppens Spanish Ogallala H.S. Teacher: Rosa Zimmerman Sukanya Kennamthiang French Brownell Talbot School Teacher: Michael Recker Angela Kwambamba French Lincoln Southwest H.S. Teacher: Alexandra Van Zandt Nae Mae Chinese Omaha Central H.S. Teacher: Wang...Read More ›

Professional Development Opportunities for World Language Teachers

Francophone Film and Literature Course French 4950/8956 at University of Nebraska Omaha In fall 2019, UNO will offer Francophone Film and Literature Tuesdays from 4:30-7:10 with Dr. Patrice Proulx. Some of the films to be discussed include Incendies, Persepolis, L’Ange du Goudron, and Black Girl. The course focuses on a selection of contemporary films and short readings dealing with the Caribbean, Africa, North Africa, and Quebec. One of the primary objectives is the development of critical viewing and reading skills that will allow students to reflect more productively on the social and aesthetic themes in these works. Critical issues to...Read More ›

World Language Teachers: Teach in Nebraska

The following positions are posted on the Teach in Nebraska website at French 9-12 (Part-time), Lincoln Pius X Catholic High School, Lincoln French 9-12, Duchesne Academy, Omaha German 7-8, Westside Community Schools, Omaha Spanish 1-12, Lindsay Holy Family, Lindsay Spanish 7-12, Ansley Public Schools, Ansley Spanish 7-12, High Plains Community Schools, Polk Spanish 7-12, Maxwell Public Schools, Maxwell Spanish 7-12, Morrill Public Schools, Morrill Spanish 7-12, St. Mary’s Catholic School, O’Neill Spanish 9-12, Arthur County Schools, Arthur Spanish 9-12, Falls City Public Schools, Falls City Spanish 9-12, Fillmore Central Public Schools, Geneva Spanish 9-12, Grand Island Public Schools, Grand...Read More ›


The CI Buzz: Creating an I+1 Experience with Authentic Materials
ESU 13
April 24

“The Hearts of Foreigners: How Americans Understand Others”
Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series with live webcast
April 25

Binational Educational Week
Mexican Consulate of Omaha
April 29-May 3

Día del Niño
El Museo Latino
April 27

Umonhoniye The Omaha Speaking
Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center Van Brunt Visitors Center UNL
April 27

Ikebana Exhibition
Omaha Botanical Gardens
May 3-5

Cinco de Mayo
May 3-5

Spanish Heritage Language Workshop
COERLL Language Center
June 10-11

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Updated April 17, 2019 3:49pm