World Languages

World Language Review February 2020

Establishing Proficiency Goals for World Language Programming

Transformative Experiences at 14th Annual MALT Colloquium

The University of Nebraska Omaha Department of Foreign Languages & Literature Masters of Arts in Language Teaching (MALT) 14th Annual Colloquium convened Saturday February 8. Ninety educators attended the free event that featured sessions, a key-note, and a discussion panel. Presenter and participant Jamie Honke commented, “The Colloquium was very informative and transformative in our understanding of Transnational Awareness in immigrant youth, connections to intercultural competence, and holistic communicative language teaching. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to present on Crenshaw’s idea of Intersectionality and how it pertains to intercultural identity and the Cultural Iceberg model to relate to Strand 2 of our revised World Language Standards.” More information about the Colloquium will be featured in our March newsletter.

Charlamos: Proficiency Goals for WL Programming

One of the most frequent questions asked regarding the 2019 World Language Standards is “What do I have to buy? Should I use this resource or that resource?” I would challenge us to look first at our ultimate goal. What do you want students to be able to do with the language? The Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy is the high honor of proficiency in language learning, celebrating a student’s ability to function for the purpose of academia or career in the language. Districts that want students to qualify for the Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy and other high honors will create programming to support that goal. Use your proficiency goal as the guidance for curriculum and instruction. As we know, proficiency is built through practice, not necessarily materials.

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

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

Meet Your NILA Board: President Dr. Eckerson

Dr. Janet Eckerson, Ed.D., President Assistant Professor of Spanish University of Nebraska Kearney Janet speaks…Spanish. How do you maintain your proficiency in the language? I maintain my language proficiency speaking and interacting on social media with friends and family (including husband and in-laws in Argentina), reading books, news and websites, watching movies, listening to music and of course, teaching in the target language. If you were involved in the standards revision, please share what you feel is a strength within the new standards. The new standards provide specific guidance for each of the standards for educators working with students...Read More › - Meet Your NILA Board: President Dr. Eckerson

How to Apply for the Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy

The Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy measures college, career, and civic readiness through student proficiency in English and a language other than English. In order to earn the Seal, students must demonstrate proficiency through one of several possible avenues such as testing, transcripts, or another method. Students who wish to apply for the Seal will need documentation such as testing results or a transcript. The student will then apply through the online application. The application process has no fee and can be found from the Seal website. The application requests the student’s contact information, an upload of proof of eligibility for...Read More › - How to Apply for the Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy

Call for Cornhuskers to Central States Conference

The Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL) is coming to Minneapolis, March 12-14, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. CSCTFL offers high-quality professional development through activities, workshops, sessions, and a keynote presentation. Nebraskans planning to attend CSCTFL are encouraged to sign up for the Cornhusker Contingent. This voluntary and loosely-organized opportunity offers a resource list of contingent contacts for the purpose of ride-sharing, finding a travel partner, or asking questions about the “best of” and other CSCTFL experiences. To sign up for the Cornhusker Contingent, visit the Cornhuser Contingent Central States 2020 Registration Form:

NAATSP Announces 2020 Poster Contest for Spanish Students

The Nebraska chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (NAATSP) announces the opening of the 2020 Poster Contest. Chapter President Cathy Scurlock shared that the contest is open until March 20, 2020. In order for students to participate, the teacher must be a member of AATSP. Membership can easily be managed through the AATSP website at Teachers will select the three best posters from each category (K-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 hand-drawn, 9-12 digital to submit to Cathy Scurlock by email. Registration information and forms were sent out via Listserv. If you would like additional copies,...Read More › - NAATSP Announces 2020 Poster Contest for Spanish Students

NAATF Searching for Vice Presidential Candidates

The Nebraska chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (NAATF) is currently seeking nominations for the Vice President of the AATF. The AATF Vice President assists the President, attends executive council meetings, and facilitates development of resources for members. Nominees should have made significant contributions to the AATF on the chapter level, regional level, and possibly national level. The term begins January 1 of each year and runs for three years. To nominate, please be certain that the individual is willing to serve as the Vice President. Send the curriculum vitae of the individual and an accompanying letter...Read More › - NAATF Searching for Vice Presidential Candidates

NAATF Hosts Mini French Convention: Seeking Participants

The Nebraska chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (NAATF) will offer a Mini French Convetion at Camp Carol Joy Holling on Saturday, May 2. Tentative times will be 8:00 to 1:00. Any Nebraska AATF Member teacher and students are invited to attend. The cost is yet to be determined. If interested in planning, assisting at the event, or bringing students, please contact NAATF President Cara Heminger at

Free Workshop for Culturally Responsive Teaching

The Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center is offering a free workshop for district teams. In “Creating Caring Classroom Communities through Culturally Responsive Lesson Planning”, district teams will meet to examine characteristics of a caring community, deconstruct features of culturally responsive teaching, and initiate development of a district or school wide system of support for the design and delivery of culturally responsive and sustaining classroom instruction. The workshop will be March 27 in Lincoln and requires preregistration prior to March 13. For more information and registration, please visit the informational page.

World Language Positions in Nebraska

The following teaching positions were posted as of February 11, 2020 on the Teach in Nebraska website. French • French Teacher 9-12, Mount Michael Benedictine School, Elkhorn German • German Teacher 9-12, Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue Spanish Dual Language • Spanish Elementary Dual Language Teacher K-4, Fremont Public Schools, Fremont Spanish K-12 • Spanish Teacher K-12, Chase County Schools, Imperial • Spanish Teacher K-12, St. Francis School, Humphrey • Spanish Teacher K-12, Silver Lake Public Schools, Roseland Spanish 7-12 • Spanish Teacher 7-12, Elgin Public Schools, Elgin • Spanish Teacher 7-12, Elwood Public Schools, Elwood • Spanish Teacher 7-12, Guardian...Read More › - World Language Positions in Nebraska


America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far
January 18-March 19

Russian Dances
February 22

UNO Culture Fest
February 23

Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
March 12-14

Che Malambo
March 12

Michael Londra and the Celtic Fire
March 17

2020 UNO Wambli Sapa Memorial Pow Wow
April 4

Nebraska World Language Week
April 5-11

Vivir Banquet
April 24

Mini French Convention
Camp Carol Joy Holling
May 2

International Pancake Feed
Grand Island
May 9


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Updated February 12, 2020 11:03am